Posts Tagged ‘black beans’

After school and a meeting and some outdoor exercise time in the sun (cold sun, but sun) I was ready for a hot and easy dinner. I sampled some black bean soup at Trader Joe’s this weekend and since I liked it, I bought the simple ingredients. I love how they give samples because I usually end up loving what they offer and buying it!

Here were the ingredients for the soup. This is it.

  1. Low Fat Black Bean Soup
  2. Corn and Chili Relish – tomatoless salsa
  3. Black Beans – Cuban Style


These simple things turned into this:



We paired it with these delicious paninis:


Mine included:

  • two pieces of 100% whole wheat Nature Pride bread
  • laughing cow light cheese
  • spinach
  • hot pepper relish
  • Brady’s guac

I am going to head to bed early and then hopefully wake up to go to spinning at 6am! We will see if that happens. 🙂


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After returning home from our 6 hour drive from Nashville, we unpacked and relaxed. We were both sore from being in the car for so long. I decided to go for a 3 mile jog to get some of the lactic acid out of my legs and hopefully make going down the stairs easier tomorrow.

While I was gone, Brady set to work on dinner. This is what he came up with. It HIT the SPOT!

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This salad included:

  • romaine
  • spinach
  • arugula
  • grilled salmon
  • avocado
  • tomato
  • chickpeas
  • grilled sweet peppers
  • black beans
  • quinoa
  • mango-peach salsa
  • cucumber

It was just what I needed.

Tomorrow’s lunches are packed with leftovers and ready to go. My kids have their huge state test – the Ohio Achievement Test (OAT) tomorrow so I am hoping they got to bed early tonight!

🙂 Hope your Monday is great!

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This morning started with a 6am workout. Both Brady and I made it to the gym. I did a hard 35 min. on the stepmill while he ran. It was great to get it over with because Mondays are always busy and draining.

Breakfast was my usual fruit with GoLean vanilla oatmeal and coffee with soy-milk plus a splash of SF creamer. Then lunch was leftover Ali’s feast. It was delicious and filling – still. I snacked on celery and PB in the afternoon, while the kids were at art.

I was hungry when I got home. Luckily, I had planned ahead and marinated a piece of salmon in lime, cumin and mexican seasonings. I threw it in the oven on broil for about 10-15 min.

While that was cooking, I boiled up some diced sweet potatoes and heated up some quinoa from last night. I threw it all together with black beans and chickpeas. Served with baked kale and fresh tomato and guac. It was delish and very clean!

Super Simple Quinoa SBC (Sweet Potato, Black Bean, Chickpea)

  • 1 c. cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 can of chickpeas
  • 1/2 can of rinsed black beans
  • 1/2 sweet potato (diced and boiled)

Mix all together and enjoy!




You can guess what my lunch for tomorrow looks like!

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Today was busy, as usual. I couldn’t get up for the morning workout since the paper did me in last night, so the workout was moved to the end of the day. Here is how it went:

Breakfast: Usual – fruit and oatmeal


Lunch: leftover salad and popcorn


Snack: low fat brownie treat (will post this weekend)


Workout: 5 mile run with Katie and Heather! We had to bundle up to handle the 35 degree weather – yuck! Where did 77 go/

Dinner: Black Bean Chickpea Burgers with Kale Chips and Honey Dijon Fingerling PotatoesIMG_3110.JPG

Black Bean Chickpea Burgers

  • 1/2 can of black bean burgers
  • 1/2 can of chickpeas
  • 1/3 c. bread crumbs
  • 1/4 c. fresh salsa
  • cumin
  • salt and pepper

Blend all ingredients together in the mini food processor and cook in a non-stick pan!


Fingerling Potatoes

  • 2 tbsp. dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tso. olive oil

Cut potatoes into small pieces and mix with dressing. Bake for 25 min. at 430.

Brady wanted his burger, made with extra lean beef, showcased as well, so here it is! I put it on an Sprouted EZ. Grain Roll!


Off to work on the paper! Yay for Friday!!

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I can’t believe I waked out of school and into SUMMER! Sunny skies and 75 degree weather. It was unbelievable! It’s amazing how a little sunshine can put you in the best mood – and I wasn’t even in a bad mood! There is something special about living in Ohio where you get to experience all 4 seasons to their extremes. Each time the season changes, I get so excited! Whether it’s getting cold and we are going apple picking and watching football then getting ready for Christmas or snow days, now a little sunshine gets me excited to pack for Spring Break (not for almost a month) run outside, plant my garden and walk to get ice cream. I love the seasons, but I am so ready for them to change each time they do!!

Anyways, today was another very clean day! Here is the low down:

Breakfast: a huge fruit salad with a packet of Go Lean Oatmeal poured on dry.

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Lunch: leftover quinoa and veggies dumped over romaine lettuce, plus and apple with cinnamon (warmed in the micro for 30 sec.


Snack: cookie time (1/2 a banana, 1 scoop protein powder, and 1/2 c. oats.)IMG_3082.JPG

Dinner: Grilled Chicken, a HUGE salad (made huge so we would have leftovers for lunch tomorrow) and baked butternut squash discs.


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Snack (I haven’t eaten it yet, but I’m sure I will): 1 scoop choc. protein with 1/2 banana and 1 large spoon of CHOC. Better than P.B.

We are off to Brady’s game!

The menu for tomorrow night includes: Black Bean/Chick Pea Burgers with Kale Chips and Fingerling Potatoes.

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This was an amazing dinner!  I have seen them on every blog and website and decided to use the last of my black beans in this form.  The pics aren’t great because I could not wait until it cooled off to take pictures because I was so excited to eat it!

Black Bean Burgers

  • 1/2 can of black beans
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. salsa
  • salt and pepper
  1. Mix beans with back of fork until smashed.
  2. Add other ingredients and stir together.
  3. Heat a small pan with non=stick spray.
  4. Add mixture and cook until dried out ( a little ) and cakey.
  5. ENJOY!!


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Today started bright and early when Brady headed to the airport at 4:15am to catch his flight. I debated whether or not to go back to bed but decided going to the gym would be much more productive. Plus, I skipped 3 days last week while I was out of town and I am feeling it.

At the gym, I did an hour of run/walk/weight intervals. It was a great sweathy workout and I ended up running over 5 miles and burned over 500 calories. It was much needed. Now I need to stay on track this week so I can feel better than I have been. I can attribute most of my yucky feelings to sadness, but regardless I need to shake them and working out is the best way.

So my breakfast consisted of a clean and large container of fruit! Cantelope, banana, and pear with a packet of GoLean oatmeal sprinkled dry on top. I eat this almost everyday for breakfast! It’s so good!


Lunch: Leftover whole wheat pasta with veggies. I didn’t eat the chicken. For some reason I am not able to eat chicken that is not cooked right before I eat it anymore. I used to have no problems with it – but not anymore. I took it out and threw it away.


Plus my snack:


My dinner was a black bean burger on a ezekial roll with lettuce, tomato, avacado and relish.  I had a side of kale chips.


Any my desser!  Thanks for the great idea Angela!!



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