Posts Tagged ‘Beans’

When I came across this recipe on Yahoo! Food, it originally called for tofu, instead of chicken.  Not as good, let me just tell you.  The tofu, that is.  Here again is an example of the huge hang-up that I have with tofu and its’ texture.  Now, I love me some crunchy tofu as is evident here (click + scroll) … and here.  But unless it’s baked to a crisp, I’m just not a big fan. 

After my first unsuccessful attempt at this recipe, when I actually followed the directions, I wasn’t too quick to write this one off.  It had great components.  It just needed a little RwF facelift …


Chicken, Black Bean + Corn Enchiladas




(Makes 4 enchiladas)

  • 1 1/2 cups cooked + shredded chicken
  • 1/2 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 can Mexicorn blend
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1/4 tsp. hot sauce
  • Spices as desired – I used cumin + chili powder
  • 1/2 can red enchilada sauce + 1/8 cup
  • 4 flour tortillas
  • 1/2 cup+ reduced fat Mexican blend cheese


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.  In a bowl, combine chicken, black beans, corn, salsa, hot sauce, spices and 1/8 cup enchilada sauce.  Mix well.  One at a time, heat tortillas in the microwave for 10 seconds and fill with a portion of the chicken mixture.  Roll up and place, seam side down, in baking dish.  Repeat until all tortillas are complete.  Pour enchilada sauce over tortillas and place in oven.  After 25 minutes, remove dish from oven and sprinkle enchiladas with cheese; return to oven for 5 – 10 minutes.  Garnish as you wish.  Enjoy!




It’s good stuff.  We’re big fans.  Woot woot.  To see the original recipe, please click here.

Hope all y’all (tee hee) are having a good night.  I’m sleeps tonight and ready to hit the sheets.  Nighty night!


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Calling All Imaginations!

Hi there!  It’s Saturday – hooray!!  I hope everyone had a great Friday.  Does everyone have plans for Superbowl Sunday?!  We actually have a busy weekend ahead … all fun times.  We have been invited to a friend’s house for dinner tonight and tomorrow we are headed to a Superbowl party.  Fun times.

Devin didn’t make it home last night until 8:00, so I was beside-myself-starving when he rolled through the door.  I snapped a quick pic (and not a very good one), but didn’t take time to snap another when I cut into these to show off the good stuff inside.  Just let your imagination take over … you won’t be disappointed.


Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas




  • 1/2 lb. extra lean ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup sliced onion
  • 1/4 cup sliced bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup canned diced tomatoes with jalapenos
  • 1/2 tbsp. reduced sodium taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat shredded cheese
  • 1/4 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup fat free plain yogurt
  • 4 tbsp. fat free cream cheese
  • 2 frozen cubes cilantro
  • 1/2 tbsp. cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • ~1/4 cup canned green chiles
  • 6 whole wheat tortillas


In a skillet, brown the ground chicken with the onions, green peppers and taco seasoning.  Add the pinto beans and diced tomatoes; simmer for 10 minutes.  Stir in shredded cheese and remove from heat.

In a saucepan, combine the broth, cilantro and cayenne; heat until hot.  Stir in the yogurt, cream cheese and green chiles.  Heat until cream cheese is melted, stirring frequently with a whisk.

Fill each tortilla with a small amount of chicken/bean filling and place seam-side down in a prepared baking dish.  Pour cream cheese mixture over top of rolled tortillas, reserving a small amount for serving.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.  Broil for a few minutes, if desired.  Top with shredded lettuce and salsa.  Enjoy!


Can you see the picture in your mind?!  I should add that the end result was wonderful, even though they weren’t so pretty for the eyes.  The cheese sauce was absorbed by the tortillas, so they stayed moist throughout and didn’t dry out like they normally do in the oven.  There was also quite a hidden kick that didn’t catch up with me until I was done.  My mouth was on fire!!  Wowza.  It’s also possible that I may not have noticed the heat earlier since I was way too busy shoveling food down my throat.  I, of course, ate way too much food and immediately retired to the couch to “digest.”

So, how’s the weather where you are?  It’s my hope that everyone is staying warm + safe!  Have a great Saturday, folks! 

