Monday, August 2, 2010
Pinto Bean Tostadas!
After our busy weekend, it would have been so easy to push the snooze button on my alarm. I have been waking up before the alarm for months now and today was no different, except that I really wanted to just stay there. I knew I needed to get moving because the illustrator relies on my moving to get up in the morning. He uses me as his snooze button. He knows that he has a few more minutes to lay there until he has to get up and get moving. I knew what work out I wanted to do today and I knew it was going to be a challenge since I was still so tire, but I had to get going! After watching and reading all about Heather's adventures with Cathe this weekend, I knew it was boot camp time! I love this work out since it breaks things down into cardio, legs, arms and core...then repeat. It takes you through 8 rounds of this and it feels great...at least in my crazy world. We also went on our walk and it was a misty mess. The weather here is GROSS! It has been overcast and misty all day. I would say that it felt great because it was cooler outside, but the air is so thick and muggy that you can't breathe. We had a great chat though and got in some good cardio since we wanted to make it back before the rain came in...which never happened.
While talking with the illustrator the other day about vegetarian meals for the whole family, we decided that pinto bean tostadas would be a great meal. The boys love interactive meals, so this was a perfect change from the soups and stews that we have been having lately. I hate eating with my hands, but I am sometimes always out numbered, so I go with the flow!
These corn tortillas were lucky to survive the smashing that the bag boy was giving them. I cringed when I saw him cram them in the bag. If I wanted tortilla chips, I would have bought tortilla chips!
Homemade pinto beans! I LOVE my crockpot! It makes cooking beans too easy!
Fresh lettuce...and yes, after I ate a couple of tostadas, I took over this bowl, covered it in beans and...
a huge scoop of home made salsa! I love you summer tomatoes!
I love making foods that are normally so bad for you out in restaurants, good for you at home. We all eat together and enjoy the activity of eating!

Speaking of eating with your hands...do you like to pick things up to eat or are you a utensil person? I even eat pizza with a fork. Even as a kid. I also don't bite into sandwiches, I pull of little pieces. I am not a cram food in your mouth kind of gal.

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 9:53 PM  
27 Comments:
  • At August 2, 2010 at 9:56 PM, Anonymous Heather (Where's the Beach) said…

    Yay on the boot camp!! Thanks so much for the mention. Next RT, you MUST join us. It was unbelievable and I know you'd have a blast. I have no problem picking up food with my hands and shoveling it in ;-)

     
  • At August 2, 2010 at 10:29 PM, Anonymous homecookedem said…

    Omg. I want that salsa!!!! Do you have a recipe to share? It looks awesome!!

     
  • At August 2, 2010 at 10:32 PM, Anonymous Estela @ Weekly Bite said…

    I love tostadas! Even better with pinto beans! Yum!

     
  • At August 2, 2010 at 10:40 PM, Anonymous Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) said…

    Those tostadas look super YUMMY! I can't get enough Mexican food, I must be making up for all the years I didn't have ANY! I was so deprived, lol.

    I like finger foods, but I also like utensils. I can go either way, I'm not fussy as long as it gets in there. ;)

    Jenn

     
  • At August 2, 2010 at 11:35 PM, Anonymous Amy B @ Second City Randomness said…

    I always seem to switch it up (after I thought about the question). When I'm hungry, it's definitely with the hands. When I know I'm getting full, that's when I start to pick at it by tearing the sandwich or using a fork with pizza...

     
  • At August 2, 2010 at 11:50 PM, Anonymous Liz @ Tip Top Shape said…

    Mmm, those look delicious! I'm with you on eating with my hands. I hate getting them all icky.

