Warm Me Up

in All Posts

We decided yesterday that today would be lawn care day.  We scheduled a babysitter (thanks, DadHTP) and recruited Nick.  And then, of course, we woke up and it was 25 degrees and sleeting. Gaaaaahhhh.


The show must go on!  Numb fingers are all the better to scrape up leaves with!  Heck, while we’re out here in the slush, why don’t we just trim those hedges, too?!


There are 15 big trash bags of clippings in front of the curb. Winking smile


And now there’s some comfort food in my belly.


This two-person casserole’s secret weapon is… hashbrowns.  You know, the classic rectangle-shaped kind?  Yum.


And cheesy goodness.  Lots and lots of cheesy goodness.


Hashbrown and Bean Casserole

pinterest-button (1)

Ingredients (for two servings):


  • 2 frozen hashbrown patties
  • 1/4 cup sliced onion
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup packed spinach, shredded
  • 1.5 cup mixed beans – I used equal parts canned black beans, white kidney beans, and red kidney beans… be sure to rinse canned beans
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 milk or milk alternative
  • 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese or soy white cheese alternative. 
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper to taste




  • Preheat oven to 350.  Grease a 8×8 casserole dish. 
  • Microwave hashbrowns for two minutes, or until defrosted. Coarsely chop.
  • In a pan, cook sliced onions and olive oil on medium high until onions begin to brown.  Put spinach on top of cooking onions and sauté a few minutes until the spinach wilts.
  • In a bowl, combine onions and spinach with hashbrowns, beans, beaten eggs, milk, cheese, salt, and pepper.  Mix well.
  • Pour in casserole dish and bake for 23 minutes.
  • Remove, let stand for a few minutes, and slice in half.  Serve. 


Thorlo Sock Giveaway Winner


So fun to read about your superpowers!  Teleportation, invisibility, and the ability to read minds were high on the list.  The winner of Thorlo’s amazing running socks is… Debby, who wished to be invisible.  Smile



  • Jack Sh*t January 25, 2013, 2:47 pm

    I honestly don’t know if I’d rather you come over and make me the hash brown yummies or come over and work in my yard…

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More January 25, 2013, 2:48 pm

    Well it sure looks pretty good!! 🙂 I can’t believe you guys were out in the cold weather taking care of the lawn. I guess after the planning to ensure you could do it today, it would be too hard to pick a different day. I hope you made yourself a giant mug of cocoa when you got inside! 🙂

  • Kristen L January 25, 2013, 2:52 pm

    YUM! Your casserole looks so delicious! I think I will definitely have to try this recipe.

    Way to get out and do the yard work even in the freezing temps.

  • Nicole January 25, 2013, 3:09 pm

    I’ve had a box of those hashbrowns lingering in the freezer for awhile. I’ll have to make these! I already have black beans in the fridge, but I’ll have to sub kale for the spinach.

  • Lauren @ Eat Like An Elephant January 25, 2013, 4:07 pm

    YUM! I have to try this- going to be hitting up TJs for some hash browns this weekend for sure 🙂

  • Jessica R @ From the Kitchen to the Road January 25, 2013, 5:06 pm

    That casserole is making me very hungry!

  • Christi @ ByeByeYoYo January 25, 2013, 5:19 pm

    That casserole looks so intriguing, yum!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 25, 2013, 6:44 pm

    That casserole looks ah-mazing!!!!

  • Kattrina January 25, 2013, 9:15 pm

    I can’t believe you did yard work in such cold weather. You are a brave one. It was in the low 20s and snowing here. I have no yard so all I had to do was walk the dog. It was a cold walk though. And that hash brown casserole looks yummy. It’s hard to go wrong with hash browns, beans, and cheese!

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun January 25, 2013, 9:29 pm

    Well if it makes you feel any better where I live it is currently 7 degrees and we have 2 feet of snow on the ground and more coming down. haha it’s so awesome let me tell you! (complete sarcasm)

  • Meghan January 25, 2013, 9:56 pm

    Yum! I love the idea of the hash browns. This looks like the perfect comfort food for the bitter weather we have been having.

  • Sara@RunningInPinkProject January 25, 2013, 10:18 pm

    That casserole is making my stomach growl. Mmmm.

  • Alex @ Raw Recovery January 25, 2013, 10:50 pm

    I miss those TJs hashbrowns. I discovered them right before I moved back to Colorado but they were wonderful. Oh nostalgia.

  • Penny January 25, 2013, 11:10 pm

    I am so making that. That looks amazing.

  • Jacquelynn January 25, 2013, 11:17 pm

    Are you eating dairy now? Does Henry tolerate any dairy? I might have missed it if you already mentioned it. That casserole looks so good!

    • Caitlin January 26, 2013, 9:15 am

      No, I used soy cheese.

  • Debby January 25, 2013, 11:21 pm

    Hashbrowns? YUMMY!! Especially after some hard work!!
    And thanks for the socks!! Cant wait to give em a try!!

  • Natalie @fitjamericangirl January 26, 2013, 9:09 am

    How is that I’ve never thought of this? I LOVE hash browns, although I havent had them in years.

  • Angela January 26, 2013, 5:48 pm

    I’m not so great at yardwork…luckily I live in a condo at the moment so I am not responsible for it… one day. 🙂

  • Emily @ Hungry Delights January 27, 2013, 3:44 am

    That recipe looks soo yumm. Can’t really get access to blackbeans/hashbrowns like that where I live in Aus 🙁
    xo Emily

  • Jill January 27, 2013, 10:11 pm

    That cracks me up—that you’re doing yard work on January 25th. Here, in Edmonton, Alberta, we’ve had snow since October!

Healthy Tipping Point