WIAW: Taco with Tissue Paper

Ahh Wednesday…smells even sweeter when it’s my work week Thursday.

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On second thought, I hate Thursdays. Let’s just eat and forget our problems, kay?

 

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Breakfast

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Breakfast was a big one. A jumbo jet fluffy omelet with 2 eggs + 2 egg whites with a side of green beans, and a sweet potato with peanut butter. Not to mention a good drizzle of hot sauce and cinnamon. It just works.

Morning Snack

 

IMG_0666.PNGTo go along with my coffee and Pinterest browsing break, I gobbled down one of my chocolate coconut protein bites. I’ll share the recipe soon, pinky promise!

 

Lunch

 

IMG_0664.PNGSince I can never get enough of my favorite meal, I paid homage to it with lunch today.

Kale salad + 1/2 T oil & 1/2 T cider vinegar + 1 T sunflower seeds + Shredded chicken + 2 corn tortillas + personal stash of tabasco

As much as I love corn tortillas, they end up crumbling and falling apart before I can even shovel the whole thing into my mouth. It’s like making a taco with tissue paper.

 

IMG_0665.PNGAnd my personal motto “a meal ain’t complete, without somethin’ sweet!”

 

Dinner

 

IMG_0670.PNGDinner was a sad sight as I was ravenous after my tabata workout. That whole sticking to the pan thing…a process I’m all too familiar with.

Grilled tilapia + steamed broccoli + Italian seasoning + Dijon

I also think a meal is complete with some form of dippage. Sweet dippage? HEAVEN.

Dessert

 

IMG_0671.PNGA nice blurry picture to end the day. Now I must say, “cottage cheese” and “dessert” don’t usually enter my vocab in the same sentence. It was pretty tasty..for cottage cheese and protein powder..

1/3 cup cottage cheese + 1 T chocolate protein powder + 1/2 T crunchy PB

It was almost like chocolate tapioca pudding…Because I’m sure that sold it for you.

Thanks to Jenn & friends for hosting!

Make it a great day!

Crunchy or soft tacos? SOFTY.

What’s your favorite condiment?  I would say peanut butter, but that’s actually a food group.

Southwest Three Bean Salad

 

This southwest three bean salad puts a spicy spin on this quick and simple vegetarian dish.

 

Southwestern three bean salad

Morning my beloveds!

 

The weekend weather here was de-lovely! Sunshine and high 80s means Spring was actually shorter than fall  for the first time in history. Being the dedicated runner I am, I took full advantage of this gorgeous weather to..

 

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…not run. Since I’m not training for a race at the moment, I am simply running when the mood strikes me. And temps above 70 with sunshine calls for most anything except for running. Gloomy days are prime. Instead I caught some rays and pop flies with Papa John.

 

Which we worked up an appetite for the best meal in all the land.

 

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I swear they have fajitas cooking once they see me walk through the door. I finally threw red meat into my diet by adding some steak to my usual chicken fajitas.

Verdict? Eh. It was okay, but my chicken game is still strong. You wouldn’t believe how exciting it is to try chicken in all forms when you’ve been eating salads and salmon when going out to eat for the past 9 years.

 

Grammy was feeling the fiesta spirit too with her La Bomba margarita, or as she liked to refer to it as the “Obama”.

 

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All this fiesta flare got my in the spicy spirit that I started blurting out alliterations left and right…and making some delicious food in the process.

 

spicy three bean salad

I LOVE three bean salad just as much if not more than the typical potato and pasta varieties of summer. It’s as easy as opening up some cans, tossing them with oil, vinegar, and sugar, and devouring.

 

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But of course I couldn’t stop there. I wanted to combine my love of black beans and spice with a standby classic because that’s just what I do. A little bit of spice. Crunch. Marinating in a bed of love juice. Or corona. :)

 

Southwest Three Bean Salad

 

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Southwest Three Bean Salad
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Recipe type: salad, side dish, vegetables
Serves: 4-6
 
Ingredients
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 oz) can dark kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 oz) can cut green beans, drained
  • 1(10 oz) can corn, rinsed
  • ½ cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine beans, corn, onion, green onions, and garlic in a large bowl.
  2. Add oil, lime juice, and spices.
  3. Stir until fully combined.
  4. Top with additional green onions or cilantro and serve.

