You Win Some, You Lose Some

The downside of trying new recipes is that sometimes they don’t work out so well. In these times, I suspect the problem is with me and not the recipe itself. Such is the case this week, when I tried Stephanie O’Dea‘s Slow Cooker Mexican Black Beans recipe. It had all the hallmarks of a Cammy-favored recipe: 1) Easy, 2) Inexpensive, and 3) Healthy(ish). But not necessarily in that order.

My results:

black beans

Yeah… Even with the sprinkle of spicy cheese and salsa, they’re kind of dry and tasteless. I even used Rotel tomatoes (tomatoes with green chiles for those unfamiliar) and substituted 1/2 cup of peppery Rotel juice for some of the veggie broth. Didn’t seem to help much. I’ve got some limes and fresh cilantro, so I’ll give them one more try with some “doctoring.” I’m usually a canned bean kind of gal, and this was my first attempt at cooking the dried version. We don’t always get it right the first time, no matter how easy it is. :)

All was not lost, however, in that I also made a turkey burger to go with my black beans. You can see it at the top of the image above, or you could if it wasn’t underneath that big slice of tomato. Trust me, it was there and it was heaven on an Orowheat Sandwich Thin. Even though I’m not a big fan of turkey burgers in general, this burger was outstanding! All I did was mix in a big ol’ spoonful of chopped green chiles with the meat before making my patty. Soooo simple.

Side note: if you’re a big-time tomato fan, as I am, you might want to check out the tomato tips I shared over on Serentipity this week.

In other news, I sort of made The Novice Chef‘s Pineapple Chicken Quesadilla from my “Recipes to Try” list. It was a highly abbreviated version, consisting of a chicken breast marinated in a bbq sauce-pineapple juice combo and then grilled alongside a pineapple slice. (So I left out a dozen or so ingredients. Sue me.) So yummilicious I don’t even have words. I also don’t have a picture, because I didn’t think of it until I was through eating. Oops. Considering how much I enjoyed these limited ingredients, I can only imagine how divine the full recipe will be if I ever get around to making it.

Between the turkey burgers and the grilled pineapple & chicken, I’m giving my George Foreman quite the workout. Not to mention, the lifting required to drag it back and forth from the pantry. :)

That’s it for me this week. All that’s left is for me to wish you all a most wonderful weekend!



7 thoughts on “You Win Some, You Lose Some

  1. Seems like you’ve been quiet this week….I’d wondered if you were working a lot. I’ve pretty much stopped using canned beans always keeping a supply of several different kinds that I made in the crockpot and stored in the freezer. I get the dried beans dirt cheap at an Amish Market in Northeast TN and they are so simple to make in the crockpot. So economical and it just seems healthier. I’m sincerely hoping that after we get back from our trip, I’m going to have some time to get back in my kitchen and do some experimenting!

  2. It may not be you. Sometimes recipes just aren’t very good. Although, I would never try a black bean recipe in the first place LOL!

    Now the pineapple chicken – that sounds fabulous!

  3. I always eat before the pic – always forget to take that pic first! ;-)

    The chicken sounds amazing! I am not a black bean fan even though they are good for you.. dang!

    Have a great one!

  4. LOL at leaving out a dozen or so ingredients. In between my baking extravaganzas, that is what I like to do. Just get the idea of certain food combos. That one sounds good. I’ll have to try the ol’George Foreman again.

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