WIAW: Coll Balls & Quinoa’d Veggies

Happy WIAW all!

Thanks Peas & Crayons for hosting!

Breakfast was the cereal combination I had on Monday morning.

My late morning snack was watermelon, mid 100 question Econ quiz. I kind of just cut and threw them on this platter. It was timed.

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Lunch today consisted of yesterday’s Chickpea Spinach Burgers. So amazing.

I paired the burger with cherry tomatoes, baby spinach, and placed it between a whole wheat sandwich thin spread with garlic roasted hummus. A little sweet potato made it’s way on my plate as well.

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This is what it looked like half way through. I figured you could get a better idea of what it actually looked like once it was all put together and from the eater’s point of view.

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Side note: I had a dentist appointment today for my 6 month cleaning, and my dentist may or may not have told me I should considering becoming a dentist, because he thinks I’d make a great one. 🙂 #lifemade

It could be because I always ask a million questions about everything every time I’m there, or because he simply sees a dentist sparkle in me. Either or.

Did you know the hard white build up that typically forms behind your teeth is called “calculus?” Most don’t. It’s a combination of plaque and saliva. Those that salivate more have more calculus (P.S. fiber rich diets cause increased salivation). Since I was so concerned, he recommended I get a scraper from CVS and take care of this calculus myself between the 6 months. He even gave me lessons and let me try scraping with a model mouth. Some call it a dentist appointment, I call it a dentistry lesson. 😉

Since my mom was whining that I hadn’t saved any Coll Balls for her when I made them on Monday, I made another batch up. What a princess. I guess this would qualify as our afternoon snack.

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Coll Balls

You can really put whatever your heart desires in here, as long as they stick together. This is my basic ball though:

  • 1.5 cup rolled oats (sometimes I do half rolled, half steel cut)
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/3 cup agave nectar (or honey)
  • Handful of nuts (I used sliced almonds & walnuts)
  • 2 tb chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup flax meal
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

Just mix it all together in a bowl with a spoon. Form balls. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Eat.

For dinner, we had a quinoa veggie dish on the schedule, so I had a faint idea of what I’d be making…

Since this is one of my favorite dishes and most popular at school, I figured I would walk you all through the process. On Sundays at school, I make a huuuge batch of this to last me through the week. Just heat and eat OR go the cool route. Quinoa’s versatility is really quite spectacular.

Gather all your veggies and herbs! Big and tall, smelly or slimy, they’re all invited. I usually just use whatever I have in my apartment or house, but today I used mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, yellow tomatoes, white onion, green bell pepper, baby spinach, garlic cloves, and fresh basil.

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Do a little choppity-chopping. I swear this part takes the longest.

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Boil your pot of water. Pour your uncooked quinoa in. Today, I used 4 cups, which will last me at least a week. Immediately after, place your veggies in a large fry pan with olive oil on medium heat. Continuously stir both the quinoa in the pot and veggies in the pan.

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You can tell the veggies are ready when the mushrooms, onions and garlic start to slightly brown, and the tomatoes, peppers and spinach start to shrivel. I personally just know it’s ready when the garlic aroma gets to a certain level. The nose always knows.

People have different preferences when it comes to quinoa doneness, just like pasta. I prefer it al dente, so when I reheat it later, it’s not mushy.

But when the veggies and quinoa are both done, drain the quinoa and put it in the pan with the sauteed veggies.

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Mix them together. I usually add a little more olive oil at this point, along with some cracked  pepper and a little Italian seasoning. My mom suggested I add fresh squeezed lemon juice, so I did just that.

This part is easy. Serve and eat.

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Vegan week update:

I still feel the same. I don’t feel like I’ve had to alter my eating too much at all. The only things I’ve felt like I’ve been missing out on are sweets, which is totally fine. Knowing my sweet tooth, that’s for the best anyways. Birthday cake at work, a cookie cake at home, no chocolate chips in my Coll Balls…I’m not even bitter. I find myself grabbing fruit when I want something sweet instead. OR now a Coll Ball. It’s worked well.

And yes, my energy level is still the same in my workouts. I can’t say I feel as though I have more energy, but I’m definitely able to keep up just as well as I did before.

I have noticed that after-meal bloating has gone away. In general, my meals have made me feel lighter in comparison. It’s as if I’m a feather verging on floating away. Lol jk, but really, it’s a good, satisfying feeling. I’m just always so content afterwards.

Alright, well I hope that WIAW helped ya c-how-i-do. 😉

Chow!

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