I wanted a protein-filled lunch for three reasons today.
- I had my first spinning class today! (Which, by the way, kicked my booty. I will be going back, though!)
- I did an intense weights workout this morning.
- I’m having a late dinner tonight with Kelley and Amanda at the Melting Pot, and need something to hold me over until then, with only a small afternoon snack.
This meal is quick, easy, and nutritious. With a side of fruit or veggies, you’ll have a balanced meal!
As I juggle classes, training, SWE, blogging, wedding planning, and enjoying my last semester in Madison, I need some quick, easy, and nutritious meals. This one definitely fits the bill. With a side of fruit or veggies, it makes a nice, balanced meal. It will definitely be making regularly appearances on my menu throughout the semester.
I used jarred marinara sauce for time-saving purposes. Specifically, I used the 365 brand from Whole Foods. Use whatever sauce you have on hand, or some home-made marinara if you aren’t rushing off to class like I was!
3/4 c. pinto beans, cooked and drained (canned works too!)
1 c. whole wheat pasta
1/4 c. peanut butter
2 tsp. flax seeds
1/2 c. marinara sauce
Boil pasta according to package directions.
While the pasta cooks, whisk together the peanut butter, flax seeds, and marinara sauce until well-mixed. The sauce will take on a burnt-orange color.
Mix the pasta and beans together in a bowl, and top with the sauce.
Makes 2 servings.
Nutritional Information for 1 serving ( 1/2 the recipe)
What is your ‘go-to’ meal?