Thursday, March 8, 2012

Good Eating..the Healthy Kind

Ok, so my "Good Eats" were getting to be a little too pre-diabetes-announcement-Paula Deen'esque, as in not the most health conscious selections. All the running I could possibly fit in couldn't counter the decadent sweets I've been fixing.

So I'm headed down a different path, both for my overall health, as well as my level of swimsuit season readiness. Anthony is on board and week 1 is going great. We're striving to make lifestyle changes that can stick in the longterm.
I think a lot of my problem is portion control so I'm working on eating lighter and less. As we all know, Anthony is a skinny minnie and very healthy. His downfall is store bought cookies and donuts which contain trans fats so he's learning about label reading. 

We've designated "no drinking" nights (not that we're week long lushes, but we do enjoy a glass of wine here and there), so we're cutting back on that. We're also making it a goal to incorporate some "meatless days" into our schedule. We've already had two this week. We're actually not bad red meat eaters in the first place, but making a conscious effort to have a few meatless days and a few fish nights ensures that we'll have more healthy days than not.  

Maybe I'll share the week's dinner menu at the end of the week.
(I'm not one who can set a definite menu at the begining of the week, for example, I'm planned up through tonight but never know what the weekend will bring-we like to leave that open!)

However I would like to share last night's delicious soup-
we're going to call it Spicy Bean, Corn & Tomato Soup
I wanted to do a soup with lots of beans and veggies and this was easy and fantastic. 
(yes, I'm sure it's similar to every taco soup out there but googling wasn't helping me find what I wanted so I made it up) 

Spicy Bean, Corn & Tomato Soup

Minced fresh garlic (2 cloves), about 1/2 onion, chopped, and maybe 1/2 cup celery, chopped
Cook over medium heat with about a teaspoon of olive oil until tender.

Add: 1 can Great Northern beans (drained and rinsed)
1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
1 can rotel diced tomatoes & green chiles (I used Walmart generic)
1 can low sodium chicken broth
chili powder & cumin
taco seasoning
(sorry, I really can't tell you how much of the seasonings. I was generous with chili powder and cumin and taco seasoned to taste)
Last: Add about a cup of frozen corn

It was REALLY good. We'll be repeating.

Over 70 degrees today aaaaannnd it's a cocktail day- WOOHOO!! : )

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