Kitchen Sink Quinoa

Evening, friends!

First of all, thank you ALL so much for the lovely, amazing, wonderful comments you left me about my first 5k. I definitely think there will be more races in my future! :)

After work, I bolted to the gym and was determined to finish a weight circuit in 30 minutes. I wanted to get sweaty and get outta there! It was actually kind of fun, racing the clock-it kept me goin’!

This workout is my go-to weight training workout. Try this next time you want something quick, sweaty and tough.

Go To Weights Workout (3-4 sets of 15 reps of each)

  • Squats (on squat machine or squats with 10 lb. weights in each arm)
  • Leg presses
  • Calf raises (again, I used a machine, but you can do these without one)
  • Skull crushers
  • Bicep curls
  • Shoulder raises (I either use a shoulder machine, or do them with free weights, sitting on an exercise ball)
  • 4 sets of 30 varying crunches (I do whatever I’m feeling at the time!)

When I came home, all I wanted was a big plate of food! Once I finally settled on the grain of choice, I picked random things from the fridge and threw them in. The result was more delicious than I thought!

Kitchen Sink Quinoa

  • 1 c. quinoa
  • 1 small Russet potato, chopped
  • 1 bundle of asparagus, chunked
  • 2 tbsp. almonds, chopped
  • 1/2 c. chickpeas, drained
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 2 tbsp. fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 375F. Place potatoes and asparagus on a lined baking sheet and spray with cooking spray, season with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Roast for 30 minutes, or until veggies are tender and golden. While veggies roast, cook quinoa according to directions and fluff with a fork. Add veggies, parmesan, almonds, lemon juice and chickpeas to cooked quinoa and serve.

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About Alexa

Hi! I'm Alexa, and I'm a 27-year-old living and working in Elmsford, NY. I dream about food, cooking and could bake all day long if you let me. If you have any suggestions, comments, or just want to say hi, send me an email:
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13 Responses to Kitchen Sink Quinoa

  1. Brittany says:

    Yay for your 5K!! The paper to hang on your wall is awesome! Everything about that quinoa looks amazzzzzing!

  2. I don’t know why but I always find that kitchen sink creations turn out surprisingly tasty :)

  3. I love quinoa bowls! My favorite is quinoa with all of my favorite Mexican fixins – salsa, black beans, veggies, cheese! YUM!

  4. I love quinoa, it’s so easy to work with and add things too. This looks really good :)

  5. Becca says:

    I really think I need to steal your “kitchen sink” title… I open teh fridge and jsut create soooo often!

  6. Trying to beat the clock always keeps me going at the gym too. I make sure not to waste any time which is great because I tend to get distracted verryyyy easily.

    Oh and that quinoa looks delish! I’ve been in love with quinoa lately!

  7. I love quinoa with a lot of veggies. This looks delicious! )

  8. Jordan says:

    ahhh just catching up on my blogs, so a belated congrats on your first race!! :)
    that meal looks great. i have yet to make quinoa! i need to asap.

  9. It’s been a while since I’ve had Quinoa. Kitchn sink Quinoa looks amazing!

  10. Kate says:

    Mmmmmm, quinoa. Love it. I usually mix in chicken and some veggies, such a good meal.

  11. ohhh awesome workout and delicious meal! :)

  12. Yum! “Kitchen sink” anything is my favorite, and I love quinoa. Looks great!

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