I cannot BELIEVE tomorrow is the day I go to New Orleans! When I booked the trip so many months ago, it seemed so far away and now, it’s here! So excited! By the way, a bunch of people have left comments about how much fun they had in New Orleans or other random things about the city so I imagine many of you have visited yourself. Do you have any specific recommendations on places to go or things to see/do? We only have one plan so far – a cooking demo of authentic New Orleans cuisine on Saturday – so any ideas are much appreciated!
Last night I had a healthy date with my friend Amber, so she came over and we went up to the gym to workout and then had dinner, wine, and talked for hours. It was such a fun night – and the perfect way to maintain a healthy lifestyle but still be social! Since I had a pretty intense workout Monday evening, I just wanted to run a bit last night and ended up doing 30 minutes on the treadmill then 5 minutes walking. I started with 15 minutes at 6.0 mph, and then moved it up by .1 every minute until I got to 7.0, and then started moving it back down by .1 every minute. To be honest I thought I had it set to 45 minutes, but apparently I had put in 30, so when it went into cool down mode I didn’t object and just walked for the 5 minute cooldown.
I also did 30 crunches after the run and its amazing to me how hard it was. I used that machine where you hold the handles behind your head and it crunches with you, and only managed 2 sets of 15 before my abs were burning. I need to start doing ab work more regularly…
After the gym, we had an awesome and super easy dinner – spiced mushroom and lentil tacos. The original recipe is here but I made some modifications. I started with my ingredients for the “meat”
- can of lentils
- taco seasoning
- 1 onion
- 1 clove of garlic
- 2 tsp olive oil
- rough chopped mushrooms (last minute addition)
Start by chopping the clove of garlic and the entire onion.
Heat 2 tsp olive oil in a pan, and then add in your garlic and onion. Once that goes for about 2-3 minutes and starts getting soft, add in your mushrooms.
After that cooks together for another 1-2 minutes, add in the drained can of lentils, plus the packet of taco seasoning.
Keep it over medium heat until the mixture is heated through, and then start mashing the mixture together with a wooden spoon or spatula.
This was the perfect taco filling. Super flavorful, delicious, AND healthy!
We each started with two tacos.
Spring mix, lentil mushroom taco mix, tomatoes, shredded cheese, and light sour cream.
I love tacos because you can make so many changes to them based on what you’re craving (and what’s in your kitchen).
We each ended up going back for one more because they were so delicious. I think this is an awesome alternative to regular ground beef for tacos, and though it doesn’t taste like meat, its just as satisfying and could please a meat lover as well as a vegetarian. I can’t wait to make these for Wil because I really think he’ll love them even though he bleeds beef.
Amber and I with a post workout glow? 🙂
What is your favorite kind of taco? I love fish tacos with fried fish and napa cabbage slaw – but these ones are a close second!