Today, something wonderful happened.
(OK, let me back up and explain so you will "get" the wonderful...)
I am doing this 8 week health challenge with numerous daily goals, and one of the daily goals is to get in two servings of fruit and three servings of vegetables every day. You see that, and you think, ok I'm probably not getting that right now but it won't be that big of a deal. That is FALSE. I didn't know how hard it would be to get 3 full veggie servings every day. That was a wake up call! Needless to say, I have been buying up a lot of fruit and vegetables at the store.
Robert is totally a fan of my health challenge. Although he not so much a fan of many of the vegetable-enhanced entrees I have been serving. For instance, this morning I offered to make him scrambled eggs and toast for breakfast. He declined. After I had finished my delicious eggs-spinach-pepper jack cheese with a side of grapefruit breakfast (delicious!) Robert proceeded to cook his OWN eggs. So, you changed you mind? I ask--no, he didn't want me to make them because he knew I'd put spinach in them.
Today, my dinner plan was interrupted by the treats I was making for neighbors taking way longer to cook in the oven than I had anticipated. So I decided to change plans and use up some fruits/veggies that were getting old in the fridge. I had a very squishy mango and a very squishy avacado, some cherry tomatoes that were starting to get wrinkly, half of a red onion that has been hanging out for a few weeks, and a lime. Doesn't that scream salsa to you?! I looked up a few mango/avacado salsa recipes and came up with my own idea for dinner. Here is the recipe:
1 can black beans
about a cup of cherry tomatoes
1/3 cup of red onion, diced
2 garlic cloves
juice of one lime
dash of cayenne pepper
fresh ground pepper
Put all of these ingredients into a bowl; mix; then chill in the fridge for about an hour.
Next--fry up some bacon! (also hanging out in my fridge...) when that is done, set aside and drain the grease from the pan (we're being healthy, right? So get as much out as you can!). Then put a corn tortilla on the bacon grease pan with some shredded pepper jack cheese on top and cook on medium until cheese is melted and corn tortilla is a bit bubbly. Then add a bunch of salsa and crunched up bacon.
Um, hello! This was absolutely delicious! And you know what? Robert loved it. I mean, he didn't even pick out the red onions. HE DIDN'T EVEN PICK OUT THE RED ONIONS, PEOPLE! And he even said before dinner that he didn't think it would be something he would like (remember--not a fan of random veggie and fruit plates I come up with). He ended up saying multiple times how good it was. He even told me to put it on the blog and then pin it. So here it is.
Sadly, I was not making this recipe to be "cool" so I didn't think to take any pictures. You'll just have to create the picture in your head.
Also sadly, the ooey gooey butter bars I made (that took up so much time in the oven) came out tasting more like butter and egg and less like the decadent cream cheesiness I was imagining. Oh well--you win some, you lose some.
And here are some pictures of Tommy (because what is post without pictures, right?)
Just taking care of some business from the comfort of the couch
You will not put me to bed right now, Mom! May the force be with you!