My Go-To Meal— WIAW #29

Until recently I wasn’t eating rice. Why? Probably because I was paleo for a while and rice is a no-no for many paleo peeps. Anyways, I wasn’t eating rice until recently when the boy and I decided that we wanted Chipotle for dinner.. LIFE CHANGER!

SO. For today’s WIAW I wanted to let you know what my go-to meal is.. which is what I had for dinner last night, and what I’m having for lunch today.

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“Chipotle” Bowl

Ingredients
1/2 cup dry rice (cooked to yield ~1 cup of rice)
pinto beans
meat (depends on what I have, I’ve used chicken breast, chicken sausage, or what is pictured is italian sausage)
shredded cheese
salsa
guacamole

Directions
Put rice in bowl, top with beans, meat, cheese, salsa and guac. Enjoy!

And let’s be honest, I mix it up thoroughly before I eat it.. So it really looks like this…

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As usual, let’s thank Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting the WIAW party every week!

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Sneaky Sneaky..

So remember a bit back how I wrote about how sometimes eating healthy really stinks?! That I really need to trick my mind into eating whatever I brought for lunch because it sounds just too dang healthy?! Well, truth is sometimes I still need to trick myself into eating veggies.. Let’s take a closer look.

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The other day I made some of my First Time Curry (though not first time anymore) and it happened to be a vegetarian version. Well, despite that, when I was at the grocery store before I made it I was trying to figure out what to put in it so that I got some veggies in the meal too. Now that I’m more conscious of what I put into my body, I feel like I need to make sure that veggies make it into every meal.

My First Time Curry had tomatoes, yes, but that didn’t seem like enough. Not to mention that in my book, beans and chickpeas don’t count as vegetables. So golly, what was I going to do?

I decided to stop in the frozen food aisle to grab a frozen veggie mix, one with peas, carrots, green beans, and corn. Honestly, I didn’t really know what I wanted, but I knew that I didn’t want one with only peas. To give credit where credit is due, I actually got the idea from Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean who makes her veggie mac which always looks AMAZING.

So I decided to be sneaky and add half of the veggie mix into my curry. I mean, I enjoy mushrooms so I added a whole container of those, but I just wanted it to be veggie packed without having to add a ton of veggies that I just don’t like.

Sneaky Sneaky. Seriously. Sometimes I feel like I’m the mother AND the child. “Tricking” myself into eating veggies.

Example two of how I’m both mother and child. I’ve been making these smoothies for breakfast lately. When I go to the gym in the morning it’s really nice to have a good breakfast afterwards. Another give credit where credit is due, my roommate was doing this for awhile (and sometimes still does).

Anywho. I said on Wednesday how I made a smoothie consisting of 1 c frozen fruit, 1 c spinach, 1 c unsweetened almond milk, 1 scoop light vanilla creme muscle milk, and 1 scoop vanilla Herbalife Formula 1.

Did ya see it? Did ya see it?! SPINACH! I’m sneaking spinach into my breakfast smoothie! Yes yes, I’ve been doing this for a while, but it’s sooo different doing it for breakfast! I mean seriously. Spinach for breakfast?! Who woulda known!

So there you have it folks. Not only do you now know that sometimes I think eating healthy sucks, but I also have to sneak veggies into my meal as a mother would for her child.

Please. Hold the applause. 😉

My Go-To Meat Sauce!!

So I’ve made this MORE than once and since it’s something that I keep coming back to I decided it was time to post the recipe!

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Ingredients:
2 hamburger patties (2/3 lbs in total)
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can tomato paste
1 (or more) full handful of spinach
spices (oregano, parsley, etc.)
minced garlic
Extras: Mushrooms (canned or fresh), onions or peppers (onions cooked to translucent before beef), or added some crushed red pepper to added some hotness!!

Directions:
Cook hamburger & crumble until cooked through. Drain off excess fat.
Add in can of diced tomatoes(added in the water/juice too), tomato paste, spices & garlic. Mix thoroughly. Allow to cook for about 5 minutes.
Add in spinach then cover pan to allow to wilt, about 5 minutes.

Serve over pasta, or spaghetti squash, or my new favorite QUINOA!