Add chickpeas/garbanzo beans (as your “good carb”), + a side of protein (I used chicken), and you’re good to go!
3 cucumbers chopped
2 peppers chopped (I used red and orange)
1/4 onion (optional)
Cilantro finely chopped (optional)
1 can chickpeas/garbanzo beans
1 whole lemon squeezed OR 1 1/2 limes squeezed
2 tbs olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste
Makes 6 zesty servings
You know that I’m glam. But you might not know that I’m also a little bit granola. Not just because I’m married to one of the top Naturopathic physicians in the world. Long before I met him I was BORN granola. My hippie parents delivered me at home and then called their yogi to ask what to name me. So you could say I’ve always been a little bit granola – ever since the day I was born.
Anyway, with our new kitchen the cabinet guy told us to keep the finish nice and shiny for a long, long time we need to use gentle cleaners on the cabinets. Because let’s face it, the cabinets are white. White cabinets need to be cleaned more than the dark cabinets we had before because now you can see dust and food more easily. And I’m tired of all the chemicals in everything.
I want my dishes, counters and cooking surfaces to be as clean AND chemical-free as possible. Especially now that we have a brand new kitchen where I love making healthy foods and juices. What’s the point of making fresh, organic carrot juice from scratch if your dish soap has tons of junk in it and the glass you put your carrot juice into isn’t healthy?
These products may (or may not) be perfect. But they are better than the stuff with too many harsh chemicals…and I’ve found a way for your to get them for less (even if you can find some of them in your grocery stores).
So I’ve decided to marry my inner bargain shopper with my inner granola girl and buy all natural cleaning supplies at a discount. I’ve used products from Honest and like them a lot because they work well. Just trying to find ones that smell more citrus-y. So I also wanted to try other brands as well. Hubby (and all of his healthy friends) told me about this one great website. So I ordered a ton of stuff from Thrive Market because they give you 15% off your first order. (And you don’t even have to be married to a naturopath to get your 15% discount….nor do you have to be granola) 😉 Just place your order and you’ll receive 15% off. You get to try it for the 1st month without paying the $59 membership fee.
Oh! And your 2nd order will be 15% off too! Good thing because I realized I could also buy Ryan’s school lunch and snack items for a discount. So I just placed another order and got lots of healthy beef jerky (without nitrates or sugar). Because they have healthy cleaning supplies AND healthy foods!
The packing was pretty good. I did find that one of the containers was partially opened so it spilled a little bit in the box. But now the entire box smells lemony good. LOL! Waiting to hear back from Thrive to see if they can replace it/refund it directly, or if I need to return it first. Either way, I’m still overall happy with my purchase. And look how clean the kitchen looks! And it smells wonderful too!
Have you ever tried Thrive Market? Try it now for a free 1 month membership and 15% off. And when you spend $49 or more, then shipping is free too. Enjoy!
Leftovers make delicious gluten-free taco “bowls”
After a crazy 2 week road-trip including camping, and visiting 6 states in 14 days…I decided that it would be important to spend time with girlfriends and cook in my kitchen. Hey, dehydrated camping food isn’t the end of the world, but NOTHING beats a home cooked meal!
Right now our daughter is in Japan as a foreign exchange student. And hubby and son went to Space Camp in Alabama so they could train like astronauts for the weekend. So I had the house all to myself. Just me and our guard dog. 😉 And the 7 friends who stopped by so we could have “skinny tacos” and “skinny margaritas.” And it was awesome! Every time I spend time with friends it recharges me and makes me feel so grateful for life. Do you ever feel that way too? I think it has something to do with connecting with like-minded women whom you admire and respect. (Eating beautiful food – that makes you feel beautiful – is pretty fabulous too!
And because everything was so healthy you can have multiple servings without feeling guilty. ( don’t know about you, but this whole culture of guilt about the foods we eat is crazy!
Anyway, you can make skinny tacos ANY night. Not just for girls night. Your family will love these too. And everyone can have 2nds – or 3rds. Enjoy!
Skinny Tacos Recipe
Red lettuce (or butter lettuce) – for the taco “shells”
Red, yellow and orange peppers
1-2 cans Pinto and/or cannelloni beans (this is your carb)
3 pounds of seabass (they had a special on wild caught so that’s what I used)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 Avocado sliced into thin strips or small chunks
- Preheat oven to 450. Spray your cooking sheet with a light coat of cooking oil of your choice.
- Squeeze 1/2 lime on the seabass
- Crush 3-5 heads of garlic and spread on the seabass. Sprinkle with crushed sea salt and freshly ground pepper.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes (depending on thickness). Should flake when it’s fully cooked.
Directions ROASTED PEPPERS:
- Slice red, yellow, and orange peppers into thin strips.
- Add 1 tablespoon of cooking oil of your choice into a pan. Saute peppers on medium-high heat (and stir constantly) until golden brown and soft. If the pan dries up, add water (2 tablespoons at a time) so the peppers can stay moist.
- * Any leftovers are wonderful for salads, veggie bowls, or as a side to whatever protein and carbs you’re eating the next day.
- Wash and dry the red lettuce. Use the largest pieces as the taco “shells”
- Rinse the beans (canned is fine. Try to get organic). Cook on medium-medium high heat for 5-7 minutes, or until warm.
- Assemble the tacos with the warm beans, seabass, roasted peppers, avocado and whatever other toppings you like. I love topping them with pico de gallo and sometimes even some mango salsa. (Mangos don’t always agree with my tummy but I love making it for others).
My all time favorite food is Mexican food. I could eat it everyday. Mostly because of the fresh tomatoes and salsas.
Here is a super quick (and flavorful!) mild salsa. It’s pico de gallo and it’s so delicious on tacos, salads, even on top of sautéed zucchini or yellow squash noodles.
1/4 small onion
1-2 – serrano pepper (you can add more if you’d like it to be a spicy salsa. Traditionally pico de gallo is NOT spicy)
Handful of fresh cilantro (optional because some people have a genetic thing that makes cilantro taste different – and terrible to them – compared to how it tastes to the rest of us)
1. Slice the tomatoes, onion into small chunks. Be sure to keep as much of the tomato “juice” as possible.
2. Dice the serrano pepper into tiny pieces. The more seeds you include, the spicier it will be
3. Chop the cilantro into small pieces. *optional*
4. Mix the ingredients together.
5. Add the lime juice and mix again. Refrigerate for 15+ minutes so the juices integrate.