recipe

Stupid Simple Mexican Brown Rice

I love rice. There. I said it. I don’t care if it is a grain, a form of a carb, it is delicious! One of our go to weeknight meals is a taco bowl. We opt to skip out on taco shells, but I like to have at least rice with it!  Lately it has just been extra lean ground turkey, black beans, a little cheese, taco bell sauce, jalapenos…all over some rice. I don’t like buying the 99 cent rice packets at stores. You know which ones I am talking about, the Knors or the Rice a Roni boxes. Sure, they are delicious. But do we even know what is in them? I mean, besides ridiculous amounts of salt.

I prefer to make my own rice, and have found a super cheap and easy way to do so. Without losing any flavor, of course! You probably have most all of these ingredients sitting in your pantry right now, so let’s get started.

What You Need

1 cup brown rice

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 cups low sodium chicken broth

1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce

2 teaspoons of  minced garlic

1 teaspoon chili powder

What You Do

–Heat olive oil over medium-high heat, then stir rice around for a few minutes until it starts to get a golden color

–Pour in the chicken broth and stir. (Careful, the pan will be hot and the sauce will sizzle and bubble when you first dump it in. Often I turn the heat down until I add all my ingredients, then turn it back up.)

–Add in the tomato sauce, garlic and chili powder and stir. Bring to a boil.

–Cover and reduce heat, allowing the rice to cook until all the liquid is gone. This usually takes 20-30 minutes.

Enjoy!!!

 

weekend shenanigans

Weekend Shenanigans

We didn’t have anything planned for this weekend with the exception of our nephew’s birthday party. We decided to get our grocery shopping knocked out on Saturday since it was supposed to rain Sunday. We actually did a lot of adulting on Saturday. Chris had some work done on his car, we grocery shopped, we worked out in the yard during Zoe’s nap. Knocked some stuff off the to do list.

We snacked on lots of things Saturday. I made spinach and artichoke dip, bacon jalapeno dip and some BBQ wieners.

Zoe had fun riding around on her car and coloring in her Sofia the First book.

Sunday we hung around the house in the morning and got Zoe down for her nap early. I got the floors cleaned, the house dusted and the kitchen cleaned. I caught up on the rest of the 15 loads of laundry we do every week. (it’s really only like 5…but still) We woke Zoe up early from her nap so that we could go to our nephews birthday party. It was rainy and gross all day yesterday so when we got back, we just hung around the house and played until Zoe’s bath and bedtime. We had some delicious spaghetti for dinner. I made it with chickpea noodles. Have you tried them? A lot more protein and fiber and a lot less carbs than regular noodles. They actually had a lot of flavor and I liked the texture. We will definitely be making them again!

Linking up with Biana. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

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Friday Favorites

Friday, it is about time! I am so ready for a weekend right now. Just a few more hours and we are freeee! For two days, anyways. It is supposed to be rainy and gross Sunday through mid-week so I am going to have to take advantage of today and tomorrow!

Favorite Moments:I received a super sweet package in the mail from Lindsay this week! I cant even begin to tell you how thankful I am that blogging has lead me to wonderful friends like her. I cant wait to enjoy the amazing smelling bath bomb that is inside that box!!!

I had a rough day Tuesday and I decided that I was going to stop letting shit get to me and focus on the positive. I stopped by Saigon and grabbed a Thai tea and headed back to the office with a positive attitude. Sometimes you just need a little something to push you through.

We had some delicious meals this week! We had sloppy joes over baked potatoes, taco bowls, and peanut butter chicken with thai quinoa slaw this week. Just look at those gorgeous colors in that slaw!! I will get the recipe up soon.

Favorite Recipe: How delicious do these Greek quinoa bowls look??? Thinking they need to happen for lunch next week.

Favorite Sephora Picks: The Sephora sale starts today!!! I have actually replaced a lot of things recently, and don’t really need anything right now. Doesn’t mean I am not cruising the site today to have a little looksie. Recently I splurged and got the Brazilian Bum Bum cream that I have been wanting forever. This stuff smells soooooooo amazing and makes my skin so soft!!! I highly recommend this little bit of luxury in the mornings. Totally worth it.

Some of my ride or die favorites are the Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion, the Bobbi Brown Cream Shadow Stick in Sand Dune is an amazing every day color, the cult favorite NARS Orgasm Blush, full coverage Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation that lasts all day long even in the south’s awful humidity, the Elizabeth and James Bourbon Rollerball is my absolute favorite every day fragrance that is perfect for the office,  and the best liquid lipstick I have ever found….Kat Von D in Lovesick. What are some of your favorites??

