Terrific Crock Pot Taco Bake

So I just wanted to share with you guys tonight’s dinner + tomorrows lunch.

I present to you my previous’ boss’ taco bake. This was the go to meal that she would bring to our monthly office potlucks. Of course she would add pasta and loads of cheese, so I had to Paleo-fy this recipe. I used shredded lettuce rather than pasta, put some guacamole and Paleo sour cream and we have a winner!! It turned out delicious, and I have leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch and for next Saturday as I had hoped for.

Paleo-fied Taco Bake

Paleo-fied Taco Bake

Here’s the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground turkey, beef, sausage, or meatless crumbles (I used ground beef)
  • 1 large can of tomato sauce
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Homemade taco seasoning

Directions:

Throw it all into the crockpot and put on high for 4 hours. When it’s ready to serve, put the meat first and then top with lettuce and a dollop of homemade guacamole (2 ripe avocados mashed with a touch of homemade taco seasoning), and a dollop of sour cream. Jose doesn’t like spicy food, but I like mine with a spicy touch (the hotter the better) so I add a few drops of Tabasco and red pepper flakes.

DELICIOUS!

Anyway, that’s that for today. I am going to make myself a hot tea and get ready for bed. Tomorrow is a work day …

Good night everybody!

Long Time Coming …

So I have been quiet for a while (exactly a week), but truth be told … last week was one of the most stressful weeks at work that I have every had in a very long time. I didn’t quite follow Paleo but because most days I would get home around 9PM (I usually got of at 6PM) and all I wanted was a beer and a tapa (thank god for living in Spain), and then to top it off we go to Holland for two days … Did I also mention that I have to replace the battery in my weight scale?! Ugh … last week was no good. This week will be better. I promise.

I have just finished making up my meal plan, but I haven’t quite decided what the breakfast for the week will be. The meal plan (sans breakfasts) goes as follows:

Monday:

Tuesday:

Wednesday:

Thursday: Valentines Day!! We might have plans for dinner with another couple, but if not, this is the plan:

Friday:

Saturday:

  • Breakfast: Egg + bacon muffins
  • Lunch: Friday dinner leftovers
  • Dinner: Mexican Chicken Lime Soup (hopefully some Taco Bake will also be leftover from Monday … crossing fingers)

I might go crazy and make some type of Paleo dessert. Who knows … stay tuned!!

Sunday:

  • Breakfast: Egg + bacon muffins
  • Lunch: Saturday dinner leftovers
  • Dinner: Same os last Sunday (tradition maybe?!) Crock Pot Taco Back over Shredded Lettuce with homemade guacamole and Paleo Sour Cream

So that’s that for the week in terms of food.

On the plane to Holland, I finally finished reading Fall of Giants (such a long novel) by Ken Follett. I loved the book, it was just a bit long in places. All the characters were really easy to get to know and get into, but I think I will read another book before I read part two of the trilogy (The Winter of the World).  So that’s why I just started Mision Olvidado by Maria Dueñas. So far I have only read 100 pages and it’s a little slow.

That means 4 down, 16 to go. Go me. According to Goodreads. com, I am 2 books ahead of schedule.

Anyway, thats all for today. I hope to think of something to make for breakfast tomorrow … even though breakfast isn’t really a key meal for me.

Have a wonderful rest of the weekend.

First Week of Paleo

Ok so we are finally doing this. We are finally going Paleo.

I have just layed out the meal plan for this week. It sucks that we are not only starting Paleo, but we are also going to start Zumba-ing (yes I made up a word) those pounds away, the week the I have to go to Holland for work. That’s just how it is. I am not going to wait for another week to start because I have come to the conclusion where something will always come up … that’s just life. So here is the plan for the week:

For breakfast I am making a huge batch of this fruit salad today which will be accompanied by my herbal cinnamon+vanilla tea that I currently have in my desk at work (plus 1 tsp of Stevia to make it sweet). To the fruit salad I will most likely leave out the honeydew melon and add strawberries. Hopefully I will be able to post up a picture as soon as it’s finished.

Monday:

  • Breakfast: Fruit salad
  • Lunch: My co-worker who is fighting breast cancer is coming to see us at work and most likely we will be going out. If we go to the restaurant that I think we are going to I will most likely be getting the tomate+onion+avocado salad (sans the mozzarella cheese) and then I will be getting their house salad (sans croutons and cheese).
  • Dinner: Blackened Chicken with Brocolli with Red Pepper Flakes and Garlic Chips

Tuesday:

  • Breakfast: Fruit salad
  • Lunch: Last nights dinner
  • Dinner: Stuffed Tomatoes with some type of salad that I throw together using one of these vinaigrettes

Wednesday:

The only meal that I will be eating at home is breakfast since my flight to Amsterdam leaves at 2:30pm. Hopefully I can stick the diet, and no beer will get in the way. 😉

Thursday:

The only meal that I will be eating at home is dinner. Since my flight lands at 8:30pm, and I won’t get home until 9:30pm at the latest, the plan is to have the prepping done on Wednesday morning, so that way the hubster can be done frying the pork chops and doing up some mushrooms while I am on my way home from the airport. Here is the recipe for the pork chops I was thinking of making.

