Santa Fe Style Rice and Beans Copy Cat Recipe

Hello all,

As a busy PA student I’m constantly thinking about how to eat right and save money, which is almost an oxymoron these days. Every time I go down the freezer isle, i fork over decent chunks of money for frozen meals from Smart Ones and Healthy Choice because of the time constraints I have in such an intense program. Every time I look at their meals however, I just get flustered and think…I could make this myself for soooo much cheaper!

Well I finally did just that, and I’d like to pass it on to you! This recipe makes about 8 servings so it is great for dinner with leftovers or to make your own freezer meals to take to lunch. Just portion it out into little zip locks baggies, defrost and throw it on a paper plate for a quick lunch.

**This recipe is vegetarian and gluten free if you use zatarains spanish rice mix**

I’m excited to tell you about my new copycat recipe for the Smart Ones Santa Fe Style Rice and Beans!  Great source of protein, low fat, and keeps you full! This one is super easy, and QUICK. You can make this in 10 minutes flat!  I guarantee it!

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What You Will Need:

2 packets of Spanish rice mix
1 frozen package of corn 12 oz
2 cans red kidney beans 15.5 oz
1 Can tomato sauce 8 oz
1 Can diced green chilies 4 oz
1 pkg mozzarella cheese 8 0z
1 tbsp chili powder

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I used great value for pretty much everything, and it turned out great. Also made it less than a dollar a serving! I also chose lower sodium options if they were available, such as the frozen corn, and beans and sauce without salt added.

Cook the rice on the stove top as directed. The Great Value and Knorr brands will cook in about 7 minutes, so you can add all the ingredients at once minus the cheese. If you are using a rice that takes longer to cook, add everything about 5 minutes before it is finished. Top with mozzarella.

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See? I told you it was easy!

Now get cookin!

~Healthy Girl

My First VoxBox From Influenster!

First VoxBox Ever…wooohoo!

20140921_215524Hello my dear readers!

It has definitely been a while since I have posted. PA school has taken quite the toll on my free time! However I wanted to take a quick moment to tell you I received my first VoxBox from Influenster. I received a complimentary full size deodorant of Degree MotionSense to test and review! I will be trying it out this week, and comparing it to my normal deodorant brand, ARRID. Supposedly this new degree deodorant protects you more as you move. I will be doing side by side comparisons during regular school days and work out days to see the results….

Stay tuned!

~HealthyGirl

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First voxbox from influenster

 

For those of you who are unaware, Influenster is a site that sends out voxboxes to it’s subscribers with products to review and test. You connect your social media accounts and then talk about the items you receive. Very easy site and fun to do. I just joined about a month ago and right away I got a voxbox from Influenster. Not every subscriber qualifies, so they encourage you to be active in your social media sites and on their site as well, reviewing typical products of theirs.

If you are interested in joining Influenster, shoot me an email or comment with your email address and I can send you an invite.

Thanks for reading!

~HealthyGirl

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Vegetarian Feta Spring Salad

 

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20140509_154419[1]One request I keep getting is to post more salad ideas. It can get very boring eating the same old salad day after day and expecting to stick with this so called “healthy eating.” Well I am here to help you with that journey, because I too, have a hard time with salads unless you buy it in the package. I am picky, and I never seem to have all the right ingredients to make it work.

So we will start with the Feta Spring Salad! This Salad is a quick yummy salad that you can take with you on the go to work, or make for a nice side salad with dinner. This salad keeps you surprisingly full, so it is a great high protein, calorie cutting meal.

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  • 20140509_153730[1]1 handful of salad spring mix ( I prefer Organic as it is usually the same price!)
  • 1/3 diced tomato
  • 4-5 chopped baby carrots
  • handful of chopped peanuts
  • sprinkle of black pepper
  • Sprinkle of feta cheese
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs balsamic vinegar

This salad is best prepared in a container with a lid so you can shake it all together and mix the dressing really good! Start with your spring mix in a bowl and add the diced tomato, baby carrots, nuts, feta and pepper and mix. Then add your olive oil and balsamic vinegar, sprinkling them all around the salad. Secure a lid over the salad bowl (or a small plate) and shake it all up! This salad is completely vegetarian, and is vegan without the feta.

Happy Eating,

~ HealthyGirl

What variations have you tried on this feta spring salad to spice it up? Comment below!