So all in all I would say that I had a very satisfactory 16th birthday. Nothing really all that exciting went on, but things went alright. I had a really hard workout in the morning, as per usual, and then wasted time for a couple hours. No doctors apointment on this birthday... that happened last year. I did go the day before, though... Anyway, in the morning M and I made a trip down to the Acemart, which is a supply store for restaurants and places of that nature. It was rather interesting, and I saw an immersion blender the size of a leaf-blower... that was odd, I thought. But, hey, I guess people really do need elephantine immersion blenders. Sure... I also saw one of those really cool neon yellow mustard containers, which I thought was the funniest thing in the whole store. Aside from that soy sauce container... All in all, it was pretty interesting to see restaurant supplies in a store. You never really think about where those things come from, but they have to come from somewhere! Oh yeah, you know those booths that you sometimes sit at in restaurants? Well, I saw one of those for sale too. M said that, since we need a kitchen table, we could just get one of those. Now wouldn't that be odd. I would really, really like that. It would totally be the talk of the neighborhood... After lunch, I wanted to volunteer at the food pantry with D, but there was literally nothing to do, so I got D to take me to Whole Foods. I always looooove to look in those fancy-pants grocery stores and see all the different varieties of foods. Just can't get enough of them! And then I made a fabulous stir fry for dinner, which I will post later. D got me one of those onion savers, and he is still looking for a bell pepper saver, because I told him that's what I really wanted. M is going to get me a panini press, maybe from William Sonoma. Wouldn't that be exciting?
On a very different note- these tacos. I have been craving this sort of thing for a long time now, and my cravings are gone thanks to these crunchy, protein-packed tacos. They're full of flavour, thanks to one of those lovely taco seasoning packet, and super easy to make. You could get really creative with the toppings, but here I just went with cheese, cabbage, and Laughing Cow cream cheese, which was good enough for me.
14.5 oz can tomato sauce
Water, as needed
Hard taco shells
Toppings like cheese and lettuce
Heat a pot over medium heat, and sauté the onion for 8 minutes, until tender. Add the TVP, taco seasoning, and tomato sauce. Stir well, and then add about ¼ cup water. Keep adding water as needed, stirring occasionally, until the TVP won’t soak up anymore. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes, or until ready to serve. Spoon onto taco shells (you can warm these in the oven for a couple minutes if you would like), and add your toppings.