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Hopefully you are not getting sick of me posting this recipe. Oops I Made it Again, Crock Pot Chicken Taco’s.

When ever I want a dinner that will make a lot of leftovers, I always go to this one. I am traveling with my cousins for an out-of-state family wedding and Jeff is staying home so I wanted something that he could throw together while I am gone.

I will be unplugged for the rest of this week though the weekend, I want to be present and really enjoy my family time with my cousins. I do not get to see them that often so I want to devote every second to having fun and family time.

This is 3 chicken breast. After they cook in the crock I just pull out the breasts and shred them up. You could also shred them right up in the crock along with the mix.

One thing I was missing was the black beans. I thought I had a can on hand, but was totally out, that is normally a staple in my pantry so was bummed when I realized I was out. So I just made a trip to the store and grabbed a can and added them after everything else had already cooked up. I heated them up for a few minutes to soften them up, but they are ready to eat right out of the can.

Assemble on a tortilla and add shredded cheese and you have a healthy easy meal for the next few days.

Keeping the fridge stocked with foods that Jeff can make for dinner’s while I am gone makes me feel better about leaving him behind so he can work and take care of the dogs. Plus I am Italian so I have the deep seeded need to feed people.

Here’s the Recipe:

Crock Pot Chicken Taco’s

This recipe makes 8 really large taco’s.

  • 1 envelope taco seasoning, or seasoned to your taste
  • 2 to 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes with green chilies or a jar of salsa (16 oz)
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can of corn

Dump everything into a crock pot and give it a little stir to blend the seasoning with the salsa or can of tomatoes. Cook on high for 4 to 6 hours or on low for 6 to 8 hours. When done, the chicken should shred easily when stirred with a fork. During the last hour of cooking add a can of corn and can of black beans.

See ya back here next week my foodie friends!

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When I set out to make these burritos I knew I wanted to jazz them up, so I used a leftover that really made me go Loco for this burrito.

My secret ingredient was this little gem, I added barley instead of brown rice, I thought why not, it’s a grain and I had a bowl full of leftovers.

Keeping it easy, I just reheated the barley in a pan added a can of black beans and some salsa.

Scrambled 6 eggs and seasoned to taste, a little salt a little pepper.

Mixed it all together.

Oops, I almost forgot the cheese.

Did I forget to mention it had avocado in it.

Tortillas always are so much easier to fold and tuck after they are heated up. So I heated each side for a minute.

I packed it full and topped with avocado slices, then I did my best to tuck and fold it up.

Garnished with a few additional slices of avocado and some more shredded cheese.

I crushed it bite by bite, it was really good go get em’  fuel. I ended up doing an amazing workout after I ate it, and it even kept me full for a few hours after my workout. That really never happens. I think the beans and the barley did their job well.

Wrapped up a few burritos so that I could take them to work with me and have a Loco burritos for lunch.

Later in the day I wanted more so I made a Blue Chip Loco Nacho. I will use any reason to make a nacho.

It was a thing of beauty.

Question of the Day: Breakfast burritos for Lunch?

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Tomorrow I start my Best Body Boot Camp.  I have found myself on several occasions singing and humming the song Anticipation by Carly Simon, I am really excited to get started, so I reviewed the exercises and how the Boot Camp works. Tina did an amazing job setting up this program, it’s obvious the amount of time she put into preparing it. I am so glad I joined, and I look forward to starting the 8 week Boot Camp.

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So I decided to take today off to rest up for my pending workouts. I plan on doing some stretching and some foam rolling.

This recipe is one that I have always wanted to make. I adapted this recipe from Eating Bird Food.

Homemade Mayan Harvest Bake

Makes 4 Large Servings

Ingredients:

2 Sweet Potatoes, Washed and Diced into 1/2 inch Cubes
1 Bunch of Kale, Cleaned, Destemed and Chopped
1 15 Oz. Can Black Beans, Drained and Rinsed
1/4 Cup Sunflower Seeds

Sauce:

1 tbsp. Swanson Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (divided)
1 Onion, Chopped
2-3 Cloves of Garlic
1 15 Oz. Can Diced Tomato’s
1/4 Cup Water
1 tbsp. Chili Powder
1 tsp. Paprika
1/2 tsp. Sea Salt

Grains:

1/2 cup Quinoa
1/2 cup Farro
2 cups of Water with a Bouillon Cube or Broth Concentrate -or- just use 2 Cups Vegetable Broth

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Toss sweet potatoes in 1/2 tbsp. oil and roast for 20 minutes in a square glass baking dish/pan, stirring once.
  3. While the potatoes are roasting, heat 1/2 tbsp. coconut oil on medium high in a large skillet and saute the onion and garlic until soft and fragrant. Add diced tomato’s, water, and spices (chili powder, paprika, sea salt) into the skillet and let simmer for 10 minutes. The sauce should be on the thicker side, but add more water if you want to thin it out. Stir in black beans.
  4. Heat another skillet over medium, using the other 1/2 tbsp. coconut oil, add the chopped kale, a few tbsp. of water and a bit of sea salt. Let the kale wilt and toss for 5-7 minutes.
  5. Pull roasted sweet potatoes out of the oven and top with cooked kale, and black bean sauce, mix together and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes.
  6. While it’s baking prepare the grains by putting the quinoa, and the farro, with 2 cups of liquid into a small pot. Bring mixture to a boil, then cover and let simmer for 15-20 minutes or until most of the liquid has been absorbed.
  7. Portion out the grains in a crock or on a plate and top with the harvest bake, sprinkle with sunflower seeds and serve.
Now get to chopping, you need to cut up two sweet potatoes into 1/2 cubes.
This was my first time using coconut oil to saute, I have just recently started using it. I loved trying it in a smoothies, but you don’t get the aroma is gave’s off until you saute with it. It’s lovely.
Sauteing kale softens it and gives it a beautiful shiny glow. It also helps to remove some of the bitterness flavor.
Combine all the ingredients while the quinoa and the farro cook, and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes.
Look at how beautiful the quinoa is, I love these little seeds, they have great texture, I also love the chewy bite the farro adds.
Layer the grains, then top with the sweet potato and black bean mix and top with sunflower seeds.
This is such a warm and inviting dish, I really enjoyed it, and my husband also gave it a thumbs up.
My only regret was the fact that I was unable to find plantain’s and pumpkin seeds, like the original recipe called for, but I will keep my eyes open for “Next Time.”
This dish does not lack in flavor, the combination of the sweet potatoes, the chili flavor and black beans blends so well.  It was a time-consuming recipe to build, and I used practically all my pots, pans and utensils, but it was worth it.

Question of the Day: Do you substitute items in recipes with similar items or just omit them?

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