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DIY Taco Seasoning & Best Cinco De Mayo Receipes

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Cinco de Mayo is on Saturday and I don’t know about you, but tacos give me LIFE! There is just something about Mexican food in general that I just never get sick of. And don’t even get me started on my love for Margaritas (but we will save that for another post).

One of the reasons why I love tacos so much is because of how versatile they can be, ground meat, chicken, pork, shrimp fish – you can never have to get sick of one kind and you can always find a type that you will like. The second reason for my love is how fresh the ingredients are, fresh cilantro, jalapeno and chili peppers, fresh lime juice, ripe avocados, they make you feel like you are beachside at a Tulum resort. The third, all it really takes is a little menu planning and food prepping and you can whip everything up together for a fiesta in no time.

With the warm weather finally here, Tacos and Margaritas are a regular on the dinner rotation so I always mix up a homemade taco seasoning to keep on hand for any impromptu Taco Tuesday (or Wednesday, or Friday or Saturday…OK I think you get my love for tacos now). It is super easy to make and doesn’t go bad and chances are you have most, if not all, of these spices in your kitchen cabinet. Pick your meat (or veggie), grab some tortillas (Team Corn), add in your favorite mix in’s – GUAC, sour cream, pico de gallo, corn, rice & beans or ALL OF THEM if you’re like me and you are ready to fiesta!

    • 1 ½ tablespoon chili powder
    • 1 teaspoons ground cumin
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
    • ½  teaspoon dried oregano
    • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    • ½ teaspoon black pepper
In the meantime, to get the party started early, I have round-up food and drink recipes from some of my favorite food bloggers just in time for you to plan out your Cinco de Mayo menu. Try not to just pick one…its harder than you think!
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Easy Homemade Salad Dressings

Dressing.jpgCongrats guys! We did it. We made it through yet another winter that felt like a bazillion days long (especially since NY is about to experience our 4th Nor’Easter in about two weeks) But we’re here, it’s staying lighter longer which is awesome and on our way to warmer weather.

And speaking of lighter, let’s talk about salads. Nothing says warmer weather than a salad with fresh & colorful ingredients with an amazing dressing. Because in my opinion, a salad is nothing without a bomb.com dressing.

Now, what goes into your salad is totally personal preference or what your in the mood for or what’s in season. Coming into spring we’ll see a lot of fresh lettuce, asparagus, cabbage, carrots, kale, broccoli, peas, radishes, spinach …AKA ideal ingredients for a salad. And although we can find almost all of these veggies year round, they are usually less expensive and in abundance when in season.

But let’s get back to dressing. Usually, oil and vinegar based (vinaigrette), a dressing is what holds the salad mix-ins and  most importantly provides the flavor. But a vinegar based dressing is not the only kind out there. You can incorporate avocado, mustards and citrus and create many delicious dressings. My favorite go-to when crunched for time is simply olive oil, fresh squeezed lemon, salt & pepper. So easy and even more refreshing.

But it can be a little over whelming when searching for the right salad dressing in the store and often many store bought dressings hold very little nutritional value so why not save some money and calories by making your own?

So lets kick off the start of spring with a burst of flavor with some quick and easy DIY salad dressings:

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Italian Dressing
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Lemon Vinaigrette
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Honey Mustard Salad Dressing
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Homemade Asian Salad Dressing
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Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing

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Make Ahead Breakfast Ideas

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Let’s face it there is always one thing we wish we had extra time for…for some people it’s reading, going to the gym, drawing and for others it is cooking. With only 24 hours in the day, it really gets hard to get everything on the to-do list done. And unless you are getting up at the crack of dawn – it just not always going to happen. But, what if you took an hour on Sunday to prep meals for the week to give yourself more time to do what you want later one? To me, that is the beauty of meal prepping.

As a part of my weekly meal prep, I always try to prepare some sort of breakfast item. You know, for those fridged mornings when all  I want to lay in my warm bed as long as possible. Or those mornings you know you need to be at the office early to prep for a big presentation. Whatever your morning brings, its a pretty good feeling knowing you have one less thing to do and you can enjoy your morning coffee that much longer.

Not only are you saving time and stress, but you are obviously saving money. Instead of that $12 smoothie – you can buy a ton of fresh fruit for the same price and make your own at home to last the week. The same goes for that overpriced Starbucks Oatmeal or Avocado Toast.

All you need to do is to find a few breakfast foods you like, pick up the ingredients needed, give yourself 1-hour on Sunday and you’ll be excited for breakfast all week. Here are some of my favorite go-to’s. We like to rotate them so nothing ever gets overdone.

Hard Boiled Eggs – This by far is the EASIEST route. Boil up a dozen eggs and you have Avocado Toast ready in minutes. (or you can always bring them with you for a mid-day snack). I did a blog post on perfecting hard boiled eggs – I like mine softer in the middle so I usually cook them for 4-6 minutes.