Favorite Lust: I am in need of some sandals, bad! I also am in need of a serious pedicure, that is neither here nor there. What are you favorite at home fixes for awful looking feet? I feel like nothing I have works anymore. Anyways, Michael Kors is one of my favorite shoe designers. They are relatively affordable for designer brand, and every pair I have ever owned are seriously comfortable and last a long time. I have my eye on these black/gold plated sandals...

And the Penelope Wedge that is on sale at Belk and Nordstroms right now. They come in a gold color, as well as black. I really like the black. I have dressier black wedges and I need a more casual pair like this.

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Also, how amazing are these Carlos wedges????? They have rose gold and gold. I am leaning towards rose gold. They are such an amazing price at Nordstrom Rack! I love knowing that if I order them and they aren’t comfy, I can take them back to my local store no problems.

 

Favorite Funnies:

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Linking up with Amanda. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

recipe

Keto Pizza Skillet

I have been wanting to share the keto pizza skillet recipe with you guys. With this recipe, you can make it as unhealthy or as healthy as you want. If it is one thing I learned over the last few years, just because a recipe is “diet friendly” doesn’t make it healthy. I am looking at you “paleo” desserts. This recipe has cheese and meet. There is fat. You know what there isn’t a lot of? Carbs. I used ground beef, you could use sausage, ground turkey, a mixture of it all, no meat, whatever you like. I really loved the flavor from the pepper in this recipe, and I don’t like pepper on my actual pizza. Play with the veggies. I think you can really make this veggie heavy and sneak in a lot of stuff for your husband kids.

What You Need

1 pound extra lean ground beef

around 40 slices of turkey pepperoni (we like a lot of pepperoni, you could do less ovciously) diced into fours (I stack them several at a time to make this a quick and easy process)

1/2 an onion

1 green bell pepper

jar of pizza sauce

2 garlic cloves

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp Italian seasoning

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1/2 bag Parmesan cheese

1/2 bag of mozzarella cheese

What You Do

–Heat your cast iron skillet with olive oil, add ground beef, peppers, onions, garlic cloves and seasonings.

–Cook until the meat is brown, then add in the pepperoni and pizza sauce.

–Top with cheese and then place under the broiler in your oven for 3-5 minutes, until the cheese is starting to bubble and become golden.

I served ours with a Caesar salad and it was delicious!!! We had some leftovers which worked great for lunches the next day.

weekend shenanigans

Weekend Shenanigans

It was 36 degrees when I woke up this  morning. It was over 80 just the other day, and supposed to be 80 again tomorrow. Get it together, spring!!! Winter is hanging on like a clingy ex, isn’t it??? We had a good weekend over here. It was a good mix of cleaning all the things, catching up on some good TV, seeing lots of family, and relaxing.

Friday started with lunch at SoHo Social with a friend/old co-worker. If someone asks me what my favorite restaurant is in Birmingham, I can’t give you just one. But this one would be on my top five list for sure. I got the three bacon BLT with pimento cheese, sans the L and T and grilled on rye bread. OMG!!!! I was only able to eat half of it, because I loaded up on brussels, and the other half was perfect for Saturday morning breakfast in the toaster oven!

Saturday morning we decided to get all our grocery shopping done since the rest of the weekend was supposed to be nasty and rainy. Of course that means a trip to Target! Zoe knows what’s up when she sees that bullseye.

In true first world fashion, I was too exhausted from spending a ridiculous amount on groceries to come home and cook lunch. So we grabbed some Moe’s BBQ to go. Mmmmmm

Zoe took a 3+ hour nap on Saturday, so I was able to get ALLLLLL the cleaning done!!! It was fabulous.

Sunday morning, my sister came over to visit for a little while. We then met up with Chris’s parents for lunch at our favorite Mexican place. Zoe is a fan of rice, beans and tacos. I mean…she is our kid! Apparently this is her newest pose, not looking at the camera.

Sunday afternoon my dad stopped by to visit and brought Zoe a few goodies for Easter. He got her the cutest stuffed bunny, an Easter book, and of course…peeps. Just when I thought all the candy was out of the house. You know I am going to be in that, right?? It was nice getting to spend some time with him. The rest of the day was spent playing, watching too much Puppy Dog Pals and Vampirina, and catching up on the Chicago shows and Grey’s when Zoe went to bed.

Just like that, Monday is here and it is back to reality. Linking up with Biana. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!