Oh, where to begin? I’ve made a few simple dishes, like a spaghetti squash stir fry – onion, garlic, and tomato tossed with freshly nuked squash.
spaghetti squash with onion, tomato, and garlic!
no-fail tamales! Yummy stuff, with a homemade spicy green sauce.
Tonight’s taco night was more fun though. I will say, my themed dinner nights apparently have awaked some odd OCD in my oldest child. She came into the kitchen to ask what was for dinner. I told her tacos. She ran from the room screaming “BUT IT’S NOT TUESDAY”. Hmmm…..
Well, these were new tacos anyway. And if you know me, you know that any excuse to put something on a tortilla, and I’m there.
Crissie’s ‘It’s Not Tuesday’ Tacos
*1 cup soya granules (or TVP if you have it….or ground tofu or tempeh really)
*2 cups water (if using granules or TVP)
*1 onion, diced
*1 red bell pepper, diced
*2 tsp cumin
*1 tsp chipotle pepper
*1/2 tsp sea salt
*1 tsp adobo seasoning
*1/2 tsp Mexican oregano
*1/2 tsp Epazote
*2 tbsp tomato powder + 1 cup water (or 1 cup tomato sauce)
*If using the soya granules, boil the water and pour over granules, and cover at least 20 minutes. Sort of like making instant rice really 🙂
*If you’re using the tempeh or firm and pressed tofu, break into small “ground” pieces. I like to boil the tempeh in chunks for about 15 minutes, and then stick into the food processor to break up. Either way, saute in a non-stick pan until starting to brown.
*add onion and bell pepper to a non-stick pan on med-high heat and saute until soft, about 4 minutes. (if making with tofu or tempeh, add to that mixture already sautéing in your pan).
*add all the spices, and stir fry an additional 1-2 minutes.
*add tomato powder + water or tomato sauce. Simmer for a minute.
*add soaked soya granules, bring to a boil, and simmer for 15 minutes (or if using tofu or tempeh, just bring to a boil and then simmer for 15 min).
my soya granules courtesy of Amazon.com. Fantastic added protein and texture boost for spaghetti, sloppy joes, tacos, etc.
taco spices!!! Most of these came from AC for my bday last year 🙂
decided to take a “candid” shot of actually stir frying the onion, pepper, and garlic…
corn tortillas packed with rice, taco filling, and fun toppings!
Yesterday’s run was less than stellar. I hate it when that happens. It makes me wonder why the hell I laced up to begin with. About half-way through, I decided it was best to just keep pushing because I’d feel like a jerk if I didn’t.
So in the end, I was glad I finished the run, and my pace was even fine, but I just didn’t feel this one. Not sure if it was bad fueling, not enough sleep, or my head wasn’t in it. Oh well….I know that those crap-run feelings aren’t the norm, so it’s not like I’m going to skip the next one!
Okay, maybe I did. I was planning to run today, if for no other reason, then to prove to myself that my bad run on Saturday was a fluke. I ended up doing yoga instead. My right quad is killing me to the point where I think I pulled something. It’s hurt since squat hell on Monday, but the rest of the sore muscles quickly faded and this didn’t. It’s not “sore muscle” pain, but “I screwed something up” pain. Today my hip hurt – which I think was me compensating during this week’s runs.
And we’re not going to mention how my husband told me how I have to get up and wander around the plane Wednesday to prevent a DVT! Okay, so I just mentioned it, but he totally freaked me out. So AC (buddy, pal, neuro expert) – if I stroke out on the plane, tell the emergency crew that you think I have a deep vein clot from my right leg likely blocking my heart or lungs. Thanks.
So this weekend was fun. Busy, but fun! I don’t recall Friday that well, other than a really deep desire to go to bed at a decent hour. The entire week was late nights (3 of them at 9pm or later).
R had her 9 yr old check-up. She grew 3 inches in the past year, so she’s now in the 25th percentile (no laughing, I’m not quite 5’2″
!). She’s also a whopping 51 lbs, which the doctor said was near the bottom and she’s her typical slim self. She was quizzed on her grades, her dietary habits (needs to eat more fruit), and exercising. Doc is thrilled she’s a swimmer…and so am I. She’s happiest in the water, and she hasn’t figured out yet that it’s great for her!
R the swimmer!
Saturday I had a fun night planned for D and me. I am doing a boat load of travelling (4-6 work trips and 1 fun trip) before the end of the year, which means D is doing all the heavy lifting at home.
My morning started early, but peaceful. I had appts at the spa for a few things, including a manicure. I needed a pre-Vegas color, and had a wide range of suggestions via Facebook. In the end, I went with something in the red-ish family, but picked it really based on the name of the color…Cha-Ching Cherry! That HAS to be good luck, right???
Saturday night was hilarious though. I was looking for something atypical for us (basically, not a movie). I decided on a musical called Urinetown. Yes…you read that right. A musical. About pee. Fight for your right to potty!!!
It’s set in a mythical reality where there’s been a drought for 20 yrs, and going to the bathroom is heavily regulated and you have to pay for the privilege. If you decide to rebel, pee at home or in the bushes, you’re carted off to “urinetown” which is a myth…they really take you out the city limits and kill you. Opressed with legislature-passed rate hikes, the populace revolt against the pay-to-pee standards. Many parallels are drawn to today’s society (the Occupy movement, impending presidential election, etc).
It started its Broadway run in 2001 and has eventually made its way here to Norfolk via The Generic Theater, which is where we went. It was…odd. The potty humor was funny, but it wasn’t quite enough to keep us interested. The cast was good, and their singing fantastic…but we were in a basement theater with our bums going numb in fold out chairs. In the end, it didn’t really hold our interest…though. The songs were sung so fast it was hard to understand most of the time, and since it was a musical, most of the dialogue came via song.
Regardless, we had a great time. We went for a drink after, and we were home by 1030.
Today was spent hanging out with the family and doing typical sunday stuff like cleaning and cooking. I also did the majority of my packing for Wednesday’s trip to Vegas! I swear, I’m going to learn how to play craps before I go….