One of my favorite go to meals is plain and simple and comes from all sorts of packages... tacos. I love taco night! Tacos are a food that I don't really get tired of. At least, not tacos the way I like them! I like my beef tacos crunchy and my chicken tacos soft. When we have taco night, which we do ALMOST once a week, I make crunchy beef tacos. Well actually, turkey tacos. I buy the Jenny-O lean (not extra lean because it's $7-$8 a pound... who can afford that??? Not me!) ground turkey and just mix it with Kroger brand taco seasoning and I am in heaven! I usually top them with lettuce, cheese and Pace mild salsa. Usually served with Rice-a-roni Spanish rice. See what I mean by all sorts of packages? Even the lettuce comes wrapped in plastic... sheesh!
But this weekend when I said that I was ready for another taco night and Brett seemed less than enthused, I said that I could do quesadillas instead and he suggested using the chicken we were already planning to buy. Not exactly what I had in mind, but I saw it as an opportunity for a new recipe so I said sure thing!
I know that you can buy chicken taco seasoning just like you can buy beef taco seasoning, but at work today I decided that fajitas would be easier and that we probably had all of the ingredients we need to make our own rub. So I googled "chicken fajita rub" and ended up going with the first recipe that I found.
Umm... insert "We Are The Champions" here. It was SO good! A really easy marinade, and I sliced the chicken just right and cooked it just long enough (I tend to overcook chicken because I am paranoid about under cooking it...). The marinade was just a mixture of chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, corn starch, oil and water. I put it all in a Ziploc bag, tossed in the three small chicken breasts that I had sliced into 1/2 inch thick slices, and let it sit in the fridge for 30 minutes while I cooked some peppers and onions!
I'm just so pleased! Most of the new recipes I have tried have been just okay, but this feels like a winner. Brett wasn't as enthusiastic as I was, (he's a beef guy, I'm totally a chicken girl!) but he was definitely positive. I think that I could make it again and even use it for all sorts of tasty Mexican chicken needs!
I did spend more calories than was necessary though because I used tortillas instead of taco shells... I am just not a fan of crunchy chicken tacos. It just doesn't work for me!
I ate my two tacos and rice and was still hungry. So I ate about a third of a too ripe banana and chunked it, and was still hungry. But I waited for about 45 minutes, then I did a couple of chores and now I am chugging some water and feeling much better. I may make a cup of tea and watch Brett play some Assassin's Creed before I go to bed... I think my tummy would be just right with a cup of tea!
So overall, this was a good food day. I am thinking about what I can do differently next week... we, thankfully, will have a bigger grocery budget this weekend!
I am also thinking about what my actual calorie intake per day goal should be. Goodness, that's a mouthful. On Weight Watchers, a point is approximately 50 calories, and if I were doing WW right now, I would be allowed 30 points a day. So that is 1500 calories. That is the number that I have been trying to stay under since I started my original food journal this summer, but really, I like to be closer to 1300. I don't know why. I just like that number better. I need to put some real thought into it and set a concrete goal. Not a strict rule, just a goal.
Okay, off for a nice cup of tea in my new Snuggie (which kind of makes me look like a Jedi. Nice =-)