Monday, August 26, 2013

Yummy Dinner Tonight! - Mon., Aug. 26

Here's our first meal from The Engine 2 Diet book by Rip Esselstyn. Boy is it good!

E2 Black Beans and Rice

2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 to 1-1/2 cups water or vegetable broth
1 Tbsp. Bragg Liquid Aminos
1 tsp. chili powder
2 to 3 tomatoes, chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 can sliced water chestnuts,drained
1 cup corn: fresh, frozen or canned
2 red, yellow, orange or green bell peppers, seeded and chopped
1 bunch cilantro, rinsed and chopped
1 avocado, peeled and cubed
3 cups brown rice, cooked in water or vegetable broth
Salsa or tamari to taste

While you are cooking the brown rice, you can do all the other preparation.

Heat the beans with water or broth, Bragg's Liquid Aminos, and chili powder. Place the chopped vegetables and cilantro in individual bowls, e.g., tomatoes in one bowl, corn in a bowl, peppers in another bowl, cilantro in another bowl, etc.

To serve, place several big spoonfuls of brown rice onto large plates and ladle beans on top. Add generous handfuls of chopped vegetables, cilantro and avocado on top of the beans. Add salsa or tamari to taste.

Serve with healthy chips (we like Food Should Taste Good's Multigrain chips) or warm corn tortillas.

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This afternoon Snelling called. The insurance office I temp'd for last week requested me for Tuesday and Wednesday this week. I'll be there all day Tuesday and three hours on Wednesday. The owner wasn't kidding when she said if she needs a temp she's going to ask for me. I enjoy working with them.

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We hung up some sunflower seeds on our bird feeder and now have cardinals and white-winged doves providing entertainment right outside the window for the cats and I. Yesterday a squirrel tried to climb the metal pole to get up to the sunflower seeds. It was pretty hilarious because she would jump as high as possible, grab onto the pole and slide down like a firefighter in an old fire station (with the pole from the second story). Hah, wouldn't you know, we have a squirrel pole dancer. LOL.

Today a different squirrel (I think!) ran up to the pole and climbed it from the ground just using its claws. I chased it away twice. All we need is a parade of squirrels running up the bird feeder to get to the seeds. NOT!

Have a good Tuesday.

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