WIAW #4

Happy What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW), friends!  Here is a look at what I ate yesterday, April 15, 2014.

Thank you for hosting the WIAW link-up, Jenn!

Breakfast: Thomas’ Bagel Thin sandwich with 1 egg seasoned with Goya Adobo, 1/2 medium avocado, and 1 slice Sargento Ultra Thin Sliced Cheddar, with 1 cup Tropicana Orange Juice

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This is another breakfast staple of mine, especially on the weekend. Sometimes I will make it during the week if I have time, like I did yesterday. (I was also super hungry when I woke up and didn’t want to wait the additional hour until I made it to work to eat.)

I stole the idea from Au Bon Pain, which has a very similar sandwich on its menu. (It’s much cheaper to make myself!) This sandwich will usually keep me full from breakfast until lunch because of the healthy, satiating fat in the avocado.

Lunch: Roti Mediterranean Grill Rice Plate with salmon, double hummus, roasted vegetables, and 1 pita

Wow, that's a lot of hummus!

Wow, that’s a lot of hummus!

The Mediterranean trend from last week continues!

The weather in D.C. yesterday was about as terrible as it comes, but my new co-worker and I ventured out for lunch in the torrential rain to a place we both love, Roti Mediterranean Grill. Roti is a fast casual restaurant with locations in D.C., Chicago, and New York. My husband actually first discovered Roti near his office and raved about how good it was. Luckily, they put one just a few blocks from my job not long after!

(Side note — I just want to say how much I love my co-workers. I work with so many great people, and getting to know them has by far one of the biggest blessings of my job.)

Like at Chipotle, you choose the ingredients for your rice plate or sandwich down the line at a counter, starting with protein choices and progressing through sides and toppings. While their Steak Roti, Chicken Roti, and Chicken Kabob are all very good, the salmon is my favorite. It comes on a skewer with a tiny wedge of lemon on the end.

As for sides, I particularly love the roasted veggies and the hummus with fresh pita. I ordered extra hummus yesterday, because I didn’t think the first scoop I was given was substantial enough, but by asking for more, I think I got way too much! I ate all of it, though, of course.

Dinner: About 2 oz. bistec encebollado, 1/2 cup rice, 1/2 cup red beans, and 5 tostones

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I had an appointment after work yesterday, so I got home a bit later than usual. My husband assumed the cooking duties for the evening and made a fantastic traditional Puerto Rican meal!

This steak  is very thinly sliced — I buy sirloin already cut this thin at our local Hispanic/Latin grocery store — and marinated for the better part of the day. It is then smothered with onions and cooked in the frying pan with the lid on. It cooks in no time and is so delicious!

I can’t get enough of red beans and rice! I wish we made the combination more than we do. The beans are actually very simple and quite healthy — basically just kidney or pink beans, tomato sauce, water, sofrito (the base for almost all Puerto Rican cooking), and a little bit of sausage, cut into small pieces.

Tostones are twice-fried green plantains. The skin of the plantain is removed, and the inside that is left is cut into pieces about a 1/2 inch thick. These chunks are thrown into the fryer for several minutes and then removed and smashed with small contraption designed just for that purpose. The flattened pieces are then put back into the fryer to finish cooking for a few more minutes. For some reason, it took me longer to embrace tostones than any other Puerto Rican food, but now I can’t get enough of them!

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I definitely ate a lot yesterday — probably too much! I intentionally ate a bit less for dinner than I normally would, because I was still pretty full from lunch. It was a fantastic day of eating, though!

Do you have a go-to place for weekday lunches? I tend to pack my lunch most days, but I do like to go out once or twice per week.

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