Showing posts with label Food. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Food. Show all posts

Monday, June 3, 2019

Meatless Monday Slow Cooker Enchilada Orzo

It might be a little surprising to find out that I don't put away the slow cooker when the weather starts to get warm. And apparently I'm not alone in this. For delicious, make-ahead, warm weather meals, nothing beats a slow cooker. Not only are you spending pennies on electricity, you're also not sweltering in the kitchen. So for a delicious, nutrient-packed Meatless Monday meal, I'm sharing this super easy Slow Cooker Enchilada Orzo recipe with readers!


  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 (10-ounce) can mild enchilada sauce
  • 1 (4.5-ounce) can green chilies, drained
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup corn kernels (whatever you have around)
  • 1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, cubed
  • 2 cups uncooked orzo pasta
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • Tortilla chips


  1. Place diced tomatoes, enchilada sauce, green chilies, vegetable broth, corn and black beans into your slow cooker. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Stir until well combined.
  3. Top with cream cheese.
  4. Cover and cook on low heat for 7-8 hours or high heat for 3-4 hours.
  5. Uncover and stir until cream cheese is well combined. Stir in orzo. Cover and cook on high heat for an additional 15-30 minutes. Add more vegetable broth as needed until the desired consistency is reached.
  6. Serve garnished with cilantro and tortilla chips.

Just as with the previous vegan recipes that I've shared, this one can also easily accommodate fish or chicken. Of course you'll probably want to stick with the vegan version to celebrate Meatless Monday. Also if you're looking for the perfect Slow Cooker, the one that I use is a Crock Pot Cook & Carry.  Whatever way to choose to eat this sumptuous meal -- Good Eating To You! 

Friday, January 4, 2019

New Year New Hue: Color Expert Tips To Help You Achieve Your 2019 New Year’s Resolutions

We’ve all made our 2019 resolutions, and day four into the New Year you’re probably finding those goals as challenging to keep as we are! Fortunately, internationally renowned Color Expert Kate Smith has shared her knowledge with us on how color can help guide 2019 into a New Year and a New You. Scratch that -- it’s a New Year, New Hue! And Team TME has Kate’s tips that we’re sharing with our amazing readers!

Knowing that color can have a direct impact on your emotions, behavior, and mood, we’ve identified the top eight common New Year’s resolutions. Kate offers tips on the best colors for each resolution and how to best utilize color to help achieve these goals in 2019.

The most popular New Year’s resolutions:
  1. Get Fit and Stay Healthy
  2. Spend More Time with Family and Friends
  3. Fall In Love
  4. Lose Weight and Eat Healthier
  5. Find a New Hobby
  6. Live Life to the Fullest
  7. Spend Less, Save More
  8. Get Organized

Kate Smith’s Tips for Achieving Your New Year’s Resolutions Utilizing Color

1. Get Fit and Stay Healthy: Wearing red will make you more productive when doing an activity as it represents the color of physicality, which stimulates muscular movement and strength. Green will boost your mood and decrease your perception of the exertion level, making you more likely to exercise, and to exercise more vigorously. Winning colors: red & green!

2.  Spend More Time with Family and Friends: If spending more time with friends and family is a priority for you in 2019, the colors yellow and orange will help to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Yellow makes you feel happier and will stimulate two-way conversations while orange is uplifting, optimistic, and inspires spontaneity. Whether it’s accenting your home with a yellow lamp or orange rug, or setting the dinner party tablescape with these accent colors, using one or both of these colors in your home will encourage people to gather and talk. Winning colors: yellow & orange!

3. Fall In Love: Red is known as the color for attracting attention but did you know that it could also make you more attractive to others? Surrounding yourself with the appeal-enhancing power of the color of love and romance may be all it takes to woo someone new. Winning color: red!

4. Lose Weight and Eat Healthier: There are a few simple steps that will go a long way if weight loss is your goal. The color green inspires healthy food choices and triggers you to think of vegetables and fresh foods. Even better, green food on a green plate will encourage you to take larger portions of these nutritious, healthy foods. Another simple way to alter your eating habits is to use plates with colors that contrast to the colors of the food you are eating. Portions appear larger against a contrasting background color, and in turn, you tend to eat less. Winning color: green!

5. Find a New Hobby: If you’re looking to ignite a new passion, blue is the color for you! The color blue makes you more imaginative and encourages innovation and risk-taking. Combine soft, muted blues to calm your mind with bright, intense shades that get your creativity flowing. Stimulating the brain will open your mind up to finding a new interest or learning something new. Try painting the walls of your office or workspace blue -- or buy wall art in this color. Winning color: blue!

6. Live Life to the Fullest: Want to achieve this New Year’s resolution in 2019? Yellow and green are colors that help you feel upbeat and balanced. A bright shade of yellow is optimistic and enhances happiness while nature-inspired green is refreshing and encourages harmony. Try an activity you’ve been longing to experience or plan a trip to a desired destination to live life in full color! Winning colors: yellow & green!

7. Spend Less, Save More: The best advice for anyone looking to spend less and save more this year is to give your wallet a colorful, wealth-attracting makeover. Color has energy that can trigger your desire to save and the top colors for this are green, gold and red. Green correlates with growth, wealth and cash, gold relates to building a fortune, abundance, and positive feelings, and red is a color of success, strength and good luck. Carry a smart, organized wallet in a color that supports your saving goals. Winning colors: green, gold & red!

8. Get Organized: The best motivator to getting organized in 2019 is setting deadlines. Orange and red make you feel like there is an urgent problem that needs to be solved. Use these colors to spur yourself into action and put your resolution into action. Winning colors: orange & red!

You can find many of the amazing treasures, mentioned above, at T.J.Maxx and Marshalls and more color tips from Kate Smith online at Sensational Color!