Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Busy Day, New Recipe, New Favorite Snack!

Hey you guys!!! Thanks for your comments on Aggie's yummy recipe, and for your chicken salad ideas. YUM!! I love the idea of walnuts, craisins and almonds... yum!! So last night I stayed up “late” to watch Lost. OMG. SO good – I’m so happy it’s back but of course am more confused than I was during last season’s finale. Sigh. Every answer comes with 3 questions. I ended last night at 1,751 calories, 184 carbs, 64 fat grams and 116 protein grams. Here’s what I ate.

Today was crazy. Too much work, not enough time. I did have a variation of a breakfast oldie – potato and egg tacos with green onion.



Stayed busy. Worked through lunch. Blah. I did have a new YUMMY afternoon snack thanks to Stacy – Carr’s Crackers with Laughing Cow Wedges. I had no idea they had flavors other than Swiss, I LOVE Garlic and Herb – thanks, Stacy!



Then after work I headed straight home – I was SO hungry! I got home and made another batch of yesterday’s recipe success – hummus chicken wraps – then I made a new recipe for dinner from For the Love of Cooking Mexican Rice Casserole. I didn’t stray from her recipe much at all – here it is for four servings:



1 1/2 cups of white rice, prepared per instructions
1 tsp of olive oil
1 lb 96/4 ground beef
1/3 cup sweet yellow onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp dried cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried oregano
½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
Sea salt and pepper, to taste
1 15 oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1 15 oz can of tomato sauce
50 grams fresh mozzarella cheese, grated
1 large slicer tomato, sliced thickly
4 tbsp Fat Free Sour cream, divided
4 tbsp Salsa, divided



Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare rice per instructions. While rice is cooking, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once the skillet is hot, add ground beef, making sure to break it up into crumbles. Cook beef for 3-4 minutes, then add the onion and all seasonings. Stir until well combined and cook for an additional 10 minutes. Add minced garlic and cook, stirring constantly for an additional 60 seconds. Add cooked rice, drained and rinsed black beans and tomato sauce to the beef and onion mixture. Mix ingredients thoroughly. Coat a large baking dish with cooking spray and pour mixture into the dish, spreading it evenly. Place tomato slices on top, then top with cheese. Spray a piece of tin foil with cooking spray (so the cheese won't stick) and cover the baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes then remove the tin foil. Bake for an additional 7 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Remove from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes before slicing into 4 servings. Top each serving with one tbsp of salsa and one tbsp of sour cream. Nutritional Information: 448 calories, 59 carbs, 8 fat grams and 33 protein grams.


We LOVED it. Very good and flavorful! We even talked about taking the servings to 6 or 8 and stuffing the mix into tacos make burritos, or getting a bowl lined with lettuce and making a burrito bowl. I think I’ll take Pam’s advice and use spicy tomato sauce next time, but honestly, with ‘regular’ it was still fab!

After dinner me and Austin watched a few Castle episodes, then we hung out with Reuben and plan to turn in early – yay! I am definitely done eating – ending up at 1,714 calories, 219 carbs, 49 fat grams and 100 protein grams. Here’s what I ate.

So any fun weekend plans? Looks like we’re leaving town Friday morning – I’ll tell ya more about it tomorrow!

20 comments:

Pam said...

Yours looks so good! I am glad you liked it, we love it here. I use the spicy tomato sauce when the kids aren't eating with us, it's awesome.

Thanks for the shout out and link back to my site.

inmytummy said...

I love Laughing Cow. It's weird because it's Swiss cheese and I hate swiss cheese, but LC doesn't taste like swiss. I do like it spread on things rather than eating it by itself. It's like eating cream cheese by itself; it just doesn't work.

Okay, I'm not sure why I wrote a small book about my feelings about cheese.

Mica said...

I've never had Laughing Cow snacks, but they sound pretty appealing with crackers. Plus, I love small, packaged things.

The rice casserole looks good. I love baked tomato!

angieinatlanta said...

I LOVE laughing cow! Mainly because I love cheese...

Shelli Ryan said...

Your food looks yummy! I'm going to have to try these Laughing Cow snacks!

Anne Marie said...

That looks so good! I'm gonna have to try to make that casserole sometime soon.

lisaou11 said...

I know! The garlic & herb is SOOOOOO good! Love that stuff. Also, love your breakfast. Looks tasty!

Low said...

Those breakfast tacos look insanely delicious!

Therese said...

Girl how have you not tried the garlic and herb LC? It's the best!

This weekend we are taking it easy Friday, having dinner with my parents on Sat, then we have TWO Super Bowl Parties on Sunday. Can you say hungover much for work on Monday?

Gabriela said...

Loving the taco breakfast! I used to love LC but kind of OD'ed on it so I'm taking a break :)

*Naomi* said...

ahh teh garlic and heb laughing cows are AWESOME arent they?? such a good snack and so flavorful too!!

ohh cant wait to hear about yoru trip!

Aggie said...

Wow! That casserole looks amazing!! And I am such a sucker for LC cheese...on anything!!

homecookedem said...

I love those laughing cow cheese wedges. So creamy and yummy!!

Your dinner recipe looks so good. The tomatoes and cheese on top are so pretty!!

Meredith said...

The recipe looks great. I am saving it. Thanks for point towards that blog.

Diane Fit tot he Finish said...

The garlic & herb is my favorite flavor too although I don't turn down the swiss cheese! I love how its preportioned - it takes all the temptation away.

Kristen @ Change of Pace said...

When we lived in Texas we used to get these egg, potato, and cheese burritos. OMG were they SOOOO good. This post reminded me of them. Yours look delicious! :)

Mom on the Run said...

That is a great recipe. I make something similar and it is tasty. I like the tomato slices on top.

Kristen @ Change of Pace said...

When we lived in Texas we used to get these egg, potato, and cheese burritos. OMG were they SOOOO good. This post reminded me of them. Yours look delicious! :)

Diane Fit tot he Finish said...

The garlic & herb is my favorite flavor too although I don't turn down the swiss cheese! I love how its preportioned - it takes all the temptation away.

Gabriela said...

Loving the taco breakfast! I used to love LC but kind of OD'ed on it so I'm taking a break :)