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August 31, 2011

Taco Tuesday

by Ashley

First of all, can I just please share a picture of three of my favorites??  Such cuties they are!

Ok, onto the real deal now.  Last night I decided on tacos for dinner, so I entitled the day “Taco Tuesday”.  I had friends in college that would have “Taco Tuesdays” at their apartments or houses and invite a bunch of people over each and every Tuesday for dinner… good times!  Last night’s dinner consisted of the traditional tacos with seasoned ground beef turkey on hard shells with all the add-ins.  I was feeling an easy peasy dinner, and that’s exactly what it was!  Quite delicious if I do say so myself too. 

I topped my tacos tostadas with a thin layer of plain Greek yogurt (in place of sour cream), ground turkey, and my favorite salsa.  Unfortunately we were out of cheese.  😦  (I always break my taco shells in half and build them like tostadas… don’t ask. 😉 )   I paired the tacos with some whole grain Mexican rice and a spinach salad.  And I obviously went back for seconds, so don’t let the one taco in this picture fool you!

This got me thinking about all the many different types of tacos are out there!  Just to name a few:

  • Shredded chicken/pork/steak tacos
  • Vegetarian tacos (made with beans, vegetables, rice, etc.)
  • Fish tacos

  • Soft shell vs. hard shell tacos
  • Soft shell CORN tortillas vs. soft shell FLOUR tortillas
  • Taco salad
  • Ground beef/turkey tacos

I don’t think I ever realized how many different types of tacos are out there!  I could have tacos every night of the week and enjoy a completely different combination of foods, textures, and tastes each time.  (Not that I would, just sayin’.)  So friends, if you’re having a difficult time figuring out what to prepare for dinner one evening, take your pick of a taco dish!  There’s plenty of ’em! 

P.S. There’s still time to put your entry in for the “Nutty Granola” giveaway!  Hurry if you haven’t done so yet!

Questions:

  • What are your favorite types of tacos?
  • Do you like hard shell or soft shell tacos better?
  • What do you usually add as “toppings” to your tacos? (salsa, tomatoes, sour cream, cheese, etc.)
August 30, 2011

One Nutty Batch of Granola (+ Giveaway!)

by Ashley

Oh boy, do I have a yummy snack to share with you today!  I’m going to call it my “Nutty Granola”, because it truly is full of nuts but I swear it makes you a little “nutty” after you eat it too.  😉  (Ha, good one, right?) 

Doesn’t it look heavenly?!  Well let me tell you, it is!  I could not.stop.eating.it.  It truly is a great snack to eat on its own, with milk, on yogurt, on ice cream, or however you’d like!  It’s full of fiber, healthy fats, protein, and tastes great too. 

Nutty Granola

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon crunchy peanut butter

1 tablespoon almond butter

2 tablespoons honey

1/2 cup old fashioned oats

1 packet lower sugar maple brown sugar oatmeal

1 tablespoon flax seeds (or you can use chia seeds)

2 tablespoons unsalted peanuts

1 tablespoon slivered almonds

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Cover baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.  Melt nut butters and honey together in microwave or on stove (careful not to burn them).  Add oats and toss until oats are covered in the nut butters.  Add in peanuts, almonds, and flax seeds.  Stir until nuts are evenly throughout mixture.  Spread on baking pan and place in oven for about 6-7 minutes.  Let stand until it’s crispy.  Makes four 1/4 cup servings.

I decided that a couple other people have to try this stuff out for themselves, so I’m going to do a giveaway for two readers to get their very own batch of “Nutty Granola”!

To enter giveaway:

  • Leave a comment telling me your favorite way to eat granola. (required)
  • Follow me on Twitter.  Leave me a separate comment to let me know you did or that you’re already following me. (optional)
  • “Like” My Food ‘N’ Fitness Diaries on Facebook.  Leave me a separate comment to let me know you “Liked” the page or that you already did this.  (optional)
  • Mention me and the giveaway on your blog or website.  Leave me a separate comment to let me know you did this.  (optional)

I will announce winners Thursday morning!  Good luck friends!

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