Sunday, December 16, 2012

Quinoa Sushi Salad and Elf 4 Health Recap

Hola, todos.

How has your guy's weekend been? Mines have been alright. The weather has been cold and a bit rainy but I started off today with a run around the creek with my parents. It was really nice. And yesterday,  I went shopping and bought a new sweater. I also bought a Gingerbread Latte (soymilk, no whipped cream) from Starbucks. It was delicious! It seriously tasted like a Gingerbread cookie. It's my favorite!

What I also did  yesterday was make Quinoa Sushi Salad. I adapted the recipe from the blog Making Good Choices.  I didn't have any seaweed at home, so I decided to make it into a salad. It tastes pretty good. Here's how it looks:

I would have added avocado and other things like carrots but I didn't have any at home. This still tastes pretty good though. Here's the recipe.

Serving: 4


  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • fake crab meat
  1. Cook the quinoa with the water. Wait until it boils and then cook it on low for 15 minutes. 
  2. In a bowl, mix together the vinegar, sugar, mirin and salt. 
  3. Pour the cooked quinoa into a large bowl. Pour in the vinegar mixture. 
  4. Cut up the fake crab meat and mix it in with the rice. 
  5. Serve and enjoy. 

Now that I've given you guys the recipe, it's time for the Elf 4 Health Recap!

Monday was tracking my water intake. It was so hard to track because I've been so thirsty lately. I just keep drinking water and other liquid beverages. I also had finals that day. I know for sure I drank at least 100 oz of water.

Tuesday was clean out your fridge and pantry. I looked through everything and I found some items I forgot I had. I found some canned cut sweet potatoes and some protein powder. I've yet to eat the potatoes but I did make some cookies with the protein powder. I also talked to my Elf Arlene, who helped me stay on my meal plan. I also helped her with her Atkins diet.

Wednesday was eating veggies at every meal. That was easy.

Thursday was buying a Pay it Forward Day, meaning, we paid for the coffee for the person behind us. I was unable to do that until yesterday.

Friday was workout with a buddy. I did some stretching with my brother on Friday, but I ran with my parents today. At Friday at work, people were in the festive mood. I ended up eating a Gingerbread Man cookie since my co-workers insisted. I love Gingerbread man cookies, but I didn't want to mess up my meal plan. But then, I remember my Elf, Arlene, say "One and done." So, I only ate one cookie, but I couldn't stop myself from eating Hershey's Peppermint Kisses. They're so addicting!

 I ate the head off first! My co-worker told me to do that because he did that. Hey. That's how you feel the less pain, right?

The weekend (Saturday) is to donate to a holiday charity. I donated a few canned goods.

I'm really liking this Elf 4 Health Challenge. Here's the link to Lindsay's blog post about Elf 4 Health, who is directing this with Elle.

I do have food reviews, but that'll be for my next post.

What's your favorite Starbucks drink?
Are you a coffee person?
What's your favorite holiday food?


  1. Hi Helen,

    I have not tried cooking with quinoa before and really wish to try this interesting ingredient on day :D

    Greeting from Australia! And nice to know you via blogging! I'm a Singaporean living in Australia and loves to cook and bake for my family. I really enjoy browsing all your cooking and baking and here I am being your latest follower :D


    1. Hey Zoe. Thanks for stopping by my blog. It's nice to know you via blogging too. I've visited your blog and boy, you have a lot of delicious recipes I want to try. I'm now your latest follower too.

      And I Just recently started cooking with quinoa. It has an interesting nut flavor that I like. I've searched so many recipes that I'd like to try it with. I'm thinking about trying it with salsa and black beans.



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