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La Bamba Casserole

Sunday, October 13, 2013

I made this today, it looks and smells great! I won't taste it until tomorrow at the earliest, since I made it to put up for lunches for work. But I think the ingredients are good, so it must taste great!

This was from a Cooking Light magazine I had from a while back. A couple of years ago I took all my old Cooking Light magazines and pulled out any recipe I thought I might want to try and put them in a binder. For a time after that I was pulling out recipes and making one a week. That fell by the wayside, as I moved on to other recipe sources, first, the SparkPeople cookbook, then other cookbooks I have, sometime on-line recipes, including Spark Recipes, and sometimes Leigh Peele "Body by Eats" recipes. Some of these are great, some OK, some blah...but I do enjoy looking at the recipes and deciding if it's worth a shot! And sometimes the "blah" ones just need some tweaking to make them good or great, usually spices, herbs or some source of flavor boost.


So there is a link to the recipe, the picture looks accurate to how mine looks, and I will say I did make a couple of substitutions, but mostly kept it as is. First I did not use ground turkey, I had roasted a chicken yesterday (from the recipe in "The Cooks Bible" by Christopher Kimball of "America's Test Kitchen" and other places) so I used roasted chicken meat instead, 8 ounces worth of mostly thigh meat, some white meat as well. The other sub I made was I used a can of whole black beans (rinsed) rather than re-fried beans. It was what I had, and I think worked more easily, as spreading re-fried beans onto corn kernels sounds like a difficult thing to do! Oh, I also used a garlic jack cheese instead of cheddar. Other than that, I followed the recipe as is.

If I remember I'll update after I have tried it, but it really looks and smells great!


So I had this for lunch yesterday with the chopped tomato and green onion, as well as some avocado, and it was quite spicy (thanks to the chipotles in adobo I had used for the canned chiles at the bottom) and very delicious! I think this would be good with a dollop of sour cream or greek yogurt as well, but forgot to bring that...maybe next time! I ended up cutting it into 9 servings instead of 6, so the calorie count won't be the same as the original recipe, but since I added avocado, I wanted to cut that back a bit.

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HAKAPES 10/29/2013 7:21AM

    Looks good.

How do you like this Cooking Light Magazine?

It's not really available here in Europe, and the international subscription seems to be multiples of the US price.

What are your favourite cooking books that you would recommend for cooking light and healthy food?

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ADRIENNIE 10/24/2013 7:19PM

    Looks great! I'm going to try it with Rotisserie Chicken and Black Beans. Also like avocado and Greek yogurt too.

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RUTHXG 10/15/2013 9:05PM

    Looks really yummy--& easy to assemble. You have good taste!

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OUTDOOR-FUN 10/15/2013 4:28AM

    Yum!!! emoticon emoticon

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-AMANDA79- 10/13/2013 8:29PM

    That looks like it has a lot of flavor!

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    Terrific. Good for you waiting!

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SETTIMIA 10/13/2013 1:01PM

    thank you for the recipe, seems delicious, must try it.

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THOMS1 10/13/2013 1:01PM

    Sounds good! We often makeover recipes sometimes to give us less sodium and calories and sometimes just to clean out the fridge. Have a great week. emoticon

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

...the number of steps on my fitbit after I finished my run/walk today, and that was a 10 mile run. So this was a go/no go for the marathon I have scheduled in 2 weeks, and I will call it a success! Yes, it was only 10 miles...but I don't want to damage my knee. What I wanted to see was if the run/walk would work for keeping my knee feeling OK, and so far, I say it did. I ended up running a mile, then walking a quarter mile, and so on through the run. It took me an hour and 50 minutes, just under a 12 min mile on average.

I will monitor and see how I feel in the next couple of days, I also found a great youtube video on 3 PT exercises for chondromalacia patella, and I will give those a try, one is a stretch for the quadriceps, one is foam rolling the quad, and the last is a reverse lunge on a slide device.

I should be in taper mode now, so I'm keeping that in mind, and will keep my weekday runs shorter. I do find my knee seems to stiffen the more I sit, so I think some activity is good for the joint.


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OUTDOOR-FUN 9/20/2013 4:24PM

    It sounds wonderful. Glad for you! Rooting for your continued healing and progress. Keep us posted. emoticon emoticon

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    Sounds good all around, teammate. That's terrific how you're looking things up and applying them to your need and making sure you are careful but exercising well.

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LILORITA 9/16/2013 2:25PM

    emoticon Good luck in your runs. I have a similar problem with my knee - stiffening more when I sit, so I am trying to be as active as problem!

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TAICHIDANCER 9/16/2013 6:44AM

    Wishing you ... and your knee ... all the best.

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KELPIE57 9/16/2013 2:21AM

    Keep up thr good work

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MAUIMA 9/15/2013 10:21PM

    Sounds like a plan...something you excel at regularly. Good. Good.

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Saturday blogging

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Just a quick update:

Stayed away from the candy dish all week! emoticon That said, Friday was "Peanut day" so my boss brought in a bunch of peanut snacks....and I LOVE me some peanuts....so I did indulge in some of those.

I ran in to work 2 days last week, Tuesday and Thursday. around 3 miles and 4.5 miles respectively. My knee is OK, a little more stiff after Thursday, so I'll have to keep an eye on it. Friday was massage and sauna day, which was a nice way to end the week!

No ice cream has entered the house (or my mouth) since last weekend! emoticon

I have a bunch of dried mint, if anyone has any ideas of what to do with it. I've been looking up recipes on-line, and have some ideas, but I have a LOT of this stuff. I do like mint tea, and used some in my Teavana infusion tea maker for iced tea. So good!

