Bringing Back the Words

Oh, look, I do still have a blog! Well, actually, I kind of didn’t for awhile. A few days ago, I got the urge to blog again and went to log in and uhhhhhhhh….nothing. White page. WTF. Turns out my Instagram plug in broke things, like two months ago, but I hadn’t realized it.

Oops.

Anyway, I have a working blog again! And I kinda feel like writing again! So, I’m starting with Ginger’s prompt for this week (and I swear one of these days, I’m going to work though some of the old ones because they are so good).

This week: What’s something you think you’d like to do, but are a little afraid of? Why?

Guys, I have a little secret. For years now, I’ve wanted to be a roller derby girl. It just looks fun, like good stress relief, our derby girls do a ton to support the community, and I just think it would be badass.

But a couple of things always stop me, some probably more realistic than others. For starters, I’m not a very good skater. Ice skates, yes, I can hold my own, but wheels are a different story. Last time I was on roller skates was probably twelve years ago and someone had to literally push me around the rink.

Also, I have a serious fear of breaking all of my bones. I mean, it’s a contact sport on wheels. That seems like a broken bone waiting to happen, doesn’t it?

The other is a little stupid, I know. I’m simply petrified to meet a new group of people like that. Never mind that they constantly have workshops and always encourage newbies to come out, there is still something that intimidates me about jumping into an established group of people. Maybe that I can get over that one day.

I don’t know… can I learn to skate? Could I get over my fear of body casts? Could I really do this?

Two of my favorite meals.

Inevitably, at some point during the weekend, my Twitter timeline fills with Tweets saying “I don’t know what to do for dinner this week, what are you having?” It seems like we’re all stuck in a rut; tired of the same meals, tired of meal planning, tired of grocery shopping, tired of cooking, just TIRED.

So, I thought I would put up two of my favorite things to cook during the week- fairly fast and simple recipes that are staples in our house.

Taco Bowl

This is a Chipotle Burrito Bowl knock-off, and I love it because it’s easy to customize for different people and involves a lot of automated cooking (crockpot and rice cooker FTW!)

In the morning, I throw boneless, skinless chicken breasts in the crockpot with taco seasoning and a jar of salsa. I usually do one package, which is about a pound of chicken. If you are a religiously “clean” eater, you can find recipes for “clean” taco seasoning online, or just throw a mix of cumin, chili powder, red and white peppers, oregano, and salt in with the chicken and salsa. Put the crockpot on low if the chicken is thawed, or high if it is frozen, and leave it for the day.

I also set up my rice cooker to cook while I’m at work. You can do plain rice, throw a can of Rotel tomatoes in for flavor, whatever you like. I usually add a pat of butter and some lime juice. If I didn’t have a house of cilantro haters, I would add some cilantro. I have a wicked Zojirushi rice cooker with a timer, so I just put everything in, set it for the rice to be done at 17:00, it plays me “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” when I turn it on, and BOOM, perfectly cooked rice ready when I get home.

When I get home, I heat up some black beans, chop lettuce and tomatoes, and shred some cheese.

For serving: Put rice in bowl. Top with black beans and shredded taco chicken. Pile on whatever toppings you like- lettuce, tomato, pico, avocado, cheese, sour cream, etc. Shovel into mouth like you haven’t eaten in a week.

Pepperoncini Pork

In the morning, put a pork roast in the crock pot. I’ve used roast or tenderloin, just usually whatever is on sale that week. Pour in a jar of pepperoncini peppers, and if you have tons of time or are feeling fancy, chop up some garlic and throw that in too. Cook on low.

After 8ish hours on low, I shred up the pork and cut up the peppers so they are in smaller, bite-size pieces. Then I use it for wraps or sandwiches- take a tortilla or flatbread, top with pork and peppers, tzatziki sauce, feta cheese, and your preferred veggies. Lettuce, spinach, tomato, onion, and cucumbers are all good.

Sometimes I will make my own tzatziki, sometimes I buy feta and greek yogurt dip from the grocery produce section, sometimes I just mix up a quick dressing of olive oil, apple cider vinegar, sour cream/greek yogurt, salt, pepper, and dill. Just depends on how much time I have, or how involved I feel like getting.

This meat is SO good. I’m usually not a huge fan of leftovers, and I’ve been caught standing with the fridge door open, eating it cold straight out of the container. It’s THAT good.

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I had to point out this printable because I feel like I’ve tried every meal planner on earth, and I think this one is awesome. Usually they have seven days of meals, or five days of meals, and are just too rigid. I don’t do strict schedule, I like to vary things based on how things are going that day. The meal planner at a Life in Yellow has been perfect. Four meals, and I love that it is organized so you list ingredients for each meal right underneath. Less strain on my brain.

I totes yanked this pic from Life in Yellow

I totes yanked this pic from Life in Yellow

 

So, those are two of my regulars, but that means I still have two meals to fill during the week :) What are the favorites in your house?