Taco Tuesday is my jam! I love it. I live for it. It is on my menu (almost) every week. I like it because it is one meal during the week that I don't really have to think about. Except mayyyybe switching the toppings. And the meat. Ok, maybe I have to think about it a little bit, but I don't have to think hard. There are so many options for tacos, which I feel like makes it that much easier. Chicken, fish, beef, pork - all good choices. Hard taco, soft, corn, flour or a bowl with rice - each and every way is good. I wish more things were as versatile as tacos.
Also, I just finished my second week of Whole30. Guys, it is going surprisingly well. One thing that's saved me if my meal prep and planning I was already fairly consistent with. If you do Whole30 and don't have a plan, (in my opinion) you are setting yourself up for failure. And I've come to figure out the plan doesn't have to be fancy, you just gotta have one and you gotta try and stick with it. Pre-Whole30, if I didn't feel like making dinner, I'd opted for a Almond Butter Sammy or Egg Sammy. Now, I can't do that! So I follow my plan, I have my snacks, I eat all the leftovers, and I'm good to go.
Also, something I've learned, there is seriously sugar in EVERYTHING. Whole30 teaches you to be the label police. Pasta sauce, sausage, bacon, some canes of tuna, smoked almonds, smoked salmon...I could go on - they all have sugar added!. But even if you're not doing this crazy 30 day thing, take a look at your labels to see what the heck is in your food. Pretty eye opening.
But all in all, I promise, it isn't too bad. Here are some of the things I've noticed so far.
I'm sleeping better.
I have a bit more energy at the end of the workday, making it easier to get to my workout (less likely to skip it really).
I have sweet cravings after dinner.
I crave wine on Fridays when I have the house to myself.
Things that weren't so good this week:
Bloating. Ugh...terrible this week. About 6 days total. I added some sauerkraut and kombucha to help add some good bacteria to my gut and I am crossing my fingers it works. After reading up on if this is a common thing during Whole30, I found there were others out there too that have this happen to them. Digestive enzymes were suggested and lots of water. And to keep going because it gets better. So here's hoping. But it really brought me down this weekend and I felt like I just needed to lay on the couch to feel better. So I did. A lazy weekend was so nice for once.
Any way, back to planning and reading labels...which comes back to this recipe I've been using for nearly a year. Have you read the back of a packet of taco seasoning? Yes, it is easy to pay $1.50 and pick up this simple little packet, but have you read the nutritional label? What is that in it any way? This homemade batch is not only better for you, but you probably have everything in your spice rack already, so seriously, why not. And all you gotta do is dump it in an empty jar and you're good to go.
I've used this with chicken, ground beef, and fish. You can adjust the heat level easily by putting more or less cayenne in the mix. Or if you like it a bit more smokey, add more smoked paprika. You do you.
Homemade Taco Seasoning
makes one serving
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1 1/2 teaspoon papkria
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Mix all the spices together until well blended and combined. Cook 1 pound of your preferred meat and add the spice mixture once it's cooked through along with 1/3 cup of water. Cook on a low heat until the spices and the water message a lovely sauce and it has thickens to your desired consistency.
One of my favorite combo is cooking half a chopped onion over medium high heat until it's softened, add 1lb of ground beef and cook until there is no pink left. Add this seasoning with the water and bam. You're done.
This week I'm doing the above method beef tacos and to make it Whole30 friendly, I'm using cabbage leaves as taco shells and all the toppings are fair game. I'm thinking guacamole, onions, tomato, and maybe some plantain chips on the side. See it's not so bad.
What your favorite way to taco?