Posts tagged ‘Beans’

January 21, 2012

Chicken Verde Casserole

When working a full-time job you’re always looking for some easy dinner’s that you can prep ahead of time, so when you walk in the door all you have to do is pop dinner in the oven. This Chicken Verde Casserole is a GREAT recipe to prep ahead, and it  makes some great leftovers as well. I was inspired by Martha Stewart’s Chicken Enchilada Casserole recipe. This recipe is delicious, versatile, balanced AND gluten free!! Put this on your list for dinner this week, I know you won’t be disappointed.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 package Corn Tortillas (Mission brand is Gluten Free)
  • 1 can Mexican-style beans (or re-fried black beans)
  • 1 Green Pepper, diced
  • 1 White Onion, diced
  • 1 can Salsa Verde (I like Rick Bayless’s salsas, or Trader Joes)
  • 1lb Organic Chicken Breasts, grilled and chopped
  • 1/2-3/4 cup Shredded Pepper Jack cheese



Pre-heat oven to 375. In a large glass baking dish, spread a layer of beans on the bottom of the dish. Add a layer of corn tortillas.

Layer onions, peppers, and chopped chicken. Pour 3/4 jar of salsa verde over the chicken. Sprinkle half of the shredded cheese over pepper, onion, chicken, salsa layer.

Add another layer of corn tortillas. Pour remaining salsa verde and sprinkle the remainder of the cheese. Bake at 375 for 20-30 minutes.

*Casserole serves 6 and is 6 Weight Watchers PointsPlus*

*You can prep the casserole and refrigerate over-night*

Gnash On!

April 6, 2011

Everything’s Bigger in Texas….including my stomach.

I haven’t posted in a few days because I’ve been in Texas. As I sit here, drinking my iced tea, I am reminded of everything Texas means to me. Friends, laughs, BBQ, Tex-Mex, Beer, and warmth. I am a northerner at heart,  but there is nothing more warming than some Texas love. Although I am a person that believes in balance, I also really live my life through my senses, and taste is my primary sense. No matter how committed I am to losing weight, and being healthy, this foodie just could not resist what Texas has to offer. (Sometimes living life means indulging).

Beef Ribs, Potato Salad, and Texas Caviar

I enjoyed some great BBQ. My first BBQ indulgence was at The Good Company. I ordered one of my faves, Beef Brisket with potato salad, slaw, beans, and pickles. The beef was so tender, flavorful and lovely.  My next BBQ indulgence was at the Antique show about an hour and half outside of Houston. There is something so very magnificent about miles and miles of antiques. I got Beef dry rub ribs (pictured above), potato salad, and Texas caviar (black-eyed peas, tabasco, and spices) at Zap Hall.  There’s not many things better in the world then some Texas cared for BBQ. Trust me.

My second over indulgence was Beer. I know there are a lot of people out there who have mixed feelings about beer, but I have a feeling you just haven’t had the right beer yet. I have a fondness for the process and am fascinated with the art of brewery. It is no surprise that Texas has some great beer. Refined, full-bodied, light and seasonal is how I would describe my Texas beer experience.

Life is about experiencing things, and there is no better way to experience then traveling. So, although I will always be the first person to promote a healthy lifestyle, part of being healthy is being happy. So overindulge, go against the grain, and experience everything life has to offer.


We’re all fed such false messages about success in life, made to believe it’s a point of arrival. So most of us spend our whole lives waiting to arrive. We expect that once we get there, the long story of the life we just lived will be infused with meaning. But while we’re waiting our voices dry up. They forget how to ask, they forget how to listen, they forget how to tell. -Off the Map