Quinoa Enchilada Casserole ~ Day 3

Today I bring you a vegetarian dish on my path to a more plant based diet.

Quinoa Enchilada Casserole

Ingredients:

2 cups cooked Quinoa

1 can black beans rinsed

2 cans green enchilada sauce (10 oz cans)

1 can roasted corn kernels

3 oz chopped green chili’s

1.5 cups of cheddar and mozzarella (1/2 in mixture and 1/2 on top)

How to:

Put all ingredients into a cooking pan and bake at 375 for 15 minutes or until the cheese is well melted on top.

Enjoy & save some for lunches throughout the week.

Thanksgiving 2019 thru 2020

To get used to blogging, really blogging each day (I hope) will bring a new post. Whether a photo, a recipe, a post of joy or maybe pain but each day something new.

Today’s Thanksgiving and though I’m not all about people being invaded and slaughtered in the name of freedom and instead I think of gratitude, family, friends, and food. So in the name of gratitude I’m grateful for so much and here’s a few things I’m grateful for:

  • Daily gratitude with a group of 5 women via email.
  • Two beautiful perfectly imperfect kids. Love them to the moon and back.
  • My family. Despite the growing pains. Love them.
  • A partner who loves me for me and wants to grow with me. Love him.
  • Women who uplift me and I them.

This is just a fraction of the gratitude I feel. What are you grateful for??

Speaking of kids…my girl and I made this pie below. She’s 19 and has been helping so much this year. I hope our family enjoys the meal we’ve prepared and 100% gluten free!

Enjoy the ones you love and be kind to each other.

PCOS Blues

I hate PCOS. Fact.

I was feeling good about losing some of my heart attack weight. I was down 10 lbs. of the 58 I needed to lose after the heart meds I was on caused rapid weight gain.

I didn’t plan right for a weekend and gained 7 lbs. Over a weekend. No joke and I don’t over eat. I just ate gluten like a dumb-ass. Here’s the thing, I’m also trying intuitive eating. Because of PCOS and all I’ve gone through I deprive myself…a lot. I’ve learned to live that way and for the most part it’s not an issue. I’ve learned through this experience that I just can’t have gluten. Even in little amounts. Gluten and I are not friends. We have to break up. My body holds onto whatever I eat with gluten, I don’t process it right in my body, I feel bloated and gross for days.

I also have on top of it all Reactive Hypoglycemia. My sugar will crash when I have sugary foods or foods high in fat. I never have high blood sugar just low. I think this is because of the gastric bypass I had in 2007. The surgery that didn’t cure the PCOS but helped. The surgery that I blame my health decline on. The surgery in some ways I’m still grateful for…even with these issues.

I’m NOT giving up. I’m writing this for those who may also struggle with PCOS, I need to be passionate about this again. I have body dysmorphic disorder and I can’t let it win. Know that the weight, though harder for some, will come off. I’m not, after all my hard work letting PCOS win. I’ve already pre-packed for a short trip to the mountains for the 4th of July…No gluten for me, intuitive eating, keto friendly, and living my best life even when PCOS wants me to feel horrible about myself, I won’t let it.

Until next time.