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Not your normal Taco…

I have been craving tacos lately and someone brought mexi food into the office for me to be tortured by. So I tried to think of the quickest tacos possible….with little effort…no red meat.
I decided on super green shredded chicken tacos. 😀
They are super green cuz I didn’t want to buy red anything…too expensive! (Ahem red bell peppers…why do you have to cost so much?!?) And the other super is a super food, bok choy. Ya, I’m weird…I dare you to try it! It’s not bitter, it’s just right and loaded with good vitamins. 😉
So here’s how I did it…

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Ingredients:
• 1 lb. chicken breast
• 1 cup chicken broth or stock
• 1 serving of taco seasoning (my recipe below…store bought packets are glutenous)
• 1 onion, chopped
• 1 small bell pepper, chopped (splurge on red if you like, they are $6.99/lb here right now).
• 1 14 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
• 1 can of corn or fresh/frozen…going for quick here though.
• 2-3 cloves garlic, crushed
• Salt, pepper, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne.
• 1 Tbs Grape seed oil
• Guac & salsa (sour fream if you like, but soy cream is GROSS, I call it “Freme” cuz it’s Fake Cream…Freme)
• Taco shells or Udi’s has an AWESOME “flour” tortilla out now. Sooo yummy, make sure you heat it or it will break.
• “Cheese” I use Lisanatti brand Almond cheese in jalapaño flavor, but you have to cook the cheese with the shells or it won’t melt. I’m not a big fan of Dayia.

Taco Operation:
I use my pressure cooker to make the chicken. (Ain’t nobody got time to wait for chicken to cook after a long day of work!)
Put the broth in pot, add taco seasoning, salt and pepper (I totally eyeballed this so do how much you like) Dip the chicken in so it coats both sides. Lock the lid and set timer to 15 min after the rocker starts a rockin.
Cut up onions, and smash your garlic. Add them to a stainless steel sauté pan (a big one because we will be adding lots of ingredients later) with some grape seed oil and the black beans.
The stainless steel caramelizes the onion awesome. Teflon, not so much. The grape seed oil I like using more than olive oil cuz it can handle high heat better.
When onions are closer to done add the bell peppers, corn (if it was frozen thaw it, if its canned, drain it) and spices (Salt, pepper, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne). Again I eyeballed this. Make them all grilled looking and delisioso.
Then…rinse and chop green parts of bok choy, pat dry. Shred “cheese”.
By now your chicken should be done.
CAREFULLY take your pressure cooker to the sink and pour cold water over the lid until the needle goes down (I have an antique PC so I don’t know about the digital kind all I know is that if that knobby thing falls of between stove and sink its not gonna be perty).
Take out the chickens, shred with two forks, add it back to the liquid, then drain.
Then assemble tacos! I’m sure you all know how to do that part. 😉
I used the New Seasons guac because I didn’t want to add another step and it was good!
So after this quick meal that took about a million words to describe, here’s the GF taco seasoning…(also do a search for my GF “Hidden Valley Ranch” and “Lipton’s Onion Soup” recipe dupes. You will save yourself some money…and it’s super easy!)

Gf Taco Seasoning
• 4 tbsp. ground cumin
• 2 1/2 tsp. paprika
• 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
• 2 tsp. onion powder
• 2 tsp. garlic powder
• 1 tsp. black pepper
• 2 tsp. chili powder

How To:
Blend all spices in a bowl and use to season any taco meat you are cooking.
*I THINK this is the equivalent of one packet? I don’t remember, I make a big batch so I don’t have to think about it when I need it.

This recipe makes about 12-14 tacos.
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Foods I Love, Hate, and Miss

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Foods I Love:
• Quinoa / Corn Spiral Noodles
• Onions / Peppers / Garlic goes about in all my meals
• Turkey – off the bird kind. I need my mom to make me a turkey dinner!
• Ruffles original potato chips
• Mangos, I never buy them though cuz I don’t know how to tell if its ripe.
• Hummus – Chipotle to be exact
• Guac! (And chips and salsa)
• Spring Rolls with Sweet Chili Sauce
• Huckleberries, Strawberries, Raspberries.

Foods I Hate:
• Tomatoes, I’ve had this aversion to them since I was a kid and ironically my mom grows them in MASS every year.
Salsa is the ONLY exception…well and the spaghetti sauce I’m making today…
• Bananas, I can only eat them JUST after they lost their green, after that I wait till they change from cheetah to panther, if you know what I mean. 😉
• Mayo, I’m a Miracle Whip type, yes I like that tangy zip. It’s one way or the other. I don’t think I’ve come across anyone that was both.
• Coconut! Ugh yuck!! I tried the whole coconut oil thing….it still contaminates my food…I’ll stick to grapeseed oil thank you.
• Any weird object on an animal that the North American masses don’t eat. ie: tongue, heart, liver, tripe….serious that is just gross….oh and brain….that’s just wrong.
• Lobster, I tried it once and all I tasted was butter. I can eat butter for way cheaper than $30 / lb.
• Clams, Oysters, Muscles. My dad would stink up the WHOLE house with his oysters, I could take one step in and reply UGH DAAAAAD! And he would sit there smug enjoying his nasty sea creatures.
• Broccoli, and for some reason when I get mixed veggies at a restaurant it’s 90% broccoli. WHYYY!!!!

