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One thing I haven't really touched on before is my love of make up. Ok love isn't really a strong enough word for it. It's more like an obsession! My 5 year old daughter is equally obsessed as she asked santa for a vanity and train case for Christmas, haha I have NO idea where she gets it from. She loves to play at home, creating looks, watching how to videos online. It's amazing how well she does already at her young age and knowing the fundamentals of make up that many adult women don't know. While she is only allowed to play at home and not wear it in public, it's really fun to take her to big box stores like Sephora and Ulta to pick out the latest products and go home and do mommy's make-up.
My love of make-up started when I was in High School. I had to have surgery to break and repair my jaw which meant 8 weeks of being wired shut and tons of swelling and bruising to accompany it. I had to learn how to cover it all and well. Back then we didn't have social media, we didn't have youtube or even the internet in our home back then to learn. I simply had to figure it out for myself and as a woman nearing 40, my skills are still growing and evolving with the latest trends and techniques. I love it. It's every changing and always offers a fresh new look.
With that being said, I have an affection for false lashes. NOT because I like the big obviously fake look with a long strip of jet black liner on my lid everyday but because I didn't have lashes for a short period, or rather very short, sparse and stubby ones. During treatment, I needed to wear them for me, to feel good about myself. You pick and choose your battles. I may not have much hair on my head but I'll be damned if I walk out of the house without rocking some fab make-up!! Long Story short, you all know that I am with an amazing business called Saba!!! WELL foreverrrrrrrrr it seems we have been asking our owners to please get us some sort of amazing make up or lash products. Well ask and ye shall receive!!
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I dont even know where to begin. It's been 9 months since I have been on this blog. Since March 2014 to be exact. Last March, I started feeling off, just an overall feeling of unwell. I started gaining weight despite all of my efforts and tools to lose weight. I went to see my physician and to no avail, he said I was fine. Yeah that was until my husband and I took our daughter to the Zoo-tennial celebration in town. I wasn't there even 10 minutes and I felt like I was having a heart attack. I immediately hauled my booty to the ER. Sadly, I was diagnosed with Fluid filling the sac around my heart and it was squeezing my heart (pericarditis with effusion). After a short stint in the hospital, we found my thyroid was not functioning properly, which I have a history of, seeing that I had it radiated 7 years prior due to it being overactive back then. Well, again my physician said I was fine and to just lower my hormone dose. I knew something wasn't right, I could just feel it. So i went back in to my doctor's office and thankfully he wasn't in that day and I saw the Chief of Medicine in his place. Within 10 minutes of a visit and exam, he had me rushed over the to hospital for a CT scan of my neck, Right away. Come to find out, I was right. I had "nodules" on my thyroid (many) and I had some positive reactive lymphnodes in my neck as well.
To fast forward, many tests and an excruciating dozen biopsies in my throat and neck, we found there was a MAJOR problem. I won't get into the long of it but I ended up needing to have a total Thyroidectomy with a few lymphnodes to be removed with it. It was quite the surgery, it took 5 hours. I think my husband was more nervous than I was considering a couple of the lymphnodes that were removed, were under my carotid artery. He was a trooper, hanging in there with our wee chick while I was in surgery and again during recovery and treatment. I got a nice little party favor by way of a handsome scar (which is now healing very well).
Not too shabby and I'm healing well so I can't complain and I'm back!!
But to add insult to injury, we moved cross country to the east coast this fall. While I am thankful to be back on my beloved east coast, it's quite the undertaking when not feeling that great!
