Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Vegetarian Meal #5 of 10

Today I gargled salt water, loaded up on vitamin D and C, and drank lots of water and tea. Unfortunately, I am not feeling much better - this cold is really trying to get me! I am going to fight back some more this evening (maybe try a hot toddie that Maggie recommended).

Lunch today was some taco beef on brown rice:

With salsa on top:

And a pear:

I had trouble making it through the afternoon at work, as I felt like I wanted to curl up in the corner and go to sleep. I planned for a sub for tomorrow - just in case.

Dinner tonight was Vegetarian Recipe #5 of 10 (I am trying to make 10 new veggie recipes this month). Today was:

Tabouli Salad and Bulgur/ Tofu Stuffed Peppers
  • To make the bulgur: add 1 cup to 3 cups water, bring to a boil, and then cover and put on low for 20 minutes or so.
  • To make the salad: peel and cut up 1/2 cucumber, add chopped tomatoes, chopped green onion, raisins, 2 T olive oil, and 1 T lemon juice.

  • Add about 2/3 of a cup of bulgur (cooled) to the salad

  • To make the peppers: Cut 2 peppers in half, sprinkle some cheese in the bottom

  • Sautee some onions

  • Add the onions and some chopped tofu to the pepeprs

  • Spoon the cooked bulgur into the peppers and stick a little bit more cheese into the tops

  • Bake in the oven for 20 minutes @ 375

My portion:

This was my first time trying bulgur, and I absolutely LOVED it! It is a lot like rice, and better than cous cous and quinoa in my opinion - much better.
It was SO easy to make too.

Wikipedia says that, "Bulgur is more nutritious than rice and couscous, because it contains more fiber, more vitamins and minerals, and has a better glycemic index than white rice or couscous."

This was an excellent dinner ... looks like a lot of carbs, but the peppers didn't have much bulgur in them (there is not much room in a pepper), and I only ate 1/2 the salad pictured.

I am going to have a hot shower, make myself a "hot toddie" and curl up on the couch for a little while, before I go to bed early.

I think my body is trying to tell me to s-l-o-w down and take it easy. I have been spreading myself very thin over the last couple of months, and I am starting to feel a little bit worn out.

Do you take on more than you can handle, or do you manage to have a perfect balance in your life?


kalin (eating machine) said...

i hope you get better soon!
make sure you get lots of sleep-that helps a lot when you're sick!

Anais said...

OMG that looks so good! I'm totally adding that to my recipe list :D

You should definitely listen to your body - body knows best :P

I don't think I have a perfect balance but I try! Certain things I have to do no matter what - study, work out. But I just try to make sure that I take some time out for myself as well :)

Maggie said...

Glad you liked my rec :) I adore bulgur. So nutritious!

Jocelyn said...

I was just about to suggest a b-r-e-a-k..I'm talkin a day to YOURSELF. To SLEEP...lots of sleep and rest and drink warm tea. Honestly. I Think your body would thank you for it!!


Nicci said...

I just learned something new, I've only heard of bulgur once before. Thanks and this recipe looks good too.

Simply Life said...

Yum, those stuffed peppers look amazing!!! I hope you feel better!

annechovie said...

Looks delicious. Thanks for your visit and comment! Hope you are feeling better!

Yelena said...

The stuffed peppers look great! I definitely spread myself too thin- last quarter I planned my wedding, went to school, and worked full-time. I am constantly looking for the 'next thing' and it's definitely nice to slow down! Hope you feel better!