Portabella Mushroom & Black Bean Tacos

Mushroom and Black Bean TacosI haven’t had time to write in a long time.  I have been creating/revamping dozens of lessons since my district has not purchased curriculum that meets the Common Core Standards.  So, that is my excuse, and I’m sorry!

The positive thing that has come out of being so darn busy is that I have also had very little time to cook.  This means that I have had to get creative with some quick and easy recipes because I can only eat so much roasted salmon and broccoli.  One of our new all-time favorites is roasted portabella mushroom and black bean tacos. These are super easy and will satisfy even the most devoted carnivore because of the savory, hearty mushrooms.  Topped with quick-broiled peppers and onions and a delicious lime sour cream, these tacos will soon be a go-to meal for a busy weeknight. Continue reading

Healthy Start Updates, Plus Green Tea & Chia Energy Drink

Aloha Belly ChallengeYou all may remember my vow to have a healthy start to my school year.  I am happy to report the exercise portion of my plan has been going swimmingly. I completed my 21-day exercise commitment and bought a Misfit Shine to boot!   Continue reading

Dress a Salad the Easy Way!

Naked SaladWhen I was growing up, we had a salad with dinner every night.  Even if we were having another vegetable, we would always have a fresh salad that my mom would dress with delicious oil and vinegar. I don’t know how we got started doing it, but we would always dress it directly in the bowl.  Without measuring.  It is the best salad dressing I have ever had.

Here’s how to do it yourself: Continue reading

Grilled Chile-Rubbed Drumsticks

Grilled Chile-Rubbed DrumsticksWe finally bought a grill!  After only four years of “researching,” and almost another entire summer gone by, we finally bought a gas grill.  I’ve been wanting one for so long!

I’ve never really cooked on a grill, but that all changed almost immediately after John put this baby together.  So far, I’ve tried fish, turkey burgers, asparagus, potatoes, and chicken. While I definitely need to hone my grill skill with the fish and burgers (stick much?), the veggies and chicken came out great. Continue reading

Recipe Duo: Great Grapes!

red grapesAs part of my healthy eating plan, I pledged to eat fruit every day.  Surprisingly, I’m not a huge fruit fan, unless they are the more exotic fruits that my grandmother has lovingly plucked from the fridge, prepared, and presented to me on a cutting board in the middle of her coffee table.  Then, I love them, but most fruit from the grocery store is not as appealing.  I do, however, hold a few common fruits in high regard, grapes being one of them. Red grapes are amazing little fruits.  They are full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, plus they taste delicious and are much more versatile than you may think! Continue reading