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An Odd Obsession

by Meghann on March 22, 2010

I really need to get better at taking my tupperware home. I noticed this afternoon I have quite a collection growing at my desk.

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This doesn’t include the bag of tupperware in one of my desk drawers. Oopss..

I have a slight obsession with tupperware actually. When ever Derek helps with my dishes, he always comments on the fact that more than half my dishwasher is always tupperware. I use tupperware for everything: snacks, left overs, chopped veggies, fruit, bulk bin items, etc. The little plastic containers are the best thing ever. ๐Ÿ™‚

Alright, I know I’m a nerd. I’ll stop now.

Instead let’s talk about the tasty snack I had this afternoon.

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A new favorite of mine: dried fruit with almond butter. A combination full of fiber, protein, and complex carbs that was the perfect pre-gym fuel.

I hit the gym after work and completed the upper body portion of the plan Sarah created for me. Half way through my strength training session a 15 minute ab class broke out on the floor and I decided to join in.

The class was 15 minutes of back-to-back 30 second ab intervals. Surprisingly the class was composed mainly of males (I’m used to ab and back classes being almost all female). But, I could see why it was all males. It was tough and by the end my core was burning.

My new goal is to take that 15 minute class at least two or three times a week. It’s a great work and for someone like me, who hates doing crunches, it’s the perfect amount of motivation.

When I made it back to my apartment I still had no clue what to do for dinner. I was determined to try and be at least a little creative, so I tried my hands at a Mexican Casserole of sorts.

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Ingredients

  • 1 can of Black Beans
  • 1 container of Minute Ready to Serve Brown Rice
  • 1 carrot
  • 1/4 red pepper
  • 1/2 small yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • spinach
  • tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup (?) plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup (?) shredded cheese
  • cilantro
  • S&P

This was an experiment on my part. I basically just threw what ever looked good in a loaf pan and put it in the oven at 375 for 20 minutes. I had an idea of how I wanted it to come out and was pleasantly surprised with the results.

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I topped my serving with plain yogurt and salsa.

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For a meal on a whim, this was pretty darn tasty!

I had another 1/3 of my tropical themed chocomize bar and two thin mints for dessert.

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The basil is growing on me with this bar. I knew it would. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Now I am sitting back with a hot cup of tea and E! True Hollywood Story featuring Kendra. By the way, I still can’t get over the fact that she’s younger than me! Oh well.

Good Night!

1 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) March 22, 2010 at 9:18 pm

I am always dipping dried fruit into my nut butters…no knife nor spoon needed ๐Ÿ™‚ Tupperware=great for the environment. It’s a good obsession!

2 Heather March 22, 2010 at 9:18 pm

girl, you’re killin’ me with that fabulous chocolate! all of that looks really good actually…i love the idea of dried fruit and nut butter…makes perfect sense!

3 Evan Thomas March 22, 2010 at 9:21 pm

I hate getting to that point where rich famous people are younger than me. Ugh

4 Jenny March 22, 2010 at 9:23 pm

That is a great recipe for me! I can make an entire pan and save it up for the week:) Great idea, AGAIN:)

5 kirsten March 22, 2010 at 9:25 pm

I was so surprised to find out Kendra is younger than me also (only by a few months, but still!!)

6 Lacey March 22, 2010 at 9:29 pm

I have a Tupperware obsession too! Instead of having a pile at my desk I usually have a pile in my sink. I admit it, I’m jealous of your dishwasher!

I watched the Kendra episode of THS, and had mixed feelings. I don’t know if I’d feel good about myself by having an older man “pick” me to be his GF based solely on looks. I also don’t like Kendra’s mentality of doing things for sensationalism (aka when she told her Mom she was pregnant while the cameras were rolling).

7 Catherine March 22, 2010 at 9:31 pm

I love Kendra and seriously can’t get over her being younger than me either! While I feel like some of her life choices may be “questionable”, it does make for interesting TV!

Ahh I totally hoard tupperwear both at home and at work!

8 theprocessofhealing March 22, 2010 at 9:47 pm

Yay for the good on the whim recipe!!! It does look really tasty!
I’m a Tupperware FREAK. oh wow. I don’t feel so bad now! ๐Ÿ™‚

9 runningwithsass March 22, 2010 at 9:58 pm

I love tupperware! Have you ever been to a tupperware party? Maybe not a good idea for you!

