A Family’s “Biggest” Decision

I come from a truly American family. Pizza was a must at least once a week in my household. And since my mom is the matriarch-type, she was always working. Eating dinner together was always important, but what we were consuming never had much thought. My family has paid, in pounds, for our American way of over-indulgence in cheap and high-calorie take-out. So, as a family, we have decided to embark on a journey together; the Biggest Loser competition of the “Morgan-Farrell-Horowitz-Raffele” house. (I have quite an eclectic family).

Six of us have dBiggest Loser copyecided to commit to losing the weight. We each put $25 in a jar and will weigh-in each week to battle out who shed the most body-fat percentage. A fun way to finally beat my brother’s and we can all feel good about it. (Because I am determined to win that $150)

So alas, my first blog post ever also happens to be the first “weigh-in” of my family’s 9 week journey.

I hope that come June we will all be on our way to a healthier, more enjoyable lifestyle.

Now the fun part! My quick and easy meal for the evening:


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My college campus was New York City, so I never had the bad experience of university cafeteria food. In New York at the end of Delancey Street downtown is a little Mexican place called “La Esquina.” Their Plato Julia dish is my inspiration for this very quick meal.


1 cup of Success “Boil-In-A-Bag” Rice

1/2 Tomato

1/3 can of Black Beans (rinsed and dried)

2 Eggs

A pinch of Monterey Jack Cheese

1/8 Green Onion

A pinch of garlic powder, salt, and pepper (for seasoning)


Boil the rice as per the instructions. It usually takes about 10 minutes. Heat up black beans while rice is boiling. In this time you can prep the tomato and the scallions. When rice is boiled, mix tomato and garlic powder in a bowl. Fry egg (or however you like your eggs) season to taste, place over your rice, slap them black beans on it, and garnish with scallions and cheese.

Total Prep Time: About 20 minutes.


11 Comments Add yours

  1. Jackie B. says:

    This is great! Good luck! We’re rooting for you all!

    1. Min Morgan says:

      Thanks so much!! 🙂 🙂

  2. Luise says:

    Here we go………..and I’m winning!! Love, Mom

  3. Big Kevin says:

    Great little site, by the way I’m winning the money!!!!

  4. PEGGY SMITH says:

    Good luck! Very proud of all of you.

  5. Margaret says:

    This is great, can’t wait to read the blog and hear all the stories. I’m sure that there will be lots of fun posts from all!!! My votes for “the other lady”! Go Lucy GO!!

  6. Flo Egan says:

    I will be rooting for you all! Cannot wait to see all awesome you all look and feel come June!!!

  7. Chris W. says:

    A terrific and constructive family competition. I’ll be looking forward to the posts as you all progress. Keep us posted!

  8. Elizabeth Gourlay says:

    I am so happy you all are trying to have a healthier life style. I am rooting for your success. What a great Family decision for All of you. It’s so great that you have each others support for such a Life changing decision!!! ❤ I love you All!!!

  9. Pat says:

    Wow! This is great Mindy!!!!! Superlative!!!!!!!

  10. Barbara Krupnick says:

    I am so proud of all of you and I’m rooting for you all to be winners. Mindy, I love this blog and will follow you all the way. Love, G’ma B

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