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Leftover Remix, Mexican Monday & Upper + Plyo

Sunday Dinner = Leftover Remix
Last night's dinner ended up being a leftover remix - Thai Peanut Quinoa. I had extra Thai Peanut Sauce leftover from the Grilled Thai Tofu Pizza. I made some quinoa, heated up a mix of frozen veggies in a large skillet adding in Quorn nuggets then the sauce. I did have to thin the sauce with water just a bit. Once everything was heated through, I stirred in the quinoa. It turned out great. This is one I'll be making again for certain.

Monday Upper + Plyo
Today when Jason got up to go swim at 5 am, I went right back to sleep. There was no way I was getting out of that bed for today's scheduled workout: Upper + Plyo. So I did my weights during lunch and plyo after work. Weights today were 4 sets of 8 reps. I must say, I much prefer doing lower reps and higher weights and am not exactly looking forward to the next workout which will be 3 sets of 12 reps. But I digress. Here were today's exercises done as straight sets:

Shoulder - Arnold press
Shoulder - Lateral raises
Biceps - Incline curls
Triceps - Overhead extension
Chest - Incline flyes
Back - Dumbbell pullover

The first part of the workout felt great. However, I made a huge note to start with chest and back next week. I had a really hard time getting the weights into place for flyes by the end of the workout. I felt like I was taking it all in the shoulder. For plyo, I opted for Shock Cardio HIIT 40/20 done after work.

Mexican Monday
Tonight definitely felt like a Mexican Monday kind of night as far as dinner went. I wasn't really in the mood for fajitas and didn't have the ingredients for enchiladas. So I opted for and easy Mexican go-to: Grilled Chipotle Sweet Potato Quesadillas with a Chipotle Tofu "Sour Cream". Quesadillas are pretty much dummy proof. You can put just about any filling you like in them, making them super versatile. I actually really love grilling them as it adds a different crunch factor as well. Oh, I'll just admit it, just another excuse to grill really! The filling tonight may not really be very authentic Mexican fare, but it's a quesadilla and it also has chipotles, so I'm still going to say it meets the needs for Mexican Monday.

Grilled Chipotle Sweet Potato Quesadillas
Ingredients:
2 small sweet potatoes, cubed
2-3 chipotle peppers in adobo, minced
1 can black beans, rinsed, drained
To taste: salt, pepper, cumin, cilantro, chili powder, lemon juice
1 package frozen spinach, thawed, squeezed dry
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
1/2 yellow onion, diced
Whole-grain tortilla wraps

Directions:
Steam sweet potatoes until soft. Transfer to bowl along with beans and mash. Stir in the chipotles, salt, pepper, cumin, cilantro, chili powder.

In sauce pan, saute peppers and onions until soft. Add in spinach and cook until heated. Stir in the sweet potato and bean mixture. Re-season if needed.

On a grill, grill pan, or non-stick skillet, lightly brown one side of the tortilla then flip over spread filling on one half then fold the other half over. Cook both sides until golden brown.

Chipotle Tofu "Sour Cream"
Ingredients:
1 package soft, silken tofu
1 - 2 chipotle in adobo, chopped
1 tsp adobo sauce
lemon juice
apple cider vinegar
To taste: salt, pepper

Directions:
Puree all ingredients in food processor or blender.
Serve with your favorite salsa, fresh pico de gallo, and/or sour cream. While it may sound like this has a lot of heat, the sweetness from the sweet potatoes really helps to offset the heat from the chipotle peppers. It's a great flavor combination.

So, after several days of being very remiss with recipes, I hope today makes up for it!

Comments

  1. i love crisp tortillas!! there's nothing better than the mix of a hard shell and soft ingredients inside. and ur mix of flavors would make this taste unbelievable!!

    and ur sunday dinner is rediculously mouth watering. mmm thai sauce.

    you have a talent when it comes to cooking <3

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  2. Yum...great recipes!! I love peanut sauce...I could eat it by the spoonful! :-) Probably not a good idea though!

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  3. You're too sweet Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel ! I love to grill the quesadillas just for that crisp factor! I was pleasantly surprised at how the Thai Quinoa turned out. I am not always so creative reusing leftovers.

    Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg I could totally eat it that way too LOL. I do a lot of taste testing just to make sure it's edible ;-)

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  4. Great looking quesadillas!!! Yum :)

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  5. Great flavors in those quesadillas! I love black beans and sweet potatoes together. The sour cream is a nice touch too, yum!

