Menu Planning 12/16 & Quinoa Mac n Cheese

Linking up with Laura and Jill who are hosting a weekly menu planning link up every Sunday. Check out their posts to see what others are making and find more healthy meals. We are going on week 4 of gluten free for O and seeing minimal changes: 3 weeks down and 1 to go before I make a decision about this. Poor kid is making the connection and frequently asked "why my tummy not better, I'm eating gluten free?" Sorry baby girl I wish I had an answer :(
Here is our plan for the week as we are entering the crazy holiday season! 


Veggie/Tofu Stir Fry



Quick pre-run ProBar
Blueberry Pancakes & scrambled tofu

Pre-run Sandwich


A new recipe that is a requested one already here. I think I might even put this on the Christmas menu!

Quinoa Mac N Cheese
1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 cups water
2 roasted bell peppers diced
1 can black beans rinsed/drained
2 cloves minced garlic
2 tsp cumin
1 tbsp hot sauce (or less)
1 cup corn
2 cups cheddar cheese
½ cup plain Greek yogurt
½ cup rice milk (or other milk)
½ cup breadcrumbs

Cook quinoa and water just until tender or slightly under done. Mix cooked quinoa, beans, peppers, garlic, cumin, hot sauce, corn and milk. Then add in yogurt and cheese. Put in greased baking dish and top with breadcrumbs. Bake in preheated 350F oven for 20-25 minutes.  

And now...
Weekly Workout Plan
Sunday: Long run 12-14 miles 
Monday: Short run before strength workout 
Tuesday: Morning spin class & evening run
Wednesday: Elliptical
Thursday: Strength workout with trainer & evening run
Friday: Morning spin class & afternoon run
Saturday: Morning run & afternoon strength workout


  1. We have similar meals- I love all the stews, black beans, etc this time of year. The quinoa looks so good! Might have to add that to next week's menu.

    1. STews and soups are perfect for cold weather :)

  2. That looks good! I'll have to use a recipe I have for a really good vegan cheese sauce and come up with a sub. for the yogurt, but I may try this, as my pantry is filled to the brim with quinoa. :)


    1. I have used nondairy cream cheese (tofutti) or soy yogurt before. The Daiya cheese works well too. Can you share the cheese sauce recipe? I try to avoid dairy but am lacking good options so I cave.

  3. Yum! Love that you have some veggies and beans in your mac 'n cheese. Makes it a meal!

    1. It does make it more filling and solves the side dish problem!

  4. I LOVE the addition of quinoa! Very good! We have been having such great recipes at our Gluten Free Fridays parties! I really appreciate you being part of the link up and part of the community! :)

    Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)
    I hope to see you again this week!

    Cindy from

    1. Thanks Cindy, love seeing all the recipes :)

  5. Your menu sounds do good! I'm a sucker for almost any recipe with black beans. How are the workouts going?

    1. SO far pretty good on the workouts! I too love black beans :)

  6. Yummm! Cant wait to try this one!


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