Eat. Drink. Love.

Nibblies

1. It’s been a really long time since I last shared some Nibblies. I’m sorry. I promise to be better about this.

carpet

2. I am currently addicted to skinny cinnamon dolce lattes from Starbucks. It’s a good thing that I have some gift cards to use up. It’s also a good thing that they are skinny. Also, please ignore the horrible carpet in my office in the above photo.

3. How I Met Your Mother. Sigh. This week’s episode was by far the worst episode of the entire series I think. It was not funny at all to me. This season overall has been pretty terrible. I was intrigued by the idea of the season taking place over the wedding weekend, but the way they executed it just doesn’t work. The episodes are all over the place. Just no. Agree or disagree?

4. White cheddar popcorn. Ok, I know, it’s been around for a very long time and I have always loved it, but over the last month, we have been consuming embarrassing amounts of it, and by we, I mean mostly me. Hey, it’s better than eating chips, right?

Southwestern Chicken Lettuce Wraps 5 small

5. I can’t stop eating these southwestern chicken lettuce wraps. I’ve made them three times in the last week. They are so easy and low carb and reheat really well. Gah. Love.

6. I wanna talk more about TV. Let’s talk about last night’s American Horror Story. Last night’s episode was by far, the most disturbing episode of the show I have seen in all of the seasons. You could have made a drinking game out of all of the times I said “WTF” and you would have been hospitalized for alcohol poisoning. Seriously, wtf?!!

7. Speaking of TV, I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am about 24 coming back. Is it May yet?

8. Beauty stuff. I finally want to buy myself one of the Urban Decay Naked palettes, but I can’t decide which one. I had my mind made up on Naked2 and then saw Naked3 and now I’m all confused. I’m kind of leaning towards Naked3, but I’m worried I’ll get sick of all the rose hues. Do you have one? If so, which one and which is your favorite? Help me decide!

9. I can’t stop destroying nice clothes while cooking. I don’t know why I continue to attempt to cook anything without changing into crappy clothes. If I get one more oil stain on a shirt, I might scream.

10. I need a new way to organize my jewelry. And not all in one big jewelry box. Everything gets all tangled up and then I get angry.  Currently, my jewelry is tossed all over my bedroom in random spots. Have any suggestions?

Coconut Almond Smoothie

Coconut Almond Smoothie

So, I’m going to admit to you all that our Christmas decorations are still up. It’s January 15th, and I haven’t taken one thing down. This has never happened. If any of you wants to come and help me out, I will pay you in cookies or smoothies. Whatever you want, you got it. Please start with the tree. K, thanks.

Coconut Almond Smoothie

I’ve been on quite a smoothie kick lately. Making smoothies is much more fun than taking down decorations. Most of the smoothies that I make are fruity smoothies, but sometimes I really crave a more dessert-like smoothie. Enter this coconut almond smoothie. It’s so creamy and dreamy!

If you are wanting a milkshake, this smoothie is a perfect and healthier alternative! It’s made with simple ingredients like coconut milk and almond butter. The best part about it? You can drink it for breakfast, as a post-workout snack, or dessert!

Southwestern Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Southwestern Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Have you ever gotten an idea to make a recipe that seems like it would be so good, so you go for it and make it up. You don’t really know what you are doing, but you just throw things together and it all makes so much sense. And then after you taste it, you’re all, “Errmahgerddddddd, I’m so good at this!”?

Southwestern Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Southwestern Chicken Lettuce Wraps

That’s me with these southwestern chicken lettuce wraps. They are so crazy simple, but really light and flavorful. They are so good, I seriously rushed through taking the pictures because I just wanted to get to the part where I got to eat them!

If you’re looking for a low-carb and clean meal, this is it right here. I’ve kind of set an unofficial goal for myself to eat as clean as possible, at least for a few months and meals like this are going to get me through it! I made a full recipe just for myself and packaged it in portions for lunch and it reheats really well. You can add whatever typical Mexican topping you want such as cheese, sour cream, or avocado, but I didn’t add anything extra except from fresh cilantro. No toppings are necessary!