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Oatmeal – Oatmeal to me is the comfort food of breakfast. It is so satisfying on a chilly morning plus it is filling so you’ll find you won’t be hungry as early. But the nice thing about oats is how versatile they are, they can be eaten hot or cold. Quick/Instant Oats are tried and true, overnight oats are great during the warmer months & crockpot Oatmeal can be made Sunday night and you’ll have enough for the week.
Pancakes – Is there a more nostalgic breakfast than Pancakes? I feel like everyone can remember having Pancakes on a Saturday as a child. And they can be just as good as an adult, healthy too. There are now healthy pancake mixes floating around stores like Kodak Cakes or Bob’s Red Mill. These are great in a pinch if you don’t have the key ingredients to make from scratch. But these homemade cakes can do no wrong.
Yogurt, Granola & Berries – To me, this equals summer breakfast. Creamy Greek yogurt, crunchy toasted granola, and fresh sweet berries. I recently tried to Gimme Some Oven’s Healthy Granola recipe and OMG I am never buying store bought granola ever again! It has 9 ingredients and takes 20 minutes to make. Throw everything in a cute mason jar and you’re ready to go with breakfast in tow.
Egg Cups – Another classic breakfast in my house. The best part about egg cups is how versatile and there is never an end to the combination of add-ins. Pick your favorite veggies, throw in some bacon, ham or turkey and sprinkle in your choice of cheese and bake to perfection. But take it from me, DO NOT forget to spray the tray with cooking spray – I learned that the hard way.
Smoothies – another go to in the warmer months especially when so many good fruits are in season. I usually stock up (or steal fruit from my parent’s farm share) on our favorite fruits to use. Throw in a little spinach (for extra iron), protein, chia and flax (totally optional), ice and you’re ready to hit blend. What makes smoothies so great is there is no wrong way to make one. You only have banana, pineapple & spinach on hand – that sounds like an amazingly delicious smoothie to me. Plus it never hurts to keep frozen fruit on hand for when your running low.

 

So there you have it. These are my go-to meal prep breakfasts that I have come to love because of how stress-free they make my mornings and I hope they give you some inspiration.

Have an on the go breakfast that you love? Feel free to share I would love to hear what your go-to is!

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Easy Make ahead Super Bowl Apps

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Sunday is the Super Bowl. And I didn’t know that because my team is playing. But I knew it because I’m a fan of the Super Bowl for a few reasons, I like to pretend I know how football works, I enjoy watching the halftime show – I am BEYOND excited for JT to perform this year because he is my absolute favorite – but the main and most important reason because of the food. YUP.

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The Super Bowl is another reason to get together with friends and family and have an excuse to make mouth-watering, delicious and fun foods. But to be honest, I’ll find any excuse to do this – no big event needed! #foodie

Side note: You have no idea how badly my mouth is drooling and my stomach is grumbling while writing this post. Writing on an empty stomach probably wasn’t the best idea!

There are a bazillion and one Super Bowl app ideas & recipes flooding the internet this week and unless you have a specific idea in your head of what you want to make, it can be very overwhelming to find the perfect dish. I put together a list of recipes I have come across to save you some of the work. I’m not going to lie, I will be making at least 3 or 4 of these recipes to serve at our little get together. The thing that I like most about these recipes is that each of these is simple to make, can be made ahead of time and can be easily transported if you are taking to a party.

Happy Eating! Go Food!

 

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Easy French Dip Sliders
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Homemade Cheez-Its 
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Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip
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Spinach and Artichoke Dip
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Crunchy Taco Cups
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Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip
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How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs

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Has anyone else noticed that is has been staying lighter later? This makes me very happy. I know I am not the only one who feels this way, but feeling like you have more daylight in a day makes you feel more productive.

It was a busy weekend for me between dinner with our best friends, visiting family and watching a close friend christen their adorable baby girl, the weekend just seemed to fly by. It’s weekends like this that make me very anxious if I don’t have time to prep food for the week. And since I knew I wasn’t going to have all my usual allotted time on Sunday, I knew I had to keep it easy and simple.
So I decided to make hard boiled eggs for quick weekday breakfasts & snacks. These are often a staple in my house. M will take a few to work for breakfast, and I like to have them as a mid-day snack. Although my weakness is avocado toast with a crushed hard boiled. But the potential goes well beyond just these two.
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Knowing how to hard boil eggs is an essential skill to have, only takes a few minutes from start to finish and the clean up is almost non-existent. There are varying techniques that you will find online, I have seen a ton lately using the uber-popular InstaPot but since I have yet to jump on the bandwagon I can’t say for sure how they hold up. However, I am sharing with you the recipe that I find this is the most common and, tried & true.
Directions
  1. Place eggs in a pot. Cover eggs with cold water until completely covered (by approx. 1 inch of water).
  2. Bring water to a boil.
  3. Once boiling, remove the pot from the heat and cover.
  4. Let eggs sit and cook for 4-10 minutes depending on your liking (4 minutes for soft, 8 minutes for medium, 10 minutes for hard).
  5. After desired time is up, immediately place into an ice bath to cool.
  6. Once fully cooled, refrigerate until ready to eat.*

You can deshell right away or keep them in their shell until you are ready to eat – totally personal preference.

