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Seasoned Black Beans + Loaded Tex Mex Bowls and a Kitchen Aid Mixer Giveaway!

These Seasoned Black Beans are so simple to prepare and will be a big hit with your family! And as a bonus, I am helping giveaway a KITCHEN AID MIXER so keep reading! 

Seasoned Black Beans and Loaded Tex Mex Bowls, healthy, easy, and perfect for a weeknight!

Sometimes, actually, often times there just aren’t enough hours in the day.
I am a pretty organized person so I normally have everything that needs to be done for the day written out. I have always been like that, with work, school, real life, and the blog. I love the satisfaction of checking something off my to do list. But I am often really hard on my self when I don’t get everything taken care of. Especially with Maebells. I don’t like feeling like I have unfinished business, but that is exactly how it feels when I don’t have time to respond to emails or comments or time a dinner wrong and run out of daylight for the photos.

Seasoned Black Beans and Loaded Tex Mex Bowls! Healthy and easy weeknight meal!

So I have been working on some recipes that are for those days when you just don’t have much left in you at the end of the day. These Seasoned Black Beans are a great example of how quickly you can throw together a meal with a couple of basic pantry staples. Here is how we do it!
Add one can of undrained black beans to a medium size sauce pan and throw in some spices and a dash of hot sauce. Let the mixture simmer for about 20 minutes. Yep, that is it!

Told you this was for days when you have nothing left to give! ;)

Seasoned Black Beans and Loaded Tex Mex Bowls, healthy, easy and perfect for a weeknight! #glutenfree

I used these seasoned black beans in these loaded Tex Mex Bowls. All I did was add cooked rice, black beans, some rotisserie chicken, and our favorite vegetables and shredded cheese in a big old bowl and topped it with a Creamy Tex Mex sauce and tortilla strips.

It is a dinner that comes together extremely quickly, is still healthy, and gives you a new idea for a rotisserie chicken! These black beans can be used a million different ways. We have also had them with tacos or with grilled chicken and salsa.

Seasoned Black Beans and Loaded Tex Mex Bowls, healthy and easy meal! Perfect for a weeknight!

4.9 from 8 reviews
Seasoned Black Beans and Loaded Tex Mex Bowls
Recipe type: Side Dish, Main Dish
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • For the Seasoned Black Beans
  • 1 15 ounce can Black Beans
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • For the Creamy Tex Mex Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1-2 teaspoons hot sauce (depending on how hot you like it)
Instructions
  1. Heat a small or medium sauce pan to medium heat.
  2. Add the undrained can of black beans, hot sauce and spices. Reduce heat to medium low and let it simmer for at least 15 minutes, no more than 30 minutes.
  3. For the Sauce: Combine the sour cream and hot sauce
  4. For the Loaded Tex Mex Bowls
  5. Add ½ cup cooked rice, ½ cup Seasoned Black Beans, a handful of shredded or rotisserie chicken, shredded cheese, tomatoes, avocado, green onions, tortillas strips (or chips) and the Creamy Tex Mex Sauce.

As promised, we’re giving away a truly awesome prize today – a KitchenAid 5 Qt. Artisan Series with Pouring Shield!  What’s not to love about that?

KitchenAid Mixer Giveaway

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  • Tilt-head design
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  • 325-watt mixer with 10 speeds; 5-quart stainless steel bowl

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Asparagus, Avocado, and Tomato Salad

Asparagus, Tomato and Avocado Salad in a creamy lemon vinaigrette! Healthy, quick and delicious! www.maebells.com

I don’t post many salad recipes, mainly because my salads are very boring.

I generally just toss in some spinach, cucumber, tomatoes, feta, and top it with oil and vinegar. So, to prevent from boring you to death, I just don’t share them.

However, this salad is a game changer. My Mom came across this recipe back in the summer and we fell in love. Steamed asparagus is combined with avocado and tomatoes, and then tossed in a lemon vinaigrette. It is the weirdest, most fantastic combination of ingredients!

Asparagus, Tomato and Avocado Salad in a creamy lemon vinaigrette! Healthy, quick and delicious! www.maebells.com

Since trying this a couple months ago I just can’t seem to get enough. This salad is, of course, best when it is fresh, but it does store fairly well. I like to make a batch on Sunday nights and take it to work for the first part of the week. It is healthy and filling and I love the mix of flavors and textures.

The salad is a cinch to prepare. It all starts with simply steaming freshly trimmed asparagus until tender. Just be careful not to overcook it, otherwise it will be mushy and you really want it to have a nice little crunch to it. Then add in some chopped tomatoes and avocados, along with a load of fresh basil, the lemon vinaigrette and a good dose of mozzarella for good measure. And there you have it! The strangest yet most fantastic salad you will ever eat!

