Food Post; Following the Stereotype

Here it is. My first food post. You aren’t a dietitian until you have taken a picture of something you have eaten. And as my family will agree, I have been known to take a few photos of my food back in my day 🙂

Halloween is one of those holidays where it is just a good day to have chili. One of my best friends Jeanine and I share the tradition of eating chili on Halloween. In high school, her mom would make chili and noodles and we would eat it. So, I decided that I would make a different version of chili. I decided to make a VEGETARIAN chili. Instead of following one recipe, I combined ingredients from several recipes but I mainly just chose stuff that I liked. It is a hod-podge of ingredients.

Let’s see how this turned out…

Danae’s “Make-it-up-as-you-go” Vegetarian Chili


  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) stewed tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (15.5 oz) of corn, drained (I tried to find fire-roasted corn, but I could not, so I just have regular corn)
  • 1 can (15 oz) each of dark kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  •  1 can (15.5 oz) Light kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15.8 oz) great northern beans, drained and rinsed*
  • 2 (8 oz each) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Chili Powder

*Feel free to use whatever beans you want, like black beans, pinto beans…I just like these bean types.


  1. Get out a big, deep pot. You could also use a crock pot.
  2. Open up all the cans of all the ingredients. Also, get a strainer.
  3. Drain and rinse the beans. Dump into pot.
  4. Drain corn. Dump into pot.
  5. Dump both cans of tomatoes into pot.
  6. Stir together, then dump in both cans of tomato sauce (if your chili looks watery, only use one can of sauce).
  7. Add in chili powder. Stir together.
  8. Let simmer on stove until heated through.

Smells Delish!

I also skipped the noodles and did cornbread. Cornbread is the Louisiana way to go.

Idiot Proof Cornbread

  1. Buy a box of Jiffy cornbread mix.
  2. Prepare as directed on box.

Finished Product. Golden brown and cheesy

Put them both together and you got a great cozy meal. Top the chili off with your other favorite toppings, like chives, sour cream, shredded cheese, oyster crackers etc. I topped mine with cheese and some basil.

Yum Yum in a Bowl!

This dish actually turned out surprisingly well for just throwing stuff in a pot. I mixed some cheese in with my cornbread mix when I baked it, making it cheese! SOO GOOD! And one suggestion: if you like your chili thicker, use one less can of tomato sauce. I usually like it thicker, but I actually liked the consistency of this.

Make this sometime!!

Thumbs Up!

What are you doing for Halloween?? I was Honey Boo Boo for Halloween. What are you dressing up as? Comment Below!

XOXO, Danae

19 Days Until Home!!


Here Comes Nae Nae Boo Boo

Last night I celebrated Halloween. Myself, my roommate Gwen and her boyfriend/fellow intern Nate went to a local gay bar in Monroe. (Both of Nate’s roommates work there, so this is how I ended up there).

Everyone was dressed up: there was a lesbian softball team, woody & buzz light year, three drag queen Victoria Secret Angels, just plain drag queens, Adam & Steve and a whole mixture of things. Gwen went as a peacock. Nate went as a cowboy. I advised him to stay with either Gwen or myself the whole time, or else people were going to think he was one of the guys from Broke-back Mountain. Who did I go as? If the title wasn’t good enough, here are a few clues.

Clue # 1

Clue # 2

Clue # 3

Got a guess?? If you guessed the most famous chicken nugget HONEY BOO BOO CHILD, you are correct!! You better redneckognize I had a good time..

Gang’s all here!


We had a blast dancing. Gwen and I both joined the costume contest. I was in the funny category and she was in the creative category. Sadly neither of us one. I got beat out by a nun and Gwen got beat out by some person I can not remember. If I was a dude dressed like honey boo boo, I probably would have won.

What are you going as for Halloween???

XOXO, Danae

20 days until home!

Fall Community Rotation Part 1 of 3: Completed!


Today was my last day working at Womens  Infants and Childrens (WIC) for my public health rotation. Coming into the rotation I was not super thrilled. Now, Public health is an interest of mine, but because of my previous experience at WIC during college, I knew it was going to be a lot of down time. Believe it or not, some people do not show up for their appointments! However, I did enjoy myself. The dietitian(s) I worked with were really nice, and even the other staff members that I interacted with were really nice.

