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Bacon Ranch Tacos

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Recently I stopped in at a national fast food chain for a quick lunch with my husband and saw a new menu item called Bacon Ranch Tacos.  I was intrigued; however, I have eaten tacos at this particular restaurant before and didn’t desire to give them a second chance so I ordered a burger on that particular day.  Days later though, thoughts of bacon and ranch dressing on a taco continued to haunt me.  I knew I had to try.  I mean, seriously, bacon makes everything better – then they added ranch, too?  Yes, please!

So, I made some. Yayy me!

Yes, I cheated a little and used already made taco shells, we can’t be perfect ALL the time.  Haha. Other than that, this is all homemade goodness.  I used a jar of pinto beans, and some tomato sauce that I had canned in my kitchen for this recipe, but for convenience sake, I will put a decent alternative for you in the ingredients list.  So, let’s cook already!

Bacon Ranch Tacos | Just Trixie

INGREDIENTS

1 pkg (10 ct) prepared taco shells
10 slices, thick sliced bacon** cooked crisp (keep the grease!!)
3/4 lb. lean ground beef
1/2 medium onion, diced
1 can organic refried pinto beans
8 oz. organic tomato sauce
A splash (seriously, like 1/2 tsp or less) white vinegar
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
2 tsp granulated garlic (or garlic powder)
salt and black pepper to taste Continue Reading

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Deep South Collard Greens

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I went to the farmer’s market today.  That’s one of the perks of living in the South, fresh vegetables virtually year-round.  Yes, it’s been a might chilly around these parts, especially for us.  We do HEAT – we do NOT handle cold well.

Fresh Collard Greens Anyway, back to the market … I saw a HUGE pile of absolutely gorgeous collard greens.  Just the sight of them brought back fond memories of eating these as a child so I snatched up a big bunch of them.  $2!!  TWO DOLLARS!!  What a steal – and just look at them!  Yum!

Now, I have to say that I really had no idea how to cook these beauties, I just knew that I had to find a way.  I hadn’t enjoyed this true Southern delicacy in decades! Continue Reading

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Homemade Lemonade Concentrate

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It’s an age-old adage – When life gives you lemons…Make Lemonade!

Just Trixie - Lemons for LemonadeA few days ago, I was blessed with a bounty of lemons from one of my husband’s co-workers.  Since I’m not a huge fan of lemons in general (I know, that’s practically un-American, right?), I was tasked to find something to do with them.  I mean, after all, I am a child of a child of a child of the Depression.  We just don’t waste around here.

I scoured the internet and discovered a recipe for canning lemonade concentrate.  Since I enjoy canning AND had a bounty of lemons, I decided to give it a shot.  What could be better to conjure up the feeling of basking in the warm Summer sun in the middle of Winter, than a refreshing sip of Summer-time in a glass?

You don’t have to can this recipe.  You can make it and store it in the refrigerator for a few days until you use it up, or you can put it in jars or plastic containers and freeze it (just make sure you leave enough room for the concentrate to expand). Continue Reading

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Chocolate Cherry Waffles

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So, who likes chocolate? I DO!!! I also love cherries and waffles. Who says we can’t eat them all together? 🙂

One Saturday morning I was in the kitchen pondering what I could make for breakfast, in my usual state of before-noon bewilderment, when a commercial came on the TV about a well-known breakfast restaurant’s fruity waffles. It was an epiphany!   

I found a recipe for plain waffles online and I tricked it out to be a bit healthier – you know, to make room for the extra butter, and chocolate, and cherries – and this recipe was born. 

I really don’t have a lot more to say about it except, “Try It!”.  You and your taste buds will be so glad you did.

Chocolate Cherry Waffles

Chocolate Cherry Waffles

INGREDIENTS

For the waffles:
2 eggs
2 cups + 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1 ¾ cups milk
½ cup virgin coconut oil, warmed slightly to melt
1 Tbsp sucanat or cane sugar
4 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp kosher salt
1 tsp almond extract Continue Reading

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Just Trixie ….. on Game Day Snacks

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Ok, enough of that deep, soul searching, writing for now.  Let’s do something fun!

I try to incorporate healthy eating into my life on a regular basis, but I’m not so single-minded that I freak out over every little thing that crosses my lips.  That being said, I wanted to throw some ideas out there for you all for some serious yumminess (yes, I know that’s not a word; no, I’m not the inventor of said non-word – lol).

If you live in the U.S., you’ve probably heard that “The Big Game” is coming up in a couple of weeks.  To help you prepare for that Oh-So-Fabulous game day party, I wanted to share my super simple, super delicious, super healthy (depending on what you put it on) recipe for Pico de Gallo (pronounced Peek-Oh Deh Guy-Oh <- that’s too funny).

In regions other than the South, you may know this dish as Salsa Fresca, but up until I did a Google search just a minute ago, I did not know this, I’ve only heard it called Pico for short.   I don’t know why it’s called Pico de Gallo.  It really makes no sense considering that the name literally translates to “Beak of the Rooster”; but either way it’s deeelicious!!

Here in South Texas, Pico de Gallo is a staple among condiments.  In fact, it generally reigns supreme.  It can be used on tacos, burgers, beans, rice, in soups, on sandwiches, as a chip dip, on eggs, as an ingredient in other sauces and dips (think guacamole), etc.  Pretty much the only limit is your imagination.  So, without futher ado, I give you my recipe for Tex-Mex Pico de Gallo.

(PS – please forgive my seriously lacking photography skills.  I am a wordsmith who has no clue how to properly operate photographic equipment.)  {{grin}}

PICO DE GALLO

JT Pico de Gallo

INGREDIENTS

2 large, ripe tomatoes, chopped
2 – 4 large, jalapeno peppers, chopped (depending on how spicy you want it)
1 large sweet onion, chopped (or two smaller ones)
1 large fresh lime, juiced and 1/4 tsp zest reserved
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced fine Continue Reading