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Roasted Chickpea and Butternut Squash Tacos

These butternut squash and chickpea tacos are the perfect vegetarian option for your next Taco Tuesday. This recipe is also a family favorite at my house because of the deep smoky flavors of Mexican inspired dishes that we all love.

But you know what’s a winner? How easy this recipe is to make. Check it out in this quick video.

These butternut squash and chickpea tacos are the perfect meatless Monday meal.
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5 Ways to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle as a Mom

Between taking care of kids, managing a household, and doing everything else, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can sometimes seem impossible. But I have good news for you, it doesn’t have to be.

Today, I’m sharing some personal insights I’ve learned after having three kids that have helped me live a happier and healthy life. Yes, you can maintain a healthy lifestyle after you have kids!

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Veggie Mac and Cheese

This post is sponsored by The Quaker Oats Company. All opinions are my own.

 A creamy mac and cheese recipe without cheese? But how?! Boy.oh.boy do I have a surprise recipe for you from my secret recipe stash! You’re going to love this version with smoky roasted veggies that make up the creamy sauce!

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Buffalo Chicken Recipe

Tangy, smoky buffalo chicken made in the slow cooker, this recipe is the perfect start for epic tacos, quesadillas, buffalo chicken dip and more!

See how two ingredients and one slow cooker pull off this dinner feat:

If you’ve been around here for any amount of time then you know my devotion for buffalo sauce. Lucky for you, I’ve been making all sorts of wonderful things with this slow cooker version of my beloved buffalo chicken.

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19 Cheesy Taco Skillet: Bring taco night to a new dimension with this one pot cheesy taco skillet to be served family style at the dinner table.

Cheesy Beef Tacos in a Skillet

When it’s Taco Tuesday and you’re short on time these skillet beef tacos come together in a flash. This cheesy taco recipe is easy and full of flavor in every bite.

Check out the video to see how this recipe is made:


It might not be the typical taco recipe you’d find in the Taco Tuesday Cookbook but it’s meaty and cheesy, and my family absolutely loves it. If you aren’t following along already, go ahead and do yourself a major favor and subscribe to my Youtube channel as we celebrate Taco Tuesday all year long! Yes, that means 52 taco recipes.

How are Skillet Beef Tacos Different Than Regular Beef Tacos?

With this version of beef tacos, the flavors get a chance to mingle and the cheese melts through making this meal an instant favorite. It also has a secret ingredient, spinach! By cooking your spinach into the meat and covering with cheese, it adds a little “extra” nutrition to an otherwise normal meal.

It’s also a lifesaver when you plan on Taco Tuesday but forgot the tortillas… how do you think I came up with this meal the first time?

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Best Cut of Beef to Use for Tacos

Ground beef is by far the easiest cut of meat to use for taco night, it’s easy and fast to cook plus leftovers are open for nachos, burrito bowls, or taco pasta salad.

Why These Beef Tacos Make a Quicker Weeknight Meal

Since it comes together in a single skillet, I typically serve it straight from the skillet at the table. Everyone loves to dig in right from the pan –family style.

For me, as a busy mom, the biggest winner of the dish isn’t just that my family loves it, but the simplicity and how quickly it comes together. And dishes? Well, it’s just a skillet and whatever we eat on. Easiest clean up ever!

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Best Ground Beef Taco Recipe

Easy, simple, meaty, cheesy, do I dare to call it the best ground beef taco recipe?

I’ll leave it up to you but all I know is I love having a versatile meal that everyone in the family loves. It’s the best part of a taco, the filling, in one skillet! You can serve it on a bed of tortilla chips or for a lighter version, salad greens just make sure to pile on the toppings!

Favorite Toppings for Skillet Beef Tacos

I’m a sucker for the classic Beef Taco toppings like:

  • Cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Guacamole
  • Salsa
  • Black olives
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Other Beef Taco Recipes I Love

I’ve got taco recipes for the whole year waiting for you in the Taco Tuesday Cookbook and while each are easy and delicious I do have my favorites.

Korean Beef Tacos and Quick Carne Asada are both made in the one skillet and always a crowd pleaser but the Mexican Short Rib Tacos, these babies are killer! Cooked in the slow cooker, the meat just falls off the bone and melts my heart.

Which Beef taco recipe are you trying next?

Cheesy Beef Tacos in a Skillet

Cheesy Taco Skillet: Bring taco night to a new dimension with this one pot cheesy taco skillet to be served family style at the dinner table.

When it’s Taco Tuesday and you’re short on time these skillet beef tacos come together in a flash! They’re easy to make and full of flavor in every bite.

