Friday Faves

What a weird week. It was a 3-day weekend for most of us, which was nice! My 3 day weekend was kind of interrupted, but also kind of extended when I had to fly down to Santa Barbara Monday afternoon for work the next day. I got home Tuesday night (after 5 ours of travel each way), and all of a sudden my normal workweek was down to 3 days! It has still felt like a long week, with my new schedule and all, so I am actually seriously saying TGIF today!

Here are some things I enjoyed doing, eating, and watching this week!

1) SoCal Mexican Food

The closer to the border, the better the food. Shortly after landing in Santa Barbara, I went to La Super-Rica with my old housemate & friends. SO GOOD. You choose from a menu of about 20 items all priced under $5, each item comes with a taco “filling” and 2-3 HOMEMADE tortillas. I got 2 — guacamole as well as pinto beans with chorizo & bacon. And I ate it up in all 4 tortillas. For 6 bucks.

P.S. We found out when I checked in on foursquare that the famed restaurant has been on Man vs. Food…but what we didn’t know was apparently French foodie Julia Child loved it too!

2) Breaking Bad

La Tortuga. Nuff said. Workin’ my way through the end of season 2!

3) Breakfast

After I made oatmeal for myself, I then proceeded to make fancy breakfasts the next 3 days. I’m usually not much of a breakfast person — I made whole wheat french toast two days in a row, followed by a  perfectly fried egg on toast for T-Man! (I took the not as perfect one for myself :))

4) The DNC

I get the feeling politics are a little taboo to talk about in Food Blog Land, but I do work in state politics so it’s hard for me to stay away! My roomie (who also works in politics) and I were glued to our computer screens watching Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Warren, and Bill Clinton speak. I was impressed by and, as someone who also has college loan debts, related to the FLOTUS, but I was really blown away by Bill Clinton’s clear stating of the facts. All self-indulgent off-script rants and raves aside 🙂 I also watched the RNC and was impressed to a certain degree, but I’m overall feeling very good about the Dems.

5) Blind wine tasting

The night I was in SB, we also did a blind wine taste test with bottles of wine ranging from $10-$2 in price! Apparently, blind tastings are actually really hard to do with cheap wines that don’t always taste like they’re supposed to 😛 Greg got all 3 right though! I’m getting another chance this weekend when I go to a friends place in the Central Valley to stomp grapes and do more “white trash” taste tests!

6) Being “healed”

10 weeks after breaking my hand, this is what my bone looks like then vs. now. As you can tell, it isn’t exactly 100% healed. But it’s healed enough that my doctor says I can start wearing my splint less and start rehabbing my wrist and fingers! The bad news is, he thinks my long healing time is indicative of low bone density and wants me to get tested to see if I have osteopenia or osteoporosis. Seriously? I’m not even 24 yet!

Have a great weekend! I hope to not become this lady when I go grape stomping tomorrow:

Mexican Pizza

I bought a bike this week!

The summer I returned from a year studying abroad, I went to visit my friends at UCSB who were just graduating. I was fortunate enough to inherit Daisy, my graduating friend Mallory’s purple beach cruiser, and I looooved her! But I had to leave her when I moved home, and have been bikeless ever since.

Welp, my chauffeur boyfriend just started working on a congressional campaign (70+ hours a week) so I realized that I needed a bike. Thus, Daisy 2.0 was born.

I can now leave home 7 minutes before work and get there on time! I can stop at home and change before getting to a 6:45pm dodgeball game! And most importantly, I can bike home at lunch and have time to make a delicious and nutritious meal. Enter: Mexican Pizza.

One good thing about T-Man working so much is that I can make food with beans in it. He will try pretty much anything I make…Anything, that is, that doesn’t include mushrooms (okay), tomatoes (understandable), or BEANS (what?!). This is a problemo, people. I love beans. They’re full of fiber and protein, and you can work them into so many dishes! Like this “pizza”.

Mexican Pizza with Pico de Gallo
Serves 1
2 tortillas (I just discovered La Tortilla Factory‘s Fiber & Flax corn tortillas… only 90 calories + 5 grams of fiber in 2 tortillas!)
1/2 cup refried beans (I used a fat-free variety from Trader Joe’s Jose’s)
1/4 cup zucchini, sliced (or veggies of your choice)
2-3 tbs shredded cheese
1-2 tsp hot sauce
oil of your choice

Pico de Gallo
for 1 pizza
1/2 tomato, diced with seeds and juices removed
1/4 cup onion
1/2 jalapeno, diced (optional)
1 tbs lime juice
1 tbs fresh cilantro, chopped

1. Combine hot sauce and refried beans in a microwave-safe container. Microwave until warm, probably no longer than a minute.

2. With your stove at medium heat, add a small amount of oil to pan (I used my misto). While it’s heating up, spread 1/2 of bean mixture onto a tortilla. Carefully place, tortilla side down, on the pan. Decrease heat to low.

3. Add sliced veggies on top of the beans. At this point, I covered the pan so that the veggies would cook through a little bit. Once veggies are cooked, add as much (or as little) cheese as you want. Feel free to add seasonings at this point

4. Spread remainder of bean mixture on 2nd tortilla and place on it on top (tortilla side down again). Cover until heated through.

5. While you wait, dice up the ingredients for your Pico de Gallo and toss together.

6. If desired, add more cheese. Note: I always desire more cheese.

7. Remove from heat, top with pico de gallo, and chow down!

Sure, it’s not authentic, but it’s a super simple, filling and pretty nutritious meal. You can make it so many different ways: crisp up the tortillas in some oil, use different veggies or mashed black beans instead of refried…the possibilities are endless!

Yesterday, I omitted the second tortilla, added a boatload of bell peppers, onions and tomatoes, and made it into an open-faced tostada of sorts:

And check out the approximate nutrition facts for the above meal:

Quick, healthy lunches: I have found you!

Now excuse me as I get ready to bike home at lunch (because I can) and bake cookies for the boyfriend’s work BBQ. I think my famous orange creamsicle cookies will most certainly convince them to let him have a few days off…Recipe and photos to come soon 🙂