Friday:

Saturday:

I might go crazy and make some type of Paleo dessert. Who knows … stay tuned!!

Friday:

  • Brunch: Picnic (recipes to be determined) at El Retiro (it’s one of those that’s included on our Madrid 101 list)
  • Dinner: Leftovers

So that’s that for the week. Now I am going shopping … Will update soon. Hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday and a great start to the week.

Monday

The Bad

I ended up not going to work today. I have been having a burning sensation in both my hips for the past two weeks and, since when I woke up today I could hardly get out of bed, I decided to go get it checked out (FINALLY). The doctor said that it was most likely due to inflammation of the bursa (aka Trochanteric Bursitis) and that I needed to take it easy for a week or so, and stock up on pain relievers. So here starts the week of being a couch potato. I will most likely catch up on some reading.

The Good

So my parents are the best!!!!!

Mom && Dad

That’s them. Aren’t they the cutest?

Anyway, where I was going with this?! Oh yeah … . For Christmas (yes, yes I know Christmas was like a month ago, but mom just bought it and sent it to me) mom & dad  bought me a crock pot. =) We have named it Crocky.

Crocky

There you go, that’s the new addition to our family. Now I don’t have to worry about the kitchen not being done and I can start the Paleo diet. Mom said that she was going to also send a recipe book, but she ended up sending me a list of online sites. Hopefully tomorrow I can put them all up on a blog to share with all of you. I will make sure I differentiate betwen Paleo and non-Paleo crock pot recipe sites.

I will be using Crocky this weekend and most likely will start by doing one of Holly Woodcock’s crock recipes. Go ahead and check them out.

That’s it for today.

Have a wonderful rest of the week.

1 Down, 19 To Go

So I am on my way to completely my reading goal for 2013. I just finished one of the 20 books. GO! ME!

Like I said on Friday evening, I was going to sit on the couch and just veg out for the weekend. One of the many things I was going, and wanted, to do was to finish up “Heartbreak Cafe” by Penelope J. Stokes.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the author seems to be a fine writer (I would have to read another to actually tell you exactaly). The book gives you moments of deep thought and it touches you in places you never thought a book would. The characters are so developed that they actually feel human enough and they make you wish you could sit down with them over a cup of coffee at the cafe. The book allows you to laugh with, cry with, and share the characters real-life struggles. You just can’t help but like them.

The only problem with getting so involved in these characters lives, is the fact that I wanted to get to know them a little bit more. Thankfully, while looking through Amazon for the picture of the cover for this post, I came across the sequel to this book: “The Book of Peach“. I’m thinking I might just have to go out and buy download it on my Kindle. This will have to wait since last night I went ahead and started reading the third part of Sarah Lark’s trilogy: “El Grito de la Tierra“:

I have been reading these in Spanish since the only book from the trilogy that is in the English language is “In the Land of the Long White Cloud“. I do highly recommend all three books (at least the first two + what I have read of the third so far). I just love how Sarah Lark has brought up the characters in their own different ways, and how through the years (and books) you see how the family that you grew to love in the first book has evolved through the three books.

I am thinking about starting Paleo next week (Monday, 21) and not waiting until February like I had originally planned. The main reason is that I have yet to see progress in the kitchen and I am really doubtful that it will be up and running by February (ugh!). I am also fed up with eating out, which is because we have NO kitchen. Thankfully my sister in law lives on the first floor (we live on the third) and I have had to bargain with her: we buy the groceries and make the food, and we get to use her kitchen (stove, oven, plates, cups, etc.). Even thought I don´t really feel comfortable in her kitchen because it´s so small, it’s a working kitchen, so hey … a girl can´t complain, plus the hubby and her (not to mention em) could use a healthy diet.

Like I was saying, I am going to be researching on websites and finishing Dr.Cordain’s book/website (thank god for my boss being on vacation this week) and hopefully this weekend I can put my findings into one blog and start fresh next week. This will also give me time to get the living room spacious enough to work out in and to do the following with the current pots and flower beds that are just chililng in our balconies:

Fresh herbs

Can’t wait to star this new life journey.

That is all for the day. I hope everything has a wonderful beginning of the week.