Taco Boats

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My family loves us some tacos!  I am pretty sure that we could eat tacos every day and there would be no complaints.

Being on the Whole30, tortillas and corn shells are a no-no.  Avoiding flour and corn isn’t going to stop us from enjoying some delicious tacos!

In this recipe, we make our own taco seasoning for the ground beef (store bought has all sorts of junk in it) and use romaine lettuce as our taco shells.  At my last Costco shopping trip, I found Artesian Romaine lettuce heads that are absolutely perfect for the lettuce shells.  If you can’t find these, Hearts of Romaine or Boston Lettuce would work just fine.

Ingredients

1 – lb of ground beef (organic, grass-fed if available)

Head of Hearts of Romaine or Boston Lettuce

1 tablespoon of Chili Powder

1 teaspoon of garlic powder

1 teaspoon of onion powder

1/4 of teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes (or more if you like the heat!)

1 teaspoon of paprika

1/2 tablespoon of ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon of sea salt

3/4 cup of water

Toppings of your choice

  • chopped tomatoes
  • chopped red onion
  • chopped jalapeño
  • chopped green onion
  • chopped cilantro
  • lime slices
  • Guacamole
  • Salsa
  • Whole30 compliant hot sauce such as Valentina

 

Directions:

In a large skillet, brown the ground beef over medium high heat.  Drain fat from pan if using a fattier ratio of ground beef.  Stir in chili, garlic, and onion powders, red pepper flakes, oregano, paprika, ground cumin, and salt to the meat.  Add 3/4 cup of water to the pan and continue to cook over medium heat while, stirring occasionally for about 3-5 minutes.   Break off lettuce leafs and scoop taco meat into the leafs acting as a boat.  You can double up the lettuce leafs if desired.  Add your favorite taco toppings and enjoy!

Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

 

No reason to buy salad dressing with a million different ingredients you can’t pronounce when you can make your own.  This is an easy, delicious dressing to accompany any salad of your choice.  It would especially pare well with a Southwestern or Taco Salad.

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Shrimp and Zucchini Noodle Stir Fry

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Gingery, sweet, and tangy!  If you enjoy these flavours, you are definitely going to enjoy this delicious stir fry.  This vegetable dense dish is quick and easy to whip together making it perfect to create on a weeknight.  You will spend more time chopping up vegetables than cooking.  This dish is Whole30 compliant and will leave your stomach satisfied.  My 11 year old son absolutely loved it!  I used a vegetable spiralizer to create the zucchini noodles.  Below is a link to the one I own.  I highly recommend purchasing one if you don’t own one.  If you don’t own one, you can still create this dish.  Just julienne the zucchini into pasta like strips.

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Spiralizer –  http://amzn.com/B0007Y9WHQ

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Garlic and Herb Cauliflower Mash

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If you are looking for a healthier alternative to the mashed potatoes, this is the recipe for you.  This dish is just as comforting and rich as the real deal.  I made this to pair with our Valentine’s Dinner of Steak, Shrimp, and Asparagus and it was delicious!  The garlic and herbs pack a major flavorful punch! My son heard that I was making cauliflower mash instead of regular mashed potatoes and was not excited to say the least.   However, when dinner was served he could not get enough.  The next day he even had leftovers as an after school snack!  This is a recipe that I will be keeping on the menu week after week!

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Whole30 Challenge: Week 1 Menu

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The holiday season has come and gone.  It’s time to get eating habits back on track again!  Starting February 2nd (the day after the Super Bowl) I challenge you to join me in completing the Whole30.

What is the Whole30?  30 days of real food.  No sugar.  No grains.  No alcohol.  No dairy.  No Legumes.  Just real, whole foods.  Eating this way for 30 days is a great way to build healthy eating habits and allow our bodies to run the way they are supposed to.  At the end of the 30 days, we will slowly reintroduce some of the “no-no” foods mentioned above which will allow you to know what your body can and cannot digest. Continue reading “Whole30 Challenge: Week 1 Menu”

Red Pepper and Sausage Frittata

Red Pepper and Sausage Frittata

Lately, my family has been in a bit of a breakfast rut.   Eggs, Bacon (or Sausage), and Hashbrowns.  The typical breakfast.  As delicious as this typical breakfast is, sometimes you just need a change…..something different from the norm.

