With such gorgeous weather outside, Ryan and I knew we had to take advantage of the wonderful breeze before the sweltering Florida heat kicks in.
We decided a trip to the dog park was in order and Sadie was more than happy to romp around with a stick the size of her face.
Clearly Sadie couldn’t get over how fantastic her stick was…
After the park we headed home to make some dinn-ah.
I didn’t realize it at the time, but Ryan and I bought three packs of chicken (two packs of breasts and one pack of ground chicken) at the grocery store earlier this week.
Oddly enough, I’m not a huge fan of chicken unless it’s really doctored up in a tasty recipe. It bores me otherwise.
Seeing the numerous chicken packages we had to use this week, my mind went into instant “fallback recipe mode,” and I figured we’d use the chicken in three dishes we make for dinner regularly:
Though they’re delicious, I realized I wasn’t really looking forward to any of these dinners.
That’s no way to live!
A big turning point for me in adopting healthier eating habits was making healthy meals I wanted to eat and couldn’t wait to enjoy.
Before work today, I still had my “fallback recipe” blinders on and threw the ground chicken into the crock pot with taco seasoning and ¾ cup of water to cook on low all day. I figured we’d behaving tacos tonight.
When I thought about dinner on my drive home, I realized I wasn’t in the mood for tacos. I knew I’d just be eating them because they were there and easy.
So, what’s a girl to do? Get creative in the kitchen!
Instead of using the chicken in tacos, I decided to use it to create taco pasta!
My taco pasta included:
- One serving Carba Nada egg fettuccine noodles
- 3 ounces ground chicken (prepared in the crock pot with taco seasoning)
- One Laughing Cow light Swiss cheese wedge
- 1/2 c. diced portobello mushrooms, sautéed
- 1/4 c. diced onion, sautéed
- 1/4 c. corn
- 1 hard shell taco, crushed
While I cooked the noodles, I sautéed the mushrooms and onion and microwaved the frozen corn.
When everything was ready, I drained the noodles and topped them with the veggies, chicken, crumbled hard shell taco and cheese and stirred it all up until everything was taco-tastic!
Though tacos are delicious, this meal tasted like victory! I overcame the fallback recipe hump and made myself a dinner I wanted to eat and thoroughly enjoyed.
Dessert was simple and simply delicious: Gingersnap cookies.
They were a great conclusion to a great meal.
So what about you… Do you ever fall victim to fallback recipes?