No bean left behind

2 Jan

I wanted to salvage my white beans I made the other day so I went with making enchiladas with white beans and black beans so they wouldn’t go to waste. I hate throwing food away especially when only a little portion of it was burnt, so why not try to use it? As God as my witness, no bean shall be left behind!  Nothing that a little cheese, veggies and spice can’t fix! I  added green onion, shredded cheese and red, yellow and orange pepper to the dry mix along with the beans

I let that sit, added some chile powder and garlic to the mix then took half a can of El Pato, green onions, 5 oz light cream cheese and mixed in my magic bullet until semi-smooth.

Added the wet mix to the dry mix

Then softened up the tortillas by dipping into water in a saucepan for five to ten seconds ( I usually use chicken broth but was lazy and didn’t feel like opening up a container to use such a little amount)

Spooned portions of the mix into the tortilla

Wrap that bad boy up and then fill the pan full of cheesy fiberlicious goodness, sprinkle with the rest of the El Pato and 1/3 cup shredded cheese

Cook for 13 minutes at 375 and done!

I would die in a world without cheese. These were fantastic, filling and I was stoked to make use of the beans that were almost thrown out this past week. Plus this made four meals for this upcoming week so I won’t have to worry about making something for work for a good part of the week.

After dinner, it was time to work out. I did a kettlebell/dumbbell session and it was a great session to start the new year off with!

Kettlebell-20 lbs

Upright Deltoid Rows (13 reps, 3 sets)

Bentover Row (13 reps, 2 sets)

Halos (13 reps, 3 sets)

Shrugs (13 reps, 2 sets)

Lateral Bench Press (13 reps, 3 sets)

Dumbbell Raise (13 reps, 3 sets)

Squats (13 reps, 3 sets)

Side Bends (20 reps, 2 sets)

Around the worlds (35 reps, 2 sets)

Between the legs pass (35 reps, 2 sets)

Dumbbell-15 lbs

Tricep Extensions (13 reps, 3 sets)

Curls (13 reps, 2 sets)

Shoulder Press (13 reps, 2 sets)


Push Ups (15 reps, 2 sets)

I brought back an oldie but goodie for breakfast this morning….oats! I can’t seem to eat oats in the summertime and it’s definitely a cold weather meal for me. I haven’t had them since September so thought it would be a good idea to bring them back for a guest appearance. I don’t have a standard mix in I add each time (except for flax seed, I always add that in) and this morning decided to switch it up even more by making it a sweet one with banana and white chocolate morsels (only so I could throw out the bag and say bye-bye to those little rascals)

I also added a drip or two of agave nectar and you know what I have to say about this bowl of oats?

Holy balls.

Yep, that’s all I can say since it was so fantastic.

I had a Groupon I’ve been wanting to use for awhile for Sunset Grille. Not only do I love Groupon b/c it’s cheap but it also gives me the chance to try establishments I would’ve had tried before. I’ve been using Groupon since early 2010 but it seems like the prices are going up on there-anyone else notice that? I remember when I first started using it, it seemed like you could get stuff for $5-$10 and now, more of them seem to be around $20 to $30. I don’t like. I was especially concerned since Groupon wasn’t even spelled right on the Groupon. What if Sunset Grille thought I was trying to scam??

Questionable stuff I tell you.

They brought us these little fried dough balls, sprinkled with powdered sugar.

 I was on it like white on rice. They best way I could describe them was like a soft funnel cake ball. Unfortunately, that was the best part of my experience there. My friend and I decided to go for salads and the prices were absolutely insane. If you wanted salmon, chicken or beef on it, an additional $5! I could’ve been the frugal girl I am and just brought my own in because I refuse to pay that much for a measly portion of meat on my salad.

I ordered the large portion of the Sonoma County Salad. How they describe it:

Romaine, Laura Chenel Chevre Goat Cheese, Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives, Red Onion, Roasted Beets, Blood Orange Vinaigrette.    

And there it was, a glorified greek salad. Maybe I was expecting more for a large salad or it to pop since the ingredients sang to me.  Don’t get me wrong, it was good but if I would have gotten meat on it and paid $13 for this salad, I would have been very disappointed. My friend got there asian chicken wonton salad and it looked like something you would get at Wendy’s. Hers was $13 and it she kept calling it a $5.99 salad. If I am going out to spend that much money on something like a salad, I want something substantial that will fill me, not a small plate of lettuce with a few add ins. Sorry, Sunset Grille, I won’t be back.

Hope everyone had a great and hopefully long weekend. This is going to be the first week I’ve had to work all five days in over a month and it’s going to be rough.

PS-Check out Prevention RD for a Larabar giveaway!!

30 Responses to “No bean left behind”

  1. This Italian Family January 2, 2011 at 4:34 pm #

    Hehehe… I love your “no bean left behind” thing. I’m totally against food waste as well so I hear ya! 🙂

  2. TheSceneFromMe January 2, 2011 at 4:49 pm #

    Yummers! Your enchiladas look really good! And I like the way you softened your tortillas. I never thought of that, I just put them in the microwave for a few seconds to soften.
    Your white chocolate banana oatmeal looks scrumptious too!

  3. Diana@mymarblerye January 2, 2011 at 4:53 pm #

    I hate sucky salads! It prob costs 59 cents! Enjoy your Sunday before work! 😦

  4. Laury @thefitnessdish January 2, 2011 at 5:13 pm #

    Those enchiladas look super tasty! I love how you mixed all the ingredients together to slather on…yummy 🙂

    I am kinda dreading getting up at 5:30 tomorrow morning for work. Back to reality…eek!!!

