Kinda Sorta Normal

So I had this whole post planned out in my head.  I was going to write about how I kinda sorta feel normal but then other times, I remember what happened and life doesn’t feel normal at all.  One of my kinda sorta normal things that I was going to talk about was how I was cooking and making good dinners.  It was just going to be a little part of my post until I realized that my dinner was really, really good.  And the not normal thing about it: it was a Paula Deen recipe and it was healthy!  And I only had to modify it a little bit.

Paula deen salad

This was Paula Deen’s Southwestern Avocado and Black Bean Salad. I only made a few changes.  Instead of lime juice, I used lemon, simply because I didn’t have lime juice.  Secondly, I only used one can of black beans instead of two and thirdly, I omitted the cheese all together.

Paula deen salad closeup

In the comments of the original recipe, someone said it clocked in at around 600 calories per serving.  I think that with my changes, it’s got to bring it down a bit, right?  (Say yes.)

Also, normal but not really: the amount of time a loaf of banana bread lasts in our house.  Approximately two days.

Banana bread

Jason asked me if banana bread was the same as cake.  I said it was made with whole wheat flour and probably had less sugar but yeah, kinda sorta.

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11 Responses to Kinda Sorta Normal

  1. No, no, no, no, no, Lee. Banana bread is NOT the same thing as cake. Not even close. Crazy girl. ;-)

    I’m glad you are starting to feel kind of normal. You’ve been in my thoughts.

  2. Oh I love banana bread but never make it because my husband won’t eat bananas (I know crazy right?).

  3. Oh yum, both the salad and the bread (er cake? haha) look divine! I love black beans and avocado, I haven’t used that combo lately, I’m thinking I need to try a version of this salad soon! Now I’m craving it.

    I’m so glad you’re SORT of feeling more normal…I know it’ll take you some time my friend.

  4. Totally just had “cake” for breakfast. I can’t even pretend my pumpkin bread was healthy. That does look like a really good salad.

  5. :] I like this post! And banana bread and cake are cousins, right? Because, truthfully, banana bread is yummier than cake. But I think it is healthier? Your dinner sounds really yummy!! I love anything south western style in my meals :)

  6. Your dinner and banana bread look delicious! And I’m glad you are feeling back to normal. The same thing happened to me earlier this year, and it’s so hard to get back to work, life, friends, family, etc. You’ll get there though. And don’t feel bad if it takes a while.

  7. I am glad you are starting to feel a little better. I have been thinking a lot about you!

    And no, banana bread is most definitely not cake. Tooooootally different! ;)

  8. Banana bread is NOT cake. Way different! And better :)

  9. Sometimes the little things like a normal meal are the best way to feel normal and grounded again. I’m glad that’s helping you Lee. Still thinking of you and sending you love!

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