Think Pink! Quinoa Style

Hi loves!

I hope you had a good Monday. Mine was filled with a whole lot of nothing. The day after I get home from a trip (whether it is a weekend, week or month), I am always exhausted and need a full day of recovery from traveling. I only moved today to go to work and the grocery store (*judges self*). I still need to figure out how to recover from a trip more effectively than submersing myself into the Netflix movie Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas.

Grab your tissues y'all.

Grab your tissues y’all. 

But this movie was so good. Tear jerker. Grab a box of tissues if you are going to watch it. And maybe chocolate. And maybe, maybe wine. Definitely wine.

Looking back, I guess I did more than watch this movie and work today. I also had my roommates try my peanut butter banana energy bites. When I opened the tupperware to have them try one, they were so hesitant. But after they ate them, they were shocked by how good they were! Eating healthy does not mean it’s going to taste gross. Then, I had my spanish roommate try a date because she’d never had one (I’ve been making homemade Larabars with dates! Nommsssss). She wasn’t a fan. You can’t win them all lol.

Okay, so this is a really random blog post but I also wanted to post a recipe of a food I’ve featured on my Instagram and my “What I’m Loving” posts. It’s PINK QUINOA! QUE MONO!

Pink Quinoa with Beets and Goat Cheese 

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Ingredients: 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa, 1-3/4 cup vegetable broth, 1/2 cup canned or jarred beets, 1/2 cup beet juice (from the can or jar of beets), 1/4 cup goat cheese

Prep time: 35 minutes | Ready in: 65 minutes

Directions: Measure out 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa and put in a pan with 2 cups vegetable broth (you can use water too, but I prefer vegetable juice as I think it adds more flavor). Let quinoa soak in vegetable broth for about 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, turn the heat on high and bring quinoa to a boil. Once boiled, reduce to a simmer and allow quinoa to cook until the vegetable broth is absorbed into the quinoa. Add lid if you want. This should take about 20 minutes. After it is done, allow quinoa to cool and move it into the fridge for about 30 minutes. While quinoa is cooling in the fridge, cut 1/2 cup beets and 1/4 cup goat cheese. When quinoa is cool, take out of the fridge and add the beets and goat cheese to quinoa. Last, pour in about 1/2 cup beet juice from the beets (use your own judgement, you don’t want it to be soupy, but you want it to have a nice pink color). Enjoy plain or on a bed of greens. I ate mine with spinach!
Note: I cooked my quinoa the night before and let it cool in the fridge all day before preparing this.

Nutrition: 4 servings, 1/2 cup each, 1 serving contains
206 kCal | 8.6g fat | 20.1 g carbohydrates | 2.3 g dietary fiber | 12 g protein

I really like the nutrition facts of this recipe. Good balance of fat, carbs (high in fiber) and protein. I also love this recipe because it’s colorful! Any natural food that has a rich color is generally rich in nutrients. Beets are a deep pink color and are full of antioxidants. I love learning about antioxidants because they are a newer discovery (relatively speaking) in nutrition and medicine. We have known about vitamins and minerals for a long time, but the health benefits of many antioxidants is still being researched today. Beets contain polyphenols and betalains. Along with antioxidants, they also are very nutrient dense in folate (arguably, the MOST important nutrient for pregnant women as it helps prevent spinal bifida), manganese, potassium, copper, fiber, phosphorus, vitamin C, iron and vitamin B6. Aside from the nutrition benefits of eating beets, I think I liked this recipe best because it was pink.

But really.

But really. 

How do you recover from a trip? What is your favorite way to eat quinoa? 

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What I’m Loving This Week

Hey it’s the weekend! Yay! 

So here’s a few things I’m loving this week:

1. That I’m currently in Salamanca for a sexy valentines day weekend with my lover Taylor (okay, it’s actually a girls weekend). Follow my Instagram or Twitter (both @wanderlustkait) for live updates on the trip if you want! I always update those while I’m traveling with pictures! 

2. That two of my adorable younger students thought American money had penguins in the middle after I taught a lesson about shopping and we used this as money:

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3. This mug. It doesn’t need words. It didn’t need an Instagram filter. It’s that cute.

Wait did I just post a picture of a mug? #postgradproblems

Wait, did I just post a picture of a mug? #postgradproblems

4. The fact that I feel the need to post a selfie on this blog to show you how big the cute mug is, by comparing it to the size of my face. I JUST WANTED EVERYONE TO KNOW IT WAS AN OVERSIZED ROUND MUG AND THAT’S WHY IT’S CUTE. This picture was taken after a workout, so please don’t judge my lack of makeup or hair.

But really, don't judge my hair.

But really, don’t judge my hair.

5. Discovering pink quinoa (will post recipe soon!). Food is always better pink, AMIRIGHT

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6. Cosmo Magazine. Also, that it came with a free BB cream. I’m excited to try it out! I love trying new make up, but I will say, I’m a die hard for Aveda face products.

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7. Strawberries. They are everywhere in the supermarkets and super cheap. Nommmssss.

HELLO VITAMIN C AND ANTIOXIDANTS!

HELLO VITAMIN C AND ANTIOXIDANTS!

8. That I saw this view while walking home from work the other night. I love old architecture by new buildings. This building is the Iberdrola Tower and is a famous building in Bilbao. It is actually the only high-rise in the city. Bilbao doesn’t have a skyline full of buildings, so this building really stands out, especially at night when you walk along the Nervión river (the river that runs from the Bay of Biscay through Bilbao). The Basques love to talk about it too, as it’s only two years old and a new addition to Bilbao.

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9. That this happened: I taught Valentine’s day puns this week in class (shout out to Jenny for giving me the idea!). This one went over realllllly well with a group of 9 year old boys:

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Bad judgement on my part…. “KEITLANNN, what are buns?” -student *clicks to next slide to avoid talking about this with a group of 9 year old boys* “NO GO BACK PLEASE, ohhhh jajajjajaja I know what are buns” -student *whispers to friends in spanish what buns are, everyone laughs*

10. This song.

And that’s it! How are you guys? What are some things you’re loving this week?