Lime Lover’s Nachos

28 03 2012

With work being so busy, I haven’t had a ton of time to cook dinner until recently. Last week, I saw that sweet potatoes were on sale, so I immediately changed my meal plan for the week so that it would include Jessica’s Sweet Potato Cream Pasta with Crispy Kale. HOLY YUM. The sauce my friends…I wanted to bathe in it! Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pictures. Jessica’s are better than any I’d take anyhow!

But that dish is not what this post is about! I had some sweet potatoes left over after making that recipe, so I prepared them one of my favorite ways- with lime and cilantro! A little different, yes, but I spotted this recipe on Epicurious awhile ago, and have made them on a number of occasions since.

A little bit of lime, a little bit of cilantro, and a hint of cayenne for some heat. I love the colors too!

Wait a second Steph, the post is titled “Lime Lover’s Nachos.” Where do the nachos come in? You’re not going to put potatoes on tortilla chips, are you?

Oh yes, I went there. Probably not the most elegant dish I’ve ever made and definitely on the weird side, but it worked!

I topped my Tostito’s hint of lime tortilla chips with some refried black beans, the cilantro lime sweet potatoes, some cheese, salsa, and some plain Greek yogurt. I also purchased an avocado for my nachos, but I forgot about it when I was preparing my dinner! Whoops!

An interesting combination for sure, but it worked well!

Lime Lover’s Nachos:

Ingredients:

Hint of Lime Nachos
Cilantro Lime Sweet Potatoes
Refried black beans
cheddar cheese shreds
plain Greek yogurt
salsa
avocado
cilantro (for garnish)
and any other nacho fixins you like!

Potatoes and Tortilla Chips? Who knew you’d be such a tasty combination? Get in my belly!

Question of the day: What’s a weird food combination you’ve tried that actually works?

Advertisements




There Are Hills in Florida?

26 03 2012

I learned this weekend that Florida is not just beaches and palm trees.

No my friends, Florida actually gets pretty rural and HILLY! It’s no Colorado or anything of that sort, but if you travel about 40 minutes away from the coast, the geography looks quite a bit different.

On Saturday, I went up to San Antonio, FL to run some hills with Meghann and Mary. And by “some” I mean 17 miles of hilly terrain. Ouch.

Ok, so it might not look THAT bad to some of you, but I certainly haven’t done any hill training up to this point.

Our carload of runners (Me, Meghann, Mary, her hubby Marcus, and his friend Anthony) arrived in the tiny town of San Antonio (who knew there was a San Antonio in FL?) a little before 8.

Anthony is pretty speedy, so he took off for 22(!). Mary’s also quite the running rockstar, so she took off on her planned 20. Marcus is injured, so he was super sweet and biked along with Mary 🙂 Before taking off with Mary, he gave us some directions for the route. We were pretty sure we got it, and took off on our own.

We were pretty good with the directions until about mile 6ish. We stopped to look at the map and recognized some of the landmarks that Marcus had told us about. We took a right as we thought we should, and I thankfully breathed a sigh of relief- to the left there was what looked to be a SUPER steep hill. Glad THAT wasn’t included in our run…

Shortly thereafter, we randomly ran past a zoo!

 

 

We stopped to take a few pictures before continuing on our way. Shortly thereafter, we came across an intersection that we thought we were supposed to hit a little later in our run. We kept moving, and after one more consult with Google Maps, we determined we definintely had missed a turn somewhere. At least we knew where we were, and decided that we’d probably hit our starting point at around mile 14, and then we’d just keep running for another 3 miles. We later found out that we actually were supposed to run up that super steep hill we had avoided. Whoops. It wasn’t intentional, I promise!

I had run out of water at mile 9ish, so was thankful that we’d be at a water fountain in 4 short miles. Unfortunately those miles seemed to last forever. I knew I relied on water a lot, but I didn’t realize how much until this run! I wanted to take a gel at mile 10ish, but without water, I held off until 14. I was DRAGGING at this point.

