Monday, September 3, 2012

What's For Dinner? Lentil Tacos

Being an evil banker, I had Labor Day off - the sad thing is, that even on a third day off I don't feel rested or reinvigorated. But it has been a fairly busy weekend - lots of studying, both for the CAPM exam, and for my micro and macro economics classes.

For dinner tonight I made tacos - beef for the Man, but I wanted to give lentils another try. I made some a couple months ago, but didn't use enough water and they came out too hard. This time, thanks to my friend @minniehopeless , I used plenty of water and they were nice and tender. The addition of taco seasoning (packaged, I am lazy), they carried plenty of flavor.

I've never been one of those people that believe substitutes taste "exactly the same!" - like some people claim shredded zucchini or spaghetti squash tastes "just like pasta!" But as I told them man as I was eating them, it's not that  they tasted just like the ground beef, it was that I didn't really notice the difference - the seasoning was there, and the toppings were delicious - and they were a nice, plant based protein - much less fat than the ground beef.

I did exercise the luxury of making my own taco shells. My favorite tortilla brand Mission has yellow corn tortillas that are just 80 calories for two of them and they are made without lard. Far fewer calories than packaged taco shells, even when you consider the oil absorbed when I pan fry and shape them.

We had tomatoes, sour cream, 2% Mexican 4-cheese blend, shredded lettuce, and taco sauce to top everything off. Definitely scratched my Mexican food itch!

Not looking forward to tomorrow - I have my repeat CT scan in the morning, and have to drink 2 pretty big bottles of contrast solution - it's "mochachino" flavor, hopefully it won't be disgusting. I'm not sure my fistula is fully healed, so I'm wondering how helpful this will be, but hopefully the lymph node they didn't like will have calmed down - otherwise, I suspect I'll be seeing a specialist to rule out any nasty problems. Not sure when I'll get results - hopefully by the end of the week.

My Meals

  • 1 cup Kashi Go Lean! cereal
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • Mini tuna melts
  • 1 cup steamed broccoli
  • 1 tsp butter
  • Dannon Light & Fit raspberry yogurt
  • 1/3 cup organic French green lentils - seasoned with commercial taco seasoning
  • 3 yellow corn tortillas shaped into shells with about 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 oz 2% Mexican 4-cheese blend
  • 1 tbsp sour cream
  • lettuce, tomatoes, taco sauce
Planned Snack
  • Yasso Frozen Greek yogurt bar - raspberry
Water - 60 oz

Exercise - Biggest Loser PowerSculpt DVD Level 2 - increased weights to 4lb each, 259 calories burned, Avg HR 123, Max HR 151, definitely felt the increased intensity

Daily Totals: 923 calories, 29.7g fat, 122.1g carbohydrates, 41.8g sugars, 60.3g protein


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