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A quick and delish dinner

Simple Tortilla Casserole
Prep time: 10 minutes; Baking time: 30 minutes

Purchased ingredients:                                                   Prepped ingredients:

Whole grain tortillas                                                           Grated cheddar and jack cheese
Salsa or chili sauce                                                            Chopped cilantro
Black olives, drained                                                          Chopped green and purple cabbage
Grilled peppers, canned or jar, drained
Black or pinto beans, drained

  1. Pour a bunch of salsa or chili verde sauce into the bottom of a 9 x 13 glass casserole dish.
  2. Place 3 tortillas on top of the salsa or sauce.
  3. Cover with ½ of the cheese.
  4. Beans next.
  5. Then peppers.
  6. Sprinkle on the cilantro and olives.
  7. Layer with more torts.
  8. Top it off with a healthy dousing of salsa or chili sauce.
  9. Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 28 minutes.
  10. Remove foil, sprinkle on remaining cheese and bake 2 more minutes.
  11. Top with a lot of cabbage at the table for added zip and crunch.

This dinner is so quick, so yummy, and so simple, that you won’t even mind that it is a complete protein, high fiber, and low fat meal!

My choice is to shop at our local co-op for all canned or prepared items; I buy organic and I recommend you consider this as well—there will be no added fats, coloring, sweeteners, preservatives, etc. Having said that, the point here is to have a quick and delish dinner, you should buy whatever you think is best.

You already know that I am not a recipe user. I love free flow creativity in the kitchen. This dish can have virtually anything you want to put in it that you and your family like and that maintains the Mexican or Spanish flavor. And of course, you can leave out any of the ingredients that don’t thrill you.

Finally, I sometimes buy a bunch of rice to go with this dinner. There’s a fab little Mexican place in town, called Tortilla Grill, which uses all organic ingredients for their rice and beans. It makes me feel better to bring that kind of rice home for an easy side dish to an already simple dinner. The big box food stores sell cooked Mexican or Spanish style rice also, again your choice. Occasionally, if I am feeling really sassy, I will throw the rice into the casserole, on top of the beans to bake into the cheesy goodness!

Enjoy this meal—it is one that kids and spouses like—if you have them around the house—and either way, you’ll love it because of the ease and taste!

HeartMatters News – Issue 3

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In this issue…
Mindful Response
Eat Well
Get Moving!
Your Heart Matters July 2009

Issue 3


Greetings,

HeartMatters logoFor your reading and learning pleasure — Enjoy!



To Your Optimal Health,

Robin



Monthly Quote:


I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning to sail

my ship.

–Louisa May Alcott

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Mindful Response

60 seconds is all it takes…


It is well accepted that in our society, we are immersed in a fast paced way of life. Much is known about the potential negative consequences of unrelieved stress on both our physical and emotional health. While there may be some opportunity to alleviate your own personal stress triggers to some extent, two more realistic and immediate choices are available to you. One is to modify the manner with which you respond to a stress trigger, and the other is to practice the elicitation of a relation response on a regular basis.

Both of these choices are appealing, because both are attainable, pleasant, and very beneficial.


read more…


Navigate the Food Highway

Or how to enjoy eating well

Food temptation is everywhere! Tantalizing samples in the grocery store, candy and chips at the checkout stand, chocolate covered strawberries in the downtown specialty store window, and who can resist the aroma wafting from Cinnabon at the mall?

read more…



Get Moving!

Your body and mind will thank you for it



  • Decide on a physical activity that you enjoy and one that is readily available to you.
·    Think about expense, weather, and time management.
  • Write a realistic physical activity goal.
·    For instance, “I will walk 2 days this week for 15 minutes”, or “I will attend a yoga class this Friday”.
  • Consider enlisting an “exercise buddy”.
·    This is certainly not mandatory, but if there is a fun friend out there who is expecting your arrival for a walk or class, there will be an element of accountability that may keep you going. Not to mention the added fun and pleasure you will experience in the sharing.



Workshops

Learning and growth opportunity

For 20 years, Robin has been promoting optimal health and lifestyle by facilitating workshops and seminars on a wide spectrum of topics.

Her easy-to-understand manner and real-life anecdotes offer an informative and pleasant learning experience for all participants. Whether your group is interested in eating for health, fitness, risk factor identification and modification, or relaxation for stress management, Robin has the clinical knowledge to provide relevant, science-based information.  Let her bring her inspiring message about achieving optimal health to your company, professional group, or service organization.


learn more…



Take Action
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About HeartMatters

The dynamic process of behavior change becomes a reality when you identify your health vision, from which we will create realistic daily and weekly goals that bring you ongoing success and forward movement. Optimal lifestyle management is a long-term commitment that is within reach. Contact me today learn how you can enjoy optimal physical and emotional health and well-being.


www.heartmatters.pro



HeartMatters News – Issue 2

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In this issue…
Mindful Living
Eat Well
Get Moving!
Your Heart Matters June 2009

Issue 2


Greetings!

HeartMatters logoFor your reading and learning pleasure — Enjoy!


To Your Optimal Health,

Robin




Monthly Quote:





We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent.   Because this

is

our life.

