Knock-Off Chipotle Night

I’ll just cut to the chase: The best part about this meal was that I got to use the new lemon juicer that I mentioned here.

I was so proud of myself for being in the midst of grocery shopping and deciding how fancy I was going to get with taco night.  Initially, I was just going to do taco-in-a-box (my husband is shuddering as I write this…he’s half Mexican and half Ecuadorian so he knows a thing or two about authenticity, and taco-in-a-box is not one of those things).  Then I thought, “What else goes good with taco-in-a-box?”  My husband would say “Nothing”, but I thought “Oh, rice and beans! But I want to do it Chipotle style!”.  So ensues the hurried Google-ing in the produce section on how to make Chipotle style cilantro rice and their amazing black beans.  I discover that I have most of the ingredients at home already, sans cilantro, a lemon, and a lime.  SCORE!

I rush home, again, just so proud of myself.  I’m beaming ear to ear because I know that I’m FINALLY going to get to use that lemon juicer thing I bought on Prime Day (damn you, Amazon!).  But first, I must find it.  I shoved it somewhere thinking, “You’re going to forget where this is….”, then I said to myself, “Self, that sounds like a problem for future Jennifer”.  And so it was.  It was a huge problem because I really did not want to dance with the devil again by squeezing a lemon right side up (see above link).  I open every cabinet, I’m frantically searching and double searching cabinets then I remember exactly where it is.  Not even in the kitchen.  It was by my computer desk, in a box, in the mountain of other items I bought on Prime Day (curses, Amazon, curses!).

A-ha!  Victory!  I quickly clean it, making sure I get all the soap bubbles off because no one wants soapy lemon juice, cut the lemon in half, and start juicing the heck out of it.  I squeeze, and spin, and squeeze, and spin, and before I know it, I have a TON of lemon juice.  I fully expected to see just a million seeds come out of this lemon.  I mean, so many lemon seeds that I would feel completely justified in going bat s*&% crazy on Prime Day.  You know how many lemon seeds came out of that lemon?  Go on, take a guess.  I’ll wait…..

Three.  THREE!  That’s it!  THREE seeds.  I was so upset.  Every other time I’ve squeezed a lemon, I swear I’m fishing out 42 damn seeds from my food.  And if it’s not 42, it’s at the very least 17 seeds.  But, three?  Come on, that’s not even right.

 

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Lesson learned:  You can’t judge a lemon by it’s peel.  No matter how big or small a lemon is, you really have no idea how many seeds will be in it.  Unless of course some botanist can explain to me that there is indeed a way to tell if a lemon will be full of seeds or not.  Any botanists out there?  HMU.

Positive lesson learned:  When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.  Literally, my kid took the extra juice and mixed it in a cup with ice cubes and downed it.  She was surprised when it didn’t taste like lemonade, saying “WOW! This does NOT taste like lemonade at the restaurants”….. kids.  They’re hilarious…. I should have warned her…. But I didn’t. 😬

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