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Vamping up my go-to dinner!

If I had to pick my favorite genre of food, it’d be Mexican…hands down! Unfortunately, it’s not exactly the healthiest of options. Tonight I made one of my typical “cooking for one” go-to meals…which I feel is a tad bit Mexican-ish LOL.

I usually make a Veggie patty or Lean Cuisine spring rolls with black beans and a vegetable. Last minute, I decided to switch things up a bit, and the results were nothing short of amazing. Check it out ๐Ÿ™‚

I steamed some fresh broccoli and cooked up my Lean Cuisine Garlic Chicken Spring Rolls. 1 serving is 3 rolls, but I only eat 1 1/2, and usually keep the other half for lunch.

I adore rice, if I could eat a giant bowl of pilaf for dinner every night, I would. I cannot give it up completely so I’ve switched to whole grain brown rice…which is just as tasty.

I went to go make my black beans when I remembered a Refried Beans recipe that Miss Jenny AKA @TofuSwag had recently posted. The lovely Cait Plus Ateย  made the dish this past weekend, and had simply raved about it in a post this morning! I scurried through our cabinets and what do you know…I actually had all of the ingredients! It was fate ๐Ÿ™‚

Cooking up some black beans…pre-mashed:

These smelled so yummy! I love refried beans, but I’ve never actually made them, I was surprised by how quick and easy it was!

And dinner is served! Generous portion of fresh broccoli, scoop of amazing homemade refried beans (so much flavor!), scoop of whole grain rice pilaf topped with 1 1/2 chopped lean cuisine spring rolls ๐Ÿ™‚

I like to eat my dinner on a salad plate, I’m not sure why this food looks like it’s on a serving platter LOL

When I know that I’m making some extra food I like to package up a to-go container for lunch the next day.

Even though this was a fairly typical dinner for me, I loved being able to switch it up a bit! There’s nothing better than finding yummyย new recipesย  from some of my favorite bloggers that I end up genuinely liking! Keep ’em coming everyone!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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OH! Can’t end a post without a shot of my nails! I’ve been a little out of control with my manicures the past 3 days…

Sunday morning I painted them “You’re Such a Sweet-Tart” from Gelish’s Candyland collection…

The color wasn’t horrible, but it reminded me of the slime on Nickelodeon and I couldn’t image staring at this color for 2 weeks LOL.

Sunday night I painted them with Gelish “Rendezvous” topped with a coat of Wet N’ Wild glitter…

Tonight I was so over that color too, so I painted them with Gelish Light Elegant. My friend Kyra had texted me a picture of the polish yesterday and I had to pick it up!

This is such a simple, but gorgeous color that I KNOW I will be able to stand it for a couple of weeks. Lord knows my nails need a break!

Fun in the Bahamas Pt. 2

Picking up where we left off on my recent trip to the Bahamas!

Day 4: We went snorkeling!

We swam all the way out to those rocks to snorkel! I must admit, we were kind of chicken- it’s creepy being alone that far out. We spotted some beautiful fish and coral; some other snorkelers spotted eels and sea turtles- thank God we didn’t, I would have died!

On the way back to our hotel we had to pull over and check out all of these conch shells! It was unreal how many were jsut laying there..

That night we took a little trip to a private beach for a dinner/bon fire type thing. We arrived and were literally force fed Bahama Mama’s! LOL

ย I got suckered into the DJ’s game…. basically musical chairs with people, you dance…when the music stops, you grab the person closest to you. This chef wasn’t even playing, but he swooped in, completely startled me, and helped me make it to the final! 5 ๐Ÿ˜‰ I was dying!

They had a huge buffet set up…chicken, ribs, rice, beans, corn bread, cole slaw, corn on the cob…so YUM!

After dinner they had a bon fire set up on the beach. After a few too many Bahama Mama’s Kath and I had a photo shoot …

Then came a fire dancer! She was dancing, eating fire, and rubbing it all over her skin! I don’t know how she did it! So crazy…

Day 5: Back to the beach! I couldn’t wait to just lay out. Books, tanning, and pina coladas all day ๐Ÿ™‚

We went to lunch with my parents ๐Ÿ™‚

I kept joking that my Mom was like Tamara from the Real Housewives of OC with her cowboy hat and the be-jewled tunic! My Dad bought that shirt at the beginning of the week, and I swore he wore it every day! Very typical of him ๐Ÿ˜‰

I LOVE floppy hats! But I was rocking my baseball hat most of the week for minimal facial shade ๐Ÿ˜‰ However, Katherine looked SO adorable & totally pulled hers off!

After the beach, we went to this mediterranean spot for dinner. If you know me, you know how much I love bread! It’s one of my weaknesses. (Side story- When my boyfriend and I started dating a couple years ago, he’d always take me to dinner at restaurants that he KNEW would bring out a bread basket ! That’s love, encouraging unnecessary carb consumption ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

The restaurant brought out this amazing warm, sliced, baguette with garlic butter and a hummus spread. I swear, it was so so yummy!

For dinner I basically got a caprese salad with feta subbing for mozz lol. It was alright, I definitely had better dinners that week…

A picture of my Mama and I at dinner ๐Ÿ™‚

Still sifting through my pictures! I think the next post will wrap up my trip ๐Ÿ™‚

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