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WIAW #17 – The Saturday Edition!

Hey party people!!

TGIW, amiright?!

Actually, it’s Tuesday night as I write this… because I do what I want. 😀

I mentioned last week that one of these days I would share my weekend eats with you. Well, you’re in luck, today’s that day!! This right here is my Saturday. I start off pretty strong, but I go out with a bang. Haha. You shall see.

Big thanks to Jenn at Peas and Crayons, as per ush (pronounced “yoozsh”…ya know, like, the abbreviated revision of “usual”…how the heck are you supposed to spell that?!) for hosting this fabulouuus link-up par-tay.

On to the nommies!!

Breakfast: I love breakfast on the weekends!! I love being able to take a little bit of extra time to throw something special together, relax in my pjs, and just enjoy it. During the week, I eat breakfast at my desk at work while going through emails, so it’s really a nice to just sit and eat and do nothing else. This Saturday I threw together one of my favorite oatmeal concoctions. I’m sure you’ll be shocked to hear the ingredient: 1 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1 banana, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, 1 tablespoon peanut butter, and a sprinkle of chocolate chips!! I make this whipped banana style, slicing it really thin and mixing it right into the oats. I also mix in most of the peanut butter while I cook the oats, too. Then I top it off with a few reserved banana slices, some more peanut butters (because you can never have too much peanut butter) and chocolate chips. It’s decadent and amazing and I love it so, so, so much. In fact I just ate dinner (aka stuffed my face with mac & cheese because the hubby said “It’s Fat Tuesday, make something awesome” ) and now all I want to do is whip up a big pot of them. *sigh*

banana, pb, chia oatsI got up bright and early (which means about 7:30 on a weekend) on Saturday to make sure I had time to enjoy my oatmeal prior to my yoga class. I’m telling you, man, the more I yoga the more I love it and the more I know that I genuinely want to become an instructor after my baby is born. I’m absolutely in the love with the studio I’ve been going to and the instructors there are wonderful!! I took an hour and fifteen minute vinyassa to get my Saturday going and helped myself after to some Blackberry Sage tea for the road!! It’s perfection in a cup!!

tea for the roadLunch: We popped by the mall after my yoga class so I could get re-sized for a bra at Victoria’s Secret. #pregnancyproblems. Whaaaat a process. Really, the size I should be doesn’t exist. And they didn’t have what I wanted in the store. So I just got my “size” from a spectacularly helpful employee and went home and ordered everything online. C’est la vie. I was supppper hungry by the time I got home and showered. I had a leftover fajita burrito (Ya know, kinda like a burrito with no rice…plus all the stuff in fajitias. I make mine with chicken, black beans, peppers, onions, chipotles, and orange juice – among some other spices) but it was mostly beans so I was happy. I wrapped it up in a whole wheat tortilla with some melty cheese, topped it with salsa, and dug in fork and knife style. I also had some baby carrots for good measure, but I wound up sharing a few with Quincy.

fajita buttiro and carrots

Snack: My MIL and I had to snag some groceries for Sunday before the “big storm” hit. (Big storm, my fanny!! I wanted another snow day…I got like 3 inches. At least it’s almost Spring. Sigh. That’s what I keep telling myself anyway.) On the way out I treated us to some coffee – decaf Hazelnut for this gal, please and thank you!! When we got home I also had what has become one of my new favorite snack obsessions – pistachios and blueberry flavored craisins (thanks a lot, Susan! lolz)!

wegmans coffeepistachios and craisins

Dinner: Saturday night the family and I attended a fundraiser dinner. It was the 7th Annual Angels for Alyssa Spaghetti Dinner. This is the 3rd year we’ve attended and we always have a great time! One of my mother-in-law’s dear friends from work is the Aunt of Miss Alyssa, a 15 year old girl who was prenatally diagnosed with a rare condition called methylmalonic acidemia (MMA). MMA prevents her body from metabolizing protein. It’s a very touching story, and we’re always more than happy to support Alyssa and her family as they work with their doctor to find a cure! Over the last 7 years they’ve raised over a half a million dollars for MMA research!! The fundraiser is quite a money maker – there is a live auction which is always exciting, a silent auction, and basket raffles!! This year Johnny and I didn’t win anything, but my MIL won a basket filled with Yankee Candles and a $50 visa gift card!! You get a TON of food, too. A big plate of spaghetti with meat sauce, bread and butter, salad, and a ridiculous array of dessert.

spaghetti dinner

Dessert: It’s always a hard time picking out dessert when there are sooooo many options. I wound up going with a plate of cookies – chocolate chip and peanut butter!! I also had a piece of chocolate peanut butter fudge, two fun sized Reese’s…and another peanut butter cookie Melinda brought me later!!