That’s where the Frittata comes in!

Not only is this dish easy to make and delicious, but it’s fun to say in an Italian accent!  Go ahead….say it a few more times.  I’m not judging anyone!

The Frittata appears to be the Italian’s version of an Omelet.  This dish is very satisfying yet healthy.  It can even be made Whole30 compliant.  Just omit the dairy!  In this recipe, I used breakfast sausage and red bell peppers.  There are so many different directions you can go with this dish so don’t be afraid to get creative and experiment with the ingredients that you use.   This dish would be delicious with all different types of veggies thrown in.  Bacon of course would make an excellent addition as well!

The best part of the Frittata?  If you have leftovers, they reheat beautifully for breakfast, lunch, or dinner during the workweek.


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Baked Garlic Dijon Salmon

Baked Garlic Dijon Salmon

 

Today when I checked my gmail account, I had a glorious email from Whole Foods notifying me that they had Coho Salmon on sale today only.  At that moment, I knew exactly what we would be having for dinner.  I sent the hubs out to our local Whole Foods to grab the goods.  I told him to see if they could remove the skin for us to make cooking easier (tip for those of you buying the seafood counter).  Not only did they remove the skin, but they offered to remove all the pin bones.  My husband watched the gentleman behind the counter meticulously remove each of the bones, one by one with a smile on his face.  Let me tell you…this made the whole cooking process a breeze!  High level of customer service is not something you find in every grocery store however, this is where Whole Foods really shines above the rest.  Makes my heart grow even founder for my favorite grocery store!

This delicious salmon is topped and baked with a garlicky dijon sauce that is going to knock your socks off!  This recipe in not only ridiculously easy to make but it is jam packed with flavor and is Whole30 compliant.  My husband raved about it over and over as we were eating this evening.

Pair with steamed veggies or zucchini noodles and get your omega-3’s on with this delicious salmon tonight!

 

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Coconut Curry with Cauliflower Rice (Paleo, Vegan options)

Coconut Curry with Cauliflower Rice

 

 

Weeknights are busy for my family.  Trying to fit in time to cook something quick, easy, and healthy can be a challenge.  This recipe has become a weekly staple in my home since developing it.  Not only is it easy, delicious, and healthy but it is also cheap to make!

This vegetable dense meal is dairy/grain free, Paleo, and has options to make it Whole30 approved!  And if meat is not your thing, I have also included options in the recipe to make it vegan.

If grains are not an issue for you, feel free to serve it over brown rice or aromatic Basmati or Jasmine rice.  You can also enjoy it as a stew if you wish.

This dish serves 4-6 which means I have leftovers for lunch!  It’s even better the next day!

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Roasted Tomato and Tomatillo Salsa

Roasted Tomato and Tomatillo Salsa

 

If you have a garden filled with red-ripe tomatoes, here is a recipe that will help put them to good use!  In this salsa, we roast tomatoes, tomatillos (they look like green tomatoes), jalepenos, and garlic to really amp up their natural flavors.  This salsa is incredibly easy to create.  Be an awesome guest and bring a jar to the next barbecue or party you are invited to as a hostess gift! Continue reading “Roasted Tomato and Tomatillo Salsa”

Avocado Salad

Avocado Salad

It’s avocado season and I am noticing some great deals in the grocery stores.  Time to stock up on my all time favorite!  If you are wanting to make something different than guacamole with those delicious avocados, here it the perfect solution!

My father is from Cuba and came to America right before the revolution when he was 8 years old so Cuban cuisine is an obvious favorite within the household.   In Cuba, Ensalada de Aquacate (Avocado Salad) is staple side dish to many meals.  This is my take on the traditional side dish.   It is super simple to throw together in a hurry and incredibly refreshing on a hot summer day.  This dish is Paleo, Whole30 friendly, and loaded with the healthy fats that our bodies need.

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