Open Face Taco With "Yellow Rice"

By: Amanda Occhipinti

Taco Tuesday for fitness party animals...

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Taco Ingredients:
1lb ground turkey
1 yellow onion
1 red bell pepper
1 orange bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
2 gloves garlic
1-2 TBSP olive oil


Taco Seasoning:
2 TBSP chili powder
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (more if you like it hot!)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
Cilantro for garnishing

"Yellow" Rice:
1 cup white or brown rice
1-2 TBSP Olive oil
1 clove garlic
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp sea salt

Taco Meat Directions:
1) Mince garlic, chop onions, and rice peppers.

2) Add olive oil to sauté pan heat over medium high heat. Place garlic and onions in the heated oil. Cook until onions turn translucent. Place peppers in the same pan and cook until soft.

3) Mix all of the spices together in a bowl.

4) Place ground turkey in a separate pan and cook on medium high heat. Once almost browned add the spices and finish cooking.

4) Turn heat to low and add the peppers and onions to the ground turkey. Simmer for a few minutes to finish cooking.

"Yellow" Rice Directions:
1) Heat 1-2 TBS of olive oil in a sauce pan with 1 clove of minced garlic. Once the oil is hot, add the rice and seasoning and toast the rice for 5-10 minutes.

2) Remove the rice from the heat and add 2 cups of hot water (I've used cold but it splatters WAY more) SLOWLY to the pan. Cover and cook for 15-20 minutes.

Pumpkin Banana Bread

Author: Katie Paliotti

Gluten Free

Dairy Free

Guilt Free

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Just as a preface to any baking recipes that I post, I am the kind of baker who mixes up teaspoons and tablespoons and occasionally uses baking soda, instead of baking powder. If you ask my mom, she will tell you I have been ruining Christmas cookie recipes for 20 years.

Why is this relevant? It means that any recipe I do is SUPER simple and if I can do it, I’m pretty sure anyone can do it!

This will be my third fall season making this bread. I think the fall is the worst season to have a gluten/dairy allergy because you really miss out on the best breads and pies. However, thanks to this recipe I have a little less food FOMO (fear of missing out)!

Definitely worth trying!

Supplies Needed:

  • Greased Mini Loaf Pan (9x5)  (Can also try making them into muffins!)
  • Hand Mixer if you have one, I usually go without.


3/4 cup pumpkin puree (cooked) (NOT THE SWEETENED PIE FILLING)
1 ripe banana
3/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup Almond Flour
1 tbsp Maple Syrup
4 pastured eggs
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (if not available, use cinnamon and nutmeg)

Optional Add-ins: Chocolate Chips, Walnuts

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What To Do:

1.     Pre-heat oven to 375°.

2.     Mash Bananas in a smooth puree (with a fork)

3.     Mix in pumpkin puree, eggs and rest of wet ingredients

4.     In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients together

5.     Add the wet and dry ingredients and blend together with hand mixer

6.     Pour batter into a greased mini loaf pan

7.     Let cook for 30-35 min (until you can stick with a fork and it comes out clean!)

***TIP: Let cool before cutting

Breakfast, Meals

Breakfast Cookies

Oatmeal is a breakfast staple in our house. However, plain rolled oats can get a little boring at times. Here's a way to eat your oatmeal that's different and delicious! You can make a batch of these and eat them on the go in the morning, as a snack later in the day, or even for dessert. The recipe is also flexible to add your own favorite ingredients like walnuts, raisins or dark chocolate!

Tri-Color Bean Salad

In an effort to switch up the usual rice and potatoes side dishes, here's a healthy and simply prepared bean salad packed with all of your macronutrients, even fiber! Adding fiber to your diet is great to help keep you regular. Enjoy!  

Turmeric Salmon with Mushroom Kale

Since Mike and I don't eat red meat, unless it's a special occasion, Salmon and Chicken become our nightly dinner staple protein sources. Salmon is great because it's loaded with Omega-3's, which are essential fatty acids. They are essential because our body can't make them on it's own, therefore require us to get them from the outside, like eating wild caught salmon!

Dinner, Meals, Quick, Healthy, Paleo

Curry Shrimp-Fry

Real story: In Kindergarten, we all had a week during the school year where we get to feature ourselves on the "About Me" board. We would bring in various show-and-tell pieces, have extra play time, and would display all of our favorite things on the bulletin board. The "About Me" board would include things like our favorite color, movie, TV show, subject, and of course food. So along comes my week and on the board were things about me:

Salmon Bruschetta

I am always looking for different ways to prepare healthy dinners. The trouble I find with a lot of "healthy" recipes is sometimes they call for strange ingredients not readily accessible ingredients. It's just Mike and I (don't tell the dogs I wrote that, lol) and we keep it pretty simple. So then I would finding myself spending money on ingredients that I would use ONCE and then have to throw the rest away.