All About That Taco Life

This recipe came from Mrs. Happy Homemaker and is one of my absolute favorites. It is so yummy and makes a lot so it perfect for meal prepping for the week. There is some spice to it, so be aware of that if you do not like spicy foods.

I chose to use chicken and I halved the recipe because I did not need 4 pounds of meat for one week of lunches. I also did not use the onion.

Step one is to season the chicken well with salt and pepper.

Step 2 is to heat the oil on the stove and sear all sides of your meat.

Next, put the chicken into the slow cooker and add in the rest of the seasonings, hot sauce, and chile peppers.

Let the meat cook for 8 hours on low heat. Once it is finished, move to a separate bowl and shred it using 2 forks.

If you prefer to not have all the juice you can just dump it, however since I was keeping it in the fridge I wanted to make sure that it didn’t get dry.

Put it in your taco shell, add all of your favorite toppings, and Enjoy!

Full Recipe and Directions

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds of beef, pork, or chicken
  • Salt and Pepper to season meat
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 (7 oz) diced green chile peppers, undrained
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 (5 oz) bottle hot pepper sauce
  • 1/4 cup water

Directions

  1. Trim the meat of any excess fat, and season well with salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place the meat in the hot skillet, and sear it quickly on all sides.
  2. Transfer the meat to a slow cooker and top it with the chopped onion. Season with chopped green chiles, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, and hot pepper sauce.
  3. Cover, and cook on low for 8 hours or until meat is tender and falling apart, checking to make sure there is always at least a small amount of liquid in the bottom of the cooker (add more liquid if needed).
  4. Transfer the meat to a bowl and shred it using 2 forks.

Check out more of Mrs. Happy Homemaker’s recipes and let us know what you think. Until next time lovelies!

Pineapple Chicken Bowls

I found this recipe from The Culinary Compass and meal prepped it for my lunches this past week. It was so good, I’m going to share it with all of you.

The first step is to add the chicken, reserved pineapple juice, 2 tbsp. soy sauce, and ginger into a gallon size bag.

Mix it together and let it sit in the bag for 30 minutes.

In a skillet melt 1 tbsp coconut oil.

Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for 1-2 minutes.

Add the pepper and onion and cook until tender (about 7 minutes). *I was only meal prepping for 3 days worth so I used half a pepper instead of a whole one.*

Add in the pineapple and cook another 2-3 minutes before removing from the skillet.

Add in 1 tbsp coconut oil to the skillet and let it melt.

Add in the chicken and cook until no longer pink, roughly 9 minutes.

Add in 2 tbsp soy sauce, as well as lime juice. Stir the veggie mixture back into the chicken and let simmer 2-3 minutes.

Serve it hot, or pack it into lunches like I did. I made brown rice to go along with it, but you could use white rice, or cauliflower rice if you are doing keto.

Full Recipe and Instructions

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs chicken breast, cut into 1″ pieces
  • pineapple juice, reserved from pineapple chunks
  • 4 tbsp low sodium soy sauce, divided
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, divided
  • 1/2 tsp garlic
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 20 oz can pineapple chunks
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Optional: brown rice, to serve

Instructions

  1. In a gallon bag, add chicken, reserved pineapple juice, 2 tbsp of soy sauce, and ginger. Mix together and set aside for at least 30 minutes.
  2. In a skillet, melt 1 tbsp of coconut oil. Add garlic and red pepper flakes, cook for 1-2 minutes. Add in green pepper and red onion. Cook until tender, about 7-8 minutes. Add pineapple chunks, cook an additional 2-3 minutes and remove from skillet.
  3. Add in remaining 1 tbsp of coconut oil, add chicken and cook until no longer pink 8-10 minutes. Add remaining 2 tbsp of soy sauce and lime juice. Mix and add veggie mixture back in. Let simmer 2-3 minutes.
  4. Serve over brown rice. Serve warm or save for later!

If you try it out let us know in the comments below. Check out some more of The Culinary Compass recipes here. Until next time lovelies.

