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January 22, 2012

Some weeks, I’m treading water and trying to keep my head up. This was one of those weeks. Each night after work, it was tough keeping my eyes open until bedtime. What’s sad is that it was a 4 day week. Something about those make the rest of the week DRAG by. Even with the constant need to nap or sleep, I managed to get in 3 crossfit workouts and 3 cf endurance workouts for the half marathon in May. Also, I suspect that I’m not spreading my calories out throughout the day so I had some serious sugar crashes that had me begging for sugar/carbs…..or a nap under my desk. Somehow, I doubt my class full of kids would take a nap with me. If I could bottle 1/10 of their energy, I would be a loaded woman. I need to add a more substantial breakfast to my day and a little more protein to my afternoon snacks so I can keep up with my workouts and my kids.

One of my favorite things to make is taco salad. It’s quick, healthy, and makes you feel good if eating while watching Biggest Loser. I’m not kidding. Something about that show makes me want to pig out with pizza or gooey enchiladas even while Bob is slaughtering his team with crossfit workouts. This week, I tried being all healthier-than-thou. One pan of taco meat can be used throughout the week in wraps or salads. For this one, I kept it simple with lettuce, beans, tomatoes (yes..I ate them raw!), black olives, and green onions. This can be on the table in 20 minutes. While the meat is cooking, chop the veggies, and assemble.

Taco Salad

  • 1 lb of lean ground beef or turkey
  • 2 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Ancho chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon of chipotle powder
  • 3 chopped garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup of water or broth.
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 can of pinto beans
  • Salad veggies as desired. I used green leaf lettuce, tomatoes, green onions, black olives
  • Shredded cheese

1. Brown the protein.

2. When fully cooked, add the seasonings, garlic, and water.

3. Layer lettuce, meat, beans, veggies. Top with cheese.


Eating a big taco salad is much better than what this guy has.


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1 eryka @ This is My Happily Ever After January 23, 2012 at 5:49 pm

I used to teach 6th grade, and I can completely relate with this post. SOOO much so that I had to walk away from that career after 5 years because I was completely burnt out. But I did laugh pretty hard because you’re absolutely right. That the one day OFF for a holiday can make the rest of the week drag on, and its like you have to must up 5 days of energy and squeeze it into 4 days. I’m exhausted just remembering it.
But taco salads were my absolute favorite thing to bring to lunch for teaching. I was blessed with a whole 30 minutes for lunchtime (unless dealing with late work or girl drama) and a taco salad with taco leftovers was my PRIZE for making it halfway through the day. YUM!

2 Kevin (Closet Cooking) February 3, 2012 at 5:38 am

I always enjoy a nice taco salad and this one is looking really good!

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