Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Tex Mex Beef Tacos

Taco Night leftovers + romaine lettuce = HAPPY KAREN

This post is seriously overdue. I have all the usual excuses.

"I'm so busy!" always.
"I work two jobs!" so do a lot of people.
"our water heater exploded!" sure did! (this silly couponer was afraid of losing her stockpile!)
"we put down hardwood floors" mmhmm! in the bedrooms, and we'll be putting laminate in the living room soon.
"I have nothing to say!" Now that's just b.s.

On to the important things, like ground beef and black beans...
Hubby loves tacos, (but not the "boring" all beef kind) I love hubby, (and eating healthy) so I searched and hid a low fat taco recipe in the dinner plans for a boring Wednesday night. That was two years ago, and since his request has always been for the "special" tacos.

I personally think the secret is in the chipotle peppers. Make the extra effort to find them at your grocery store (you may have to look in the Mexican or Spanish section depending on how your store is set up).

The recipe is as follows:

Tex Mex Beef Tacos
adapted from Cooking Light
you can find the original recipe here.

1 Cup White Onion Chopped

2 medium clove (4g) Garlic

1 lb Ground Beef 85% lean meat

1 12oz can sweet yellow corn (drained)

1/4 teaspoon alt

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

8 oz can Hunt's Tomato Sauce - 100% Natural

1 container (1 4/5 cups ea.) Black Beans - Canned Drained & Rinsed (50% Less Sodium)

1 container (1 4/5 cups ea.) Dark Red Kidney Beans - Drained & Rinsed

Goya - Chipotle Peppers In Adobo Sauce, 6 Tbsp (3 or 4 peppers, chopped, relative to how hot you want it.) Proceed at your own risk, these babies are T-O-A-S-T-Y. Do not get the sauce in your eyes!

Heat large skillet (you'll need a pan with a lid!) over medium high heat. Coat with cooking spray.

Add minced garlic, chopped onion and beef to skillet. Break beef into crumbles and cook until browned. (about 6-8 minutes)

Stir in beans, salt, pepper, chiles and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce your heat to low. Simmer for 10 minutes.
Each serving is 1/2 cup of taco meat.
Nutrition: 226 calories
21g carbohydrates,
8g fat,
18g protein,
497mg sodium,
4 g sugar.

Generally, hubby eats his on whole wheat tortillas with jack cheese and lettuce.

I prefer mine piled high on romaine with fresh salsa (or 0% fat greek yogurt if I'm feeling dangerous ;) )

Since mangoes were on sale, I made mild mango salsa. (recipe to come!)

Needless to say, I was excited about lunch the next day.
True Love: 307 calories of DELICIOUS.

I hope you all enjoy these. :)

Monday, August 8, 2011


The past two weeks have been full. Two jobs as well as home improvement (photos to come!) have kept me quite busy. Now that I have some free time, I was looking over my weight loss progress since May.

It has happened to me, friends. The most dreaded word in weight loss.


You heard me. Don't make me say it again. I don't like the taste it leaves in my mouth. Let's review the numbers.

From May 12th- June 12th (Month 1) I lost 12.6 lbs.
June 12th- July 12th (Month 2) I lost 4.4 lbs.
July 12th- August 8th (almost to 3 months!) 1.4 lbs.

I can almost hear the cartoon music as Wile E. Coyote falls off the cliff.

I've been bouncing in a 5 lb range since early July. I've seen numbers lower than I've seen in distant memory, but I've got plenty left to lose! I can't help but feel disheartened. I'm going to go over what's been going on. I'm sure that my eating habits have slipped, and I haven't been out on my bike as often as I'd like. I'm sick of being stuck here, and I want to break into the next decade already! eeeeeek.

sorry for the negativity, loves. I'll be better soon :)