So, my other sister decided we needed to celebrate. My 3 sisters, 2 nieces and mom and I went for lunch to a great Mexican place called Chile and Agave. I looked at the menu and wondered what the heck I was going to eat. SO MANY CARBS!!! One sister shared a plate with one niece and suggested that maybe mom and I could share something. She wanted shrimp tacos, which is breaded shrimp and white flour tortillas, along with rice and refried beans. I almost agreed, just because that is me...I am a people pleaser, but I stood my ground and said that I wanted to have a salad. YAYYY ME!!! I ordered it without the tortilla chips and it was AWESOME! Lettuce, cucumber, tomato, guacamole, pico de gallo, grilled chicken and a sprinkling of feta cheese, garnished with a few orange slices.
I did succumb to a need for caffeine this afternoon. If I need the car during the day, I have to drive Jim to work. Since he is on days this week, that means leaving the house around 6:00am. I got decaf on the way in. It is about a 35 minute drive. When I went to pick him up, even though I had my mom with me for company, I was getting VERY sleepy at the wheel; so we stopped at McDonald's and got a coffee as we were about a half hour early. That's ok. I still want to cut back on the caffeine, but I'm not going to beat myself up over the odd cup now and then. As long as I don't get back to my 3 or 4 (large) mugs/day.
I had dinner planned ahead. I knew what I was going to make and had all the ingredients. This recipe was in one of my favourite cookbooks, but included white rice, so the carb count per serving was 64g!! I substituted cauliflower 'rice' for the white rice. I reduced the liquid a little since the cauliflower wouldn't absorb it like rice would. It had onion, celery, green pepper, tomatoes, 'rice' and scallops. Kind of a 'Scallop Stew'. It was delicious! I will definitely make it again...when we decide to splurge again. The bag of scallops was about $25 at Costco. We had bacon-wrapped scallops for 3 people a couple weeks ago and we had dinner today and I got 3 more portions from what was left over.
All-in-all it was a