All the Mexican Meals

Good morning, my friends! I’m loving all the Winter Shape Up updates you are sharing – please keep them coming over on the Winter Shape Up Week 1 Meal Plan page! :) You can comment over there up to once per day as your entry into this week’s giveaway which is from Sabra, my favorite hummus company. Also, if you’re joining in on the fun and haven’t added yourself to the private Facebook group for the Winter Shape Up yet, come on over! We have over 600 people already and it’s serving to be a really fun space for you guys to inspire and motivate each other. Thank you to all that are participating!

Anyway! I decided to join in on the fun myself and made a big grain/bean/veggie salad yesterday for lunch.


I’m not a huge sandwich person, at least not everyday, and this sort of salad is pretty much my standard lunch go to. It’s really satisfying, quick, and easy to mix it up with flavor combinations – different grains, beans, toppings, etc!

Yesterday’s was a Mexican-ish salad. I started with a base of this baby kale – I’m really digging this lately to mix it up from my standard mixed greens or arugula.



The salad also featured some 90 second plain brown rice (best invention ever), salsa, black beans, chopped peppers, and avocado.


I also threw some leftover string beans on there for good measure. Easy and awesome!


I also enjoyed a couple clementines. Love clementines! I hadn’t bought them yet this year since I usually walk to the grocery store and the big case of them is really heavy/awkward, but I drove yesterday and took advantage of the fact that I had a car with me. Yum!


The Mexican theme continued last night! I was planning to make my Almond Encrusted Tilapia per the Winter Shape Up plan, but I ended up needing to work for most of the evening and Matt was nice enough to make us dinner while I tried to finish everything up. On the menu: tacos made with ground turkey cooked in a homemade mix of Mexican seasonings.



Matt assembling his feast (I had 2 tacos):




Delicious! Taco night never fails. Just sayin’.

Time to get back to it – I’m having one of those days where I’m feeling really stressed and scattered… hoping that closing all the windows on my computer except what I actually need to work on will help. Any other tips?

Until next time, my friends – have a nice day!

p.s. For my teenage vegetarian readers, or those with teenaged vegetarian children: one of my dietitian friends just came out with a book called “The Smart Girl’s Guide to Going Vegetarian” – check it out if you’re interested! I’m so proud of her. :)


  1. 1
    Amber Schumann says:

    Tip for a scattered work load:

    Go old-school… Grab a pen and paper and write a quick list of what you want to accomplish that day. Then mark the items that NEED to be done today. Then start hammering through each task, rewarding yourself with the great feeling of crossing off a task as soon as it is completed.

    Good luck!

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    Love the tacos! We did the same thing last week!

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    That salad looks amazing…!! Although what caught my eye is that you guys have a Stop and Shop in DC?! When I lived in Philadelphia I felt like they did not know what those were….Love that grocery store!!

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    don’t stress! favorite tips from here: light a candle and listen to relaxing music station on songza :)

  5. 7

    Loving Mexican food at the moment too..I type as I dig in to a big bowl of chili!

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    I love mexican food! mostly due to the cheese involved

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    I know what I want for dinner tonight lol this looks so good right now!

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    I noticed you buy Paul Newman’s Salsa too. I am hooked on his Peach Salsa at the moment. I like his Maranara Sauce also. I feel like my money is going to help a good cause when I purchase his products. Love your posts each day! Your Matt is a great husband!

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    That vegetarian book looks awesome – thanks for sharing! :) And Mexican food is the best!

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    I hate that feeling of scatterbrained! Good luck to you!
    I love taco night, so easy and fun to make!

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    Amelia @i_heart_kale says:

    I’m not a big fan of sandwiches for lunch either. My lunches usually look like your salad above: base of greens and hodge podge of whatever is in the fridge/ leftovers/ roasted veggies/ grains/ etc. More fun to eat!
    Mmmm….tacos! Matt can cook. (My husband burns everything.) I always end up eating mine with a fork whenever I make them with soft corn tortilla shells because they just fall apart. The only thing you missed is some guacamole! Gotta have the guac. ;)
    Hope your day turned out less stressful.

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    I’ve been obsessed with citrus lately, and have been seriously craving it. I bought clementines, a 5 pound bag of grapefruit, some grapefruit sparkling water, and orange juice at the grocery store last week. YUM!

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    I like to write out everything I need to accomplish on a notepad and then cross off each item as it is completed. Keeps me focused on what I need to do and gives me a great feeling each time I check off an item!

    Would you do a day in the life post? I’d live to see what you do all day since you have so many different jobs!

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      I feel like every day in the life would be totally different depending on the day! :) And I love crossing things off a list, too – so satisfying.

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    These are two of my favorite meals ever: tacos and salad/rice bowls :)

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    Those tacos look amazing! I love when we make tacos at home. When I’m stressed I spend a good amount of time at the end of my work day writing out my to-do list for the next day. This keeps me from staring at the ceiling at 2 AM thinking of all the stuff I have to do! Also allows me to actually enjoy my evenings.

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    Thanks so much for the shout out, Anne! Those salads look great, BTW. Love baby kale :).

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    I like using the virtual Sticky Notes on my computer. I like typing them up and keeping them on my screen; with school, work and meal planning I tend to misplace real life Post-Its. I’m also a huge fan of using Google Calendar and Outlook for everything.

    Also, I like to snuggle up in my favorite coffee shop whenever I’m at home I only find my mind drifting to all the cleaning or organizing I want to do.

    Good Luck!

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    Roadrunner says:

    Looks very tasty!

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    Taco night is the best and very popular. The GF and I usually have mince, cheese, lettuce (iceberg), celery, cucumber and salsa as a staple once a week. HHHMMMM

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