Saturday, June 8, 2013

Day 2 of the real food pledge

Oh. My. Goodness.  Day 2's dinner was so delicious, that I am still thinking about it.  But, I will talk about that in a minute.

We continued our normal breakfast routine, with granola and fruit.  For lunch, I was excited to be able to eat leftovers from day 1.  That stir-fry was mouth-watering delicious, and I was super happy to be able to relive the experience for lunch.  Mmmmmmmmmmmm.

During Abbey's naptimes on Tuesday, I prepared parts of the Tomato, Corn and Black Bean Salad (dip).  Actually, I prepared the whole thing except for the corn.   We ended up grilling the corn for the salad/dip, so I began that when I got home from my last radiation treatment.  I also varied the recipe a bit more by cooking the tomatoes for just long enough to release some of the lycopene (you can read about why I cook my tomatoes here).

Around 11am, I started the slow cooker flank steak fajitas.  The local cuts of meat I ended up purchasing last weekend were a couple of flat iron steaks.  Let me just tell you--this meal was RIDICULOUSLY delicious.  I can honestly say they were the best fajitas I have ever eaten.  And, I live in Texas--which is probably where the fajita capital of the U.S.A. is located.  So, I have definitely eaten my share of fajitas.  And, I could literally devour the homemade tortillas all by themselves.  But, the combo of everything together was just divine.  I am salivating right now as I type this.  I really wish there were more of these leftovers!  Thankfully, there was enough for lunch the following day, because I think I dreamed about those fajitas on Tuesday night.

Yummy.  The recipe is here.  Mine aren't perfectly round, but it doesn't really matter.
I do have a recommendation for the tortillas though.  I would recommend putting plastic (cling) wrap on whatever surface you are rolling the tortillas out at, as well as on top of the tortilla.  Before I did this, because I rolled the tortillas out pretty thin (using the cling wrap only on top), they were difficult to peel off the board without messing them up.  Once I used a piece of cling wrap underneath, folded it over the dough and then rolled out, I could just pick up the wrap and drop the flattened tortilla onto my hand and then onto the hot pan.  Easy peasy.  But really, who cares how the tortillas look! They taste amazing, so who cares if they are odd-shaped, right?

I didn't get a good photo of the fajitas.  The one I took did not do them justice, so I have opted not to even include it.   But, here is a photo of the little salad I made.  It was really good...especially as a dip for some tortilla chips.  We found some great chips with less than 5 ingredients at our local grocery store (HEB).  Honestly, we already had them in the pantry, so we were glad we were able to use them during the challenge.

I was excited to be able to simply go to our back patio and harvest some fresh basil off of our basil plant.  The basil smelled and tasted so fresh and was so fragrant.  Now, I know what I have been missing all of these years by not having a garden.  I am extremely anxious to harvest our first tomatoes, red bell peppers and squash.

Another day down, and 8 more to go in our pledge!

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