Watermelon Refresher

Something so simple and delicious. This drink is a nice twist to watermelon.

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TRADER JOES: 1 Watermelon

Wash and cut up the watermelon. Put in a blender, I use a magic bullet, and mix with crushed ice. Blend, and if need be add a little water. Serve and prepare to be refreshed!

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Best. Tacos. Ever.

Taco Night, An Alden Family Tradition.

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TRADER JOES: 1 Bag of Organic Spinach, 1 Package of Organic Grass Fed Beef, 1 Red Onion, Garlic, 1-2 Limes, 1 Avocado, Salsa Verde, Organic Tomatillo & Roasted Yellow Chili Salsa, 1 Bag of Infinite Cilantro

WHOLE FOODS: 1 Organic Tomato, Organic Cheese of Your Choice, 365 Organic Corn Tortillas, Recycled Aluminum Foil

PUBLIX: 1 Package of 30% Reduced Sodium Taco Seasoning, Garden of Eatin Blue Organic Non GMO Tortilla Chips for Salsa Dipping, Jalapeño,  Publix Brand Kalamata Olives (not pictured),  Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream

Don’t get stressed that I listed 3 different stores. You could very well get the Publix items at either store. Trader Joe’s has organic blue corn chips, as well as their version of other items. I go to multiple stores because I know what stores have the best prices for each item, especially when it comes to organic.

While the oiled meat pan is heating up around 5, I start to prepare my topping plate by washing everything. That means even bagged items as run off from meat can contaminate greens. Go ahead and cut more red onion to add to your meat, push to the side. Depending on your cooktop, your meat may be ready to start slowly cooking. I let the meat cook a few minutes before slowly adding some Taco Seasoning. Be sure to add in small amounts throughout the cooking process. Once you add you can’t take it back out. Add the extra onions you cut. If you aren’t finished preparing your topping plate be sure to wash your hands before cutting again. A note for the olives. Make sure to rinse them before cutting, they come packaged in an insane amount of oil. Refrigerate your topping plate when completed.

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Once your meat has been cooking and you’ve added as much seasoning and oil as you desire (taste test), turn down the heat to low so the meat does not dry out while you prep and cook the corn tortillas. Start another oiled pan around 6-7, this will be for your tortillas. While my pan is heating up I set the table, get the salsa and “sour cream” out and aluminum foil. Stir your meat every so often. Your tortillas will cook fast, why I try to do everything else before so I can keep an eye on them. When both sides are cooked, but not too hard. You want them bendable, keep them warm by covering in aluminum foil. If you eat at a small table with limited space for all this goodness, transfer your meat from the pan to a small bowl. Cover with foil to keep it warm throughout your meal.

This meal is easy and fast, especially once you become a beast at chopping. Not to mention delicious!

 

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Colorado

BOULDER:

Frasca Food & Wine, 4 Course Menu French Selections from Vineyard Brands With Tommy Oldre

Pizzeria Locale, Margherita Pizza & La Insalate Vesuvius

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Luciles, Eggs Pontchartrain & Pain Perdu

FORT COLLINS:

Snooze, Pineapple Upside Down Pancake & Breakfast Burrito

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Restaurant 415, Lunchpail Hot Sandwich

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ESTES PARK:

Nepals, Samosas & Chicken Vindaloo

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DENVER:

Lola Mexican Fish Kitchen, Ceviche Appetizer, Sweet Potato Chorizo Hash with 1 Fried Egg, Side of Fruit & Lolaburguesa with Bacon

Sweet Action, Lil Man had Milk Chocolate in a Gluten-Free Cone, Ry had Margarita and I had Mascarpone Chile Blackberry

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Vegan Banana Cupcakes & Buttercream

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~VEGAN BANANA CUPCAKES~

TRADER JOE’S: 1/1/4 Organic All Purpose Flour, 1/2 of an Organic Ripe Banana, 1/4 Teaspoon of Baking Soda, 1/2 Cup of Raw Sugar or Organic Coconut Sugar, 2/3 Cup of Organic Almond Milk, 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla

PUBLIX: 1 Teaspoon of Baking Powder, 1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon, 1/2 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

WHOLE FOODS: 1/3 Cup of Organic Cold Pressed Canola Oil

Bake @ 350 Degrees for 18-20 Minutes

~VEGAN BANANA BUTTERCREAM~

TRADER JOE’S: 1/4 of an Organic Ripe Banana, 2 Cups of Organic Powdered Sugar

PUBLIX: 4 Tablespoons Vegan Butter (Organic Smart Balance Vegan Spread), 1/4 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

~THEN DEVOUR~