Mini Santa Fe Casseroles

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I was determined to do something different in the kitchen for dinner that was within the Crap Free Week guidelines.


Using this recipe of mine as  a base, I made Mini Santa Fe Casseroles.


They were so delightful — and easy!


Ingredients (for 1 serving):


  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup brown rice
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup black beans
  • 1/8 cup chopped green peppers
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup pasta sauce




  • Heat over to 350.
  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
  • Grease the inside of three cupcake tins.
  • Pour mix into tins.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes or until firm.
  • Let cool for about 2 minutes before popping out of tins.
  • Add 1/4 cup of organic pasta sauce on the side for dipping.


This recipe definitely helped me break the monotony of Crap Free Week! I ate about 2.25 of the casseroles. 


Other snacks this afternoon included…. apricots (no picture) and dates.


And PB with carrots


Today was my "Rest Day" so I took the opportunity to clean up the house. 🙂 I did walk to the post office to mail my dad’s present… it was a nice 10-minute each-way stroll. 


In regards to the afternoon post about babies… In response to my comment that, "You can’t crate a baby while you go for a 10 mile run.  Enough said." … My Dad e-mailed me with, "Not only did we crate you regularly, but we kept you on a leash." 


Hahah… have you ever seen those rowdy kids at the malls with leashes on their wrists or backpacks?  Yea… that was me!  You?



  • Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) February 10, 2009, 7:07 pm

    using cupcake tins is such a good idea, such an easy way to have portion control. I’ve done this with turkey meatloafs before. It was pretty good!

  • Briana February 10, 2009, 7:18 pm

    Haha, those leashes crack me up, no offense. And no, I was not leashed. 🙂 Also, thanks for the muffin tin idea.

  • Meghann February 10, 2009, 7:31 pm

    haha I love your dad!
    I was on a leash too! There were 4 of us under the age of 4 my parents had to control us somehow!

  • jenngirl February 10, 2009, 7:31 pm

    Those look delightful! You always have the most creative recipes 🙂

    haha Those kids on leashes freak me out…I was never a child that needed a leash, I was too afraid of strangers!

  • Erin February 10, 2009, 7:34 pm

    Haha, I had a leash but I refused. I promised I would hold my own hand, lol.
    Those mini casseroles are cute!

  • ksgoodeats February 10, 2009, 7:36 pm

    Haha – kid leashes crack me up!!

    Love that recipe 🙂

  • redheadedjournal February 10, 2009, 7:39 pm

    Those leashes are soooooo funny!

  • Mica February 10, 2009, 7:45 pm

    I was a leash baby, but apparently, my parents felt bad about it and never did it again. I wasn’t allowed to play with Barbies though…

  • just me February 10, 2009, 7:56 pm

    my mom totally had a leash for my brothers…since there was the both of them as babies at one time…i was the good little girl…didnt’ need a leash. hahah

  • Justine February 10, 2009, 8:02 pm

    We may have had those leashes as well. I vaguely remember that.

  • dailygoods February 10, 2009, 8:10 pm

    haha you must have been a wild child, and so much fun!! lovin the mini casseroles, sounds like you can’t wait for the cf week to be over with! Thanks for the post 🙂 you are too sweet! i was so excited!!!!

  • LaughingLindsay February 10, 2009, 8:43 pm

    Not only did my parents use the leash, they threatened a helmet.

  • Nutritious is Delicious February 10, 2009, 8:56 pm

    I am totally making those when I go home over spring break! YUM!

  • HangryPants February 10, 2009, 8:57 pm

    Caitlin, I keep telling you that you and Mark have such similar personalities, and now I am convinced that you were separated at birth because OF COURSE he was on a leash at the mall.

  • Ryan (chasing daylight) February 10, 2009, 8:59 pm

    Haha! I definitely had a leash when I visited Disney World at 3 years old! lol

    Your minis look adorable and yummy! Great job!

  • Lora February 10, 2009, 9:18 pm

    i was such a leash child. i ran away all the time. there are pics of me in dsineyland on a leash! how horrible…being in the most wonderful place on earth, chained to your parents’s sides…normal children just dont understand 🙂

  • bb February 10, 2009, 9:38 pm

    Oh yes, I had a leash. My mom claims to have only leashed me once in an airport, but I like to blame all my adult psychological problems on my childhood leashings.

  • sweetandfit February 10, 2009, 10:00 pm

    these are so cute! regarding the peanut butter cup blizzard – I fully agree that you get to eat whatever the hell you want that weekend since youll be burning an obscene amount of calories =)

  • Marian's eats February 10, 2009, 10:11 pm

    Your eats are truly inspiring! take care and have a great night!

  • Bec February 10, 2009, 10:13 pm

    What a cute idea little cup cake casseroles!

  • Kailey (SnackFace) February 10, 2009, 10:57 pm

    You were one of those? Haha I kid. The leashes for children have always freaked me out a bit though.

    I love your recipe:)

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy) February 10, 2009, 11:16 pm

    Both my kids are “leash worthy” but I just can’t do it to ’em.

    About 3 miles is my limit with the dual jogging stroller.

  • Elizabeth (thelongweigh) February 10, 2009, 11:41 pm

    I think it’s so funny and so sad all at once to see little kids on leashes! Love it.

    Great dinner! I love the pre-portions!

  • sarah February 11, 2009, 4:04 am

    you might not be able to crate them, but you can definitely bring them along in a running stroller! or leave them home with the husband 🙂 i plan on using both strategies when i have babies someday not TOO far into the future.

  • sarah February 11, 2009, 4:05 am

    oh and enjoy the blizzard! you DEFINITELY will deserve it after all the racing!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point February 11, 2009, 4:37 am

    haha i cant believe how many of you were leashed as well!

  • imadedinner February 11, 2009, 5:30 am

    I had a metaphorical leash called “the fear of mom”!!! If I ran away, I’d have to deal with her wrath…way more scary than a real leash!

  • RhodeyGirl/Sabrina February 11, 2009, 7:08 am

    it’s interesting what you discovered about CFW because I actually found the opposite for me.. I feel EXTREMELY different eating the South beach diet way these past 2 weeks… like… cravings are gone (for ANYTHING sugary) and I have wayyyy more energy then when I eat my usual whole grain bread/couscous/pasta.

    And re: trolls? I can’t believe the hideous bride comment. that is so mean. the worst I’ve gotten so far are the ones I sent you many months ago.. and it turns out i KNOW the person that sent them. how rude. the rest have been tolerable.

    have a fabulous day gorgeous!

  • brandi February 11, 2009, 7:41 am

    that’s funny what your dad said!

    I never had a Kid leash, but I think I wanted one! Too funny.

  • sarahdbelle February 11, 2009, 8:01 am

    Those casseroles look yummy!

    Fortunately, I don’t think they had those leashes when I was little; they became big a few years later ; )


  • skinnyrunner February 11, 2009, 8:53 am

    thats hilarious what your dad said. too funny.

  • Missy February 11, 2009, 9:31 am

    I was on a leash too! I was always wandering away from my parents and getting lost. It was the only way to keep me close to them!

  • Dori February 11, 2009, 9:33 am

    Hahahaha I was waiting for Missy to comment before commenting — your post made me think of her! She told me how she was on a leash and I think it is the cutest thing ever!

  • aron February 11, 2009, 10:15 am

    lol at your dad 🙂

    those casseroles look SO good! i might have to try them tonight!

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