Switching It Up


The past few days I’ve been in a little big of a bloggy slump.  I’ve taken pictures of things, but sadly have been unmotivated to write anything.  Perhaps because I wrote a good sized term paper or maybe my current frustrations with health food blogs.  This morning, while watching CNN on the elliptical, I heard a ridiculous news story related to food/dieting.  I started formulating a post in my head and was pretty excited to share it, but then stopped myself.

Will I offend someone?  Might this hurt a reading struggling from an eating disorder?

I don’t want either of those things to be the case.  I want this to be fun, not stressful.

So I’ve decided, at least for now, to post my healthy meals and usual fatty treats that I pawn off to my friends and stop talking about health, weight, fitness, etc.

I like food.  I’m sticking to it.

So without further delay:

Today was rainy, which meant that something warm was in order.

Black Bean “Tamale” Pie

adapted from Eggs on Sunday’s Black Bean Tamale Pie

1-3 tsp olive oil
1 small onion, diced
1/2 red pepper, diced
1 tsp garlic, minced
1/2 tbsp chili powder
1/2 tbsp cumin
1/2 cup black beans, cooked
1/2 cup frozen corn
1/2 cup canned diced tomatoes with liquid
A few shakes of cinnamon
A few shakes of Cayenne
few ounces of cheese (I used 1 or 2 oz)
1 cup cornmeal
2 1/2 cups water
salt to taste
1 egg beaten
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp sugar

In a skilled heat the oil and cook the onions and garlic for a few minutes.  Add peppers, cook for a few more minutes.  Add spices, tomatoes, beans and corn.  Bring to a boil, transfer to baking dish and sprinkle with cheese.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium sauce pan, combine water, salt and cornmeal.  Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, keep stirring until cornmeal is thick (about 5 minutes).  Turn off heat.  Add beaten egg, baking powder and sugar.  Top the bean mixture with the cornmeal mixture and bake for about 40 minutes.

Pretty tasty.  The “tamale” part formed a weird crust that I wasn’t a fan of, but other than that it was delicious!  It sort of reminded me of the Kashi Mayan Harvest Bake that I’m obsessed with.  I bought a plantain that is taking far too long to ripen.  As soon as that puppy is black, I’m trying to conquer the Mayan Harvest Bake!

Have a wonderful weekend!!

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10 thoughts on “Switching It Up

  1. healthyexposures says:

    Aw, sorry to hear about your bloggy slump. I always think about things to write about – and then completely forget…so by the time a post comes, I start just rambling about useless things, as you well know. 😉 I’m intrigued as to what you saw that you were going to post about, though!! Maybe you’ll spill soon? 😛
    And the tamale pie looks fantastic! Last night was definitely a good night for it, too. Boo, rain.
    Have a good day – if it clears up over your way, make sure you push it east for me!

  2. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg says:

    You had me at tamale. 🙂

    I think everyone goes through blogging slumps– I know I’ve been there before. You just have to remember that this is something that’s supposed to be fun, not stressful! If you don’t blog for a few days (or weeks…or months), that’s okay, because it’s YOUR blog! 🙂 Same goes for the content– if blogging about those issues stresses you out, no need to worry about it!

  3. Evan Thomas says:

    Slump or not, that looks delicious!
    I think you need to blog about what moves YOU and worry less about how it’ll be received. Your readers read your blog because they connect with you in some way, so if it feels good to right I’m sure it will read well.

  4. jaclyn@todayslady says:

    Wow that tamale pie looks amazing!!!

    I hear you on the blogging slump. I’m blaming mine on final exams. Yes, its totally their fault 😉 In all seriousness though, post what you want to post about. Honestly, right now I want my blog to only be about recipes and good food because I read enough health food blogs as it is. I love them but I also love baking blogs and other food blogs that only post about food. The best thing for me was to not mentally put my blog in a specific category, I’ve decided to take all pressure off and not worry about it. Best thing I’ve done!!!

    I love your blog and all of your posts! I will for sure keep reading no matter what the post is about. Have such a good weekend!!

  5. Danielle says:

    Sorry about the blogging slump 😕 Don’t be hesitant to take a break if you need it!

    I tried the Kashi Mayan Harvest Bake a couple years ago and it was the best frozen meal I’d ever had. The pie looks amazing!

  6. Erin says:

    that looks delish! I might try it sometime this week… I’ve been in a dinner slump lately … I just don’t know what to make somedays!

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