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  6. i don't like sour cream, but i think i would like your version!

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  7. recipe mania over here!!!!!
    the thai peanut sauce and the tofu...omg please make it for me :)
    and the quesa's stuffed with kale and good stuff...niiiiiiice :)
    looooove the eats heather!

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  8. Oh I love a good remix; this one looks grand! kale can go so many ways
    Katherine

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  9. NICE! Mexican food is one of my favorite food groups...I'm always looking for ways to clean it up! ;-)

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  10. Lesley @ Lesley Lifting Life Don't know about you, but I love quesadillas!

    Sarah @ The Ordinary Vegetarian I love the sweet potato/black bean combo too. It really just works so well.

    Hi Lynn @ The Actors Diet I like using tofu to make a flavored "sour cream". It's so easy.

    Averie @ Loves Veggies and Yoga I was making up for all those receipe-less posts! It's almost hard to go wrong using peanut butter in a sauce isn't it?!

    Katherine @ What About Summer I am usually terrible when it comes to using leftovers. I just let the hubs eat them. But I didn't want to let that sauce go to waste LOL.

    Joanna Sutter @ Fitness and Spice LOL totally agree with Mexican as a food group! ;-) Believe it or not, this one had zero cheese and you wouldn't miss it one bit.

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  11. Seriously, girl - you put me to shame with all of these recipes! I get sooo stuck in my usual go-to recipes,I don't try new ones often enough, especially during the week! These quesadillas look soo good - I vote you make them for us on the Road Trip, hehe ;)

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  12. that "sour cream" recipe is awesome! Such a wonderful idea :) love your blog!

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  13. Everything looks fabulous, as always! However, the Mexican Monday is particularly calling me name.

    I am with on the higher weight lower reps, that is my preference too!

    Alicia

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  14. Your dinner looks amazing!! In fact everything you eat always looks amazing! Happy Tuesday!

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  15. Jessica @ EatDrinkBreatheSweat there is still something to be said about the tried and true recipes though. You go back to them for a reason - they're good! If we had access to a kitchen and grill, I'd make them ;-)

    Hi Shannon @ Tropical Eats Thanks for stopping by! Glad you enjoy the blog, and I'm glad I found yours!

    Thanks Alicia @ Vegan Epicurean you're too sweet! I just had to revisit Mexican Monday yesterday. Either that or it was going to be Taco (salad) Tuesday. I think I like the lower reps b/c sometimes 15 reps just sounds so daunting and feels like it's going to go on forever!

    Kelly @ Healthy Living with Kelly Thanks so much girl! Happy Tuesday to you too!

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  16. Those look REALLY good!!!!

    And I agree that lower reps/higher weight is a much more enjoyable way to workout. It seems to go by quicker or at least not have to drag through long sets.

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  17. My boyfriend would love those quesadillas!

    I actually like doing the higher reps lower weight than the other way around, but lately I've been going heavier. Looks like you had a good workout!

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  18. Tina @ Tina Bit of Faith Fitness and Fun I do agree that the lower reps tend to go sooo much quicker. I also hate the mental block when you're having to count out and you hit 10 and still have like 5 more reps plus another set!

    Eunice @ rainbwsnkittns I think it's really good to change up the reps/weights/patterns. I may love the low rep/high weight, but I also know that it's good to shake it up. the rotation I am doing currently changes the reps each workout. Tomorrow I'll be doing 3 sets of 12 reps.

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  19. Yum!! Sweet potatoes with black beans sounds so tasty right now. I am thinking of something for dinner tonight and that just might be it!

    I love crispy tortillas!! I am a hard taco lover though ;)

    XXOO

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  20. What a workout! I did leg weights at the gym today, floor work, stair stepper and eliptical. Hopefully, some of this chub will slide right off. Your quesadillas look scrumptious!

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  21. Kris @ iheartwellness The flavor combo is really good if you haven't tried it yet. I love the way grilling really crisps up the tortillas so much more than just a skillet.

    Hi Blessedmama ! Thanks so much for stopping by. WOW - that's one heck of a leg workout!!!!

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  22. Hi, Heather, thanks for coming on by my place. :) I'm going to add you as a link on my site under Veggie Friendly. I don't have a simple "fit" link list, and I know you combine food and fitness, and well, you just made it complicated for me, my dear! :)

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  23. Blessedmama LOL - sorry to make it complicated ;-) Thank you so much for adding me!

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