10 Beth March 22, 2010 at 10:07 pm

I love tupperware too! I like to use the containers that soup comes in for chinese delivery and use them for lunches, snacks, chopped fruit, and leftovers… etc etc etc. I want to try a casserole similar to that.. I have some leftover brown rice and black beans already.. sounds like what I’ll do tomorrow night!

11 Emilyeatsclean March 22, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Nut butters go on anything and everything in my world too!! I love when random dinner concoctions come out tastey!! ๐Ÿ™‚

-emily http://emilyeatsclean.wordpress.com

12 wholesomefoodie March 22, 2010 at 10:24 pm

I randomly turned on E! one day and got hooked on The Girls Next Door. I was immediately drawn in and, like you, I can’t believe Kendra is younger than me!

I won’t even begin about tupperware…there is never any in my apartment because I leave it at work all the time!

13 allie March 22, 2010 at 10:30 pm

i am the worst with tupperware and containers. they easily make the trip into the office, but never seem to make it home. when they start taking over my office i either bring them home en mass or throw them out (i know, so bad!). i am glad i am not the only one!!

14 Emily March 22, 2010 at 10:40 pm

I love E True Hollywood story. Entertaining trashy TV…
I really wish I had some of that chocolate right now, I’m having a total craving – perhaps reading food blogs is not helping. ๐Ÿ™‚

15 Holly March 22, 2010 at 10:47 pm

girls can rock out the ab classes and work just as hard as guys!!!!!!!

16 thewhatkateateblog March 22, 2010 at 11:06 pm

Sometimes I think my opinion of peoples ages is really off. Most of them should not look how they do at their age!

17 Lizz @ Leading the Good Life March 22, 2010 at 11:38 pm

I am, as well, a Tupperware fanatic. I hate when I don’t have the ‘proper’ size for the amount of leftovers I have to store! The top rack of my dishwasher is dedicated to it. I pack breakfast, lunch, & 2 snacks for work, so it doesn’t take long to fill it up. ๐Ÿ™‚

18 Erin March 23, 2010 at 12:05 am

Sounds like a relaxing night! So necessary! ๐Ÿ˜€

19 britchickruns March 23, 2010 at 4:06 am

Ooh that’s a good sounding one-pot dish! I reckon I could rustle something like that up, yay!
That abs class sounds great – I really enjoy doing crunches/sit ups etc ๐Ÿ˜›

20 Rachel @ Suburban Yogini March 23, 2010 at 6:03 am

I too am obsessed with tupperware. I have all sorts of shapes, sizes and colours. It makes me happy but I probably don’t need any of it…..

21 Charlotte March 23, 2010 at 6:41 am

I love rice and beans together – yours looks great!

22 Matt March 23, 2010 at 6:49 am

Great class! How do you like working out after work as opposed to the morning?

23 Meghann March 23, 2010 at 6:53 am

I don’t mind strength training after work, but I feel like I have no endurance for any cardio. I like the idea of running/swimming/biking in the morning and strength training in the evening.

24 Rachel March 23, 2010 at 6:58 am

That core class sounds like it would be right up my ally! I get so bored just doing plain old crunches by myself. Interesting that it was mostly men though…
I am also a tupperware fanatic. I have a whole cupboard full of various tupperware in my kitchen!

25 jentrinque March 23, 2010 at 6:58 am

Oh my gosh, EVERYONE seems younger than me now! Of course, I’ve got a few years on you (I’m 30), but it’s crazy! Celebrities, athletes, police men…everybody is younger. Sigh.

26 M. March 23, 2010 at 7:49 am

Actually plastic containers of any sort liek Tupperware are pretty bad for your health longterm-plastic is just not good for ya(scary!)
I have seen many more glass little containers at stores now-by Pyrex or other companies.They ahve great little sizes-sure a tad heavier but sooo much safer for eatng from (and freezing and heating)
I would put all that tupperware in recycling garbage and replace with glass.
Take care!(I knwo plastic convernient-but leaches into body!)

PS 30 is young…now I feel ancient jenntrinque-I am 41(shockers!!!!!)

27 Anna March 23, 2010 at 7:55 am

Ohhhhh, Kendra ๐Ÿ™‚

I have tons of tupperware at my desk too…and silverware too!

28 Molly March 23, 2010 at 7:57 am

yum! Mexican is my fav!
I love all those plastic goodies too- I usually just end up serving my own dinner in them since I know Ill be using one for leftovers anyway, right?

