Posted in FOOD, Gluten Free, Mediterranean Diet, Recipes

Heck of a Taco Salad

I’m hard to please when it comes to a taco salad. Few places meet my standards because I love to make my own. Here’s one of my favorites.

Ingredients:

Ground chicken or turkey

Taco seasoning

Romaine lettuce

Onions

Green onions (optional)

Ortega mild taco sauce

Mateo salsa

Cilantro

Tomatoes

Colby Jack cheese

Blue corn tortilla chips

Reduced calorie sour cream

Cooking Instructions:

Brown the ground chicken or turkey and add taco seasoning, following the directions on the packet. While that’s simmering, dice your vegetables. Now it’s time to build your taco salad. I start with the lettuce and add the white or red onion. Scoop on the taco meat, tomatoes, cheese, cilantro, and green onion. I drizzle the Ortega taco sauce on top and spoon on some sour cream and tuck the blue corn tortilla chips around the salad.

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On the side, I serve Mateo salsa which I buy at Costco for $5.99 a bottle.

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I know you will enjoy this. Feel free to substitute the meat with beans of your choice.

Stay blessed,

Barbie

Posted in Birchbox, SKINCARE, SUBSCRIPTION BOXES, Uncategorized

Birchbox June 2017

Finally, Birchbox got it right.  I like the fact that there wasn’t a theme. No sun or beach items. Solid products I can use all year round. The monthly subscription is just $10, so I got more than my money’s worth.

 

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Earth’s Nectar Coconut Curls

Coconut and almond oil conditioner and heat protectant. Full-size $23.50

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The Beauty Crop Blush Duo. Color: Papaya Don’t Preach. Full-size $10

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Marcelle Hydra-C 24 Hour Energizing Hydrating Gel. Full-size $27

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Mellow Cosmetics Liquid Lip Paint. Color: New York. Full-size $14

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Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum. Full-size $65

This is one of my favorite products that I’ve only been able to get in travel or gift packages. I love it as I do all Estee Lauder products.  This serum has a consistency like aloe vera, and it works.

Click here for more information on Birchbox.

Stay Blessed,

Barbie

 

Posted in Ipsy, SKINCARE, SUBSCRIPTION BOXES

Ipsy June 2017

I’m really lovin’ my Ipsy subscription boxes this year. This may be my favorite so far. The theme is Volume Up and Ipsy brought the heat.

 

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Take a look at this bag. Adorable. I really make use of my Ipsy bags. I use them in my purses, car, at work. They’re fun and unique.

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Gold and bronze are my favorite makeup colors and Ipsy always delivers. I can’t wait to use this Beauty For Real eyeliner in the color 24 Karat.  This is one of those items I’d never get around to buying, so to have it shipped to me and for only $10 a month is a real luxury.

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I want to take a moment to point out this info card which features natural hair. This is nice to see. Diversity and inclusion are always good things

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Ipsy added Chia Curl by Trissola to this month’s box. It’s great for naturally curly hair. Since I straighten my hair, I will give this to a friend.

 

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The Balm is a favorite company of Ipsy. This month I got the Instain blush. I’ll use this as an eyeshadow instead of a blush.

 

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City Color is a really a really inexpensive brand that packs a lot of color.

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On the left is Beach Cottage which is a jade color layered in gold. It looks amazing in person. Next to it, is the Instain blush in the color Pinstripe. You can see how these would look great together as eyeshadows. I’ll be playing around with these all summer.

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You know I love me some lipgloss. NYX’s Whipped Fouette is perfect for the summer. The color is Cocoa Bean and it smells like yummy chocolate. It’s a nice muted shade which goes nicely with the bright eye color in this month’s bag.

Click here IPSY if you’d like to learn more about Ipsy.

Stay Blessed,

Barbie

 

Posted in FOOD, Gluten Free, Meatless Mondays, Mediterranean Diet, Recipes

Bumblebee Stew

One of my favorite restaurants is J. Gumbo’s which offers a New Orleans cuisine. My favorite dish is Bumblebee Stew. Corn, tomatoes, and beans. The combination is amazing. Here’s my version of the recipe. It’s vegetarian and gluten-free.

