Dirty Quinoa

Serves: 3-4 people
Hands-on time: 15-20 min
Total time: 30 min

This recipe for “dirty” quinoa is adapted from the dirty rice I used to make all the time when I was single and cooking was a low priority.  I also used to chop up hotdogs and throw them in to make a meal, but um I don’t do that anymore. Now it’s just clean, whole, unprocessed food for me.  I sure wish they made a natural hotdog flavor I could add to a dish to get my hotdog fix.  Anyway, enough about hot dogs, let’s make some dirty quinoa!


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Fresh Pears With Cinnamon

Dessert! Who doesn’t crave something sweet after a meal? If you said “me” you’re lying (or deluded). Even if you truly don’t crave sweets, you’re missing out on one of the best things life has to offer.

The best, healthiest dessert is a simple pile of whole fruit, whatever’s in season.  In the middle of the winter, pears are perfect because they are still widely available and didn’t have to fly from Peru to North America (very bad for the environment).

  1. Cut a ripe pear into eight wedges
  2. Cut out the seeds and stem.
  3. Sprinkle with cinnamon, then sprinkle with some more cinnamon.
  4. Eat.

The. Best. Ever.

Photo of pear with cinnamon

Scrambled Eggs with Spinach and Feta

Serves: 1 person
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 5 min
Cleanup Time: 2 min
Total: 12 min
WW Points: 5

This savory high-protein breakfast uses only three basic ingredients — scrambled eggs, spinach, and feta — and whips up in just 10 minutes.  It’s perfect with a can of low-sodium V8 and a cup of coffee. Continue reading “Scrambled Eggs with Spinach and Feta”

Quick Low Calorie Breakfast Burrito

We have this wonderful Mexican takeout place near our house that has breakfast burritos that are to die for. Unfortunately they pack a punch when it comes to calories. If you prefer the same taste without the guilt, here’s a low calorie breakfast burrito I came up with that I think you’ll really like. Continue reading “Quick Low Calorie Breakfast Burrito”

Three Vital Behaviors for Losing Weight

A few weeks ago I was listening to a book on influence and the author cited research that revealed three vital behaviors of people who lose weight and keep it off.

  1. Eat breakfast
  2. Weigh yourself daily
  3. Exercise at home (i.e. using home equipment)

Does this mean this is ALL you have to do?  Probably not, but if you are trying to lose weight and are struggling, it’s worth adding these activities to your regimen!

Working out at home is not as hard as it sounds.   A couple of DVDs and something to act as a stepper and some weights is all you really need to start out.  You could also forgo all accessories and just walk (or run) up and down your stairs or do crunches and dips).   You can always acquire equipment at garage sales or on Craigslist over time if you find that you need more variety in your routine.

Losing weight isn’t easy, so it pays to use every advantage you can!