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Week of Sandwiches with a Side of Wisdom

Confession: We recently ate fajitas for dinner 4-5 times per week for four weeks in a row. They’re really delicious and we bought quality ingredients, so it was pretty great.

But it was time to change it up, so: sandwiches! All week. 

A Reuben

 

Turkey, bacon, avocado

Until recently we’d tried to rotate between so many dinner ideas and constantly change things up. But then one day we admitted we both really love Tex-Mex and the fajita streak was born. (We printed the same grocery list each week! So easy and saved a lot of time!) This week we decided to focus on limiting cooking time so we could spend it elsewhere (like our bathroom remodel and work-ish side projects), so sandwiches happened. And they’re delicious, too.

What I’m saying is: cut yourself some slack sometimes. You’re not running a restaurant with a seasonal menu inspired by your early morning trip to the docks. Who cares if you eat a zillion fajitas or require extra bread for the week? 

I’ve become really good at treating myself right and I hope you are too.

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Taco Salad & Tomatillo Ranch Dressing

I tracked my food on MyFitnessPal for several months last year and with minimal effort (and mostly eating the things I love), I saw some solid results. I didn’t really cut things entirely out of my diet, but the portions were carefully considered and smaller, and I combined things differently each day to find a better balance. I’m getting back in the swing of things again now and remembered this salad is pretty great for something that involves lettuce.

The Texan in me loves all things Tex-Mex, so this Taco Salad is just my kind of thing, in spite of still being a salad. To make one yourself, combine some lettuce, tomatoes, canned black beans, roasted corn, avocado, cilantro, cheese, tortilla chips, and grilled chicken (with taco seasoning, if you’d like). Top it with your dressing of choice, like Blendtec’s Tomatillo Ranch. (This one’s a great option because it’s delicious & is only 20 calories for 2 tablespoons.)

Taco Salad with Blendtec's Tomatillo Ranch Dressing (2T = 20 calories).

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Yum!

Tomatillo Ranch Dressing

  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

1 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
1⁄2 cup low-fat milk
1 medium tomatillo, husked and halved
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded
1⁄3 cup fresh cilantro leaves
2 cloves garlic
1⁄2 avocado
1⁄4 tsp ground black pepper
2 tsp dried parsley
1⁄2 tsp sea salt
1⁄2 tsp dried dill
1⁄8 tsp paprika
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
1⁄2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Directions
  • Add ingredients to blender.
  • Select “Dressings” if using a Blendtec, or blend on Medium Low to Medium speed for 30 seconds.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Source: Blendtec via sarahblackstock.com