Prep + Eat

April 30, 2009

Not sure if you guys have noticed, but I planned very quick and simple meals for this week knowing I’d be busy with school (just wait until you see tomorrow’s dinner!!!)

This one doesn’t look easy, but it was. Took maybe 10 minutes to put together?


  1. Cook 1 large diced sweet potato in the microwave for about 6 minutes
  2. Drain cans of black beans, corn + rotel
  3. Chop red pepper pepper + zucchini
  4. Put all of the above in a skillet and heat through sprinkling with cumin, garlic powder, chili powder, oregano, cilantro, red pepper flakes + cilantro.
  5. Serve over a bed of baby spinach (although chopped romaine would have been better) and garnish with peanuts, plain yogurt (or sour cream, obvi), and hot sauce. Plus chips for dipping!

I would also recommend: jalapenos, avocado, pepperjack cheese and fresh cilantro, but we didn’t have any of those.


The chips were these Food Should Taste Good Buffalo style mini chips. I thought they were going to be super-flavored with buffalo, but they were very mild, which I loved.


And the mini triangles were SO CUTE!




After dinner I talked Matt into watching a House Hunters with me if I tickled his back and head while we watched. This might be a new trend! I got a 5 minute shoulder massage in exchange for 15 minutes of tickles. Seems like a fair trade to me!

What’s that? You hear something?

AHHH Biochem is calling…….

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1 BethT April 30, 2009 at 6:47 pm

What is with guys and the back tickles? My husband loves that too. Weirdos. :p


2 The Duo Dishes April 30, 2009 at 6:54 pm

This entire meal sounds so good. Can we say it enough: We love sweet potatoes!!!!!!!!


3 Priyanka April 30, 2009 at 6:55 pm

Seriously are all guys just the same, I have to do that to my husband too!!


4 FoodsThatFit April 30, 2009 at 6:56 pm

Oh biochem…..I have nightmares just remembering taking that class :) I swear I haven’t used it since I got out of school though. So much more applicable to dietetics than nursing I would imagine. Hang in there Kath!!


5 Marisa (trim the fat) April 30, 2009 at 6:59 pm

Great salad! I know I would love those chips!!!


6 Run Sarah April 30, 2009 at 7:01 pm

That looks great! I’ll have to bookmark this for when I’m in a time crunch. Biochem = one of my least favourite subjects!


7 Sharon April 30, 2009 at 7:03 pm

Oh wow, totally love it!


8 Shannon (The Daily Balance) April 30, 2009 at 7:06 pm

dinner looks fantastic! I have GOT to track down those chips 😉

Good luck studying for Biochem!


9 Alisa - Frugal Foodie April 30, 2009 at 7:15 pm

That looks so delicious, love the colors! I really like that brand of chips … the olive ones are really unique.


10 Erica April 30, 2009 at 7:17 pm

I love your quick/easy meals. In fact, you inspired me to make turkey taco salad this week. Josh was LOVING it


11 Maggie April 30, 2009 at 7:22 pm

That is an adorable idea! I make Bobby play with my hair every night while we watch tv and sometimes he gets a massage in return. LOL. I didn’t realize this was a common thing :)


12 Bec April 30, 2009 at 7:22 pm

a yummy and quick dinner, I will definitely bookmark this!


13 Heather April 30, 2009 at 7:25 pm

Love all the spicy flavors! Such a quick and easy meal, but a great one to remember for a party or when cooking for friends!

Haha, House Hunters rocks! 😀

Good luck on the BioChem!


14 Meg April 30, 2009 at 7:30 pm

What a perfect quick dinner! Good luck with the studies!


15 Rachel April 30, 2009 at 7:32 pm

Hehe, using the word “tickle” is terrifically cute. And your eats look superb!


16 Brynn April 30, 2009 at 7:42 pm

That looks delicious! I almost want to go out and buy stuff to eat it tonight.


17 brandi April 30, 2009 at 7:45 pm

i love dinners like that. and those chips sound great!

have fun studying – not too much left!


18 Mara @ What's For Dinner? April 30, 2009 at 7:50 pm

That dinner is calling my name!! Looks fab!


19 Lauren April 30, 2009 at 7:55 pm

I love how when I get a recipe idea in my head, I read a blog and someone has already beat me to it!

I just picked up these chips and have not tried them yet, but I was thinking of the same kind of meal that you just made. Maybe buffalo chicken nachos??? Your post just confirmed my dinner one night next week. Thanks Kath!

