Posts Tagged ‘beans’


The forecast for this week?

Highs in the high 20s, low 30s. Snow. Possible freezing rain. Nighttime temperatures in the teens. The teens!

It is too cold, too early. If we ever get this frigid, it doesn’t usually happen until February.


So all I want is soup.

Creamy, potato soup.


And after coming home from church Sunday to more snow and blustery cold weather, I decided we needed soup for lunch.

This came together in 30 minutes, and even though it is a creamy soup, there’s no heavy cream used. Using a little flour to thicken the soup and fat free evaporated milk makes for a silky creamy soup that’s a little lighter than a typical cream soup (which are sometimes too rich for me).


Creamy Potato, White Bean, and Corn Soup

  • 4 medium yukon gold potatoes, scrubbed and diced
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 1 can cannelini beans
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 can (12 oz.) fat free evaporated milk
  • 1 Tbsp oregano
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  1. Put diced potatoes in large microwave safe bowl and cover. Heat 5-6 minutes or until fork tender.
  2. While potatoes are cooking, heat large pot over medium heat and add olive oil.
  3. Toss in diced onions, garlic, and carrots and cook 3-4 minutes or until softened.
  4. Sprinkle in flour and stir until vegetables are covered and you don’t see any white flour spots any longer.
  5. Pour in vegetable broth, a little at a time, stirring constantly until it’s all combined.
  6. Add water, seasonings, beans, corn, and potatoes to pot and bring to a boil.
  7. Let simmer 5-10 minutes or until veggies are tender and soup has thickened a bit.
  8. Pour in milk and cook 5 more minutes until heated through.


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Mexican Rice

Am I the only one that normally bypasses the pile of rice plopped on my plate at Mexican restaurants?


In most places around me, that rice is an afterthought, a quick and easy way to fill up the plate. I find that most aren’t very flavorful or colorful or appealing. So I push the rice to the side and focus on the other parts of my meal, hoping the staff won’t notice the full pile of rice I hide under my napkin when I’m finished eating.

I know…it’s wasteful. But I know I won’t eat it if I bring it home with me and not every place will let you substitute that rice for something else.

My only option?

Make an amazing Mexican rice side dish myself.


Nick and I had a football date with some friends this past weekend, and our food theme was Mexican. The menu was pretty simple, but delicious:

– grilled steak tacos

– chips with salsa and homemade guacamole

– rice or bean side dish

I was in charge of the side dish and couldn’t decide between rice or beans, so I just mixed everything that I love together in one bowl!

Mexican Rice

  • 3 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 2-3 scallions, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder (ancho, if you have it)
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 1/2 Tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder (or 1 tsp minced garlic)
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt

Thankfully, this recipe is extremely easy, too. As long as you have cooked rice, the only other step is to mix everything together – done!

I loved it with the chewy brown rice, but this would also make a great barley or wheatberry salad. In fact, any whole grain would be delicious.


This rice has it all: different textures, different colors, and bold flavors.

Just how I like it.

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I’m so happy it’s Friday!!! It doesn’t feel like it to me, but I am wearing jeans and I had a fun breakfast + awesome Honduran coffee so that’s a good way to start the day.

It seems I decided to have veggies for breakfast and fruit with lunch, which is the opposite of what I normally do.

But it was good!


Maybe I’m missing all those beans we had in Honduras?


I made a stacked bowl for breakfast this morning and it was super tasty.

  • grits
  • bean/corn/pepper/onion salad mixed with some of our fresh cooked tomatoes = instant salsa
  • 2 eggs that I cooked too long  😦
  • fresh Miami avocado!

The only bad thing? I totally overcooked my eggs and they weren’t runny at all! It was still a good combination, though.

Plus awesome coffee that I took with me to work


Lunch had to be easy and quick today. I had a follow-up eye appointment, so I ate this lunch in stages.


This morning, I put together a strawberry + almond butter sandwich on some alvarado st. bakery bread.


Some all natural pear crisps – they’re like air! So light and good.


and some broccoli I had at work from earlier this week.


I have a feeling some snacks will be happening this afternoon…my stomach is not satisfied.

Any fun weekend plans?

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Okay, well I have a feeling I’m going to look like this soon – maybe with some pb or ab instead of hunny though  🙂


Both Nick and I are having crazy tummy stuff again! I was feeling fine today until around 4 pm, and then it was like my body just wanted to blow up like a balloon, get rumbly and crampy and strange, and make me feel like Pooh.

I had plans of posting my lunch pics at lunchtime, but I left my cord at home! I’ve already put it in my purse for tomorrow – no worries.

I packed a veggie burger on an arnold thin with some ketchup and mustard – pretty plain, but it was good. I meant to pack a slice of cheese and didn’t realize that I forgot it until I was putting this together at lunch.