So that is the short of it, I am excited to be back at it. I am still with my amazing company Saba which I am so thankful for!! I gained a ton of weight on top of weight I already needed to lose but that can be expected. However, now I am ready to kick some fat ass! Well my own that is and transform my life. I am following one of our amazing programs called Saba 60. It's a 60 day lifestyle transformation that helps you get a grip on healthy living along with some supplements to help get you through it all with the best results possible. The best part is, we have an exclusive, private facebook group where we get insane amounts of support and motivation along with a weekly call that not only helps you be successful in the program but motivates and uplifts your spirit! AND you can win $2500.00 just for transforming your life. Every 3 months Saba will give 3 people a cash prize (a BIG prize) just for doing what they were going to without the money incentive anyway.. GET HEALTHY!!!! It's not based on who lost the most pounds, it's about transforming your body and spirit. Last quarter, our 3rd place winner (my friend!!) lost only 10 pounds but she truly transformed herself inside and out and won not only a new body and outlook on food but also $1000.00 for making changes that we all need to adhere to. I am so proud of her!!!
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well I love chili and I love Buffalo wings!! So I have an awesome "not so paleo" recipe! While I did not consume grain, some frown upon the use of legumes. I personally eat them every so often as long as I adhere to the rest of my paleo regime! So it says buffalo chicken right? WELLLLLL all the market had was Jenni-0 ground turkey so alas for the purpose of these photos I used ground turkey however ground chicken is the normal ingredient. It was still delish. My daughter took one lick and was like uh no. However, she is only 4 so I don't expect miracles. The irony is, I really shouldn't have made chili. It was stupid of me after the events that unfolded yesterday.
Have you ever been so sick that you shat yourself? Yeah well that literally happened yesterday. It was a chilly Sunday at home with the family, hanging out on the sofa, watching a movie. We had some chicken wings (paleo woot). All of a sudden, I tell my husband "oh man Im not feeling well". Then as if I were in a slow motion action movie, My body was doing things it shouldn't. In my head, I was thinking oh no! Maybe it's just a little fart and it's really just too hot from the hot wings lol!. Seriously that is what I was thinking. I didn't shart, I didn't even Fart. I just thought perhaps one escaped me. Then all of a sudden out loud I said. OH MY GOD IT's not WARM it's WET!!!!!!!! I jumped up and ran to the bathroom, my husband was yelling what what? He looks over and on my cushion.......................................Diarrhea. I shat myself! He was rolling around the living room floor laughing! I was crying, begging him to bring me trash bags because my clothes needed to be tossed away. I was not going to attempt to wash them. Why you ask? it was down to the ankles kind of stuff. Had it not been for the elastic in my sweatpants around the ankles, I would have had shit streaks across my carpet. My 4 year old daughter comes trucking into the bathroom to check out the big ordeal. I asked her if she could rub my belly since it hurt , she promptly said no, you might poop your pants again. LOL God I love that kid! Sooo here I am the shitty pants paleo blogger.... Today my poor dog, got sick and I do NOT do vomit well! I don't. So as I am trying to rub her belly and clean up her vomit, I pulled my shirt up over my nose. Well we all know that doesn't work! I vomited down my shirt. Fun TIMES have been had these last 2 days! So clearly as you can see, I really should not have made nor ate chili today but I did! Lest we all pray that I do not explode tonight.
Now for the recipe! Easy peasy lemon Squeezy. You have two options.... Do all of this on a dutch over and simmer for 2 hours. OR cook the ground chicken and toss it in a crock pot on low for 6-8 or high for 4.
2lbs ground chicken (or turkey)
2 cans of Black beans Low or no sodium
1 can of chili beans
16 oz of Tomato Sauce (NOT pasta sauce just the plain tomato sauce in a big can).
2 tbsp of tomato paste
1/2-1 cup of Franks Red Hot or other buffalo wing sauce you prefer to spice level
you can use 1/2 of a chili seasoning packet if you wish. but I personally use the following
1tsp chili powder
1tsp garlic powder
1tsp sea salt
1tsp black pepper
Pre cook your ground meat...
then take the cooked meat and all of the other ingredients and mix together in a crock pot or dutch oven!
cook on simmer for 2 hours on the stove top or low in the crock for 6-8 or high for 4. You can top with sour cream or cheese. I personally used crumbled blue cheese on top! It was AMAZING
Well that is my quick rendition of Buffalo Chicken Chili! I hope you all enjoy! Let me know what you think! Feel free to share on FB, Pin Or twitter! I appreciate you!
