Leftovers rock & a HUGE WOW

Mini Mexican Meatloaf leftovers transformed...

Shelly's Mexican Meatloaf Minestrone

1 Yellow Onion, chopped
3 Green Onions, diced
3 small Leeks, chopped (white and light green parts only)
2 cloves of Garlic, Minced
4 small Zucchini (or Yellow Squash or combo), sliced
1 - 15 oz. can Black Beans, drained
1 - 14.5 oz. can Chopped Tomatoes, with liquid
3 cups Chicken Broth
3 Leftover Mini Mexican Meatloaves, crumbled
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper
1 Tablespoon Fresh Cilantro, chopped
Olive Oil

To garnish:
Sliced Avocado
Crumbled Cotija Cheese or Casero (Queso Fresco) Cheese cubes

Saute onions and leeks in a combo of oil & butter till golden in a large lidded stock pot. Add zucchini and garlic. Cook for 3 minutes. Add crumbled meatloaf, tomatoes, broth, beans, salt & pepper. Simmer on low with lid on for 30 minutes. In the last 5 minutes add chopped cilantro. Garnish with avocado and cheese.

OK my HUGE WOW... My weekly weigh-in day is Tuesday which was my original RNY surgery day. I am no longer trying to lose just hold on to what I've accomplished so I still weigh in and chart once a week. It's about staying on track... pre-op I stayed away from the scale for too many years not wanting to confirm the numbers. I don't obsess on the number I see I just like to keep on the ball. Anyway, this week I lost 2 pounds. I did a ton of walking in Mexico so I wasn't surprised. My Mum weighs in each week too and she gained 2 pounds. She had a carby week there was a sale on her favorite muffins at the market. So for once in my life...

We are the exact same weight!

When I was heavy people would assume my parents were heavy and I would say, "Oh no my Mom is skinny" So it is beyond cool to be the same size as my "skinny Mum." She's super active and has the metabolism of a 14 year old boy (I did not inherit this, dammit) and will drop her 2 added pounds by tomorrow morning but for today ;) we are the same. I'm not her "big girl" or her "heavy daughter." None of which she ever called me but friends and family would label me. It's nice to just be her daughter.

Just when you think the WOW's are over. I am blessed with another.


Kim H. said...

That looks amazing... can you move to Texas and cook for me? ;-)

Congratulations on your wow moment for this week - that's fabulous!!

Becky said...

Woo hoo and yipppeeeee for a GREAT wow moment!!! The soup looks delish!!! big hugs, Becky

Leslie said...

What a great WOW moment. I can only imagine how great that feels!!! Good for you. I have always been so much bigger than my mom (she is 5'2" and petite, I am 5'8" and not petite in any way!)

Nancy said...

Hurray! What a great wow moment! You have such a wonderful relationship with your mom. Cherish every moment of it! I lost my mom three years ago and we were as close as you two are.

Emily said...

Congrats on your wow, Michelle! That is an AWESOME feeling. :-)

Oooh and that soup looks divine, as always. I love avocado!

Amie said...

I was wondering what was going to happen to those meatloafs. Looks delish.
I was just thinking I now weigh less than my 2 boys, 19 & 20. Of course they are bruisers, the oldest 6'5", but still! I'm now after my husband, but he's kind of thin, I might not get that far down. And that's ok. I already feel like I've won the lotery.

djwood said...

Great-looking leftovers! I hope you have lots of family and friends to help you eat all of that... Congrats on the WOW!