Like 90% of the other people in the world, Mondays aren’t always my favorite day. However, I got into work super early (I consider anything before 8 a.m. super early!), finished up a few ongoing work projects, had an awesome afternoon workout, and ended the evening with a shrimp quinoa creation. As far as Mondays go, this was a pretty good one!
Since I had to get into work early, I couldn’t fit in my typical Monday morning workout so it had to wait until the afternoon. As a committed morning runner, afternoons just aren’t the same. However, this Monday afternoon workout was pretty successful! I ran four flat miles at a 7:56 pace (pretty good after my two-week hiatus!) and then challenged myself with a hill interval workout. Here’s what my hill interval looked like:
How to “level up” this workout:
- Increase the amount of intervals you do. (I hope to work up to ten soon!)
How to “level down” this workout:
- Increase your rest time to 15-30 seconds.
When I got home, I was starving! After enjoying some nuts to hold me over, I whipped up this lemon garlic shrimp quinoa. It was pretty easy and made enough for three servings — I know what I’ll be eating for lunch this week!
Lemon garlic shrimp quinoa
- 15 small shrimp, thawed
- 2/3 c. quinoa
- 1/4 c. onion
- 2 c. chopped vegetables (I used red pepper, asparagus, broccoli, edamame, and spinach.)
- 1 Tb. lemon juice
- 2 tsp. minced garlic
- 1 Tb. olive oil
- Salt & pepper to taste
- First, cook your quinoa using 2/3 c. quinoa and 1 1/3 c. water. Bring to a boil and then simmer until cooked.
- While quinoa is cooking, coat a skillet with your olive oil. Toss in your onion, chopped vegetables, and minced garlic. Begin to cook until desired tenderness.
- In a separate, smaller skillet, spray a light layer of cooking spray and place thawed shrimp in pan. Sprinkle some salt and pepper on top and cook until translucent (about 3-4 minutes).
- Once shrimp and quinoa are finished, pour both into pan with your vegetables.
- Toss with lemon juice and serve. (Top with some parmesan cheese!)
How to “level up” this recipe:
- Can’t say I have any suggestions! However, you could easily substitute cooked chicken breast strips for the shrimp if you’re not a seafood fan.
How to “level down” this recipe:
- Not ready for quinoa? (You’re missing out!) Try a brown, multigrain, or white rice instead.