Thanks guys so much for your response to my post yesterday. I actually wasn’t going to blog at all, but all of a sudden I just found myself typing that out. Writing really is therapy for me.
Truthfully, this has just been a hard week. There are a myriad of reasons, and I’m still struggling with the self-doubt. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and this attitude change will likely take awhile as well – but I know I can do it.
After a 6.0 mile run and Body Pump class yesterday I left the gym to see this.
This beautiful Oklahoma sunset seemed to be a sign that everything is going to be okay, as cheesy as that sounds. I get a great sense of peace from nature, so after seeing this breathtaking sight, I felt a lot better about everything.
When I got home I was so hungry I just wanted to grab a spoon and a jar of peanut butter and call it good, but I decided to be more responsible and create a more balanced meal.
My protein intake has been pretty meager lately, and I’ve been feeling pretty sluggish so I wanted a high-protein dinner.
High-Protein Vegetarian Black Bean and Corn Soup
Vegetable oil or cooking spray
1.5 cups frozen or fresh corn
2 cans black beans – drained and rinsed
1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
1 can no-salt added diced tomatoes
Hot sauce (to taste)
1/2 to 1 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon course ground pepper
2% plain Greek yogurt
2% shredded cheddar cheese
Saute corn in cooking spray or oil in a dutch oven for 5 minutes or until tender.
Add vegetable broth, beans, tomatoes (with juice) and spices, bring to a boil.
Reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes or until all ingredients are headed through.
Top with yogurt and cheese (and extra hot sauce, if you’re like me and want you eyes to burn and nose to run throughout soup consumption).
Serve and enjoy!
I’ve got a busy day full of deadlines and appointments and then I’m going to see Zac Brown Band tonight. I need to get movin’!
Have a wonderful Thursday folks!
Q: Do you prefer sunsets or sunrises? (I copied that question from The Bean Trees, but I thought it was a good one.)