Thursday, June 18, 2009

Green Dog Wine Quinoa "Stew", Beef and Broccoli

Thank you all for sharing with me your favorite day of the work week! It was fun to read everyones reasoning behind their favorite day! I have to agree with those of you who chose Thursday solely due to the excitement of Friday approaching! Quick Review of my last two days:

Wednesday: Body Pump in the morning, work, hour at the pool with Jenny (!), trip to Whole Foods (Jenny's first time), a wonderful dinner of my version of Green Dog Wine's Quinoa "Stew". Josh had it with ground turkey:


Jenny and I had it with no meat, extra beans:


Thursday: Work (such a slow day today-bleh), little housework, taught 45 minute version of Body Step, took 45 minute version of Body Pump, made Beef and Broccoli for Josh and our friend Jeremy:


Jenny and I ate up all the leftover veggies and beans for dinner. We had gone a little crazy at the farmers market/food store this week and had tons of fresh stuff starting to turn bad in the fridge. You may have noticed based on my dinner descriptions, but I have decided to eliminate "land based" meats out of my diet. I am now eating a mostly vegetarian diet with the occasional sea based protein (shrimp, fish, etc). I made this decision for a number of reasons but mostly because I think it will ultimately lead to much better health.
Yayyy for tomorrow being Friday!


36 comments:

Anne said...

Fantastic dinner! Oh, and I do the same thing. I'll eat fish/shrimp, but no chicken, beef, pork, or whatever. I find that it works really well for me :)

finsmom said...

Quinoa is one of my all time favourites :)

Marissa said...

Yay for no meat!!!

Lauren said...

I follow the same type of diet (with the very rare and ocassional chicken or poultry- as more of a last resort option than anything). I like to call myself a "Quasi-terrian".

Mmm Quinoa stew? Sounds awesome girl.

Hope you have a very happy Friday!

Pearl said...

yum!

m said...

SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO glad it is friday.

'nuff said.

Balance, Joy and Delicias! said...

oh. that beef with broccoli looks delicious!! :)
it's friday!!! so exciting!!!!

ttfn300 said...

yes, i am so happy it is friday. SO happy. :)

meg said...

Yum! I will take some of the no meat version!

Krista said...

Yummy looking stew! Sounds great both ways...

Have a fantastic weekend!

Sarah W. said...

I do the same thing! Mosty fish/seafood, some eggs (for added protein boost on hard workout days)...need to begin elimiating the dairy again - ugh!

insideiamdancing said...

the dinner stew looks delicious! am saving the recipe- I never know what to do with quinoa!

Thursdays always seem to drag at work for me...but then it's followed by Friday (= weekend, YAY!)

enjoy your day!

Nutritious is Delicious said...

Looks yummy!

Yay for Friday! :D

Yum Yucky said...

The "stew" actually looks tastier without the meat, and that means a lot coming from me!!

CaSaundraLeigh said...

I love that plate that your food is on in the last pic--so cute! Have a wonderful weekend :-)

K from ksgoodeats said...

I'll take your version of the stew :D That sounds really good!!

Kudos to you for eliminating the land animals! That's great! I hope Jenny had a great first time trip to WFs!

Enjoy your weekend!!

GreenDogWine said...

Woot woot for GDW stew! :) LOVE your version!!!

Sammie said...

I have been eating only fish, beans and dairy for protein lately. Land meats just don't agree with me. Good for you for choosing a diet that makes you feel healthy.

Maria said...

I don't eat meat, but I will have fish on rare occasions. I only like it in small portions though, like in sushi or a fish taco. I probably have it once or twice a month. I need to get more protein though! I love quinoa. I bought some this week, maybe I will use it this weekend. Great reminder:) Have a fun weekend!

Rose said...

This looks SO GOOD. I'm always nervous to make quinoa and don't know why... I need to give it a go.

Diana said...

I think I have nearly eliminated all meat from my diet as well, though I don't think I ever made a conscious decision to do so! Haven't craved it hardly at all, so I only eat it when I get a hankering. I feel great so I feel no need to force it on myself!

Have a great weekend. :)

teresa said...

I have been seeing quinoa everywhere but I've never tried it! I need to get on that! This looks delicious. Keep us posted on how the non-meat diet is going, I'm thinking about trying it myself.

Aggie said...

I still haven't tried quinoa...not sure why! Your dishes look great! I am sure my hubby would love that beef and broccoli too.

I always feel good when eating mostly fish...but it's hard for me to eliminate chicken and turkey completely. I could do without steak...though I do crave a good hamburger every now and then! I love looking at how you change up your meal to Josh's...gives me good ideas.

Melissa @ For the Love of Health said...

Hi Erica! Both dinners look amazing. I love Quinoa and your creations looks rather tasty!!

Beef & Broccoli looks fab too!

Good for you for deciding you want to change your diet to best suit you! :-)

Have an amazing Friday!

lilveggiepatch said...

That stew looks SO GOOD. There's a sack of quinoa in my pantry begging to be used up!

I eat the same diet you do... I call myself a vegetarian, but I guess it's more of a "pescatarian" lifestyle.

RhodeyGirl/Sabrina said...

sounds like a great transition to me! the most "land-based meats" i'll eat in a week are 2 or 3 eggs and maybe 4 oz of chicken. and since doing that (it's been a few months now) i feel AWESOME. but i am eating a LOT more fish.

RhodeyGirl/Sabrina said...

oh and oddly enough even though i am getting less protein but CLEANER protein my muscles are stronger than ever. coincidence? i think not. i have a feeling chicken/meat etc is just not that good for our bodies

RhodeyGirl/Sabrina said...

and tripe comment..

love this meal. it looks delicious.

Kerstin said...

Your quinoa stew looks very flavorful and filling! Yay for Friday!

Always Running said...

I am doing the same thing! I will continue to eat fish and maybe some chicken once in a while. I'm glad you shared your experience and that it's working well for you :)

Diana said...

Happy Friday!

The quinoa looks great - I love quinoa with beans. I think I'd like that better than the meat version!

Enjoy your meat-free weekend! :)

biz319 said...

I just stocked up on quinoa - your stew ala Alison looks awesome!

amanda said...

yum-tastic!

if the food tasted half as good
as the pictures look-scoreeeeee.

Esi said...

Lol, I still think Friday is better :)

I gave up all meat except seafood a couple of years ago. It worked for a while, but then I started getting cravings for meat so I slowly got back on it. I don't eat it much, but I try to make good decisions about the meat I do buy (grassfed, etc)

Chef Fresco said...

I've only recently discovered quinoa & love it! I like your 'stew'!

bhealthier said...

seriously, i need to get on the quinoa train- looks so delicious and just so very healthy!

happy weekend!