Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Weight Loss and Quinoa Recipe

I have been in such a depression lately. I have gained so much weight over the last few years and I really want to lose the weight. So about 4 months ago, I started going to the gym. You would think that a person going from no exercise to excercising three to four days a week for 45 minutes would lose at least 1 lb. I kept checking the scale and after three months did not lose a lb. I don't understand it, I cut back on my food and cut out most of the sugar I had been eating. Then I hurt my knee and for the last month I have not been able to exercise.

 I finally have been able to start going back but I feel so depressed. I know exercising is not necessarily about losing weight but being health, but I want to at least see some results.  I guess it wouldn't have bothered me if I hadn't worked so hard but I was really trying and I almost feel like what is the point if I am not going to lose weight then I might as well just enjoy myself.  I have about 7 months left on my gym membership and I am going to keep trying but I don't know what else to do. If any have any tips, please let me know. 

  I know right now the latest craze is Quinoa, I have heard nothing but good things about it and I found a recipe in the America's Test Kitchen cookbook thought I would give it a try.

Quinoa Pilaf With Apples and Pecans
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 Granny Smith appple, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 onion minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
  • salt
  • 2 cups Quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 1 3/4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup pecans, toasted and chopped corse
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • pepper
  1.  Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the apple, onion, sugar, thyme and 1/2 tsp salt. Cook until onion is softened about 5 minutes. Stir in drained quinoa and cook until it is just beginning to turn golden about 4 minutes.
  2. Stir in the broth and bring to a boil. reduce to a simmer, cover and cook until the quinoa is  tender with a slight crunch, about 15 minutes.
  3. remove cover from the saucepan and continue to cook the quinoa until the remaining liquid has evaporated, about 2 minutes  off the heat, let the pilaf stand for 5 minutes. Gently stir in the toasted pecans and parsley. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 
I think I might add in some dried cranberries. If anyone has a favorite Quinoa Recipe or Healthy recipe they would like to add please leave a comment with recipe or link in the comment section.


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