I also need to figure out when to harvest my basil. I have a bunch of that too. I see pesto in my future!

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ADLINS 9/15/2013 8:26PM

    Awesome on the chocolate and the ice cream. I like peanuts as well, so probably would have partaken as well.

I was going to suggest tea with mint, but you've already thought of that.

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SNOWSNAKE 9/15/2013 2:43PM

    Kudos to you--will power Yes!! I am NOT a nut-nut, so those are never around unless its a trailmix on a hike perhaps, but not usually. This "no sweet" thing Ive started is more challenging than I thought, but knowing how sugar reacts in our brain... how addictive it is in our system.... I want to just get past that point where I feel that urge at emoticon sometime each day... Like each evening asking DH..."do we have any ice cream?" I know Im avoiding it, but I still ask!!! Whats with that ??? Powerful stuff, ***SNOW***

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MAUIMA 9/14/2013 3:17PM

    Kay- Good for you with the ice cream. Nuts are quite tempting for me too, so I have to manage.
So the knee was stiff...hmmm...
Swelling internally? Does it recover completely after a period of time? Glad you are keeping mindful.

Pesto...yum. Freezing some??

Tea sounds yummy. Mint pairs well with so many things. It'll keep till a hard freeze yes? Maybe netted, even longer?

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2DAWN4 9/14/2013 1:27PM

  I have a hard time resisting nuts of any kind. So I would have indulge in a few!

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LOSE4LIFE47 9/14/2013 1:20PM

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Tuesday morning...

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

And I don't mean the store! It's just really Tuesday morning....so why not blog?

Since yesterday was Monday, it was another opportunity to avoid that darned candy dish! And avoid I did, made much easier by the fact that it is now empty! And did not get refilled as it usually does! That said, there are new candy dishes in our conference room, right across the hall from my office...and I avoided those too, but they contained Smarties, not my candy of choice, so really easy to avoid!

I brought breakfast and lunch for 2 days in yesterday so I could amble in today (run or walk as dictated by my knee), and along with that, I brought a couple of nectarines and a couple of pluots, and those were great yesterday, can't wait for today's afternoon fruit treat!

I had my Ortho appointment yesterday, and he said I have chondromalcia patella, common in women because of our hip angle, and that I should let the pain in my knee dictate my running, but that if I felt up to it, I could do the marathon. Now, I know I don't have the endurance built up to actually RUN this event, but I do think if I am careful, and train right (this would really be taper time anyway) I can run what I can and walk the rest. So many people are successful with the walk/run marathon process, so I think I could work that out. I'll see how my training goes in the weeks ahead and see how I feel come that weekend. We still could switch to the half, need be.

Work is nuts right now, we are less than a month from a big systems change...and our corporate folks have descended on us....always a treat! Tine to roll up the sleeves and dig in!

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OUTDOOR-FUN 9/11/2013 1:24PM

    Yes, be careful with that injury, not that I have much experience with running a marathon. But, a walking-running option seems an excellent commitment to make, one on which you can only improve in terms of a gradual increase in time and difficulty. It is so important to always keep moving. Will be rooting for you when the day comes! Meanwhile, as always: one day and one step at a time, eh ...

Have a great day!

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KELPIE57 9/11/2013 6:16AM

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    I hope that you feel better soon and wish you well whichever choice you make. Just be careful, it's better to give up one run then to have to give many more.
Nice job staying away from the candy, I don't like Smarties either. I even turned down a free lunch today. My boss wanted to buy me lunch for running the half, but I pack everyday and feel that is better for me anyway. Some days saying no is easy, others it is pretty darn hard.

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Another day, another blog!

Sunday, September 08, 2013

So, since I didn't go to work yesterday or today, there was no candy dish to avoid...but, I did have a victory of sorts, I went to the grocery store yesterday, and skipped the ice cream aisle, no chocolate entered my shopping basket, and it was filled with fruits, veggies, and other healthy foods!

Then today, Larry and I went to the store after our bike/hike outing, and he noted that he too was passing on the ice cream, and we left with the few things on our list and a couple of other healthy things that hadn't made it to the list.

For my lunches this week I made a zucchini/rice casserole, and a spinach casserole (in the crockpot) so now I have a bunch more lunches in the freezer. I was down to 3, so it was time to boost that up!

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MAUIMA 9/9/2013 10:45PM

    Yep...the planning ahead you do, a what lead you to success. An inspiration again you are...
Healthy choices guru.

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LALMEIDA 9/9/2013 9:21PM

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ADLINS 9/9/2013 8:00PM

    Good for you! I'm not much of an ice cream eater and 90% of the time I do good not getting stuff like chocolate. Sometimes, I fail though.

Wonderful about the lunches!

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BLUEANGELLK 9/9/2013 7:53PM

    Sound like you have had quite a few of non-scale victories! Keep up the good work!

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OUTDOOR-FUN 9/9/2013 3:08PM

    The bigger the craving, the bigger the victory. So, not just "another day." A glorious day! I loved the picture of you hanging out with that rock, as in "Bouldering in Utah." By not reaching for ice cream you were also able to cling to that winning smile." emoticon

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STEVEN2GO2 9/9/2013 1:06AM

    I am glad you and Larry made so many healtghy choices!


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ANDYLIN90 9/8/2013 10:33PM

    Oh, skipping the ice cream isle is a very big deal. So good for you!! I've been skipping it for about 9 weeks...no matter what I tell myself about how I will measure out a 1/2 cup serving, I rarely do. So for me not having it in the house is my control.

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