Grilled Chicken Taco

Tacos are always great because you can really put anything you want in them.  Traditionally in Mexico they keep them very simple, meat and one or two toppings depending on the filling.  Cal-Mex has heavily influenced the way most people make tacos these days, lots of lettuce, tomatoes, and salsa added in.  Grilled chicken breast makes for easy outdoor cooking, and summertime makes for  availability of a lot of fresh veggies.

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Cowboy Caviar

I’m not sure where the name Cowboy Caviar comes from.  I’m guessing it is because of the southwestern sensibility of this dish, but I couldn’t say for sure.  I first came across this salad/salsa a few years ago, but I’m not sure where.  I recreated it for our family based on the ingredients we like.  If I remember correctly, the original recipe was really heavy on the peppers, and while I enjoy bell peppers, I don’t want them to be the main ingredient in my food.  What I really love about this dish, though, is all the colours and the versatility.

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Meal Plan for the Week of July 14, 2018

There’s no real strategy behind the Meal Plan this week.  There are no fantastic specials at the grocery store, no special meals to cook.  I’m mostly trying to create space in the freezer by using up some things we have in there. It’s summer, so burgers are a regular fixture.  Everyone likes them, so why not, right?  We buy ground beef, usually Lean so there is some fat content to keep them juicy, in large quantities when it’s on sale and make a dozen burgers at a time so there are always some in the freezer and it’s easy to take extra out if the kids have friends over.  If the Extra Lean beef is on sale at a lower price than the Lean, we will add in a package of ground pork for the fat/juicy component that would be missing.
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Pesto

Pesto is great.  Its so flexible.  You can add different herbs for different flavours. It’s traditionally made with pine nuts, but they’re pretty expensive, so I substituted toasted walnuts. You can add whatever kind of nuts you like. You can serve it on pasta, meat, chicken or fish. Use it as a base sauce for pizza. Add it to rice to punch up a side dish. Add lots of garlic, or just a little.  It’s all about your preference. Continue reading