This was one of those weeks when I was feeling completely overwhelmed: busy with my job, learning a new computer system at work, trying to cook healthy meals, taking care of kids and house stuff (what’s new), dealing with a two-year old who has absolutely entered the “terrible two’s” stage, working on my blog, etc, etc, etc.
Along with everything else that's going on, tomorrow is our second annual block party. Not that it's a bad thing - it's not. I've been looking forward to it since the day after our block party last year! Everyone brings food to share, which of course is fine, but at this point it's one more thing to do. Find recipes, go shopping, cook. Thinking about all of this made me realize I need "to get a bigger plate"...
Did you ever hear the expression, “When you think you can’t fit any more onto your plate, get a bigger plate”? Life is life, and if it wasn’t busy it would be boring. I think that for most people it feels busy no matter how many hours you work, no matter how many kids you have. It’s time for me to readjust to more responsibilities after a wonderfully relaxed summer. This weekend I’m going to figure some things out and find a bigger “plate” :)
So back to the block party... Our street will be blocked off and the kids will play and we’ll hang out with the best neighbors EVER all afternoon and evening.
I seriously don’t think there is another street as awesome as ours. Everyone is so generous, kind, friendly and fun! So I can’t wait for Saturday. Not wanting to disappoint my neighbors, I wanted to find something quick and easy that everyone would enjoy. This is one of the dishes I’m bringing. It's FAST, easy, inexpensive, healthy, and a crowd-pleaser.
Black Bean and Corn Salsa
This makes a large amount, but when I have it left over I eat it for lunch on it's own, on a bed of spinach, or in a whole wheat tortilla.
3 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
4 cans Rotel tomatoes, half of the liquid drained (I use 2 mild, 2 original)
2 cans mexican corn, drained
1 or 2 fresh tomatoes
1 bunch green onion and or 1/2 red onion
cilantro, salt and pepper to taste
Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Chill for a few hours if you can. Serve with tortilla chips.
I hope everyone has a great weekend! And try to remember: if you're feeling overwhelmed with too much on your plate, get a bigger one so you can still do the things you enjoy .