Some bean salad I made yesterday, which totally made me think of Rose 🙂 Did you see her double bean creation today? I loved it.


I took a mixed can of beans (kidney, pinto, black) and added some corn, diced red onion, leftover grilled peppers from this weekend, salt, and garlic powder. Easy! And filling.

Plus some broccoli.


This afternoon was good and busy. Lots of letters to send and trying to find out more about teleworking in the future, which was exciting. We’ll see what happens!

I was really excited for my snack today. I finally found this yogurt at Martin’s near Nick’s parents and brought it home with me to try.


Stonyfield, you’re a genius  🙂


Since I usually eat plain greek yogurt, this did have much more sugar than I’m used to having in yogurt, but it was totally worth it.

When you open it up, it just looks like vanilla or plain yogurt –


But then, if you just dig down a little, you get to this chocolately layer on the bottom that is amazing!


I mixed most of it together, but left a little chocolate at the bottom  🙂  This was probably one of the best flavored yogurts I’ve ever had, and that’s good considering I normally don’t like vanilla yogurt at all. I loved the combination of the vanilla + chocolate, and it was the perfect balance of sweet + tart. I hope they start carrying this flavor here!! I already want it again.

I also had a small handful of cherries with my yogurt


I did make a good dinner, even though my stomach was flip floppin’ all around.

We had those leftover grilled turkey sausages from this weekend, so I chopped those up along with some portobello mushrooms and made a sauce for some pasta. The sauce is a weird color – Nick cooked down a bunch of our tomatoes the other day to use for this sauce + fresh salsa and since our tomatoes are red/yellow/green, the sauce isn’t the normal “pasta sauce” color. But it was tasty!


We had the sauce over some whole wheat pasta and roasted asparagus.


The meal was good, but my tummy is soooooo not normal or good right now.

I took some pepto so I’m hoping it will kick in soon.

Plans for tonight = pajamas, taking my contacts out and switching to glasses, and reading


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Cloudy + Cold

Those pancakes were awesome this morning!  They definitely did a good job of keeping me full until lunch time.

I liked my lunch, but I was kind of sad I didn’t have a hot one today. It’s so dreary and cold and rainy, and a cold salad (no matter how good) is not a good pick. Oh well – it still tasted good!


I had a big salad with:

  • Romaine
  • White beans
  • Avocado (yup, that makes a whole avocado today and it’s only lunch!)
  • Tomato
  • Cilantro
  • Scallions


In all it’s glory in my big bertha gladware container –


Plus some fruit salad I cut up this morning


Cantaloupe, farmer’s market peach, blackberries and the last of the raspberries.

I think peach  + raspberries is one of the best combinations – sweet and tart at the same time.

Work is going – at least it’s Friday and I’m in jeans!

Any fun plans for this weekend?

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I think that’s right, right? Pretty + Delicious!

I’m so glad you guys enjoyed the french-ed donuts – we sure did  🙂  They were so good. Good thing I don’t have donuts hanging around the house all the time!

I’m so happy today is over – I had a bunch of stuff to do today, but it just seemed to go by so slowly. I’m hoping the rest of the week is a little faster because I have a fun weekend coming up.

Lunch today was great, thanks to some leftovers.

I had a piece of the chicken + some of the saffron/zucchini/ww couscous mixture from the other night


Plus some broccoli


Nick and I went over to TJ Maxx and I found the most beautiful dress!  I took too long looking through the clothes and I didn’t have time to try it on – I have to go back! I’m trying not to get my hopes up in case it doesn’t fit, but I loved it. I also found a really cute pair of sandals but we just had to get back to work. I’m hoping both the dress + sandals are still there whenever I get back!

I brought fruit to go along with my lunch, but by the time we got back, I had to get working on some other things and I just never ate it. I put it in the fridge for tomorrow’s lunch – one less thing for me to pack  🙂

I did end up eating the actual snack I brought with me:


I had one of my homemade bran muffins on some plain oikos. I’m going to be really sad when this yogurt isn’t BIGI free anymore.

Nick had plans to go out on the river by himself in the kayak tonight since I had a chiropractor appointment – it worked out perfectly. My appointment went really well – it seems like my back/neck are doing really well after the accident, and I think everything is just about back to normal.

I came home and started prepping dinner, then just waited until Nick got back to finish it.


I made Barefoot Contessa’s Guacamole Salad, except I used 1/2 a yellow pepper and 1/2 an orange. I used regular tomatoes since we didn’t have grape tomatoes. I also only added about 2 tsp or so of olive oil – you really don’t need 1/4 cup on this salad. I actually think it would just be too oily with that amount.

