I felt the need to redeem myself for dinner last night after yesterday's epic failure for breakfast. I was in the mood for protein pancakes but wanted to change it up a little bit. I chopped an apple, tossed it with a little honey and cinnamon and threw that mixture on the stove to brown a little bit and soften the apples.
So far so good. I should have just used that as pancake topping. Instead I decided to put it in the pancake batter. Looks harmless enough:
You try flipping that. It was really just a pile of cooked pancake batter mixed with cinnamon apples. Still delicious, but not the presentation I was looking for (to present to myself of course).
After work, I was brainstorming: something veggie...cold...protein...not tofu...a quinoa salad! It was pretty freaking delish - possibly horn tooting quality.
While the 3/4 cup of quinoa was cooking, I sauteed some chopped mushrooms, 1/4 yellow onion and some garlic. Once that was done, I put it in a mixing bowl with 3 diced roma tomatoes, fresh chopped mint (from our plant!), 1/2 diced cucumber, and 1/2 package of TJ's steamed lentils (cold). I let the quinoa cool a little bit and mixed it into the bowl, along with a little bit of balsamic vinegar. The idea was to eat it cold (mint...cucumber...refreshing...you get the idea) but it was pretty bangin the way it was at room temp - straight out of the mixing bowl. I knew I'd get to test the chilled version today for lunch so I went for it.
While all that was going on, I had some kale chips in the oven too.
Even better than last time. I prepped the kale as usual, but this time, I came up with a magical seasoning blend.
Verdict: my half is gone. ;-) I had to save some for Colleen though.
Have a fantastic Friday!! xo Shaina