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These will be soft but I offer a firmer textured additive to the recipe.
What you will need is:
4 baked sweet potatoes (I wrap in foil after rinsing and poking holes and bake until soft).
1/2 cup of frozen corn
2 green onions sliced thing
1 cup of diced cilantro
Pepper to taste
1/2 tsp cumin or ground clove
1 large egg
(IF YOU ARENT Paleo and wish to have a firmer fritter you can add 1 cup of bread crumbs and 1/3 cup of corn meal).
mix it all up!
Heat a skillet until it's screaming hot and then lower down to medium heat.
Add a tbsp of butter (unsalted) and a squirt of olive oil to keep the butter from burning.
Spoon out even amounts of the mixture and put in the pan and press into a patty shape. You want to cook it about 5 minutes and then gently flip..they are soft since there isnt any grain flour etc to bind it firmer (unless you are using the non paleo version). and cook some more on the other side..like so
Voilla!! DONE! you can serve it with some sour cream or greek yogurt if you wish!.. I served mine plain to my daughter and for us adults, I served with a little Salsa Verde mixed with a smidge of sour cream.
here is what they look like on my daughter's plate and ours..
Served with a roasted boneless pork loin! AMAZING!! it was a big hit and always is in our family!
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Who doesn't love an enchilada? I know I DO!!!! However, I don't eat corn tortilla or flour tortilla so I felt like I was missing out then BAM!! a friend gave me the idea of a green enchilada but I had to tweak it to fit my Paleo needs, cut out a couple of things like the tortilla and cheese (I will add those options for you though). This was such a huge hit! I think we ate the entire pan between 3 of us for Dinner and lunch the next day and it's literally guilt free!
Here is what you need for Ingredients!!
so it's almost the same ingredients as my Salsa verde.
2 lbs of chicken breast prebaked and seasoned simply with salt and pepper (shredded when cooked and set aside).
two very ripe Avocados
8 medium tomatillos
3-4 jalapeno depending on your heat level
1 cup of cilantro
Optional: 16oz light Sour Cream
Peel, wash and slice your Tomatillos in half.... line them cut side down on a foiled cookie sheet and broil in the oven for about 5-10 minutes until they get soft and start to char on top.
When they are cooked simply toss all of your ingredients into a blender or food processor. I personally use a Ninja Blender! I think it's the best thing out there! Blend until it's an even consistency and looks like this. (if you are desiring a more creamy sauce and aren't concerned with dairy, then toss in your sour cream..greek yogurt will do too, before you blend).
Now that the sauce is done! you have a couple of options..
Paleo way: Spray a casserole dish (I have an olive oil mister)....then toss in your shredded chicken and pour the sauce on top. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. Serve and enjoy!!!
Non-Paleo way..... spray a casserole dish... Take your tortilla and spread some sauce on, put some chicken and roll it and lay it in the pan....continue this until the enchiladas are touching side by side until the pan is full. Pour the remaining sauce On the Enchiladas and bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes.
Sadly, I do not have a finished product picture because we ate it and I forgot lol!!
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Well it's been awhile and I apologize for that!! I had suffered a traumatic spinal injury in a fall and actually broke my back, ruptured 3 discs! It's been rough but I am finally back on my feet and feeling really well. I'm not in any pain anymore and I can start working out again!! So I am back at the weight loss, health and wellness grind with my amazing Paleo meal plan, Xtreme 5000 and ACE, my Saba Fit Kit workout routine (no gym required all the equiptment you need and video is in this kit check out www.sabaforlife.com/PatrioticPeacock ).
One of my most favorite snacks is Salsa Verde!! It's sooo low in calories, only 25 calories per serving. This recipe makes about 10 servings (very generous). When you eat it, it almost feels like a guilty pleasure, it's so tasty and so addictive. I put it on meat or chicken or even use raw veg like peppers and dip and scoop it! If you AREN't Paloe and eat Tostitos, the lime ones are AMAZING with my Salsa Verde. It's fast and easy to make and sure to be a hit!
