Taco Tuesday!

Brilliant and great alternative to real tacos. Might I suggest home made taco seasoning — cut back on sodium.

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Hello lovely readers!

It’s Tuesday which only means one thing…TACOS! Being from Texas, and currently living in San Antonio, I have a certain love for tacos (and Mexican food in general) that sometimes gets the best of me and my belly. I made this delicious taco bowl to satisfy my cravings and keep down the calories as well. It is super easy to make and very filling! Here is my recipe that yields about 4-5 bowls:

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground beef (I get 93% lean)
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning
  • Half an onion, diced
  • 1 cup of frozen corn
  • 1 can of black beans (I get the jalapeño lime flavored)
  • 1 can of kidney beans
  • Shredded cheese 
  • 1/2 an avocado, diced
  • Spinach/lettuce (a couple handfuls per bowl)

Steps:

  • Brown the ground beef and add the packet of taco seasoning 
  • While that simmers, make the frozen corn (directions on bag)
  • Add…

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Credit Card Rant

Ever been a victim of fraud and/or theft? ‘Twas my first today. I had to go through the frustration of having to cancel cards and dispute charges. WHAT A PAIN!

Let me first start by saying, thank you to the jerk that stole my cards at Starbucks. THANKS!

People I tell ya, people. Some are so pleasantly kind while others are just straight up assholes. You know, it would never occur to me to steal someone’s identity or personal belongings.

I spent six hours studying, researching and writing papers at Starbucks yesterday and after all that, my ass left my card holder that contained money, my debit card and credit cards. I didn’t even notice that I had left it until 10 PM when I went to pay at the register at Ross. Thankfully I had some cash on me, so I didn’t look like a dumb ass with a bunch of random crap and nothing to pay with.

Upon paying, I immediately called Starbucks to see if anyone had turned in my stuff, I literally left there two hours before but no answer. I spent four hours this morning calling the store to find out about my stuff and still NO ANSWER! WTH.

Finally, after dropping off my sister at the airport this afternoon, I drove my ass straight to Starbucks and while waiting in line to speak to a manager, I called the store. Of the five visible staff not one person picked up the phone. I was stunned, I couldn’t believe it. So I asked why they were not answering the phone calls and the shift manager [who was so freakin’ rude] told me that the phone must not be working yet I just saw her look at the phone as it lit up, obviously it was ringing and maybe on silent, come on, really?

I asked about my cards and she said to give her ten minutes to look, which actually meant “give me ten minutes while I empty out every garbage can that you can see sight and then I will assist you.” I was livid. Ultimately, after waiting she went behind the counter and checked [which took her two minutes] and said that no one turned in my cards.

Of course not.

What in the hell happened to having a conscience? What direction is mankind heading in? It’s questionable for sure. I actually thought that maybe, just maybe, the person who came across my belongings would turn them in. NOPE.

Why didn’t I just call and cancel my cards? Because I wanted to give humanity a chance to prove me wrong and that there is still good in the world.

Anyway, someone got a hold of my cards and whoever this little s**t is paid their Amazon bill and also racked up a nice tab on Amazon with my credit card. Oh, but it gets better. They needed my address so that the payment could go through, this smart imbecile! They paid for a full report on me from Peoplefinder.com which includes not only my full name, date of birth and previous address but my current address, people related to me, and telephone numbers.

Umm…What? Is this legal?

Can someone please explain to me why it is that easy to get someone’s personal information?! I’m quite disturbed and this makes me wonder, how often do people obtain these records and how many people are being stalked?? LOL. But seriously, does it look like I want to end up on the I.D. (Investigation Discovery) Channel?

This dummy just paid their bill with my debit card, luckily my online statement provided me with an Amazon payment confirmation number that can be traced. I want to laugh but at the same time, I’m so angry. What is this person thinking? At least go buy some groceries or something.

Ugh, I want to believe that that there are ethical people out there and I am sure that there are but I keep running into these types of situations that make me question people and their motives. It’s giving me a sour taste in my mouth of what our future holds. I sound like a pessimist, sheesh! I can’t help it. I really love life, the world, and everything in it but wow, just wow.

So back to these online reports, it’s scary as hell! Does anyone know if there is a way to get that information off the internet and if so, HOW?!

 

Learn How to Make Turmeric Tea & Calm Your Nerves

Most of us have Turmeric in our spice cupboard, it’s great for colour and taste when added to curries but did you know there have been over 3,000 studies on the amazing health benefits? I love mine with warm Almond milk and a spoon of Honey. Source: Learn How to Make Turmeric Tea & Calm […]

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The Magical Food That Is…Apple Cider Vinegar!

