Quick and Easy Pico de Gallo!

Whether its tacos, burritos or chips pico de gallo makes it better!

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It seems like everyone has their own pico de gallo recipe, everyone has a different spin right? Well, so do I 🙂 This is my go to quick and easy recipe for Spicy Pico!

I really hope you like it!

My kids actually request this on a daily basis, so much so that our online grocery shopping orders always ask if we’d like to add “onions, tomatoes, jalapeno and cilantro”!

Ingredients:

  • 1 large sweet onion {I usually by tear free}
  • 4-6 roma tomatoes
  • 1-2 Jalapeno depending on the size {use less or none if you don’t like heat}
  • Cilantro
  • Lime

Make it!

  • Chop onion
  • Chop tomatoes {I like to drain them before I add them to the rest of the ingredients}
  • Finely jalapeno {I leave the seed to make my pico hotter, if you don’t want it as hot discard the seeds before chopping}
  • Coarsely chop cilantro
  • Add all chopped ingredients into a bowl with a lid, a squeeze half a lime in it!
  • Now, add the lid and shake it! This mixes it perfectly and is perfect for storing if you don’t eat it all in one sitting {we usually do unless I double or triple it}

We like to eat our Pico with corn chips, nachos and my favorite family Mexican casserole recipe!

ENJOY! 

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Banana Nut Muffins

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Hi Friends! Lets talk food {yay!} Do you love banana bread? Banana bread hands-down my most favorite bread however it can be very high calorie and banana bread isn’t the best thing you can eat during a fitness journey. Here’s some great new for all my fellow banana bread lovers… by simply changing some of the ingredients and adding new ones, I have made dare I say the best banana bread I have ever had and you won’t believe how easy it is! It is seriously the easiest recipe and the quickest recipe you will come across

So let’s get into it!

In a large mixing bowl or I use my KitchenAid mixing bowl add 4 to 5 fairly ripened bananas {honestly I use some non ripe one and my bread came out fantastic}

Add one box of cake mix, literally the kind that you can go and buy for a dollar at the grocery store! I have used yellow cake mix, white cake mix and chocolate cake mix…you do what you love! If you want the more traditional banana bread look then the yellow cake mix is the way to go!

Blend together the bananas and the cake mix until your desired consistency {I prefer clumpy}

You can stop here and add your batter to your bread pan or cupcake papers: bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes depending on your oven! OR…you can continue on and add some optional ingredients! Here are my personal favorites…this is where it gets technical 😉

Two handfuls of chocolate chips
Three large handful of chopped walnuts
Two handfuls of Craisins

These are the amount that I like to add but this is such a versatile recipe you can totally play around with it!

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As you can see we made this batch into the most delicious and moist cupcakes EVER!

This is become such a hit in my house that my kids have started asking if they can make banana muffins! They have loved making them the way they want! This is not only a healthier option but it bringing us together in the kitchen yay! The kids have their own recipes like chocolate cake mix and only Raisins, white cake mix and add twice as many chocolate chips, and red velvet cake mix nuts and chocolate chips. With this batter ‘base’ recipe the possibilities are endless and so much healthier!

Not a fan of bananas? Heres another awesome quick cake mix recipe {my moms personal favorite} Pick your cake, white, yellow cake, chocolate cake etc. and add a regular size can of pumpkin purée mix it together add it to your bread pan or cupcake papers bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes and you will have the most delicious pumpkin muffins ever. Just as with the banana bread the optional add-ins that I mentioned above go fantastic with this recipe as well! Yuuuummmmm there is nothing like a chocolate pumpkin chocolate chip muffin!

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I hope that you will really enjoy these recipes! Now head to kitchen make some deliciousness!

Do you have a cake mix recipe that you want to share! I’d love to hear the way that you all use your cake mixes!

