One thing I’ve learned about trying to lose or maintain my weight – you have to keep things fresh. Whether it’s changing up your workouts or trying a new recipe (or learning how to cook!), updating your healthy lifestyle keeps you committed, and keeps things exciting.
My latest adventure was actually shopping at the mercado near me. Since I moved to Long Beach last year, I drove past Northgate Market at least once a week. I didn’t actually go in, until today – when I discovered three things that made me happier than a grocery store should:
- They have grass fed beef, at cheaper prices than the other grocery stores in the area.
- They have a giant salsa counter with so many varieties of salsa, I could live there happily.
- They sell cactus (nopales) – which I’d only tried once before as part of a juice blend.
So, rather than write off nopales because I’d never cooked it before, I did what any “adventurous” geek would do – I googled it. And voila! My first attempt at a recipe with nopales:
Shrimp – nopales – avocado wrap.
I have my low carb tortillas, my avocado, my shrimp from an earlier grocery trip, and my trusty sautee pan. Plus olive oil, red onions, and garlic.
- I pan fried the garlic, onion, and nopales until they lost their slimy texture (ok, I was a little impatient – I was supposed to do it for about 15 minutes, but I skimped a bit on time).
- Then I pan fried the shrimp in the mix.
- Grab a tortilla, my brand new salsa (OMG heaven), avocado, and the newly cooked shrimp-nopales-onion mix.
A little messy, cuz I’m hardly a pro at wrapping tortillas around stuff, and certainly not a pro at cooking cactus paddles. However, it’s awesome, and I have enough left over to bring to the summit I’m attending tomorrow. Time to buy more tortillas, though.