Posted in FOOD, Gluten Free, Mediterranean Diet, Recipes

Turkey Cheeseburger Tacos

I know this will be a shocker but when I cook burgers at home, I don’t use bread or a bun. I haven’t for years, but I decided to switch things up when I came across a recipe that took all the ingredients of a cheeseburger and grilled it together like a grilled cheese sandwich. To make this meal gluten-free, I used corn tortillas.

I made two attempts at this recipe: quesadillas and tacos. We’ll start with the tacos which are what I prefer.

Ingredients (all gluten-free)

  • Ground turkey
  • Corn tortillas
  • Onion
  • Tomatoes
  • Dill Pickle
  • Ketchup
  • Lettuce
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Lawry’s seasoning salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • Loads of cheese. Your preference.

Cook the ground turkey and then add the seasonings, ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and top it all with loads of cheese.

Meantime, brown the corn tortillas in a non-stick pan. Now build your tacos, adding the meat and cheese mixture and your toppings. It tastes just like a cheeseburger.

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Now here’s my attempt at a quesadilla.

Brown the ground turkey and add the Lawry’s seasoning salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce. Brown a corn tortilla and build your quesadilla.

Layer on onion, pickle, tomatoes, ketchup, mustard, cheese, and lettuce.

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I put a browned corn tortilla on top and tried to press it all together but it didn’t really work. Everything fell apart and I had to use a fork. So, I’ll stick with the tacos. Let me know which way works better for you.

Stay blessed,

Barbie

Posted in FOOD, Gluten Free, Mediterranean Diet, Recipes

Apple Cider Beef Stew

This meal is hearty, healthy, and hella good. Simply toss everything in a slow cooker and let it go. Of course, it’s gluten-free and a great Mediterranean Diet dish.

Ingredients:

  • A pound of beef stew meat
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 celery sticks, chopped
  • 3 russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • Sliced mushrooms
  • Ground black pepper
  • Celtic sea salt
  • Lawry’s seasoning salt
  •  Thyme
  • Parsley
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 2 to 3 cups of beef broth
  • 1 cup of apple juice
  • 2 tbsps of apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup of gluten-free flour

Directions:

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Put the vegetables, seasonings, and beef in a crockpot. Cook on high for 4 hours or cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.

About 15 minutes before it’s done, take a cup of liquid and pour it into a bowl. Add about 1/4 cup of flour, adding a teaspoon at a time and stirring as you go.  Pour the mixture into the beef stew and combine. This will thicken the stew.

I hope you enjoy and stay blessed.

Barbie

Posted in FOOD, Gluten Free, Mediterranean Diet, Recipes

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

Let’s face it. Stuffed cabbage rolls take more time than most of us have on a weekday night. Here’s a way to have the taste of stuffed cabbage rolls without the work. This recipe is gluten-free and you’ll only need one pot.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • Yellow bell pepper
  • Red bell pepper
  • 1 small head cabbage, chopped
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes ( I used one can of tomatoes and chilies and one can of tomatoes with basil, oregano, and garlic.
  • 1 (8 ounce) can of tomato sauce
  • 1 to 2 cups of chicken broth
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

Seasonings: Use to taste

  • Sea salt
  • Raw cane sugar or another sweetener
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Ground black pepper
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Basil
  • Oregano

Directions:

In a large non-stick pan cook ground turkey, onion, bell peppers, and garlic over medium-high heat until done.  Add cabbage, tomatoes, tomato sauce, broth, garlic, salt, pepper, basil, oregano, sugar, and Worcestershire sauce and bring to a boil. Put the cover on the pan and cook on medium heat for 30 minutes.

Stay blessed,

Barbie

Posted in BEAUTY, Birchbox, BODY, SKINCARE

Birchbox -April 2017

I’m a little late with this Birchbox review for April but I think it was worth the wait. I received five items in my monthly subscription box and all for $10.

 

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Dr. Jart’s Cicapair Tiger Grass Cream is described as healing and calming for the skin. According to the box, you apply it to your face and let the warmth of your hands help the skin absorb the cream. Full-Size $48

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Number 4 Jour D’Automne Sugar Texturizing Spray. This didn’t work well on my hair. But if you like salt texturizing spray, this is supposed to be gentler. Full-Size $22

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This is a Michael Todd blue-green algae antibacterial toner. It should be good removing sweat and oil from your face and neck after a good workout. Full-Size $19

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Amika hair products work like magic on my hair. This is a blow out spray with seabuckthorn berry.  It leaves my hair looking fabulous. Full-Size $48

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My favorite part of my Birchbox is this Beauty Crop GRLPWR lips liquid lipstick.

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The color is Imma Bawse.  Kind of a orange-red. I love this because it dries matte and stays on forever. Check out the colors here: The Beauty Crop Full-Size $14.95.

