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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Tacos Frescos

Ok, blah, I failed at posting a craft next. But here's the thing, I had time to post this real fast and I wanted to do so while it was still summer because they are so fitting for the season.

These tacos are so light and refreshing. Great for a light lunch or dinner on a hot summer day. I know my husband personally doesn't enjoy a heavy meal for lunch or dinner after working a long day in the heat. I made these last summer when I was pregnant and trying to make sure I ate healthy. Although, to be honest, that went out the window probably around 6-7 months when I started eating Cheetos on a weekly basis. Maybe not quite that often, but I did still make sure to eat healthy meals in between those naughty treats.

Serving size 2

2 chicken breasts, diced
1-2 cloves garlic
4 sprigs cilantro, remove stems and rough chop leaves. Set aside half to top tacos
1/4 cup diced red onion
approx 1/4 cup lime juice, I use the stuff in the bottle so not sure how many limes that is
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp olive oil
ground sea salt and pepper (1-2 turns in your grinder)

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let marinate in the fridge for 20-30 minutes while you prep other toppings for tacos. You shouldn't marinate this any longer because the acid in the juice will start to break down the meat.

(Not the prettiest shot)

Heat a large skillet on medium heat with a little olive oil and cook the chicken until cooked through. Do not add the marinade into the pan. It's ok if any garlic, onions or cilantro make it into the pan though. If you would like, you can add some more lime juice.


1 medium vine ripe tomato
1 ripe avocado
1 can black beans, optional

While the meat marinates, slice or dice your veggies. Heat your black beans while you cook the chicken.

Place all ingredients onto warm yellow or white corn tortillas.

As you can see in the first picture, I served a radish and cucumber salad along side the tacos. It fulfilled my need for something spicy and cool. Here is how I threw it together:

1/2 cucumber, peeled
4-6 radishes
1 tbsp white vinegar
1 tbsp water
2 tsp white sugar

Cut the half of your cucumber in half again, lengthwise. Then slice cucumber and radishes. Whisk vinegar, water and sugar in a small bowl. Combine all ingredients in the bowl.  If you prepare this first and let it sit in the fridge while you make everything else, it will allow time for the dressing to absorb and concentrate.

As always, if you try this recipe or any others, please send feedback. Most importantly, ENJOY!

Power Breakfasts- Oatmeal

Wow, it has been quite some time since my last post. My apologies. Since our preparing and moving to TX for the summer, and between getting a puppy and watching after a crawling baby that is learning to explore everything she finds, I have just not found the time to post on here. And I promise, I will get some crafts up ASAP. I will vow that my next post will be a craft of some sort.

This is the beginning of several "cleaner" recipes you will find on my blog. I have decided that once we return to UT later this month, I plan to purge our kitchen. There will be a few things like condiments that I will keep on hand though. Most everything else will be either less processed or not at all. Along with this, I have come up with some healthier recipes for you all. Some recipes inspired from various sources. I will also provide some cleaner or healthier alternative recipes for common things like, Eggplant Parmesan or enchiladas (keep an eye out for these in the near future!)

But first I will start out with the most important meal of the day. Breakfast! The right way to start out your day is a nice big glass of water within 20 minutes of waking and a nice hearty breakfast to give you the energy your body needs. (tips from

I'm not sure how popular oatmeal is for breakfast. I assume a lot of people like the convenience of those flavored instant oatmeal packs. Don't get me wrong, I have used those plenty in the past. And my way of making oatmeal back then was a generous amount of brown sugar and some milk or soy milk. But now it's time to move forward and onto better things. Let's take the time to fuel our bodies properly. You only get one body so you ought to treat it as a temple!

I'm going to give you some delicious, healthier ideas on how to prepare your oatmeal (and I'm not talking about the instant stuff).  First off, start with either rolled oats ( I prefer Quaker's Old Fashioned oats. I would also recommend Bob's Red Mill.) or steel cut oats. I know a lot of people are partial to the rolled oats, but give the steel cut a shot. It may take some getting used to or you may find that you prefer them over the rolled.

Follow the directions for cooking with water but omit the salt or use a little less than it calls for and use ground sea salt instead.

Here are some suggestions on how to sweeten your oatmeal:

  • Real fruit nectar- I prefer Kern's Peach or Pear.
  • 100 % apple juice- Something like Simply Apple, Santa Cruz Organics or anything you find similar. Skip juice brands like Mott's or Tree Top. 
  • Stevia 
  • Banana
If you are using juice, you may either use half water and half juice/nectar during cooking or you may just add in a bit to your bowl. 

Yummy additions: Combine any of these to liven up your oatmeal. 
  • Dried cranberries or raisins (add these in during the last couple minutes of cooking so they plump up)
  • Dried fruit of your choice
  • Diced apple (cut these about the size of a raisin and add in during the last few minutes of cooking)
  • Fresh berries
  • Berry sauce- I take  frozen berries (any mix you like), put them in a pot with about enough water to come up the berries half way and let them simmer away until them become soft and there is a bit of a syrup with them. Perfect on the steel oats!
  • Ground flax 
  • Walnuts, almonds, pecans, or any nut of your choice (unsalted! raw or roasted)
  • Cocoa powder (not the kind you use for choco milk or hot coco)
  • Cinnamon
  • Mapleine (Maple flavoring)- If you're like me and love adding brown sugar, and loads of it, to your oatmeal this is a good alternative. This way you still get the mapley flavor, just add juice to sweeten. Also, you will want to use just a drop at a time until you reach the desired flavor. This stuff is strong! You can find this on the spice isle of your grocery store.) 

I also love to add some kind of creaminess to my oatmeal so I like to add soy milk.  You can use milk or an alternative of your choice. Anything from soy, almond, hemp, rice or coconut milk is great. Maybe even opt for unsweetened if you can.  

Here are some of my suggested combinations:
  • Cocoa powder, walnuts, banana and soy or coconut milk
  • Banana, cranberry, cinnamon, almond milk
  • Peach nectar, cinnamon, golden raisins, ground flax, soy milk
  • Apple juice, apples, cinnamon, Mapleiene, rice or almond milk
  • Cocoa powder, raspberry sauce, apple juice, soy or coconut milk
*Just a side note, I use about 1/4 cup as a serving size for myself. Often I will pair my oatmeal with a small green smoothie or a piece of toast with PB and Chia seeds*

There are so many possibilities to make that bowl of oatmeal more nutritious and keep it just as tastey. 

Remember, oatmeal is full of fiber and anti oxidants. It is suggested to pair your oatmeal with a glass of juice loaded with vitamin C (if you know me, I HATE orange juice, so this is why I did not say "a glass of OJ") to help aid in keeping your arteries unclogged.  

As always, let me know how my recipes or suggestions work for you. And if you've decided to jump onto the train of cleaner/healthier eating lifestyle, let me know. 

Also, If you need meal ideas before I am able to post some, feel free to contact me. I have recipes written down that I am yet to prepare and take pictures of for you all.