Well, hello! I’m so excited to share this simple but delicious recipe with you! “But wait, you crazy Canuck,” you say, “what do YOU know about Southwestern cuisine?” Fair enough – as a pale-skinned, Canadian gringa, probably less than most. But I do know that any meal featuring corn, black beans, tomatoes, lime and spices screams Southwestern to me, and after making this recipe, I think it will make you a believer, too. It’s bursting with fresh flavours (but the sneaky secret is that you can get away with using canned goods so you can experience flavours of the Southwest all year ’round) and is a quick family favourite. Bonus: there’s only one dish, so prep is fast and easy and clean-up is, too!
My very first recipe on the blog is something I’ve had for lunch no less than four times in the past week. It might be fair to say that I’m stuck in a lunch rut, but I think it’s a testament to the simplicity, ease and tastiness of this particular dish (I should mention at this point that I pull longer-than-average office hours in a cubicle and I bring my lunch in a pretty, striped insulated lunch bag every day – a habit going all the way back to the hard-shelled plastic lunch boxes my mother lovingly packed for me and my brother when we were in grade school. Thanks for the napkin notes, Mom!). You might think that after years (literally decades) of bringing my lunch to school or work every day that I would finally want to break out of my comfort zone (or blandness zone, as some people think of brown-bag lunches), or that I might have *finally* saved enough pennies to splurge on a restaurant lunch. But I get excited with all of the POSSIBILITIES when I am preparing my lunch the night before, and I try to make sure that my choices have me excited about what I’m going to be eating that day. I’m often the envy of my co-workers!
Also, it is worth noting that I was just finishing up a pretty intense powerlifting 12-week strength training block and I needed my meals to be protein-packed and bursting with nutrients to help my muscles recover from my intense noon-hour (or noon-two-hour) workouts.
So what was I eating? Let’s get to it!