Asparagus, Tomato and Avocado Salad in a creamy lemon vinaigrette! Healthy, quick and delicious! www.maebells.com

Happy Saturday Friends!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Asparagus, Avocado, and Tomato Salad
Recipe type: Salad, Side Dish
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Serves: 6+
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut in half
  • 4 cups halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 ripe avocado, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup Bocconcini Mozzarella, drained
  • ½ cup packed basil leaves, sliced
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. Boil asparagus in a large pot of salted water for 1½ minutes, or until fork tender. Be careful not to overcook!
  2. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  3. Add the asparagus, tomatoes, avocados and mozzarella into a large bowl.
  4. In a small bowl or mixing cup combine the basil, oil, lemon juice, mustard and salt and pepper. Mix well until everything is combined and pour over salad ingredients.
  5. Toss to coat.

 

Asparagus, Tomato and Avocado Salad in a creamy lemon vinaigrette! Healthy, quick and delicious! www.maebells.com

Recipe was inspired and adapted from Sunset magazine.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Granola

In my never ending quest to cram as much caffeine as possible into my granola I have created a gem of a recipe.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Granola, all the flavor of your Starbucks favorite in a crunchy, healthy snack!

World, meet Pumpkin Spice Latte Granola. You will wonder how you ever lived without it!

To be fair, this was sort of an accident. I have been feeling rather uninspired lately and was having a hard time thinking of things to share with you. I needed to create some recipes for the blog, but since my creative juices were not yet flowing I opted for our trusty, Mocha Granola recipe. I turned the oven on, got out a mixing bowl, the coconut oil, the honey, the oats, and as a I reached into the cabinet to grab the espresso powder I saw a can of untouched pumpkin.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Granola, all the flavors of your Starbucks favorite in an easy, HEALTHY granola!!

And just like that, plans were changed. Dare I add pumpkin to my trusty recipe?!

When in doubt always, always add pumpkin, I say ;)

Pumpkin Spice Latte Granola, all the flavors of your Starbucks favorite in an easy, HEALTHY snack!!

The rest is history my friends. We devoured this in less than two days. TWO days! It does not have an overwhelming pumpkin or coffee flavor, rather a perfect blend of the two. It really does taste very close to an actual Pumpkin Spice Latte, but of course in a more convenient, less expensive form!

Pumpkin Spice Latte Granola, your Starbucks favorite in a crunchy, healthy snack!

This is seriously the most perfect, healthy, fall snack! You will absolutely love it if you try it!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Pumpkin Spice Latte Granola
Recipe type: Snack, Granola
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Serves: 6+
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ⅓ cup pumpkin
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder (one to go packet)
  • 1 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats (I used gluten free)
  • ⅓ cup pecans
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Combine coconut oil and honey in a medium size mixing bowl.
  3. Microwave 45 seconds or until coconut oil is melted.
  4. Add pumpkin, spices and espresso powder, stir mixture until well dissolved.
  5. Add oats and pecans, stir mixture until all oats are completely covered
  6. Grab a large baking sheet, line with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  7. Spread oats mixture thinly and evenly across the baking sheet.
  8. Bake 10 minutes, stir mixture, bake 10 more minutes.
  9. Remove oats from oven, let them cool.
  10. Store in an air tight container

Check out these other awesome granola recipes!

Mocha Granola

Mocha Granola

Salted Caramel Mocha Granola. All the flavor of your Starbucks favorite in an easy granola! #glutenfree www.maebells.com

Salted Caramel Mocha Granola

Honey Vanilla Almond Granola, healthy and delicious!!

Honey Vanilla Almond Granola

 

 

 

Smoked Buffalo Drumsticks

Drumsticks are smoked until they are perfectly tender then tossed in a tangy buffalo sauce! Ready in under 30 minutes! 

Smoked Buffalo Drumsticks, bet you can't eat just one! Ready in under 30 minutes! #glutenfree

Are you having deja vu? Didn’t I just share a drumstick recipe with you?

Yes, yes I did.

Haven’t I mentioned before that I can be a little obsessive when I find something I like? Well, that is exactly the case with these drumsticks. They are SO easy! I love super quick, simple meals that are devoured in a heart beat. It is the best of both worlds, hardly any effort, and absolutely no left overs!

Smoked Buffalo Drumsticks, bet you can't eat just one! Ready in under 30 minutes! #glutenfree

Just like with the Smoked Drumsticks with Sriracha and Honey Lime sauce I grilled these without a thing on them! Just put them straight on the grill! While the meat was cooking I made a really simple tangy buffalo sauce. After they were done, I tossed them in the sauce and that was it!