Southwestern Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Print Print Save Save

Southwestern Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Yield: serves 2-4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning 
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 can (15-ounces) unseasoned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons sliced green onion
  • butter or iceberg lettuce, rinsed

Directions:

  1. Heat olive oil in a non-stick saute pan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for about 2-3 minutes or until the onion starts to turn translucent. Add the garlic and the chicken. Sprinkle the taco seasoning on the chicken. As the chicken cooks, break up with a spatula into smaller pieces.
  2. Once the chicken starts to brown, add the red pepper and the black beans. Mix in with the chicken and cook until the chicken is thoroughly cooked. Season with additional salt if necessary (and you can also add additional taco seasoning if desired). Transfer to a bowl and serve on top of lettuce.

Southwestern Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Flashback Friday: Crockpot Pulled Pork

Crockpot Pulled Pork

I know it was just the holidays and we had a nice little break, but I am feeling totally exhausted this week. My brain feels fried and I want to spend the entire weekend on the couch just staring at the television while watching total garbage like Vanderpump Rules (please tell me at least some of you watch it…).

If I am going to spend the weekend being completely useless, I am going to need to pull out the slow cooker!

We’re actually not big pork eaters in this house, but I can never say no to pulled pork out of the crockpot. It’s so tender. You can eat it on a bun and serve it with fries or potato salad or you can also make it a nicer dinner with mashed potatoes and veggies. I like meals that can go either way, don’t you?

Crockpot Pulled Pork

I made this pulled pork for us for New Year’s Day since you know how they say it’s supposed to be luck. Don’t ask me who says this because I don’t know. They. They say it. Whatevs.

Since it was just the two of us, we had a lot left over and my husband who rarely eats leftovers, continued making sandwiches for 2 days after I made it. Now that is something!

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning

You guys, did you watch the BCS National Championship game on Monday? If so, then you know that the Florida State Seminoles won! If you didn’t know this about me already, I am a triple alum of FSU and was so nervous about the game that I physically could not watch it. We watched the first quarter and the Noles weren’t doing so good and we turned it off. Then, I kept getting updates online or through family texts. In the last few minutes of the game, both teams were scoring back and forth and it was so intense. My husband wanted to watch the last minute of the game, but I couldn’t deal so I went and hid in the bathroom. Yes, I hid. Then I heard him shouting, “they scored!!”. With 13 seconds left. And won! AHHH!!! I didn’t feel too well yesterday to begin with, but after that game, I felt even worse. Seriously, who would think that a football game could cause such anxiety?! I woke up yesterday morning feeling like I was hungover even though I didn’t drink an ounce of alcohol the night before. Such an exciting game and I’m so proud to be a Seminole!

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Ok, I will stop talking about football now so that we can talk about this homemade taco seasoning. I don’t know about you guys, but we go through a lot of taco seasoning in this house, particularly for making Crock Pot Ranch Chicken Tacos. But I love having it on hand for seasoning meat for any Mexican dish I make. Not only is it expensive to buy those pre-mixed packets, but they also contain other random ingredients that are not necessary! I’m willing to bet you probably already have most, if not all, of these spices in your cabinet already! It takes only a few minutes to mix this up and you can make as much or as little as you want! I’m done with those packets! Also, making my own spice mixes totally reminds me of those sand art craft kits from when I was younger, you know what I am talking about right?!

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

How many of you were super excited to watch Downton Abbey last night? I’m super excited it’s back, especially right now since Walking Dead and Once Upon a Time is on a hiatus for Sunday nights. I feel like I should have made a Downton-inspired dinner last night, but we had enchiladas instead. I did, however, enjoy a big cup of tea and it was a complete coincidence that I had made a loaf of this whole wheat chocolate chip banana bread yesterday, but it went perfectly with my tea. Banana bread is close enough to a scone or other tea party-type bites, right?

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

While I love all quick breads, my favorite is always good ol’ banana bread. It’s comforting and perfectly sweet. I could eat it any time of the day. This version is made with whole wheat flour and chocolate chips. While it does contain some butter, I also added some Greek yogurt to cut down on some of the fat and it also adds some protein! There aren’t a ton of chocolate chips in the batter but there are just enough so that it tastes a little more decadent than regular banana bread. And oh man, does it smell good while it is baking! Is there really anything more comforting than banana bread baking in the oven?