Thunder, lightning and wacked out taste buds

The rain hit hard this morning around 11:15, just about the time I was on my home from the gym!

Thunder, lightning…not my thing.

 To be on the safe side I pulled over at a Starbucks and ran inside to wait out the storm.

Would you believe the electricity at Sbux went out right before I walked in? The power came back on very soon after but the cash registers weren’t working so I got a free coffee. [Score]

After about fifteen minutes and two firetrucks I hopped back into the car and drove home safely.

 I only had a few minutes to get ready before I had to meet LA for lunch.


Lunch was packed the night before: mixed vegetables, bland chicken and white rice all seasoned with low-sodium soy sauce, and red pepper flakes. (not shown)

After lunch LA gave a power point presentation to the class using the promethean board.  No, it’s not a white board, but it’s very similar. Kinda like a white board but on steroids. The presentation was about King Arthur, Queen Guinevere and the Knights of the Round Table. Didja know KA and QG had 25 children!? Excuse my French but wtf! Do you remember what your  fourth grade class was like? Mine definitely didn’t have promethean boards, more like chalk boards 🙂

When I got home from lunch I was still hungry… not enough nutrients.  My stomach and brain asked for pumpkin pie.

Pumpkin pie yogurt…that is

  • 1/4 cup pumpkin
  •  dash of pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • the other half of this mornings banana
  • tsp better’n peanut butter
  • sprinkle granola
  • drizzle of honey

The honey was a gift from Mr. Harmless, one of Mr. Apron’s clients. Harmless honey (his real name) is made right here in Indy and it is oh so good.

A cup of warm yerba mate tea.

This afternoon I got some house work done, sorted mail, and organized the spice cabinet.

Every good cook needs a convenient supply of herbs and spices. They’re a great way to add flavor and zest to any dish minus the fat and calories.

The hubs made dinner:

Bean burritos cuban style

He tried a can of Trader Joe’s cuban black beans, they were very salty yet bland all at the same time. How does that even happen? We agreed not to buy those again, from now on its pinto beans all the way baby.

In my two low-carb tortillas (11 carbs and 60 calories each), I added a couple spoonfuls of beans, lettuce, tomatoes and onions.

 Topped with a sprinkle of cheese and Franks red hot. On the side: whole wheat scoops with guacamole and salsa for dipping.

A glass of Shock Top was offered but after a sip I declined.  My taste buds must be out of wack!

 I traded the beer in for a glass of  vino rojo, and the beer was not wasted.

Lot’s of work to be done tomorrow: 5 mile run, girl scout phone calls, and some nursing continuing education.

Nite 🙂


the tortilla makes the burrito

Best tortilla ever! This tortilla really makes the burrito/taco whatever you want to call it.

I brought some of these delicious tortillas home with me from my recent trip to Arizona. They are by far the best store-bought tortilla I have yet to find. My mom knows how to make a mean homemade tortilla, but hasn’t done so in a long while (hint, hint). In the meantime these will do just fine.

Taco Tuesday Wednesday was a black bean burrito, with lots of vegetables.

For Beans


  • 1 can black beans rinsed
  • 1/2 small onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 cup frozen green peppers
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas, carrots, and corn blend
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • salt and pepper


1. Cook onion in a medium pot just until tender. Add garlic, stir frequently.

2. Add beans and cook until tender, mash lightly.

3. Add frozen vegetables, stir.

4. Add cumin, salt and pepper.


For Rice


  • 1/2 cup brown rice
  • 1 cup water
  • juice 1/2 lime
  • 1 tbsp cilantro


1. Cook rice in water, lime juice, and cilantro until done, about 30 minutes.

2. Add to bean mixture

Fill warmed tortilla with rice and bean mixture top with shredded cheese or nutritional yeast.

Tortilla chips (my weakness) on the side with regular salsa. I’ll be having some hot New Mexican salsa as soon as we finish the open jar we already have.

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