We are on the 2nd day of 2013, which means eating healthy, right? Did you make a resolution to eat better, or lose weight, or exercise more? I am not big on resolutions, so I didn’t really make any. I do need to get back on track with eating, but that is always the case after a holiday, no matter what time of year it is. I also need to get back to exercising. I hurt my foot on Thanksgiving, and haven’t been able to do much of anything since. I am hoping I can do some walking, and work back up to running in January.
I am here to help you with those resolutions. Mexican is one of my favorite types of food, and it can be notoriously bad for you. But this rice isn’t! I got it, probably 6 or 7 years ago from a low calorie magazine. I can not remember where it came from, I have just memorized it and have been making it since. I honestly can not believe it has taken so long to share it with you.
This rice is full of avocados, which might seem a little strange for rice, but trust me on this one. I have served this rice to countless people, and everyone raves about it. I have had to give out this recipes more times than I can remember over the years. So, just because you are trying to eat better don’t eliminate Mexican from your diet!
I must admit I am not really a fan of eggrolls. At least the traditional Chinese version. I like the idea of them, I just can’t find one that I like. We have a friend who makes traditional Vietnamese eggrolls, and those I like. Apparently I like lots of meat Those are mainly ground pork, with some bean threads and a few other things. I could eat those every day, they are so good.
These eggrolls are obviously not your traditional eggrolls, which is probably why I like them. I found these on Pinterest, and knew I had to try them. They have chicken, bacon, and avocado – one of my favorite combinations of food! Plus an avocado dipping sauce. What is not to like with these? Per the notes on the original recipe, I did add cheese to the filling. It really did make everything stick together, and worked perfectly with the filling.
I was very happy with how these turned out. They were a great dinner that was on the healthy side. The eggrolls are baked instead of fried. These would make for a great appetizer or snack at a party. And if you wanted to go all out, these would be amazing deep fried! The dipping sauce is super easy to put together, and worked great with the egg rolls. I am not a fan of ranch dressing, but here the seasonings were perfect. Even my super picky 7 year old ate some of these.
It may surprise you to know that breakfast is my least favorite meal of the day. I love a good muffin or pastry, but realistically I can’t eat that every day. So finding a healthy breakfast each morning frustrates me sometimes. I tend to find one thing I like, and then do that every day until I can’t stand it anymore. This blog has forced me to actually branch out and try different things. Now if only I had a blender, I would try more smoothies!
To complicate the breakfast problem, I don’t really like eggs. I can handle scrambled eggs, but that is it! Years ago I went on the Atkins diet for 2 weeks; that was torture. Eggs for breakfast was difficult. I worked out of the house at the time too, so I had my breakfast in the hospital cafeteria. Cafeteria eggs are even worse! Lately though, I can do scrambled eggs with ham. And now, avocado!!
I have mentioned many times before I could live on avocados, and put them with everything. Well here is proof. I put them with eggs. They were amazing! The buttery avocado blends with the creamy eggs, and I really liked it. Topped with a few fresh chives, and it is even better! So not only does it taste amazing, but it is full of healthy fat, and protein to get your day off right.
I could pretty much live on avocados. I eat them on or in just about anything. So the other day when we were trying to think of a light dinner and my husband suggested Bruschetta, I knew exactly what I was going to do. We had lots of tomatoes from the garden that needed to get used, so I made a traditional version as well. But I had to turn the avocado that was ripe into something as well.
My husband requested that I make homemade bread for this, so I did. Any French or Italian loaf from the store would work equally well. There is just something about the smell of bread baking in your house that can’t be beat. After we were done eating my husband said he would have actually paid money at a restaurant for this meal. Considering it was entirely vegetarian that is HUGE praise coming from him. There are still a few tomatoes on my plants, so I am hoping to make the traditional version again, and actually take pictures before we eat it all
I enjoyed this with a glass of wine, and it was the perfect end to the day. We tried to get our 7 year old to eat it, but he was not a fan. He did prefer the avocado version to the tomato version, but still wouldn’t take more than the one bite we made him have. The only thing that could have made this better would be patio furniture. This meal seems perfect for sitting outside, and enjoying the weather.
We are slowly getting out for underneath the boxes. Half of our stuff never got unpacked in the townhouse, because we knew we were moving within 9 months. It is nice to find some of this stuff again! My in laws get here in a couple days, so there is still lots that needs to be done.