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It’s A Mystery.

Hey all you sweets.  I’ve got to make this major snappy ‘cuz I’ve got to get out the door!  I’m late, I’m late!!

Last night’s dinner included a mystery ingredient that Devin never picked up on and I actually forgot to tell him.  I was thinking about telling him while we were eating, then decided against it and thought I would drop the bomb after we were done.  Whoops.  Completely forgot.  Actually, the only reason I knew it was there is because I put it there.  Other than that, I couldn’t really taste it.  Are you dying with curiosity yet?!  OK, fine.  Here you go …


Black Bean Pumpkin Chili



My idea of a “mystery” ingredient was the canned pumpkin puree that was added to the mix.  I’ve made chili with sweet potatoes before, but never pumpkin.  It essentially just added even more thickness to the dish.  It was good.  It easy with a capital “E”.  You will see why below.  You will luvs it.  (I hope!) 


  • 1/2 lb. extra lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with jalapenos
  • 1 can dicd tomatoes
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • Spice it up with: chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika (!!), cayenne pepper, S+P


Brown turkey and onion in a skillet.  Add turkey, onions and remaining ingredients to crock pot; set on low for at least 3 hours, or all day if you prefer!  Top with plain yogurt, cheese and sliced scallions.  Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from here.

The only way this recipe could have been any better is if it had chunks of roasted pumpkin in it.  Then it would have been all that and a bag of chips.  Oh yeah.

G to the O, I gotta go.  Catch y’all later!


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Big Brother Would Be Proud

It’s snowing outside!  Yes, I’m still in NC!!  I didn’t magically travel to Colorado or anything overnight.  It is SO pretty.  Brings me right back to my childhood days in Minnesota.  We didn’t know the difference at all … heck, if it was 20 degrees (or even 10 degrees, whatever) and snowing, that just meant a better snowman.  You couldn’t tempt us with anything to keep up indoors.  We wanted to go sledding and make snow angels.  We wanted to go ice skating and make snow forts.  Ahh … the good times.  I wouldn’t trade my childhood in Minnesota for anything.  It was a fabulous place to grow up.



Can you spy the cardinal in the picture??


So, last night I tried to re-create the slop the housemates are often forced to eat on Big Brother.  It actually started out as a re-creation of a recipe I found  on Tri to Cook’s site last week, which in turn she got from Megan.  The original recipe was Black Beans and Rice with Pumpkin Vinaigrette




As you can see, it didn’t really end up that way.  I actually warned Devin to brace for the worse since I had no idea what in the world I was creating.  I just kept throwing ingredients in the pan and would have continued to do so if Devin hadn’t collapsed on the floor in starvation.  Ok, fine, I’ll stop and we can eat now.  You don’t have to be so dramatic about it, dear.

I honestly can’t give you a recipe on this one, but I will gladly offer up everything that went into the pan …

  • 1 cup quinoa, cooked in low-sodium chicken broth with onions, celery and cilantro
  • 1/2 cup wild rice blend
  • Black Beans
  • 2 Boca Meatless Italian Sausages, sliced
  • Sliced mushrooms
  • Chopped spinach
  • Dried cranberries
  • Toasted pumpkin seeds
  • Pumpkin vinaigrette – pumpkin puree, white balsamic vinegar, olive oil

Towards the end, I did add a big heaping spoon of additional pumpkin since the mix seemed a little dry.  Problem solved. 

Believe it or not, this combination actually turned out quite good, even if it wasn’t extremely pleasing to the eye.  The pumpkin flavor was just enough to make my mouth happy and the vinegar gave it a nice little zip.


It’s a perfect day for a “snow day” with all the activity on the TV today.  It’s a funny thing when it snows here … the entire city shuts down.  No school.  No work.  People just don’t leave their houses.  With the warning of snow, the grocery stores are bombarded with people stocking up on bread, water and batteries.  Come on, people, this isn’t the end here.  Just a little snowfall.  Oh, well, doesn’t bother me any … the perfect way to catch up on things that need to be done around the house.

