Sunday, September 28, 2014

TACOS! (Fix Approved)

Hey Yall!! Scroll down if you don't want to read my blabber and you'll see the recipe :)

Food is so amazing. You take a few ingredients that on their own are, while beautiful and delicious, nothing spectacular. But when you put them together, they create pure magic. I am very passionate about food (obviously). The way I see it is the more you care about your food, the less likely you are to feed your body crap. I don't mean obsessing over food, counting every calorie. I mean seeing the splendor in the natural foods that God provided us. I am fortunate enough to be able to buy yummy, healthy foods for me and my husband. It's not that we are made of me, we are NOT...laughing out loud. We just put food at the top of our priorities list, after bills and that sort of stuff. We also made the decision to stop drinking, OH MY GOSH we have saved so much money! This definitely wasn't meant to be a budgeting post but really quickly..where is your money going?? If it's going to ALCOHOL over healthy food, maybe, just maybe, you should re think your priorities. If you can afford both then keep on keepin on! No judgment here. But sometimes you have to make sacrifices for your health. I would rather eat healthy than have cable, for instance! Anyways, rant over. Just remember, you are what you eat! Don't be cheap or easy ;)

We've established that I love food. OHMYGOSHHHHHH my husband made the most amazing dinner tonight. He is the best cook, way better than me! I usually do the baking, he does the cooking. Butlikeseriously I want to eat this dinner tomorrow, and the next day, and the next. It's that good. Are you ready for this?? It's super easy, promise. Your taste buds will thank you!!

Tacos Carne Asada
Carne Asada
Pico de Gallo
Corn Tortillas
Carne Asada
 1lb Flank or Skirt Steak
Keegan's Special Marinade
Handful Cilantro (chopped)
3 cloves Garlic (minced, crushed, whatever) 
1/2 of a  jalepeno 
1 Lime 
2 tsp olive oil

Put your steak in a bowl/dish. You can either slice it or leave it whole.. Depending on how you're going to cook it. We cut it up into small pieces. Throw on your cilantro, minced garlic, diced jalapeño, and squeeze the juice out of the lime, then just toss it in there with everything else. Add your olive oil. Mix it all up.  Cover and let marinate for anywhere from one to eight hours. It will look like this. 

Not that pretty... YET!! 
When you're ready to cook it:

You can grill it or do it how we did, just on the stovetop in a pan on medium heat for about 5 minutes, depending on how well done you like it. Dump everything in the pan just remove the limes. No need to add extra oil. If you grill it, leave the steak whole and brush some olive oil on the grill to prevent it from sticking.

Next, let's make some Pico De Gallo!! 

Pico de Gallo 
1 onion 
1/2 of a jalapeño (depends on how spicy you want it.. You don't even need to add the jalapeño if you're a baby like me) 
2 tomatoes 
Handful ? Cilantro (Use however much your little heart desires)

Dice the tomatoes, onion, and jalapeño. Chop up some cilantro and mix it all together. Cover and let sit for at least a half hour to let all the flavors mingle. Easy peasy. 

Now.. GUAC!! 

2 avocados 
Salt & pepper 
Garlic powder 

Mash up the avocados. Add salt and pepper and garlic powder to taste. That's all. We are simple folks.

It should look green and mushy... if not, you did something wrong.
Ok, let's cook the steak!! Directions are above but in case you are challenged, just remember medium heat for about 5 minutes. The marinade already has enough juices and oil you don't need to add anything extra. 

You can eat it as a steak or as tacos.. We made tacos! 

I soon realized I would never fit that all in my mouth and rearranged it to two tacos. 

Oh and if you're doing the 21 Day Fix, check it out 👇👇👇

BAM you're welcome. 
Easy, healthy, DELICIOUS!


Thursday, September 11, 2014

September 11, 2014-Chicken and Dumplings Simplified

Hey ya'll!

By popular demand here is the recipe for Chicken and Dumplings, which was actually given to me by my Mother in Law, so thanks Meaghan! It's so easy, even I, the challenged one, can make it.

Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings


-Three chicken breasts (I just cut mine in half, you can also cube them)
-One carton chicken broth (I used three packets of chicken bullion and five cups water)
-One can cream of chicken soup
-One bag frozen mixed veggies
-One can buttermilk biscuits
-Seasoning of choice (My MIL uses Johnny's)

Place chicken, chicken broth, cream of chicken, veggies, and seasoning (I used salt, pepper, and garlic powder) in crock pot. You want there to be enough liquid so that it's covered. Cook on high 4 hours or low 6-8 hours. The last hour of cooking quarter the biscuits, roll each one, and drop in the crock pot. Don't stir, just close the lid and let it be. Come back and TAAA- DAAA! Delicious chicken and dumplings. Talk about comfort food.. this hits the spot. Spoon that goodness into a bowl and enjoy! Don't forget to share with your loved ones.

P.S I had to buy everything for this except the bullion and the seasoning...spent only $8.00 and it made a ton, AND I have a chicken breast left over that I can use for lunch tomorrow.

I also bought generic brand veggies and biscuits, cause I'm poor.

I would love to try and healthify this because this is more of a cheat meal for me, and I already have a sodium headache. (It was so worth it, though) I'm thinking homemade chicken stock, try to find a sub for the cream of chicken, and make my own dumplings? I don't know, I'm definitely not a chef! If I figure something out I will definitely let y'all know.

I couldn't get a good picture. I know, I know, I'm sorry.
But here's my cute dog :)

Monday, September 8, 2014

August 8, 2014

Invest your time.
Invest your money.
Invest your energy.
You only get one body.
Treat it right!