What exactly are the standards of "living on my own"? Because I feel like I am, but then again, I recognize that not much has changed about my living situation besides 1) roommates and 2) location...
I suppose the first standard is probably paying rent on my own. Hmm, no check mark for that one. Let's try the next one - maybe owning a car? Ooooh yepp! Wait - do I have buy said car with my own money? Huh... Alright, third times the charm - cooking my own meals. CHECK. Check mark that baby alllllllll over the place. I've been cooking my own meals (not consistently, of course) for, like, two or three years now.
So, does that make my qualifications 1/3? Ugh, whatever. I'm only twenty years old and I feel like I can squeeze one more year of training (and money-saving) before I need to "adult" myself (yes, I can make it a verb) and cross check marks next to those other two standards, right? What else is age 20 for? I'm old enough to drive, buy lottery tickets, and get arrested. All that's left is legally drinking and I'm not really in a rush for that one - the only alcoholic drinks I'd like are the ones in which heaps of sugar masks the taste of the actual alcohol, qualifying themselves as "sugar bombs" and therefore everything my nutrition "angel on my shoulder" tells me not to reach for (besides, cheesecake, brownies, vegan ice cream >>> alcohol). And now I'm just rambling.
Anywho, all of that is to say that I'm back in good ol' San Luis Obispo for the summer! I drove up yesterday to stay in my friend's empty room for the next week until my own official place for the next year opens up. I'm still job-searching, but I know God's got something, someone, somewhere out there in need of someone like Hungry Haley :)
While I was prepping this bowl tonight, I thought, why am I creating a chili recipe in the middle of summer? Oh, well, because it's from Amy's Kitchen and it's already all cooked and jazzed up, so the only heating you need to do at home is just a minute or two on the stove.
But wait, is a recipe that simple even considered "cooking"? If not, does that mean I have to erase my one and only check mark? UGH FORGET IT. Mom, Dad, I'm doing my best. I miss you guys and Maggie (dog) and Mitch (turtle) and I often wish I could be the age in which it's totally acceptable to keep my eyes closed when we pull in the driveway after long car rides in hopes that one of you will just carry me in the house and up to bed.
And now I'm rambling again. SO I'll stop myself here and give you CHILI BURRITO BOWLS :) yum.
Makes 2 bowls
2 cups cooked brown rice
1 can Amy's Black Bean Chili
2 cups steamed kale, torn into bite-size pieces
1 medium zucchini, chopped and steamed
Fresh guacamole and cilantro, for topping
Optional: hot sauce, nutritional yeast
- Begin by heating the chili in a saucepan over medium heat, then reduce heat to low when small bubbles appear at the top. Set aside.
- Use this time to steam the kale and zucchini and reheat the brown rice, if not done already. Scoop the rice and veggies, evenly portioned, into two bowls and top with chili, guacamole, cilantro, and any other desired toppings.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!