Friday, September 4, 2015

A Few Things Friday

I'm a bit scatterbrained right now with a hectic work schedule and preparing for my west coast trip so today is going to be a bunch of randomness!  No better way to start off the holiday weekend right?!

1.  I have been making and eating faux Chipotle burrito bowls all summer long.  How do I make these you might wonder?  Well I'll tell you!  They involve very little cooking which is a HUGE plus!

The base is this summer salad recipe I got from my sister last year and have made dozens of times since because I love it so much:

(Black beans, red pepper, cilantro.
I left out the corn this time because I ate corn-on-the-cob with dinner)
Then I add some ground turkey with taco seasoning:
Sometimes I stop there and sometimes I add rice.  This was brown rice in a bag which took about 2 minutes to make in the microwave! HA

And TA-DA!  A delicious homemade burrito bowl:

If I make this at the beginning of the week, there are enough leftovers that I can eat it for dinner for the rest of the week.  So quick and easy when I come home from work.  And that is the extent of my cooking and meal planning abilities.

2.  While we're on the topic of food, I ate at Nalley Fresh for the first time ever this week and it was SO good!  I can't believe I've never tried it before.  It's a salad place that has 6 locations around Baltimore.  You can build your own salad with whatever ingredients you want and they have a ton to choose from.  Everything was incredibly fresh and delicious, and it kind of reminded me of my favorite-ever salad restaurant in the world, Chop't. 

3.  Still talking food here.  (You would think I'm starving but I'm typing this right after dinner.) Anywho, you know how Amazon sends you emails with recommendations based on past purchases?  Well, I received one of those recently and this was one of the items they recommended...GAG!

Just looking at that picture again is making me nauseous.  I don't eat potato chips (don't like them) and I am not really a fan of ketchup.  So a ketchup potato chip sounds like my worst nightmare.  The rest of the email contained vitamins, protein bars and running socks so I have no idea why they thought ketchup flavored potato chips would tickle my fancy.  BARF

4.  MORE FOOD.  What is going on with me tonight?!  Naked finally came out with some non-dairy  protein drinks.  So I picked up this one recently to try:

It's non-dairy and vegan and contains a bunch of fruit, which are all good things, but I didn't realize the protein was soy-based.  I've been trying to stay away from that so I probably won't buy this again, and the flavor wasn't that great either.  Live and learn.

5.  And finally a NON FOOD item!  I got these shoes for the wedding I'll be attending in CA at DSW for $10!!!  I kid you not.

They were on clearance for $20 and then I had a $10 coupon.  I felt like an extreme couponer without the cameras and fame.  The only wedding appropriate shoes I have are heels, and since the wedding is going to be outside at a vineyard I wanted comfortable flats or wedges.  These are wedges and they are really really comfortable.  They are almost as comfy as the flip flips that are permanently attached to my feet.

And that concludes my rambling for today!

Have a great Labor Day weekend, and remember SUMMER'S NOT OVER!

Do you have any quick go-to dinner meals?

Does Amazon ever give you bizarro recommendations?

What was the last great deal you got?!


  1. I went to Nalley Fresh when it first opened and it doesn't replace Chop't in my mind, but it was pretty good! I liked that I could get noodles in my salad. That was pretty cool. I haven't been back since though... even though it's in my office building haha

  2. Super cute shoes and it sounds like they'll be ideal for that particular wedding!

  3. Cute shoes!
    Blah- Summer is still holding on strong here and it is like the outer rings of hell. So not a fan.
    Have a great weekend!!

  4. Love those shoes! I like ketchup potato chips, and they are huge in Canada :D

  5. Eww ketchup potato chips sounds gross! That burrito bowl looks delicious.

  6. Your burrito bowl looks delicious. I love the shoes. Very pretty.

  7. Yayyyy for faux burrito bowls! That's my most recent love, haha. :] It looks delicious!

    And...ketchup potato chips. NO, Amazon, NO!

    But yay for great deals! :P Those shoes are super pretty!

  8. So I had chipotle for the first time over the weekend... And I have to say, WHOA BABY - that is going to happen FAR MORE... That chicken is the bomb!