I Am NA-CHO Mama!!!


I’m sorry, I couldn’t help myself.  I yelled this just before dinner, and my eldest looked at me with a pained face to tell me that yes, I AM her mother….until she saw my pan of goodies for dinner.  Then she giggled.

It is, of course Taco Tuesday, and today’s version is nachos!

My MoFo inspired dish today came courtesy of Just the Food’s TVP Tacos.  I will admit to throwing in a few additions, however.  I couldn’t resist – not because the recipe wasn’t fabulous as is…but because my friend AC (who’s chillin in the Bahamas on a cruise this week) got me a Mexican Spice kit from Penzy’s up in Richmond for my birthday!  So…I put the TVP mixture in a skillet, added a ton of spices from this kit, half a can of refried beans, some taco sauce, and simmered until creamy – only 4-5 minutes or so.

I'm going to need my own spice room soon! I LOVE that!

Then it was layering time!

Cover a pizza pan with foil, put a single layer of tortilla chips, and top with some vegan shredded cheese (I use Daiya).  Broil for just a few minutes, or until the cheeze melts.  Take out of the over, and top with taco filling, black olives, this vegan queso, and pickled jalapenos!  Had I more time and not so hungry, I may have made some homemade guac and put that and some vegan sour cream on it.  Alas…I didn’t and I was, so I served as-is!

these got demolished!

So maybe not the epitome of a healthy meal, but it was still fun.  I love me some nachos!



On a totally separate note…I know this month is supposed to be about MoFo, but I miss my regular blogging format.  So while I think I can manage one more week of focusing on the food…my world is so much more than that, and I miss writing about it all.

Today was an all day conference with 1500 other people I work with.  It was actually pretty cool, especially getting to see so many people I don’t get to on a regular basis.  Getting there, was a whole different story….

I totally didn’t sleep last night.  I over ate on the cauliflower mashers, and just couldn’t sleep.  I woke up this morning, made breakfast and lunches, got ready for work, and bolted out the door.  I was supposed to meet LE early at the conference to talk finance stuff, but I barely made it on time and he was late (we live in the same area and traffic was abnormally horrific).  Close to lunch, we had an impromptu meeting and got the things we needed to discuss done, thank goodness!

As usual, I packed my own lunch.  Anytime there’s a catered event, I worry I’ll starve.  I brought a BAS with some homemade salad dressing (okay, gotta brag on this one…it’s just olive oil, lemon juice, and a spice blend from the infamous Christmas spice kit from my Dad, and it totally rocked), my sunflower-based cheeze I made over the weekend, some Mary’s Gone Crackers, and a So Delicious Coconut Milk Yogurt.  And a banana.  And a pear.  Clearly…I’m not starving.

My plan was a 430 spin class.  I’m quite inspired after Sunday’s ride.  My butt isn’t even killing me, so I figured I was totally good to go!  Unfortunately, I didn’t make it in time, and I’m frankly so exhausted, that I wasn’t overly upset by that.

My eldest is organizing and running her art school’s very first fashion show in December.  Not only does she have to organize the space, lighting, music, designers, program, etc…she’s also making pieces for it as well.  Along with that is finding models (usually fellow students) and styling (hair, makeup, accessories, etc).  It’s her junior year independent project, and is an art/fashion and business class all in one.  Today, I took her fabric shopping.  She has a very elaborate dress design, and has to get cracking on it.  All I can say…is whomever thought that making clothes was cheaper than buying them clearly never went fabric shopping just before Halloween when NOTHING is on sale.  Oh well, couture can’t always be cheap I guess 🙂

All things considered, it wasn’t a horrible Monday.

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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

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