Welcome February! January was certainly a learning curve for me in terms of the business and getting used to all that. I have to share a funny (sort of) story about my old job. A week or so ago, I got a call from one of the account managers. I guess he missed the memo that I was gone.
Them: “Hi Lori, are you typing today?” That was always the opening to having a specific job for me.
Me: “I haven’t worked there since the end of last year.”
Them: “Really? Well, do you want to type anyway?”
For real. LOL. Uhm… No, I do not want to type for you.
My computer actually seems to be getting better. It’s almost like it had a stroke and is slowly recovering. Not to make light of strokes, but it is coming back online bit by bit. So, I’m not going to get a new one for now. It still has some problems, but I can work with it and save money in the budget for a future computer.
Anyway, here are a couple of food finds. As you probably know, John is a vegetarian. I don’t like to eat a ton of soy products and I don’t really want John eating a ton of them, but finding non-soy meat analogs for protein can be difficult. We tried some Quorn:
It’s made from a mycoprotein, which I don’t want to think about too hard. This version is the crumbles. I used it in the crockpot to make my favorite chili recipe:
- 1 lb lean ground meat of choice, browned in a pan – or in our case the veggie crumbles
- 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
- 1 clove of garlic, finely minced
- 1 (15) oz can petite diced tomatoes (undrained)
- 1 (2 oz) can of diced green chilies (or just buy a can of rotel for these 2 ingredients)
- 1 (15 oz) can of plain tomato sauce
- 1-1/2 Tbsp chili powder
- 1/2 tbsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tbsp paprika
- 2 tsp cocoa powder
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 (15 oz) can beans drained and rinsed – I like the little white beans, personally
Put all of this in the crockpot and cook on low for 4-1/2 to 5 hours and you get a very nice, flavorful chili:
Which brings me to the other item, the itty bitty pretzels!
Long-time readers know that I like big serving sizes and getting the most surface area for the calorie buck. Over the summer, we like to do our Friday night beer walk. The craft brewer we go to has BYO snacks and I love pretzels with my beer. We found this one day and I was a happy camper. There is a bit over 50 little pretzels in a serving!
That’s Snyder’s of Hanover if you can’t get the whole brand name there.
Lastly, not a food find, but here is something that people might want to be using. The environment shouldn’t be a political issue. Period. We all should be doing our part and it’s going to continue to need a lot of help. I’ve been doing the #FollowtheFrog campaign with the Rainforest Alliance. Every few days they send you tips on what you can do to be more eco-friendly. One of the tips was to use Ecosia. Ecosia is a browser extension that you can install as a search engine. They use 80% of the ad revenue generated to plant trees. You can bookmark the search engine or install the extension (which you don’t have to use, you can always switch back to Google). Every little bit counts.