Chili Baked Potatoes + Asparagus
The husband always sings “Batata Patata” when he thinks about them. What a dork!
This dinner was dreamed up on our way to the grocery store this morning. I asked the husband what he was craving (we bumped tonight’s dinner to tomorrow) and he said potatoes. Then baked russet potatoes. Then I suggested beans for topping, along with Rotel, cheese and “sour cream,” all-American style. Dinner was born!
Actually, this potato was so big I couldn’t finish it! It was a 13.5 oz potato – I probably ate 75% (plus all the toppings). It didn’t look that big before we cooked it – comparable to its siblings in the store – but I guess it was considered a “large” one by serving size. Too much for me!
After an hour in the oven, my potato was topped with 1/2 a can of rotel plus 1/2 a cup of kidney beans heated on the stove along with some chili powder and other seasonings. On top of that was 1 oz of reduced-fat Mexican cheese and about 3 tbsp of Fage on the side (so I don’t cool down the potato – I get a little on my fork before each bite!)
Leftovers, sans toppings and happily consumed by the hub. I could have eaten this, but I was getting pretty full and I’m trying to stop eating before I’m full!
I swear Fresh Market’s asparagus is better than any other we’ve had. It must be local, because it has so much more flavor than Harris Teeter’s. I got it there once because I was there and we needed it for dinner, but this time I made a special trip. It was so worth it!
I also sipped on 4 oz of red wine – we had to finish the bottle from Friday night!
The husband made a “Bloody Mary” with the Rotel juice and vodka. He always takes sips of the gross juice of things like pickles and jalapeños. Sounds disgusting, but he made me taste it and it really was just like an extra spicy bloody mary. But I don’t think I’m going to join him on this one
The revised potato amount dinner was about 500 kcal, 19 grams fiber and 30 grams protein, not including wine.
JUST to make Frannie’s day, here’s a recap of my Old Navy trip! What’s odd is that the bathing suits fit me better than the 20 different shorts/skirt/sweater/shirt items I tried on! I think Old Navy’s clothing designers are having some trouble. None of the ‘normal’ clothes fit me right. They are too big in some parts and too tight in others. But I’m happy with what I got!
Staples: 4 of my very favorite pajama tank tops - so soft and just tight enough – along with a pair of PJ bottoms on sale! I LOVE seersucker!
A simple black dress, a pair of shorts and a tin candle. They have a new line on scents – candles, lotions, etc. – and they are SO COOL!! The designs are the best part. All of the bottles are funky. I had such a hard time choosing my favorite scent!
Two bathing suits! I love Old Navy’s bathing suits. I need something I can tie in the back and top to make it secure, and theirs are great – and inexpensive too! I’m headed to the beach twice in May, so I’m ready to go!
And lastly, this crazy beach cover up (or at least that’s how I interpreted it). It’s so flowing and romantic! Definitely looks better on than on the hanger! It’ll be perfect for late night walks on the beach
THANK YOU 20% off!!!
Lunch held me over really well! I didn’t need a formal snack, but for the record, I had a cookie sample at World Market and had a small piece of the husband’s spelt bread hot out of the oven. And gnawed on a mango pit after dinner!
Sigh…the weekend comes to a close. Back to the grind tomorrow, but a fun thing is I don’t have class on Friday AND the weather forecast, with the exception of a horrendous cold, rainy Monday, is going to be Sunny and Warm all week!