Do you guys have a food that you know isn’t very good for you so you cannot let yourself even try it, because you know if you do it will be so delicious you won’t ever be able to resist it?
Well I do, and here it is in all its glory.
Muffins. Banana walnut muffins from Druxy’s in particular.
Whenever we have a meeting in the morning, we usually have refreshments, including coffee and a big ol’ platter from Druxy’s with cookies (I never should have tried cookies either), pastries and muffins. I’ll go for the cookies and the pastries, but I always stay far, far away from the muffins.
Here is my reasoning. Pastries are not dangerous to me, because I associate them as a treat food and I know I won’t eat them on a daily basis. Same with cookies. (Usually.) They are both desserts (in my mind).
But muffins are sneaky. Muffins seem like they would be healthy, but we all know they are not (unless you make them yourself, and then I guess you can healthify them up). When you buy muffins from Starbucks, Tim Hortons, etc. they are not good for you. I don’t know for sure about Druxy’s muffins, because I can’t find their muffin nutrition facts on their website, but I just know they are bad news and probably full of calories, fat, sugar, and sodium.
So I never tried them, because I knew as soon as I had one taste of those muffins, I would be all up in Druxy’s grill every day at mid-morning snack time purchasing a muffin (because there’s a Druxy’s in my building, remember).
I don’t know why this rule doesn’t apply to pastries and cookies (unless a platter of cookies is brought straight to my desk of course), but it doesn’t. It only applies to muffins. My tummy thinks they are a quick and delicious, healthy snack, and my brain cannot convince it otherwise.
So guess what. At our last meeting, I caved and I tried a dang muffin. And now?
I am forgoing my beautiful Greek yogurt snack in the morning, and I am all up in Druxy’s grill grabbing a banana walnut muffin (they are SO GOOD).
I swear they call to me from Druxy’s downstairs. This is what they are saying to me:
(Well, those are mini muffins, but you get the idea.)
It’s not every morning, but the muffins must stop. My current strategy is to trick my tummy into forgetting how delicious they are. I was able to stay away today, but I don’t know if I will have the willpower tomorrow…
Anyway, moving on…
Immediately after work today I changed into my running garb and hit the pavement. I completed a 5k loop in about 31 minutes, and I wasn’t really feeling it in the beginning (I felt great after though!), so to get my mind to forget about what my body was doing, I started to fantasize about dinner.
I had ground chicken chilling in my fridge, so my original idea was to make tacos, but then I remembered that we are out of cheese. I am sorry, but I believe that you can NOT have tacos without cheese. It should be illegal.
I did feel like something a little Mexican-y though, and I wanted to use that chicken, so I started going through every possible Mexican dish I could make with that chicken that I hadn’t made before. I just wanted something meaty (this coming after my meatless Monday).
This actually turned out really well, and I was seriously impressed with the flavour (note: meatloaf is unattractive, sorry, but that’s just the way it is.)
I got the base recipe from here, but I ended up doing my own thang.
Serves 4-6 (or two with leftovers)
- 1 pound ground chicken (you could also use beef or turkey)
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups bread crumbs
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 small yellow onion, chopped
- 1 cup salsa
- 1 package low-sodium taco seasoning mix (or regular)
- 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (optional – I had to omit this, but I know it would have been great with it!)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8×4 inch loaf pan.
- In a large bowl, mix together everrrrrything except for the cheese. Pack into the loaf pan.
- Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven. Top with cheese, and serve with sour cream and extra salsa (both optional, I did not).
I thought this was delicious, and one thing I am always impressed by when I make meatloaf is how easy it is! Very minimal prep. Perfect for a weeknight.
I served mine with cauliflower that I steamed in the microwave with one of those Ziplock steamer bags. Also super easy!
We have about half the loaf leftover, so I know what’s for lunch tomorrow!
And while you’re here, this is what was for lunch today!
Chicken sandwich with light veggie cream cheese on one side of the bread, spinach, tomato and mustard. And some baby carrots on the side that went unpictured.
And I’m outta here. Catcha lata!
Any foods you purposely do not even try because you know you will just like it too much and eat it all the time?