Happy tuesday!

xo-Molly
http://www.givinganythingbutup.wordpress.com

29 Tyler March 23, 2010 at 8:33 am

i agree, tubberware is pretty awesome. i used to have tubberware that had a divider in the middle perfect for putting a sandwich on one side and sliced tomatoes on the other. (to avoid putting the tomatoes on in the morning and having a soggy sandwich later). at lunch time, i would add my tomatoes to my sandwich. i love tomatoes, and i was beyond happy that this tubberware existed.

i love all your creative meals that you throw together. that casserole look delicious!

30 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday March 23, 2010 at 8:41 am

I like glass containers with plastic lids because I can take the lid off and reheat my food in them. Best investment ever.

31 midgetkeeper March 23, 2010 at 8:45 am

Love creating Mexican dishes on a whim, easy to create something delicious fast!

32 Kelly March 23, 2010 at 8:46 am

I know, it’s shocking right! I always forget I’m older than Kendra. We have tons of tupperwear too. it’s so convenient for leftovers and bringing lunch to work.

33 Katie March 23, 2010 at 8:53 am

You sound like my husband! I will start to wonder where all the tupperware containers are and the next day he’ll come home from work with 2 grocery sacks full. That’s why we buy the stuff in bulk. You can’t ever have too much tupperware.

34 Pure2raw twins March 23, 2010 at 9:15 am

We have a growing collection of tubberware too! Have a big basket full.

Although now we are trying to slowly convert to glass containers, so as the plastic ones break and we get new glass ones.

I love thin mints, we make our own now ; )

35 mary ann March 23, 2010 at 9:25 am

How many servings did your “casserole” make? I feel like I’d have the whole thing!

36 Meghann March 23, 2010 at 9:32 am

It made about 2.5 servings. Or really 2 large servings.

37 Lauren @ Eater not a runner March 23, 2010 at 9:37 am

I can never get over how young Kendra is either…so weird!

38 Retta @ RunRettaRun March 23, 2010 at 9:44 am

I have tons of tupperware too. I also somehow acquire (aka “accidentally steal”) them from my mother-in-law. If I go w/ plastic baggies, I feel like it’s such a waste and I’m CHEAP! Tupperware goes the dollar distance :).

39 postcollegecook March 23, 2010 at 10:14 am

Meghann — it is actually really bad to put plastic tupperware in the dishwasher. When plastic is heated, BPA (a chemical linked with cancer) leaches out, then when you put food in it you are consuming the harmful chemical! I’m slowly converting my tupperware collection to glass Pyrex tupperware, so I can microwave it and wash it in the dishwasher without worrying. But as annoying as it is, for your own health you should start hand washing plastics!

40 inmytummy March 23, 2010 at 10:38 am

My fiance is always threatening to throw away all of my tupperware. I’m always like NOOOOOO.

41 Amy @ Second City Randomness March 23, 2010 at 10:53 am

Sometimes I end up leaving work with two plastic bags of tupperware I’ve accidently left in random spots from my desk to the break room. It happens. And you can never have enough tupperware!

42 Gwen March 23, 2010 at 10:58 am

Ohh I watched that this weekend too! There was so much more to her life than I learned on TGND – which I was a huge fan of. I also have tupperware dominating my dishwasher – it’s one tiny step in trying to be green, by reducing the snack bags I used to use!

43 cara March 23, 2010 at 11:39 am

mmm basil and chocolate sounds marvelous!

44 lowandbhold March 23, 2010 at 11:42 am

I use sooo much tupperware. I take it home each weekend and it’s usually two shopping bags full.

45 janetha March 23, 2010 at 12:21 pm

haha. i am the same way. i have reusable bags full of tupperware at my office. need to take them home!

46 Olivia March 23, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Yes! My dishwasher is all Tupperware too – can you say automatic potion control? Genious!

47 feetinmotion March 23, 2010 at 1:09 pm

When in highschool I did the same thing with my tupperware!! I would take meals to microwave (because those are the best, leftovers beat a cold sandwich anyday) and then I would forget the tupperware in my locker and soon have a collection. Definitely not the most sanitary when people see used tupperware they get a bit grossed out haha.

48 Carolyn @ lovinlosing.com March 23, 2010 at 1:46 pm

I’m better about cleaning it, but it still piles up all over the place.

49 Kelly March 24, 2010 at 12:51 am

I have a slight obsession with tupperware too!! I think it’s a good thing!! Show’s how much pride you take in creating your own meals!!

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