Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Healthy Eating

I love homemade tacos. Sometimes I like to fry corn tortillas in vegetable oil for a crispy, crunchy shell. Sometimes I like to fry them in olive oil for a soft, juicy shell. Other times, I like to eat them as healthy as possible...in lettuce. 

I buy stalks of romaine lettuce and peel the leaves off for my "shell"

 I cook my meat with Old El Paso taco seasoning. It usually comes in little packets, just enough for 1 lb of meat, and I've been addicted to it for years. And despite my beliefs on buying pre-mixed seasoning, you can imagine my glorious surprise when I discovered they now make it in jar form.

Next, assemble and eat. Despite using lettuce instead of a heavy shell, this meal is actually just as fulfilling. And healthy!!!

 And of course I had to make guacamole. And I learned from my roommate that if you put your avocado pits in the bowl after you make it, it doesn't turn brown!!!

Last summer we ate at Boudro's in San Antonio and had the most delicious guacamole ever, found here. If you're looking on a smartphone or kindle, the link won't work, so I've included the recipe below. The most unique part is the orange squeezed into it. Doesn't sound good, I know, but it is surprisingly a very interesting add. However, I've found that basically if you just chop up avocado and add any number of salsa ingredients, you're set to go. I even threw in some tomatillos last night!

Boudro's Famous Guacamole
Juice of 1/4 of an orange
Juice of 1/2 a lime
1 avocado seeded and scooped out of skin
2 Tbs roasted and charred Roma tomatoes diced
1 ea Serrano pepper roasted seeded and diced
1 Tbs medium dice red onions
1 tsp chopped cilantro
coarse ground salt to taste (sea salt is better)

Squeeze juices into bowl. Add avocado and coarsely chop. Add onions, roasted tomato, serrano and cilantro fold into avocado mixture. Add salt (more is better). Result should be crudely chopped not mashed. That's it.

Monday, March 5, 2012

First Degree

I'm a murderer.

And I feel terrible, guilty, regretful, sad, angry, embarrassed, shameful, etc.

See we got this giant tree ON Thanksgiving.
 Or...not so giant.

So anyway, we got it on Thanksgiving which means we had 4 weeks until Christmas. We watered it every day, never letting it get dry. I read all about caring for your live Christmas tree, etc. And apparently I'm google challenged because while researching about how to plant it, I read in several places to plant it in spring. I guess that's just the regular "plant a pine tree" not "plant a Christmas tree sitting in your house". So I planned to plant it in mid March-ish. 

Around Feb 1 I started noticing how wobbly the needles looked. They were like a wrinkly old man, all knotty and withered. Hmm, so we moved it to an eastern window to get direct sunlight. While is sat soaking up the rays for a few days, I began researching again about planting. Every thing was so easy to find this time. 
"Plant your tree IMMEDIATELY after Christmas."
"DO NOT wait until Spring."
"Don't keep your tree in the house for more than two weeks."
"Your tree is probably already dead."
"You've killed a plant, way to go."
"You're worthless."

Not really on those last three, but I mean that's basically how it translated. In a last ditch effort to reclaim my dignity, I planted it anyway. One Saturday it was 75+ outside and had just rained. I borrowed a shovel from the neighbor, put my rain boots on, and buried that tree perfectly (at least I did 1 thing right). 

Here we are 3 weeks later and LO!!! My tree is still alive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just kidding.

So the lessons I learned are A. Don't get a tree an entire month before Christmas. and B. Plant it immediately! :(