Thursday, May 24, 2012

Veggie love

 One of our clients who is in maintenance posted this on our Facebook group the other day, and I had to share:

"Driving in the car. Needed something to satisfy. Got a Wendy's garden salad, no dressing. Ate it with my fingers. Satisfied the hand-to-mouth need, the crisp, crunch need, and the refreshing moisture need. The cherry tomatoes were little bursts of fun, the carrot matchsticks chewy morsels, and the lettuce was sweet and crunchy. And I breathed that sigh of relief that always used to accompany any indulgence to quiet the food wants screaming in my head. Definitely a do-again. That was fabulous!"
 I just loved her description of how she really enjoyed those veggies. You know what? I actually LOVE the taste of lettuce now. Mushrooms delight me. I dream about summer squash. I eat vegetables for their own sake, now, not just as a side note to the rest of the meal. It's such an exciting feeling!
Tonight we had veggie and chickpea fajitas on low-carb, low-fat tortillas. It's one of my favorite things and so simple. You can sub in just about any vegetables you have on hand. I did:
1 green bell pepper
1 onion
1 carrot
4 oz mushrooms
1/2 c chickpeas
Fajita seasoning
A handful of spinach

Chop veggies and sautee in a lightly sprayed pan. Add fajita seasoning and follow instructions (I make my own but you can use the packaged), then toss in the spinach and allow it to wilt. Put on tortilla with salsa, eat and enjoy the veggie goodness.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Tofu was a swear word

Honestly, I NEVER thought I'd be a tofu eater. My main experience with tofu had been in cold soups that different Asian exchange students had made for us (the worst one even had a raw egg in it...blech).

However, now I am trying to develop a healthier taste palate, I have been meaning to give tofu a second chance. I just had to forgive and forget its previous seaweed and raw egg missteps in my life. So when I saw this post from The Pioneer Woman, I decided it was time. And it was a success! I love it, Daddy Badger loves it, Baby Badger loves it, and Baby Badger #2 got to experience it secondhand ;) Tasty and healthy. I highly recommend it.

Tofu, I am glad I gave you a second chance.