There’s not a single day that goes by that I don’t crave Mexican food. I could eat tortilla chips with guacamole and salsa for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and never tire of it. Even though Mexican food isn’t known for being particularly healthy, I believe everything is OK in moderation. The problem with that: I just can’t control myself! I’ll eat several veggie tacos and an entire bag of tortilla chips and still crave more. And don’t even get me started on the guacamole….
It’s for that very reason that I like to make my own Mexican-style meals when those pesky cravings strike. That way, at least I know all of the ingredients that are going into my food and I’m able to cut out as much of the unhealthy and fatty elements as possible. Yes, I still eat a lot, but it’s a lot of healthy, whole foods.
As much as I love to cook and truly relish my time in the kitchen, there are also times when I want a meal that’s fast and easy, but just as delicious as something that I might have slaved over for hours. I also like meals that I can make for dinner, quickly pack up the leftovers, and take with me for lunch the next day.
When I was in college, I ate Taco Bell all the time. I mean all the time. Back then, I was poor, lazy, and didn’t think much about my health. Now, well, I’m still poor and I still have a tendency to be lazy, but I’m much more concerned about my health. And let’s face it, while Taco Bell is cheap and easy, the greasy, high-fat foods they offer are not the best if you’re watching your waistline or your cholesterol level.
Since today is a special day–Cinco de Mayo–I thought I would come up with a tasty, Taco-Bell-inspired lunch that is made from healthy ingredients, easy to prepare, won’t break the bank: Mexican Ensalada Pizzas. But first, I thought I would share some of my other favorite Mexican dishes:
After feeling sick for the past week, I’m so thankful to be able to say that I’m finally feeling better! Woohoo!
Whatever bug I contracted, it was extremely vicious and completely knocked me off my feet. I spent four full days doing nothing but lounging on the couch and in my bed trying to sleep as much as possible–which might sound like a nice vacation, but I was in too much of a coma to actually enjoy it. Honestly though, I needed the rest. I’ve been burning the candle at both ends lately and I have a feeling that this was my body’s way of reminding me–of forcing me–to slow down and take better care of myself. I find it easy to forget that while exercising regularly and eating nutritious foods are important, those are only 2 ingredients in the recipe for overall health. Getting proper sleep and avoiding stress are equally important. So, to the bug that thoroughly kicked my butt: you stink, but thank you for helping me calm the heck down.
I would love to be one of those people who shows up ten minutes early for appointments, expertly completes everything in advance, and always seems prepared to take on the world. I’m not one of those people. Not even close. No, I’m the person who shows up right on time (if I’m lucky) and out of breath with toothpaste stains on my cheek, my shirt on inside out, and food stuck to my clothes from the breakfast I ate in the car. Yes, I’m that person. I like to think I’m better than that, but truthfully I’m not. Continue reading →