Taco (salad) Tuesdays

Taco Tuesdays. Definitely one of our favorite nights of the week for dinner. Some weeks we have ground beef, others ground turkey. Last night, when I got home from the gym, the house smelled amazing. Jon was in charge of dinner again and it definitely didn’t smell like our standard Tuesday dinner.  As I walked in the door, he was quick to point out that we could no longer use the giant jar of taco seasoning that we had picked up from Costco since it had cornmeal and sugar in it. OH MY GOSH HE WAS READING LABELS. I was so proud.

I was even prouder when I tasted it. Not only was he reading labels, but he was learning to cook. The cilantro lime dressing he made was delicious.  Served on top of spinach with a big scoop of leftover homemade guacamole, I didn’t even miss the tortillas.  I scraped every last bit of it from my plate and tried to come up with ideas to incorporate the leftover dressing.

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Both recipes can be found here: http://stupideasypaleo.com/2014/02/27/tasty-taco-salad-by-living-loving-paleo/

Holy Guacamole

Day 1 is in the books and we survived with minimal complaints from the husband.  I’m not gonna lie.  Yesterday’s menu was solid despite being in a pinch for time.  It also helped that that today is garbage day and we needed to clear some leftovers out of the fridge.  Thankfully I have a few days off before I head back into the office which means I have time to prep for the next week.  I find the transition of eliminating sugar and grains cold turkey and switching to a food plan like this is to make sure you have plenty of options prepped and ready to go.  Planning is key. I’d rather have too many snacks available then to find myself hungry and scrambling to find a healthy food source.  That to me is a recipe for failure.  A few hours of prep means that I won’t have a meltdown later. Nobody is pretty when they have a meltdown.

Lunch:

  • Paleo Buffalo Chicken Strips (Leftovers- I promise to find this recipe and come back and edit this post because it was amazing)
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Guacamole
  • Raw Almonds

Dinner:

  • Steak Fajitas w/ Red & Green Peppers & Onions
  • Bed of Romaine Lettuce hearts
  • Homemade Guacamole**

I know I’m about to toot my own horn, but the guac today was incredible. I felt like I was back in Mexico, minus the beach, warm sun and ice cold margarita….

  • 2 Ripe Avocados, mashed
  • 3 Drops of You Living Lime Essential Oil (this stuff is the bomb- tastes great and the guac stays green!)
  • Garlic Powder
  • Cilatro
  • 1 heaping scoop of pico de gallo

Before turning in for the night, I prepped everything in a blender cup so Jon could just wake up and blend a fresh spinach & berry protein smoothie for breakfast.  He’s also got a lunch bag filled with tuna, hard boiled eggs, granny smith apple, carrots, guac, raw seeds & nuts, olives and a paleo bacon brownie bite**… If I haven’t locked up wife of the year already for 2015, I must be doing something wrong. 😉

Side note:

I don’t personally know George who runs Civilized Caveman Cooking… but he rocks.  His recipes are just enough to get you through a craving so you don’t trash your diet.  If you haven’t checked him out, do it. If I ever meet him, he’s getting a big hug from me.  These Bacon Brownie Bites of his are my favs.

http://civilizedcavemancooking.com/recipes/desserts/chocolate-bacon-bites/