Some Like it Hot – Spicy Taco Salad

My husband is someone that likes it hot. Probably why he married a feisty southern Italian with an Irish temper. I do all the cooking so I try to get some hot stuff in there every once and a while just for him. Turns out though, I love this too!

Taco Salad

This recipe is for two people with leftovers. That’s how we roll.
Adjust to suit your needs and taste.  Also, I use mostly ingredients from Trader Joe’s. You use whatever you like.

1 tbsp oil

1 medium onion diced

2 clove garlic crushed

1 lb organic ground beef

2 tbsp taco seasoning

salt and pepper

Trader Joe’s organic fire roasted diced tomatoes with green chiles
(use a cup of regular diced tomatoes to lesson the fire in your mouth – or not)

1 can organic pinto beans

iceberg lettuce

1 avocado sliced or guacamole

In a large frying pan heat up oil.  Add the diced onions and garlic until soft. Add ground beef. Use taco seasoning to taste.
When the beef is browned, add tomatoes and pinto beans. simmer for 15 min. Let cool for 15 min.

Serve over chopped iceberg lettuce topped with guacamole or slice avocado

You’re welcome :-)


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4-Hour Body Week 1- the breastmilk bonus

Week one of  The 4-Hour Body DONE!!

I didn’t post about it yesterday because I was too busy stuffing my face and having yet another snow day with the kids.

Here’s how it all shook out.

Combined 8 lbs and 3.75 inches lost.  Not bad right? It was skewed in husband’s direction. Men. Hrmpf.

To sum up the 4 Hour body in an I skimmed the chapter because I have three kids and I just want to lose this fat this is what I think it’s all about kinda way…here goes. It’s a slow -carb Diet. It’s all about accelerating fat loss. Not necessarily weight loss. You eat three to four meals a day that consist of protein, legumes, and vegetables. No white carbs, sugar, dairy, or fruit. You eat like that for 6 days then on the seventh day you can eat what you want.

For the most part everything thing was fine.  The food was just ok for me, dawg.  I love bread and chips and pasta so the no carb thing was difficult I’m not gonna lie. Breakfast was like taking medicine for me. I frequently don’t eat breakfast and when I do it’s waaaay after I’ve woken up. It was very hard to eat a full breakfast that was partly made up of beans a half hour after waking up.

I tried to prepare the same meals over and over again just because it’s easier for me to just get it done that way. Trying to be creative takes is too time consuming when I’m also making food for the kids.

On the 6th night I was over it! My chili didn’t come out like I wanted it to and I was pissy. “I’m over it.” I told my husband. He reminded me we could eat whatever we wanted the next day. Sooooo…

I’m not really a crazy junk food eater, but we sure do love our tortilla chips ’round here.  We only had a quarter of a bag left which we amazingly didn’t eat all week. Steve got the bag out for lunch and I sneered at him “You better not eat that whole bag!” Did I mention it was a snow day?  We couldn’t leave the house in the morning to get anything. Steve shoveled himself out to get some pizza for dinner though. Oh and I had three wonderful giant lattes.

The strangest and most awesome benefit of this WOE (way of eating) is that I have increased my breast milk supply. Yup. More milk. I couldn’t believe it.  I have a low supply so it was odd that my baby was whining a bit more to nurse. And then I noticed that one of my milk ducts was hurting like it was full. Then he had a few poops that were totally breast milk poops. Moms of breastfed babies will know what I mean- a little grainy and sweet smelling. He hadn’t had one those since he was two month old.

I bet that isn’t something that Tim Ferriss tested out :-) He could have a whole new book aimed at the post partum breastfeeding set if you ask me.  Lose weight and increase your breast milk supply at the same time. Brilliant!

I am sort of dreading starting it up again tomorrow. I think I may not be as strict with the menu.  Allowing a bit more of the foods that we like or less of the foods that we don’t. All in all, I feel better and dare I say it, I look better.  I really do. I can actually see a difference.

So moving on to week 2. I wonder what the numbers will say next time.

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The Waiting Game

My husband actually said to me yesterday “Why don’t you just relax and enjoy the last days of your pregnancy?  This is the last time you’re going to be pregnant.  Just enjoy it.”

Um, ENJOY IT?!?!  The time for enjoying was in the first trimester, oh wait I was so nauseous I couldn’t see straight.  Or the second trimester, oh wait my hormones were making me a part of the lunatic fringe.  Maybe third trimester?  Nope. I was so exhausted taking care of two kids while working and pregnant, it just about did me in.  Now in my TENTH month you want me to relax and enjoy it?!  Argh!

I will admit I paused for a moment on the you’ll never be pregnant again thing.  That is pause-worthy after all.

No more big bellies after this.  No more first kicks.  No more wondering what one more of our offspring will look like (we make ’em cute!).  No more knowing smiles from strangers and offers of help.  (Soon I will just be that crazy woman with three screaming kids who got herself into that mess she can manage the door on her own.)

So I wait.  But I am not very good at waiting.  I will wait to see what this baby will look like?  Wait to see him to figure out what we will name him.  And the smell, oh the smell of a newborn baby.  My baby.  I will wait.

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