8 medium/Large Tomatillos
3 raw Jalapeno
1/3 a medium Sweet Onion
1 cup cilantro raw
2 tbsp Agave
1 tsp of salt
Peel and slice your Tomatillos. You do want to wash them after you peel them if you have never worked with them before because they can be sticky from the skin leaves on them. Next lay them cut side down on a foil lined cookie sheet....
Slice your jalapenos the long way and take out the seeds. put them along the cookie sheet as well with the tomatillo
Turn on your broiler in the oven and broil them until they start to char on the top and get soft. usually about 5-10 minutes (keep an eye on them). The end result will look like this...
Next you want to take the cooked Tomatillo and Jalapeno and put in a blender. I personally use a Ninja because it blends so well from salsa to frozen fruit smoothies!
Toss in your :
Cup of diced Cilantro
Half of sweet onion (I personally just cut it in big chunks because the ninja will do the job for you)
and squeeze the two limes into the blender like so...I also use a fork.. You stick the fork in the half of lime and squeeze and twist..it helps get the most juice out (random tip if you didnt know).
I also put in Agave. I like to keep things sugar free and paleo the best I can but if you eat sugar you can substitute the agave for white granulated sugar.
Turn on that blender to puree and let it go!!!! that is it!! once everything is the same consistency and no big chunks, you are done!! you can chill or serve right away. Here is the gorgeous green color! Amazing and an example of how I incorporate it in a meal (roasted chicken, lima beans sauteed with bacon and jalapeno).
Give it a try, tell me what you think and please feel free to share on FB or Twitter! I appreciate it!!
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I love Mayonnaise!! I'm picky! My mama raised me right and you don't buy cheap mayo! If you can't have Cains (it's a northern brand we can't get in texas) then Hellman's Light is the next best thing! HOWEVER it's not paleo friendly so I have been doing without mayo. It makes me sad, I love mayo on my burgers, in chicken salad, deviled eggs, crab salad, oh heck I can go on all day about the love of a good mayo! I've missed having those staples in my life but I found that I CAN have mayo, I just need to not use vegetable oil or corn oil, none of those blends. Instead I can use Avocado oil and guess what? I love it far better than the brands I grew up on!! My daughter likes it on her burger woot! she knows what's good! The dips you can make or creamy spicy mustards and sauces for a veggie platter swoon! My daughter loves cucumbers and raw green peppers so for her to have a dip is great! She's not a big dipper, she doesn't dip French fries, or her chicken etc but she loves to dip raw veggies!! so I'm stoked to be able to give her a healthy dip without all those chemicals found in regular store bought mayonnaise.
To make the mayo, I recommend that you take out your eggs about an hour or two prior to making so that they are room temperature. It just works better if the egg is the same temp as the oil. Less breaking! Also you can hand whisk it (takes a bit of time) or you can use an immersion blender, vitamix or I personally use my Ninja. It's fast and easy and amazing!!!!!!!!!!! Now there is this great Paleo blogger (Nom Nom) who uses Macadamia Nut oil!!!! She says that has a nice nutty taste so you can try that too if you like that sort of nutty earthy flavor!
Ingredients: (NOTE I ALWAYS DOUBLE THIS RECIPE so we have some in the fridge in a mason jar for later!)1 large egg yolk (room temp) 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard (or you can use dry mustard whichever you have on hand) 1 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon white vinegar3/4 cup avocado oilDirections:Take your egg yolk and all other ingredients EXCEPT the oil.Put into whichever device you are using, a bowl, a jar, a ninja etc and mix just enough so that the yolk is thick and bright. About 30 seconds by hand, around 10 by machine.
