Archive for July 2nd, 2009

Riddle me this

What does one call a quesadilla if there’s no queso? I feel a little funny explaining to the nice server at the tex-mex restaurant down the block that I want the spinach-mushroom-onion quesadilla…with no cheese. No butter. No sour cream.  I will tell you, though, that tonight’s was just superlative. They even gave me an extra little scoop of guacamole to replace the scoop of sour cream I asked them not to give me.  I’m learning that I have to be very specific when I order. The last time I ate at this restaurant and ordered the same thing, I ended up with a cheeseless quesadilla that had still been grilled with butter or beef tallow or something. It was nasty. And there was a blob of sour cream on the plate, not to mention the huge mound of whipped cream atop the virgin daiquiri. I’m glad I decided to give it another try, because seriously, my dinner tonight was fantastic.

Last night I whipped up some really good black beans for today’s lunch.  As always, started with a little olive oil, some thinly sliced purple onion, and some slivered garlic. Then I tossed in about 2, 2 1/2 cups of cooked black beans (if you’re using canned, rinse & drain first) with a little seasoned salt, a pinch or two of crushed red pepper flakes, a larger pinch of cumin, a squirt or two of agave nectar, and a few tablespoons of salsa verde.  The combination of slightly sweet and slightly hot was very tasty, particularly with the coconut quinoa (1 cup quinoa and a can of coconut milk, cooked in the rice cooker). If you like your food hotter than I do, just add a hotter salsa–although I find salsa verde to be quite hot–and perhaps a little more of it. You don’t want it too soupy, though.

It would probably make a great wrap: smear some guacamole on a tortilla, layer some fresh washed baby spinach leaves and some very thinly sliced red onion. Mix together the quinoa (or rice) and beans, and mound half a cup or so, depending upon the size of the tortilla, and wrap it tightly. Serve it with some blue corn tortilla chips, a little more guacamole, and some salsa.

Today was a great day at work. Our team got mixed up a bit, and we got a fantastic new team lead. I have to say, the leadership makes all the difference. In two days I’ve gone from hating my job to loving it. I hope to continue working with this team lead, and getting to sit right next to one of my bestest friends makes the days very pleasant.



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