Sunday, March 9, 2008

Enchiladas, Casserole, Snobby Joes and Tag

Well, I've been "tagged" by Carrie. It's my first time, so I guess my "tag-cherry" is officially popped. LOL So, I need to think of five things about myself. I don't know why this is so hard for me, but here goes:

* I have a fascination with serial killers and other morbid-type things. I watch lots of horror movies, and also real-life shows about serial killers and forensics. I also read lots of horror fiction and Appalachian ghost stories.

* I'm agnostic.

* I have extremely normal-looking ears.

* I did LOTS of drugs in college. I mean, LOTS! (And graduated in 4 years!)

* I'm really good at Trivial Pursuit. (I guess all those drugs didn't hurt my brain too much!)

So, there's some inside info about me. Most people who post here have been tagged before, so I understand if you don't want to play along. I'll tag: Sleek, Rebecca and Olives. (I know you don't have a blog, Olives, but you can do your tag as a comment in this post.)

Okay, now onto the food...

Thursday night, I made some bean enchiladas. Holy smokes, they turned out good. I started by sauteeing an onion and some garlic. Then I added probably 4 cups or so of cooked pinto beans, and some no-chicken broth. I mashed it all together, and seasoned it with salt, chili powder, cumin and a few drizzles of hot sauce. Honestly, it was so tasty I could've just started eating it out of the pan! I made my enchilada sauce using this recipe. It was really good, and very easy. As I was cleaning up the kitchen that evening, I realized that I had left the tomato sauce out of the sauce! Crazy, but it was still really good. Whew!

Friday night, I wanted something really easy. I found this recipe for an Italian Veggie Casserole on vegweb. It looked simple and tasty, so I gave it a try. I used a whole-wheat blend rotini for the pasta. I also made the breadcrumbs with whole-wheat bread. I just put them in the food processor, and then mixed a little melted Earth Balance in with them. I have to say, the simplicity of the ingredients and recipe had me worried that this casserole would just be mediocre. It was actually really good, though. I think if I make it again, I'll use 2 zucchinis instead of one. I swear I thought I took a pic, but it sure isn't on my camera!

Yesterday, I made up another batch of Snobby Joes. I tell you, I think a meat-lover could try these and be fooled. They are so freaking good! I could eat them once a week. I think Sleek could too. Today we had lots of leftovers to eat, and I didn't cook a thing.

The weather has improved somewhat here in WV. I've been walking/jogging nearly every day. I'm still trying to lose a few pounds, so I've been eating raw fruit, vegetables and nuts for two of my meals each day. Then I eat a normal, but healthy, meal. No snacking at all. I also have given up all beverages besides water, coffee and green tea. No more diet soda, which I drank regularly but wanted to stop for a long time. I have to say that I feel like the fog is lifting. I feel better than I have in a long time. I haven't been posting as often because I haven't been sitting around online very much at all. So, I think that's a good sign. Spring is in the air!


carrie said...

I have this weird thing about cocoa and tomato together, and I'm afraid to try it. I've heard so many times how good it is.

The veggie casserole sound good too. Sounds like something my kids would eat and a good way to get some veggies into them.

Snobby Joes ROCK!! My family would totally eat them once a week!

Inarticulate Fumblings said...

A drug history and Trivial Pursuit. More reasons to love you.

The Dalai Mama said...

Carrie: You could always leave the tomato sauce out! I did!

IF: Awwww! Thanks!

keeta said...

That casserole sounds really yummy! I have yet to make the snobby joes, I never have burger buns around and always forget to buy them. I'm going to TJ's tomorrow, so I'll remedy that!

I did LOTS of drugs in high school AND college. And I still had ridiculously good grades despite that fact and graduated in 4 years.

The Dalai Mama said...

Welcome, Keeta! I've eaten the snobbys on whole-wheat toast before. They're just as good that way.

Glad to hear you had a good time in college too! ;)

olives and more said...

So, I am reading this 5 days late, but here it is:

1.I am a hypochodriac, with anxiety.

2. I was recently told that my skeletal structure is differnt than most.

3. I constantly sing songs at the most random times...dinner last night at hibachi...i busted out parts of at least 6 songs.

4. I let someone artfully photograph me naked in a graveyard before I had kids.

5. I have a weird thing with smelling things....olfaction is the best.

The Dalai Mama said...

The singing-thing is awesome. I love it! I must talk to you about your freakish skeletal structure.