Daily Archives: March 16, 2010

Caitlin’s Santa Fe Casserole

I was in recent need of some recipe inspiration! I was starting to feel like I eat a lot of the same meals over and over again. I try to make most of my meals easy and nutritious. I want to put stuff on the blog that I feel my readers would want to eat too!

I read Caitlin’s blog everyday! I was so excited when I met her at the Disney Blogger meet-up a few weeks ago.  I am not only inspired by her athletic accomplishments, I am also inspired by her meal creations! She makes such yummy meals!

I was most recently inspired by Caitlin’ s Santa Fe Casserole. Beans, veggies, rice and cheese – OH MY! Below is how Caitlin made the dish. I followed it pretty much exactly.

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Here is what you will need for this amazing dish:

  • 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic
  • 1/2 tablespoon EVOO
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon pepper
  • 1/2 can red beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 and 1/2 cup cooked rice
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 and 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 large pepper, chopped

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Here is how you make it:

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees and spray a casserole dish with EVOO spray.
  • In a skillet, cook the onion, garlic, and EVOO on Medium High until tender.  Add the salt and chili powder.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together the pepper, milk, beans, COOKED brown rice, eggs, cheddar cheese, and green pepper.
  • Pour mixture into casserole dish and sprinkle with extra pepper.
  • Bake casserole for 25 minutes or until center is firm.
  • Let cool 5 minutes and serve.
  • Enjoy!

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I love quick and easy casseroles’ that aren’t too massive. Its nice to have a casserole dish where fiancé and I can eat the leftovers the next day for one meal and not be drowning in leftovers for the next few days! This was the perfect amount!

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I couldn’t decide if I wanted my casserole on a plate or in a dish. It was a tough decision! I started off with a scoop on a plate…

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But then promptly moved it into a bowl!

How do you eat your casserole’s? Plate or bowl?

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This dinner was so easy and such a hit! Fiancé and I loved it! The veggies were awesome and the rice and cheese were a perfect addition. Yum yum! It was very filling!

What’s your favorite casserole creation? I am always looking for new recipes and tips. Please share!

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Nut Butter & Banana Stuffed French Toast

It has been too long since I have recreated my Almond Butter French Toast. It has been WAY too long and I had a massive craving for it this morning. So I got up a little earlier and got to work creating a breakfast I could be proud of!

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of bread
  • 1 eggs
  • 1 tbsp milk 
  • splash of vanilla extract
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp of your favorite nut butter
  • 1/2 banana

First up you mix the egg, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon in a bowl.

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Then you spread your butter of choice on your bread. I tried out Crazy Richards Chunky Peanut Butter. I love me some crunchy peanut butter! It’s my favorite!

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I decided to make one (and a little half) servings for myself since I was super hungry. I think its better to load up on a good breakfast and burn it off during the day than have a heavier dinner.

I topped my peanut buttery bread with banana slices.

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Here is my little half nugget.

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Put the slices of bread together and then dip it in the batter mixture.

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Then pan fry it until both sides are browned.

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Then you serve and enjoy!

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It didn’t take long to make and it was so nice to start my morning off on the right foot with a nice meal.

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Eye spy with my little eye a Disney Princess mug!

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I enjoyed a spot of tea with my meal in my pretty new mug. I love it!

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Topped off with a little splash of maple syrup and this was pretty much breakfast perfection.

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Do you have any other good French toast suggestions?  I would love to hear about other peoples crazy/fun creations and additions to this breakfast meal!

Don’t forget to enter my Harbinger Giveaway

**Did you vote? If you haven’t already, please vote for couple 5!** Every vote counts and we really would love your support!

Thanks so much!

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Nut Butter & Banana Stuffed French Toast

It has been too long since I have recreated my Almond Butter French Toast. It has been WAY too long and I had a massive craving for it this morning. So I got up a little earlier and got to work creating a breakfast I could be proud of!

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of bread
  • 1 eggs
  • 1 tbsp milk 
  • splash of vanilla extract
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp of your favorite nut butter
  • 1/2 banana

First up you mix the egg, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon in a bowl.

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Then you spread your butter of choice on your bread. I tried out Crazy Richards Chunky Peanut Butter. I love me some crunchy peanut butter! It’s my favorite!

March 150

I decided to make one (and a little half) servings for myself since I was super hungry. I think its better to load up on a good breakfast and burn it off during the day than have a heavier dinner.

I topped my peanut buttery bread with banana slices.

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Here is my little half nugget.

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Put the slices of bread together and then dip it in the batter mixture.

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Then pan fry it until both sides are browned.

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Then you serve and enjoy!

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It didn’t take long to make and it was so nice to start my morning off on the right foot with a nice meal.

March 155

Eye spy with my little eye a Disney Princess mug!

March 156

I enjoyed a spot of tea with my meal in my pretty new mug. I love it!

March 157

Topped off with a little splash of maple syrup and this was pretty much breakfast perfection.

March 158

Do you have any other good French toast suggestions?  I would love to hear about other peoples crazy/fun creations and additions to this breakfast meal!

Don’t forget to enter my Harbinger Giveaway

**Did you vote? If you haven’t already, please vote for couple 5!** Every vote counts and we really would love your support!

Thanks so much!

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