Late workouts = big lunch!
Many, many years ago I used to eat at Rainforest Cafe. When I lived in Orlando and worked for Disney my friends and I seemed to end up there a lot. They had a chicken dish there called Typhoon Chicken that was pasta with grilled chicken and a corn/black bean/tomato relish on top of it. That may have been my first experience with black beans ever. I loved it. Of course, as if often the case with my favorite item at a restaurant, it did not make a menu revision a couple of years later.
Today, while thinking about what to make for my big lunch, that combination came back to me. It came back to me for the following reasons:
- I made black bean burgers and pico de gallo last night for dinner and have some leftover and I like to repurpose food.
- Meg left me a bag of salmon fillets in the freezer.
- I had exactly one portion of whole wheat linguini left in my pantry.
Done. I took the salmon fillet, sprinkled it with salt and pepper and then spooned pico de gallo on it. I put this in a foil package and popped it in a 375 oven for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile I boiled my linguini. When fish and pasta had just a couple minutes left I popped a black bean burger patty in the microwave to heat up. These had black beans, corn, garlic, chipotle pepper, oats and bread crumbs in them. After everything was finished I assembled.
So good! I maintain that I’m not a great cook, but I am an excellent copy cat. So, thanks to Rainforest Cafe for inspring today’s lunch. My run and Zumba workout thank you.
(Okay, and as I was typing I just got a phone call offering me an ACTUAL final interview for this position that has been courting me since September. I’ve had 4 other interviews. I thought the last one was the final one. I was mistaken.)
(Also, I’m watching Enchanted as I put up my Christmas decorations. It’s such a cute movie.)