Not having work on Monday really threw me off this week–I can’t believe it’s already Wednesday. I did, however, enjoy the long weekend and spent part of it at home with my grandma. We had a wonderful time together hanging out, shopping and eating (this quinoa salad included)…oh, and dealing with my flat tire for most of Saturday afternoon. I got to experience my first ride in a tow truck, though. Woohoo!
As I’ve said multiple times, I love the versatility of beans. They can be eaten plain, in a tortilla, in a dip, in a casserole…the list goes on. This recipe for Cuban black beans and rice made for a hearty and healthy meal served alongside grilled chicken. Check out another bean recipe I made here.
I spent this past weekend in Palm Springs with a group of friends, so I figured I’d share a few photos. With a temperature of 100-plus degrees, we didn’t get out of the pool very often. :)
I’m on roll with these Weight Watchers recipes. Though this quesadilla wasn’t to the caliber of the breakfast stacks, it was still a delicious and light snack. The original recipe calls for swiss cheese, but since I didn’t have any on hand, I worked with what I had. Next time, I’d add a spicy spread to juxtapose the sweetness of the mango and red pepper. The spread would of course add calories, but if you’re not on the diet, I guess it’s OK, right? :)
It’s finally starting to feel like fall here in California, so I’m taking full advantage–donning boots, hats and scarves, and cooking/eating hearty meals. This chicken and potato corn chowder is the ideal comforting dinner on a chilly night.
While my mom was in South Carolina, she decided to cook a Caribbean-themed dinner for some guests. She found a goat cheese and red pepper appetizer that is absolutely delicious. Once I dove into the dip, it was almost impossible to stop. From what my parents said, their guests couldn’t get enough of it either.
* Note: I doubled the recipe for the goat cheese filling.