Feliz Cinco de Mayo and Other Thoughts

I write to you eating a homemade tortilla. And a darn good one at that! I’m all in for holidays which have delicious foods and Cinco de Mayo is one of them. I decided to make the aforementioned homemade tortillas which were the vessel for vegan and gluten free quesadillas. Yum. You likely have all of the ingredients for the tortillas on hand, and I would definitely suggest giving them a shot.

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Tortilla Recipe (If gluten free, use gf flour)

For the filling, I used:

Beyond Meat lightly seasoned “chicken”

Half of small white onion, diced

Half of red pepper, diced

Seasonings: cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, oregano, smoked paprika, sea salt and cracked black pepper

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I sautéed the onion and pepper in a drizzle of oil along with the seasonings. Then, I added the diced Beyond Meat “chicken” and mixed well. I then put the mixture on a tortilla with Daiya cheese and topped it with another tortilla. Then, I placed it on our George Foreman grill and pressed it. Served with a scoop of vegan sour cream and salsa, you’ve got yourself a quick and easy meal!

On a side note, I recently learned that I’m allergic to most things in nature. My allergist suggested cutting out any products that are scented, along with several other suggestions before committing to allergy shots. I found a fragrance free shampoo at Target in the baby aisle, but wasn’t successful in locating a conditioner. Luckily, when I stopped at the local food co-op, they had a fragrance free conditioner with a price similar to Amazon. I have yet to try the conditioner, but the shampoo is nice.

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When I consider the amount of limitations I have, it can be daunting. But then I consider how lucky I am. Lucky to have insurance, lucky to have doctors that aid me, and lucky to have my husband, family and friends that support me. I am also so very lucky to have issues that can be controlled by diet changes. Some of my favorite mantras when considering these limitations are, “If God brings you to it, he’ll see you through it” and “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle,” spoken by Plato. Also, “everybody’s got something,” compliments of Robin Roberts’ mom (read the excellent NPR story here). Lately, I’ve been blessed to see how my perseverance has paid off. I’ve received good news from my doctor and am so happy to have delved head-on into a gluten free and vegan lifestyle (and now fragrance free). And when I really think of it, who cares if I give up fragranced products. I’m happy to be able to (somewhat) control my medical issues and know that I am strong. It’s a great feeling.

Sometimes it’s a struggle, though. I hate when people think that my diets are a fad. That I have a choice in the matter. No, I truly truly don’t (unless I want to be really ill, which I don’t). People can be so cruel and I’m challenged by it daily. I try to consider the cause of their ignorance, but it’s hard not to be hurt when they don’t care to listen or understand. But once again, I’m so happy to have health and when people criticize, I simply march on. It’s what I have to do.

So if you ever feel discouraged or down-troddened, please remember that you too are strong and that you have the capability to have a strong influence over your health. Be empowered! Don’t be challenged by people’s ignorance, although it can be a struggle. Know that you are doing what needs to be done for your health and that’s all there is to it. I say again, be empowered!

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