Take Care of ME Tuesday, January 19th

Overall, it was a good weekend.  I had yesterday off.  I did not take as much control over my weekend as I would have liked, but I did get some food prep done.  I feel much better when I am able to prepare for the week and have a plan in place.  I have boiled eggs, carrots, hummus and some fruit that I can easily access for snacks.  Also, I decided I would have a rice bowl.  I saw a recipe for them while trying to plan for the week and I decided to do my own spin on them with what I had handy.  I have 1 cup of brown rice, 1 cup of canned pinto beans (rinsed and drained), 1 cup of canned corn, lettuce and tomatoes with about an 1/8 cup of shredded cheese.  It sounded good to me, so I'm hoping it will be as good as it sounded in my head.  I am also wanted to have some veggie pitas or wraps this week. 

I am really trying to take things one step at a time and focusing not so much on the weeks in the future, but one day or one week at a time so I do not get so overwhelmed.  I know I need to focus on the fact that this is NOT a diet, but a lifestyle change.  I'm a work in progress for sure!  So while everyday may not be the best day, I know I can pick back up with the next choice of food that I make. :-)

I tried a new recipe over the weekend in my casserole crockpot that I received for Christmas.  It wound up so tasty:

1 cup of Quinoa
1/2 cup of Water
1 - 15 oz Can of Black Beans (drained and rinsed)
1 - 15 oz Can of Corn (drained)
2 - 15 oz Cans of Ro-Tel
1 - 19 oz Can of Enchilada Sauce (recipe called for 15 oz can, but I had a 19 oz. can in the pantry).

Place black beans, corn and Ro-Tel in my casserole crock.  In a bowl mix the quinoa into the water and add to the crockpot.  Stir everything together and top with the enchilada sauce.  Cook for 4-5 hours on high or 8 hours on low.  I chose 8 hours on low and we topped with a little shredded cheddar cheese.

This was so tasty and other than the fact that my DD13 does not care for spicy food and I wound up using one can of mild and one can of hot of the Ro-Tel so it was a little hotter than even I would have preferred, but it was so very tasty!


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