Sunday, April 26, 2009

parque atlântico

my butt... really hurts. the incredible weather we've had the past few days have been perfect bike riding weather. i've been biking about 15km each ride. i think that's enough... for now. it would be ideal if the weather stays nice... because then i won't have any excuses not to go out.

on friday, it was so beautiful out i was inspired to make a nacho dip. i found it online a while ago, and it was a perfect way to celebrate the warmth! it's a summery meal... light... loads of flavour. and most importantly... healthy! i had to modify the recipe a bit... because, that's what i do! and i HAVE to share this one with you. it makes a lot! perfect for a party... and little does everyone know how good it is for them!

never-ending nacho dip...

first layer... the bottom...

1 can of white beans(rinsed)
1 cup low-fat sour cream
2 tbsps taco seasoning

second layer...
1 pkg frozen chopped spinach (thawed, and the water squeezed out)
1 can of green chilies (drained)
5 avocados (just the flesh, please)
1 shallot (roughly chopped)
1 tbsp cilantro
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp taco seasoning
salt and pepper (season to taste)

third layer...
1 container of whipped cream cheese
1 cup of low fat sour cream
1 tbsp lime juice

fourth layer...
1 jar of salsa (i used pace... mild)

fifth layer...
1 napa cabbage shredded
1 cup of cheddar shredded
and.. whatever else you like... red peppers, olives, scallions...

first layer...
into a food processor put... beans, sour cream, and taco seasoning. puree till smooth. pour into a large glass baking dish. cover. and refrigerate, while preparing the second layer.

second layer...
into the food processor put... spinach, avocados, shallots, green chilies, taco seasoning, lime juice, and salt and pepper. pulse till smooth. spread this over the bean layer. and then, back into the fridge.

third layer...
into a bowl (or the food processor) place... cream cheese, sour cream, lime juice. mix till smooth. pour over guacamole layer.

fourth layer...
pour salsa over the creamy cheesy layer...

fifth layer...
and whatever you choose... layer it over the salsa. lettuce, napa cabbage, other veggies... and the cheeeeese!

there you go!!! a super delicious... and what seems like never ending nacho dip. seriously... i've had it for the past... 4 meals. and my mom has had quite a bit as well... and we are only 1/2 way through it. it's tasty though... i'll have it for dinner tonight for sure!

i went shopping again today. sheesh. i went through my closet... and realized that i don't really have a whole lot of clothing. not even any t-shirts. so, that was the goal today. my mom, siobhan and i made the trek to buffalo. we were quite successful! i picked up another light dress to wear in sao miguel, and a HUGE beach bag! perhaps, i should go through my closet... and get rid of the stuff i don't ever wear. yep. that's what i'm going to do.

i found the name of the mall in ponta delgada. and then i found it's website. and then... was able to see the names of all the stores that are there. and then go to the websites... and look at all the super cool and very different clothes, shoes, bags, accessories they have. oh goodness.

102 days till aderito and i are together.


  1. when you say "large baking dish", how large are we talking? 9x13?

  2. hahaha.. yeah, like one of those glass pyrex baking dishes... 9x13 would be perfect.
    are you making it?! ohhh... i had it for lunch, and i'll have it again for dinner. that's a total of 7 meals... mmmm...