I love this salad – it has just the perfect amount of spicyness, and I love how colorful it is.


I put mine over a bowl of romaine – no dressing needed on this salad! All the flavor is in the guac salad.

The main part of dinner came out of a recipe in Eating Well for Huevos Rancheros. I forgot to  buy salsa verde, so I just kind of did what I wanted.


For some reason, I just cannot have runny eggs without grits or oatbran! I just want to make sure I have one of those to soak up all that eggy goodness  🙂

I mixed up a can of pinto beans with fresh cilantro, scallion, cumin, ground coriander, and garlic powder, mashed them up a bit and put them on top of my grits.

Then I added my eggs, some red pepper flakes, ancho chile powder, and more fresh cilantro.

Ay caramba, this was bueno! Nick and I both loved it. I made his on actual corn tortillas – 2 on a baking sheet with the beans + some cheese on top until the cheese melted, then his eggs on those. Same toppings as me!

I love easy meals, and this one had so many flavors and colors. I love having healthy meals that are delicious and beautiful to eat. It makes me feel good that I’m taking care of myself and eating a balanced meal.

Well, I’m off to maybe paint my toenails? and get ready for Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives – if I can make it that long!

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I’m so relaxed now! I really, really wish this yoga class wasn’t 45 minutes away  😦  I’m just going to have to plan ahead and go whenever I can.

I knew I was going to go to yoga tonight, so I packed a snack that would carry me through going home, changing, driving out there, through the hour of yoga, and through the drive back. I packed a good one!


Yup, I ate this whole bar with my yogurt.


Normally, I wouldn’t spend this many calories on an afternoon snack (the bar is 250 alone), but I needed something that wouldn’t fill me up too much, but that would be enough calories/energy to get me through until around 8 tonight. I ate this at 3:30 and it was the perfect thing. This was also my first time trying an Honest Foods anything since I can’t get them here. Christie brought it to me when they came to visit a month ago, and I really liked it! Maybe it’s a good thing I can’t buy them here?  🙂

I. loved. yoga. tonight. I really am sad that this class is so far away. It’s held at a church so you don’t have to pay to go – you can just donate when you want. I really love taking yoga classes more than doing it on my own, but all the places I can take classes from are so expensive, and we really don’t have any extra money right now. I may just have to get creative and start doing it more on my own and just go to classes whenever I can.

Regardless, it was just what  I needed. I’m glad I did this – it definitely helped stretch me out and just release tension, which will be nice come Saturday morning when we’re running our race.

Dinner was quick and easy, thanks to leftovers in the fridge. I just came in the door, dropped my stuff, and grabbed a plate.


I heated up one of the black bean burgers from last night, some of the sweet potato fries, grabbed 2 slices of avocado (cause I haven’t had enough today, apparently) and sliced up some tomato.


I’ve got to get working on packing my lunch for tomorrow, which means finding something to take!

Happy end of Humpday!!! Finally  🙂

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System Failure

This afternoon may prove to be pretty crazy for a Monday – apparently, our system at work has run out of space! They’re working on it, but it’s a good thing I have my other normal Monday tasks to keep me busy in case it takes a while to fix.

My breakfast cookie held me over really well! I do like having some cold breakfast options that are filling, especially when it’s warm in the house and hot outside.

I was really looking forward to lunch today and it proved to be a good one.


I made a big batch of a tex-mex barley salad yesterday so I could have that for lunches this week with different add – ins and toppings.

The barley salad is just 1 cup of quick cooking barley cooked with chili powder, cumin, garlic, and a little cayenne. Then I mixed in a can of drained/rinsed black beans, corn, and diced tomatoes. Easy! and it made a LOT.

This morning, I added a little rotisserie chicken and then topped it with some avocado for lunch. I love avocado so much! I should have some everyday.

I also brought some steamed broccoli for a little more green


Plus an apple for some crunch


I love making a big batch of something on the weekends for lunch options – it makes easy to pack something quickly if you don’t have other leftovers or don’t want a sandwich.

Do you make stuff specifically for lunches during the week?

I have to, to keep my sanity during the week. Since I have to eat at work every day, I need to have quick options in the fridge and know  that there will at least be something easy to grab!


I guess I missed it with all the anniversary festivites, but check out my guest post on KERF! I should make those again…

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Finally Working!

Our IT guy got my computer back up and running at 4:55 pm today – I’m glad everything is there that I need! I couldn’t  really do anything but check my email, so it was a very long day.

Lunch today was really good – I’ve been planning this since Saturday!

Leftover BBQ Tofu and Brown Rice in a FlatOut Wrap, Steamed Broccoli, and an apple


I brought a few snacks for today: one of my winning scones (woohoo!), celery and some ranch dressing, and a green smoothie. I ended up not having any of them because I was working with our IT guy most of the day.  I was pretty hungry when I finally left work, but I didn’t want to eat anything right before we went running, so I didn’t.