     
  • At August 3, 2010 at 12:13 AM, Anonymous Madeline - Greens and Jeans said…

    I love the messiness of tostadas! My mom always made them with hummus

     
  • At August 3, 2010 at 12:46 AM, Blogger Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said…

    i am all about utensils on sloppy food when possible, i.e. tacos, tostadas, etc...and i never just bite into a hunk of banana or something, i break off. I am not compulsive like many of the girls i went to college with that it's overkill how much i remember watching them dissect their food in the caf, but i like bite sizes, not hunks! ha

     
  • At August 3, 2010 at 12:48 AM, Blogger Kelsey said…

    im gonna make this really soon!!! i will prolly make it into a burrito since ive been cravig one like crazy! this look so YUMMY <3

     
  • At August 3, 2010 at 1:59 AM, Blogger the actor's diet said…

    i love using my hands when i eat! but only when i'm at home and have access to a nice thorough hand washing beforehand....

     
  • At August 3, 2010 at 3:53 AM, Anonymous kickpleat said…

    This looks good! I love tostadas and those beans look great.

     
  • At August 3, 2010 at 5:42 AM, Anonymous MelissaNibbles said…

    I eat everything with my hands. No shame.

    I love making restaurant recipes at home too. My favorite is "fried" chicken using ground oatmeal as the breading. Gluten free version is rice Chex!

     
  • At August 3, 2010 at 7:12 AM, Anonymous Tina said…

    I never knew you liked Cathe! I love her and her workouts. I have almost every one except for the STS weights. I love using them at home when I can't make it to the gym. I can't wait to dive into them again after the baby, since Cathe isn't too pregnant workout friendly. Boot camp is a great one.

     
  • At August 3, 2010 at 7:55 AM, Anonymous Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said…

    Lol, I hate eating with my hands too.

    This all looks so good and fresh!

     
  • At August 3, 2010 at 8:17 AM, Anonymous Jessica (Healthy Exposures) said…

    These look delicious - and it sounds like we both got stuck with the grumpy grocery store workers. bah humbug :P
    I don't mind finger foods - but I eat things with fork and knife that don't really require it, too. Like pizza, messy sandwiches, fruit even. And if I'm eating finger-foods, I can only get two fingers involved/ "dirty" lol.

     
  • At August 3, 2010 at 10:07 AM, Blogger tanyas daily said…

    salsa is the best...yours looks awesome

     
  • At August 3, 2010 at 10:14 AM, Anonymous eatmovelove said…

    I love beans! :)

    Great blog - I always see you comment and had to check it out - I like the name !

     
  • At August 3, 2010 at 10:24 AM, Anonymous Alisa said…

    Ew, that weather sounds horrible!
    Definitely the freshest looking tostadas I have ever seen!

     
  • At August 3, 2010 at 10:26 AM, Anonymous Holly @ couchpotatoathlete said…

    I like to eat with a fork and knife -- mostly because it helps me take my time when I eat. I used to just shovel it in and not enjoy the food. Now I use utensils to savor each bite.

     
  • At August 3, 2010 at 10:30 AM, Anonymous Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly said…

    Yum..those look great. Think I can assemble all that with one hand?? ha! Thanks for your sweet words Sarena...your comment meant a lot to me! Truly. I hope we get to meet one day!

     
  • At August 3, 2010 at 11:56 AM, Blogger Jolene - EverydayFoodie said…

    Mmmm, that salsa looks so good!! I am going to make it today for a Mexican dinner I am having - thanks for the recipe!!!

     
  • At August 3, 2010 at 7:12 PM, Blogger Tricia said…

    I use my crockpot weekly for beans. yum!

     
  • At August 3, 2010 at 7:39 PM, Anonymous Janice-down the veggie road said…

    Oh we love bean tostadas at our house - we call them BIG Chips and usually use black beans - but I forget how tasty pintos are :)
    The homemade salse looks yum-o!!!

     
  • At August 3, 2010 at 10:25 PM, Anonymous Pure2Raw Twins said…

    I like to use utensils with most foods ;) Though I like finger foods too! That tostada looks great! YUM

     
  • At August 4, 2010 at 7:17 PM, Blogger Stacey said…

    That salsa looks amazing. I love a pureed salsa like that.

     
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