Things I learned cooking dinner tonight:
– cast iron skillets are not non-stick
– cast iron skillets are freaking hot- the sleeve of a sweatshirt is not adequate protection.
Lessons learned. Moving on.
I made corn cakes with black beans for dinner- I thought using the cast iron skillet that’s been in my cupboard for years would make it “authentic’”. Well forget that- they’re a pain in the butt- and darn heavy too!
Black Beans & Corn Cakes
Heat a can of rinsed black beans over low heat while preparing corn cakes. Season with chili powder, cumin, and oregano.
3/4 cup cornmeal
2-3 Tbsp flour
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup egg substitute
1t chili powder
salt and pepper
1/4 tsp salt
2/3+ cup of frozen corn kernels
Mix dry ingredients together, then stir in wet. Add corn kernels. Make like pancakes using 1/4 cup of batter for each corn cake. (Note: if using cast iron skillet, use gobs and gobs of nonstick spray or oil)
Serve corn cakes topped with black beans, salsa, sour cream, and a dash of cheddar cheese if you want. I added a bit more oregano, and dinner was done!
I didn’t think it was going to be enough, so I also popped a sweet potato in the microwave while I was cooking the corn cakes. Then I mashed it up skin and all and formed two patties. Threw those in the pan for a few minutes on each side and seasoned them with garlic salt and cinnamon.
Weird how the random things end up being so good!
(Random side note: the husband thought these corn cakes would be good “southern-fied”- topped with cabbage and black eye peas. ew. Guess that’s why I cook?)
Wondering if I cashed in on my reward?
I got this for Christmas but never really paid attention to it.
I thought it was just some lotion samples. Last night I opened it to steal some lotion from it, and I saw it was actually a spa kit! (Hello Heather, it says spa on the box)
It has a bath oil thing, body lotion, foot cream, and tea. I thought it was so cute it included tea!
When I woke up this morning with a thousand things running through my head to get done, I knew just what I needed! I’m not really big on baths for the most part, but it sounded like such a good way to relax that I figured I’d give it a try. I felt so relaxed and refreshed afterwards! (I think it’s really because I took 10 minutes to chill haha)
(I may or may not have completed 80% of my work first as intended…you’ll never know!)
I’m wearing red tomorrow, are you?!
Tomorrow is National Wear Red Day! It’s part of GoRed for Women’s campaign to encourage people to “stand up and speak out” against heart disease. Awareness is an important part of so many health issues, heart disease included.
I’ll be doing something pretty cool for Wear Red Day tomorrow…but you’ll have to wait until then to find out what! 😉
Now for some Thursday night comedy action..Office and 30 Rock here I come!