Saturday, February 4, 2017

DIY Taco Seasonings

I make my own taco seasoning instead of buying those convenient packets. I don't want to have all the other "stuff" in my food.

1 tablespoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Mix it up.

I usually double this when I do 1 pound of ground beef or in my chicken tortilla soup because we like flavor.
So, for a milder taste, just stick to one recipe.
For more punch, double it. :)


Sunday, January 22, 2017

Chcolate banana pumpkin muffins

This is kid-approved.

Here's the recipe. 

1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
2 eggs
1 large banana, mashed
1/4 cup PB2 
1/4 cup honey
2 scoops of Vanilla Shakeology OR chocolate Shakeology OR 1 each
1/2 tsp baking soda 
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp sea salt
Chocolate chips (optional) 

Preheat over to 350. Line muffin pan with lining muffin paper and coat with Pam. 

Blend eggs, pumpkin, banana, peanut butter and honey in blender. 

Add Shakeology, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, sea salt, and chocolate chips (optional). Blend until smooth.

Bake 15 -20 minutes, or until golden brown and tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool.

21 DAY FIX CONTAINERS (FOR 2 MUFFINS) 1/2 Red, 1/3 Purple, 1 tsp Or it can be a yellow treat swap!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

InstantPot Beef Stew

I put the mighty InstantPot to use again.
Beef stew for the family.
It was easy to throw together. My Lil' Man ate it and asked for seconds, so that's a good sign.

Here's the recipe.

1 lb stew beef (I buy it already cubed and ready to plop into the pot)
3 cups of beef broth (go to 4 cups if you like it soupy)
2 carrots, chopped, big chunks
1 onion, chopped, big chunks
3 stalks of celery, chopped big chunks
4 potatoes, peel skin off, chopped, big chunks
2 cloves of garlic
1 8oz can of tomato sauce (be sure it has no added sugar)
2 bay leaves
salt and pepper to taste
a few tablespoons of olive oil.

Turn your InstantPot to Saute. Add olive oil. I use just enough to cover the base. While it is heating up, salt and pepper your beef. You may also want to add some flour to lightly coat. I didn't because I don't want them. :)
Once pot is hot, brown beef cubes. Do it in 2 batches if you need.

Then, put all the beef and vegetables into the pot.
Do NOT go over the max fill line in your InstantPot.
Add broth, tomato sauce. bay leafs on top. Give it a little stir.

Secure the lid. Make sure your steam release valve is closed. Press STEW button. Adjust the stew time to 30 minutes.
Once done, use your wooden spatula and do a quick release.

If you need the liquid to thicken a little, dish out all the meat and vegetables. Leave the fluid in the pot. Ladle out some of the fluid, mix in some cornstarch really well, pour it back into the pot and whisk it well with the pot on the Saute setting. Do it until the fluid bubbles.