Guilty Pleasures: Homemade Chocolate

Men may have their dogs, some women have their diamonds, but my best friend is chocolate. Here is a quick 5 ingredient, easy, and boyfriend-approved recipe to get your chocolate fix!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup coconut oil (you can also use cocoa butter, vegetable shortening, or copha)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup milk powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Boil a cup of water in a saucepan and place a large bowl over top of the saucepan not allowing it to touch the water.

2. Melt the coconut oil on medium in the large bowl.

3. Add powdered sugar to melted oil.

4. Add cocoa powder to the mix.

5. Add milk powder to the mix as well.

6. Add vanilla extract and mix together.

7. Mix well until it is smooth and there are no bumps.

8. Pour the mix into molds. If you don’t have molds like I did, you can use an ice cube tray to make them into smaller pieces.

9. Tap or shake the tray gently to let the air out of the chocolates.

10. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until molds are solid.

11. Serve and enjoy!! Powdered sugar sprinkled on top is optional. Refrigerated leftovers should last up to 4 months!

Let me know what you did to your chocolates. How did you make them unique? Comment pictures below!

Recipe from: https://hebbarskitchen.com/homemade-chocolate-recipe-milk-chocolate/

Yummy for the Tummy: Sushi Style!

Yesterday, I went to a sushi bar for the first time to try actually sushi. I have been to places that sell sushi before but every time I went, I ended up getting bento boxes with at most a California roll. I decided to be adventurous and try it out with one of my friends!

My Order

I ordered a Bahamas roll which had crab and mango as well as avocado with a crunchy top. This roll is on the left side in the picture below. I also ordered a Paradise roll which had shrimp tempura, lobster salad, salmon, and avocado with special sauce on top. This roll is on the right side in the picture below.

I tried to order different types of sushi with different meats to add variety and see what I would like. The textures were different for these two with the Bahamas roll being more soft and chewy while the Paradise roll had more of a crunch to it.

Health Benefits

Sushi has many different health benefits. Here are only a few to list:

  • helps manage weight loss
  • helps prevent cancer
  • sushi is rich in omega 3 and fatty acids
  • great source for calcium to build strong bones
  • source for iron in your blood
  • helps slow down the aging process of your skin
  • as well as a great source for protein

You can read more about these benefits more in depth on the article “11 Amazing Health Benefits of Sushi” at the link below.

 

Overall, my first experience with sushi was nothing that I ever imagined it to be. It was above and beyond! Researching the benefits that it gives also makes it exciting to try sushi and hopefully try more.

What were some of your experiences with sushi? Comment below!

“11 Amazing Health Benefits of Sushi”: https://www.naturalfoodseries.com/11-benefits-sushi/

Smooth Sipping – Part 3

A weeks worth of smoothies, whoo man. Some were great, others not so much. But they did make my week a bit more exciting since I was able to say I tried something new everyday. Added bonus, my picky daughter also sampled them and now some are her new favorite snack! Wooo hooo, mom goals!

Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast

Well my initial thought upon appearance is that it looked really tasty…. and thankfully it did! 😀

I was a bit concerned with that oats being mixed in because I am not a huge fan of gritty texture like what you get in the Naked Protein Smoothies. I barely tolerate it when I go to the dentist and they use that powder stuff with the little whirring machine but in food, nuh-uh no thank you. Hard pass.

Out of 10
My score: 8
5 yr old opinion: (read with a overdramatic sassy flair) Mama, it’s soooo good. I just Love. It.

Honeydew

At first I was a bit hesitant since I have never heard of honeydew being a smoothie ingredient, also my daughter was not to thrilled at her self-proclaimed snack (upon seeing it) being thrown into the blender. However, it was quite refreshing and light. It would have been better suited for a warm to hot day instead of a windy Wisconsin winter day.

Out of 10
My score: 7
5 yr old opinion: Is it supposed to be greenish?

Kiwi Strawberry

Okay, come on. We all know that the review on this one will be awesome. Kiwi and strawberry combination is one of the go to’s just like strawberry banana. So it is very safe to say that this one trumps the Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast, which I thought would not happen… but it did!

