Curried Quinoa with Blueberries, Snap Peas and Mint

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I don’t think I’ve ever mixed fresh berries with rice or quinoa before…
So, when I spotted this recipe in my Vegetarian Times, I knew I would have to try it.
Plus it had curry and mint in it, two ingredients that I don’t use that much.
It also required coconut oil, which Ive heard a ton about but have never tried it myself.
(i know, I know, I really late to the party…)
This is one of my favorite magazines and it has never let me down with a recipe, so I tried it yesterday.
The recipe is easy to follow and jammed packed with flavor.
It was a tad bit on the sweet side for me but the hubby loved it!

Curried Quinoa with Blueberries, Snap Peas and Mint
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Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. coconut oil, divided
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 1½ Tbsp. curry powder
  • 1 pinch salt, optional
  • 1 small shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 cup fresh snap peas
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • ½ cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
  • ⅛ cup chopped fresh mint
  • ⅛ cup chopped salted cashews
Instructions
  1. Melt 1 Tbsp. coconut oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add quinoa and curry powder. Sauté 1 to 2 minutes, or until lightly toasted and fragrant.
  3. Add 2 cups water and salt and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer 12 minutes without stirring, or until quinoa is cooked through and water is absorbed. Remove from heat, and keep covered.
  5. Melt remaining 1 tsp. coconut 
oil in medium skillet over medium heat.
  6. Add shallot, and sauté 2 minutes, or until translucent.
  7. Stir 
in snap peas, and sauté 5 minutes.
  8. Add blueberries, and cook 30 seconds, or until warmed through.
  9. Combine blueberry mixture and quinoa in large bowl.
  10. Serve dolloped with yogurt and sprinkled with mint and cashews.

 

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ROUGH 2 Days

 

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The past two days have been rough.
I don’t normally post a bunch about “my bad d days” but this past 48 hours has seriously put me thru the ringer.
I’ve had lows, highs, had 2 DEXCOM sensors fail and am running on little sleep.

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I feel horrible and just want my body to calm down.
I know it’s just a blip in my week but it has sucked.
I had to cancel 2 runs and tomorrow am supposed to complete a 10 miler…
Not sure if that will even happen.
DIABETES SUCKS
Alright, thanks for letting me vent for 10 seconds, I’m done.
Today is WIAW so lets take a peek at some of the things I gobbled down…

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BREAKFAST – 2 salt & vinegar rice cakes w/my morning seed dose – sesame, dukkah, chia & flax w/hummus, egg and pea sprouts
MORNING JUICE –  Not pictured but delicious and very green
SNACK – water and handful of gummi bears
LUNCH – 3 homemade chicken spring rolls
SNACK – sampling the garlic cheesy bread while cooking dinner & 1 glass red vino
DINNER – huge salad w/chicken, more bread and some steamed broccolini
WATER - 60oz

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I found this picture online and it made me smile.
I’m off to nap now, hopefully my day/night/week improves ASAP.

xoxo from London

As Powerful As the SUN

I’ve always had a great tan.
I left Trinidad 2 months ago and still have tan lines like it was yesterday.
Before moving to Trinidad, a close friend had a skin cancer scare.
It was enough for me to make my first dermatologist appointment…the hubby too.
It was eye-opening.
I had 1 potentially threatening freckle removed on my chest.
The hubby has 3 areas on his back removed.
Our amazing dermatologist told us that it’s not a sin to get a tan…
But you have to wear sunscreen – it is a MUST.
So, everyday for the past 4 years, I have woken up and applied it to the areas exposed to the sun.
Normally its my face, arms, legs and neck.
Yes, every single day I do it.
It doesn’t matter if it’s cold, cloudy or raining…
The UV rays are always out.
I have encouraged a countless amount of friends and family to see a dermatologist.
Many of which had to have dangerous areas removed as well.
Most people get a free skin check covered once a year, so there is NO excuse not to do it.
I always tell people…
“I would hate to have lived my awesome and adventurous life and then be killed by a freckle in the end.”

Get a Dermatologist
Schedule Yearly Skin Checks
Wear Sunscreen
Stay Healthy