fiesta quinoa quick meal and post-exercise nutrition

First, I’d like to apologize for posting so many quinoa recipes!  I know I need to branch out but, quinoa is so versatile and is so much more nutritious than many other grains!  I promise, I will start to get more adventurous with my recipes!

This past weekend Shaye entered (on a whim) the Lower Cape Sprint Triathlon.  For someone who doesn’t bike or swim on a regular basis he did pretty good!  (I’m being modest…he killed it!)

He had to work a double shift after the triathlon (yikes!) and I being the neurotic nutrition person that I am,  was worried about his muscle recovery and glycogen stores. (I know, not normal!)


During intense physical activity, your body runs off of glycogen (energy stored in your muscles).  This powers you through a workout but needs to be replenished ASAP by eating a meal consisting of carbs and protein in a 3:1 ratio.  The amino acids in protein work to rebuild muscles and the carbohydrates replenish glycogen stores and glucose levels.  Quinoa is great for a post-exercise meal because it provides all the essential amino acids (protein) and carbs needed for recovery.

I prepared this Fiesta Quinoa Quick Meal and had it waiting in the refrigerator for Shaye to eat after the triathlon.  I recommended he add avocado to it for healthy fat and added antioxidants.

I’m in love with the idea of mason jar “quick meals” because they are a no-brainer!  Just grab them and go!

This recipe is great alone or use as a side dish to any meal!

Fiesta Quinoa Quick Meal

fiesta quinoa quickmeal


3 cups cooked quinoa
1 cup diced cucumber
3/4 cup chopped red pepper
1/4 cup red onion
2 scallions chopped
1 can corn, drained
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons fresh lime or lemon juice
1-2 – 1 teaspoon salt (depending on taste)
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 – 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped



-In a large bowl, mix cooked and cooled quinoa with all the vegetables and black beans.

-Mix together olive oil, lime or lemon juice, salt, cumin and cayenne pepper.  Pour on top of quinoa, add cilantro and mix well.

-Place in mason jars.

Makes 2 quart sized mason jars

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You can find another recipe for Quinoa Quick Meals here!

green lemonade

Yesterday we spent all day traveling.  From sitting in traffic on the way to the airport, rushing to make our flight and then jumping on the bus back to the cape. Once we got home I was exhausted from lugging around the suitcases, car seat, stroller, toys and Noah all day long.   Traveling with a 14 month old is a workout!  We didn’t have time for meals and fell victim to noshing on airplane snacks instead.  This left my body feeling drained and depleted.  I went to bed dreaming of this rehydrating concoction and couldn’t wait to wake up in the morning to make it.


Celery juice is great for hydration due to its high level of electrolytes.  Think Gatorade minus the yucky stuff like lighter fluid!  The cucumber provides an anti-inflammatory effect on the body and the lemon helps draw out all the built up toxins.  I threw an apple in the mix sweeten it up a bit.  Oh yeah, and the kale…can’t forget the kale :)



4 ribs of celery

½ cucumber

1 apple

1 lemon

2 cups kale

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

The long day traveling was worth it because we got to visit Auntie Ann!

The long day traveling was worth it because we got to visit Auntie Ann!