As most of you know, I’ve started running. A lot. After running I go into this mode where my stomach turns into a black hole and I inhale everything in sight. Not good, especially when you want to lose weight! I’m trying to see what works and what doesn’t. This week’s experiment is protein. I came up with this easy recipe that has lots of protein (and other good things).
Maple and Vanilla Quinoa Oats
1/4 cup quinoa
1/4 cup oats
1 cup water
1 tbs soy protein isolate
1/2 tbs maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup vanilla soy milk
optional mixed berries
nutrition: 391 cal / 6.15 g fat / 34.25 g protein / 5 g fiber / 35.75% iron *daily value (DV is based on 2000 cal I believe)
Add the quinoa, oats, and water to a medium saucepan. Stir in the protein powder until it dissolves in the water.
Bring the water to a gentle boil then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 10-15 minutes (or as long as directed on the instructions for your quinoa).
*note: the quinoa and oats I used have the same water : grain ration (2:1), but check with the ones you plan to use first.
Once cooked, mix in the vanilla, vanilla soy milk, and maple syrup. Place in a serving dish and add mixed berries if desired.
So far, no major hunger pangs yet – hurrah!
I am also really excited to try these new Vegan-friendly meat substitutes I found at Fresh & Easy. They look really good, and after visiting the company’s website, I am pretty excited to try them out! There are a bunch of yummy looking recipes on their website.
Has anyone tried these out before? Let us know!
Have a wonderful day everyone!
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The other night, my husband made a quick trip to the grocery store near our house. He came back, elated. He found some Soybean butter (tastes like peanut butter) and bought some grape jelly. He proceeded to (giddily) prepare himself some “P”B & J sandwiches for lunch.
I took a day off from running yesterday because my knees were finally starting to feel it after 7 days (and 17 miles), so I spent the day cooking. I am trying to make a recipe my Mom suggested, but didn’t get it quite right yet.
I came up with these instead. They make a great snack or a yummy dessert. I would recommend eating them right away – we left a few in the refrigerator for a couple of hours and they got a little mushy but still tasted yummy! I think I may have to make them into mini-protein cakes for my post-run inhalation of food (I will post a recipe if I do) .
PB & J Quinoa Sandwich Bites
2 tbs peanut butter (or soybean butter if you’re allergic!)
2 cups cooked quinoa
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp agave nectar or 1 tbs brown cane sugar
about 1 tbs grape jelly or your favorite jam (make sure it doesn’t have gelatin!)
Another easy recipe, just add the ingredients (except for the Jelly/Jam) to a mixing bowl and mix!
Prepare a sheet of parchment paper – you can use one big square or individual squares. The parchment is non-stick, which makes preparing (and eating) these treats a lot easier. Gently form a small amount of quinoa into a circle (mine were about 2″ across).
Add a thin layer of jelly.
Then use your hand to form a “top” for your sandwich.
The recipe makes about 10 little sandwiches.
We demolished them.
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