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

Easy, Slow Cooker Carnitas

Carnitas Plate 1My uncle is so amazing.  He takes care of my grandparents, who pretty much need care 24/7. He works hard to make sure they have everything they need with very little respite.  My mom, who lives here in California, travels to Hawaii to help as often as she can, but he is the caregiver and our family is super grateful for everything he does for them and us.

I think he enjoys cooking, but dinner ideas can to be a struggle.  It’s hard to be in charge is pretty much every meal every single day.  Last time I talked to him on the phone, he requested a recipe for Mexican food. Since I purchased them a slow cooker last year, I decided to share my slow cooker carnitas recipe.  It is simple to put together and just cooks all day.  It’s perfect for my uncle (or any other busy person) because it doesn’t need tending.

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Slow Cooker Jamaican Jerk Chicken Tacos

Jalapenos from the gardenIt all started in my mom’s garden with these little jalapeños.

Every time I visit my parents, my mom always sends me home with a giant bag of stuff. Stuff she found in the garage. Stuff she bought for me on sale. Stuff she grew in her garden. I have to admit, even though I have NO space in my little condo, lately she has been getting pretty good at weeding out what I don’t want and giving me what I do want or need. I especially love when she sends me home loaded with fruits and veggies from her garden.

So, back to the jalapeños. I had these little guys looking all cute and shiny, just begging to be used for something good.  I wanted to use them for something special because it’s not every day that I get to use homegrown peppers. Continue reading