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Week 5 + Slow Cooker Quinoa with Black Beans

Hey My Darling Doves!

Thanks for all of your comments on my last post. Last night was definitely not a best night of sleep (I got home late and tossed most of the night), but hopefully I will get to bed earlier tonight and get a good night’s rest.

I just finished my fifth week of ThisFitChick’s workout program – and the intensity has really gone up. Split days have been included and drop sets introduced. I love the definition I’ve been getting in my arms from this program (and have learned A LOT from it and discovered a lot about myself that I didn’t know before). My arms were KILLING me today as I was doing the drop-sets since I had just worked my arms the day before. (I always have Sunday as my day of rest, and so I did it today instead of tomorrow, so I didn’t have a day’s rest between…. I’ll try to figure this out for this next week so that doesn’t happen – I may have to move some of the workouts around, but I’ll get them all in.) This week I mixed up the cardio again, so Jillian and Kim’s sections on the Biggest Loser Cardio Max DVD for the cardio (as I can’t use a treadmill, but I pick other cardio based on the workout planned to fit in with the goal of that cardio workout – the cardio max usually fits that bill). Another one of the weight-lifting moves I had to change because I don’t have access to a leg press machine, so I did weighted squats in their place. Still got the burn. 😉

Since I’m going up to college and will be living in a dorm in less than 8 weeks, I’ve been striving to find meals and recipes I can easily prepare at college and don’t take a lot of time to do so. One of those things is my slow cooker (who will be my BEST friend in January – he can help keep me warm! :)). This is one of my favorite recipes for the slow cooker.


My Slow Cooker Quinoa with Black Beans!


Chop up an onion. Heat a little coconut oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.


Add the onion and garlic to the pan, sautéing until lightly browned.


Take off the heat and set aside (remember to turn off the burner!).


Thoroughly wash the quinoa. I do this by placing my quinoa in a bowl and adding water over it (enough to thoroughly cover it).


Then I stir it around with my finger and/or spoon for a few minutes until the water gets cloudy. That cloudiness is that bitter flavor coming off of the quinoa, so don’t skip this part if you can help it! I like rinsing it a little bit longer just to make sure.


Strain the quinoa and grab your slow cooker!


Rinse the black beans and add them to the bowl.


Followed by the quinoa, carrots, and sautéed onion and garlic.


Add the cumin, chili powder, and top it off with the water.


Stir them all together.


Cook on High for 2-3 hours, until the quinoa is cooked and their little “tails” emerge from the seeds.


Fluff it up with a fork. Serve. Makes about 8 cups worth.

I like to top it with some more coconut oil and a dash of garlic salt. 🙂


Slow Cooker Quinoa with Black Beans

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 3/4 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 (15-oz) sliced carrots (or 1 ¾ cup sliced raw carrots)
  • 2 (15-oz) cans black beans (or 3 ½ cup prepared beans)
  • 1 ½ cup water (or vegetable broth)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Chop up an onion. Heat a little coconut oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic to the pan, sautéing until lightly browned. Take off the heat and set aside. (Remember to turn off the burner.)

Thoroughly wash the quinoa. I do this by placing my quinoa in a bowl and adding water over it (enough to thoroughly cover it). Then I stir it around with my finger and/or spoon for a few minutes until the water gets cloudy. That cloudiness is that bitter flavor coming off of the quinoa, so don’t skip this part if you can help it! I like rinsing it a little bit longer just to make sure. Strain the quinoa and grab your slow cooker!

Rinse the black beans and add them to the bowl. Followed by the quinoa, carrots, and sautéed onion and garlic. Add the cumin, chili powder, and top it off with the water. Stir them all together. Cook on High for 2-3 hours, until the quinoa is cooked (and their little “tails” emerge from the seeds). Fluff it up with a fork. Serve.

Makes about 8 cups worth.

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And not only is this Vegan, Gluten-Free, High-Protein, Veggie-filled, Sugar-Free, but it is Absolutely Delicious. 🙂

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Ever used Qunioa before?

This is my favorite way to use it. I still want to try it in baking and smoothies and for breakfast.

Do you have an exercise that you hate but love?

Planks are one of those for me. They’re hard, but absolutely worth it. One exercise I disdain is push ups. I love chest-presses (it’s my favorite exercise), but push-ups and me do not get along. I simply don’t like them. I’d rather do 3 sets of chest-presses than 2 sets of push ups.

Do you like Daylight Saving Time? Do you prefer to set the clock forward or backward?

I love gaining an hour (like in fall), but losing one is never fun (like in spring). I’m glad I have an “extra” hour tonight – hopefully I’ll get a good amount of sleep in preparation to working with my sunbeams in the morning. (Those little ones are SO worth it!)

With lots of hugs,


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15 thoughts on “Week 5 + Slow Cooker Quinoa with Black Beans

    1. Awwwhhh, thanks Liz! 🙂 I’ve been trying to incorporate more quinoa in my meals too. I used to be scared of it because I didn’t know how to use it, but now I’m getting more comfortable with it and LOVE it! 😀

    1. Haha. I don’t blame you, Karina. I did them today and my arms are SO SORE. But I got through them. They are not my favorite, but the more I do them the less formidable they seem. One step at a time.

  1. Yay for slow cooker! I love mine! It was the best when I was working at a desk job and wasn’t home to cook. I definitely didn’t cook when I was in college, though, haha! I mean, I did my senior year, but freshman-junior years I definitely was eating on campus. 😉

    1. Hey Rach! My parents actually bought me a card for those days that I can’t get back to my dorm to grab some fuel before I run to my other class, but I hope to use the crock pot for dinners in the evening (get it done in the morning so I don’t have to worry about it later). I know it will be getting a lot of use.

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