Ingredients

1 can of sweet yellow corn

1 can of red kidney or black beans

1 can of diced tomatoes

1 medium onion

4 cloves of garlic

Brown rice (optional and prepared separately)

1/2 cup of vegetable stock

Seasonings (Add to taste)

Edward & Sons vegetarian bouillon cube

Southwest seasoning

Cajun season

Worcestershire sauce

Fresh ground pepper

Oregano, basil, parsley

Celtic sea salt

Sea Kelp (for the iodine)

Turmeric (just darn good for you)

Mrs. Dash Seasoning salt

Directions

Dump everything into one pot, stir, and let the dish simmer on medium low for fifteen to twenty minutes.

Either serve by itself or spoon it over brown rice. Enjoy.

Stay blessed,

Barbie

 

Posted in BEAUTY, Birchbox, BODY, lifestyle, SKINCARE

Birchbox-May 2017

My May Birchbox had some familiar favorites and a surprise.

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I’ve received several Coola products in my monthly subscription boxes. They always work great, so I look forward to using this sunscreen/primer. Full-size $42

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I’ve used Whish body cream before and it smells luscious, but the sample tubes don’t have enough product to see if it works. This cream is supposed to help stretch marks and scars. Full-size $36

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I don’t know why Birchbox keeps sending me hair products I can’t use. Full-size $24

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I’m excited about this mascara by The Beauty Crop. Not only is the packaging adorable, but the mascara has argan and jojoba oils in it. Full-size $22

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This perfume is described as sophisticated and glamorous with notes of sandalwood and jasmine. I call it heaven. Full-size $105.

Stay blessed,

Barbie

Posted in BEAUTY, Ipsy, lifestyle, SKINCARE

May 2017 Ipsy Bag

Of course, this month’s Ipsy bag has a  summer theme.

 

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I received a clear plastic bag decorated with ice cream cones and fudgesicles. This will be handy at the pool or beach.

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This is a repeat from Ipsy. I got this brush last year and it’s perfect for highlighting. I guess I have a spare now. In fact, I’ve received about four Luxie brushes from Ipsy over the months. No complaints here.

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This Manna Kadar bronzer and highlighting duo is another duplicate. I think I gave the other one away, so I’ll use this one. On the right side of the picture is a Hikara cream eyeshadow pigment. These pigments rock. A couple of months ago, I received a gold one and it’s one of the most gorgeous golds I’ve ever owned.  This month’s cream pigment is a metallic coral pink color. Just swipe it on and go.

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I haven’t bought a mascara in years, thanks to Ipsy and Birchbox. I usually receive great quality mascaras. If I don’t like one, I toss it and move on the next.

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How can you go wrong with coconut oil?

Nice bag, but I can’t wait to see what June brings. It should be good.

Stay blessed,

Barbie

Posted in FOOD, Gluten Free, Mediterranean Diet, Recipes

Adobo Turkey Stir-Fry

This is a quick meal to put together after work. It’s full of flavor, filling, and gluten-free.

Ingredients

Turkey breast cutlets

Mushrooms

1/2 of a medium red pepper

1/2 of a medium green pepper

1 small onion

3 to 4 garlic cloves

1 cup of Chicken broth

Brown rice

Seasonings (add to taste)

Goya Adobo seasoning

3 tbsps of Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar

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2 to 3 tbsps of Bragg Liquid Aminos (Gluten-free)

Mrs. Dash salt-free seasoning

Dried Basil

Fresh Ground Pepper

Dried Parsley

Celtic sea salt

Worcestershire sauce

*Tip-If you have time, marinate the turkey in the liquid aminos and apple cider vinegar for at least two to six hours.

Directions

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Brown turkey cutlets and season with sea salt, pepper, Adobo seasoning and Mrs. Dash. Remove the cutlets from the pan and let them rest.

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Cook the vegetables and season them with basil, parsley, and pepper. I sliced my turkey cutlets horizontally like a tenderloin, but you can also cut them into cubes. Put the turkey in with the sautéed veggies and now add the chicken broth, apple cider vinegar, liquid aminos, and Worcestershire sauce. Turn the heat on low for ten minutes, and then turn the heat on high to burn off some of the liquid, allowing the seasonings to coat the meat.

I spoon the Adobo turkey and veggies over brown rice and devour the meal. It’s sooooooo good.

Stay blessed,

Barbie