Full Circle

Well, two weeks into blogging and I’ve already broken a cardinal rule: posting regularly.  It’s been over a week since my last post.  It’s not that I haven’t wanted to write; I have.  It’s not that I didn’t have anything to write about; I have.  It’s not that I didn’t try new recipes to share; I have.  They just weren’t fabulous success stories.  Tasty, most of them, but not pretty. Not worthy of taking pics to brag about them.  I was also a little preoccupied with a house project and had my daughter and her fiancee visiting for the weekend.  Okay, enough excuses.

Last week I took a couple of days off from work to begin the arduous process of turning my 27 year-old daughter’s bedroom, finally, into an adult bedroom sans stuffed animals, movie posters, and especially sans the blinding bright yellow walls that she painted when she was 16.  It took some time for her to accept that all this change needed to happen.  I think the fact that she’s about to graduate from law school in a few weeks might have had an impact on her agreeing, even if half-heartedly, that it was time.

Once I started, it was more emotionally daunting than I expected for me, too.  There’s no denying or running from it, though.  My kids are grown.  Which makes me the mother of grown kids.  Adults.  The day has come.  Full circle, you might say.  My babies have all flown the nest.

Enough of that mush, lest I make myself cry.  I have a great plan for making her bedroom a very comfortable, inviting, and attractive space.  It may take 6 months for me to get around to completing it but at least I’m on my way.  Don’t judge me, remember that I work out of town throughout the week and spend 6 hours on the road each weekend.  My energy level sometimes feels near deplete.

So while the kids (I’ll always call them that, no matter their age) were home, we had fish tacos one night.  Have you ever had fish tacos?  When I first heard of them I thought, “Ewww.”  They’re pretty darned good, though.  I didn’t care too much for the recipe we used (sorry, Keke) but I’m eager to try making them again sometime soon using a different recipe.  The best part of the meal was the black bean and roasted corn salad that I made as a side.

This salad was such a simple, easy, and healthy dish.  If you’re following a low carb eating plan, this may or may not be for you.  I am not eliminating or severely limiting carbs, I get them through fruits and vegetables rather than bread, pasta, rice, and potatoes.  Yes, I know…corn and beans are higher carb vegetables but they are complex carbs so I have them in moderation.  And look at this lovely roasted corn.  It would have made a delicious dish all by itself.

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Sweet little kernels of caramelized yum.

To roast the corn, put it in a bowl, drizzle the olive oil over it, toss some salt and pepper in and spread it on a baking sheet.  Then roast at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes.   Let it cool before adding to the salad.

Black Bean and Roasted Corn Salad

1 can of drained and rinsed black beans

10 oz frozen corn

1 medium red bell pepper, chopped

5 green onions, sliced

1  lime, juiced (to taste)

1 TBSP olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Just put it all in the bowl, allowing the corn to cool first, then mix and eat!  Drizzle a little olive oil over it, if you’d like.

Black Bean Salad

There are a lot of variations you can make with the salad.  Some cherry tomatoes would have been nice…a little cumin and/or garlic…a little grated cheese.  I wanted to add diced avocado but Wal Mart was all out.  Imagine that, Wal Mart being out of something.  Happens all the time at the Wal Mart in my hometown.  Grrrr…

Another recipe I tried a few days ago was diet candy.  Diet candy?  Isn’t that an oxymoron?  Well, it isn’t diet in the sense of calories.  However, it is healthy candy that is low carb, without sugar, and fits nicely into my eating plan that must accommodate a sweet tooth.   Think Mounds candy bar.  My inspiration came from one of my favorite recipe blogs, Chocolate Covered Katie: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/10/30/healthy-mounds-bars/.

Take a trip over to her blog and see a picture of it for yourself.  Believe me, while mine tastes pretty darned good and satisfies the sweet tooth, it didn’t turn out pretty at all because the melted dark chocolate chips seized and therefore was just globbed on top of the coconut layer.  Doesn’t stop me from eating it, though. :D

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