Bring On the Good News!

March 17, 2009 at 1:43 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments
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Today is one of the best days ever because I found out I got into my top choice law school!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m still on cloud nine. I keep saying to myself that I am going to that law school because I still can’t believe it. Gosh I’m sooo happy!

I’m hoping the good news keeps on coming this week…mainly in regards to the ortho appointment I have on Thursday. Eep! Happy thoughts… I actually went on the elliptical today and it didn’t hurt! I went on for 40 minutes and kept it at a really low resistance. I think that made the difference.

Unfortunately James didn’t get home until 8:30 tonight so I was a bundle of energy! So I set out to make something new! We had a head of cabbage in our fridge that I wanted to use so I thought making stuffed cabbage leaves would be fun. I used Kath’s recipe, with some modifications. Here’s what I used:

Stuffed Cabbage Leaves

  • TJ’s Brown Rice Medley (“A blend of long-grain brown rice, black barley and daikon radish seeds)
  • Black beans
  • Carrots
  • Peas
  • Half a very small onion
  • 1/4 c. crushed blistered peanuts
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Cup Diced cabbage
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • salt

I sauteed everything together until everything was soft. Then, after I steamed some of the larger cabbage leaves, I put 1/3 c. of the mixture into each leaf…..

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rolled it up and put it seam down in a baking dish.

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Then I put 1 c. of prepared marinara sauce on top + a big hand full of shredded lite Mexican blend cheese from TJ’s. I baked it at 400* for 17 minutes then broiled it for 4 minutes.

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Post Texas Pete smothering:

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This was the first time I used the garam masala so I was pretty excited and this did not disappoint! It was a different flavor then we’re used to eating, but in a good way. This wasn’t heavy at all. I think the addition of crushed peanuts was a winner. I think even adding a little peanut sauce to the rice would help bring out the other spices more. Or maybe instead of topping it with marinara, topping it with a peanut sauce. James is currently having seconds.

Okay. Now it’s time for chocolate, reading in bed and sleep! See you tomorrow!

Kitchen Sink Casserole

March 5, 2009 at 1:39 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments
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This casserole is not for the faint of heart.  James and I were going to have mahi mahi tonight but, unfortunately, the fish did not defrost in time. Oh well! Always tomorrow night!

So while we were contemplating what our dinner alternative would be, James broke out this lovely appetizer spread:

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He got a whole wheat baguette which was sliced, toasted and drizzled with EVOO. He also got some little containers of stuff from the olive bar (artchioke hearts, olives, sundried tomato, mushrooms) at Harris Teeter. They didn’t even charge him for it! Score!

I knew we had some fat free refried black beans and the tortillas we made the other night.. Plus James got a whole bunch of tomatoes and avocados from the discount produce stand at HT so I was thinking burritos! Then James suggested we make a casserole like this one. We went a little crazy with everything we put in it though!!

Layer 1: homemade tortillas

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Layer 2: TJ’s Refried Black Beans

Layer 3: Ricotta + defrosted chopped spinach

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Layer 4: Broccoli

Layer 5: Tomatoes

Layer 6: Corn + sautéed onions

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James’ half had 3 layers of tortillas + more ricotta and less tomatoes.

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(Left half is me right half is James)

After being cooked in a 375* oven for 50 minutes:

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Honestly, I filled myself up on the appetizers!! But I still managed to have a little piece 🙂

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Post picture I put some plain yogurt, Texas Pete and homemade guac on it.

The combo of the ricotta/spinach layer and refried black beans worked surprisingly well! And the corn was such a good addition. It was kind of a last minute throw in and I’m so glad we did! Corn always gives the perfect amount of sweetness.  It definitely made this dinner.

I love doing casseroles like this because James and I can customize each side. Perfecto.

It’s finally going to start warming up here! I am looking forward to going for a run tomorrow (finally!!). I ended up having another elliptical day today…which was okay because it was about 15* outside. But tomorrow, it’s on. Just me, Toby and the pavement.  I really really hope my knee feels okay! I did a little yoga while waiting for the casserole to be done. The rest of the plans for tonight include relaxing, taking T-man out one last time and going to bed!

What’s your favorite kind of casserole to make? There was an article on npr.org about a new kind of casserole. They had some cool recipes and twists on old favorites! I think casseroles can be anything you want them to be…comforting, light and fresh, smoky with deep flavors, Mexican, Italian, Indian….so many possibilities!

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There was also this article about spam. Okay seriously…this stuff sounds disgusting but the guy who writes this article RAVES about how amazing spam is and all the different ways you can eat it!! Did you know Hawaii eats the most spam of any state??

Goodnight!

Black Bean Burgers and Microwave Chips

January 28, 2009 at 1:08 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 10 Comments
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Boy was tonight’s dinner good!!

We’ve made these Homemade Black Bean Burgers a few times and they always turn out great. Instead of using bread crumbs we used Panko bread crumbs. I’ve also used rolled oats instead of the bread crumbs and that turned out good too. James also wanted me to note that he added a little bit of Worcestershire sauce to the mix. We baked them in the oven since, in the past,  when we’ve tried to make them on the stove they would stick and it was just a hassle. 

They took a little longer to bake since James made 2 instead of 4 like the recipe says (I had half of one and am putting the other half in a wrap for lunch tomorrow! Leftovers are such a good thing)

James also sauteed some onions and mushrooms to put on top

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On the side we had the COOLEST THING!

Chips that we made in the microwave!!!

We got the recipe from the February EatingWell magazine (recipe found here).

James used Red potatoes to make them.

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Sliced up in a bowl with Olive Oil and salt.

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Spread out on a microwave safe plate.

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Out of the microwave (they took longer in the microwave than the original recipe called for and apparently they crisp up as they cool)

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On my plate. I would like a repeat performance please.

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All together! This was so. so. delicious. I ate the burger opened face with ketchup and mustard on top.

We WILL be making this again. Next time I want to put vinegar on the potatoes before microwaving so we can have salt + vinegar chips (my fave!)

Work was good today. When I got home I did some yoga. I downloaded a few of the YogaDownload free podcasts over the weekend. Tonight I did David Farmar’s 20 minutes Sun Salutations. I really want to keep doing this! After sitting for so much of the day, it just feels great to move around a little. Afterward I felt calm and happy. I even danced around a little.

Poor Toby was sick all last night so we didn’t get much sleep. Thankfully he seems to be feeling better (he’s snuggled up on his bed as I type). Tonight will definitely be an early night. 

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Back to our disk of West Wing we got from Netflix today!!

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