Monday, April 30, 2012

Tex-Mex Quinoa Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Pumped Up Workout
I'll readily admit that I did not want to go to the gym today. I had no real excuses to not go though. I was just feeling lazy to be honest. But, I did myself a favor and made myself go. I knew I'd regret it if I didn't go.

I think part of my reluctance stems from a bit of boredom. I've gotten into a rut again with workouts. That and sometimes I just am flat out tired of seeing the inside of that place. But, that part aside, boredom all the way. So, I decided to try to do something a little different for my biceps/triceps workout. It's nothing earth-shattering. But it's a switch up from my typical 3 different supersets done as 3 sets of 8 reps....yawn.

So, today I did 4 sets of 8 reps for two supersets then I did dropsets at the end starting with heaviest weight for 6 reps, then increasing the number of reps by 2 as I decreased the weights. I did this 4 times (6, 8, 10, 12).

SS#1
Alternating bicep curls
Double-arm overhead triceps extensions

SS#2
Hammer curls
Triceps pushdowns

Dropset - biceps - curls
Dropset - triceps - lying triceps extensions

And you know what? This was a great workout once I got my rear in gear. I was really still ho-hum during my warmup, but once I got going with the weights, I felt really good, strong. And it was nice having just a little bit of a change in the routine.
So, here's my pumped up #PROOF that sometimes you just have to get yourself moving. Even I have very uninspired days ;-)

(And I will say that I hope my posting this doesn't come off as vain. I really am not all the comfortable posting pics like this, which is why they are rare.)

Tex-Mex Monday
Yesterday, when I went to the store, I randomly picked up some poblano peppers. Jason and I both really like them. I haven't done stuffed poblano peppers in ages, so I thought it'd be a nice change of pace for tonight.

I had originally planned on grilling, but it was raining. I will blame that on the fact that I actually washed my car yesterday.

Tex-Mex Quinoa Stuffed Poblano Peppers
Ingredients:
2 large poblano peppers
1/2 red onion, diced
2 tbsp minced garlic
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1/4 cup quinoa
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup frozen corn

To taste: salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, cilantro, lemon juice, red chili powder

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Remove the cap of the poblano pepper (reserve any usable piece and add to the onions and peppers if you wish). Then, cut a slit into the poblano peppers and remove ribs and seeds. Place in glass dish with lid and bake for approximately 20 minutes.

In the meantime, cook the quinoa per package directions.

In a large skillet, saute onions, garlic, peppers until begin to soften. Add in the corn and cooked quinoa, and season to your preferred tastes. (I like spicy.)

Stuff the peppers with the mixture then top with Daiya Vegan Cheese. Cover and bake until the Daiya is fully melted and peppers are soft, approximately 20 minutes.

Rather than adding black beans into the filling, I decided to make beans to serve on the side. All I did was rinse and drain one can of black beans.

I sauteed some diced red onions with garlic then added in the beans, diced green chiles, and seasonings like salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, and red pepper. When the  beans were nice and soft, I removed from heat and sprinkled with diced green onions and some diced cherry tomatoes.
 
Definitely happy with how this turned out. I was also really pleased with the beans. They would make for a great taco or burrito filling.

Daily To-Enjoy List:
Surprisingly good workout
Tasty dinner