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Friday, October 31, 2014

Trick or Treat, Move Your Feet

Happy Halloween!!
Halloween is associated with haunted houses, ghastly costumes, and piles of candy, but it also offers a spooktacular opportunity for walking.

Trick-or-treating. Map out a path that allows for 30-60 minutes of walking while taking kids around the neighborhood; bring strollers or wagons that little ones can hop aboard when their legs get tired. For safety, remember a flashlight, walk in groups, stay on sidewalks, and visit only well-lit and trusted homes.

Outside the neighborhood. If mingling with the creatures of the night isn’t your thing, head to the mall, where you can walk in bright, climate-controlled conditions; call and ask about dates and times that retailers will be handing out treats. Visit local school district or parks and recreation department sites to find schedules of Halloween-themed events, and see if they’re in walking distance. Also, check out community calendars and websites for holiday-inspired 5Ks and zombie walks.

Get out and move, try to stay away from the mini candy bars...
Trick or Treat!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Chipotle Quinoa

We were having tacos and beans one Tuesday night, (Taco Tuesday) and I decided instead of making rice for my beans, I decided to make quinoa... Then I thought... Hmmm, let's make it like Chipotle makes their rice!  So here's a simple way to spice up your quinoa...

Chipotle Quinoa

1 c Quinoa
2 tbsp fresh Cilantro, chopped
1 Lime

Cook quinoa according to package directions.  Fluff with a fork, then transfer to medium sized bowl.  Squeeze in the juice of the lime and add cilantro, a little salt & pepper to taste... and there you have it.  Top with black beans or enjoy it solo!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Rice & Beef Burritos

While shopping, I found these neat, organic rice mix boxes... Usually, I'm not a huge fan of boxed products, but these looked tasty and easy.  I made one as a basic side with just meat and veggie.  My second box, I decided to get creative, uh oh... LOL.  It was Taco Tuesday, and I didn't feel like normal tacos, so here's what I came up with...

Rice & Beef Burritos
serves 4, total time 40 min

1 lb ground beef 93/7
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 package boxed rice mix (I used Lundberg Spanish rice)
2 c water
1 can (15oz) Black beans, rinsed and drained
8-10 taco-sized flour tortillas
1 jar salsa, divided
1 1/2 c shredded cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cook ground beef with cumin and chili powder in a large skillet, until done.  Remove beef and set aside.
In same skillet, add rice mix, water, and beans.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and cook covered for 7-8 min, or until rice is tender.  Stir in cooked beef.
Remove from heat, stir in 1/2 cup of salsa and 1/2 cup of cheese.
In a greased baking dish, add a 1/2 cup salsa to bottom.  Then taking tortillas, spoon rice mixture onto each tortilla, add a sprinkle of cheese, roll it up, place in dish.  Repeat until all tortillas are rolled.
You might end up with extra rice mixture, it's ok, it tastes great as a leftover.
Top burritos with remaining salsa, and shredded cheese. Cover with aluminum foil, and bake for 20-25 min.
Enjoy with a side salad, or broccoli like we did!