NOW the tricky part!! You want to take 1/4 cup of your avocado oil and slowly pour it in as you are mixing/whisking/blending...... Repeat with the next 1/4 cup........slowly pour as you are mixing.. Then the last 1/4 cup just pour and and mix/whisk!! Voila! you made mayo!, Look how healthy, quick and CHEAP that was!!
Expiration tip....Make this with freshly bought eggs! The mayo only lasts in the fridge about 1 week PAST the expiration date of your eggs!
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I haven't really updated in quite a bit of time so I figured no better time than now. It's 5am, everyone is asleep. I can enjoy a nice hot tea in quiet before the rush of the day. We have quite the busy day today!!
I'm a pretty open book. I don't mind sharing because frankly, I don't care who reads it. I figure if someone who is going through what I am at the same time, struggling through something similar, reads this and I help them be a little more open or share a bit more then why not? The point of blogging is to get information to others. Whether it be a healthy recipe, a new tool to use in their everyday life or perhaps just a struggle that my family has conquered. I also find it very cathartic. It's a great outlet for me to get things out of my head and off my chest that I have been thinking about. I often go to bed with recipes in my head that I can blog about or information that I think my thousands of readers would love to learn, example the tips on paleo living! If there is ever anything you want to learn, you want more information, you want me to try and create your favorite guilty pleasure into a healthy recipe just ask! either comment or email here firstname.lastname@example.org
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We as a family have made some pretty big changes in the last year and a half. We moved across the country. We absolutely ADORE living in Texas!! It has been by far our most favorite place to live ever!! In fact so much, I want to retire here! We are looking at ranches to buy. My husband wants to get a couple of horses. We do not want a farm because frankly we are NOT farm people! But we would love to be able to set up a nice ranch, have a great garden, some fruit trees and few horses. We love Texas. I can't say it enough. Retirement is only a few years away, so we have sometime to plan thankfully but it's getting close! It's exciting! My husband has put in his time and it's time for him to be able to enjoy civilian life now.
We were in such a different place just 6 months ago. Our little girl wasn't doing very well. She had a lot of set backs in her disease but thankfully being here in Texas with the state of the art rehabilitation facilities available to us, she really has progressed! Just 6 months ago, her Doctors put her at barely a 12 month old's physical level. Now intellectually, she is extremely bright and beyond her age but her physical body just fails her. However with such aggressive, intensive rehabilitation, enough that would make a grown man cry, she has made 24 months of progress in just 6 months!! I will have to post a video of her soon at therapy, she rocks my socks of daily. She truly is my hero and the love of my life. SOOOO with her amazing progress comes big things!! She gets to cut back on some of her therapy and instead of twice a day, 5 days a week she gets to go to two days a week and have in home therapy the other days!! We have set up a therapy area for her complete with bosu balls and balancing gadgets (beyondplay.com is an amazing website for therapeutic needs for kids), we even have a free standing Ballet Barre for her to practice her balance and work on upper body strength. She is an amazing child. SOO with that...... SHE GETS TO GO TO PRESCHOOL NOW!!! She is finally at a physical level that she can go to school. At first we thought next year she would be able to start Pre-K and go to the Special needs School. They have Mainstream education classes but for physically impaired children where they offer physical therapy, OT, ST and FT there for her too at the same time. However, she really has come a long way that we don't even need to ever look at that option. She just gets to go to school with her peers and move on from there. She will forever have to be in therapy. It's a battle she will endure for the rest of her life but with time and age we will be able to slowly progress to just doing everything at home and only seek facility help when she has an injury. It's just mind blowing that 6 months ago, she was using a wheelchair and leg braces and couldn't walk up one step on her own and today she is standing on a bosu ball doing squats while holding an 8 pound medicine ball. She blows my mind at how strong her will is!
