WIAW: Mexican Couscous Salad

by Jillian on May 23, 2012 · 8 comments

I haven’t done a What I Ate Wednesday in a while. Mainly, because I work all day Tuesday and then I realize it’s Wednesday and I have no pictures. Today, I managed to snap some shots of what I ate today. So, here goes!

 

After a sweaty cardio & upper body session at the gym (boy, am I back-logged on workouts to share with you guys!), I fueled with a smoothie bowl, per usual.

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The mix included 1/2 a frozen banana, a large handful of Trader Joe’s frozen very berry cherry mix, almond milk, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, spinach, and flax meal. It was super thick because I didn’t put any ice and went light on the milk. I topped it with some granola and indulged.

After a good 1.5 hours of studying, I was hungry again. I went right for the Chobani. I remembered a while ago, trying Barney Butter smooth almond butter whipped into plain Chobani, so I gave it a go again. It’s delicious! Especially topped with Pure Bliss Eats peanut butter chocolate granola (BLEND swag alert!).

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Eventually, it was time to head to the grocery store. I was unable to stop at Trader Joe’s yesterday after work because it was later than expected and they were closed. Bummer. I had to pay more that 19 cents for my bananas.

I did my usual walk around the edges of the grocery store with my reusable bags and easy check-outer device thing that my grocery store offers.

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I stocked up one some necessities, as well as some ingredients to make a quick dinner.

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Stuff I hate spending money on:

  • batteries (for smoke detectors)
  • Cottonelle wipes (gotta stay stocked on those!)
  • Tide Febreeze Sport

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Produce:

  • blackberries
  • blueberries
  • avocado
  • cucumber
  • cilantro
  • spinach
  • watermelon
  • onion
  • pepper
  • bananas
  • campari tomatoes
  • corn (frozen)

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Canned & Dry

  • Silk almond & coconut milks (I’ve been getting some crazy coupons lately for those.)
  • black beans
  • Skippy natural peanut butter
  • Hershey’s special dark cocoa powder
  • Kashi GoLean Cereal (was on sale, plus it has 10g fiber and 13g protein per serving, whaa!?)

I immediately started chopping away. First, the watermelon! I may have eaten more than what went into the Tupperware (not really, but you know).

Next, I got started on dinner.

Mexican Couscous Salad

(way more than one serving – I like to make big batches to have for a few days

  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 bag organic frozen sweet corn
  • 8 campari tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 medium vidalia onion, diced
  • 1/2 large cucumber, seeded & diced
  • 1 large red pepper, diced
  • lime juice, enough to coat veggies
  • 3 T fresh cilantro, chopped
  • cumin, didn’t measure, add it to your liking
  • sea salt & pepper to taste
  • optional: jalapeno, seeded and diced small
  • avocado*
  • 2/3 cup (dry measurement) whole wheat couscous, cooked

I cooked 2/3 cup (dry measurement) Bob’s Red Mill whole wheat couscous (Blend swag) on the stove. That’s all I had left in the bag, so that’s all I made! It ended up being just enough to mix into the veggies.

*I add diced avocado to each serving individually. If you add it to the mixture and store it in the fridge, the avocado is more likely to turn brown. I use what I need and store the rest of the avocado in an air tight container with the core.

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There was pork loin (individually wrapped) in the freezer that I decided to defrost and grill. I spritzed it with olive oil and rubbed a mixture of cumin, paprika, chili powder, sea salt, and pepper on it.

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I also ate a side of fresh cut watermelon.

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Drizzled with lime juice….try it!

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This dinner was probably the best I’ve made in a while. I have another pork loin defrosting for tomorrow & a lot of the mexican couscous salad left.

Now, I definitely need some type of snack or dessert! See you guys tomorrow morning with a fun giveaway!

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sara @my less serious life May 23, 2012 at 8:49 pm

watermelon drizzled with lime juice sounds crazy! but potentially delicious i think!

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2 Jillian May 23, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Someone squeezed it on a piece I had a few weeks ago and I was unsure but as soon as I took a bite, I understood! lol

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3 Emily May 23, 2012 at 9:11 pm

i am so INTRIGUED by that cool checker-outer device! how convenient, easy & tech savy – living in WV has its advantages, but also its disadvantages such as being behind in cool stuff like that, we will probably never see a trader joes or a checker outer here, crazyyy! Secondly, I must try that recipe asap, I love allllll things mexicany and that sounds delish, thanks for sharing!

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4 Jillian May 23, 2012 at 9:18 pm

I think all Stop & Shops have it, do you have one of those nearby?

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5 Emily May 23, 2012 at 10:13 pm

ahhh i wish – all we have is your typical krogers & walmart, hahah. After i finish my masters degree I plan to move to the DC area, so fingers crossed they have one, because that it is seriously so neat!

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6 Marilyn May 23, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Can’t wait to get my first watermelon of the season!

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7 Lisa May 25, 2012 at 12:46 am

I like how you drizzle lime juice over watermelon because I do the same to my apples! Tastes so good and also helps them to not turn brown!

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8 Laura @ Joyful Shimmy May 25, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Thank you for the recipe I am so going to try out the mexican couscous salad this weekend. Yum!

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