Lazy eats – that’s the theme so far this week.
Like these Instant Pot Brussels sprouts with a baker. Simple, healthy, tasty.
Smoothies and oatmeal a few days.
Gluten-free shell pasta with peas for breakfast one day.
My sister’s black bean soup recipe!
The Other C’s Black Bean Soup
- 1 onion – chopped
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 1 tbsp oil
- 3 cans black beans (NOT drained and rinsed)
- 1 can veggie broth
- 1 jar chunky salsa
- 1 lime, juiced
- Salt to taste
- Sauté the onion and cumin in the oil until the onion is soft
- Purée 2 cans of the beans with can of broth
- Add the puréed mixture to the onion, add salsa and 3rd can of beans
- Add lime juice
- Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes
It’s really my favorite black bean soup recipe, and SO good. I did some slight modifications because I’m lazy. I also try to minimize oil whenever possible, so I actually sautéed the onion in just a little bit of broth, then added the cumin, 2 cans of beans, and the broth – took the immersion blender to it, and then added the rest per the directions.
And a Mexican birthday dinner out which was veggie fajitas for me.
I made a cake (A decorated it) and homemade peppermint ice cream too. Was a really fun time and yummy eats.
And tonight is crockpot red beans and rice!
Had a lot of good workouts this week.
A couple runs at the gym on the dreadmill. A combo of music and having the TV with subtitle on made it semi-bearable. But it’s better than running in the wet and cold, so I’ll take it.
Also got that swim workout in! Honestly, it was awesome. And honestly – was tough too! But – time in the hot tub then sauna after was heavenly.
Also did some weight training since I was there. Nothing crazy, but it’s a start. Took advantage of the ActivTrax program at the Y, which makes it relatively foolproof – which I definitely need when it comes to weights.
A whole year down, baby! That’s right – the first year of my doctorate was wrapped when I submitted my last paper Tuesday night. And that was 3 whole days early! To say I’m proud is an understatement. Been a wild year for sure. But – love it. Love learning and being challenged.
One relatively horrifying thing happened this week though. I got stuck in a %#$%^#$ elevator!! I had just finished a late lunch and was heading to my car to head to my evening meeting. My car was on the 5th floor of the parking garage, and the elevator got stuck somewhere between 3 and 4. My cell had no service and my first several attempts to raise help via the elevator emergency call button was fruitless. I did eventually get through, but it took way too long. As a bit of background – I’m wicked claustrophobic. So I found myself sitting on the floor of an unmoving elevator crying. After a few, I realized I had my ipad too, and tried that. Sure enough – there was 1 bar, so I could text. I texted my oldest and my boyfriend. He offered to come out, but that wouldn’t do any good. Was still sweet though.
It included this FB post.
Which my best friend saw and immediately texted me. I love her.
I was eventually freed. And I won’t lie – I was a mess by the time they got to me. The building employee actually wanted me to come to the lobby to fill out an incident report. BY GETTING IN AN ELEVATOR. I ever so politely told him to get bent. Gave my name and number and took the stairs up to my car. Fun. Times.
Other fun this week was getting my downstairs bathroom done. When we ripped up the floors, we found water damage – which was beyond our abilities. So I hired a contractor who had to rip everything out and replace the subfloor. They’re in there as I write this finishing up, and I’m SO excited. It’s the last thing – other than grabbing those rugs I want.
Of course there was coffee and Kuma and other shenanigans, like a holiday party at my friend’s M&R’s house last night! No pics of that though. Hmmm…
Having a little dinner party this Saturday, which I’m looking forward to. Latin themed with tamales, empanadas, arepas, and other fun eats!
MY YEAR OF LESS
I’ll be honest, not sure I have much to report here. No real expenditures now that Christmas shopping is over. Did go out to eat and am going to the movies with my kids on Sunday (bought tix already). That’s about it.