I’ve been a bit of a scatterbrain today, having a hard time settling in to write. My excuse is below. In fact, I’ve written this paragraph several times, tried to decide whether to lead with my excuse or save it until the end. Finally decided that the end was better because it feels like kind of a downer.
The other day, my cousin Marcia posted on my facebook wall.
I agreed. It did sound yummy. You know how much I love quinoa. Add in some avocado and spice and I’m totally in. I had no intention of having these for breakfast (unless it was for leftovers the next day!). Dinner all the way. I followed the recipe pretty closely (click the facebook picture to be taken to the recipe). I was out of nutritional yeast, so I substituted a little Daiya mozzarella, and I added corn.
My pictures weren’t as pretty, but this sure was tasty.
After my success with the quinoa wraps, I was inspired (plus I had almost a whole package of whole wheat wraps). So I decided to make a simple, spicy seitan, rice and bean wrap. More success, so I figured I’d better share the recipe with you.
Spicy Seitan, Rice and Bean Wrap
1 cup white rice
1/2 cup salsa
1.5 cups water
1 can pinto beans
1/2 cup onions, sliced very thin, divided
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 package seitan (or one cup if you make your own)
salt and pepper to taste
whole wheat wraps or tortillas
Fillings: Avocado, salsa, onion, cilantro, vegan cheese (I used Daiya)
Prepare rice, using the salsa to substitute for 1/2 cup water. Cut the lime into quarters and squeeze two into the rice.
Heat beans, adding 1/4 cup sliced onions, squeeze in 1/4 of the lime, and allow to simmer while you prepare the seitan.
Preheat a pan with the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the seitan and cook until slightly browned. Squeeze 1/4 of the lime and add the salt and pepper.
Heat the wraps. Spoon in rice, beans, seitan, then add your favorite fillings. Roll, then cut in half.
I had a hard time settling down to write today. Lots going on. I was off today, but was originally planning to drive to San Diego. I have an aunt who fell the other day in her tub. She’s in the hospital, doing okay but weak. The doctor said that they might release her today, but they preferred a family member to be there. I am the only one since my sister moved to Texas, but fortunately I called before I left. After evaluation by a physical and occupational therapist, they decided to keep her another day, then transfer her to a rehab facility.
So, I ended up not going, but I still haven’t been able to settle in here. I’ve been fiddling around on facebook and twitter, reading other blogs, basically procrastinating. One day I will tell the story of my aunt and why this threw me off kilter, but in a nutshell, she was in a car accident about 25 years ago, suffered a brain injury, and since then she has isolated herself, cut off communication, and lived a solitary and bitter life. I’m hopeful that I may be able to reestablish some kind of relationship with her, at least enough to keep her from being so alone.
Tomorrow we’re off to another invitational meet. In other cross country news (I know you’ve been wondering!), our varsity girls team finished fourth in our league meet on Wednesday, which if they can hold on will send them on to CIF semi-finals in November. We have two more league meets, but I think they will continue to get better and hold on to fourth place.
What’s in store for your weekend?