 

Simply open some cans, rinse and drain, toss with some spices, and try not to shovel it in your pie hole while you wait for it to marinate and taste all the more devour-ful. I dare thee.

 

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Make it a great day!

Pasta, potato, or bean salad?

Favorite summer side dish?

Five Things Friday: Do What You Love Edition

 

IT’S FRIDAY PEOPLE!! Start feeling nothing less than fabulous. Doctor’s orders.

 

This episode of Five Things Friday is brought to you by things I am lovin’ on lately!

 

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And the letter Q. We appreciate you.

 

Maybe it’s the 15 or so times I’ve read Tuesdays with Morrie, or the bump I have been smoothing out in my road of life, but I’ve come along to really focus more on doing..well whatever I feels like (to a point). As the weeks fly by into years, I truly am beginning to feel like life’s too short. I feel like I haven’t even started mine, giving 25 years to the wind and Pinterest.

So here’s the things I have recently let myself accept, enjoy, and embrace as I soon step into the next chapter of my life.

 

Not practicing in nutrition.

 

IMG_0641.PNGWhile I may still be an active member of the nutrition groups and affiliations, I haven’t been practicing in the field for a while now. I’ve been so hard on myself, feeling like a L7 weenie for working in a totally unrelated field (social media and creative writing) than I had worked so hard to accomplish.

Instead, I’ve come to embrace it. How many dietitians do you know that can encompass SEO strategies and handle a case load of 200 social media clients? I’ve learned that no matter what side job, activity, hobby, what have you can only help you better accomplish your passion once you get there. And you will get there.

 

Strolling aimlessly.

 

20150514-191917.jpgAnother thing I’m grateful for is being able to walk to and from work every day. If I could have it my way, this would be built into my job description. And all this walking has opened up my mind to being who I am. Weird. And learning to love every minute of it.

Lip singing T-Swift and not caring if onlookers think I’m schizophrenic.

Taking an extra minute to simply watch 10 turtles sunbathe one on top of one another in the river.

Actually looking people in the eye and saying hi instead of shuffling by like has become such the norm…unless it’s my jam because I’ll be singing to myself instead.

It’s these little things that I get do every day that bring me joy, in which caring what others may think of you can rob. Chances are, you may never see these people again. Or they really don’t care. And if they do, why should I? Lip sing or burst your little heart out sistah!

Learning google can’t solve all my problems.

 

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I really don’t remember what I was concerned about eating at 5:44 AM, but I think the person eating poop was having a worse day. Obviously google answers 99% of all my questions, there’s some things that simply living will answer that google can’t. It’s called interacting. Face to face. With people. Google won’t tell you who you should be. What you should look like. What you want to do in life. It will tell you if eating poop will kill you thought. Go ahead, look it up. I’ll wait..

 

Actually Listening.

 

IMG_0642.PNGAnd about that interacting with people thing. Are we truly doing that even when we are? I’m sure I read this is Tuesdays with Morrie, but Ralph said it just the same.

“There is a difference between truly listening and waiting for your turn to talk.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“Cool” “Mhmm” “OK”

Words all too common in conversations. I’m guilty of it too. But truly listening to what someone is saying takes some effort. Don’t think about your response. Just listen. Look them in the eyes. Be present.

Living with my grandparents for the past month or so has really opened my eyes to this. They have so much to share, and giving them that kind of attention brings pure joy to both parts. You’d be amazed at how much more you learn and remember when you truly start to listen.

 

Never Settling.

 

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There goes that rabbit hole Pinterest again. But it’s true. It’s taken me longer than I expected to start forming my life. According to my 4th grade prediction, I’d be a chemist, married with two children by now.

Instead, I’m focusing on doing what I love, and loving what I do. No paycheck will ever bring the amount of gratification and fulfillment doing what you truly enjoy does. I’m sure this quote is for some shallow relationship dilemma, but I’m talking about every area in life.If you don’t like something, change it. You’re in charge. Living someone else’s life is never going to help you live your own.

Make it a great day!

What’s something you’ve always wanted to do?

What’s one thing that you truly enjoy about your life?