I ran for 28 minutes, and it was probably close to 3 miles, but it was painful as always, it seems. I had side stitches most of the run, like normal. I honestly just don’t know what else to try. I don’t know if I should keep going anyways or just stop. I love running – the act of running, how I feel with the wind blowing at my back, the feeling of my legs moving underneath me, the serene feeling after…but it doesn’t seem to be getting any better. It just feels like someone is stabbing me in my abdomen most of the time, which is not pleasant. Sorry for all the whining about this – I just don’t know what to do and I’m just frustrated.

Dinner tonight was a nice summery meal – I’m ready for this warmer weather to stick around!

Grilled Chicken, Cindy’s “Baked” Beans, Steamed Corn


Nick’s mom makes these really good beans and this is my version.

Cindy’s Baked Beans

  • 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can chili beans
  • 1 can green beans, drained
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 Tbsp bbq sauce
  • 1 Tbsp mustard of your choice
  • salt
  • pepper
  • pinch cayenne
  • garlic powder
  • splash of apple cider vinegar (about 1 Tbsp)
  • 1 Tbsp Worchestershire sauce

I just dumped everything in a pot and let it simmer until the chicken was ready. Cindy usually also adds liquid smoke (I didn’t have any) and bakes them in the oven until hot and bubbly. These are so good, you can tweak the sauce however you want, and I like that the green beans give  a non-starchy dimension to the dish.

I also made some of Tina’s cookies tonight!


I used fat free skim milk instead of the soy, and omitted the nuts…and may have added a few extra chocolate chips to make up for it  🙂

I’m having lunch with 2 ladies I work with tomorrow, and I am in charge of fruit (grapes and oranges prepped and ready) and healthy cookies since it’s one of the ladies’ birthday tomorrow. They turned out SO good! I’m definitely going to be making these in the future  🙂

Off to do some editing…

See you for breakfast and the next Heart Health: Survivor Story tomorrow!

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They Call Me Cuban Bran

 ♫  I’m the queen of the rhumba beat….

Our dinner was all Cuban tonight – or almost  🙂


First – sorry for no lunch pictures! Nick and I went out with some of my coworkers and I didn’t take my camera. We got this awesome pizza called the “rustica”: pepperoni, roasted red peppers, black olives, and basil. Yum  🙂  I also had a mixed salad for some veggies. The meal was good, but the service was horrible. This place just opened a few weeks ago, so I guess we should expect some issues, but it was a little ridiculous.

Work was work – I just couldn’t wait for today to be over!!! I’m so happy it’s the weekend!

We went to BodyPump today after work and it was killer! I upped my weight on a couple of the songs, and my arms feel like jello  🙂  I can tell I’m getting stronger, so I’m hoping the real muscle definition will start showing up soon!


Back to dinner –


I made some healthier versions of Cuban Sandwiches



Pork tenderloin, mustard, pickles, and swiss cheese all on a toasted Arnold Sandwich Thin

PLUS – my BSI entry for this week: Cuban Pork & POM Black Beans



These got so creamy!  The beans had such a great texture, and the flavors went great with our Cuban sandwiches.

Cuban Pork & POM Black Beans

  • 1/2 slice bacon, diced
  • 1 Tbsp diced red onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • oregano
  • cayenne (to taste!)
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 glugs of POM Wonderful Juice (probably about 1/4 cup) – more on this tomorrow  🙂
  1. Dice bacon and cook in pot.
  2. Once bacon has cooked to your liking, add in onion and garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add in seasonings, beans, and bay leaf. Stir together and let cook for a minute.
  4. Add in water and POM juice and let the beans cook on low for about 10 minutes, adding more liquid (either water or juice) if needed.
  5. Serve!

The seasonings in the beans + the sweetness of the POM juice was SO good!!!  This could easily be made without the bacon and it would still be great.

Well – I’m off to relax for a bit, catch up on blogs, and watch some What Not to Wear – possibly with some popcorn  🙂

Update: Day 5 of Bread Experiment






I’m actually surprised, but both slices still look good! Granted, they haven’t been exposed to air except on the first day, but I figured I would see something by now.


– Make sure to get your BSI entries in by Sunday – Sweetie Pie is also having a giveaway for her 50th post!

For the Love of Oats is having an awesome giveaway for her 1 year blog-birthday! Make sure you’re keeping up with the trivia questions  🙂

Caitlin and Meghann are racing tomorrow AND Sunday! Make sure to check in this weekend and wish them good luck! They’re going to do awesome!


See you tomorrow for a fun and heart healthy breakfast!

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