Saturday, June 29, 2013

Spicy Taco Cabbage Cups & Life Challenges

So, my life has changed a lot in the past 6 weeks. I am no longer able to work the job I was loving in Boston due to my foot issues I have two stress fractures on the bottom of my foot, along with severe arthritis and a bone spur on the top of my big toe from an old childhood injury. I am seeing another specialist Tuesday to see if there is some sort of surgical option that could help speed up the recovery process. 

I am extremely frustrated and angry that my mobility has pretty much been taken from me.  It may sound extreme, but I work on my feet.  I also walk between 3-6 miles a day JUST TO GET TO WORK.  I don't have a car.  I live 1.5 miles from the commuter rail station and then my job is another 1.5 miles away from South Station.  If my boyfriend can't drive/pick me up then it's 6 miles a day of walking.  The kitchen I work in is in the basement of the building, so I go up and down stairs all day long. 

Obviously, my boss can't make accommodations for me or hold my job until the foot is well enough for me to put that much strain on it. 

I am struggling financially. I haven't worked in a month and won't be able to work up to being on my feet again in a  full time job again for at least TWO MONTHS. 

I am also dealing with stress, because the way I normally handle it is through exercise and walking. I LOVE strapping on my headphones and going for walks, and I loved my walks to and from work.  I have been gaining weight; 25 lbs since September.  This week, I decided to become meticulous about calorie counting. I need to be, since I am not active like I was.  Hopefully, I will be able to drive (the boyfriend's car) and start  swimming soon.  

So.. enough with the depressing stuff.  Since I am counting calories,  you can expect new recipes! That's a good thing, and I'm putting together some E-books to sell too!

I love using Cabbage and other greens instead of tortillas or bread.  I save a lot of calories and eat more veggies!  What's not to love about that.  When I "diet", I do find myself relying heavily on beans and greens!  So hearty and satisfying.  The other day, I made a batch of my Southwestern Beans using pinto beans.

I have my Southwestern Sauce on hand, which is super low in calories and very delicious! 

Of course, I have a bunch of Devilish Habanero Sauce in the fridge as well. 

To make the cabbage cup tacos, I warmed up 1 cup of the beans, took two large outer leaves from the cabbage and shredded up a bunch of the rest of the cabbage.  I mixed with cabbage with some cilantro, lime juice, a tiny bit fresh sage and mexican oregano from our garden.  I topped the mixture with the salsa, southwestern sauce, onions, and some Almond Cheese.  

The end result was super delicious and so healthy! Two large "Taco Cups" is a large portion with impressive nutritional results. 
  • 400 calories
  • 10 grams fat
  • 53 grams carbs
  • 18 grams fiber
  • 19 grams protein


  1. Yes! E-books!! You supported me when I needed it back when I stopped eating meat & most dairy about 3 1/2 year ago and found your blog for guidance. Your recipes are amazing and I learned SO much about freezing. You made my life so much simpler and do-able in terms of sticking to my eating goals and not cheating. Can't wait to buy anything you put out! xox

  2. Your cabbage "cups" are beautiful! I also try to wrap things in lettuce/cabbage to save calories. More lettuce, as raw cabbage wraps haven't really worked for me (taste-wise).

    I'm sorry to hear about your health issues and the huge effect they're having on your life. My thoughts are with you. And I think the e-books sound like a great idea. I've only tried a few of your recipes, but they have all been successful. And I love your use of whole foods and spices!

  3. Sorry to hear about your stress fractures. I had a bad one last year from just trying to do a little 5-min job so I could start rehabbing myself on the upswing from systemic candida. I couldn't believe how weak my bones had gotten from my health issues, because before I jogged almost daily for 30-40 minutes. I started varying my foods more and trying to eat complete proteins (not meat of course) and that really helped. BTW, I love your recipes. I can't eat a lot of the ingredients but because you use whole foods, substituting what I can eat with acute systemic candida is very easy. I wish you the best with your health!

  4. Hope you can get back on your feet as soon as possible, and I'll pray that things go well for you. :)
    These tacos look very delicious and I'd love to try making these sometime. The cabbage looks like a perfect alternative for a tortilla in this hot Summer weather. It brings such a fresh vibe to the dish!

  5. I think that a cookbook (or several) is a great idea! I have been following your blog for a while, because I am really into how much you experiment with your cooking (and I'm trying to keep my vegetable-based diet interesting). It's like an adventure, especially with the fermentation recipes. I would love to see some cool cookbooks come from your interesting blog, and it would be wonderful if that became your next full-time, successful career. (Timothy Ferris also turned his blog into a book and a job and it would be great to see you succeed in the same way.) Thank you for sharing so much!

  6. Melody, I hope you are literally back on your feet soon! In the meantime, when my shoulder was "frozen" I used gentle yoga using a chair...worked better for me than all the physical therapy! Here are a couple of links to check out... or this one,

    This setback just means you have to take a deep breath and move any way you can. Keep the faith, I believe you are strong!

  7. I'm sorry you've been having a rough time of it lately, and hope things turn around for you soon. Oh, and I'm thrilled to hear you'll be releasing some ebooks -- I'll definitely buy whatever you put out, I love your recipes!