PS- Good luck on the rest of your finals. I definitely don’t miss those and remember how agonizing final time can be.


20 sue April 30, 2009 at 7:56 pm

haha i just started tickling my bf’s back after reading this and he enjoyed it! how funny!


21 zestycook April 30, 2009 at 8:10 pm

Hang in there girl! Dinner looks superb :)


22 Adi ( - repaired!) April 30, 2009 at 8:23 pm

Pull out the ear plugs!! I imagine “biochem” has a very grating, annoying voice 😉
Supper looks great!


23 Gena April 30, 2009 at 8:25 pm

This looks SO good, Kath!


24 MaryBe April 30, 2009 at 8:29 pm

That is one beautiful bowl!


25 Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats April 30, 2009 at 8:38 pm

Mmm – love quick and delicious dinners – what a winner! I watch International House Hunters every night and dream about the time when I’ll be able to afford a home abroad!


26 Christina April 30, 2009 at 8:44 pm

Your meals always looks so good.

I love house hunters too! Especially the international episodes.


27 Sarah (lovINmytummy) April 30, 2009 at 8:46 pm

I’d watch House Hunters, House, OR Hunter (remember the 80’s detective show) for some back tickles. I think after what Matt’s been through with his back, the tickles should carry through to the Office, no?


28 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) April 30, 2009 at 8:46 pm

Mmm what a yummy dinner! Looks like my kind of meal =)

Good luck with studying!


29 Kara April 30, 2009 at 9:19 pm

Oooh I bet the buffalo flavor is awesome. I love spicy.


30 Laura M. April 30, 2009 at 9:28 pm

Looks healthy and tasty. Who doesn’t love a 10-minute dinner? Good luck with your exams – I’m in the same boat. Just a few more days for me though!


31 Sarah April 30, 2009 at 9:43 pm

looks tasty! I love the buffalo flavored food should taste good chips- they’re my fav!!


32 Kaley April 30, 2009 at 9:52 pm

First recipe that I’ve really had to say WOW. Yum. I love smorgbords of stuff. :)


33 Kaley April 30, 2009 at 9:52 pm

I can’t spell. Oops


34 Brooke April 30, 2009 at 10:47 pm

Hi! I’ve been a reader for super super long now but have never commented due to I just made a blog yesterday! But wanted to say how much I utterly love reading your blog and looking at all the colorful food pictures! I made the kale chips for my brother the other day and he was completely in love. And your salad tonight looks deeeelish!


35 Mariposa April 30, 2009 at 10:49 pm

bio chem.. BAH!!! i hated that class! it was my hardest chem class when i took it. i think i still have the book too.. lol maybe even my notes.. lol

food looks yummy!!!


36 Michelle Hisae April 30, 2009 at 11:33 pm

Short and sweet is how prep should be! Get to the good stuff quicker…


37 Danica May 1, 2009 at 12:15 am

I LOVE fast and easy salads like that! Thanks for sharing the recipe and good luck. You are on the home stretch now – yahoo!


38 Lara (Thinspired) May 1, 2009 at 3:09 am

This is great–I actually have all of that stuff on hand for dinner tonight! Yes!
I talked my Matt into watching Jon + Kate with me last night if I rubbed his shoulders. It’s the only way he’ll “watch” it! 😀


39 Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday May 1, 2009 at 6:11 am

I am loving your quick and easy dinner ideas!! Because of my schedule, I rely on quick and easy dinner most days of the week and am always looking for new ideas!


40 K May 1, 2009 at 6:57 am

I LOVE that idea for a salad! Perfect for summer!

House Hunters is one of my guilty pleasures!!


41 Jess May 1, 2009 at 10:13 am

Oh yes, I would be covering that with cheese and avocado.


42 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) May 1, 2009 at 10:55 am

Dinner looks great!


43 Miriam May 1, 2009 at 1:43 pm

Can I say how much I love your blog? I wanted to email you and tell you as much but I couldn’t find your email address anywhere on the site. Hiding it from spammy robots?

If you do post it let me know. I would love to send you an awesome – you-are-awesome-and-i-love-your-blog email.

Thanks for continuing to post.


44 Kath May 1, 2009 at 5:20 pm

Miriam ,
Thanks so much :)

My email is KathEats at!



45 Jen May 9, 2009 at 7:58 pm

I made this tonight for my husband and I. I am a horrible cook but this was easy and wonderful! Thank you so much…I love your blog!!


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