Have a good day!  XOXO

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Lucky Toes

Good Morning!  Hope all is well and dandy.  I took the night off from blogging last night to spend some time with my boo.  Since the holiday hustle and bustle, it seems like we haven’t had many chances to sit down and relax … just the two of us.  Plus, his toe nails were looking like talons yet again and, being the fabulous wife that I am, I went to work, nail file in hand. 


Warmed granola with sliced banana, flax, soy and TJ's Cranberry Apple Butter

B: Warmed granola with sliced banana, flax, soy and a drizzle of TJ's Cranberry Apple Butter


Now, if you are curious as to why he can’t trim his own toe nails, see this post here.  He does more harm than good, so I just took over this daunting chore.  I was even able to get mine trimmed and buffed, all ready for a fresh polish.  While I was working away like a busy bee, we tuned into our latest Netflix arrival, Tropic Thunder, with Ben Stiller, Robert Downey, Jr. and Jack Black


Impromptu lunch date with my hunny and in-laws at my fave place, Jason's Deli

L: Impromptu lunch date with my hunny and in-laws at my fave place, Jason's Deli


My opinion … don’t waste your time.  If you’ve seen it and liked it, please no hate.  Just not my cuppa tea.  It did have a very few quirky moments, but that was about it.  The funniest character in the movie was played by Tom Cruise, bald and wearing a fat suit, as a crazed movie producer.  Good thing I was focused on 20 toes during the movie, or I probably would’ve high-tailed it up to bed.  Ha!

We finally had our lucky New Year’s meal for dinner last night.  I added rice and tomatoes to the peas and ham this time around and it turned out great. 

The South is also known for a dish called Hoppin’ John, which is a mix of rice and BE peas, so I went off that idea.


Lucky Rice with Black-Eyed Peas and Greens



  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup diced ham
  • 1 cup black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup canned diced tomatoes with jalapenos, with juice reserved
  • 1 cup long grain brown rice, cooked


With a small amount of oil in a skillet, saute onions until slightly tender, about 3 minutes.  Add ham and continue to cook for for 5 minutes.  Add peas, tomatoes and rice to pan; stir well and cook for 5 additional minutes.  Add reserved juice from tomatoes (eyeball it) to your desired liking.  This will keep the dish from being mixture from being dry.  Allow to heat thoroughly and serve.  Enjoy!

As for the greens, those were just chopped and thrown in a microwavable steamer with a bit of water, white wine vinegar and seasoning (red pepper + salt.)  Nuked for 2 1/2 minutes, they were perfectly cooked with a little crunch remaining.


So, what’s on everyone’s agenda for this Saturday?  As for me, I will be taking down the Christmas trees and the rest of the holiday decorations.  We’ve been using one of the spare bedrooms upstairs as our storage room.  I’m ready to get it cleaned out and all our festive paraphernalia back up into the attic.

Have a fabulous day, ladies and fellas!  😀

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Spilling The Beans

As I already knew would happen, so many of you have come rushing to my rescue in my time of need … thank you so much for all of your fabulous appetizer ideas!  It’s so nice knowing there are so many great bloggie friends out there!  You are all the best!! 🙂

With that being said, I know you will also support a decision that I have made that will change my blogging habits during this busy holiday month …

When I started this blog, I was dedicated to three full meal posts per day.  As time went on and life got busier, those three posts dwindled to two and sometimes only one post per day.

After sitting down with the calendar this morning, I knew something had to give, so I thought breakfast and lunch would be best. 

Now, you aren’t thinking that I’m giving up eating these two delicious meals, are you?!  Good, ‘cuz that would never happen!! 😛

So, what is happening, you ask?  Well, for the remainder of the month, I’ve decided not to post my breakfasts and lunches; which, in my opinion, are just normal everyday fare anyways.

This will allow for me to focus more on my dinner posts, which happen to be our highlight meal o’ the day.  It’s the meal that takes the most thought and planning.  The one that not only I can enjoy, but one that Devin can enjoy as well.

We’ll see how it goes … I may just take and post the pictures of my eats in the morning and afternoon, but leave out all the long-winded details that seem to come from these fingers once they start typing.


