I was really productive today because I met up with my friend Charlotte for a study session. It always helps me work when I have someone working next to me. Plus, its nice to take breaks and chat!
Brunch held me over pretty well, and my stomach didn’t start grumbling for food til about 4. I scoured the coffee shop for a healthy snack and saw some Heart Thrive cookies, which I have seen around but never tried. Theses “cookies” come in all different flavors; they are all vegan and, Non-GMO and provide 30% of your daily calcium, fiber, and protein. The principle ingredients in these cookies are: Oats, dried fruit, brown rice syrup, natural fruit juice, brown rice flour, soy protein concentrate, soy flour, Inulin(chicory root extract), rice bran, dried plums, dried apples, dried pears, calcium citrate. Mine had chocolate chips, too!
I had a Soy Chai Latte with my snack for a little caffeine boost.
I really liked these “cookies”- they are more like health bars. They are very healthy tasting, but still very good- know what I mean? I dipped mine in the tea, which melted the chocolate chips a little bit.
So, Loren and I had planned to make a more complicated dinner tonight using peppers, lean ground beef, beans, and quinoa (which I still want to make someday soon so I’ll keep it a surprise), but we were both in the mood for something much simpler- taco salad. I love taco salad and actually haven’t had it with ground beef in more than 8 years (I went off my 8 year vegetarian diet in January). Loren bought some great looking lean ground beef at TJ’s, so I was really excited for it!
I had an appointment at 5:45 (where I ate another half of a “cookie”), so Loren did all the grunt work: he chopped all the veggies- lettuce, tomato, and cucumber, heated some black beans, and cooked up the beef. When I got home, we just layered it all together and added some crumbled blue corn chips. It was awesome!
Loren did an excellent job flavoring the beef- I was really impressed. Maybe the guy is learning how to cook(?)! Very good news (I kid, I kid). I kept saying “mmmm” as we ate- and so did he. He seemed surprised/ impressed with himself as well!
He says he flavored the beef with Paprika, Cayenne, BBQ Sauce (his “secret” ingredient), salsa, salt, and pepper. It was like a fiesta in my mouth!
This salad didn’t need cheese or sour cream. I usually (by habit) grab the cheese out of my fridge and toss it on my Mexican food, but this time I just added some hot sauce and salsa to see how it tasted without. What do you know? It was perfect.
Beef, how I’ve missed thee. So glad to have you back.
OK, I should get off the computer and help Loren install a shelf in our bathroom (I swear, he’s in super-helper mode tonight!). Hope you all have a wonderful night- relax and enjoy!