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ďRefriedĒ Beans

Monday, March 08, 2010

I previously posted a link to the recipe for ďrefriedĒ beans, ( allrecipes.com/Recipe/Refried-Beans-
) but I wanted to bring them up again so I could post some pictures.

Both times we have made them they havenít quite turned out the way we like, but I think the third time will be the charm. The first time they came out WAY too oniony and way too salty even though I halved the amount of salt the recipe called for. This time we put in half as much onion and zero salt. The next time we make it, I guess weíll try quartering the amount of salt the recipe calls for and using 3/4 of an onion. That should fix any of the taste issues.

We dumped everything into the slow cooker after lining it thanks to the great suggestion of a friend. Slow cooker liners rock! The clean up was fantastically easy.

After being patient for eight hours and having a house smell wonderfully (lol) of beans, it doesnít quite look appealing before you blend it...

...or after you blend it.

But for about one calorie per gram, itís pretty good. I had 200 grams which was about 215 calories and almost one cup.

I added some of the beans, greek yogurt and green onion to a whole wheat tortilla to make a burrito.

I also made a ďtaco salad.Ē

Instead of a shell, I put the lettuce, beans, greek yogurt and green onion in a bowl and ate it with a few tortilla chips on the side. That way I still feel like Iím getting to eat something crunchy with it. I place a forkful on top of a chip and chow down.

I got these cute little condiment cups to put mustard in when Iím having potato wedges, so I decided to use one and have a bit of salsa on the side.

The chips were good! We tried a new kind that we found at Target. They were on a massive sale, didnít have any weird ingredients, and seemed to fit with the meal.

The meal tasted good, but was definitely lacking in the veggies department. I usually have either a large salad with dinner or a side of steamed veggies. I couldnít figure out which ones would be good with this, so I ended up skipping it. But then I wasnít feeling satisfied at all. I definitely need to add something!

I donít know if weíll do this again, it wasnít too high in calories, but it was higher than our usual dinners and like I said, not really filling! I donít like extra textures in my burritos or taco salads, so I wasnít going to add any more veggies to those items. But, on the side, I probably could.

Do you do any sort of taco night at your house? What do you eat with it?

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TINK9305 3/8/2010 6:06PM

    Ohhhh I'm hungry now. Tonight I'm going to try a flatbread type thing (got it from sprouts) with veggies and some cheese. Kinda like a thin crust pizza. Just wish I had some feta, but that's ok :o)

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JUDITH1654 3/8/2010 3:26PM

    Having worked at Target for five years, I can verify that Archer Farm's is an awesome brand and usually very good!

I love their frozen pizza! The BBQ chicken, on thin crust, is only 520 calories for half the pizza.

Comment edited on: 3/8/2010 3:27:39 PM

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4DOGNIGHT 3/8/2010 2:19PM

    Thanks for the recipe! I love refried beans and this sounds so easy! you could add more veggies like shredded carrots into it and when pureed, you wouldn't know it had them. Also, black beans too. I cooked some beans this weekend and frozen some. Thanks.

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    It looks delicious! I'll have to try this one.

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30% Body Fat

Thursday, March 04, 2010

I went to my gym today to get my body fat percentage tested as well as my metabolism. They had a company bring their "bod pod" to try and sell their weight loss products, which I doubt I'd spend money on. I had to make sure not to exercise or eat for two hours before the test as either could affect it. Two and a half hours before I made sure to eat a small lunch of a hummus wrap and some FSTG chips.

I showed up to the testing to find out they left behind the tools to determine my metabolism. Boo! That's the main thing I was curious about. I want to know if my metabolism is humming along in the way it should or not! So instead, I hopped in the bod pod so they could determine my body fat percentage.

Apparently, 70% of my body weight is lean muscle mass and 30% is FAT! Apparently this means that I am "moderately lean" which is apparently acceptable for good health. Although just barely. Moderately lean runs from 23-30% body fat. To get to "lean" I would need to have a body fat percentage of 12-22%. The "lean" range is excellent for healthy and longevity.

