Aug 162012

Hey there friends! When did it get to be THURSDAY? One minute I was complaining because this week was dragging on and the next…it’s almost Friday?? Whaaaat? lol.

Anywho, you probably saw that I reached out to you all the other day to provide me with some guest posts while I travel to Italy in a week and a half! However, in addition to reaching out to you all, I also asked some of my friends if they wanted to contribute a guest post for my blog. My friends are a lot like me and try to balance a healthy lifestyle with living life to the fullest, so hopefully you all will like hearing from them. In fact, one of my friends, Jess, even decided to start her own blog!

[Remember Jess’ awesome dance moves in this post?]

She just started it yesterday so obviously it’s still a work in progress, but stop by and check it out! She’s calling it See Jess BLANK since her blog will cover every aspect of her life (i.e. See Jess Cook, See Jess Run, See Jess Shop, etc.) Pretty clever, huh? Anyway, stop by and check her out!

You can also look forward to a guest post from my friend Catrina, who I have talked about as an amazing inspiration to me during my weight loss journey.

[Catrina and me when she came to visit this weekend]

And I have a few posts lined up from some other bloggers around the web, so it should be a fun time! Yay!


I have to be honest that Bootcamp has not been that high of a priority for me this week. I guess that’s sort of an overstatement, since I only missed one day, but I feel like my heart and my mind haven’t been that into it this week. It’s like yes, I still have completed 3 out of the 4 workouts so far this week, but I haven’t been as excited to complete them and crawling out of bed in the morning has been difficult torture.

I think this is mostly due to the fact that I have been so crazy at work (hence the reason I’m posting so late) and my brain just can’t really handle much more. I really enjoyed my three mile run the other day because I could just run and not have to have to use my brain too much (no thinking- what move comes next? has it been 5 minutes on the treadmill yet? do I have my weights for my next move? where is the incline bench? etc.) When I was running it was just that. Running.

My brain is just too tired this week, as crazy as that sounds. I need as much time as possible to turn it off. To relax. And if that means skipping a superset from the bootcamp and going for another run, I’m ok with that. Like I said on Tuesday, this has to work for me.


Despite being so exhausted this week, I have been able to get some pretty good eats in! It didn’t happen intentionally (I mean I wasn’t trying to eat bad food, but I wasn’t trying to be fancy either) but it actually turned out great!

On Tuesday, I was browsing through the kitchen to see what I had available and I eyed a sweet potato that was on its last legs. I thought how delicious an Asian sweet & spicy sweet potato and chicken dish would be, and turned to the Internet for inspiration (is that a weird combination to be inspired by? sweet potato and chicken? whatever.) I came across a few recipes and got some vague ideas for what I wanted to make, and got to work.

First, I rinsed 1/4 cup of quinoa under running water, and then added it to a pot with 1/2 cup water. I then brought the quinoa to a boil, and covered it and turned down the heat to low. Then I let the quinoa do its thang.

Next I chopped my sweet potato into bite-size pieces, and added them to a pot full of boiling water.

I let them cook for about 10 minutes, then drained them and set them aside.

While the sweet potatoes were cooking, I grilled some chicken on the George Foreman. I forgot to take a picture because I’m a scatter brain, but you’ve all seen chicken plopped on a GF grill so I promise you’re not missin’ anything. Once it was done cooking, I chopped the chicken into bite-size bits.

Then I got the sauce ready. For my sauce I gathered garlic, soy sauce, honey, and siracha hot sauce.

Then I added all the ingredients to a sauce pan and added 1/4 cup of water to give the sauce more of a base. I also spontaneously decided to add a few crushed red pepper flakes for extra heat. Yum. Then I brought the sauce to a simmer and let it reduce down for about five minutes.

Once it had thickened up a bit on its own, I dissolved 1/4 tsp. of corn starch into 1/2 tsp. of water, and slowly whisked it into the sauce.

Once the sauce was nice and thick, I added in the chicken, sweet potato, and a 1/2 cup of mango I had dethawed from the freezer.

Then I let the chicken, mango, and sweet potato get nice and happy and I finished up the quinoa.

When it only had a few minutes left to cook, I dropped some spinach into the pot and covered it back up with the lid. This wilted the spinach just a little bit (just the way I like it).

When the quinoa was fluffy, the spinach was wilted, and everything was warmed through in the sauce, it was time to plate!

I started with my quinoa and spinach…

And then doled out some of the chicken mixture on top!

The spicy sweet combo of the chicken, mangoes, and sweet potatoes was amazing. I loved the heat from the red pepper flakes and siracha sauce. So good!

Plus the sauce gets nice and thick and is seriously reminiscent of take-out Chinese food, but is much better for you without any crazy sodium or mystery MSG, whatever that stuff is.

So good!

Quinoa with Chicken, Mango, and Sweet Potatoes
Recipe type: Entree
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Serves: 1
A great weeknight meal made with delicious spicy and sweet Asian flavors
  • ¼ cup quinoa
  • ½ cup water for quinoa
  • 1 handful baby spinach
  • 1 boneless skinless chicken breast, cooked and chopped
  • ½ tsp. minced garlic
  • 3 tbs. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • ½ tsp. siracha sauce
  • pinch of red pepper flakes, to taste
  • ½ tsp. cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. water, for dissolving
  • ½ cup sweet potatoes, chopped and cooked
  • ½ mangoes (fresh or dethawed) chopped
  1. Rinse quinoa under running water. Cook according to package directions. When quinoa is almost done cooking, add spinach and allow to steam for about 3 minutes.
  2. Add water, soy sauce, garlic, honey, hot sauce, and red pepper flakes to a sauce pan. Whisk to combine.
  3. Bring to a simmer and let reduce for about 5 minutes.
  4. In a separate bowl, dissolve corn starch in water and slowly add to sauce, stirring constantly. If the sauce doesn't become thick, repeat.
  5. Add in chopped chicken, sweet potatoes, and mangoes. Cook for about five more minutes, until everything is warmed through.
  6. Remove quinoa and spinach to a bowl, top with a spoonful of chicken mixture.

So tell me, have you accidentally made any really delicious meals lately? This one was a really good one and will be seen around here a lot more often, now that I know how tasty and easy it was. Seriously, that spicy/sweet combo is just amazing! Yumm.


 Posted by on August 16, 2012

  4 Responses to “Quinoa with Chicken, Mango, and Sweet Potatoes”

  1. You always have such delicious recipes! I’ll definitely be trying this out once we get home from Greece ((it’ll give me sometime to put in an order for quinoa since i’m out :()). Can’t believe you leave so soon. I’m so excited for you girl! How long will you be gone for again?

  2. Ahh I am so excited to be a part of this blog!! 🙂 I’m just hoping its somewhat interesting

  3. Yummm, this looks really good! I’m definitely going to have to try this one out sometime!

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