Out of 10
My score: 10
5 yr old opinion: Does it have those yucky green fuzz fruit in it? (Yup.) Then no, I don’t want it.

Watermelon Cucumber

Not my favorite. If you love cucumber water, then you’ll have no problem with this smoothie because that was All. I. Could. Taste. I’m sure it is very refreshing and would be a great summer drink but I don’t think I’ll be making this one again.

Out of 10
My score: 4
5 yr old opinion: Can I just have the cucumbers? I don’t want them in the blender.

Peach Pie

Yum, yum, yum! The name sounds good and the smoothie is as well. When I blended everything together, the peaches were still pretty frozen so there were a few peach chunks here and there but it really didn’t bother me. It made me wish I had some ice cream with me. Glad I choose this one for Friday! Ended the week on a good note.

Out of 10
My score: 10
5 yr old opinion: (didn’t try any since she was sick)

ANNOUNCEMENT

This Monday will be our first ever Wisco Girl Curves vlog post! Be sure to come back and check it out 😀 Until then my lovelies!

Smooth Sipping – Part 2

Good Morning! Today is the day. Smoothie prep!

Thank you for your input or votes that popped up in the comments. I also recieved help on choosing and narrowing down the options from my fellow Wisco Girl team members. Below is the smoothie schedule. Feel free to try them out with me. A review blog will be posted on Saturday. Until then my lovelies! 😀

Smoothie Agenda

Monday  Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast

Tuesday  Honeydew

Wednesday  Kiwi Strawberry

Thursday  Watermelon Cucumber

Friday  Peach Pie

 

4 Ingredient Energy Balls

Sometimes finding healthy, tasty snacks can be a struggle. I know for me I hate having to spend a lot of time making something, which usually leads to me just going for a bag of chips. Recently I found a new favorite snack and it only has 4 ingredients and can be made super quick. Below are the easy steps on how to make these energy balls.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup oats
  • 2/3 cup peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Directions

Makes about 12-14 balls

The first step is to add all of the ingredients into the bowl.

Next, stir with a spatula until all of the ingredients are mixed together well.

After all ingredients are mixed together, place the bowl into the fridge for about 20 minutes. This will allow the mixture to stiffen a bit, allowing you to roll them into balls.=

Finally, remove the mixture from the fridge and roll into about 1 1/2 inch balls. I used a cookie scoop to make sure they were all the same size, but you can just estimate or use a regular spoon to ensure they are the same size. Store them in a container, and keep them in the fridge, that is if you don’t eat them all at once!

If you try out this recipe let me know what you think in the comments below. You could try all different combinations as well! Until next time lovelies.

Smooth Sipping – Part 1

Good Morning my lovelies! In two weeks, I will be starting each weekday with a different smoothie and I would LOVE to hear your input. I have compiled a list of different smoothie recipes that I have found all over the Internet. HOWEVER, the list is too long and this is where I would love to hear your opinions.

Is there one you are interested in but want someone to test it out first? Let me know for most of these I have never heard of or tried myself. Is there one you are interested in but it is not on the list? Drop your votes or suggestions in the comments section below. 😀

Sunday, March 3rd, I will post the list of smoothies I will be prepping for the week. On Saturday, March 9th, a reflection on each smoothie will be wrapped up into one big blog post with pictures of the hopefully delicious looking smoothies (a bit hesitant on the green looking ones though). So Smooth Sipping will be a three part blog post.

Smoothie List

Orange Banana

  • 1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice (4 oranges)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 cup strawberries, tops removed and cut in 1/2
  • 1 to 1 1/2 ripe bananas

Peach Pie

  • 1 cup unsweetened frozen peaches
  • 1 tablespoon honey, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch ground nutmeg
  • pinch ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup nonfat or 1% low-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup non-fat plain yogurt

Gingery Kale

  • 1 banana, peeled and broken in chunks
  • 1 cup (6 oz/185 g) frozen mango chunks
  • 2 cups (2 oz/60 g) torn kale leaves
  • 1 cup (8 oz/250 g) Greek yogurt, plain, low-fat
  • 1 cup (8 fl oz/250 ml) 100-percent orange juice
  • 1 slice fresh ginger