What amazed me the most is how people can so easily work the system. People would try and find ways to manipulate the WIC program. They felt entitled to their vouchers and would get very worked up about things that did not matter. It was never quiet at WIC either. There was always screaming kids, coughing kids and yelling kids (and parents).  Then, people come in for WIC vouchers, yet they have weaves, perfectly done manicures and pedicures, iphones, ipads and drive an Escalade with rims. Really??!! Okay. Then they have like 5 kids. This is my opinion, take it or leave it: If you can’t afford kids, do not have them. I know that you are never truly financially stable to have children because kids take A LOT of money, but be smart. Birth control is cheaper than raising a kid for 18 years. Just sayin’…..

Some people truly do belong on WIC and it really is beneficial for them, and I can appreciate that. Some people have really crazy stories and are going through some pretty crazy things. My heart goes out to those individuals.

So, WIC is over with and now I am off to a private practice dietitian and a bariatric surgery dietitian. Looking forward to hanging out with them this week. Hope everyone has a great weekend. It is gunna be a “chilly” weekend in Monroe.

XOXO, Danae

22 days until home!

One with Nature

Yesterday was a beautiful day. It was around 85 degrees, few clouds and  a nice breeze. Even though I was feeling a little less than my normal self (I am feeling  a little under the weather), I decided to get out and enjoy the day!

Monroe is really trying to become more cutesy and have a more “developed” downtown area. Today was the opening of the Monroe River Walk. It it on the Monroe side of the Ouachita river right in downtown. It really is pretty. Every Saturday from now until beginning of December, there will be this river walk where vendors can come and sell their stuff. On this Saturday  there was music, food trucks, food vendors, crafts, and adult and kid beverages.  It was nice being able to take pictures, people watch and sample some wines and ciders all the way down the River Walk.

After the river walk, I drove over the river to West Monroe and explored Restoration Park. It is an “urban wetland” that all serves as a basin for excess runoff and flood water. It used to be a place to mine sand and gravel until people used it to illegally dump trash. After the City of West Monroe bought it in 1989, the transformed it until what it is now. I wore the wrong shoes and I wish it was  a little crisper outside, but other than that it was really pretty. Below are some pictures.

Happy Sunday! Starting my rotation at WIC tomorrow! I am going to miss Glenwood, but excited for this new experience!

XOXO, Danae

34 days until home!

23rd Birthday in NOLA!!

Here are some pictures from my 23rd birthday in New Orleans! One of my best friends, Greg, flew in New Orleans and spend my birthday weekend with me! We had a great time!

Le Pavillion: Where we stayed!

The Lobby

At La Bayou on Bourbon Street

Test Tube Shots @ Big Easy Daquiris


In the square! Catholic Church Behind Me

Birthday Surprise from the Hotel!! That cake was delish and champagne was yum!

Birthday Night on Bourbon Street

Cruise Ship!

Me at the rooftop pool! We had the whole deck to ourselves

Lattes and Beignets @ Cafe Du Monde

Hope everyone is having a great week so far!!

XOXO, Danae

Friday Favorites

Get ready for it…..Second installment of “Friday Favorites

Favorite TV Show

Grey’s Anatomy

After 4 months without., my favorite medical/love drama is back on TV!! I am so happy to see all my good lookin’ doctors again…(SPOILER ALERT)  too bad one of them dies in episode one!

Favorite News Story

I read an article back in September that said Louisiana people have the second shortest lifespan, next to Mississippi. People in Hawaii live the longest. Guess where I am leaving and moving too…

Favorite Food

Candy Corn Pumpkins!! It is finally that time when I can indulge in candy corn like candies. Like pumpkins!! And I discovered I can get them at the dollar store, so its cheap!

Favorite Drink

Even though in Louisiana we do not really get a fall, I can at least pretend like its fall when the STARBUCKS PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE (I’m sensing a theme…) I love this drink. It’s not fall until the PSL comes out.


Favorite Happening

Last week, I got to watch a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube placement.


This is a feeding tube that goes directly into the stomach. It is a more permanent solution to long term feeding. I got to stand in the room while the doctor did it bedside, plus I got to watch it on camera. I got to see the inside of a man!! It was crazy and I surprisingly didn’t vomit or pass up. I did gag a little bit..(I’ll spare you the dets)

Favorite Product


I bought the season on the release date, but it is tempting me so much to open it. But I have hid it in my closet so I won’t open it. I have to wait until Thanksgiving break….

Favorite Song

This song has gotten a lot of press lately. I was weirded out by it first time I saw the video. But I love this song and it is one of my new car jams. Plus we danced to it in Zumba. It was fun watching all the older ladies do the GANGNAM STYLE.

Hope ya’ll had a great week! It’s the weekend.

Only one more week at Glenwood and then its off to my next rotation.

XOXO, Danae