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Easy & Delicious Cauliflower Recipes

Has anyone else been craving all the greens and healthy foods after the holidays? By New Years Day I think my body hated me from all the food I indulged in between Christmas and New Years. But I felt nice to not stress about staying exactly on track with meals & meal prep and to live in the moment while spending time with family and friends. But by January 2nd, it was time to clean it up!

I don’t know about you, but lately, I have been seeing a ton of cauliflower dishes all over the internet and a lot of them have caught my eye. I know that cauliflower is not top on everyone’s list, it’s kinda like Brussel sprouts – you either love em or you hate em. I happen to really like it. The great thing about cauliflower is how easily they take on the flavor of what you are making. No need to eat plain old boiled cauliflower when there are so many yummy and different recipes out there.

I have seen a few of my favorite bloggers come up with recipes for cauliflower fried rice and kept them on a Pinterest board to make. I decided this week’s meal prep was the perfect time to try one out and OMG was it better than I expected! This dish is 100% one that will be put into the rotation, not only because of how good it is but also due to how easy and quick it is to make. You can use a head of cauliflower and ‘rice’ it by using a food processor if you have one or (and easier) you can buy pre-riced cauliflower. Most stores will sell it either frozen or in the produce section by pre-cut veggies. Throw in some frozen veggies, add in scrambled eggs, some soy sauce & scallions and you are DONE! It is great for lunches, just add some protein (I cooked up ground chicken and mixed it in) and super filling.

I’ve shared some of my other favorite cauliflower recipes that I use and love:

Life changing! It amazed me how you cannot even tell it isn’t rice.  The cauliflower completely takes on the flavor of all the other ingredients. Plus you cannot beat a 15-minute meal prep.
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How to Make Cauliflower Pizza Crust

I love using cauliflower for a low carb pizza craving alternative, you can make the crust homemade or buy it premade from Trader Joes to save some time – it’s just as good.

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Baked Potato Soup

As a child, my mother always used to hide cauliflower in with mashed potatoes as a way to get us to eat veggies and we ALWAYS could notice the difference. But when adding it to a loaded baked potato soup – you can hardly tell it there. It gives a creamy richness without making being too heavy. SO GOOD!

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Garlic Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

I just LOVE parm so much that it doesn’t matter what vegetable you put it on, I will devour it up. Roasted cauliflower is a perfect weeknight side to any dish.

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9 Recipes to Try in 2018

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So like 99% of the rest of the world, I have spent the last few days of 2017 looking back recapping on the last 365 days but also thinking about the new year of goals and ambitions. This year, one of my resolution’s is to expand my food and cooking rotation. Step out of my comfort zone and try new recipes that I normally would not try.

You have heard me talk about keeping a number of tried and true recipes in your rotation that you can always resort back to. And that is always my advice when I get asked where to start in the kitchen. Having a few staples is what will give you your sea legs and provide the confidence in your kitchen (along with your Quoco Now products!), at the end of the day to me, the end goal is to create delicious food and enjoy the cooking process. But once we reach that point of comfort, it is hard to venture out and try a new, ethnic or more difficult recipes. Trust me, I still get that way, it can be overwhelming. But have made it a 2018 goal to take on recipes that scare me and are out of my comfort zone, and I want to share my experiences with you!

Lucky for us, Pinterest came out with their list of top food trends for 2018. And since the social site is basically the ultimate Foodie cookbook, I trust their judgment when it comes to these types of things! Check out their list below and stay tuned as I try some myself.

If you have any requests for types of foods or there is anything you would like to see me try let me know! I am always looking to keep my viewers happy!

See the original article here.

Food: Healthy meets tasty

Diet-friendly frying

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Oil-Free Air Fryer Chips

 

Souping > juicing

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Creamy Dreamy Healthy Broccoli Soup

Super coffee saves the day

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Coffee Banana Smoothie with Oats and Chia

Sweet heat from Morocco

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One Pan Moroccan Lemon Olive Chicken

Lean, mean plant proteins

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Sweet Potato Black Bean Veggie Burgers

Oh snap

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Garlic Parmesan Sugar Snap Peas

The hottest hot sauce

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Oven Baked Korean Style Chicken Wings

OMGhee

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Homemade Ghee

We can’t believe it’s not dairy!

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Easy Vegan Key Lime Pie

Mocktail magic

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Sparkling Cranberry Kombucha Mocktail