So that brings us to our busy day! She gets to go to her 6 month dentist cleaning woot, oddly she loves the dentist haha! Then She gets to go MEET HER NEW TEACHER!!!!! and see her classroom! We have to pick up her class supply list and can I say, my husband and I are pretty excited to have to go buy school supplies lol!! We are so proud of her! She is so excited to go to school! She's going to a private Christian school which is important to my husband and I. They have great values and a group called Mission kids, one night per week they get together and learn about doing things for others and just being compassionate and mission minded children. Which is a great value to have. She has been through a lot and a lot of people have been there for her whether it be doctors, therapists, our friends, the fisher house when she was in the hospital last year for a small stroke, so many of our military friends were a great emotional support to us and We want her to learn how it's important to help others and give back selflessly.
AND THIS MAMA gets some time to herself!! Ahh to go to the gym and run without worrying about a childcare time limit!! Get my hair done, do some work at home without stopping to have a tea party (which I love) so now when she is home from school, all of my time is just us! No running errands, no cleaning house just me and her because I can do all of that when she's at school! I'm sad though because I am so going to miss our morning snuggle time at least I have the weekends! It's been just me and her for almost 4 years. The two of us everyday, all day together since my husband works such long hours we really just get him for dinner time and weekends. She's my best bud!
Well that is enough of an update today! I'm off to go run to some of my local associates homes to get some training done for them before our crazy day
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Who doesn't love tacos???? Why not a Paleo version? AND Gluten Free A healthy version? A cost effective healthy version that your kids will love??? Ok so there are a few staples that you need to get together first. Like making a taco seasoning. I mean unless you want to buy one of those packet things but those have MSG and other chemical preservatives and such in them which personally I can't have. They are huge migraine triggers for me. Plus It's cheaper to make my own. I have a huge batch. Keep it in a mason jar with a label on it! you will always have your own!
So here is how you make your own taco seasoning. This is what you need to first do this. Now mind you, you can use this seasoning on ANYTHING!! Use it on ground beef, ground chicken, ground turkey. Make tacos with cauliflower tortillas, make this taco pie, Make Taco salad!! there are so many uses I can go on all day. Make a big batch and share it with your mom together so you both have a small jar at home and you never need to go and buy it. A TIP!! THOSE PACKETS YOU BUY IN THE STORE HOLD 1 -2TABLESPOONS. So whenever a recipe calls for a taco seasoning packet.. Just use 1-2 tablespoons of your premade stuff. the shelf life is like forever on this if you keep it in a mason jar or something air tight!.
OK so Taco Seasoning:
In a Jar mix: (NOTE I PERSONALLY MAKE probably 6-8 times this amount at once and put it all in a jar so I don't have to make it often)
1 tablespoon chili powder1/4 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 teaspoons ground cumin 1 teaspoon sea salt (optional) 1 teaspoon black pepper
Ok now...Taco Pie Crust! It makes it more like a thicker biscuit type crust which is A-Okay with me
2 ½ cups blanched almond flour
½ teaspoon sea salt (regular salt if you like)
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ cup butter or soy spread (some use GHEE I personally do not like that)
1 tablespoon agave nectar or honey, or your sugar substitute of choice
Directions for biscuit mix:
In a medium bowl combine almond flour, salt and baking soda.
In a large bowl blend together butter, eggs and agave/honey.
Stir the dry ingredients into the wet until a nice dough forms, it will be sort of sticky.
Taco Pie Filling
2lbs ground meat of choice, I personally use ground chicken or turkey
1-2 tablespoon taco seasoning
1 can of diced tomatoes, undrained (or my cheap option just dice a few roma tomatoes myself)
Cheese (optional) I don't use cheese for me but on some I put it for others like kids etc
taco toppings! (lettuce, black olives, tomato, onion, avocado, etc.)
Brown ground meat in a pan, when half way cooked, I like to add 1 tbsp off taco seasoning. Let it continue to cook through. Taste, if it's in need of a little more flavor, i add another tablespoon. Then toss in the tomatoes and a little water. Mix well and let simmer until the liquids evaporate.
While that is simmering, go ahead and get this crust set up now. Preheat your oven to 350.