The guy running the booth said that to achieve a ďleanĒ body fat percentage I would need to lose twenty pounds or gain more lean muscle mass. I canít imagine losing twenty more pounds! It sounds so daunting. I mean, Iíve already lost over 90! Isnít that enough? =)

They did give me an estimated RMR (resting metabolic rate) for my body fat percentage. So my body at rest should burn about 1,300 calories a day. If I have a sedentary day Iím burning about 1,650. Low activity- 2,000 calories. Moderately active- about 2,300 and very active- about 2750.

I can raise my RMR by replacing some of my fat with muscle. Just more proof that I need to be strength training with consistency!

Some new, cute workout clothes should inspire me. I definitely donít usually show up to the gym like this:

But I needed to be able to slide out of my clothes quickly for the test. I took out all of my jewelry and left it at home, so that wasnít an issue.

The rest of my day was pretty uneventful. Although it was really nice out! So when we were done at the gym, my husband and I came home and ate a snack. Grapes and almonds for me! Although I only remembered to snap the grapes.

But you know what almonds look like!

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KNMMOMMY 3/9/2010 1:56AM

    Great job on the body fat! That's quite funny about the grapes!

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TINK9305 3/7/2010 5:48PM

    Great job on the 30%. I hope to be able to do one of those someday :o)

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WAZZU.REN 3/5/2010 12:13PM

    emoticon I would be so scared to know what my ture body fat % is...but it would be great motivation! Great job being in the lean range and now you have a goal to work towards!!
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IM_GETTIN_THIN 3/5/2010 11:00AM

    good for you for getting your body fat tested. it is true, strength training will not only make you healthier but you will look thinner as well and may even find that your clothing becomes bigger on you.

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I need a kick in the butt!

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

I have been completely slacking on making new meals. I keep meaning to experiment, but then I end up just craving things I eat all the time.

Exhibit A :

Exhibit B :

Things that I know taste fantastic and are filling. And after I've had so many food fails lately, I haven't been as motivated to try anything else.

Food Fail 1 :

Peach Banana Smoothie

The texture was all wrong here. I have figured out a grape smoothie I love, a strawberry smoothie I love, so I wanted to try another fruit! I love peaches, so I bought some frozen ones. But the smoothie turned out...frothy? maybe that's the best way to describe it. It was not smooth and creamy, it had a really gooey consistency that was just weird.

Food Fail 2 :

Banana with Peanut Butter on Ezekiel bread

Tasted FANTASTIC, so what's the fail? This was not filling at all! I was satisfied for maybe...an hour? I actually have no idea why, because the whole wheat bread is filling, peanut butter is filling, and bananas are usually filling. But this meal just didn't satisfy me!

Food Fail 3 :

Ranch Dressing

I know...it's GREEN!! Why? Because I am silly and totally did not think it through. It still tastes good, very yummy. But instead of stirring it, I blended all of the ingredients to see if I could achieve a better consistency. I totally didn't think about the fact that blending the green onion, chives, and yogurt would make it green! Umm...duh!

Doesn't seem like a huge deal, but I could never get on the bandwagon of purple ketchup, and other seriously wacky things food companies have come up with even though they would taste the same. I'm having it with dinner tonight, so I'll see if the dressing works!

But anyway, I seriously enjoy trying new things so I have been sifting through some new recipes and foods to try. I will be trying them! I just need to get some more motivation!

Good news on the fitness front : I have been getting super consistent with my workouts!! Although, I basically did nothing yesterday, I have been doing something active every day. And I have been doing some strength training every day. Upper body one day, lower body the next!

Not that this picture my husband took shows that.

LOL Gotta love my DVR. No matter how dorky I look while going through the guide to record what I want.

Tomorrow I am getting my body fat and my metabolism measured, so I'll have to let you all know how that goes! Hope everyone is having a great day!

Edited to add : Hey! So if you have any yummy recipes you've tried recently, let me know!

