Thursday, September 3, 2009

Good Things To Go

Wow everyone!  I loved all your ONE GOOD THINGs from yesterday’s post!  Thanks for sharing those and let’s keep spreading the positive vibes!

I’m gonna be quick tonight, so I can hang with my family.  My first order of business this morning was to register for FitBloggin ‘10!  I dropped by Roni’s site and saw that registration is open, so I jumped on it!  The tenative schedule is up and it looks like a great time;  so looking forward to it!

After much dilly-dallying, I ate some breakfast.  I was pretty shaky at this point, so I grabbed the first easy thing I saw in the fridge – Smoked Salmon and Parmesan Omelet Muffins.  I heated up two and had some honeydew on the side…

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It’s good to have some “go to” stuff hanging out waiting for you!

I came across an old Weight Watchers Member Board (no idea who the poster was –sorry) recipe while looking through some of my recipe binders this morning :  Cuban Black Bean Patties.  They sounded great, so I decided to make them for lunch with a few of my own twists to it…

  • 2 cups rinsed and drained canned black beans
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. dried cilantro (or 1 tsp. fresh)
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/2 c. reduced fat monterey jack or cheddar cheese (pepperjack  would be good, too)
  • 1/8 c. diced red onions
  • 1/4 c. cornmeal
  1. Place 1 1/2 c. beans in a medium bowl with garlic, cumin , cilantro and salt.  Mash with a fork , slightly to break up beans.
  2. Place remaining 1/2 c. beans in a food processor with the egg and puree for 30 seconds.
  3. Add bean puree to mashed beans and stir until combined.
  4. Add cheese and onion;  combine well.
  5. Form bean mixture into 4 patties about 1/2 inch thick.
  6. Place cornmeal in a shallow dish and carefully dredge each patty in cornmeal.  There will be some cornmeal leftover.
  7. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  8. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.  Coat with cooking spray, add patties and cook for approximately 4 minutes per side. 

I served my Cuban Black Bean Patty over a salad made up of romaine, chopped red and green peppers, diced tomatoes and topped with a squirt of Kraft Light Three Cheese Ranch, guacamole and light sour cream…

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The bean patty was so flavorful!  Crunchy on the outside from the cornmeal and creamy on the inside…

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And I have 3 more left that I wrapped up and popped in the freezer for another “go to” option.

The daughters and I went shoe shopping this afternoon (for them, not me – boo!) and scored a good deal at Payless Shoe Store.  Love their BOGO’s!

Then, it was back home for snack time.  I couldn’t resist another one of Jaime’s amazing Choco – Cranberry- Almond Granola Bars

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I still felt a hankering for something, so I chomped on an apple, too…

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Dinner was Chicken Fajitas seasoned with Homemade Taco Seasoning from the Clean Eating Club site.  It’s way better tasting than the packet stuff.  I served the fajitas with a store brand high fiber tortilla, guacamole and light shredded 3 cheese blend…

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More leftovers packed up for another time…

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ONE GOOD THING today:  As I was finishing my last bite of lunch, I was still yearning for something more.  I decided to look at my watch and give myself 10 minutes to let everything settle and if I still wanted something when the 10 minutes was up, then I would allow myself to eat it.  I got up from the table and busied myself cleaning and doing other things.  After the 10 minutes, I reassessed and decided I really didn’t want anything else after all=)

* I have myself locked in the home office so that no one would disturb me while I hurried to write this.  Little daughter just picked the lock to ask me something!  Guess it’s time to sign off!   Juvie here she comes…

Have a great night, everyone!


Anonymous said...

Loving your ONE GOOD THING reminder at the end of your recent posts. What a great way to stay positive.

My one good thing today: stopped eating when the food no longer taste as amazing as the first couple of bites and told myself it was okay to not finish the plate.

Nicci@NiftyEats said...

One good thing! I'm going to try this approach tomorrow!

TJ said...

Everything looks delicious! Thanks for the link to the Clean eating site!! :) I gotta figure out the points for those black bean patties- they look YUMMY! :)

LK- Healthy Delicious said...

I've made those patties before!! i think they might be from an old (ancient by now) cooking light. They're super yum!

Janetha said...

yum to those salmon muffins!

Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

The black bean patties sound great!

I love your "one good thing." My one good thing today is very complicated and personal, so I won't get into it. But thanks for the reminder! :)

Good job on "your one good thing!" Have a great night!

Miz said...

love the one good thing tip.

and it is one I struggle with.
I did BEFORE the child and I do more now.
half because it feels Im always in a hurry and MORE because it feels Im always in a race to eat.
if I dont she steals whats on my plate and crams it in HER CAKEHOLE.

todays mantra? S-L-O-W.

Heather said...

I want to attend Fit Bloggin' as well! Did you register already, or are you just thinking about it?

Marisa (Trim The Fat) said...

the skinny plate - That is a GREAT thing!

Nicci - you can do it!

TJ - just ran them through WW Recipe Builder and they came to 3 POINTS per patty, 7 POINTS for 2.

LK- Healthy Delicious - Thanks!

Janetha - so good and they have cottage cheese in them - a "meals" fave, right??!

Andrea - glad you found something good out of something complicated!

MizFit - can soooo relate!

Heather - I'm going!!! I DM'd you on Twitter. Ready... *oompah, doompah.....

Heather said...

Awesome!!!! I'll sign up this weekend. I'm so excited!!!!!!!!!!

A Daunting Tale of Scale Warfare said...

Yum those black bean burgers look amazing!

Juvie here she comes...I actually LOL'ed

Diane, Fit to the Finish said...

I love the one good thing reminder too! Positive thinking yields positive results always!!

Anonymous said...

The granola bars look soooo good.. oh my! YUM!! Your dinner looks fabulous too!!

Anonymous said...

Marisa you are a GREAT cook! There's so much variety in your diet I just love it!!! I love the blackbean patties! They look gourmet and definitely yummy. :) Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!!

The Crazy Woman Inside Me said...

Loved this line: “It’s good to have some “go to” stuff hanging out waiting for you!” because it’s so true, Marisa. Sometimes it’s a pain to make sure I have stuff to grab if I’m on the run, but later I’m always happy I took the time to make up some easy, convenient & healthy foods.

Your photos made me drool. :-D The Cuban Black Bean Patty looks just delicious and I can tell I’d love those granola bars--probably a little too much. LOL


Thinspired said...

I like your "one good thing" feature :) Those fajitas look FANTASTIC. Not sure there would be any leftovers in our house ;)