So I made this Weight Watchers recipe for Feta and Spinach Dip, though to be honest, mine looks nothing like the picture. It actually kind of looked like a weird pistachio fluff thing. Next time, I think I would mix everything else together, pureeing it in the blender as directed, then stir in the spinach.
It was still good, though.
(This is #5 of 50 new recipes in 2009 - goal #13. I made Creamy Chicken Rice Soup for #4 - also very good.)
And sometime in the next few hours, I'm going to spend some time with a pen and paper and just write down all the random stuff that's floating around in my head. I'm feeling a little like a hamster on a wheel that needs to jump off, take shock, and find a new path.
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., since he is the reason I have a day off, after all, I thought I'd share one of my favorite quotes.
If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
I made this soup in the crockpot yesterday, and it was so easy, and so good. I originally got the recipe from Life at the Circus, but modified it a bit to suit what I had on hand, so I'm posting my version here.
Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup
frozen chicken breasts (I used 3)
1 can diced tomatoes, not drained
1 can black beans, drained
2 cans cream of chicken soup (I used 98% fat free)
1 cup water
Add the chicken breasts to the crockpot and top with the remaining ingredients. Cook on high for 6 hours, or low for 8 hours or more (I cooked mine overnight, so it was probably closer to 10 hours, maybe longer).
After cooking, remove the chicken breasts from the soup to chop, then return to the crockpot and stir all ingredients together.
I've learned a lot about working from home over the past year or so. I love it, but sometimes its really hard. I know one of the best ways to get myself going is to actually get out of the house - its figuring how to do that inexpensively and healthily that's the trick.
My parents are here, helping me, and my mom is totally pampering me. She's making dinner, taking care of the dogs, doing my laundry - I even wake up from an afternoon nap on the couch (painkillers are making me sleepy) to find she made my bed. After three days I'm totally spoiled, and she leaves tomorrow.
I'm thinking of offering her money to stay.
I've got a 10-hour layover in Vienna and want to see some of the city, but I'm nervous about doing it on my own. So I put feelers out, hoping someone I know, knows someone who lives there.
I made a few changes - I left out the onion, and I mixed in some white rice. Which made it not so different from the Salsa Chicken Tacos I make all the time - subtract the chicken, add zucchini.
The thing is, the zucchini makes it weird. Not bad, just weird. And I normally love zucchini. Though I think if I make this again, I'd just leave the zucchini out alltogether.