Can’t Resist the Chili

March 13, 2009 at 12:30 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 7 Comments
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 The thought of getting into the pool after work today was just so completely unappealing.  You know that feeling right before you’re going to jump in?? That kind of dread of not wanting to get in the water? That’s all I could think about.  So I opted for some Dave Farmar yoga podcast. I did 60 minutes of Power Yoga from 10/29/08. It was pretty good. Some points were hard to follow because he wouldn’t say exactly what they were doing. Afterward I did some arm strengthening and a little ab work.

Then it was time to make some dinner! On the menu? Chili and corn muffins! Such a classic combo.

For the chili we we simmered some soy chorizo, kidney beans, carrots, tomato sauce, onions and broccoli. We also added in part of a packet of McCormick Chili seasoning.

Then we made some House Autry cornbread mix  I got for $1.50 at the store. They were really easy to make. James loved em but I found them to be a little dry and bland. Maybe I’m just remembering back to the days of those fat and sugar loaded corn bread muffins of my youth…

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The corn on top really did the deed on here. I just sprinkled some on top before putting them in the oven. And I liked the fact it didn’t sink it. It made it look really good. Definitely gave some color to an otherwise non-exciting looking muffin.


Can you spy a boyfriend’s  hand already reaching for some corny goodness??

And theeen I crumbled half a cornbread muffin on top.


Yummm 🙂 This definitely helped with the dryness factor and who doesn’t like a little bread crumb topping on a hot and spicy dish?  It helped balance the spice factor and gave a nice contrast of textures, which I love. Toppings make everything better.


Hi Toby! Do you like his polka dotted placemat?

What’s your favorite condiment?

That’s a tough one for me! I love so many! BBQ sauce is definitely up there though.

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:


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


Layer 2: TJ’s Refried Black Beans

Layer 3: Ricotta + defrosted chopped spinach


Layer 4: Broccoli

Layer 5: Tomatoes

Layer 6: Corn + sautéed onions


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


(Left half is me right half is James)

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


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


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 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!


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??


Veggie Pot Pie

March 4, 2009 at 1:35 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments
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There’s really nothing better then some comfort food when it’s snowy and chilly outside .  James had said a while back that he wanted to make a pot pie and tonight seemed like the perfect time to make it!

My sister and I actually made this recipe for Thanksgiving, as a vegan option. It was de-veganized tonight, though and we used some different veggies.

Changes made:buttermilk

  • Canola oil based butter used instead of Earth Balance
  • Cultured buttermilk used instead of soy milk (and we had no regular milk)
  • Veggies used: Broccoli, carrots, celery, onion, corn
  • Whole Wheat Flour used


James showing his approval:


Pressing out the crust into a circle:


James putting the crust on top of the pie:


We made this in the best pan ever because it can go from stove top to oven which equals less clean up which is always a good thing:


The final product:

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My piece:


Spinach salad with tomatoes, cucumber, chickpeas and balsamic vinegar:


With the rest of the iced coffee drink James handed me the second I walked in the door from work..that’s what I call service.


I ended up giving about half of my crust to James. I was in it for the filling. I really cannot even express how delicious and satisfying this is. It has a rich and buttery taste (I guess from the cultured buttermilk?), with the corn and peas giving it some sweetness.

James quickly informed me that the leftovers  would be gone by the time I get home from work tomorrow. Good to know.

Now we’re watching The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Okay James is watching it…I glance up occasionally.

I did a workout on the elliptical before going to work today. I can’t decide whether I want to try to run tomorrow or give my knee another day of rest.  It felt better today but still hurt occasionally, especially going up and down stairs. I’m inclined to want to just ellipticize one more day. I would much rather skip running one more day then risk being out for the count for weeks and not be able to run my half marathon in March!! We’ll see what happens…

How cautious are you when you feel pain? Does it significantly alter your workout or do you “run through the pain” ?

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