Oh, Taco Bell. How I used to love Taco Bell. We had a long-standing love affair that only ended with my need to eliminate gluten.
Me and Taco Bell, we went way back. In high school, a group of us went there for dinner before a formal dance. In college, it was my late night favorite food. It was usually the cheapest option for a vegetarian drive-thru meal. And even as a calorie-counter in more recent years, I ate there pretty often. Is it wrong that I miss it even though I now know it’s not how I want to nourish my body? I do, I miss it.
One night recently while scrounging for something to put together for a late dinner, I commented that I’d like to just once be able to pull through a drive-thru and have someone hand dinner out the window to me. My favorite fella asked what that dinner would be and I immediately said, “Taco Bell!” When I thought back to my favorite foods there, Mexican Pizza minus meat was at the top of the list.
So I re-created it at home. While not exactly a healthy dish, it’s a healthier version for me. No gluten, no dairy and foods I feel good about eating. This isn’t becoming part of our weekly menu rotation, but I’m looking forward to the next time we have it when I feel like having a junk food-ish indulgence without the bad food hangover the next day.