1. Last night one of the other residents in my apartment complex organized a birthday party for our unofficial on-site manager who was turning 92! I hope that I can be in half as good of shape as he is when (if) I get to that age. Someone asked if the faucet in his apartment tapped into the fountain of youth (he has been living in the same apartment since the 1950s), and he laughed and said his advice was to “eat lots of vegetables!”
2. Over the last year or so, my office has implemented a series of “healthy living” initiatives including on-site exercise classes and lunchtime meetings/demos with nutritionists. And, sadly, I discovered the other day that these initiatives have now reached the vending machine. While I am all for healthy options, I was really craving a candy bar on Tuesday afternoon. I don’t visit the vending machine all that frequently, but the last time I did, there were plenty of choices. Unfortunately, that is not the case anymore. There were nutrigrain bars, fiber one bars, low-fat looking cookies, trail mix and baked potato chips. No chocolate in sight. So I went back to my desk and had a fiber one bar (one that I got at the grocery store and did not cost me $1). It was such a disappointment.
3. I need some new quick and easy dinner ideas. As I posted on Twitter yesterday, all too frequently I spent some part of my afternoon thinking about great tasty things to make for dinner and then I get home and am too hungry, tired, or lazy to take the time to cook anything and just have a giant bowl of cereal. Or I heat up a can of soup or frozen dinner. I have a range of excuses: it's annoying to cook for one, I don't have a dishwasher so the clean up from multi-pot dishes is annoying, I don't have time to make something complicated, etc.
Last night I actually managed to cook a big batch of "filling" for veggie burritos. It's a very easy (non) recipe that I got from a friend and attempt to make on a semi-regular basis. I just brown an onion then add corn, tomato, black beans and green chilies. I usually just use one onion and a can of each of the others, but I'm sure fresh or frozen would work just as well. Last night I threw in some peppers (frozen) as well. I either throw it in a tortilla with some cheese or with rice. I end up with leftovers for one or two other meals, which is nice because I don't have to go through the dinner dilemma for the next few nights!
If you have any easy favorites, please share. I could use the help!