Thursday, July 10, 2008

Healthy Mexican Food Recipe: Beans and Brains

If you are looking for a Mexican food fix this is definitely one you will want to try. This was super yummy. I hope you enjoy it.

Last night's dinner...

Weight Loss Surgery Bariatric Gastric Bypass Sleeve Recipes RNY WLS VSG Cooking Shelly's Mexican Beef & Bean Bake

1 1/2 lb. Ground Beef (or Turkey or Chicken)
1 Yellow Onion, diced
3 Green Onions, diced
2 cloves Garlic, minced
2 small Zucchini, sliced
1 can (15 oz.) Pinto Beans, rinsed & drained
1 can (15 oz.) Red Kidney Beans, rinsed & drained
1 teaspoon Oregano
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper
1 can (10 3/4 oz.) Creamy Ranchero Tomato, Southwest, Mexican, or Nacho Cheese Soup
1/2 cup Sour Cream or Fage Greek Yogurt
1/2 cup Shredded Mexican Blend Cheese

Saute ground beef till no pink is seen and drain any liquids. Set aside. Saute onions till golden. Add zucchini and garlic and steam saute with the lid on for 5 minutes. Turning often. Set aside. Add veggies to beef and all remaining ingredients (except cheese). Mix till combined and pour into Pyrex casserole dish. Top with shredded cheese. Bake for 30 minutes at 350.

Serve as is with a dollop of Fage or sour cream and maybe some sliced avocado or serve it like a Taco Salad scooped on top of a bed of shredded lettuce with chopped tomato, avocado and sour cream. Leftovers would be great with eggs for breakfast.

Other Eggface Mexican Food Fixes:

Shelly's Mexican Chicken and Bean Bake
Shelly's Crock Pot Carnitas
Shelly's Tortilla-less Enchilada Casserole
Shelly's Chili Relleno Casserole with Chicken
Shelly's Chili Cheese Soup

This was a great comfort food dish. I soooo needed it yesterday. Hell I need it today. I'm on Day 2 of a hideous migraine. I spent most of yesterday curled up in a ball in a dark room. I've been treated for migraines for years and I was really hoping that weight loss surgery would help but sadly it's the one condition I had that I carried over as a post-op. I've been on tons of preventative medicines, on-set medicines, I've done the Eastern medicine thing, and the last words involved guinea pig sounding things like drilling holes in my head to extract brain fluids... ummm holes!? yeah... no. I decided I'd be living as a migraine sufferer.

Highlights of the day:

* Whenever the pain pill kicked in.
* This dinner. What is it about gooey, melty cheese that always makes me feel better?
* I'm feeling a little better this morning.

Listening to: "Turn to the Sky" March Violets

See I am feeling better because all yesterday I couldn't listen to my music and I rarely don't have music playing. My loved ones always know it's bad when music stops playing (ooooh hey that's a good song lyric.)


About this blog: said...

Sounds delicioso!...I will definitely file this one under "stuff to do with zucchinis that my neighbors clandestinely abandon on my doorstep."

denise said...

Sorry to hear about your migraines. I've only ever had 1, and it lasted 48 hours staight and put me in the ER. I don't know how people can handle them! So you have my sympathy! This looks delicious and i plan on making it this weekend. Although my picky husband will require teh zuch. to be changed to green pepper or something. Hang in there.

MissDeb said...

How is it that you read my mind?! I was sooo craving Mexican..lo and behold there ir is right on the first page!! You're awesome. Thank you so much! I most definitely will
be having this and will try the others later as well.
Hope your head is feeling better now.

Anonymous said...

This looks yummudelish! gonna try it soon! Sorry about the migraine, been there, done that...sux big rocks...Dede(mandrake from OH)

Jennifer Miller said...

Here is my question to you Ms. Eggface!

Do you freeze your leftovers? Or just have these meals for weeks on end? I'm sure your pouch isn't that big so I can only imagine how much leftovers is in your fridge with all the cooking you do!

I just got back from my nutrition class so I feel all educated and stuff (haha).

Michelle "Shelly" said...

about this: LOL hehehe it wasn't me.


denise: Thank you muuuuch better than yesterday.


Thanks deb. Hope you enjoy it!


Dede: Thank you they are awful... they need to come up with a cure.


Jennifer: I do freeze most things or transform them. Here's an entry that explains what I do:


jenn fraker said...

Hi Michelle.

I suffer from migraines too and recently got off Starbucks for over two months and the other day I decided to give it a try and within about fifteen minutes a headache started. I know you love your sbucks, have you ever given that a try? Of course then I still take my topamax and maxalt when I need it. LOL


cschoen said...

>>What is it about gooey, melty cheese that always makes me feel better?<<

Sorry you were in "migraine mode" again. I am fortunate in that, although I did have migraines, that period of time only lasted about 2 years. Having a migraine is like having sciatica in your head - one of the worst pains I've ever experienced.

Regarding melted cheese: it's smooth, warm, inviting -something that we like to see in our friends, families and mates, I guess. However, if not eaten while warm, it becomes hard and distatsteful...what an analogy!


Lisdur said...

Tastes delicious! Thank you for all your great recipes!

Pam Parr said...

What is the nutritional info on this recipe? Carbs/Proteins?

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Hi Pam, Here's how you find the nutritional info on my recipes (or anyone else's because products, meat fat content, brands vary) google recipe calculator (sparkpeople has a great one) enter your ingredients and then take the total you get and divide it by # of servings which will vary greatly (post- weight loss surgery versus non-ops)

Hope that helps.