Roadbumps & Quinoa Chili

So yesterday didn’t quite go as planned.

I planned to stop and pick up some Quinoa (pronounced “KEEN-wa” as I learned, not “Cue-no-ah” as I’d been pronouncing it… awkward), make some Quinoa Chili, go for a nice run, and maybe try out a new cookie recipe that’s been floating around my head for the past couple of weeks.

Unfortunately, my car had other plans and 40 minutes from home I found myself on the side of the highway with a flat tire.

This flat tire incident was a bit traumatic for me as I sat on the side of an incredibly busy highway (my car was rocking a little as it was buffeted repeatedly by blasts of air from passing 18-wheelers) peeked my head out of the driver’s side door, and confirmed that my tire was indeed flat.  Most upsetting was the fact that I didn’t know how to change the tire myself.

My first instinct was to call my dad, which I did, but he was at least an hour from getting to me.   He told me he would load up his tools and head to help me out anyway, and as I waited I tried to at least start the tire changing process.  Not a good idea, it ended with me frustrated (read: almost in tears) when I couldn’t even get the jack out of my car.

I felt SO typical (clueless female on the side of the road) and SO useless but had only been sitting there for about 10 minutes when a super nice guy named Jason with an impressive beard stopped and changed my tire for me (He also had trouble getting the jack out of the car, it was stuck in there so it wasn’t just me!).

I felt useless, and a little more than embarrassed for not being able to fix the tire myself (you bet I’ll be able to do it next time), but I was SO thankful, it’s so nice to know that there are nice people who are happy to help you out (even though I often have trouble accepting help, there was no way I could really say no to this, he saved my dad a long trip through traffic and saved me the embarrassment of trying to change the tire myself).

But ANYWAY, this whole flat tire incident threw a wrench in my plans and instead of running, cooking, or baking i spent the rest of the evening waiting for Walmart Tire Center to change my tires.  Not exactly ideal.

Today I was a little more fortunate and I tried out a recipe for Quinoa Chili.

I’ve been wanting to try Quinoa for a while.  I’ve heard it called a “superfood” over and over, and after doing a little bit of research I had to concede that it has earned its right to the title, and perhaps a bright red cape as well.

Quinoa is full of protein and fiber, has all 9 of the essential amino acids (you should be getting these every day, they are important for building muscle & strength in addition to providing other benefits), has high levels of Magnesium (good for blood pressure), and also contains antioxidants (cancer-fighters!).  Quinoa contains more nutrients than most other grains, also.

This recipe hit the spot perfectly and I will definitely be eating it for lunch tomorrow.  Find the recipe here

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