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Monthly Archives: April, 2013

Taco Salad

One of my favorite places in Dallas is the Arboretum.  This week, they had one of my favorite Austin bands, The Spazmatics playing at their Thursday concert.  I was so excited when I saw they were playing that I bought tickets immediately.  The Arboretum concerts are so much fun because you can bring a blanket, food and drinks and enjoy the music while overlooking White Rock Lake. Unfortunately, they announced that the Spazmatics weren’t going to be there because their plane had gotten delayed in Atlanta. Luckily, they found another band to play, the Metal Shop.  This band was a hair band and they were so much fun. They had choreography and didn’t take themselves too serious. It was funny watching all the ladies rush the stage and dance to the 80’s hair band music.  It ended up being a lot of fun, and the Arboretum said they would refund the money, so it was a fun-filled free evening for me!

This week, I decided to make a taco salad for dinner.  It turned out pretty good and I think it’s pretty healthy.

Ingredients:

Lettuce
Hamburger Meat
Taco Seasoning
Cheese
Sour Cream
Salsa
Tomatoes
Onions
Italian Dressing

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Brown the ground beef and add taco seasoning and water.  Make sure to follow the directions on the back of the packet. DSCN0933

Put Lettuce on a plate.DSCN0934

Chop the onions and tomatoesDSCN0935

Put meat on the lettuce.Taco SaladAdd sour cream, cheese, tomatoes and onions to the salad.  Put Italian dressing on it for extra flavor.

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BIG

The Tour Dallas was a fun bike rally, but I was really excited when I saw the B_G letters out there with reunion tower in the background! When I saw it I left the rally, jumped off my bike and stood there like a crazy person. I don’t think the other riders knew what it was all about or I’m sure there would have been a line to take the picture!!! I’ve been wanting to be the “I” in Big since I saw them go up! I want to go take my picture by all of them in Dallas. There are 22 around town!  Next stop, North Park!!!

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Broccoli Chicken Casserole

Last weekend I ran in the Rock and Roll Half Marathon.  I guess “ran” may be a bit of an exaggeration.  I ran part of it.  I ran for the first 2 miles and then I hit a real steep hill and had to walk to the top of it.  I ran for another 2 miles and then had to take a bathroom break, (which is kind of gross when all you have is a port-o-let).  After that I had to alternate walking and running in much shorter increments for the remaining 9 miles. I got a little added motivation to keep going at miles 5, 9, and 13 when I saw a very good friend cheering me on with a poster made especially for me with my favorite colors on it.  Every time I thought I couldn’t go another step, I thought about how I would be seeing her standing there in just a little bit.  I appreciated her being there more than she will ever know!!   I kept all my miles, (except the bathroom break mile), at under 13 minute miles.  I finished at 2:43:02.  The last time I attempted a half marathon, I finished in 3:07, so I was pretty proud of myself.  I love my medal. I want to start doing more races that give medals so I can start a medal collection. I’ve found lots of cool display frames for them, but it would look pretty silly with just one medal hanging there.  This weekend I will be riding in the Tour Dallas, but no medals for that!! DSCN0931

This week’s recipe turned out really good.  It is low carb, so I’m hoping by eating it for dinner this week, I will start to lose some weight.  I’ve put on a few pounds and I don’t want to let my weight get out of control!! I’m getting back on track with my food and my exercise!

Ingredients:
Rotisserie chicken (I guess you could cook you’re own chicken, but why?)
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
8 oz of cheddar cheese
1 bag of frozen broccoli
Sliced mushrooms (I bought them pre-sliced)
2 tsp of lemon pepper

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Get a Rotisserie Chicken from the grocery store.DSCN0924

Put Pam in a 9 X 9 casserole dish and tear up the chicken for the bottom layer.DSCN0925

Put broccoli over the chicken.DSCN0926

Put mushrooms on top of the broccoli and sprinkle lemon pepper over the mixture.DSCN0927In a bowl, mix cream of mushroom soup, half a can of water and about 6 ounces of cheese.
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Layer the cheese/soup mixture over the chicken, broccoli and mushrooms.  Put in the oven at 350 for about 45 minutes.

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Pull out of the oven and cover the casserole with more cheese and put back in the oven for another 10 – 15 minutes.

DSCN0930Pull out of the oven and eat. This casserole was even better the next day!!

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