Something that helps me to stay on track and eat healthy throughout the week is planning ahead. I normally like to plan a week’s worth of meals at a time. I’ll write in my little My Little Pony notebook (It was under a dollar and you know they are still cool!) everything that I plan to eat for that week and what ingredients I will need.
If you know me then you know that I live in Oaxaca, Mexico and have been for about the past four years. You would also know that my husband is Mexican, Oaxacan, Ismenan. He comes from the heart of Oaxaca where an old traditional culture is still very present. It’s not out of the ordinary to hear someone bartering in zapotec, a native language, wearing a huipil and enagua, their traditional dress.
After living in Mexico for about four years now, I’ve built up a somewhat decent tolerance to spicy foods. But this doesn’t just magically happen. Just like anything that you want to improve, it requires hard work and dedication. I can’t count how many tacos I’ve had to eat to tolerate that kind of spice…oh darn! But I can count how many habanero peppers I’ve eaten, one, only one.
St. Patrick’s Day is coming up this weekend but you wouldn’t even know it where I live. Oaxaca, Mexico is not the most festive when it comes to Irish holidays and understandable so. However, in grade school I remember it was always SOO important that I wore head-to-toe green to avoid the dreaded St. Patty’s Day pinching.
Growing up taking a tuna fish sandwich for lunch was pretty common even though it wasn’t the most practical. No matter how much I tried whenever I opened my lunch my sandwich would always be so smashed it was debatable to continue forward with eating it.
Breakfast can be such a daunting meal time. It sets the tone for the rest of the day and is when you decide if today you will eat healthy or give into temptation with eggs, bacon, sausage and hash browns. Something that has helped me to stay on track with eating healthy meals is to plan ahead. Some times I plan out a week’s worth of meals at a time.
Lately I’ve been exploring the many uses of cauliflower. It’s so mysterious. What is it? It’s like broccoli but white. So weird! But also lucky for you, so delicious and versatile!
WARNING! These are dangerously delicious.
When these little poppers were born, I was in between tutoring online and completing various tasks for my blog. I was super busy, but needed a break for a few minutes so I decided to make something to snack on. These poppers came together super quick and I took them back to my desk to munch on while working.
I can’t tell you how much I love this. It feels like I’m eating something super horrible for me, but really it’s mostly sauteed veggies! Instead of a normal Philly sandwich which is mostly stuffed with beef, I switch out the beef for mushrooms and like to add bell pepper and onion. You definitely get all the satisfying flavors as a standard Philly but with a lot less calories! I mostly use mushrooms, onions and bell pepper but feel free to pile in whatever leftover veg you have in your fridge!
Dressings are great for all sorts of things and especially this one. I love it over veggies, roasted potatoes, and chicken. You could even use it as a simple marinade! I don’t know about you, but I’m loving dijon these days so this definitely hits the spot with a sweet tang. You can easily make this a vegan recipe by switching the mayo or yogurt for a dairy-free option. Make some dressing, let’s get saucy!