Busy Up in Here

by on June 24, 2009

As most of you know I’ve been extremely busy, but with that said, I’ve still had to time to create some delicious eats.

For instance, the breakfast below is what I like to call The Lean Banana Split – all the flavors of a banana spilt but with less calories, more protein and fiber, and it’s for BREAKFAST!

  • 1 serving of Kashi Go Lean
  • 1/2 scoop of chocolate protein powder
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • 2-3 strawberries, sliced
  • Approx. 3/4 cup of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

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I’m skipping over lunch (because I usually just have a salad) and heading straight to meal that is usually the most time consuming.

Quick, healthy, and tasty dinners are hard to come by without falling in a food rut and eating the same ol’ things week after week. Well this week I came up with two standbys. One is an oldie- frozen/fresh combination stir-fry and the other is a new recipe that I decided to try and will continue to make because it was absolutely spectacular!

First up, frozen stir-fry veggies (from Costco), stir-fried in water. I added a touch of freshness by tossing in a portobello mushroom and some bean sprouts. Once the veggies were cooked to my liking I added some Bragg’s Liquid Aminos and some sriracha hot sauce… quick and easy!

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That one little pea is taking the spotlight in the photo….

And for the spectacularness… I give you my rendition of Fitness Magazine’s Greek Quinoa.

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I will definitely be making this again, especially when Isaac is back in town because I’m sure he’ll love it. It was fast, very easy, plus it tasted heavenly. I am so glad I made the whole recipe (4 servings) rather than halving it because now I have left-overs!

I pretty much followed the recipe but I did change a few things. The changes are italicized.

My Ingredients

1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
1 cup juice from home grown canned tomatoes, plus additional water
2 Roma (plum) tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
1/2 cup shredded fresh spinach
1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
4 shredded basil leaves
1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar

2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
Spinach leaves
2 avocados, pitted, peeled, and sliced
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese

Off to bed, I need my beauty rest as the rest of the week is gonna be B-U-S-Y!!

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Alison June 25, 2009 at 12:20 am

Out of curiosity, why do you use Braggs? I looked at the ingredients and saw that it had soy in it. I’d just assumed it was a substitute for soy. Why not use soy sauce?

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Marianne June 25, 2009 at 12:32 am

Oooh, that quinoa salad sounds good!

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What I Eat, Apparently June 25, 2009 at 12:38 am

The Greek quinoa looks absolutely amazing!

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Erica June 25, 2009 at 12:43 am

That breakfast looks so yummy! I am going to have that tomorrow. Thanks.

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Katrina (gluten free gidget) June 25, 2009 at 9:05 am

That quinoa recipe sounds delicious! What is your favorite quinoa recipe? Mine is my Quinoa-sotto! (aka risotto made with quinoa)

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Diana (Soap & Chocolate) June 25, 2009 at 10:32 am

Love the b’fast idea! Sometimes just the name can make it 1000x more exciting!

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Katharina June 25, 2009 at 11:55 am

Heyy how much does a Costco membership cost? There are certain things that just make more sense to get in bulk :D

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ksgoodeats June 25, 2009 at 12:13 pm

Hellooooo amazing meals! All three of those sound delicious!!

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Tasty Health Food June 25, 2009 at 2:15 pm

Ooh, your cereal looks yummy. :) I’ve never tried quinoa, but I’ve always wanted to. Thanks for the recipe!

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janetha June 25, 2009 at 3:18 pm

loving that banana split business!

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Tina June 26, 2009 at 5:42 am

Wow, your greek quinoa dish looks great!

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Katie June 26, 2009 at 11:13 am

I have never had quinoa but yours looks so so good. I think I will have to try it. What does it taste like??

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Melissa June 26, 2009 at 3:53 pm

wow great eats for a busy day

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Robin June 26, 2009 at 6:55 pm

I’ve always seen that Kashi stuff but have never tried it. One of these days I’ll have to pick it up!

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frenchybelle June 26, 2009 at 9:37 pm

WOW that quinoa salad looks and sounds SO GOOD!!!!

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Jenn (eating bender) June 27, 2009 at 4:43 pm

Oh wow, does that Greek quinoa ever look amazing! It looks just like something you would find at the ever-popular Whole Foods hot bar :)

I’m so glad to read that you are enjoying your nutrition class so far! You’re a natural, in my humble opinion! Revel in the busyness – I’ve discovered that no matter how hard I try, I am virtually always BUSY, so I might as well embrace it at this point or I will drive myself insane. lol.

Hope you’re having a fun weekend, Miss Brittany! Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog, as always!

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Emily June 27, 2009 at 8:03 pm

Wow! What delicious and colorful eats! :D

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Ellen September 7, 2009 at 11:01 am

Making this tonight for dinner. Thanks Brittany !

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Paula February 24, 2010 at 8:32 pm

Hmmm, I’ve never eatin quinoa. Your recipe looks simple enough. I’ll pick some up next time I’m at the grocery store and I love your breakfast. Quick and simple.

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angela July 27, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Looks great but I may be silly for asking this but its cooked quinoa right?

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Eating Bird Food July 27, 2011 at 9:03 pm

It’s uncooked in the ingredient list but if you click over to the full recipe it has instructions on how to cook it – http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipes/quick-recipes/dinner/7-fat-fighting-dinners/?page=7

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eatingbirdfood June 25, 2009 at 8:28 am

Hey Alison This is actually my first time using liquid aminos and I bought it when shopping with a friend and she recommended it. At first I thought liquid amino had significantly less sodium but in reality when you factor in the serving sizes it has about 600mg per 1 tablespoon, whereas tamari has 700mg.. so not really that great. Usually I use shoyu or tamari or low sodium soy sauce. haha.. I don’t really have a good answer as to which is better for you. :)

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eatingbirdfood June 28, 2009 at 2:48 pm

I think they cost around $50 a year, but I’m an add-on as part of my Dad’s plan which only costs $5 a year. I don’t go there that often since I’m only usually buying for one or two and the packages take up some much room in the cabinets, freezer/fridge. If I weren’t on my Dad’s plan I probably wouldn
t feel as though it was worth the $50 a year…

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eatingbirdfood June 28, 2009 at 2:52 pm

It’s a mild nutty flavor and takes on the flavor/seasonings you cook it with rather easily.

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