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Wednesday, October 08, 2008

successes and failures of meal planning

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I am prefacing this by stating that i'm typing on the most ridiculous keyboard EVER and it has a tendency to put in double and triple letters, occasionally skipppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppp a bunch of letters and just be ridiculous. Like the ppppppppp's above. Ugh.

With the little munchkin, I will edit if I have time, but you'll have to bear with me. Also, would you believe I paid like $90 for this wireless keyboard/mouse combo at best buy? It is CRAP. And before you ask, I can't find my receipt.

The two-bean tamale pie was a success, though I do wonder if Canadian cornmeal muffin mix is the same as American corn muffin mix. We just don't do cornbread all that often north of the border, so it's a little hard to be certain.

Last night, I got lazy. Munchkin was fussy ALL afternoon, so by the end of the day I was completely exasperated (i.e., hadn't had more than 5 cry/whine-free minutes and ZERO naps). I wasn't cooking. And I wanted pizza.

So I ordered pizza. And it really sucked. And it cost $35.

And I just threw over half of it out because it sucked.

That'll learn me. That cost 41% of my grocery costs for the entire week and most of it went in the garbage.

Anyway, two-bean pie is yummy. You should make it. :)

Two-Bean Tamale Pie
stolen and lightly modified from Better Homes and Gardens
two bean tamale pie

1 green pepper, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 T oil
1 can kidney beans, rinsed, drained and slightly mashed
1 can pinto beans, rinsed, drained and slightly mashed (I used romano beans because I don't know what pinto beans are and have never seen them in my store, but I suspect they are VERY similar to romano beans)
2/3 c vegetable juice (upon checkingg the bottle of v-8 at the back of my fridge, I discovered that it had gone very sketchy. I substituted 1 cup of fresh salsa that a friend had left in my fridge
1 4-ounce can diced green chile peppers, undrained
1 T chili powder
2 tt cumin
1 corn muffin mix (I used PC Organics)
1/2 c shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 c fresh cilantro, chopped

1. Grease a 9x13 glass pan. Set aside. In a large skillet, cook green pepper, onion and garlic in oil until tender. Add chili powder and cumin. Stir.

mixing the spices in

2. Add kidney and pinto beans, veggie juice, chile peppers and stir. Heat through. Dump into 9x13 pan.

as per instructions, slightly mashed beans

3. Preheat oven to 400F. Prepare corn muffin mix according to package directions.

i hope my cornmeal muffin mix is the same as the american kind

4. Add cheese and cilantro, stirring just until combined. Spoon cornbread mixture evenly over the top of the bean mixture. Bake, uncovered for about 25 minutes or until golden.

I grated a little more cheeses overtop. I recommend doingg this.
not so sure if this is gonna work

success!  it did bake

Munchkin interruptions while writing this post - 6

Thanks for reading!


Jenny said...

Looks great! I think I will make it and grind some up for Jack...would you believe I fed my baby homemade chili last night...umm he LOVED it!
Thanks again!

Sarah said...

Thanks for an awesome recipe! I will be trying this one this weekend!

Deborah said...

Oh, I've had quite a few of those nights when we just get take out and it totally has not been worth it! But this recipe looks delicious. Certainly one that we would love!

Kate said...

THAT sounds fantastic! Can't wait to try it--thanks for the recipe!

Unknown said...

Okay, we are in the same city, and it is easy to spend $35 on pizza, so I have to ask (email me and let me know, where did you order the pizza from?
The pie looks great, wish it is something I could get my boys to eat.

lululu said...

Oh, that looks just great!

Judy@nofearentertaining said...

The tamale recipe looks great. May have to try that one.

Don't bad take out meals suck???? I get so mad about it. You need a bread machine. You can make pizza dough and freeze it to have on hand for whenever you want pizza! With 2 kids I wouldn't be without mine. Also saves me a ton on bread each week@

The Klamsays said...

This looks great! Do you think it would freeze well?

Not So French Girl said...

Good recipe! I made it, but replaced the pepper with celery and it works.

Kat said...

Tried this last week- Delicious! Even FH said the recipe was a keeper, and he LOATHES anything without meat. Fantastic for a worknight- if one person chops, and the other rinses/mashes the beans and gets the cornbread ready, you can have it in the oven in 20 mins!

Anonymous said...

Where have you gone? Come back and blog for us, I am in need of some good recipes :)

Baked, By Anna said...

That looks very yummy! I am still convincing my toddlers that beans are delicious...doesn't it frustrate you to think of all the food you would make if you had a more willing audience?

Stephanie said...

This was a really fantastic recipe! I added a half bag of frozen corn when I added the beans (because I wanted to use them up), and used Spicy Hot V8 because I like things pretty spicy. I am glad that I have enough for plenty of leftovers! Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

I think this is a great make and freeze meal.. Also, when we have members of the church have babies, we like to make and deliver meals for the new parents. I like to do something different instead of lasagna (which everyone does.. I got three meals of lasagna because I didn't have the heart to tell people we already had it) .. I'm definitely going to try this one!

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