Clean Taco Salad

  This was too good not to share! 

It’s Tuesday which means it’s Taco night in this house!

What you will need:

  • Lean Ground Beef
  • Taco Seasoning (Epicure)
  • Pico Picante Seasoning (Epicure)
  • Shredded Cabbage
  • Any vegetables you want. I went with Tomatoes, Red Pepper, Red Onion and Celery
  • Mashed Avocado
  • Cilantro
  • Lime
  • Jalapeno

Epicure spices are great, first you can understand all the ingredients in the bottle and they are low sodium! 

Instead of having mine in a taco shell or wrap I decided just to have a salad. However, my Hubs and Nephew had theirs as a wrap and loved it! 

Alright now to cooking:

  1. Brown the Ground Beef with the Taco Seasoning (about 2tbsp) and the Pico Picante Seasoning (about 2 tbsp as well. The Pico Picante Seasoning is spicy so just adjust the amount to your heat level.  Taste as you go until you get it to the right flavour! 
  2. In a bowl combine the shredded cabbage and vegetables with the chopped cilantro, Jalapeño and lime juice. Again taste as you go (I threw in a little sprinkle of the Pico Picante Seasoning just to tie it all together!)
  3. Plate your salad with the ground beef on top and mashed Avocado! 

ENJOY!  

Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins

Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Muffin

 

I am so happy with how these turned out! These are great for a quick breakfast with a smoothie or for a quick snack!

What you will need:

2 Eggs
2 Ripe Bananas
1/2 cup of Honey (Next time I might try to use a little bit less and see if it makes a big difference taste wise)
1/4 cup of Almond Milk
1 tsp of Vanilla
1.5 tsp of Baking Powder
1 tsp of Baking Soda
1/2 cup of Organic Dark Chocolate Chips
1 cup of Gluten Free All Purpose Flour (I have the Cloud 9 Brand)
Coconut Oil
2 scoops of Arbonne Vanilla Protein Powder

Preheat your oven to 350F, grease your Muffin Pan with the Coconut Oil and set aside.

Take a large bowl and add remaining ingredients and mix well.  Then spoon evenly into your muffin tin.  Mine made enough for 12 muffins.

Put your muffins in the oven, mine took roughly 20 minutes but just keep an eye on them and change the time accordingly.

ENJOY!

Braised Duck Legs With Cherries

Braised Duck Legs with Cherries

 

So I subscribe to this great food service called Hatchery Box, which every month sends out Tasting Boxes.  Hatchery focuses on finding small farms or small food providers and then sends out samples for you to try! With this dish I used the Modern Gingham Cherry Preserves and the Red Duck Foods Curry Ketchup.

What you need:

– Modern Gingham Cherry Preserves
– Red Duck Foods Curry Ketchup
Melvilles Ginger Beer (or use a non alcoholic one if you want)
– 4 Duck Legs
– Shallots
– Garlic
– Salt & Pepper
– Cocunut Oil

I love Braising Duck Legs or really anything for that matter.  It is such an easy meal to have for a dinner party or for any night of the week! Now lets get to the details…

First you want to use a dish that you can use on your stovetop and then put it directly into your oven.  Heat a small amount of Coconut Oil in your pan, you want to get this nice and hot.  Season the Duck Legs with Salt and Pepper on all sides.  Working quicly, sear the duck legs on all sides.  Once you have this done, remove the pan from the heat and put in the chopped Shallots (I like to leave mine in pretty large pieces) and the garlic.  I mixed together the Cherry preserves and the Curry Ketchup with a little bit of the Ginger Beer first and pour that all over the Duck Legs.  Pour the remaining Ginger Beer into the pan, you want to make sure that you have a good amount of liquid in the pan but you don’t want the liquid to come up over the top of the duck legs.  If you didn’t want to use beer you can use wine instead.  At first you might think that there is too much liquid but trust me you’ll want.  This helps to make sure that the meat won’t dry out while it is cooking and will take on those flavours.  Put this all in the oven and thats that! Mine took roughly 1.5-2 hrs to cook.  Duck can be very rich so I wanted to have ours with something really light and served them with sauteed vegetables…so good…

Enjoy!

 

 

Baked Eggs in Avocados

I have been seeing this recipe a lot on Pinterest so I thought I would give it a shot!

I used:

– 2 Avocados
– 4 Eggs
– Ground Pepper
– Kosher Salt
– Chili Pepper Flakes

First, preheat your oven to 400F.  Then take your Avocado and slice in half and remove the pit.  I then took a small spoon and just carved out a little bit more of the Avocado so more of the egg and whites will fit.  Carve out more than you think you need to…trust me…

Then I just simply cracked my egg and pop it into the hole in the Avocado.  I had to get rid of some of the egg whites because I didn’t make enough room in the Avocado (whoops!).  Then I sprinkled Ground Pepper, Kosher Salt and Chili Pepper Flakes.

In my oven these took 26 min to cook.  I also cooked up some bacon and it was a nice little breakfast!

Enjoy!

Baked Eggs in Avocado

 

21 Day Clean Eating Cleanse…FINISHED!

Well that is that…I finished my cleanse! After the 2nd Week of Juicing I welcomed the 3rd week with open arms! I was so happy to eat something it wasn’t even funny!

My 3rd week was going back to how I was eating the 2nd week and reintroducing foods. I have taken a lot from this cleanse. It really pointed out to me areas in my diet that were really not good. Also I used to eat a lot at night, especially right before bed. It was nothing for me to have a bagel with peanut butter right before going to bed and then wondering why it took me forever to get to sleep? Hmmm I wonder why!s

My hubs and I have decided to bring more of a Clean Eating/Paleo diet into our lives. After reading more about the Paleo way of eating, it actually makes a lot of sense for us to follow it. Paleo is mainly Dairy Free & Grain Free and trying to eat as organically as possible. That being said, am I never going to eat pasta, rice or bread ever again? Probably not, instead of putting all these limits on myself and just setting myself up to fail, I have to realize that I will probably have pasta, rice or bread at some point again…and that is OKAY!

A lot of people that follow the Paleo Diet, follow a 80/20 rule. 80% of the time is strict Paleo and 20% of the time is not. This works for me, I honestly love food way too much to try and say that I will never have a bad carb or grain ever again in my life.

Paleo is not for everyone, just like Clean Eating or Weight Watchers or any other diet. My best advice is read into everything and ask yourself if it is something that you can do. Make sure that your diet is going to work with your lifestyle.

Now when chatting with friends I have been asked if I would do this cleanse again and I can honestly say that I definitely will! I feel more refreshed, energized and ready to start a change! I can see myself doing this again after vacations and holidays to bring myself back on track!

So thank you to my friend Mrs. Munro for giving this to me and I hope you all will continue to follow me on my foodie adventures!

3rd Week