We had a great time dancing a bit, too! There’s a live band that plays throughout the night and they just play classic rock. I loooooved how the dance floor was filled with people all night! That’s the sign of a good time! It’s pretty fantastic to have such fun while supporting such a wonderful cause!! I know we’ll be back next year.

Melinda, Johnny, and I














Diiiiiidn’t I tell you that my weekend eats aren’t as spectacular as my weekday ones. Now you’ve seen proof!! If chocolate and peanut butter weren’t so perfect together I might have an easier time – but who cares really? One of my favorite philosophies of eating that I’ve seen floating around the interwebs essentially says that one bad day of eating won’t make you fat…just like one day of healthy eating won’t make you skinny!! Moderation is my motto. And sometimes, baby just wants a peanut butter cookie … or 3. 😀

Do you tend to eat more healthy or less healthy on the weekends?

What foods are your weakness that you can never say no to?? (Like how I can never say no to chocolate and peanut butter together!! )


Cheesy Black Bean Dip


The Only Bean Dip Recipe You Will Ever Need

Pretty bold statement – eh. How can I be SOOOOO absolutely certain that this is the ONLY bean dip recipe you will ever need??? Three reasons.

#1. It’s freakin’ delicious.
#2. It’s so easy to throw together a trained monkey could do it.
#3. It’s only FIVE ingredients!

(Heh, can you tell where I grocery shop?)

Oh yes, you heard (well..erm…read) right. FIVE ingredients for the best bean dip ever. Those seven and eight layer dips, sure, they’re tasty. But who wants to go out and buy ALLL of those ingredients for one little dip??? Not I, I say. This dip is so simple it hardly constitutes a “recipe” but I’ll provide you a formal one anyway because I’m nice like that. 🙂

Cheesy Black Bean Dip

  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (8 oz) block 1/3 less fat cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups salsa (whatever ya like, I prefer hot salsa but not everyone in my house can take the heat)
  • shredded cheddar or mexican cheese blend
  • pickled jalapeños

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, add the cream cheese and salsa and mix until it’s combined. Add the black beans and mix until combined.

Transfer the mixture to a baking dish (or you can mix it right in the baking dish, too, if you hate to clean up like I do!). Top with as much cheese as you like and as many jalepenos as you like!

Bake for 25 – 30 minutes, or until the cheese is melted, brown and bubbly on top.

Serve with tortilla chips, or whatever dipping implements you like best!!

The Simplest Enchiladas You Will Ever Make

My first week of my last semester
as an undergrad is officially over!

* happy dance *

Anywho, I’m taking six classes this semester and I’m still working at the bux about 30 hours a week. Always the busy bee I am, but not too busy for dinner I say!

I picked up a rotisserie chicken from the store this week, (well actually, Johnny picked it up for me because there were none at the store when I went shopping and I was sad so he came to my rescue the next day – hooray! ) shredded it up and popped it in the refrigerator to have on hand for an easy meal or two this week. At about six dollars for a whole chicken large enough to feed a family of four (or two people with big appetites) , it’s definitely a bargain.

I struck a new level of brilliance with tonight’s meal. I’m modest, I know. But honestly, these enchiladas were the best I’ve ever had outside of a mexican restaurant … and with only six ingredients, they could not have been easier to make.

The Simplest Enchiladas
You Will Ever Make

  • 1 cup cooked chicken, shredded
  • 1 package reduced sodium taco seasoning (and however much water it calls for)
  • 1 8-oz can diced green chilies
  • 1/2 jar of salsa
    ( I used Pace Hot Picante Sauce and it was just the right amount of spicy)
  • 1 block of pepper jack cheese, shredded and divided
  • 12 corn tortillas

Preheat the oven to 400°.
In a large skillet, combine the chicken, green chilies, taco seasoning and water. Heat over medium high until hot and the sauce is thick. Remove from heat.
Heat tortillas in the microwave 4 at a time for about 20 seconds or until pliable. Add about a tablespoon of the chicken mixture and a teaspoon of cheese to each tortilla, being careful not to overstuff them. Roll tightly and place, seam side down, in a 9×13 inch baking dish. Repeat until all 12 are complete.
Cover evenly with salsa, spreading it out with a spatula all the way to the edges. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and place into the hot oven for 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

    The Result:

    Spicy, Cheesy, Perfection!