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Burrito Salad

This past weekend for our Saturday night dinner event, I served build-your-own burritos, in the style of places like Chipotle and Freebirds. Basically I was craving a burrito and didn’t want to travel an hour away to get one.

Inevitably I made WAY too much food for our dwindling number of summer participants (FOUR), so that ultimately meant LEFTOVERS. Edgar and I have had some combination of our leftover dishes in practically every lunch and dinner since Sunday night, but I’m not complaining. Sure could do worse!

Normally when I go to Chipotle/Freebirds, I order a veggie burrito with cilantro-lime rice, fajita veg, corn salsa, black beans, guacamole, and queso fresco. But sometimes I like to mix things up and get it in the form of a salad! And that’s what inspired this lunch I had Monday afternoon.


  • Spinach/arugula blend
  • Raw kale
  • Cilantro-lime brown rice
  • Sauteed peppers and onions
  • Barracho black beans
  • Roasted Corn Salsa
  • Queso Fresco

I’d add some avocado, but there weren’t any perfectly ripe ones at United that day. Sad day.



I’ll leave you with a quick recipe!

Roasted Corn Salsa

2 ears of corn
3 tsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 jalapeno, seeded, and diced small
1 large shallot, diced small
1 small tomato, diced small, rinsed of excess moisture and seeds
2 tbsp chopped cilantro
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt

Peel off husks and cornsilk from the corn cobs. Brush 1 tsp of olive oil on the corn cobs and roast on a grill (or on a cast iron pan on the stove set over medium-high), rotating every few minutes until evenly speckled with roasted bits of corn.

Cut corn off cobs and place in a medium bowl. Mix in the jalapeno, shallot, tomato, and cilantro.

In a separate small bowl, mix remaining 2 tsp of olive oil, lime juice, sugar, and salt. Then mix into the corn.

Serve immediately at room temp-ish, or chill.


Have you ever been to a burrito bar? What do you normally order?

What’s in the bag?

Have I mentioned that I have been sick for the past week?

I seem to have some sort of cold, and every day I have a different exhausting symptom. Last week I took two sick days off work, and this morning I came into work late because I woke up with this nasty mucus on top of being completely wiped out. My supervisor asked me at work if I needed to go home, but I said I was functional, plus I have a lot of work to finish before leaving for Europe…. NEXT WEEK!

Going to work later this morning did allow me to get my “lunchbox” compiled in some sort of conscious manner.


On the menu:

Black beans (canned, unsalted) and roasted sweet potatoes, sprinkled with kosher salt, cinnamon, and red curry powder (YUM!)


I roasted the potatoes after spraying it with this new product I found at Walmart the other day:


I know, it’s basically fancy Pam, but unlike Pam, it has NO PROPELLANTS and NO CHEMICALS, which I’ve come to be able to detect in my food. Even though I have a reuseable spritz bottle that I normally fill with oil, it only works correctly some of the time, so I figured I’d give this a good try.



To go with my beans and sweet potatoes, I sauteed the rest of my organic swiss chard in some bacon fat reside from breakfast and some honey balsamic vinegar. Yum!


For a snack, I also packed plain, Greek, nonfat yogurt with blackberries, pomegranate arils, and a drizzle of raw honey. This is that Straus brand yogurt I picked up at Sun Harvest a few weekends back. I have to be honest and say that it’s not my favorite. It’s too tangy for my taste. Like, almost sour. So far I think Stonyfield may still be my favorite, though Athenos is also good. I won’t even talk about Siggi’s because of the price tag….. ohgoodheavens….



Also tossed in a banana and an orange. And I must say, just moments after I packed all this in my bag, I realized I was hungry and pulled out the banana and ate it.


And some organic 70% dark chocolate, for good measure. Winking smile



30 Day Challenge
Day 6: Your zodiac sign and if you think it fits your personality (obviously I don’t consider these consecutive 30 days!)

My sign is virgo.

I don’t care about this whole idea that the zodiacs “changed.”

I don’t care enough about astrology to give it much thought.

But for the sake of the challenge, I looked up what “virgo” is supposed to mean.

With an acute attention to detail, the Virgo is the sign in the zodiac most dedicated to serving. Their deep sense of the humane leads them to caregiving like no other, while their methodical approach to life ensures that nothing is missed. The Virgo is often gentle and delicate, preferring to step back and analyze before moving ahead

Practical, loyal, hardworking, analytical, kind.

Worry, shyness, overly critical of self and others, all work and no play.

Charismatic marks:
A certain, reserved manner marks the classic Virgo. Virgos are generally medium to slight in build.

Cleanliness, animals, healthy foods, books, nature.

Taking center stage, rudeness, asking for help.

Best environment:
Virgo is most at home in the company of animals and close to nature. Virgo likes power and enjoys being the sidekick or indispensable assistant

I would say that the first paragraph is more or less like me. I’m very detail oriented, and I enjoy serving others. I do often think before I act.

As for the strengths, I would say they are all pretty descriptive of me, that is if you keep a loose interpretation of the term “hardworking.” Winking smile

As for weaknesses, I can be pretty critical at times, but at other times I’m not critical at all, so I’d say that’s 50/50. However, the all work and no play idea is definitely NOT an idea I subscribe to! I am pretty shy, though. I used to be more worrisome than I am now…

Charismatic marks? Reserved manner? I ‘m reserved (ie. quiet, keep to myself, etc.) around those with whom I am not close. I’m very NOT reserved (ie. LOUD, OPEN, and sometimes OBNOXIOUS) around those with whom I am close. I have no idea what this medium-to-slight-in-build thing is supposed to mean. I have a large body frame…

Likes? I like cleanliness, I do. I don’t typically live clean, though. Hah! Animals, healthy foods, books, nature, YES!

Dislikes? All true.

The best environment thing is pretty accurate, though I don’t feel the need to be close to animals.


Meh, so I guess they are pretty accurate, at least in this special case. I don’t believe it has anything to do with astrology being reliable. I think it’s just because all these attributes are fairly general and are applicable enough to a great number of people. I’m also a first-born, so that may be part of it.




What did you eat for lunch today?

What would your ideal packed lunch contain?

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