Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Necessity Is The Mother Of Invention

If only I was a little quicker on the uptake, I might have thought of this earlier... But for whatever reason, some of my best ideas come to me when I'm doing things on the fly.

My intention this afternoon was to make the black bean chili in my 17 Day Diet book (substituting lean ground beef for turkey), but mid-browning ground beef, I realized that Kira and I had used the last of my tomato sauce yesterday when we made stuffed cabbages. I was going to have to think of something else to make with ground beef and black beans. After scrounging around in the pantry, I uncovered a package of taco seasoning, and had a eureka! moment. So I mixed up the taco seasoning, the ground beef, and the beans, dumped some in a bowl, and topped with salsa and some sour cream. It was quite delicious. Yeah for me!

Then, after lunch, I decided to pack up Sam's outgrown clothes and was up in the eaves of our attic where I discovered a couple cans of La Rosa's tomato sauce. I know you're thinking you're keeping tomato sauce in your attic? There's a perfectly good reason for it. They came in the box of Cincinnati chili my friend sent Tom as a surprise for Christmas. I had wrapped the chili and hidden the tomato sauce so Tom wouldn't catch on to his surprise. If Tom discovered anything La Rosa's in our house, he'd have known immediately that I was importing chili from Ohio.

Anyway... moving on...

Now I had tomato sauce, plus a pot of spicy beef and beans downstairs. A plan began to formulate--that would save me money and give me the variety I crave. I'd freeze a portion of the plain beef and black beans to use on a taco salad, and then I'd add tomato sauce to the rest and make myself a couple of portions of chili.

Now I have lunch for my next three cycle 2 days.

Also, for the future, it's a great way to cook one meal for me and the rest of my non-dieting family at one time. Tom won't be able to eat the chili if I add tomatoes and onions to it because he's allergic to both, but he and the boys love burritos. I can make big batches of the beef and beans, save out a portion for myself for taco salads and chili, and leave the rest for the guys to make burritos with!

I love it when a plan comes together.

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