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*AMBER512 3/4/2010 11:01AM

    =) Thanks for your support, hun.

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AUBREYINGMAN 3/4/2010 1:09AM

    I think the green ranch dressing looked pretty cool. Very St. Patrick's day like.

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What? Collard Greens That Arenít Bitter!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Aubrey called Blossoming Lotus ( www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
) for me to find out what greens their wraps are made out of. And they said what we thought: collard greens. We had bought some and they were the bitterest things I had ever eaten.
So I was very confused as to what they did at Blossoming Lotus to take away the bitter flavor. Especially since they were supposed to be raw wraps. Maybe they dehydrated them? Iím really not sure. I used Blackle.com and searched and searched for various ways to make the greens more palatable.

I started with three leaves and cut the middle rib out to make them bendable.

While I was getting those ready I set some water on the stove to boil. I read websites where people put different herbs to infuse the flavor into the leaves while some people just cooked them a bit alone in the water. I wanted to try just cooking them a bit as my first experiment.

I dropped the leaves into the water for maybe 10 seconds a piece. Just enough time for them to turn an intense green color. Also, while I had been waiting for the water to boil, I diced up the veggies I wanted to put in my wrap.

When all three leaves were done I laid them out and topped them with a cup of veggies and a 1/4 cup of hummus.

I folded over the top, then the two sides, and finally wrapped up the bottom to form a wrap.

On the side I had an ounce of FSTG chips, Olive flavor. And it was actually surprisingly filling! I usually use a high fiber/protein whole wheat wrap for this meal, so I figured I wouldnít feel as satisfied after this meal. I only felt satisfied by the wrap at BL for about two hours. So I was surprised that I was full for about three and a half hours! I think the chips definitely helped complete the meal.

I donít think this is what BL did to their wraps, because it was stringier than I would have liked, but I was just glad that the taste wasnít awful.

I love it when experiments WORK!

Have you tried anything new lately?

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AUBREYINGMAN 3/1/2010 12:19AM

    It was really surprising that such a short time boiling the leaves would change the taste so much.

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*AMBER512 2/28/2010 3:04PM

    It's definitely not the same, but I was surprised that it wasn't that bad!

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IM_GETTIN_THIN 2/28/2010 12:34PM

    Iew, I think I shall have to pass on this recipe. The filling did look good though. I like broccoli :)

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Take Time to Renew Yourself

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Ahh, a nice relaxing weekend. It is always nice to completely detach from the craziness and just BE! Although we do have some fun ideas for this weekend.

To celebrate New Seasonsí 10 year anniversary they are having a big celebration with party favors, a prize wheel, and awesome deals. Even though Aubrey was finally able to get my yogurts for me, weíll end up heading back out there for the fun! I am so glad that we donít have a million things going on.

We were talking about how it seems like we are so much busier since he was laid off from work. We just end up doing so much more stuff. Our massive to-do list is actually getting tackled and there are always errands that need to be run.

Things have been somewhat calm lately. Some family issues to deal with, but what else is new? We are going to try and make a new dinner tonight, which Iíll have to write about later.

The other night, I tried a different Amyís frozen pizza.

It was pretty tasty. Although I definitely prefer the spinach one, because it just has a better taste and it has half the sodium of this one! Broccoli is my favorite vegetable, but the broccoli on this pizza tasted a little off to me. Like they had marinated it in something. I prefer it steamed with nothing added.

The herbs are doing well! They seem to be growing nicely. The cilantro and chives donít seem to be doing too much, but hopefully they are coming along.

Sweet Basil


Anyway, that's all I'm up to right now. I hope all of my Spark friends are having an awesome weekend. And hey, thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my blogs! I love this community. =)

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DNJEN471 2/27/2010 10:52PM

    Fresh herbs... Very nice!

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IM_GETTIN_THIN 2/27/2010 1:24PM

    thanks for the pictures the pizza looks great. I like to see your herbs are growing as I am thinking of maybe doing this too some day. Have a great weekend emoticon

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