Stay blessed,

Barbie

Posted in BEAUTY, BODY, Ipsy, lifestyle, SUBSCRIPTION BOXES

Ipsy Bag-April 2017

I’m loving this year’s Ipsy bags. This month’s ticket theme is adorable. Obviously, it’s perfect for a trip to the movies or an amusement park or you could keep notes and receipts in it. I think I’ll keep it in my car to store my charger, pens, and other knick knacks. Let’s take a look at what I received in the bag.

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PS Cosmeceutical non-toxic nail lacquer in the color, Southern Sand. I like the fact that the nail polish is vegan, free of harmful chemicals, and infused with grapefruit seed extract which is an antifungal property. The nail lacquer cost about $15.00 a bottle. Check out the colors here PS Cosmeceutical.

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Hanalei Aloe Soothing Gel can be used on the face or body.  Hanalei is an excellent brand that I’ve received before from Ipsy. I love their lip moisturizers. A full-size jar of the aloe soothing gel costs $30.

I received a little sample of Elizabeth Mott’s  Show Me Your Glow shimmer eyeshadow and highlighter. This has a silver undertone which I’ve never used before. I usually buy highlighters in gold hues. So I’m anxious to experiment with this.

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Glamour Dolls x Lisa Frank Angle Blush brush. What is there to say? The synthetic bristles are soft. The handle is sturdy. But none of that matters because this brush is so damn cute. Pink with unicorns.

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TonyMoly lipcare in Honey Moisture. Since I have dry lips, I can never have too many lip balms. As you can see, I’ve already used this several times and it’s moisturizing but not too slippery.

I’m always amazed by the great products I receive from Ipsy for just $10 a month. Do you have a monthly makeup subscription service? If so, let me know. I want to try some new services out.

Stay blessed,

Barbie

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in FOOD, Gluten Free, Grocery Shopping, Recipes, Uncategorized

Sweet Sausage, Rosemary Potatoes & Swiss Cheese

I’m a meat and potatoes girl. So I’m always looking for quick and easy ways to get my fix. Here’s a delicious recipe you can cook in one pan. It’s got meat, potatoes and lots of cheese, and it’s even gluten-free.

Ingredients:

1 package of sweet turkey sausage

Yukon potatoes cut into wedges

Green bell pepper

Yellow bell pepper

1 small onion

3 garlic cloves

Swiss cheese

Rosemary

Lawry’s seasoning salt (This adds the perfect taste to potatoes.)

Celtic sea salt

Mrs. Dash seasoning

Fresh ground pepper

Garlic powder

Olive oil

Directions:

In a deep non-stick skillet pan, cook the sausage until done. Remove sausage from pan and add a light layer of olive oil.  Put the wedges in the oil and let them cook until nearly done. Sprinkle wedges with garlic powder, seasoning salt, pepper and lots of rosemary. Move the potatoes to the side of the pan so they can continue cooking and add the bell peppers, onions, and garlic. Let them cook to your desired texture. I like mine with a little crunch.

The potatoes should be done, so remove them from the pan and put the sausage back in. Toss the veggies with the sausage and pile on the swiss cheese. Now serve up a nice big plate with some cherry tomatoes on the side.

Stay blessed,

Barbie

 

 

Posted in FOOD, Gluten Free, Meatless Mondays, Recipes

Hearty Potato Soup

Ingredients:

  • 6 to 8 small to medium potatoes (peeled and cut into cubes)
  • Half of a medium-sized onion- diced
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 to 2 small carrots -chopped
  • 4 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 to 2 cups of water
  • 2 celery stalks -diced
  • 2 cups of 2% milk
  • 2 tbsp light butter
  • 2 tbsp of non-fat sour cream
  • Gluten-free flour (I used rolled oats flour but you can also use corn starch.)
  • Celtic sea salt (good source of minerals)
  • Lawry’s seasoning salt
  • Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • Basil
  • Fresh parsley (optional)
  • Shredded cheese to top
  • Green Onion

Instructions:

Put carrots, onions, celery, garlic, potatoes, chicken broth and about a teaspoon of sea salt in a large pot. Turn heat on high and let everything cook until the potatoes are tender. Add milk, butter, fresh parsley, basil, garlic powder, Lawry’s seasoning salt, and pepper.

Now it’s time to make a slurry.  This step is optional. Put a tablespoon of rolled oats flour or cornstarch in a bowl and mix in enough lukewarm water to make a liquid consistency. Slowing stir this mixture into the potato soup, whisking to avoid lumps. You can add more or less slurry depending on how thick you want your soup. Let everything cook for several minutes. You can serve now, but if you want a creamier texture, take about a third of the soup and blend it in a blender. Then pour the blended soup back in with the rest.

You’re done. I like to put shredded cheese on top of my potato soup and the green onions make it perfect.

Stay blessed,

Barbie