While mowing the lawn, hubby found a new friend. Isn’t he cute?
Thank goodness he wasn’t mowed! I think he’s a variety of garter snake? Just as long as he’s not a rattlesnake again, hubby innocently picked up one of those a few months ago not realizing what it was. Thankfully no ER trip was needed. After a few pics of this little guy, he sent him on his way to do whatever snake things he needed to do.
And I threw together a stupidly simple dinner since our kitchen is seriously lacking in fresh veggies after a stressful and long
week month. Trader Joe’s has simple and cheap little pouches of Cumin & Chili Chickpeas and Spiced Soybeans that have a basic ingredient list of beans and spices, no preservatives or chemicals I can’t pronounce. And they’re vegan and heat-and-eat, perfect for this week! I paired the chickpeas with quinoa and some carrots for a fast dinner.
Cheese grater? No, carrot grater!
I cooked 1/2 cup of the quinoa stove top and threw in a tablespoon of black quinoa to change up the texture and color a bit.
Then stirred in the carrots and pouch of chickpeas and simmered low for 10 minutes.
The chickpeas had plenty of spices for the added quinoa and carrots, I didn’t need to add more.
It was like a light, summer chili with a little kick that wasn’t too heavy.
And it proved to be a great pre-run meal that wasn’t stomach lead or bloating.
On my next Trader Joe’s trip, I need to load up on these pouches before they’re gone – excellent fast vegan food to stock the pantry with!