The Lord has been so gracious to me lately, and my heart overflows with gratitude and peace.
If I were to describe these past several months in one word, it would be unstable. The Hungryman and I were on the fence about a lot of pivotal decisions that had to be made, but thankfully things are finally starting to fall into place. One of the biggest decisions we made and feel good about is that we’re going to continue to be Austinites!
Professionally, as you may know, I graduated this past December with a Masters in Human Nutrition. Part of the reason why I couldn’t settle on a job was we because weren’t sure if we should move to Houston to take care of my recently widowed mother-in-law as well as to be closer to both of our families. However, after praying hard over our situation and making our final decision accordingly, God began to open so many doors for me. I’ve found a job in my neck of the woods, and the mere thought of it gets me all giddy and energized. I’m so ready to pour out my passion and love into helping my fellow Austinites in their journeys to holistic health and wellness. Additionally, I’m working on a HUGE “project” with my dear friend, Brittany, which I can’t wait to share with you!
So you can see a lot is going on in my life right now, and all I can say is I am grateful.
I will tackle every challenge as it arises, but today, I’m going to live and cherish the present moment. I’m going to slow down and nourish my mind, body, and soul. I’m going to celebrate all my victories, however small they may be.
Speaking of cherishing the present moment, that’s how I try to approach eating. Some days I feel like eating a fresh, colorful salad while some days all I want is a big, juicy burger. I honor those cravings rather than suppress them because nourishing our bodies doesn’t mean always or never.
Present-moment nourishment also means removing myself from distractions and carving out some time to just be one with my food – chewing and enjoying every bite. Guilt and judgement have no place here.
I did a little experiment this past week and ate this bowl of goodness under two different circumstances – 1) while responding to emails and 2) while doing nothing else but eating. With such bold flavors from the Tex-Mex beef fajita meat, chipotle black beans, buttered corn, cilantro, etc. you would think you’d taste the components equally no matter how distracted you are.
Not true! Sure, I tasted things, but in comparison to when I just focused on eating, the flavors were not as pronounced and I just didn’t feel satisfied with the meal (so then I mindlessly munched on some crackers and cheese).
All this to say, I invite you to hold this Tex-Mex Beef Fajita Nourish Bowl in your hands and give it your undivided attention..some TLC if you will. Your tastebuds shall thank you.
Now, let’s talk about the recipe. This month’s Recipe Redux challenge was cook once, eat twice. We were encouraged to use a recipe already on the blog and to make a second meal out of it. I had a lot of fun digging through my past recipes. Since this past week was all about Tex-Mex (check out my recent Meal Prep Friday), I decided to make this Slow-cooker Tex-Mex Beef Fajitas that I shared back when I had just started blogging. This photo makes me laugh. Clearly, I used to REALLY dig close-up shots of my food.
In case you’re interested, here are the food photography tips/tricks I’ve picked up along my journey.
As far as the recipe for this bowl goes, there is none really. That’s the beauty of these nourish bowls. They can transform your leftovers to something wonderful and craveable. While I leave you with a “recipe,” as always, feel free to use whatever you have on hand, spice it up however you want to…just make it your own. Nourish the Present you!
Tex-Mex Beef Fajita Nourish Bowls
Makes 1 bowl
- 3-4 oz. Tex-Mex beef fajitas
- 1/4 cup black beans (seasoned with some chipotle chiles, salt and pepper)
- 1/4 cup corn (sauteed in a skillet with some butter, seasoned with salt and pepper)
- 1/4 cup fresh red bell pepper, diced
- 1/2 cup cooked whole grain of choice (I used a rice mix)
- Lime juice
- Salsa (I used the slow-cooked tomatoes from the slow-cooker beef)
Add all the ingredients to a bowl, mix, and enjoy!
Now check out these other delicious and healthy 2-for-1 recipes from my fellow reduxers!