Caprese Quinoa

Horror of horrors!  My gym instructor is leaving!

Ever since my friend Tasha convinced me to go to an aerobox class with her in university, fitness class have been the key component of my fitness regime.

Because they are at set times, they force me to actually schedule it into my day, and I have to go at that time or I’ll miss it.  Without this structure, it is way too easy for me to opt for laziness instead of workout glory.

But not all fitness instructors are created equal.

I have my favorites, and over the years I have seen many come and go.  It was me who had to leave my favorites after I finished university.  Then I found a new gym, and in the four years I’ve been going there, I’ve seen many of my favorites leave.

But Laura, my Thursday morning mixed cardio and muscle conditioning class instructor, has remained constant over the last four years until now.  On Friday she announced she would be taking a new position at the new civic center that is opening in the fall and that she would be finishing up at Goodlife in a week.

This comes after my Tuesday fitness instructor left at the beginning of the summer.

So basically, I need a major overall to my fitness schedule, or I’m going to end up looking like a little piggy if the nachos and beer from the weekend have anything to say about it.

And we all know how much I love change.  Not.

I’m seriously considering cancelling my gym membership and signing up at the civic center.  I’ve been known to follow my favorite instructors when possible.  I followed Celeste, one of my favorite yoga instructors, when she left Goodlife to her new yoga studio… and then to her new gym after that.

I need consistency in my life.  And routine, apparently.

So the only problem now is figuring out if I can get out of my Goodlife membership.  I just keep thinking about that episode of Friends where Chandler tries to quit the gym.  And figuring out what I’m going to do until October.

So anyway, Caprese is good.  Remember that grilled chicken?

The other day I decided to make a quinoa salad because I’ve been eating a lot of quinoa lately and why not add some tomato, cheese, and herbs to it.  Plus I haven’t killed my basil yet.

And that balsamic vinegar I used?  A little old lady sold it to me when I was Italy.  It’s the real deal.

This was the end result.  Yum.

Caprese Quinoa

seves 2

1 cup chicken stock

1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar + more for drizzling

1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed in cold water

1/2 pint grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise and large ones quartered

100 g fresh buffalo mozzarella

6-8 fresh basil leaves

1/2 tbsp olive oil

Combine stock and 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar in a pot.  Add the quinoa and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and cook for about 15 minutes, until liquid is all absorbed.

Meanwhile, slice tomatoes and cut mozzarella in bite size pieces, about the same size of the tomato slices.

Stack basil leaves, roll tightly, and slice into chiffonade.

Once quinoa is finished, stir in the olive oil.  Add tomatoes, cheese, and basil and stir to combine.  Drizzle a little extra balsamic on top.

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