Grease a deep dish pie pan or even a casserole dish, whatever works for you! Personally I use an 11x13 With damp hands (it prevents the dough from sticking to your fingers!!) press the biscuit dough into your pan. Bake it partially for 10 minutes so the dough starts to look like it's set up a bit.
When that is done, pour your meat into to the pie crust, IF YOU ARE using cheese, at the cheese as well (I put cheese on half or a 1/4 of the pie) and then return this to the oven and bake for about 15 minutes give or take.
Cut this baby up and let everyone add their toppings..lettuce, olives fresh tomatoes! whatever you want!! and enjoy!!
Cost break down
Almond flour costs about $5 per bag. You use maybe $1 max worth (again im being generous
Im not even counting the salt or baking soda because they are staples and cost you pennies for such a tiny amount.
Honey/etc $ 0.50
Butter $ 0.50
Eggs $ 0.15
2lbs ground turkey $5.00
Variable depending on what you want but we will say, lettuce, olives, tomatoes, avocado
1/4 head of lettuce, 1 avocado, half can of olives, dice tomato $3
TOTAL MEAL: $11.65
This makes 12 servings (most people always go back for another slices lol but serving size wise it is 12) so cost per serving is....... A WHOPPING $0.97 Now if you use beef instead of turkey it will be a little more, if you add cheese it will cost a little more but seriously how much more? not much. I didn't add the cost of spices because you use such a little bit, it is pennies on the dollar. So again, how much would it have cost you to make enough tacos for 12 people buying unhealthy preservative filled taco shells? You can't say eating healthy is expensive
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Now, if you do not like Sundried tomatoes then try something different. I never liked them more so I was afraid to try them because I didn't really know what they were until someone fed me sundried tomato pesto and I was in love!!!!!!! Ok so if you don't like sundried tomatoes then try some nice sautéed baby bella mushrooms or white mushrooms. Really it's ok to experiment. This just gives you an idea for something different! We all need a variety in our life because honestly, when we get bored with our food that is when we crash! Remember, all of my recipes are for a family of 4 usually with leftovers. I love leftovers. This meal will have 6 servings Also, remember any recipes that you want me to make makeover into healthy budget friendly versions just comment or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Ingredients:1 jar sun-dried tomatoes in oil (you can buy whole or julienne cut. I use julienne cut but sometimes the whole goes on sale and well you can just cut them yourself!)
2 lbs boneless chicken breasts (I usually buy bulk on sale and freeze so just be sure they are thawed)
2 tbsp. minced fresh basil (if you only have dried that's fine! I use fresh because it's free since I grow it)
8 cloves of garlic, sliced thin
Salt and pepper to taste (I use sea salt and fresh cracked pepper, you use whatever you have!)
Preheat oven to 375
Cut your chicken breast in half length wise.
Line them up together in a large glass baking dish
Sprinkle on your salt and pepper to taste, sprinkle on your basil
Top with your sundried tomatoes and pour the oil from the jar ON the chicken as well.
Tightly wrap the glass dish with foil and bake for 20 minutes.
After 20 minutes, remove the foil and continue to bake for another 15 minutes to finish cooking the chicken through.
For Side dishes! Whatever you want! I personally served Carrots sautéed with sea salt and spinach with garlic and lemon! Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!
Now for the price break down. Again it will vary dependent upon region and if you can find things on sale at a better price than I got them!
Sundried Tomatoes: $2.99
Chicken: $3.98 (I buy a lot of boneless chicken breast on sale for $1.99 a pound and freeze it!)
Basil: for Dry basil $0.30 (if that i'm being generous I mean if you buy a spice jar of it it's what? $2-3 max)
Entrée for 6 servings: costs $8.27
Add the sides: $3.99
Total meal cost for 6 servings: $12.26
COST PER PERSON IS~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ $2.04 Now... tell me that you can't afford that!
For a family of 4 that is Dinner PLUS 2 lunches! for $12, you have served 6 meals! HEALTHY meals and if you shops sales you can totally get it cheaper but like I've said before. I'm not coupon sale savvy