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Fixer Upper

I attempted to make a healthier version of Taco Bell's crunch wrap supreme - something I've never actually eaten, not because I object to it morally or anything. I just rarely eat out, let alone fast food. I made it more vegetarian, using taco-seasoned black beans and cauliflower instead of ground beef. Skipped the nacho cheese sauce, toasted and cut the corn tortilla in half, used a whole tomato and spinach instead of iceberg. Also bought low carb flour tortillas*.

It was a disaster. Delicious, but I clearly did not get the proportions correct, as I couldn't get it to wrap and stay wrapped. Rather than adjust, I just went with it. So, not handy and not portable, more like a warm taco salad, but pretty tasty.

Can't win them all, but I will try until I get it right.

Speaking of trying till I get it right: today it was announced that instead of once every three months, I only have to have my cases/work reviewed by internal quality assurance once every six months. Achieved by scoring better than 95% for three quarters in a row. I didn't even know this was a thing, btw, so I wasn't trying. LOL. Everyone else gave me dirty looks.

#humblebrag

*I thought I had put the tortillas safely behind cupboard doors. Nope. The cats got them, nommed through two edges of all of them, then abandoned them because - shocker - they weren't to their taste. Grrrr, cats! On that note, I also was lax in latching a cupboard when I left this morning and came home to my cheddar rice cakes obliterated and a bag of catnip completely gone. Apparently child-safety locks are a permanent fixture. Considering an attempt at "re-introducing" Hank, but so far I can't bring myself to lock him up just because almoste everyone else is perturbed by his adorable one-eyed face.
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For some reason, I have this indelible memory of my father taking a slice of freshly baked bread and slathering it with butter. I could tell from his face how much pleasure he took from such a simple thing.

I'm trying, not too successfully, to not snack at night. I've been great about not buying snacks, but it turns out a toasted piece of crusty bread with butter and garlic really does it for me. If I could live only on bread and butter, I might make it a long, long time before getting sick of it. Long enough to get the cholesterol and heart issues with a side of diabetes just like my dear ol' dad.



In other news, the knock-on-the-wall method to finding studs only results in bruised knuckles. Now that I own the walls, I really don't want to use my usual method for hanging things (especially a shelf meant to hod 5-13 lbs of cat), which is pound until you get it kinda/sorta right.
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I made vegetarian tater tot hotdish tonight. First, tater tot hotdish is a casserole from back in the midwest - ground beef, cream of something soup (my mom liked potato - strangely hard to find these days so mushroom works for me, or a homemade cream sauce) and green beans on bottom (some used mixed veggies; no), with a delicious layer of tater tot on top. Cheese can be added to the tots, and of course the bottom is spiced however you like it. Usually just salt and pepper for me.

To make it vegetarian, I made a black bean crumble/meat substitute. I also swapped out the tater tots for cauliflower tots, though I suppose technically it still would have been vegetarian with regular tots.

Now, in no way does this actually replace a traditional tater tot hotdish, but I gotta say it was flipping tasty and I'd do it again. The black beans got a little more meatloafy than nice and gooey like a casserole usually is, so I'll have to play around with that. Might not ever get the right texture, but I don't care. It was pretty danged good, and a bag of beans* is far and away cheaper than meat.


*Canned can also be used, but dried beans are far cheaper and go a long way. Hooray for frugality! I've been trying to cut costs where I can. Started with switching litter from wheat to clay and nope, that one's not working or me or for Pickle. She's forever walking around with clay clumps on her butt.
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When I was a kid, I loved eating peanut butter and bacon on toast. It's been more than two decades since I stopped with the bacon and recently have purchased peanut butter powder to mix in smoothies. Apparently people reconstitute this stuff as a low-fat, low-calorie replacement for peanut butter. I happened to have some turkey bacon, so I cooked it up, mixed up a fresh batch of "peanut butter" and toasted some bread.

Turns out that what made that childhood favorite so delicious was the fat.

Ugh. Totally edible, but totally not flavorful. Two tablespoons of peanut butter should be nice, ooey-gooey awesomeness. This was like eating lightly peanutty paste. And even my dusty taste buds still remember the difference between bacon and turkey bacon.

Oh well. At least it was about a third of the calories it would have been?
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We had a(nother) work potluck today - Mardi Gras themed, so we had gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice, etc. for lunch. Most of it had stuff in it that I don't usually eat or prefer not to - shrimp, pork sausage. I managed to eat around most of it and oooooh, I am still full, five hours later. I can't imagine how the others feel, as I specifically took a salad plate instead of a big one.

My contribution? A King Cake (couldn't find a plastic baby, so I tucked in a Mardi Gras coin) using crescent rolls and a coworker brought a fryer for beignets, so I also made hush puppies. O.M.G. I think if I were ever in a situation where I knew what my last meal would be, it would include hush puppies. I've eaten them before, of course, but never made them. I don't have a fryer at home and this is a very, very good thing. I made a batch of plain and then a batch of jalapeno. Next time, I won't deflame the peppers. They weren't spicy enough.

I really am stuffed to the gills, though. Urgh. I can't imagine eating like that very often.

It was so worth it, though.
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I want a cheeseburger, with grilled onions, lettuce and tomato. Right now. Now, now, NOW!

I don't know why I'm so damned hungry.

Time to go not think about food now.

Spinach Dip

Apr. 8th, 2009 02:42 pm
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I'm kinda, like, totally craving spinach dip with Townhouse crackers.

Right now.

WANT.

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