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Forget Hockey – its Taco Night in Canada …


Does everyone’s family love Taco Night as much as ours?  Its guaranteed a hit in our house!  The problem with taco’s is that darn, envelope of sodium err,  Taco Seasoning – Here are my tips on how to make Taco Night more healthy and maybe even stretch your buck a little.

  1. Use Extra Lean Ground Beef and drain off any fat once you have browned it.  Better yet buy local from a farmer.  If you can get beef that (the cow) has not been finished on corn, you won’t get as much fat marbling and will have very little water and fat being released and although you may (or may not) pay a buck more per pound, its worth it  – you get more meat and less water.
  2. Mix a package of Veggie Ground Round with the beef – you will double the bulk and trust me once you add the seasoning no one will know the difference (and you get to sneak in more veggies)
  3. Leave the pre-packaged seasoning at the store and instead add your own mix  -I  use cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, cinnamon, and a dash of chili powder – any combination will do.  To save time – mix up your fave concoction and store in an airtight container.  Use this the same way you would the seasoning, brown meat, drain off fat, add 3/4 c water and seasoning,  simmer.
  4. Add black beans to your meat. Increase the fibre and the protein!
  5. Add some frozen corn to the meat – again will bulk it up and add a veggie to the mix.
  6. In place of a store bought salsa or pico di gallo, dice up tomatoes & red onion, mix with some cilantro and fresh lime juice (this is also great on a salad instead of a dressing).
  7. Mash some avocado or serve it sliced in place of sour cream.
  8. Serve with a side salad  – make it fun a lettuce base (also to be added to tacos) and then let the family top their salad with the taco toppings.
  9. Can’t get the kids to buy into veggies?  Shred some carrots right into the meat after browning (also works in lasagna).
  10. Have left over chicken ? Heat it with the seasoning and a bit of water and simmer and have chicken tacos instead of beef.

Its also fun to have a contest to see who can make the most colourful tacos from the toppings being served.

As always enJOY.

  1. Have a contest to see who can make the most colourful taco
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Excer-SIZE & get your Ass off the Couch Hummus


Does anyone else get uninspired about what to blog about sometimes?  Ever feel like you sit down and your mind is blank?  I call this my – Too Comfortable-Sitting-Vegging-On-The-Couch-Mode.   Gotta get out of this habit – so easy to get into!  They say to create a habit it takes 3 weeks, hmmm, so I’m thinking the 3 weeks left in April are my 3 weeks to turn my bad habits back into good ones!

Last weekend I catered the Grand Opening of Royally Fit Fitness Boutique in Bowmanville, owned and operated by Ashley Dale Roy – who has been  my bootcamp instructor and general ass kicker on and off over the last few years.

To combat my non-committal  to a topic and laziness this week and in an effort to get my ass off the couch (somehow I fell off the exercise wagon lately) – I am challenging myself OUT loud and announcing it to you (harder to get out of the commitment this way).  I’ve decided to make a commitment to get my ass out to at least 3 of the classes offered at Royally Fit.  There are 4 that I want to try this month, but I need to make it out to 3 this week (or in a time pinch make it out to 2 and go for a run for a 3rd workout).

The classes that I want to take are: Kettlebell Ass Kicker  for cardio, strength & flexibility, Flashdance for fun my core, and stress relief, Piloga for abs and stretching and UGI Fit for a full on total body workout in 30 min (plus time for stretching).  Which ones would YOU do?

So there I said it – now I have to do it!  Right? Right!   Anyone want to join me?

After a workout – its aways a good idea to snack on something with a protein and a carb (no a hamburger does not count!!) Here is my Get Your Ass  off the Couch to get the Humus reward recipe.

Spicy-Garlicky-OH-SO-Good Humus

  • 1 Can of chick peas, retain 1/2 of the water in the can, drain and rinse the rest of the chick peas
  • 2 TB Tahini
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 TB minced garlic
  • 1/4-1/2  tsp salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • chipotle chili powder OR 1 chipotle chili & 2 TB adobe sauce
  • raw carrots for dipping

In a  food processor (I would refrain from using a mini processor as you may burn out the motor), add all ingredients and process for about 1-2 minutes or until smooth. Adjust seasoning as needed.  Cover and refrigerate, for a 1/2 hr -1 hr before serving to let the flavours come together.  (Recommended but not necessarily).  Will keep in the fridge for a few days.   Serve with raw veggies, pita’s or crackers!  Also great in a sandwich with some red onion.  enJOY,

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