Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Baseball and Cuban Style Pineapple, Rice & Beans

You have to love the shortened work week that follows a three day weekend! My week has been off to a great start (and I hope yours has as well!). Monday started with a six miler outside:

baseball 001 Followed by lots of errands and housework. The day ended with dinner at Taco Boy and a Charleston River Dogs baseball game with Lindsay & Patrick. Taco boy is a funky restaurant with two locations, one in Charleston and one in Folly. We hit up the Charleston location. Check out the cool decor inside:

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We shared some chips and salsa (their chips were great- not greasy at all!) and I got the taco salad for dinner. My taco salad was missing a few of the ingredients mentioned on the menu and came with one tiny sliver of avocado. I was a little disappointed. On the flip side, the roasted corn in the salad was delicious:

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After dinner, we headed out to the baseball game. The weather was perfect and the stadium is beautiful:

 baseball 005 Josh & I:

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Me, Lindsay & Patrick (hahaha)

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The game was ….slow? I have no idea who even won! We left in the 9th and the score was still 0,0.

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Today was back to the grind! After the usual work, I did a bit of cleaning and taught Body Attack.

For dinner, I made up Cuban Style Pineapple Rice & Beans (with Turkey for Josh):


  • 1/2 or 1 full 15 oz can Cuban style black beans (or you can use regular black beans and add in some additional spices (cumin & chili powder), onion & garlic)

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  • 8 oz can pineapple (either tidbits or chunks), drained or fresh cut pineapple
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped
  • 1/2 lb turkey (if using)
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice (I used Success)
  • 1 tablespoon oil (utilize 1/2 tablespoon if cooking beans only)


  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add turkey and cook through (until no longer pink)
  • Lower heat to medium and add black beans, pineapple, salsa and jalapenos. Heat through (~5 minutes)
  • Place cooked mixture on top of brown rice
  • Enjoy!

Easy dinner! And can be made for vegetarians and meat eaters alike! You can also play around and add some more veggies (peppers and onions would be fantastic!). Serves 2 or 3.

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Also, on a side note, look at this adorable apron Lindsay gave me for my birthday (love it- thank you girl!):

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What is your week looking like? Anything exciting to look forward to?


Jessica @ How Sweet said...

That apron is so cute! And we love those black beans from TJs.. so good!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

what a cute apron!!! I have so many but never wear them b/c i never remember to put them on..haha!

The rice and beans with pineapple...love the sweet infusion to the savory..mmmmm, good!!

Kelsey said...

i made some black beans last night mmm mmm mmm so good cuban style i bet!! rice and beans with pineapple, ohhh girl- that looks fabulous!! <3

Stephanie in Suburbia said...

That apron is super cute! I need to start wearing aprons so I can have cute ones like that.

Heather said...

I absolutely heart black beans. I swear I could eat them every day. :)

And what a great time with Lindsay and P! She's so sweet to get you that gift.....

BroccoliHut said...

Aaah! Seth gave me the exact same apron for an anniversary present! Love it:)

dinnersanddreams.net said...

There is something about black beans that's very satisying. This dish certainly looks satisying and delicious.

Lauren said...

Oh my, what is a taco salad without the loads of avocado?!?! How disappointing. :(

You know, I was just thinking of a recipe to use with these same beans because I knew I bought them my last TJ trip. When I went to look for them, they weren't there. I guess I used them already but I was so bummed because I had a great recipe in the works. Oh well, at least I'm making a trip to TJ's this weekend. I'll have to get more!

Hope you had a fabulous day love!

Jenna said...

I absolutely love that apron! Too cute.

I haven't seen those black beans at TJ's before. Maybe it's an excuse to visit this week? ;)

homecookedem said...

How sweet of Lindsay! That apron is too adorable - very you!! :)

Your cuban style pineapple, rice & beans looks wonderful!! Great combo of ingredients!!

fittingbackin said...

That dinner looks great! Loving the new apron too. :) I've been to taco boy! Loved it!!!

I'm looking forward to this weekend! We're off to B'ham for a Friday night football game and a day with the Velotas's, Porter's, Carden's and more to celebate a first birthday party + day of football!

Stephanie @cookinfanatic said...

so excited about the short work week! and i love the idea of the spicy beans with the sweet pineapple... omg i bet this would be sooo good with coconut rice too! yay for new ideas, thanks girl :)

Julie said...

i would like it if i could have a nice looking cuban make me some rice n beans ;) hahahaha totally kidding

what a fun weekend! i love how you and lindsay hang all the time now! it's so awesome that you guys are real/bloggie friends!

lynn @ the actors diet said...

i've been eyeing that can of cuban black beans at tj's for a while now - i'll have to go and get 'em

Maria said...

