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zoe & the beatles

just a twenty-something vegan navigating healthy, positive living with a little help from her friends john, paul, ringo & george!

okay i lied. i ended up at the gym today. i ran for seven miles. MY FIRST SEVEN MILES WITHOUT STOPPING EVER! it felt really great. my legs felt fresh and strong. i didn’t plan on running seven but my body felt good enough to do it. so i did it! happiness ensued. i really love running. it’s such a great feeling. all i wanted to do was lose myself in a run today. and i for sure did.

following my run i munched on a small sweet potato i zapped in the mircowave for time convenience. next i demolished a spinach salad with half a cucumber, 1/3 cup chick peas, sprouts, a mixture of pepitas and almonds, and a dressing of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. hit the spoooot. but dinner was the real high light of the day!

quinoa with mixed roasted veggies! for the quinoa i cooked 1/3 a cup in 3/4 cup of water for aboooout 13 minutes. i roasted three carrots, one zucchini, about six brussel sprouts and about six crimini mushrooms at 400 degrees for 23-ish minutes.

the result? YUM. mainly because i whipped up this dressing from a recipe i found on emily’s blog the front burner! not only is this chick a rad-tastic cook and athlete, but she is going to culinary school just like i want to! talk about a person to look to for inspiration 🙂

anyway, the recipe calls for different ingredients (outside of the quinoa of course!) but i did use the sauce she found! i added a liiiiittle bit of a tweak though.

the sauce (originally from my recipes!)
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon cold water
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon canola oil
1/2 teaspoon dark sesame oil
1 teaspoon grated peeled fresh ginger (i used ground ginger here because i was feeling lazy)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 garlic clove, minced

the only thing i changed (besides the ground ginger which i really don’t think changed it that much anyway!) was an added dash of red pepper flakes. i LOVE heat so i add spice to my dishes all the time. this was a great occasion to do so 🙂

how’d it turn out? AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS!

just look at all them colors! so pretty. so delicious. i would make this again in a heart beat for sure! one of the best dinner’s i’ve had in a while. plus quinoa packs a mighty protein punch, too. it’s just all around a tasty food. you can use it in breakfast dishes too! sweet and savory? yes please!

anywho interesting late-night question for you all: if you have done bikram or hot yoga, what do you think about it? i was ready a few articles that claim the heat is “deceptive” and leads people to believe they are getting a “harder” workout then they actually are. people even went as far as to say it does do much of anything! i would disagree because i definitely wake up sore after hot yoga classes. the debate rages on, anyway. what do you think?

sleep well lovely bloggies 🙂




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