Saturday, May 19, 2018

Poetry and the Words Within

Some days I just sit and look around me
experiencing
other days I hurry never once
noticing

The things that matter most get
brushed away
and the inconsequential things tend to
stay

what is my purpose?
I've started to ask myself
what can I say to the world
that wont be forgotten and put on a shelf?

here's what I'd say to the world:
"Look around you
look outside yourself
find others to love 
and don't put anyone on a shelf"

The Mexican flavored dish to save your life

    Have you ever realized 1 hour before dinner time that you have nothing planned for dinner? There was a night, for me, like this and boy did I have a break down. With a screaming baby and Pinterest up I determined (desperately) to get something on the table. I threw a piece of frozen chicken drenched in salsa in a pan and cooked it with peppers and onions. I then made corn and a couple types of beans. I made homemade (horrible) corn tortillas and threw in some rice for good measure. By the time my husband got home the kitchen, the baby, the dinner (if you could call it that) were all a big, fat, ugly mess. Despite how I felt towards this mental-breakdown inducing dinner, we had something to eat.
    By this point I'm sure you are hoping the recipe you came for is not the above mentioned one. Thankfully it's not; but because the recipe I am going to share started from that night's disaster, I though I'd better give the back story.
    I always make enough for left overs so we had this dinner yet again the second day. When the third day rolled around I decided to take all the leftovers (minus the tortillas) stir it all together in a pan with tons of Mexican seasonings and get it nice and hot. Afterward I tossed a bunch of cilantro and avocado on it and it became one of our all time favorite dinners.
The easiest Mexican flavored dish I've ever made.

Ingredients
1 bag frozen corn or 1 16oz can (Drain if canned)
3 16oz cans of diced tomatoes (with or without chilies)
1 16oz can black beans (Drained)
1 16oz can re-fried beans
2 cups uncooked brown rice (Equals about 4cups cooked)
4-5TBS homemade taco seasoning

Optional (if you wanna get fancy)
Onions
peppers (any color)
Fresh Cilantro
Avocados
garlic 

Spices (if you feel comfy sprinkling on your own amounts)
Cumin
Chili powder
Paprika
cayenne
oregano

1. Cook rice according to package instructions and set aside in the dish/pan/cooker you cooked it in. (keep heat on low)
OPTIONAL: Saute onions and/or peppers in a skillet.
2. Open cans and bags and toss all with the rice to mix it all together.
3. Throw all the seasoning in and mix again.
4. Turn heat up to medium, medium low and heat all the add ins.
5. Garnish to your hearts content with whatever sounds good and is laying around.
6. Marvel at your lovely dinner. ;)

There you have, the easiest Mexican Flavored dish to save your life.


Taco seasoning remixed

1 Cup Chili Powder
4 TBS Cumin
3 TBS salt
2 TBS Pepper
2 TBS Paprika
1/2 TBS oregano 


Throw everything into a mason jar and shake until blended. :)

use 2-3TBS per pound of meat (usually hamburger) with 1/4 cup water.

NOTE: If you don't use fresh garlic and onions when you make tacos I would suggest putting in 4TBS Garlic powder and 1/2 cup onion powder.