Sounds like a fun day! Love all the beans:) We are still working on the house, but the cabinets should be in by the end of the week. Hopefully:)

Samantha said...

That apron is adorable! What a great gift :) I think I own one apron--that would explain my dirty clothes after baking!

Alisa said...

Love the apron! Adorable. The rice and beans look great too, and such a simple idea.

Christina said...

hahaha look at patrick in the background!! taco boy @ folly is a bajillion times better. i don't like the one downtown either. the patio is pretty though! cuteeeee apron!! :)

glidingcalm said...

I used to make black beans or fat free refried beans like that alllllll the time!! I always add tons of salsa, cumin, and coriander!! soooo delish!! Speaking of Cuban, tomorrow some friends are taking me to a Cuban restaurant that they all adore, and CANT BELIEVE i havent been to yet! Should be deeeeeeelish!!

Hugs! And happy Wednesday!!!!!!!!

Lindsay @ http://pancakesnpajamas.blogspot.com/ said...

Patrick is a nut! Isn't he? That's such a cute picture of us though. I bet a little coconut butter would be a great little addition to the rice and beans. That was disappointing they didn't hook you up with avocado. We need to try the Folly location on day. See you for coffee tonight!

MizFit said...

Im looking forward to...hmmm.
Ill check back with you.

how about the weekend?
saturday date night?

Im going with that.

Anne Marie said...

I love that apron!! I need to invest in one :)

Joy R3FitShow said...

I will have to try that roasted corn on the next taco salad I make!

Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather said...

Gosh it's been so long since I've gone to a baseball game. Even if it's a slow oner they are always fun with good friends. I love the spin on beans and rice!

Angharad said...

Adorable apron!! My bestie bought me a super cute black and red polka dot one for my birthday last year!

Love the cuban black bean dish - pineapple is such a good addition to savoury stuff, isn't it?

P.S. If only you lived closer to the midwest missy - meet ups would most certainly be happening on the regular!

Holly said...

Yummmm that dish sounds absolutely delicious! Pineapple can make anything better, right??

I love baseball games! But, yeah...they can be slow. :-) At least it looks like you had great weather for it!

Kimberly said...

The Cuban Style Pineapple, Rice & Beans looks delish. I think it would be a great meal to make, and use the leftovers for lunch.

My week is slammed as I try to catch up at work from the long weekend. I also have to get 2 training runs in, along with teaching an aerobics class at my church. Thankfully, I have my nieces 1st Birthday party on Saturday to look forward to and to keep me motivated to push thru.

Corey @ the Runner's Cookie said...

Glad you had a nice long weekend! The bean and rice dish looks delicious - quick meals that don't taste like they're quick are my favorite!

Beth @ DiningAndDishing said...

Such a cute apron! What a sweet gift :).

I'm excited for this week: my parents come to town on Fri and it's my first half marathon on Sun! Eek!

Krista said...

The rice and beans dish looks amazing! I'll have to give it a whirl!

Stacey said...

That is a cute apron. That's crappy that your salad came missing some stuff.

Sarah said...

Your taco salad looks yummy even if it was disappointing. And I agree, one sliver of avocado is sad :(

CUTE apron, what a nice gift!

I haven't tried TJ's cuban-style beans, I'll have to give them a go.

Oh, and one more thing: your average heart rate is my max nowadays. Pathetic! :P

CaSaundraLeigh said...

I love all the restaurants you have in your area--the Taco Boy looks so fun! And that apron is fabulous. Pink/brown are the best colors together!

tam said...

I have a polka dot apron it makes my baking much better I'm sure! x x

*Naomi* said...

ohh those beans look so good!! i love your sungasses you are looking so hawwwttt

ah thats the cutest apron!!

Campinggirl said...

Love the apron!
We used to go to baseball games and ask to sit on the sunny side of the field so that we could get sun :) We never had any idea who won but it was still fun.

Bridget said...

LOVE the apron!! So cute! I love how they look like cute dresses. At least baseball games are fun to just be at, even if its slow and uneventful. That cuban beans/pineapple sounds so delicious, Brian would love that too!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

way to rock that run, your pace is great for 6 miles!!

we have been enjoying lots of black beans lately in all kinds of mexican food!