I Cheated

That’s right.  On the first day of my Eat from Home Challenge, I cheated. The day started out well. Since I was working from home, I had a big old spinach and strawberry smoothie for breakfast along with lashings of Lyon’s tea as my sore throat from last week has turned into a full on chest cold.

Lunch was the best salad ever, a mixing bowl filled with an entire heart of romaine, an entire avocado, a sprinkle of crumbled blue cheese, 15 grape tomatoes, 4 pieces of Morningstar veggie bacon, and an English cucumber. Topped with Frank’s hot sauce, this was enough to full me up until the Morton’s event which was close to 5 hours later.

Cobb salad

All was well. The Morton’s event was something I was invited to as a blogger, so it did not count in the challenge. But what I had for dinner did. Yes my friends, I ate takeout, BUT it’s not my fault! My friend was visiting from Western MA, and she offered to bring me Bueno y Sano, which from this post you know is the food that got me through college. I had 2 bean soft tacos, wicked hot, with yogurt, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and cilantro. And I dipped them in burn your face off homemade hot sauce which actually burned my skin! But it tasted soooo good! I am a Bueno y Sano addict, and since I only have it a few times a year, I cheated and jumped at the chance!

I am back on track and on Tuesday enjoyed a Fage Greek yogurt with honey, another giant best salad ever, and some almonds at the office. Since I was forbidden from buying snacks, I also had 2 free office hot chocolates because I was pretty hungry! Tuesday’s dinner was a delicious Mediterranean dish that I will be posting as part of Oldways’ Mediterranean Month. And I have lots more planned for the week including a yogurt marinated chicken.

And since it is Wine Wednesday, a wine review of a bottle I just picked up, a Sicilian red made from the Nerello Mascarese grape. This bold and slightly spicy wine had a hint of very ripe fruit and a nose that reminded me a little of that sweet, dry leaf smell of autumn. This is the 3rd Sicilian wine that I have purchased lately, and I love the spice and warmth in these reds. Add another grape to my count!

Sicilian wine

Nerello Mascalese

The challenge has been difficult, but I am committed to being on track, at least until Friday night :)

What is the most challenging thing you have ever done?

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Tags: challenge, Food, salad, Sicilian wine, takeout, wine

  1. Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)’s avatar

    The most challenging thing I ever did was stepping on the plane to move to Korea. I was terrified — new country, new language, new job, new friends? — and had no idea what to expect, especially knowing I wouldn’t be back in the US or see friends/family for a year. Looking back, it was the best thing I ever did but also the bravest.


  2. A Boston Food Diary’s avatar

    Oh my goodness! Bueno got me through college as well! I am incredibly jealous now!


  3. Nicole @ making good choices’s avatar

    I am kind of doing the same thing to save $$ its tough! It can be especially tough when friends want to go to dinner and its hard to not go bc I don’t want to be antisocial! Good luck :) can’t wait to read your recipes!


  4. brandi’s avatar

    I hope you start feeling better! My throat has just started hurting in the past day and I’m really hoping it doesn’t get worse.

    Most challenging thing I’ve ever done? Leave my home and college for a new one and a new start. I cried the first few days I was there, but I needed to do it. And it worked out and I met my husband there and some of my best friends. But it was tough.


  5. Simply Life’s avatar

    Last month when we tried to eat for a week on the poverty line was definitely a challenge -the hardest part was eating leftovers while coworkers had a catered lunch :)


  6. roxan’s avatar

    I think if it’s something you only have a couple times a year it’s ok to cheat!! It would be wrong not to.

    By the way that salad sounds delicious :]


  7. Michelle’s avatar

    I knew there was a reason that we get along so well. I graduated from UMASS in 2003 and Bueno y Sano was one of my favorite spots! My best friend (and once college roomie) and I used to go there every Sunday – perfect hangover cure!


    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      I graduated in 2002!


    2. Lazaro’s avatar

      Hope you feel better soon. Don’t beat yourself up too much, cause you got right back at it. Getting healthy is most important. Cheers!


    3. Kelly’s avatar

      Haha, I’m glad you didn’t pass that up :)

      My first thought was the most challenging thing I did was study abroad in Australia for 6 months with no one I knew. But I think I’m going to change that- my REAL most challenging thing I’ve ever done was my first year teaching…I still haven’t totally recovered haha. I’m about to do a yoga class every day in the month of May though, which is going to be a major physical and mental challenge.


      1. traveleatlove’s avatar

        I wish I was better at challenges because I would totally join you in the yoga challenge. I feel like it would be life changing!


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