mexican quinoa.

when it comes to food cravings, I can skip cake + chocolate with ease. but I will never pass up the chance to indulge in chip & salsa dipping, margarita sipping, and south of the border, spicy cuisine.

but since the new year began my wedding is less than 9 months away, I am making a strong attempt to live a healthier life. full of self-prepared meals, a lot of water, plenty of sleep, and exercise. but I have never been one for dieting. the more I deprive myself of something, the more I want it & the stronger the craving. so I have to find a loophole healthier way to prepare my favorite foods. the easier the better.

mexican quinoa.

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cook 1 cup quinoa as instructed by packaging. I prefer to cook it in chicken or vegetable stock instead of water for added flavor. once quinoa is cooked, heat a skillet to medium-low. add quinoa, 1 can [drained & rinsed] black beans, 1 can rotel diced tomatoes & green chilies, and 1/2 cup of diced onions. stir everything happily together. I like to spice it up with a couple dashes of sriracha, black pepper, and possibly a little cayenne.

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this recipe makes quite a lot. but don’t fret, you can enjoy it so many ways.

it is a great substitute for spanish rice, as a side dish. or you can roll it up in a tortilla with a little bit of cheese, and call it a taco. smash it between two tortillas, warm in the oven and you have a quesadilla. or my personal favorite ..over lettuce + a few tortilla chips, it’s a meatless taco salad. and so good.

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you cannot beat a healthy dish that has a ton of flavor and a variety of ways to eat it.

this getting healthy stuff may not be so bad.

happy tuesday!

miscellaneous four.

after 110+ friday’s of the week in photos, I’ve decided it’s time to retire it and start something new.

introducing:

miscellaneous four.

the idea behind it is to share four things I’ve collected throughout the week. it can be anything from a quote I’ve held onto, a recipe I’m loving, exciting life events, a lesson I’ve learned, and of course ..photographs. I want it to become less of ‘recap from my week’ and more of a takeaway for us all.

                                                                                             

1 // which brings me to the new finally defined direction of little lessons in a big city. throughout the past few years, I’ve been working to transform this creative space from a personal journal to a full-blown lifestyle blog. I don’t want it to be necessarily about my day-to-day, but rather a collection of things that make each day better. many people start the new year with huge, often times unattainable goals, but I’m asking all of you to shift your focus with me in 2014.

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and those little things will be what you can find on LLinaBC. a collection of how to’s, do-it-yourself projects, recipes, fashion + beauty tips, and the occasional life update.

you don’t have to make drastic changes to better your life, it’s all about the little things. like a handwritten note from a friend, a good glass of wine, a new piece of artwork, or a successful DIY project.

2 // pretty, little snowflakes. aren’t they beautiful?

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3 // santa put this water bottle in my stocking and it has not left my side yet. I’ve definitely been drinking more water. and even eating quite a bit healthier. I have pictures of wedding dresses + bikinis dancing in my head. only 9 months to go.

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4 // cheers to making 2014 the best year yet.

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happy friday.

have the best weekend.

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