New Year’s Day Observed – Leftovers Extravaganza

On New Year’s Day observed (January 2nd, 2023), I was able to put together this leftovers extravaganza for lunch. It’s red and white beans that I made from dried, by soaking them and then cooking them with tarragon and vegan butter. Also, a vegetable medley of carrots, green beans and corn, boiled/steamed from frozen. And my husband’s everything-but-the-kitchen-sink fried rice, made with vegan bacon, vegan sausage, vegan egg, regular rice and veggies. And finally, some right rice which is a high protein rice substitute, brown butter sage flavor.

How are you all feeling for New Year’s 2023? I’m feeling thankful to still be alive and mostly healthy, with a loving and understanding husband, supportive friends, family, and a good place to live. Meanwhile, I’m feeling stressed out because I feel like I have so much on my plate. I need a lot more time to do the things that I’m trying to get done. Oh well! I’ll just take it one day at a time, that’s what my mom would tell me to do.

After I heated up the leftovers in the microwave, I felt like they needed a little sumpin’ sumpin’ so I drizzled them with the Trader Joe’s vegan creamy dill salad dressing. It’s cauliflower based and very low carb, zero saturated fat … 60 cal, 6 g of fat, 1 g of carb.

After that, I still thought it needed a little kick so I added this Puerto Rican hot sauce made by Sol Food in San Rafael California. If you’re making food like beans and rice, and you feel like they aren’t tasty enough, remember, sauces and spices can be your friend. Honestly, I imagine that’s true for meat dishes as well.

Even after I added the creamy cauliflower sauce from Trader Joe’s and the spicy Puerto Rican hot sauce, I felt like it could use a bit more in terms of texture. So I sprinkled hemp seeds on top. Then it was perfect!

Hope everyone’s new year is off to a good start.

Check out my Fitbit from yesterday (New Year’s Day). Over 23,000 steps. Almost all of this was from the Swing Dancing. Didn’t even feel like I was exercising because I was having so much fun. Swing Dancing outdoors! Take that, osteoporosis and diabetes! Woo hoo! I hope I can keep dancing in the future, but you never know what health issues or foot issues might come up that would prevent me from continuing. We’ll see how it goes!

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