Buh Bye, Taco Bell
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
My family gets a craving for Taco Bell at least once a week, which is great for them because none of them have a weight problem and their calorie count can handle an occasional Toxic Smell dinner. One to two items off the 79-89-99 cent menu and they're set. But it's tough for me because there is nothing satisfying there that I would consider remotely healthy. I don't like onions, so would never get a "fresco" anything. I am also not eating white flour now, so their burritos are completely out. The crunchy tacos are in a fried shell...so...(you get the picture.) What has worked well for me is to order the Chicken Fiesta Salad, ask for no sour cream, no shell, I ask them to add guacamole and then I toss the red strips. Yeah..it's 90% iceberg lettuce, but it satisfies my need to crunch, it takes a long time to eat so I am not tempted to cheat, and it's tasty too.
I need to digress by saying that even though they will freely take off items that you don't want, they won't credit you or replace anything. So if I have sour cream removed but add guacamole, it costs me 50 cents extra. And they don't discount if you ask them to leave off the shell, either.
OK...so...I'm set, I'm ready to go. I've added the salad with guac on to my meal plan and we venture out to Taco Bell. When I get there, I place our order, sit down, and then find out they have discontinued the Fiesta salad. I found that out accidentally because I was given the Chicken Ranch salad, which comes with a layer of rice and a hefty packet of full-fat ranch dressing. I took the salad to the counter, showed the cashier the meal and nicely and calmly pointed out that I ordered what was printed on the menu board, a FIESTA salad. She said "Oh...we don't have those anymore. We've replaced it with the ranch." ("Then replace the letters on the menu board," I thought!) I ate the salad, leaving the rice at the bottom and throwing the dressing package in the garbage. It was a disappointing $5.49 dinner. I went home, vowing never to return. I guess I'm done with Toxic Smell. My family will just have to go without me.