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One Pan Cheesy Chicken Tacos, With a Splash of Guacamole (Or a Lot, Whose Judging?!) 

I made some really awesome one pan cheesy tacos! Everyone went nuts over it and there were no leftovers. I adapted a recipe from sweetcsdesigns.com. I read this amazing recipe and adapted it to my dietary restrictions. (I posted the link for reference and I will also post what I used.)

I haven’t posted in a couple of weeks, because I have been getting everything ready for my upcoming surgery on the 19th. I am having Chiari Malformation decompression surgery. For those who are curious about what exactly that is, here is the link.

Now back to the food! For my version I used ground chicken instead of beef. To start off I cooked bell pepper and zucchini until it was tender. I removed that from the pan and then browned the meat. After the meat was cooked I added the veggies back in along with a tablespoon of tomato paste.


I let that keep going until the tomato paste started to smell really good then added a few splashes white wine vinegar along with diced tomatoes and green chilis.

The fun part of cooking (at least for me) is the seasoning. I season to taste because I’m super unreliable when it comes to measuring it out. I go by the way it smells. I don’t usually use pre-kitted salted seasoning like fajita mix (although I do occasionally add unsalted fajita seasoning to enhance a dish). I prefer to mix and match until I have the right combination of flavors. I used ground mustard, chipotle, garlic and herb (unsalted), cumin, smoked paprika, turmeric, and salt to taste.

I let all the flavors marry for about 15 min on medium low. When I feel like they are sufficiently hitched I add 2 cups of baby spinach and the juice of one lime. After the spinach wilts, I shred cheese over the top, let it melt, then garnish with green onions.

I put mine in little lettuce boats with homemade guacamole (avacado, lime, red onion, jalepeno, and salt), and Cholula hot sauce. The rest of the family used flour tortillas. In all, this dinner only took about 30 to 40 minutes of cook time. I will definitely make this one again!

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In a Dark, Dark Wood, I Prepped food for the Entire Week

I think I may have found a new favorite author, well second favorite (No one can replace Patricia Cornwell in my heart). Ruth Ware is proving to be a great story teller.
The first book I read of hers was “The Girl in Cabin 10”. It hooked me from the very first sentence. I am now reading “In and dark, dark wood”. I barely put it down long enough to write this post. Continue reading

Band Camp & Dirty Dishes

The last two weeks have been rough! Due to band camp, schedule pickups, school clothes shopping, and freshman orientation there was not one day that I was home before 9:00 PM. Needless to say, I did not get to cook anything new. Instead we ate fast food, yep, I am weak. We ate fast food and frozen meals for the LAST. TWO. WEEKS! I feel like poo, and my kids complained the entire time about their meals. I will be sure to meal prep next time. Continue reading

Kay Scarpetta, you’ve done it again!

I woke up around 6:00 AM Sunday morning thirsty and wanting to continue the book I fell asleep reading. By 8:30 AM I am several chapters in, hungry, and run across a recipe list that I am itching to try.

I am currently reading the book Dust, by Patricia Cornwell. It is the 21st book in the Scarpetta series. I am a little behind considering there are currently 24 books out in the series and she’s writing the 25th.

I picked up my first Scarpetta novel when I was 13 simply because the main characters name was Kay. I immediately fell in love the with the characters and the fast paced style of the thriller. In addition to the amazing story line, Cornwell incorporates ingredient list to Italian recipes that Kay puts together after a long day of investigation. Who wouldn’t fall in love with these books?! The lead character is an amazing woman who fights crime, survives harrowing situations, and still finds time to cook dinner.

In my excitement over the idea of making this recipe I tweet about it as well as post on Instagram. After social media shares, I fall into the hashtag rabbit hole and discover that Patricia Cornwell has not one but TWO COOKBOOKS!!! How did I not know this?! I need to figure out how to get my hands on these cookbooks. For now, I will have concentrate on cooking while I drop hints to my husband to find these cookbooks for me.

For this recipe I have everything except the veal, asparagus, and mushrooms. I think I will skip the veal and mushrooms and substitute green beans for the asparagus. This afternoon I plan on putting this in the slow cooker. I will update everyone on how it turned out and what measurements I used.

I’d Like Some Pasta Sauce With My Wine Please

Today was a brutal day at work. I believe the only thing that got me through it was the fact that there was a bottle of beautiful dark wine in the fridge, beckoning for me to come home. I could almost hear it calling my name….Never mind, that was my children asking me when I would be home to cook dinner. Now that I was awoken from my daydream it was time for me to go home and get to cooking.


When I arrived home I had to get going on the ingredients quick. I was really in the mood for pasta and the sauce tends to take a little while. After pulling the wine out of the fridge, I had to remind myself what I got in there for. I really needed tomatoes, green peppers, garlic and onions. Whenever I make pasta sauce I wrestle with the dilemma that I know we all face, “Do I want to drink the wine or cook with it?” For me it boils down to whether or not I have enough for both. Today I do, so pasta sauce with wine it is!

I really like the flavor of home made sauce. If it has wine in it, then I love it even more, the more intense the better. Before I get started, I put on the 80’s music and poor my first glass of wine. My kids respond well to the music, even singing along to some it (of course, they would never admit that to their friends).

For my sauce I always start out with my tomatoes. I need them to be skinless. I do this by boiling them for a few minutes. The skin starts to crack and get wrinkly. When this happens I toss them in some ice water to stop the cooking process.


While this is going on, I chop my green peppers and onions. I cut mine a little thick because I like my sauce so chunky it could be a dish all its own. I add the onions to some olive oil with a sprinkle of salt and cook them for a few minutes before adding the green pepper and garlic.

When I have added all the ingredients and they have cooked until tender I add wine to the mix. I cook the wine down, then I add more. I repeat this a few more times. I like my sauces to have an intense flavor of wine. The amount you add will be based on how intense of a flavor you desire.


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Documentaries, Food, and the Sweet Promises of Pasta sauce

I enjoy watching documentaries, especially ones about food. I started watching them a few years ago when my eating habits became horrible. I knew I wanted to change but did not know how.

Even though I had a solid foundation in my cooking skills growing up, the 50-70 hour work weeks took their toll on me. Leaving the house at 7 in the morning  and not getting home until six or seven in the evening made my motivation for meal planning non existent. Instead of quick dinners and pizza becoming the exception, they became our go to. Processed foods are cheap, easy, and eventually my mind and taste buds tricked me into thinking it was the best tasting thing in the world.

Fast forward several years and 100 pounds later I was tired of being tired. The first documentary scared the *insert expletive* out of me. In reaction to this, I became a vegan for a year. Not a day, A. WHOLE. FREAKING. YEAR! Now being vegan wasn’t really the lifestyle for me. I literally dreamed about cheese for the first couple of months. It did get easier,but I never lost my desire for dairy. I did really well until one drunken night I found myself ordering the most glorious cheese pizza I have ever tasted in my entire life (at least that what the wine made me believe). Then came the guilt. I remembered the baby cows from the documentary being pulled from their mothers. After a few days of beating myself up I realized, food should never be about guilt.

After my realization, I started seeking out provocative documentaries that made me think about where my food comes from. I wanted vindication for my beliefs and  to celebrate food. I wanted to eat to live, instead of…you know the rest.

I am now very passionate about what I feed my family and where the food comes from. I am not going to be a hypocrite and say that “I only eat organic and all my meat is pasture raised.” I have two teenagers and a husband who eat me out of house and home, I would go broke. I do however, make sure the meat is not treated with hormones and if pasture raised is on sale, I buy it.

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