Monthly Archives: June 2011

Mexican Casserole

By now you probably know Chris and I have a strong love for Mexican food. Today I want to spread that love into your home by way of this Mexican Casserole.

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Do yourself a favor and make this one dish meal soon. It’s definitely a keeper.Smile

Mexican Casserole

Inspired by this recipe from Cooking Light.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 small Vidalia or yellow onions, chopped, divided
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 orange bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 bunch rainbow or Swiss chard, chopped
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 8 (6 inch) tortillas, cut into quarters
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • salt to taste

The ingredients to get you on a casser-roll. Winking smile

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Preheat oven to 375.

Begin by adding olive oil to a skillet over medium-high heat. Add one chopped onion and the garlic. Cook for four minutes.

Add bell peppers, jalapenos and black beans, cook for five minutes.

Top vegetables with rainbow chard. Cover skillet, reduce heat and cook until chard wilts down, about ten minutes. Add salt to taste (about 1/2 tsp).

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In a food processor or blender combine the other chopped onion, can of diced tomatoes (undrained) and water.

Pour the blended tomato mixture into a saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Let cook for five minutes and add salt to your liking (about 1/2 tsp).

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Coat a 13×9 casserole dish with cooking spray. Begin layers by placing tortilla quarters on the bottom of the dish.

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Top tortillas with half of the chard and bell pepper mixture. Top vegetables with half of the tomato sauce, followed by cheese.

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Repeat layers.

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Top the entire dish off with tortillas and a final layer of cheese.

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Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes.

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Serve yourself a gigantic serving.

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Eat it up and go back for seconds or even thirds. Smile

What I’m Loving This Week Vol. 3

It’s been a while since I’ve shared my recent obsessions. You can see past editions of What I’m Loving This Week here and here.

Shall we begin? In no particular order, here goes my show and tell.

1. Blueberries from last week’s CSA box sprinkled on my breakfast. They add extra summer sweetness making a perfect start to my day.

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2. Having our healthy pup home after a huge scare last week when he was bit by a venomous snake.

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3. Pretzel crisps dipped in Justin’s chocolate hazelnut butter. I seriously can’t get enough of this amazing combo.

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4. Vegetable and Edamame Pasta with Basil Cream Sauce from Oh She Glows. Make this dish now. It’s so good that Chris and I have made it twice in the past few weeks. It’s perfect for summer and reheats well for a quick lunch.

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5. Afternoon thunderstorms. Atlanta summers are known for their afternoon showers and seeing as I’ve always been a big fan of storms, I love this time of year. The sound of rain dropping and thunder crashing are somehow so relaxing.

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Now it’s your turn to share! What are you loving this week?

Anniversaries

You know what’s sweet? Couples in love. Even sweeter? Couples that have been together for 50 and 60 years and still love each other.

This past week brought two big anniversaries, for two sweet couples, my grandparent’s 60th and Chris’ parent’s 50th!

On Saturday night I got to celebrate Chris’ parent’s golden anniversary.

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We went out to a nice family dinner at Brookwood Grill. After filling our bellies we went to Chris’ parent’s place to top off the evening with cake and ice cream! After all, what’s a celebration without dessert?

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Before digging into the cake, Chris’ dad gave a very sweet speech. He pointed out the cufflinks he was wearing and told us they were given to him by his wife (Chris’ mom) on their wedding day. Along with the wedding day cufflinks, Chris’ mom had written a note saying she hoped he would wear them on their 5oth anniversary. And sure enough he was. Pretty freaking sweet huh?!?

After his tear-jerking speech he pulled out a Tiffany box he had been hiding in his pocket! Chris’ mom opened it to find a beautiful gold necklace (for their golden anniversary) with a cursive “L” on the front and a roman numeral “L” on the back. The cursive stood for love while the roman numeral represents fifty. Such a sweet and meaningful gift!

Although I didn’t get to celebrate my grandparent’s 60th anniversary, I want to wish them many more years of love and happiness!

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Above is my family (minus my little brother) with my awesome grandparents. Happy anniversary Grandma and Grandpa!

So Much CSA-ness

This week we got a big ole box of goodies from Moore Farms and Friends.

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The first round of Georgia peaches came in and I also ordered a pint of blueberries. It’s that time for summer fruits!

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This week’s box included beets, swiss chard, carrots, blueberries, new potatoes, a vidalia onion, basil, peaches and kale.

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We got so much CSA-ness this week that I don’t even know where to begin using it. Blueberries have been going in my breakfast and the kale and carrots have added fluff to lunchtime salads so far. But there’s still so much to use!

Let me know if you have any good summer recipes for any of the items. Especially for the swiss chard and beets, because currently I can only think of a hot soup – not exactly what I’m craving when it’s 95 degrees out!

Caution: Sensitive Sense of Smell When Running

I had every intention of getting up early this morning to hit the gym but I guess my body had other plans because I somehow overslept my alarm by two hours. Since I’ve been snacking like no other lately and I am supposed to be training for a sprint triathlon I got my new kicks laced up for a run after work.

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Although I’m typically a morning runner, especially during hot as hell Atlanta summers, I knew somebody else might be up for joining me on a run. When I asked him if he wanted to tag along he ran for the door and told me he was all ready to go!

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Moose and I ran the first mile together with several stops because Moose needed a few let-me-catch-my-breath-it’s-so-hot-out-here breaks.

I dropped him back off in the cool air conditioning and somehow managed to pry myself out of the AC and back into the humidity to finish my run.

While out in the neighborhood I came across several not so pleasant smells. And no they weren’t dog poo or sewage smells, they were simply families grilling out on a summer night. Maybe you think I don’t like the smell of meat on the grill since I’m vegetarian, but actually I love that smell. Something though about running and the smell of food. I just can’t handle it. It makes me want to plug my nose and run faster. And tonight I had way more food smell run-ins than usual. One more reason I like my morning runs. Winking smile

After two hard, hot, hilly, humid, and meat-smellin’ miles I was home.

Sweaty as crap.

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And more than ready for an ice-cold, non-smelling smoothie!

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In the blender went:

  • almond milk
  • frozen mixed berries
  • a few chunks of frozen mango
  • half a banana
  • a handful of spinach
  • small scoop of ground chia seeds
  • small scoop of ground flax

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This smoothie bowl was amazing tonight. Smile

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And since I’m such a snacky person, I’ve eaten a couple rounds of pretzels and cheese while writing this post.

Do you have an extra sensitive sense of smell when working out?

I definitely do but it pretty much disappears as soon my run is over. Once I’m done with my run, I’m almost immediately ready for food. Smile

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