About a year ago, the hubs and I decided that we needed to make a drastic change in our eating habits. We had a crazy busy schedule what with homeschooling Monkey, church commitments, Luke still working on his Masters, and a super cute but needy 4 month old. I dare say that everyone that reads this will have some form of their own crazy schedule…that’s just the nature of the beast called life as an adult. Unfortunately and shamefully, we had fallen into the horrible (and expensive) habit of eating out…all. the. time. (GASP! I know it’s shameful so don’t comment on that ;-P )
I came across something known as Whole30. It was an intriguing concept – eating foods that were whole and unprocessed. I mean, really, for a child of the 80s whose mama coulda been the 1st Sandra Lee semi-homemade with her skills of turning boxed foods into meals – this was a novel idea! There is, however, a lot of detail that I don’t want to state incorrectly. So if you are interested in trying a Whole30, you can read more on it here. It was a tough month for sure. Days 2 – 4 were not pretty…I was not a happy camper in the sugar detox phase. Truthfully, I should have been isolated. Apologies to anyone I snapped at during that time! But I digress. A year and another kid later we have fallen back into a lot of old eating habits…namely the sugar dragon has come to live amongst us once again.
Last week, we decided that an overhaul of our dietary consumption was due. This time we decided to do a modified version of Whole30. Meaning we will limit grains, dairy, and as much sugar as possible, but with me nursing and 2 older kiddos we felt that deleting a particular food group wasn’t the best fit for us. Am I saying Whole 30 is bad or not kid friendly? No. Actually the first time around the whole family participated. And by that I mean the kids ate whatever I cooked. Haha a beloved friend uses this phrase for her family and we adopted it for ours – “You get what you get and you don’t pitch a fit.” Ya’ll, Monkey learned that REAL quick and has been teaching the boys since the day they each arrived! Ha! In her defense, she isn’t a picky eater until it comes to snacks and then it becomes a negotiation that any corporate lawyer would be proud of.
As the school year begins, along with having a newbie here, planning is crucial to survival. Now if you know us well, then you know planning and sticking to said plans is somewhat of a challenge. Why? Because the Duke and I tend to be very spontaneous and free-spirited, neither of which bode well in sticking to a plan – even a menu plan. But during our Whole30 month, we found some pretty easy and tasty recipes! I figured that I would share them with ya’ll as we make them again.
Up First – TACOS!
Don’t be put off by the lack of a cornflour hard shell! These tacos made with Romaine lettuce are light, but pack a wallop in the flavor department! Thanks to Alton Brown’s amazing seasoning – Taco Potion #19! Now his seasoning contains cornstarch which is not Whole 30 approved so we leave that off. You can add it if you choose – no biggie! We also do not use the Cayenne powder simply because we’ve got 3 littles – 1 of which isn’t a big fan of hot spices. The variations on this recipe is practically limitless! Make this and comment below to let me know what you think!
- 2 lbs. – lean ground beef
- 1 – bunch Romaine lettuce
- 1 – white onion – diced
- 1 – tomato – diced
- 1 – avocado – sliced
- cilantro – chopped
- 1 – lime
- Trader Joe’s Salsa Verde
For Taco Potion #19 ingredients click HERE
Brown beef. Drain.
Add Taco Potion #19.
Then layer all the yummy toppings onto a piece of Romaine lettuce. Serve – and wait for applause and demands for seconds (sometimes 3rds!). #yourewelcome 😉
So, go wash them dishes and get your kitchen ready to crank out some DELICIOUS food that the whole family will LOVE! Then drop me a line to let me know how it went!