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BBQ Tacos

So I decided to cook up a slab of ribs we had and chop them up to make BBQ tacos. I ended up using about half a slab for our Sunday night dinner.

Ryan then decided to make his own version of BBQ tacos for us on Monday night.

I will admit….His were better….

BBQ ribs, homemade corn tortillas and a spicy slaw with cheese. DELICIOUS!

Ryan’s DELICIOUS BBQ Tacos with Spicy Slaw

Ingredients:

1/2 slab ribs
6 corn tortillas
1/2 cup Purple cabbage
10 Jalapeno slices
1 tbsp Heavy whipping cream
4 oz Cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 can Tomato sauce
2 tbsp Dijon
1 tbsp Orange juice
1 tbsp Ketchup
2 tsp Paprika
Chili powder to taste
6 tbsp mashed pinto beans

So the ribs I pre-cooked in the oven and the corn tortillas were homemade. Check out the Recipe Box for both recipes.

Heat a skillet with shredded rib meat, tomato sauce, Dijon mustard, orange juice, ketchup, paprika and chili powder.

Heat tortillas in a skillet.

While meat is cooking in the sauce, mix together chopped cabbage and chopped jalapenos. Add in cream, cheese and salt and pepper.

Place warm tortillas on a baking sheet and heat oven to 350. Place  1 tbsp of beans on each tortilla. Divide meat mixture between tortillas and top with cabbage mixture.

Put in the oven till the cheese is melted and the tortillas has a little golden brown on the edge.

Enjoy!

Huevos Rancheros

So before starting this week, I wrote out a meal plan breaking down calories, fat, carbs and protein for each and every day.

My goal is always to keep my carbs under 150 grams per day, which honestly I don’t find too difficult.

I also like to cycle my carbs. This week I had two days close to 150 grams, one day near ketosis and the others in that safe range that keeps me energized.

Here was my breakfast/lunch from this morning. (And one of the very rare times that I do in fact eat beans…Rare…But it happens.)

Huevos Rancheros

May I just say, “YUM!”

Ingredients:

2 eggs
2 homemade corn tortillas (Visit the Recipe Box for how to make your own!)
1 1/2 slices bacon
2 tbsp mashed pinto beans
5 slices of jalapeño diced
Shredded cheddar cheese

Cook the bacon. Remove once it is browned to your liking. Using the bacon grease to then heat up your corn tortillas.

While the tortillas are cooking up, mash up pinto beans. Remove tortillas once crispy and slightly brown. Put one tablespoon of beans on each tortilla. Sprinkle on jalapeños.

Once you remove the tortillas, cook the eggs in the remaining grease. Once eggs are cooked to your liking, place on top of the beans. Top the eggs with bacon pieces and some cheddar cheese.

Enjoy! (Or at least I did!)

Has your diet evolved?

I think the sign of a good diet is whether or not it has evolved, even just a little bit, from when you started it.

It doesn’t have to be one or the other!

When you first start a diet, you should stick to the guidelines laid out as strictly as possible because that way you know if the principles work.

But most of the time the guidelines laid out by that other person, aren’t perfect for you. So either you end up giving up on the diet OR you start evolving the diet to better work for you.

I started out doing the Primal diet as Mark had it laid out. But slowly I made my own changes.

At first apples and almond butter were a staple snack to replace the apples and peanut butter I had been eating. Now….I can’t even remember the last time I ate them as a snack.

At first I also didn’t eat rice and potatoes. I ate nuts and fruit and vegetables as my only carbs. But then when I wanted to really cut body fat, I stopped eating as many nuts (actually I basically only eat macadamia nuts now) and started carb cycling with rice and potatoes.

Recently though, I haven’t eaten any potatoes. Instead I’ve had a very little bit of white rice and homemade corn tortillas. Although corn isn’t recommended in Primal, I’ve found that having tacos with corn tortillas as kept me from really cheating otherwise. And my energy levels have felt great, my workouts have been intense and my body composition has actually improved.

I also used to eat a lot more cheese when I first started Primal. Slowly cheese became more of a treat and less of a staple. I no longer need the cheese each day to keep me sane.

That is really what experimenting with your diet is all about – staying sane while being healthy.

You don’t want to deprive yourself of something you love to the extent that you complete give up on a healthy lifestyle. Remember the 80/20 rule – perfection is only required 80% of the time to reach your goals.

You need to find what works for you.

How many carbs do you need? Do you crave sweets or can you not live without your cheese?

All diets can and SHOULD be adjusted to fit YOUR needs.

How has your healthy diet evolved since you started it? What changes have you made to keep yourself dedicated to an overall healthy lifestyle? What do you allow in your 20%?

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