What was the first thing I did when arriving back in Cali yesterday? Well, hang out with my roomie & drink Pisco Sours, and then I headed to two grocery stores for some good food fixin’s. I have quite the recipe list this week – some are inspired by recipes I ate during the past two weeks while in Chicago, and others, like tonight’s, are adaptations of recipes I created while in college.
This recipe, unlike many recipes I do, involved two steps. The first, a delicious Chipotle sauce I created since 1) Lawry’s no longer sells Baja Chipotle marinade in my town, and 2) because I needed it to be gluten free. As such, I created my own sauce & used quinoa instead of couscous.
Using some of the ingredients I had in the fridge, and knowing I’ll be able to freeze some of these meals for future eating this summer, I spent about $75 on groceries this week. And the really exciting news? I didn’t deviate AT ALL from what was on the grocery list – what I needed for recipes is all I bought: no chocolate, no sweets, no snacks. I was proud of myself.
And yes I do realize that $75 seems high for one perso, but the 4 meals I have planned to make, will end up making about 18-22 meals at the end of the day. Since I technically only need 14 for the week, that leaves a number of them to be frozen – and lets be honest, I’ll probably freeze closer to 8/10 of them, and eat other random eats I have around the house occasionally throughout the week – so really, I’m saving money AND time for future weeks this month!
Chipotle Shrimp over Quinoa (serves about 4)
- 14 ounce can fire roasted crushed tomatoes
- 1 1/2-2 tbsp chili powder mix (with cumin, cinnamon, oregano, pepper, etc)
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 1/2 tbsp oregano
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tbsp EVOO
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- salt & peppa (to taste)
Put EVOO in a large sauté pan with onions and garlic. Cook on medium-high, until onions start softening. Add the spices. Then add the tomatoes, brown sugar and water. Simmer for about 10 minutes, and then add in the ingredients for Chipotle Shrimp.
- ~1 pound cooked shrimp (tails removed)
- 1 green pepper, sliced
- 1 red pepper, sliced
- 1/2 onion sliced
- 1 14 ounce can diced pineapple
- chipotle sauce (see above)
Add the above ingredients to the chipotle sauce, and cook for 10-15 minutes on medium/medium high. Stir regularly (to prevent burning/sticking). Once cooked through, serve over cooked quinoa, and enjoy.
*I cooked about 1 cup dry quinoa in the rice cooker with 1 1/2 cups of water – it was the prefect amount for about 4 meals
It was seriously phenomenal. And I have three delightful leftover meals in the fridge – I can wait to dig in later this week! Yes, I am the leftover queen!
Mmm. Mmm. Good. (It was lunch today too )
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On a side note…I’ve been struggling with getting out of bed early to run/exercise. I keep hitting the snooze button, and next thing I know, I’ve slept for 2 extra hours! With three big races coming up that all start early, I know I need to change that quick. As such:
How do you get yourself out of bed in the morning to go for that early morning workout?