I am lousy with good intentions.
I have recently been trying to eat less meat.
I flip flop back and forth between being a carnivore and herbivore, and have done so for years. Mostly because I enjoy judging people for not being as healthy as me. Plant based diets aren’t easy though. They require a considerable amount of planning, time and often, money. That’s why I never stick with it for very long. I’m not the best at planning ahead, or budgeting my time, or budgeting in general. This time around, I’ve been trying to keep things as simple as possible by planning minimal ingredient recipes. I’ve also been making meals ahead of time so that I have something available when I get the hangries.
I was crushing it. Was.
A weekend of excessive drinking, exhausting work hours, and an ambitious school schedule have a way of knocking me dead on my ass. Well thought out menus were replaced by fast food, late night pub grub and oven ready pizza. I’ve once again flip flopped. Unfortunately, I’ve still got a crisper full of decomposing produce and I can’t afford to keep eating out.
After leaving work the other day, exhausted and in no mood for domestic work.
I was broke and hungry, and I had no choice. I had to roll up my sleeves and get my Martha on.
The result…Ugly Vegan Fajitas.
What you need:
4 days Sleep Deprivation
1ea Oven that doesn’t work all that well
2lbs Mixed Veggies (summer squash, peppers, onions, tomatoes, potatoes, etc..)
1/4cup Olive Oil
Some Kosher Salt
6ea Whole Wheat Tortillas
What to do:
Basically take whatever veggies you’ve got on hand, cut them up, season them with some olive oil and kosher salt, spread them out in a single layer onto a baking sheet. Roast them in a preheated, 450 degree oven for 10-15 minutes or until they take on a bit of color. Take the veggies out and drizzle the skillet sauce over them. Put them back in the oven for a couple more minutes and you’re good to go. Heat your tortillas in a skillet. Simple.
So my fajitas turned out ugly. My oven is old. Not cool early 70’s old…bad late 90’s old. It doesn’t get hot enough. I also loaded my pan up with too many veggies because I was in a hurry. Both things lead to mushy, pale pile of veg that didn’t caramelize. The fajitas tasted great though. Next time I’ll take my time and do these up right.
As for my part time plant based diet? I’m working on finding a balance.
Tonight for dinner, I had leftover refried black beans and corn chips. Balance.