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Cranberry-Pecan Quinoa Chicken Salad

6 Jan

Confession:  I totally did eat the ice cream last night.  I regret nothing.

Anyway, here is the recipe for the quinoa salad that I made yesterday. Enjoy!

Cranberry-Pecan Quinoa Chicken Salad

Cranberry Pecan Quinoa Chicken Salad - Clean Eating

Ingredients:

  • 2 lg chicken breasts, cut into 3 strips each
  • 4 cloves chopped garlic
  • 3/4 quinoa, cooked & cooled
  • 1/2 c. chopped green onion
  • 3/4 c. dried cranberries
  • 3/4 c. chopped pecans
  • 3 T. red wine vinegar
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 3 T. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 T. honey
  • 1/4 c. + 1 T. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. dried sage, chopped; salt and pepper

The night before you are going to make this, prepare a marinade for the chicken using the 1/4 c. lemon juice, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, garlic, and sage.  Let chicken marinate overnight.  For time management’s sake, I suggest cooking the quinoa and grilling the chicken at the same time.  I actually used my broiler for the chicken because we don’t have a grill.  That way, everything will cool at the same rate.  When you are waiting for everything to cool, prepare the dressing by whisking the balsamic vinegar, honey, 1 T. lemon juice, and olive oil together in a small dish.  Once the chicken is cool enough to work with, add the green onions to the vinegar  mixture and let the flavor really soak in while you cube up the chicken.  I cut the chicken into bite size pieces.  Then, mix the chicken and the balsamic dressing with the quinoa.  Toss the cranberries and pecans in last.  Super easy!

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No More Days Off!

5 Jan

Swear, I sat on the couch earlier today and said OUT LOUD to Christina: “I’m just not going to run today and I will really hit the gym hard tomorrow.”  And then I sat there for like 45 minutes thinking about what I had said.  That’s such a lie!  I will hit the gym just as hard as I normally do, but it will never make up for a missed opportunity.  I finally woke up feeling like I’m on the other side of this bug.  And yet I’m convincing myself to take an un-needed day off?  Lame.  So, I did what must be done when you’ve piddled around so long that it’s now dark outside and the polar vortex has begun its assault.  I hit the treadmill and did 1 mile of HILLS.  YOU GUYS.  All of the hills.  And then, because I evaluated my condition and determined that I was not going to die, I committed to going another mile of no hills at a comfortable, slow pace.  I made it three quarters into the second mile and my hips started to feel really tight.  So, I walked the last quarter and finished in almost exactly the same time as my first mile!  Hollerrrrrr.

Lunch today was tasty and was also my dinner.  Let’s be honest, I may even eat some for lunch again tomorrow.  It was that good.  It was a cold  quinoa salad with grilled chicken, scallions, cranberries, and pecans.  I will post the recipe on Monday.

Sneaky Snacks I ate today:  Some of the MIL’s banana bread.  I can’t resist it!  A bottle of diet coke.  I think that might be it, you guys!  This is usually where I feel like I should celebrate with a big bowl of ice cream…so I think I will chew gum and drink water.  Lots of water.

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