–Steve Jobs


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Mindful Living

Be Present In The Moment


Life is hectic!  Our days are filled with commitments, family, obligations, activities (hopefully exercise fits in here), shopping and cooking, reading, driving to and fro…it’s a busy day. Many of us live in a “hurry up and get it done” mode-either multi-tasking two or three activities at the same time, or while in the midst of completing one task, already thinking about what is next on the list to do.

When did we buy in to this mode of existence-getting as much done in one day as humanly possible?





Eat Well

Tricks of the trade…Restaurant Survival 101

Imagine This: A much-anticipated dinner at that new restaurant you have been so eager to try, perhaps in celebration of an anniversary or a promotion. It’s been a busy day without much time for lunch.  You are ravenous when the hostess seats you, and thrilled when the bread, oil, and balsamic vinegar arrives.  Marveling at the chewy texture of the ciabatta while enjoying a glass of wine, you contemplate the menu. Along with the divine roasted beet, arugula, and goat cheese salad, you enjoy a second and maybe a third piece of bread. When the entrée arrives twenty minutes later, you are amazed to find that you are no longer very hungry!

Of course you feel compelled to try the entrée, which is delicious, leading to an enticement for a couple more bites, and before you know it, you are uncomfortably full! Does this sound familiar?



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Get Moving!

Your body and mind will thank you for it

Does the word “moving” conjure images of sweat, grunts, and aching muscles? Have you enjoyed a Zumba class on a Friday after work, only to rise Saturday morning with a stiff back? Or joined a gym with the best intention of managing your weight, gaining energy, and becoming fit, to find that after a valiant initial 6 week effort you have become quite skilled at finding more and more excuses that prevent your maintaining a workout schedule?

Moving does not have to be an Olympic effort. Movement should not be “hard”, unpleasant, or expensive. What moving should be is fun, varied, stimulating, and within your comfort zone.


read more…



Workshops

Learning and growth opportunity

For 20 years, Robin has been promoting optimal health and lifestyle by facilitating workshops and seminars on a wide spectrum of topics.

Her easy-to-understand manner and real-life anecdotes offer an informative and pleasant learning experience for all participants. Whether your group is interested in eating for health, fitness, risk factor identification and modification, or relaxation for stress management, Robin has the clinical knowledge to provide relevant, science-based information.  Let her bring her inspiring message about achieving optimal health to your company, professional group, or service organization.

learn more…



Take Action
About HeartMatters

The dynamic process of behavior change becomes a reality when you identify your health vision, from which we will create realistic daily and weekly goals that bring you ongoing success and forward movement. Optimal lifestyle management is a long-term commitment that is within reach. Contact me today learn how you can enjoy optimal physical and emotional health and well-being.

www.heartmatters.pro



HeartMatters News – Issue 1

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In this issue…
Relaxation As Medicine
Eat Well
Workshops
Your Heart Matters May 2009

Issue 1


Greetings!


HeartMatters logoFor your reading and learning pleasure — Enjoy!


To Your Optimal Health,

Robin


Monthly Quote:




Wheresoever

you go,

go with

all your heart.

-Confucius








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Relaxation As Medicine

The Benefits of Quieting Your Mind

Adults experience an average of 50 stress responses a day!  Whether you are awakened in the night by a wrong number phone call, can not find your car keys in the morning, or share in a difficult conversation with a colleague, each stress response has a negative impact on your physical and emotional health.

One way to diminish this negative impact is to take a moment or two out of your busy day for an intentional relaxation break, called Eliciting the Relaxation Response.



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Eat Well

Plan Ahead, Nourish Your Body and Mind

The demanding schedule of the busy professional may not include foods that support optimal health. Eating well does not take an excessive amount of time and can be realistically incorporated into even the busiest calendar.

Real food nourishes the body and the mind, benefiting physical and emotional health and well-being. Processed and fast foods do not support optimal health and are associated with an increased risk for diabetes, coronary disease, and cancer–just the opposite of real foods. Planning ahead to increase your access to real food takes about an hour per week and is a totally worthwhile endeavor!


read more…

Workshops

Learning and growth opportunity

For 20 years, Robin has been promoting optimal health and lifestyle by facilitating workshops and seminars on a wide spectrum of topics.

Her easy-to-understand manner and real-life anecdotes offer an informative and pleasant learning experience for all participants. Whether your group is interested in eating for health, fitness, risk factor identification and modification, or relaxation for stress management, Robin has the clinical knowledge to provide relevant, science-based information.  Let her bring her inspiring message about achieving optimal health to your company, professional group, or service organization.

learn more…



Take Action
About HeartMatters

The dynamic process of behavior change becomes a reality when you identify your health vision, from which we will create realistic daily and weekly goals that bring you ongoing success and forward movement. Optimal lifestyle management is a long-term commitment that is within reach. Contact me today learn how you can enjoy optimal physical and emotional health and well-being.

www.heartmatters.pro


“When I began to work with Robin as a client, she immediately recognized that my success involved more than treating issues relating to my heart. Her knowledge and caring has given me the opportunity and confidence to improve my overall health and mental outlook for the future. I have received excellent care from many doctors but what may be more important is that Robin has made me want to do more for myself.
—Pat G., Client

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