What I Eat

Best Soft Shell Tacos

Serves: approximately 8

Ingredients:
1 lb. lean ground beef (I buy 93% lean/7% fat)
1 packet taco seasoning mix* and the ingredients to make it
1 can refried beans
shredded iceberg lettuce, to taste
Mexican shredded cheese blend, such as: Monterey Jack, Cheddar, Asadero, and Queso Quesadilla cheese, to taste
diced tomatoes, to taste
organic tortillas that are not made with an enriched flour

*I like to buy a popular restaurant brand of dry seasoning mix that starts with the first three letters of Chicago. I don’t like to buy taco seasoning that makes a sauce, because the shells get soggy. I also take 1 teaspoon of seasoning out of the packet before mixing it into the meat so it is not too spicy.

Directions:
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, crumble ground beef while browning it until it is no longer pink. Add seasoning according to package directions. Put beans in a microwave-safe dish. Heat beans in the microwave for approximately 1-1/2 minutes. Spread a layer of beans on a tortilla. Leave approximately 1 inch between the beans and the edge of the tortilla. Without over stuffing the tortilla, top the beans with seasoned meat, lettuce, cheese, and tomatoes. Fold tortilla so filling does not fall out when eating. Have with a glass of water.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites

Serves: approximately 24

Ingredients:
1/2 cup honey
1 cup organic peanut butter
1/4 cup 100% cacao unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup lightly salted dry roasted peanuts, chopped
2 cups quick-cooking oats
1 tablespoon flaxseeds

Directions:
Heat honey, peanut butter, and cocoa powder in a microwave-safe bowl for 1-1/2 minutes. Mix until thoroughly combined. Stir in peanuts, oats, and flaxseeds. While the mixture is still warm, quickly form into 1-inch balls. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Have 1 with a glass of water.

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Hamburger Pizza

Makes: one 12 inch pizza

Ingredients:
1 pizza crust mix that is not made with an enriched flour (the brand I buy is gluten free) and the ingredients to make it
1/4 lb. lean ground beef (I buy 93% lean 7% fat)
dried basil leaves, to taste
dried Italian seasoning, to taste
jarred pizza sauce
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
grated Parmesan cheese, to taste
dried parsley flakes, to taste

Directions:
Make crust according to package directions. If your mix makes two 12 inch pizza crusts, freeze one to use another day. Crumble and brown ground beef. Drain grease. Mix in basil and Italian seasonings. Since jarred pizza sauce contains sugar, spread a thin layer on the crust. Top pizza with 3/4 cup mozzarella. Top cheese with cooked ground beef. Top meat with the remaining mozzarella. Sprinkle with Parmesan and parsley. Bake according to crust package directions. Have with a glass of water.

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Super Salad

Serves: 1

Ingredients:
1 serving of a salad kit that has green and red cabbage, lettuce, kale, carrots, green onions, and sunflower seeds or buy the ingredients separately and chop the veggies
1 hard boiled egg, chopped (To hard boil an egg, see my Parmesan Pasta, Deviled Eggs, and Carrots recipe.)
5 stringless sugar snap peas, chopped
1 mini box raisins
9 organic seasoned croutons that are not made with an enriched flour (To make your own croutons, see my Homemade Croutons recipe. The brand of premade croutons I buy is found in the refrigerated produce section at my local co-op.)
salad dressing included in the salad kit or any salad dressing (The brand I buy comes with a yummy Sweet Onion & Citrus Dressing.)

Directions:
Top veggies with sunflower seeds, egg, sugar snap peas, raisins, and croutons. Lightly drizzle with salad dressing and toss. Have with a glass of water.


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Banana Parfait

Serves: 1

Ingredients:
1 small banana
1 graham cracker square that is not made with an enriched flour
aerosol whipped cream

Directions:
Put graham cracker in a zipper baggie. Close baggie and crush graham cracker with a rolling pin. Peel and slice banana. Put 1/2 of the banana slices in a single size serving dish. Top with a small squirt of whipped cream and approximately 1 teaspoon of graham cracker crumbs. Put remaining banana slices on top. Squirt the second layer of bananas with whipped cream and sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs to taste.