After our pit stop to hydrate, Meghann said that we only had three more miles to go. Only 3, I can do this. By this point, the clouds were clearing and the sun was starting to beat down on us. I can do this, I kept repeating to myself. Those may have been the slowest three miles ever, but I did them! 17 miles- CHECK!

Side note- This is Meghann’s watch. I would have taken a picture of my watch, but unfortunately, at one of the “map check” stops, I stopped my watch and forgot to restart it until a little over half a mile later. Then, I stopped it again at the water stop, and again, forgot to restart it until the watch beeped at me to let me know it was going into power save mode. DOH!

We did it! I’m so glad I had Meghann there to push me through those miles. I wouldn’t have done them alone! Thanks Meghann!

Hopefully, this run will help me to prepare for this:

At least the second half doesn’t look as bad as the first (minus that sneaky little uphill right at the end!)

I got home and made me a protein-packed omelette:

I filled it with some peppers, spinach, salsa, goat cheese, and some leftover “Mojito beans” and quinoa I had made for dinner the other day. I wouldn’t normally think to put beans in an omelette, but hey, it worked!

Topped with some Greek yogurt and cilantro, it was a perfect post-run meal!

I spent the rest of the day reading by the pool. Ah, March in Florida. I like it! 🙂

Question of the day: How was your weekend?





Reflections

22 03 2012

I like to keep things pretty light around here, but as I wrote what was on my mind, it just kinda happened to get a little more serious. I hope you don’t mind; lighthearted reads will return soon!

As I was swimming the other day, I was reflecting on what’s been happening in my life over the past 2 months. Here’s a few of my thoughts:

1) Moving across the country and starting a new job is HARD.

I was in my old job for nearly 5 years before leaving. So, it had kinda been awhile since I’d been the new kid on the block, and I forgot what that was like. Well, for the past few months I’ve felt like I’m playing catch up, trying to learn everything I can so I can actually DO the job they hired me for. And the playing catch up hasn’t been the hardest part; there’s a tremendous amount of work that needs to get done, all within a very tight time frame. Needless to say, the past few weeks have been incredibly busy and stressful. I barely had time to do anything other than eat, sleep, and work. I want to go out and explore my new city, meet new people, and start to lay some roots, but there just hasn’t been time, which was incredibly frustrating to me. I called/saw Bill several times last month and flat out cried because I was so miserable. He is incredibly supportive, always there for me when I need him, helping me to think realistically and positively about the situation, and doing sweet things to cheer me up:

exhibit A:

exhibit B:

I’ve also received some very sweet emails and messages checking in on how I was doing. Thank you everyone! And, thanks to social media, I’ve been able to connect with a few blogger/twitter friends to hang out/workout with. That’s made the transition a little easier, and luckily, work this week has been better (so far) too.  I’m hopeful that it will continue to improve. It just takes time to transition. 🙂

2) Whoever said, “You can’t go home,” was right.

I had the opportunity to go back to DC last weekend, and though I had an absolute BLAST, it didn’t feel the same. Maybe it was because I was crashing on couches and felt a little like a nomad, but it just wasn’t home anymore. I still LOVE DC, and can’t wait to plan another trip back, but the place I called home for 7 years, just isn’t anymore.

They also say that home is where the heart is, and I think I’m on board with that. Bill and my kitties are in Florida, and my heart is most certainly with them. I’ve had my kitties for two short months and they’ve easily won me over. The highlight of my day is walking home to little “Meows” and “Purrs,” from these cute faces:

This guy doesn’t purr, nor do I get to see him everyday, but he does make my heart go thump thump thump:

3) Take nothing for granted.

Two weeks ago, one of my coworkers left the office early because her daughter called to tell her that she needed emergency surgery. Unfortunately, her daughter never made it into the operating room; she passed away before they could help her. She was a healthy 22 year old who died unexpectedly. When we got the call, we were all in a state of shock. And though I don’t know my coworker that well yet and I never met her daughter, I was struck to the core. You never know what the day will bring. So tell the ones close to you that you love them and take nothing for granted.

Sorry to get so deep on you today, but I just wanted to share what’s been on my mind.

Have a great day friends!