    Happy New Year to you!

  5. Tamara @ The Stretch Jean Incident January 2, 2011 at 6:37 pm #

    “No bean left behind” makes me laugh- I’m the same way, haha. And you reminded me that I haven’t had oats in forever. I’ve been on a egg kick lately, so oats have fallen off the breakfast radar. I need to change that soon!

    • simplyshaka January 3, 2011 at 9:21 pm #

      Now you’re making me think…..I haven’t had eggs in awhile and some scrambled eggs with cheese sounds great!

  6. Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) January 2, 2011 at 8:06 pm #

    Those enchiladas look fantastic! I love beans and cheese. I would die in a world without cheese too.

    Ugh I hate when restaurants charge that much for a salad and charge enough more to add protein. Bastards!

  7. Ashleigh January 2, 2011 at 9:25 pm #

    I hate when places over charge for simple salads. That’s one of the major reasons I don’t eat out as much anymore… I am always paying too much for mediocre salads.

    Delicious looking enchilada’s though!

  8. sheila @ girl on the couch January 2, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    hey girlie! good job on the bean enchilada! what a great way to use leftovers! And I’m the same way with cheese. I can’t see my life without cheese, is that a bad thing? Oh and I love warm oats during the winter time. It soothing in the stomach! 🙂

  9. terri January 2, 2011 at 10:34 pm #

    hi tiff~ happy new year! i havent been reading many blogs lately, (and not a lot of posts lately either)….too much stuff going on in my life…however, yours is one that truly puts a smile on my face. i am totally making these yummy enchiladas THIS WEEK! amazing.
    hope your work week starts out super fab! xo

  10. nic - the auspicious squirrel January 3, 2011 at 4:17 am #

    The enchiladas look great! I’ve never heard of El Pato… must look that up.

    Your comment about having to work a 5-day week after the holidays… that’s what I was trying to wax poetically about… those are the thoughts people have on my birthday… get it? My birthday is the 2nd… the day before you have to go back to work after a long vacation. But it can also be a last hurrah day, so in essence people actually celebrate my birthday by realizing they have one more day left in their vacation. 🙂

    Anyway… I too am not looking forward to getting back to ‘normal’ life tomorrow… but what can you do?

    • simplyshaka January 3, 2011 at 9:20 pm #

      It’s great…..and cheap! I get mine at the supermarket and it’s usually around $.70. They a spicy jalapeno one and then a milder sauce, I definitely recommend trying.

      And ahhhhh, I got what you’re saying now about your birthday! 🙂

  11. thefitacademic January 3, 2011 at 10:50 am #

    omg, it’s dangerous to see pics like those enchiladas when i’m hungry! Yum! I totally love Groupon, too! I subscribe for my city so I always snatch up good ones when they come along!

    • simplyshaka January 3, 2011 at 9:17 pm #

      You should definitely check out Living Social and Half Off Depot as well! I just love seeing their emails every morning 🙂

  12. Katie H. January 3, 2011 at 10:59 am #

    You do love some beans! 😀 I have been having a lot of oatmeal lately. I think it is the cold weather!

    Definitely a suspect groupon. glad it worked out though!

    • simplyshaka January 3, 2011 at 9:16 pm #

      I gotta enjoy the oats while I can 😉

  13. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun January 3, 2011 at 11:31 am #

    We use Groupon a lot for dining out because it helps make it easier on our budgets to have a date dinner. And we can try new places. I haven’t really noticed prices going up, but that could be my area. That’s crazy it was spelled wrong on the print off though!

  14. Jen January 3, 2011 at 12:25 pm #

    Loving those enchiladas! And your oats. Holy balls is right!!!


  15. Katherine: Unemployed January 3, 2011 at 1:46 pm #

    I love beans! I tried “canary” beans for the first time a month or so ago and I totally recommend them. so funny about the coupon; I’m always scared places won’t accept my coupon or think I’m making up where I got it

    • simplyshaka January 3, 2011 at 8:45 pm #

      Thanks for the tip-I’ve never heard of those and always looking for something new to try! Seriously, I passed the waiter the Groupon all reluctantly like he was going to think it was a fake.

  16. Monique January 3, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    groupons these days aint what they should be…. smh

    also oats are eaten when its cold out 🙂 i cant do them when its warm out… unless im desperate.

    • simplyshaka January 3, 2011 at 8:43 pm #

      Ok, good, so I am not the only person who things they aren’t what they used to be?!

  17. thehungryscholar January 3, 2011 at 2:57 pm #

    You have the best blog titles. 🙂

    • simplyshaka January 3, 2011 at 8:43 pm #

      Ha, thanks. I was going to name it “No country for old beans” 🙂

  18. suki @ [Super Duper Fantastic] January 3, 2011 at 7:08 pm #

    It’s ironic that Groupon would spell their own business incorrectly! :/ But yes I did notice. There is so much competition out there now though. Lots of deal sites!

    • simplyshaka January 3, 2011 at 8:41 pm #

      Seriously! I kinda want to email it to them to let them know but also in hopes they will give me some credit loving on there. Half off depot has been my new favorite one to go to along with Groupon and Living Social.

  19. Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt January 3, 2011 at 10:20 pm #

    Those oats look deeeelish! I had some this morning that were so sad and pathetic that I threw most of them away.

  20. Monique January 4, 2011 at 12:01 am #

    Dang those enchiladas look goooooood! I love making Mexican food at home 🙂


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