Foods I Miss (the gluten / dairy kind)
• Taco Bell Santa Fe Chalupa
• Arby’s Roast Beef Sandwich with Arby’s Sauce or the Arby Melt
• Toasted Cheese Sandwich with Campbell’s Tomato Soup
• Ginger Molasses & Snickerdoodle cookies
• My Banana Bread and Zucchini Bread
• Cottage Cheese, or any cheese for that matter…besides blue cheese…
• French Silk Pie (from Village Inn)
• Pot Pies … It’s been years, oh how I miss you so…

So there you have it, my super pickiness there. Hope you’ve been having a great summer, I’m trying to play catchup after my trip to San Antonio and the gluten poisoning. Oh and the weather change has not helped my fibromyalgia either.
Next week I’m going to finally see a Naturopath to get a handle on my pain better so I can be a more effective human being. Thankfully I found out my work insurance has the “Fully Loaded” plan for Naturopath! Super Awesome! 😀

 
 

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Google Earth image of the day…

Was working on a project in Astoria Oregon and saw this in street view.
Too funny!

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Posted by on August 5, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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TURTLE ABUSE!!

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This is soooo wrong!! That poor turtle. I think this goes in the category of inordinate affection…. Wrong wrong wrong wrong!!
Listen to the article here.

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2013 in A day in the life of Jeni, funny stuff

 

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Gluten Poisoning… :(

Day 3 of gluten poisoning…
Everyone keeps telling me “sue them”, “you should show them what it did to you”… Well to tell you the truth it wasn’t the pizza places’ fault, it was the online ordering place who relayed the message wrong. So I can’t put a face to that. It is what it is…
Anyway, what a full on slice of gluten has done to me… This may get a lil TMI in places, I’ll try to keep it clean.
The day of I felt the lump going thru my digestive track…and then stop. :-/ my stomach would ache, I was super tired! (I’m sure the coffee I’ve been drinking the last two days have not helped).
Yesterday I was not as tired, but the digestive system is still not moving… I thought it kinda ok since gluten does the extreme opposite to me. Well….. My face stared getting all these bumps all over… I tried to be good and not touch my face. By the end of yesterday it was a full on rash! This has NEVER happened to me.

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I hate that pic…but it’s a visual for how POISONOUS gluten is! That is with my makeup on still and my face was really red by the time I got home. The lady at New Seasons really helped me out with the natural remedy section. She found me a camomile mask to help sooth my skin and a homeopathic remedy to calm the rash.

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A quick text to my chiropractor also helped lead in the right direction on how to help get my digestive system working again. Gallons of water, raw food steamed, and more water.
I tried the “master cleanse” this morning…and lots of water afterwards cuz it’s NASTY! And that has not helped. I tried drinking 25 oz of sea salt water last night, that was SUPER NASTY! And that kinda helped.
So onto drastic measures… Boiled cabbage…

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My best friend growing up had a mom that was full German and she made THE BEST boiled cabbage and I never knew how she did it. Until now…
Bacon makes everything better! 😀
So here’s the recipe…I sure hope it helps with the problem…and drinking more water than a whale with it…
I hate gluten…

Boiled Cabbage
• 1/2 head of (or whole for a large batch) red cabbage
• 1 whole onion, peeled and chopped
• 1/4 cup bacon bits (it’s the fast way)
• 2 TBS grapes seed oil
• 1 clove garlic, pressed or chopped
• 1 cup chicken stock (or broth)
• 1/2 tsp sea salt
• 1/4 tsp pepper
• 1/8 tsp cayenne
• 1 tsp apple cider vinegar

How To:
Cut up onion and sauté in oil with bacon bits and garlic in Dutch oven (you want something big if you do the whole head of cabbage). Sauté onions until almost translucent.
Add cabbage, salt, pepper, cayenne. Sauté until cabbage is softer.
Add broth and cider vinegar and stir.
Bring to a boil and then turn on to simmer for 10-15 min covered.
When done just add to a bowl and enjoy!
I’m a one dish person, so half a head of cabbage serves 2. But if using as a side dish, it serves 4.
It is soooo yummy!!!
And just to show you how bad that rash is in comparison to how my face was, here’s a pic from the wedding last Friday. It’s off the back of my camera display because downloading pics onto my computer has been a slooooooooow process…

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