Smoked Buffalo Drumsticks, bet you can't eat just one! Ready in under 30 minutes! #glutenfree

We had a delicious, albeit slightly messy dinner on our hands!

If you are making dinner or snacks for a crowd you can grill several pounds of drumsticks and make both the Sriracha sauce and this Buffalo sauce to give a couple options without the work of making an entirely different dish.

Smoked Buffalo Drumsticks, bet you can't eat just one! Ready in under 30 minutes! #glutenfree

 

The sauce works great for chicken wings too! Or if you aren’t a fan of bone in chicken you can brush it right over boneless chicken breast!

And if all else fails, just eat it with a spoon! ;) It’s that good!

Smoked Buffalo Drumsticks
Recipe type: Appetizer
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Serves: 2
 
Drumsticks are smoked until perfectly tender, then tossed in a tangy buffalo sauce! Bet you can't eat just one!
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds drumsticks
  • ⅓ Franks Original Buffalo Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • ¼ teaspoon minced garlic
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. Heat a grill to 375
  2. Place the plain drumsticks directly on the grill and let cook for 25 minutes, turning once while cooking.
  3. Meanwhile, add the sauce ingredients in a small sauce pan and let simmer on medium low while the drumsticks are cooking. You do not want to boil, you just want to heat the mixture so the flavors meld and it thickens a tiny bit.
  4. Remove drumsticks from grill and place in a large bowl with a lid, pour the sauce over the drumsticks, place lid on bowl tightly and shake the bowl to evenly coat the drumsticks.
  5. Garnish drumsticks with any additional sauce left in the bowl.

 

 

Sausage+Cheddar+Summer Squash Waffles

These. Waffles.
Omg. There are just no words.

Sausage+Cheddar+Summer Squash Waffles..the ultimate breakfast! Make ahead of time for a grab and go breakfast! #glutenfree www.maebells.com

Cornmeal+flour+cheddar+sausage+squash+black pepper, a pretty impressive line up if you ask me!

I made these as part of my meal prep for the week. I needed a breakfast dish that could be made ahead of time and reheated quickly for a great grab and go breakfast. I wanted to try to incoporate everything you would want in a full breakfast like protein, veggies, and carbs. These totally fit the bill!

Sausage+Cheddar+Summer Squash Waffles..the ultimate breakfast! Make ahead of time for a grab and go breakfast! #glutenfree www.maebells.com

I have kind of mentioned the prep work I do on the weekends before, but in case you are interested in getting a little more done on the weekends to help during the week I usually divide the work into three categories, breakfast, lunch, and dinner prep. Sometimes I do all of them, and sometimes I don’t. This week in particular I only prepped our breakfast and lunch for the week because our evenings won’t be too busy.

Sausage+Cheddar+Summer Squash Waffles..the ultimate breakfast! Make ahead of time for a grab and go breakfast! #glutenfree www.maebells.com

For breakfast I made these waffles, these Strawberry Muffins, and chopped a big bowl of fruit. For lunch I made these Pizza Puffs, then washed and chopped a bunch of vegetables for easy salads. It just makes life so much easier. Breakfast is ready and lunch just needs to be packed. I generally feel more on top of things when I do a little extra work on the weekends. In my opinion it is a small amount of work that goes a long way.

Sausage+Cheddar+Summer Squash Waffles..the ultimate breakfast! Make ahead of time for a grab and go breakfast! #glutenfree www.maebells.com

Anyway, these waffles. Do it my friend! They are delicious!

Sausage+Cheddar+Summer Squash Waffles
Recipe type: Breakfast
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Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup gluten free Bisquick
  • ¼ cup cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup cooked sausage, crumbled and drained
  • ½ cup shredded squash, as much water removed as possible
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1¼ cup milk
Instructions
  1. Shred the squash (2 small) and place in a small mesh strainer. Using your hands, push as much water as possible from the squash. When you have removed as much water as you can it should measure about half a cup.
  2. In a mixing bowl combine the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt and pepper.
  3. Add the cooked sausage, shredded squash, and cheddar cheese. Stir so it is evenly distributed.
  4. Add the beaten eggs and milk.
  5. Stir very well. Mixture will be thick and lumpy.
  6. Heat a waffle iron according to manufactures directions.
  7. Place batter in the middle of each waffle iron, close and cook according to your waffle makers directions.
  8. My waffles were perfect in about 2 minutes.
  9. Let cook on a wire rack.
  10. To reheat you can microwave for 20 seconds or put in a toaster on medium low setting.