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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 🙂

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 Ate  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 🙂

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 🙂

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 yummy new recipes  from some of my favorite bloggers that I end up genuinely liking! Keep ’em coming everyone!! 😉

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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. 1

I spent the past week in one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been- Freeport, Bahamas. When my Mom invited me on the trip a few months ago, I couldn’t pass it up! I went with my Mom, Dad and little sister, Katherine (we missed my brother who is away at college).

Day 1:

We left our house at the crack of dawn last Saturday and headed to Newark airport. Now let it be know that I do not enjoy flying. I am super anxious and do not understand how all of those people, and all of those suitcases stay in the air. I just don’t.

After a not-so-scary flight, we landed in Ft. Lauderdale, I looked out the window and set sights on this beautiful little puddle jumper of a plane… then I saw my suitcase.

I knew we were going to have to take it to the island. Luckily, I’ve flown on a baby plane a couple of times in the past so I wasn’t completely freaking out- but my nerves still kicked in. Something about my wingspan being smaller than the planes width, and my ability to touch the pilot from my seat doesn’t sit well with me.

However, my 16 year old sister is a champ, and volunteered to hold my hand. 🙂

The flight was no longer than 40 minutes, and before you knew it we were in the beautiful Bahamas! It was dark by this time, but we hopped in our rental car and headed to our hotel. Fun fact…in the Bahamas they drive on the left side of the road.

JUST incase you might forget..

We got to our hotel and settled in. My sister and I shared a gorgeous room with a balcony over looking the ocean.

I promise the ocean is back there 🙂

We hadn’t eaten all day so we went to this little greek spot across the street for a quick dinner, my appetite is basically non-existent when I fly, so I just had some Tzatziki sauce with warm pita chips- so good!

We went back to our rooms and completely crashed. We were exhausted- plus we wanted to be up bright and early to lay out!

Day 2:

We spent the first day pool side. This guy played his steel drums all day, it couldn’t have been any more tropical of a setting.

I spent the day completely engulfed in The Huger Games and my pina colada (I’m not sure which of the two is more amazing!)

We shared some wonton nachos poolside…

Wonton chips, grilled chicken, tomatoes, cheese sauce, BBQ sauce, sour cream and jalapenos (healthy eating was clearly on hold).

That night we went to Agave for dinner. Obviously drinks were in order!

I could go for a margarita right now..

I ordered grilled pineapple & lime glazed chicken breast with black beans, rice and golden plantains. A little spicy but still yummy 🙂

Day 3:

Breakfast, beach, books, and booze!

Veggie omelette, wheat toast, a slice of french toast and bacon- my body was not used to eating so much!

…oh and burns for Katherine who struggled to find shade LOL

Dinner was at Giovanni’s…

Spaghetti carbonara

Dessert: mini peanut butter ice cream cone! I swear this thing was only an inch and a half tall..

We stopped to take some pictures on the way home…

KBell & I. She's 7 years younger, and officially taller than me 🙁
Mom & Dad

I have so many more pictures to share, but I think I’m going to have to break this trip into two or three posts!

Ohh…how I miss the Bahamas already…

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