  • Author: Laura Fuentes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Family Meals
  • Method: Skillet Cooking
  • Cuisine: Mexican
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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 lb ground beef or turkey
  • 2 bell peppers, any color, diced
  • 3 tablespoons taco seasoning (here is my homemade recipe)
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh salsa
  • 3 cups baby spinach, pre-washed and coarsely chopped
  • 1 1⁄2 cup shredded cheese, like Mexican blend, Cheddar or Monterrey Jack
  • 1/2 cup sliced black olives
  • Avocado, sour cream, and additional salsa for serving
  • Shredded romaine lettuce
  • Corn chips for serving, optional

Instructions

  1. On a large skillet over medium-high heat, warm up oil. Add chopped onion and sauté for about 3 minutes until it begins to soften. Add meat, diced bell peppers, and taco seasoning. Continue to cook, breaking up the meat as it cooks, for about 5-7 minutes until it’s cooked through.
  2. Add fresh salsa and spinach, stir to combine and heat through. Turn off heat, sprinkle shredded cheese and black olives over meat mixture. Cover, and gather remaining garnishing ingredients.
  3. Create a bed of shredded Romaine lettuce on a plate, scoop a serving of the mixture, top with desired toppings and serve.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 plate
  • Calories: 418
  • Sugar: 9.5g
  • Sodium: 929.5mg
  • Fat: 25.3g
  • Saturated Fat: 10g
  • Trans Fat: 0.6g
  • Carbohydrates: 21.4g
  • Fiber: 9g
  • Protein: 28.4g
  • Cholesterol: 84.2mg

Keywords: beef tacos, skillet tacos,

salsa verde chicken pasta

Salsa Verde Chicken Pasta

Cheesy, creamy pasta with a kick from salsa verde chicken, it’s ridiculously good and comes together in one skillet.

Yes, you read right this entire recipe comes together in one skillet AND less than 20 minutes. Does dinner get ANY better? Watch this quick video to see just how easy this recipe is to make.

Who’s ready for some ultra cheesy, delicious pasta? WAIT! Before you run to the kitchen, let’s talk a few recipe tips.

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Kitchen Sink Cookies

This post is sponsored by Elkay. The opinions in this post are my own.

Sweet, salty, crunchy, chewy- this Kitchen Sink Cookie recipe has it all! It’s clear where they get their name from, and after one bite you won’t be making basic chocolate chip cookies anymore.



We’ve all heard the term “everything but the kitchen sink,” and I’m sure some of us have used it from time to time… but the truth is that in my house, the term applies to both this cookie recipe and my kitchen!

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Homemade Coconut Oil Face Mask

This blog post is brought to you in partnership with Brandless. The opinions in this post are my own. 

I’m all about keeping things simple, including my skin care routine. While I use a facial wash and moisturizer morning and night, I give credit to coconut oil for keeping my skin healthy and moisturized.

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Shredded Chicken Enchilada Tacos

It doesn’t get much easier or delicious than shredded chicken tacos and these Chicken Enchilada Tacos are the VERY BEST!

All the classic flavors of enchiladas in a taco in less than 20 minutes! How did I pull this off? Watch and learn:

Enchilada shredded chicken, guacamole, sour cream… be still, my heart.

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Greek Pizza Recipe

Pizza night is a regular thing at my house, and sometimes I just want a grown-up pizza. Good thing this Greek Pizza is just as easy to make as regular pepperoni!

It’s perfectly cheesy, crispy and has all the Mediterranean flavors we love, see how this fun recipe comes together in this short video:

What Makes Greek Pizza Different?

Instead of the regular cheese and pepperoni, Greek Pizza is topped with crumbly Feta, olives, bell pepper, and grape tomatoes. Everything else is pretty much the same, soft, doughy crust, melted cheese, slightly charred veggies… I think the term “a slice of heaven” would be appropriate here.

For occasions such as this, I like to keep homemade frozen pizza dough and frozen cheese pizza on hand. Both methods taste better and take less time than the delivery option.

If you are grain-free, you can still have this delicious Greek Pizza. Instead of using the frozen pizza crusts you can use my grain-free pizza crust recipe instead.

One you have your crust figured out, it’s time to move on to the delicious Mediterannean toppings.

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My Favorite Greek Pizza Toppings

Feta cheese and Kalamata olives are essential to Greek pizza, I also like to add chopped bell pepper and grape tomatoes for good measure but from there I’ll let you make the executive decisions.

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What Else Can You Put on Greek Pizza?