Honeydew

  • 2 cups honeydew melon, cubed
  • 1 cup vanilla low-fat yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons apple juice, from frozen concentrate
  • Ice
  • Honeydew melon slices for garnish

Mango, Strawberry, and Pineapple

  • 1 mango, skin removed, cut into 1-inch dice, frozen
  • 5 strawberries, stems removed, cut in half, frozen
  • 1 cup diced pineapple
  • 1 cup orange jucie

Green Morning

  • 2 cups vanilla almond, coconut, or soy milk
  • 1/2 cup whole oats
  • 1 1/4 cups fresh, frozen or canned peaches, or mango cubes
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 cup baby spinach, loosely packed
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 bananas

Papaya

  • 1 small papaya, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
  • Pineapple wedges and/or maraschino cherries for garnish

Watermelon and Cucumber

  • One 2-inch piece English cucumber, peeled and roughly chopped (1/2 cup)
  • 3 tablespoons low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon honey, optional
  • 1/2 small lime, juiced (1 tablespoon)
  • 2 cups cubed seedless watermelon, frozen

Sunrise

  • 1 cup chopped ripe strawberries
  • 1 cup chopped seeded watermelon
  • 1 cup chopped fresh peach
  • 1 cup raspberry sorbet
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

Razzy Blue

  • 1 banana
  • 16 whole almonds
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup raspberry yogurt
  • 1/4 cup Concord grape juice
  • 1 cup 1% buttermilk

Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast

  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 banana, broken into chunks
  • 14 frozen strawberrys
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon white sugar

California

  • 7 large strawberries
  • 1 (8 oz.) container lemon yogurt
  • 1/3 orange juice

Pineapple and Banana

  • 4 ice cubes
  • 1/4 fresh pineapple – peeled, cored, and cubed
  • 1 large banana, cut into
  • 1 cup pineapple or apple juice

Kale and Banana

  • 1 banana
  • 2 cup chopped kale
  • 1/2 cup light unsweetened soy milk
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup

Kiwi Strawberry

  • 1 banana
  • 6 strawberries
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1/2 cup vanilla frozen yogurt
  • 3/4 cup pineapple and orange juice blend

Recipes found at: https://blog.fitbit.com/category/eat-well/recipes/, https://www.foodnetwork.com/search/smoothies-, https://www.allrecipes.com/recipes/138/drinks/smoothies/?page=3

Fruits, Veggies, Omegas Oh My!

Going to restate the obvious here. Poor dieting hurts vital organs, affects metabolism, and more often than not, leads to weight gain. It’s something we all know and has been preached to us many times by doctors.

But, what I have never been told is that is affects the largest organ on your body. Skin. A poor diet affects the health of your skin as well as how it ages.

Pucker Up That Fishy Face

I remember when I used to say ‘Here fishy, fishy, fishy. Come and bite on my hook’ as a kid, well now I mean it! The omega-3 fatty acids that are found in fish (e.g. salmon) reduce inflammation and helps moisturize skin. If I had known this in high school, less money would have been spent on retouching my photos to reduce redness and hide acne but I wasn’t much of a fish person back then.

Eat Those Tiny Green Trees

I knew broccoli was one of my favorites for a reason. Besides being a good source of vitamins and minerals that are important for skin health, broccoli holds a compound called sulforaphane. This compound is a powerful agent to protect skin against sun damage in two ways. One, neutralizing harmful free radicals and two, switching on other protective systems in your body.

The Super Food

Avocado has been a major trend in the health world for a while now and there is a reason for that. These large berries (yes, they are berries. Mind blown!) are high in fats that benefit many functions in your body. So what does it do for the skin? The fats provided in the avocado are essential to keep your skin flexible and moisturized. This super berry is also a great source of Vitamin E, which many American do not get enough of. 

In total, including the three above, there are twelve foods that benefit your skin. Unfortunately I could not list them all otherwise, you would be reading a book. SO, for all you lovely readers, I included a link to the article where I found this information.

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/12-foods-for-healthy-skin.

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