Hay Hay Hay!
First, can we just take a moment to look at this toddler and those sweet bangs? I swear she grew two years the second we snipped them! #cryball
a n y w a y
It’s been a bit of a vacation, for all kinds of reasons, but primarily because I just sort of needed to inhale for a second, ya know? This little piece of art is incredibly important to me, and creating any kind of change within it always takes a silly amount of processing. BUT recently, I decided I wanted to find a way to incorporate more simplicity, more joy, and more mundane life…because I think it’s a gift to witness one another in those sweet spots, as much as it is a gift to see that we aren’t alone in the heavy stuff either!
So, here we are! Thanks for hanging on!
Last week I ran a of couple polls on social media regarding adding in some simple recipes to the blog, which turned it to be a huge hit! And when we asked which day was more prefered for the publication of the recipes & Friday won by a landslide.
SO – Hayyyyy & Happy Friday!
Between us we have 20 years of history, a handful of kids, and two really great men who decided loving us when we were young and stupid was worth it. (They’re the real MVP’s) After 20 years of doing life together we are more like family than friends, so getting to collaborate on something that we both love (making meals for our people and photographing them. lol) is super fun for us.
Side note: we are not self proclaimed kitchen masters by any means, so let’s make sure we put that out there. haha We’re just a couple of moms who have spent the last couple of years trying to create simple meals for our growing families, that aren’t loaded with processed junk. So, on the Friday meal posts there will be lots of variety, some super simple – some slightly more complicated, most of them as child friendly as possible, some of them with meat – & some for our vegetarian and vegan friends…but all delish. Or at least to us. Haha You’ll have to let us know!
On that note – let’s just jump right in.
A couple of weeks ago I posted a photo of the easiest taco salad recipe! (pictured in the heading) We make this at least once a week!
Because we personally don’t really eat beef, I use ground turkey in our recipe – but of course if you prefer beef – DO YOU. And, if you prefer to go without the meat, take it out…everything else is still really yummy together!
For the seasoning – I’ve been making our own for a couple of years in an effort to skip as many additives as possible, along with added and processed sugar. (Most taco seasonings have sugar added)
• 1 tsp chili powder
• 1 tsp garlic powder
• 1/2 tsp paprika
• 1/2 tsp cumin
• 1/2 tsp onion powder
• 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper – we skip this ingredient, because with it the meat is too spicy for our kids.
• 1/4 tsp pepper
• 1/4 tsp salt
• 1/4 tsp oregano
Once I’ve cooked our ground turkey like normal in the pan, I will go ahead and mix all the seasoning ingredients in a separate bowl and then throw them in with the meat & about a quarter cup of water – stir – and let it all simmer together for about 10 minutes.
As far as your “salad” goes, it’s really your call! Ours can vary depending on the ingredients we have on hand already or how much preparation has gone into the meal beforehand.
Our most typical taco salad has:
- romaine lettuce
- diced red onion
- diced tomatoes
- black beans
- queso fresco
- pumpkin seeds
- baked tortilla chips.
- bolthouse farms cilantro avocado dressing
But again…you can see from the photo above, on that day I was lacking in the ingredients department & the salad was still really great!
The chips do take some time, so I usually start those about an hour before we plan to eat. Again, these are really simple!
All you need is:
- corn tortillas
- avocado oil
- pink sea salt.
Make sure to set your oven to 375.
With each corn tortilla, I lather a little bit of avocado oil on each side and then stack the oiled tortillas together. Once you’re done, cut them to your preferred chip size. We like the littler guys! From there lay them out, side by side, on your baking sheet, sprinkle sea salt on top & throw them in the oven for 6-10 minutes. The time difference will depend on how quickly your oven cooks, and your preferred level of crispy!
Once they’re done, you can just pull them out, toss them in the bowl, and throw your next batch in! I usually have two pans going at once to save me some time! But, what I love is that I can be available to my girls or things around the house while these are cooking.
After that it’s just throwing your plate together in the order you best like! Super simple!
On to the sweet treat! Dana is an avid baker, which I love…because I’m not, so I can just steal all her recipes!
Also, her photos will always look way better than mine! One day I will learn how to make rolled oats look this glamorous. lol
These Power Balls will give you an afternoon jolt of energy, easy to take on the go, curb your sweet tooth cravings, and you don’t have to feel guilty about indulging!
* 2 cups old fashioned oats
* 1 cup peanut butter or almond butter (I do half & half, usually!)
* 1/3 cup honey
* 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
* 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
* 1/8 cup chia seeds
* 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
* dash of sea salt
* 1/2 cup mix ins (chocolate chips, dried fruit or nuts! I almost always do chocolate, because DUH! Dried apricot is really good too!)
1. Combine all dry ingredients in your mixer, mix until well blended.
2. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until a “dough” forms.
3. Scoop and roll into balls (I use a small cookie scoop for uniform sizes)
4. Place onto a cookie sheet and refrigerate for an hour or so before eating, if you can wait! Store in the refrigerator.
And there you have it folks! Easy breezy, lemon cheesy – as my three year old would say!
Enjoy & Happy Weekending!! Go love on your people!