Ok, here comes dinner …

White Bean and Chicken Ragout with Kale, Tomatoes and Zucchini


Original recipe can be found here.


Of course I made modifications!  Here’s what I did differently (not too, too many changes this time):


  • Used the remaining turkey we had left from Thanksgiving (that’s officially the end of the leftovers) instead of the chicken sausage
  • Added sliced mushrooms
  • Used fresh beans, cooked this afternoon
  • Used a can of diced tomatoes with jalapenos for the extra kick




This one’s a keeper, folks.  After last night’s douzy, this was a welcomed meal.  Very warm and comforting!

To be honest, I wasn’t sure I liked the texture of the kale after my first bite, but it grew on me.  It definitely goes with the heartiness of the dish.  Yum!

Well, I’m off to watch Without a Trace.  Any one else fancy that show??

I will leave you with a pic of our Charlie Brown trees that I’ve had for years and years, set-up in the foyer …




Have you seen A Charlie Brown Christmas?  Love that lil’ tree!  Night!

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Black & Blue

Hi everyone!  Happy Black Friday!!  Anyone get out there early as a bird to do some super sale shopping?!  I browsed through all the ads yesterday, but I didn’t see anything that was worth dragging my bum out of bed in the wee hours of the day. 

A few years ago I was standing in line at Target around 5:30 AM to be one of the first in the store when it opened at 6:00 AM.  Of all places I could have chosen at that hour, I ended up standing outside in the dark, freezing cold to get into Target … the irony is that it’s the one place I visit several times each and every week at any time of the day I please.  After all, it’s just a mile from our house.  Crazy lady.

After my blog marathon this morning, I was feeling rather cranky from all the technical difficulties I was encountering, so I flipped off the computer and haven’t looked at it again until now.  I feel like I am super behind on reading and commenting, but I’m hoping to make up for that this weekend since we should be pretty low-key both days.

I always enjoy getting the house ready for Christmas the weekend following Thanksgiving.  Staying true to this tradition, we pulled out all of our Christmas decor from the attic, plus we strung lights up outdoors on the bushes.  It was a perfect day to play outdoors since it was nearly 60 degrees!  I know I’ve said it before, but it’s really hard to believe it is almost December!!

Rewinding to breakfast, I decided to switch things up a bit (but not too much – it’s still cereal, just not granola) and settled in with a bowl of 1/2 cup Grape Nuts, 1/2 cup Kashi H2H and raisins




We decided around lunchtime to pull ourselves together and get out in the hustle bustle to get some errands done.  Before we left, lunch was in order –


Crunchy buffalo tofu in a ww wrap with lotsa buffalo sauce and romaine leaves

Crunchy buffalo tofu in a ww wrap with lotsa buffalo sauce and romaine

Leftover black bean & rice soup ... no "sausage" left

Leftover black bean & rice soup ... no "sausages" left!

Crunchy carrot sticks

Crunchy carrot sticks


We still have plenty of leftovers from yesterday, but I just wasn’t feeling it.  This was just perfect.  

After our running around together, I decided to do some solo running … on the treadmill!  I was still feeling rather blue so I knew I needed to pound it out.  A good sweat always seems to lift my spirits!

A good hunk of pizza does a good job of lifting my spirits as well!  Since I still wasn’t in the mood for leftovers, we decided to head out to Wolfman’s Pizza for a bite to eat and a sippy treat –


Blue Moon with an orange slice

Sippy Treat: Blue Moon with an orange slice

We split a small Greek salad which had a ton of feta - YUM!

Bite to Eat #1: We split a small Greek salad which had a ton of feta - YUM!

Individual sized Veg-O-Matic pizza ... I only ate half.  Wasn't as hungry as I thought I was!?  That rarely happens!

Individual sized Veg-O-Matic pizza ... I only ate half. Guess I wasn't as hungry as I thought I was ... that rarely happens!!


I think it’s time to retire for the evening … as you can probably tell from my tone (or lack of) I’m just not feeling up to the game today.  It’s like a roller coaster … oh, how lovely it can be sometimes!  Ha!  Sleep tight, mis amigos!

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