Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Taco Night and Banana Muffins

Why do so many guys LOVE tacos? I mean, I love tacos, but Brian LOOOOOVES tacos!! So he was way excited when I mentioned we make tacos the other night with the ground turkey we had in the freezer!

It must be all the fun toppings and things you can add! I new I was going to make mine into a kickass taco salad…and kickass it was!

It all started with the salad spinner. Seriously what did I do before I had this baby? I know, I would use like 1/4 roll of paper towels to dry my lettuce!


washed, dried, and chopped Green leaf lettuce into my bowl.


The rest into the bag for use throughout the week.


The spinner used again for the cilantro! I LOVE cilantro and I love when I can add it fresh to a meal, but I hate having to buy a big bunch of it to use just a little.


This is my salad prepped before adding the “taco”


I cooked a package of ground turkey breast with a little olive oil (it was very lean), then added:

  • a package of taco seasoning (I found the McCormick brand to have the least “crap” in it)
  • 1 can black beans
  • and some green pepper strips


After simmering for about 5min, it was done and we started building our dinners.

To my prepped salad I added:

  • turkey/bean/pepper mixture
  • grated cheese
  • sour cream
  • salsa
  • hot sauce
  • fresh cilantro
  • some crushed tortilla chips


This salad was AWESOME!!!!!!!!


While making my salad I also made another for lunch the next day…perfect!

Brian wants “taco night” added to the frequent rotation :)

I decided after dinner, it was about time for some muffins seeing as I had 4 lovely over-ripe bananas just hanging around


Banana Muffins 12-27-09

In a large mixing bowl combine:

  • 1 1/2 c. White Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1/2 c. Oat Bran
  • 1/3 c. Hazelnut Meal
  • 1/4 c. APF
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1.5 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • shakes of Cinnamon and Nutmeg

    In a Separate Bowl Combine:
  • 1 egg
  • 4 very ripe Bananas – mashed (if you have less banana you may need to increase the agave/sugar and oil a little)
  • 1 cup Buttermilk
  • 1/3 c. Apple Sauce
  • 2 T Canola Oil
  • 3 T Agave Nectar (might add 1 more Tbsp next time)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
    (p.s. this powdered buttermilk is GREAT to keep on hand when needing to bake with it. No more buying a carton of buttermilk just for that 1 cup.)

    Add wet ingredients to dry and add:
  • Chocolate Chips – approx. 1/4 cup
  • Chopped Walnuts – approx. 1/3 cup

    Mix until just combined (don’t over-mix!)
    Spray muffin tin with canola oil spray (or other cooking spray), and fill with batter.

  • Top muffins with Raw sugar and/or dry oats
  • Bake for 18min at 375 degrees

I had extra batter and made a mini loaf:



As usual these are not super sweet like muffins from a bakery, but they are moist and banana-y and perfect for breakfast. If your used to traditional sweet baked goods, add more agave or a little sugar.

I like my muffins to taste like breakfast not dessert :)



  1. So jealous of your salad spinner!! I like that you use ground turkey in your tacos--they look super fresh :)

  2. I love taco nights! I feel the need to eat yummy tacos at least once a week!

  3. The muffins look delicious!

    mark loves tacos so much he has been known to stop on 95 in Ct. to get them from a truck on the side of the road.

  4. hahahha. Josh loves burritors like your man loves tacos. He goes CRAZY for them. I'm not sure I get it either. Love your version much more. How delicious is avocado? Great job on the muffins- oats always are a great add in. Hope you two have a nice New Years

  5. oh boys and his tacos! I once saw my boyf order 10 of them at Taco Bell and shoveled them down with ease! He's not human

  6. I love taco salad and yours looks so good. Have you tried to freeze cilantro? I feel the same way, I love adding it to fresh salsa and mexican dishes but hate wasting it so I started freezing it in a plastic baggie with a paper towel in it.

  7. oo taco night sounds SO fun! i love making your own!
    those muffins look great! banana muffins=my FAV
    happy new year!

  8. YUMM!! My roommate and I make tacos weekly for surrre...umm due to Boston's extreme lackage of Mexican food :D

  9. mmm, tacos. definitely something i forget about :) i sent you an email (to the yogurtandberries acct) about the cookie exchange next week!