Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Who dat say they gonna beat them Saints?!

It was already a good week starting Sunday, which I got to spend with some of my favorite boys (big and small).  But then came Monday, and since I'm a


my happiness quadrupled!  You see, the Saints/49ers was a big game out here in the Bay . . . it was not only the 49ers' home opener, but they played against the defending Superbowl champs (aka my favorite team).  And what a freakin' game it was!  22-22 in the last five seconds . . . but the Saints managed a win at the end, even without Reggie Bush.  I can't believe he's gonna be out for up to six weeks!  Speaking of Reggie, I have become mesmerized with this picture of him and his ex, Kim Kardashian, that I recently stumbled upon:

hotttttt x 2

Also:

1. Lots of travel coming up!  More deets later, but it's looking like 4 trips in the next two months (including one to my beloved New Orleans)!
2. I made veggie black bean chili & jalapeno cheddar bread for din last night, and it was a-mazing.  I suddenly remembered that my friend & former roommate, Brenna, used to make this delicious chili from her South Beach cookbook, so I went on the hunt for the recipe.  Posted below!
3. I got a very out-of-the-blue message from an old friend (read: exboyfriend) Sunday night announcing that he was on a road trip across the country and happened to be sitting in a bar in San Francisco.  WILD, right?  We met for lunch the next day at Luna Park, and it was fun/spontaneous/nostalgic catching up.  (Also, felt very mature to talk and laugh with an ex without being emotional or dramatic).
4. Strangely, my 2nd period hellions have been on their best behavior!  I don't know what's in the water they're drinkin but I'm lovin it.
5. I've finally been working out again which always makes me feel better.

Hope your week has been just as good as mine, and if not, then make this chili (but word to the wise: double the black beans and add fresh corn):

Serves 6
Ingredients
Avocado salsa:
1 medium California avocado, peeled, pitted, and finely chopped
1 small tomato, finely chopped
1/4 red onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
Juice of 1 large lime
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
Vegetarian chili:
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
3/4 can (14 to 19 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
3/4 can (14 1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes (with juice)
3/4 can (14 ounces) vegetable broth
1 can (4 ounces) green chili peppers, chopped
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 cup fat-free sour cream
1 lime, quartered
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
12 whole-wheat pita crisps (Phase 2 or 3)
Instructions
To make the avocado salsa:
 In a large bowl, combine the avocado, tomato, onion, garlic, cilantro, lime juice, cumin, and pepper. Lightly toss. Let stand for 30 minutes.
To make the vegetarian chili: Meanwhile, heat the oil in a 6-quart Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the onion and bell pepper and cook, stirring frequently, for 3 minutes. Add the beans, tomatoes (with juice), broth, chili peppers, chili powder, garlic, cumin, and oregano. Simmer for 20 minutes. Serve with the avocado salsa, sour cream, and lime wedges. Sprinkle with the cilantro. Serve the pita crisps on the side, if using.

Nutritional information

Per serving:
181 calories
17 g fat (1 g sat)
25 g carbohydrate
7 g protein
15 g dietary fiber
665 mg sodium
0 mg cholesterol

17 comments:

Diana Mieczan said...

Those recipes are great and I will used them soon for sure! Thank you:)
4 trips? That is a lot but I bet all of them will be really fun:)...I love to travel:)
Kisses
Ps: I am hosting a sweet GIVEAWAY today :) Hope you will join in :)!!!

Hannah @ The New Black said...

That picture is HOT. Can we lose Kim though? Or photoshop my head on her body? Sshh, don't tell my boyfriend. ☺

Lauren said...

Who Dat! That game was ridiculous! Enjoy Nola...I always feel like I am leaving a bit of my soul behind when I leave there. Luckily I am driving distance away.

jeanette from everton terrace said...

I was just thinking about the possibility of going to NOLA for Christmas, sounded kinda fun. The daughter went to LOYNO for her freshman year and she loves it there. What a game is right! Good for you being all grown up and hanging out with an ex.

yours truly dear said...

whoa that pic IS hot hot hot! i want to have kim's hair. if i knew how to use a curling iron maybe i could figure it out... btw yay for #5! i really need to start doing that. like...maybe tomorrow? ;]

April said...

What an awesome picture of Kim and Reggie. And yay for being even better than civil with an ex!

J. said...

oh, that picture is HOT. I love that you're into football these days!! And I love it even more that you are a Saints fan :)
Also- I'm very curious about those words you find vile... if you get up the nerve, email a list of them to me! hahaha!
xxoo

Faiza said...

i heart you claire keifer and your blog positivity!

we shall have to gchat about #3 and may i also say that the kim/reggie photo is HAWT! WOW!

~KS said...

Hooray for your big win! Geaux Saints!

And yeah, that pic of Reggie and Kim is hotttt! Rarr.

I will be trying these recipes... thanks for sharing.

And a run in with an ex... I had one as well this weekend. It was a bit awkward, but could've been worse. Glad your reunion went well :)

Micaela said...

crazy game!! had so much fun texting towards the crazy end!

LOVE that photo shoot of Kim Kard + Reggie-- i mean how sexy were they together?

i agree with J - i love that you are into football as well! :) but you need to be a COWBOYS fan ha

i love you!

bananas. said...

i'm in no way a saints fan...

but i was THRILLED to see them beat the niners. for personal reasons of course ;)

FourJedis said...

Wow, I have only once been able to round up all the bits of maturity I have scattered across my body and sit down with an ex. Kudos! That's tough stuff, but something to be proud of. Glad your week is going so well. Going to try that chili this weekend! Thanks for the share!

heather yalin said...

Claire! I'm so happy for all your upcoming travels and what sounds to be a wonderful week! And love that you have a tag for 'hotness'. Miss you, sweet girl! xoxox

this free bird said...

ohhhhh 2 and 3 are juicy! in totally different ways!! and claire, i am busting out this recipe of yours. bookmarking for sure.

erm, kim kardashian scares me. she's had more botox than her mama and is only 29. ps - so i heard you LOVE socks in heels. hahahaha

xoxo,
carrie

Kara said...

Holy business, I want to eat those recipes immediately. What's with you trying to fatten me up lately?!

Roomie makes AMAZING chili and cornbread that's pretty similar, I think I'll pass these recipes along and see if he likes! And if he likes...he makes TONS...which means plenty for moi :)

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Thanks for the receipe! I'm a vegetarian so this is right up my alley :)

And yeah that game was amazing! I am also a Saints fan. Def tense at the end!

Alicia said...

oh man we were watching the game and it was nuts!! such a good game...even though i'm not a saints fan, lol..and i can't wait to try that recipe!! sounds yummy!!