Peppers of Pain


Okay, first the fun news.  My eldest daughter has decided this week that she wants to be a vegetarian!  She’s always been the most prone to eat like I do, but apparently a movie at school this week was the final straw.  When you see baby animals being born, I guess the last thing you want to think about is the “life” they lead before they end up on your dinner plate.

So food I actually ate…

On Monday I made a Gardein Chickn Scallopini sandwich.  I pan-fried the chickn and put it on some toasted Ezekiel bread with the marinated kale salad from Sunday.  Super filling, quick, and yummy.

Yesterday was Taco Tuesday.  It was a simple fare of refried beans, veggies, and vegan sour cream.  I still had hard shells leftover from last week, so that was the clear choice.

Taco Tuesday!

About the veggies.  I was aiming for a basic fajita-style stir fry, so chopped up the veggies I had.  I was excited about a bag of peppers I found at the grocery on the discount cart.  They weren’t labeled as to the type of peppers they were, but based on how big they were and how much they resembled mild peppers I’ve picked up at the farmer’s market in the summer, I figured they were bell pepper-ish.

I was oh, so very wrong.  After chopping up the onion, I grabbed one of these peppers and started in.  When I finished, I popped a rather large chunk into my mouth, thinking it was a mild pepper.  One bite, and I spit it out without chewing or swallowing.  My entire mouth and nose immediately lit up like someone was hitting me with a blow torch.  D came into the kitchen to see what the yelling was about, and I grabbed his beer in an attempt to douse the flames.  After the pain ebbed, half my face (the lower half) was totally numb.

I scrubbed my hands multiple times, and tried not to touch anyone.  Two hours later, I went to take my contacts out and just about blinded myself.  I couldn’t open my eyes for 5 minutes, and tears were just streaming.  I was SO pissed.  Again, D game running into the upstairs bedroom to see what happened.  He grabbed eye drops, and as soon as I could open my eyes, we put them in (since beer would have been dumb).  It really just spread the fire around and was an incredibly BAD idea.  I immediately went to bed.

evil peppers of pain

Today was better, at least from the food-trying-to-kill-me perspective.  Breakfast was some simple rolled oats cooked in vanilla So Delicious coconut milk and topped with blueberries.  For lunch I met up with D at a restaurant at the mall.  I had the roasted veggie pizza without cheese.  It wasn’t great, but not horrible.  I also had a couple of onion rings 🙂

flatbread pizza that was only so-so. Yeah, and a beer too
basket of o-rings

Dinner was baked tofu parmesan from the Happy Herbivore cookbook.  Incredibly easy and amazingly tasty.  Served on some pasta with a yummy marinara sauce, and it was a delicious dinner.  D even braved a bite and liked it.

tofu cutlets, heading into the oven


Just yoga this week after the knee debacle on Sunday.  It’s feeling tons better though, so I’m planning a run tomorrow if it stops raining.  If not, spin or swim.


The nice thing about the week before the holiday’s is that it’s pretty light on the meeting front.  That’s a good thing, because I didn’t feel well for a good portion of this week, and most of my meetings I could do online.

All the Christmas shopping is done (really, I was mostly done a few weeks ago, but had some last-minute little things to get).

Sadly, there isn’t much else to report beyond that!  I’ve gotten a lot done this week in preparations of being off next week.  The kids’ last day of school was today, so they’re off until after the holiday’s too.  We were originally planning to go to FL next week, but decided to wait.  Both my older kids want to do fairly insanely expensive things this summer (Art university summer program for A and away camp for M), so D and I decided to forgo the December vacation to at least partially fund those adventures.  D’s going to save his vacation days, and I imagine my week will be filled with local discoveries and lots of cooking!

I did get a lovely holiday flower arrangement from my CIO today.  The kids are tickled because it lights up.

with flash...
and without to show the little village light up!

Oh, and D is taking me to the movies Friday night to see The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  I’m totally excited because I’ve loved the books.  I’m about halfway through the third one, and with the reviews being so good on the movie too, I’m really looking forward to it.  I’m sure I’ll give a mini movie review on Saturday 😉

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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.

2 thoughts on “Peppers of Pain

  1. Oh that pepper experience sounds painful! Do you find it difficult to find vegan takeout food? I see lots of “vegetarian” options at restaurants, but most of them contain cheese or eggs, or milk.

    Goo luck with your run!

    1. In the beginning it was always tougher for me to find options. I realized that it depends a lot on the type of takeout you want. Applebees, Chili’,s things like that? No way. But ethnic food like Thai, Indian, Italian, Mexican, or Chinese is really easy. It’s been 6 years of begin a vegan now (and more before that being a vegetarian), so I don’t find it tough anymore. In fact, I think I eat a more varied and balanced diet than I ever have before!

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