Well hello everyone, We made it through Monday- good stuff. Today I’m going through all the beauty benefits of the miracle product that is apple cider vinegar.  I’ve been drinking this pungent little guy for many years, as it has so very many health and beauty benefits from helping with your cold to aiding in […]

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Cancer Hope

I have a bit of understanding of medical science so I was pleased to be the designated interpreter between the patient and the oncologist. The doc and I hit it off very well, especially when he started talking about cancer cell mutations. He really warmed up when I asked if HOX gene mutations play any […]

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Chicken and Vegetable Lasagna

Back in my younger days when I was working as a cashier at Winn-Dixie Grocery Stores you’d find me either eating or always wanting to eat. I went from being a carnivore to a vegetarian to a vegan and well, right back to a carnivorous creature. I never understood why I went through such phases but I did. Might I mention, you feel so clean and refreshed as a vegetarian but even more so as a vegan. It’s difficult being vegan though, reading labels, not knowing what are in other people’s recipes, it’s tough stuff but if you are dedicated and don’t crave the animal products you are good. Honestly, these days I couldn’t be vegan, the lack of  protein from eggs and meats, I just can’t. I LOVE eggs, to the moon and back. Any style, any way, I love love love eggs. YUM.

Anyways, back to my story of when I worked at Winn-Dixie, I went through my vegetarian phase and I fell in love with Stouffer’s Vegetable Lasagna that is sold in the frozen section. When baked it’s absolute perfection! I just want to eat more and more and more until I explode. The breadcrumbs nice and crispy and the inside so cheesy and gooey, ugh, soooo delish!! If I hadn’t just eaten a serving of my own dish, which is equally good, if not better 😜 I think I would have put this post on pause and run to the grocery store to buy me some! I think I even licked the little package it came in one time, don’t judge me, it was just that good! At work however, I cooked it in the microwave and it was just as tasty doesn’t measure to being baked though.

So today, I was craving it, like BAD! I decided to try to replicate it and also add my own touch to it, chicken! Not even sure that I know which vegetables are in the Stouffer’s brand but I’m sure you could add just about anything and it would still taste yummy. I made my good ol’ fashion Alfredo sauce recipe that took me ages to perfect. Today it came out insanely good, I guess I had the right motivation.

Alfredo Sauce 

  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • dash of pepper
  • 3 1/4 cups of Milk*

*I used lactose free milk, not that it made much difference considering how much cheese I used. Haha!

Lasagna 

  • 1/2 lb lasagna pasta, cooked
  • 2 thin sliced chicken breast, cooked
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 2-3 carrots, shredded
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 head broccoli, chopped
  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups Italian blend cheese, grated*
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup panko
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs

*I used Mozzarella, Parmesan and Fontina.

Directions: 

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Cook your pasta to al dente.

In a frying pan, spray coconut oil or your preferred spray oil to coat. Season chicken with salt and pepper and cook until done. Let cool and chop into small pieces, the smaller the better.

In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, melt butter.  While the butter is melting mix your dry ingredients. Once butter has melted add your flour mixture and with a whisk or spatula cook flour for a minute or so, this is creating a roux (link is to a YouTube video I found) which is the thickening agent for the sauce. Slowly add milk while stirring.

Switch to a wooden spatula, add cheese* and continue to stir until the cheese melts and is smooth. Your sauce will start to thicken. Turn your burner to a very low heat to keep warm and stir occasionally.

*Don’t add too much cheese because the grease will cause your sauce to separate.

In a bowl, mix all of your vegetables,  1/2 cup of cheese, egg and chicken.

In an oven safe baking baking dish (I used a Hefty 9×13 aluminum pan because I was lazy) pour just a little sauce to cover the bottom.

Now start layering! Starting with your noodles, veggie mixture, a little cheese and spoonfuls of sauce and continue the process until completed. Make sure to leave just a little sauce to top the last row of pasta, this is optional. I personally like the crispness of the top noodle with the breadcrumbs but if you don’t like crispy and want moisture, add sauce to the top and cover with breadcrumbs.

Bake for 50 minutes covered. 10 minutes uncovered or if your like me, I turn on the broiler for 1-2 minutes to give it the nice brown color.

Take out of oven let sit for 10 minutes, if you cut into it too soon it will go all over the place. Those 10 minutes make a difference and allow for the dish to set but me being me I couldn’t wait and dug right in, I like my food piping hot!

I’m not a professional at making my food look so fancy in photographs but this is what homemade really looks like! 😉

Enjoy!

Ramen at home

I LOVE ramen! I have yet to perfect it but I will be trying this dish, it screams my name!

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Autumn is delightful. I’m enjoying the cool, crisp air and the bright sunlight, filtering through the trees into my shady home office (aka lounge), and the food. Oh the FOOD. I’m not a summer salad kind of girl. I’m a steamy bowl of something something queen.

Steaming bowls of ramen is up there in my 10 ten things I love about cold weather and I recently tried the Tonkotsu ramen set compiled by WASHOKU Explorer. Tonkotsu is one of the most popular varieties of ramen. The creamy, rich, pork broth is made by boiling pork fat, collagen and well washed pork bones for hours (even days). Due to the labour intensive process, this dish is not often made at home, though you will find it at any ramen shop.

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The Tonkotsu ramen set comes with comes with a cool ramen bowl, renge (spoon), dried noodles, soup, seaweed, dried green onion…

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