I made this pizza before we moved. It was a clean out the freezer meal. I froze the leftovers when I made Pork Carnitas. I also had a couple balls of pizza dough in the freezer. I often make a big batch of dough, then wrap up balls of it, and freeze for easy use later. We only moved a couple blocks away, but I still felt the need to clean out the freezer. Not sure why, but just go with me here.
I used the salsa I had in the fridge for the sauce, and kept it pretty basic. Meat, cheese, and sauce. BUT, I topped with guacamole! You really can’t have Mexican food of any kind without guacamole, in my opinion. I could probably find a way to justify avocados with every meal though
I am happy to be back with #SundaySupper this week. This is only my second time joining them, but it is such a supportive and great group to be a part of. Today we are celebrating the 4th of July. Seriously, check out all the amazing recipes at the end of this post. I am really not sure how to pick what I am going to make on the 4th, there are just too many delicious options!
I am completely obsessed with avocado. I put it on sandwiches, in salads, in pasta salads, eat it plain….you get the point. I just realized that the last #SundaySupper post had avocado too Anyway, when I saw this recipe for a quinoa with an avocado dressing I was one happy girl. I have been trying so many different quinoa recipes lately, this just seemed like the perfect one to try next.
You could really change this up and put in whatever veggies you like. I stuck with the more “Mexican” style veggies, if there is such a thing. But really, anything you have on hand or is your favorite would work. The avocado dressing is what really stands out in this to me. It is so creamy, and buttery it just works well with the quinoa. And a bonus of this salad? It is great warm or cold. Perfect for your 4th of July picnic or barbeque!
Today I am over at Healthy Foodie Travels, sharing this wonderful Avocado Chicken Salad. Kiri always has such healthy, and exotic (coming from the girl who was raised in Wisconsin) foods. I was lucky enough to get to bake for her once. She bid on my Peanut Butter Bars in an auction and won! Today I hope that I can live up to her wonderful site.
Please head over to her site and check out the recipe. It was a great lunch the other day. I even made the homemade tortilla chips. 16 chips were only 80 calories! Now go tell Kiri I said Hi!
A couple weeks ago we went out to lunch to celebrate my husband’s birthday. We were at Red Robin, and they had a display for shrimp tacos, that sounded interesting. My husband asked if I could make them at home? I could try, based on the description, but seeing as now neither of us has tasted them, it would be a little tricky. So I got out my phone, took a picture of the display, and used that to make the tacos.
The description said “Ancho-seasoned sauteed shrimp wrapped into three flour tortillas. Topped with fresh avocado slices, shredded cabbage, diced tomato, and drizzled with a chipotle lime sauce.” Well, I came up with something we both really liked. I have no idea how it compares. Probably not even close, because I didn’t use all the butter and oil that I am sure they did. This was relatively healthy, and a quick dinner. Lots of flavor from the shrimp and the sauce. My sauce ended up a little spicy, so if you aren’t big on heat, cut down on the amount of peppers in the sauce.
BLAT’s are one of my favorites in the summer. It isn’t traditional I know. People think I am strange, and don’t know what I am talking about. But the A is for Avocado! It goes perfect on a BLT. But then it really isn’t a BLT anymore is it? So I have to call it a BLAT. Fresh garden tomatoes, buttery avocados, crispy lettuce, salty bacon all on toasted bread….delicious! Serve with sliced cucumbers from the garden and my new favorite crackers (Cashew Nut Crisps), and you have the perfect lunch!
There isn’t really a recipe here, just stack slices of everything on your favorite toasted bread. Skip the Mayo! First, it is gross (sorry, personal opinion). Second, you have creamy avocado…who needs Mayo? Third, there isn’t an M in there is there? If you want to add Mayo then it would be a BLMAT!
Now on the Award. Tina over at Flourtrader passed this great award to me a few weeks ago. I have been very bad about passing it along, sorry about that. Tina is a wonderful blogger, with all sorts of great recipes on her site. Make sure you check her out!!
Congrats to the following bloggers I am passing this along to! (You can pass it along to a few of your favorites as well)
Cassie at Bake Your Day
Carloyn at All Day I Dream About Food
Wendy at The Weekend Gourmet
Sawsan at Chef in Disguise
Janet at From Cupcakes to Caviar
Dee at Deelicious Sweets
Laura at A Healthy Jalapeno
Julie at SugarFoot Eats
Erin at The Spiffy Cookie
Valarie at Simple Fare, Fairly Simple
Thanks to everyone who reads my blog! It really means a lot, and I appreciate each and every one of you!!