(I’m in no way claiming that I created this concept or idea because I did not. This concept was given to me by my mom who has done this since the 70’s and my very health conscious cousin who was given it by somebody else, who was given it from somebody else and so on)

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Tastes like Summer – Chicken Salad Pita

Sometimes you just need a little Summer Time in your Life!!

My Special Homemade Mix:

  • 2-4 cup shredded Chicken
  • 1 large Avocado diced
  • 10 grape tomatoes halved
  • 3 stalk celery chopped
  • 3 mini cucumbers diced
  • 1 can black olives sliced
  • 6-10 medium/large strawberries sliced
  • Mix together in a bowl with 2ish tablespoons mayo (I have used ranch, and honey mustard – use what you like)
  • Spoon into halved pita and serve

These were a huge hit with all the kids! Throughout dinner Elias kept say “Oh mommy this is delicious, we should have these every night”

Why Summer Chicken Salad? I’ve mentioned it a few time before…I am sick of winter, the cold weather and rain! I’m so very ready for summer…The warm Breeze, running through the sprinklers with the kids, grilling, play outside, sitting on the deck after the kids are in bed with my hubby…Oh, summer how I miss you. 

Well, for the next few months, I’ll take what I can get, even if it is through tasty summer time food!

Meal Plan Monday: March 21st – March 27th

Don’t get stuck asking yourself “what should I make for dinner?!?!” at 5pm
Meal Plan for March 21st – March 27th
(This weeks Dinners)
Monday: Grilled Chicken Breast Salad:
(I like to add avocado, onions, tomatos, olives, green peppers,
 pepper and olive oil. searved with cottage cheese)
Tuesday: Pork Chops and Applesauce
Wednesday: Grilled Turkey Peach/Mango Burgers
Thursday: Homemade Chicken Strips and Salad
Friday: Whole Chicken Crockpot with Veggies
Saturday: Grilling at Grandma’s
Sunday: Something Special…just haven’t decided yet!

Do you do menu planning in your family? If so, please share your menu on your blog and leave your link below. Feel free to use the header above. For those of you not currently menu planning but would like to then this might be just the start you need. Please leave a comment and tell me what you think of My Meal Plan Monday.

Happy Eating!! 🙂

Snack Safe and Healthy!

Q. How is it that foods I buy are labeled trans fat -free but contains partially hydrogenated oil?
A. Because the FDA lets companies make this statement if a product has fewer than 0.5 grams of trans fat per serving. But we often eat more than one serving of the foods that tend to have this harmful fat, like cookies, crackers, and chips so you can easily consume several grams of trans fat from food that claims to have none. Try staying below 2 grams per day; better yet shoot for ZERO. Check your favorite foods list of ingredients for the words vegetable shortening or partially hydrogenated to make sure it is truly trans fat-free.
Now go and eat & snack happy and safe!!

Banana Brownies
Photo by: Wood Photography
Mmmmm Yummy Banana, Walnut, Chocolate Chip, & Crasin Brownies…You’ll want to make!!

Here is my Healthier alternative to the traditional Chocolate brownie. My Husband has a huge sweet tooth and Loves brownies…I, on the other hand do not like brownies nearly as much, but I love banana bread and nuts! Here is what I came up with, they have just enough chocolate chips to be…well, chocolaty! They passed the test with my husband, he’d rather these than any chocolate brownie any day…and that is saying a LOT! They look pretty and are Oh so delicious! Try them out with you family, I think they will be a hit!!!

Photo by: Wood Photography
Yummy Banana Brownies:
1 1/2 cup Flour
2/3 cup sugar
1/8 cup oil
1 egg
pinch baking soda
pinch baking powder
1 1/2 cup mashed bananas – about 3-4 medium bananas
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup walnuts
1/4 cup crasins
Mix everything in a large bowl, adding the flour last.
Mix until batter in smooth.
Add batter to a greased 9×9 baking pan.
Bake at 350 for 25-35 minutes- until toothpick comes out clean.
Brownies are fantastic either Hot or cooled!
Hope you try them and Enjoy!!