Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Its OK

If you are like me you get super excited about new goals and then one thing after another seems to side track you every time! I was hell bent that this year that I would not beat myself up if and when life got in the way.  That is proving harder than I thought....

January as managed to really kick my arse between the back to back snow storms. Plus thanks to a flu that took me down like it was a medieval plague I am weeks behind where I was originally hoping to be in my half marathon training. 

However, since I am working on not beating myself up this year, I am going to focus on the good stuff I have been doing.  Because it is OK to get off track, to be happy for the little accomplishments in my life and to be elated about the boxes of girl scout cookies at my apartment that my adorable niece sold me!

Another thing I am happy about is the good food I have been enjoying!  I may not be able to run 5 miles through ice covered streets but this sailing foodie can still make a mean dinner!  Case in point, last night I made a delicious black bean burger with sweet potato baked fries and a side salad with only items I had on hand.

Healthy dinner - check!

Keeping on budget by avoiding impulse trip to market - check!

Here is how I did it:

Slice one sweet potato, spray w/ PAM or drizzle with olive oil.  Lightly coat w/ favorite spices (I chose garlic salt & pepper)
Drain one can of black beans, rinse, pour into a bowl and mash away your days stress (this took less than 5 minutes and Voila, mashed beans!)
Add your veggies of choice (I chose 1/2 red onion diced and 1/2 green pepper diced).  Also add 1 beaten egg, 1/2 cup of bread crumbs and a few tsps of chili powder, cumin and ginger powder.  (I did not measure the spices, just a few shakes of each container)
Mix everything together until well combined (like you are making a meatball).  Form the "dough" into patties (i made 5 small ones but I am sure if you better measured you would get 4 large patties)
Place burgers on a hot pan (or your favorite griddle pan) and let cook about 7 mins per side.  You want a good crust to form on the patties.
Meanwhile you should be baking your fries to perfection!  I love my toaster oven but if you do not have this single girl kitchen necessity set your oven to 375/400 and bake for about 15 minutes till the fries become soft and crispy!

And voila!  Dinner is ready in less than 30 minutes!  I served mine atop a simple salad but if I had a bulkie roll I would have totally made this bad boy a cheeseburger w/ all the fixins!

So there you have it people, I may not be completing all my goals due to this awful winter, but I am happy to report that I am managing to eat healthy & tasty dinners on a dime!!

What is one thing you have been getting to this winter that is keeping a smile on your face?