This afternoon, I had a really yummy lunch: leftover ground beef from last night, some brown rice, TJ’s simple canned corn, and a chopped tomato. It was delicious!
I mixed it all up with some salsa and hot sauce before leaving for work, so all of the flavors were able to sit together in the fridge. When I got hungry around noon, I just microwaved the mixture together for a minute and a half. And then I ATE!
YUUUUM. Beef- still making me happy!
An hour later, I headed out on my “lunch break” for a 30 minutes walk. Of course, I stumbled across some things I just had to had to purchase. Walks are very dangerous for me!
I purchased a Green and Black’s Organic Cherry & Chocolate Bar and a “Green Lemonade”: spinach, kale, lemon, green apple, celery, and cucumber all in one big juice!
I was really in the mood for chocolate (my chocolate cravings are like clockwork, same time every month) and I have trouble fighting them sometimes! I’m so glad I gave in- this bar was unbelievably good. The chocolate was creamy but not too sweet and there were big chunks of dried cherries in every piece.
I probably had about 5 mini squares throughout the afternoon. They are so pretty!
Around 4, I got the munchies, so I snacked on a serving of BBQ pop chips (sorry no picture) for a snack.
I guess today was a “hungry day” because around 6, I was staaarving again.
Loren had bought a huge bunch of basil at the farmer’s market that was a little wilted, but only $1! We wanted to find a way to use it, and I thought of making healthy pesto in the food processor. I used all of the basil, some EVOO, salt, pepper, and 2/3 a can of chickpeas- which made it nice and creamy. I guess it was more like a pesto-hummus. I wanted to find a creative use for our pesto, and saw some whole wheat pitas in the fridge. I had my inspiration- pesto pizzas!
I preheated the oven to 350, and layered a spoonful of pesto, a sliced yellow tomato, olives, and goat cheese onto the pitas. 8 minutes later, dinner was ready. It was so pretty!
All of the pesto/ veggie/ olive/ cheese flavors really came out and were nicely balanced.
This was the perfect meal for me tonight because I was really hungry and craving “bad” food. So I could eat a whole “pizza” and still feel pretty healthy. That’s the best trick!
We also had a side salad with chopped romaine lettuce, Israeli cucumber, yellow pepper, carrots, and the rest of the chickpeas. I drizzled a little bit of Annie’s balsamic vinaigrette in and mixed it all together. Of course, I topped it with some golden raisins- love them. They add a really nice sweetness to any salad.
It was light and refreshing!
I love a salad of fresh, crisp veggies. Nothing beats it.
Now I’m off to finish up a few applications and maybe start sending some off (!!!). It will be a long time until I am entirely finished with my applications, but it feels good to start to be finished with this whole process. I just want to know where I get in!
Have a wonderful evening, awesome readers!