If you’re all about that loaded pizza life I get it! Since I’m raising a picky eater crew I usually have two options: the classic cheese or pepperoni for the kids and a ”fancier” option like Greek Pizza or Taco Pizza for Eric and I. When pizza is involved, it’s hard to go wrong.

Here are some more topping ideas for Greek Pizza:

  • Black olives
  • Chopped spinach
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Grilled Chicken
  • Pepperoncini
  • Roasted Red peppers
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What Kind of Cheese is on Greek Pizza?

You say Greek food, I think feta so of course, it would be the only cheese to use for this recipe. Once baked it’s creamy, slightly melted and the real MVP for Greek Pizza.

What are some of your family’s favorite pizza combos?

Greek Pizza Recipe

Greek pizza is perfectly cheesy, crispy and has all the Mediterranean flavors you love.

  • Author: Laura Fuentes
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Ingredients

  • 1 Gluten-Free Cheese Pizza
  • 1/2 green pepper, julienned
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives
  • 4oz feta cheese
  • 3/4 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • Parsley, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450F.
  2. Place frozen cheese pizza on a flat surface and top with green peppers, Kalamata olives, and Feta cheese.
  3. Bake, 12-15 minutes, until crust, is golden and cheese is melted throughout.
  4. Remove from oven and top with grape tomatoes –although these can be baked, your choice. Sprinkle with parsley, for garnish.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 slices
  • Calories: 585
  • Sugar: 8.8g
  • Sodium: 11197.4mg
  • Fat: 29.6g
  • Saturated Fat: 12.2g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 56.9g
  • Fiber: 5.1g
  • Protein: 23.5g
  • Cholesterol: 50.7mg

Keywords: greek pizza, mediterranean pizza

salmon fajita tacos

Blackened Salmon Fajita Tacos

Crispy blackened salmon and veggies, these salmon tacos are loaded with flavor and creamy Cilantro Lime drizzle. Let the Taco Tuesday celebrations begin!!



These tacos are fresh, light and super filling, are you getting what I’m putting down? These fish tacos are a party for your mouth and super healthy to eat.
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How to Make Blackened Salmon

Blackened fish is all about two things:

#1- the seasoning
#2- the crispy, sear on the outside of the fish

and you can’t have one without the other.

The trick to a perfect, seared outside starts with a SIZZLING HOT skillet, I like to use my cast-iron. It gives the veggies and salmon those slightly charred edges and makes these tacos dreamy.

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Best Seasoning for Blackened Salmon

You can grab the blackened seasoning I use on Amazon, I highly recommend it as a staple in your spice rack. Here in the south, we use it like salt on meats, seafood, and burgers.

Salmon Fish Tacos

If you are trying to eat healthier but don’t want to give up taco night Salmon Fajita Tacos are the way to go! Veggies, salmon, loaded into a tortilla and topped with Creamy Cilantro Lime sauce- it’s the epitome of a healthy meal.

And that goes with any of the Taco Tuesday Cookbook recipes, they’re all made with fresh ingredients stuffed into a tortilla and drizzled with sauce. It’s a complete, healthy meal in the palm of your hand and I can never get enough of them.

Other Fish Taco Ideas

Fish tacos are my second language and one of my favorite parts in The Taco Tuesday Cookbook. There’s Grilled Fish tacos, the other Blackened Fish tacos, and my Baja fish tacos which taste equivalent to a mini beach trip to Mexico.

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What to add to Salmon Tacos

OOOOH, this is one of my favorite parts, the toppings! This recipe uses charred grape tomatoes, sliced avocado, and creamy sauce.

To make it more classic fajita style you could go for fresh pico de gallo, sour cream, and guacamole. It’s all up to you but just know when it comes to tacos, you do you.

Salmon Tacos Sauce

The only sauce for these fish tacos is my infamous Cilantro Lime drizzle. It’s perfect for all things tacos, salads, grilled chicken and veggies, I practically drink the stuff. This recipe can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for 5 days.

So are you a fish taco fan?

If so, then these Blackened Salmon Fajita Tacos need to be in your very near future. Get the recipe for these fish tacos from The Taco Tuesday Cookbook, I promise you’ll thank yourself.

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How to Reduce Seasonal Allergies with Food

For nearly a decade, I suffered from seasonal allergies after moving to a new area. After years of trying over the counter and prescription allergy medicines with minimal symptom management success, I found that the best way to keep my histamines in check and reduce seasonal allergies was by eating the right foods.

In addition to allergy medicine, either over the counter or by prescription, eating the right foods can help to alleviate allergy symptoms and keep you feeling clear.

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