We know the last thing the internet needs is another taco recipe, but we can’t resist sharing this one with you, courtesy of a chef and friend of WomensForum...
This is my go-to recipe when I want to impress my guests with "fancy" tacos, whatever that means these days. But, I find that by using rib eye instead of skirt steak, it can elevate the street food taco to a luxurious meal.
Living in Los Angeles and so close to the Mexican border, there is no shortage of taco outlets in every corner, whether at a taco truck, in a cozy hipster shack or in the fancy eateries throughout town. There are fervent debates as to what makes a good taco, aspects that are all considered at the yearly city competition aptly named "Tacolandia," which determines who makes the best taco in town. L.A. takes their tacos seriously.
But, the taco seems to be a national even a worldwide obsession and I can see why. The tortilla is a perfect canvas and vessel to create infinite combinations of ingredients from all types of cuisines. That’s why we all love the taco on every menu. But don’t mistake tacos for a cop-out meal.
Growing up eating tacos in Mexico as a kid and as an adult, I have learned that tacos, good tacos, are anything but a cop-out. In Mexico, details go into every element of the taco from the tortilla, to the meat preparation, to the salsa and garnish. So in this recipe, I’ll show you how to easily make each ingredient stand out. Then we are literally going to layer the flavors on what will yield an exquisite taco. I should also mention that the majority of this meal can be prepared ahead of time!
Marinated rib eye taco with chipotle black bean puree, topped with an avocado tomatillo salsa and crunchy red cabbage …that’s what’s for dinner today. Buen Provecho!
Rib Eye Marinade
Chipotle Black Bean Puree
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Remember when this video was being passed around social media? It caught the attention of lots of moms and dads, and it's still pretty noteworthy. It features a little boy asking about his dinner, which happens to be octopus spaghetti (he's Italian). What follows is a conversation that raises questions about what we eat.
A 2010 Vegetarian Resource Group poll stated three percent of youth ages 8-18, or an estimated 1.4 million young people, are vegetarian, or at least abstaining completely from eating meat. While most vegetarian children follow the diet because the entire family does, that is not always the case.
When Nejla Abbed’s middle child became a vegetarian, she was not surprised. Her son Kaiden Spiro, 11, began to eliminate meat at age three after connecting the source of the food with what was on his dinner plate. An encounter with a grocery store’s seafood department ended with Spiro refusing to eat the “dead” fish he saw in front of him. This stood out to Abbed as the point when her son began his vegetarian journey.
In the eight years since, Abbed, Spiro, and their family have worked to make compromises at mealtime to keep the family’s dinner ritual intact.
Moral vegetarians, like Spiro, place parents in a challenging position by requiring special meals. For Abbed, respecting her son’s vegetarian lifestyle meant small changes to family meal planning, such as preparing meat separate from the rest of the meal.
Abbed said, “If he were just being picky, if it were just that, then I wouldn't cater to it.” Instead, Abbed works to find ways to get protein into Spiro’s diet throughout the day. She does however, put her foot down at his request that meat be removed from the table altogether since the rest of her family continues to eat meat.
An even bigger challenge though? Eating out.
The fact is “kid fare" is not vegetarian friendly. Most restaurants offer chicken fingers and hot dogs, leaving non-meat eating children with few choices outside of a grilled cheese sandwich.
While finding nutritious food at restaurants can be hard, vegetarians can easily maintain a healthy diet with a bit of planning. As Brown University notes on its Health Promotion website, “The key to any healthy diet is to choose a wide variety of foods, and to consume enough calories to meet your energy needs.”
For moms like Abbed, having a vegetarian child simply means that a bit more creativity and flexibility are required from the whole family, at least when it comes to food.
When it comes to curbing your appetite, you should start not with how much you're eating, but what you're putting in your body. The look, smell, and taste of your food have just as much, if not more, to do with why your stomach starts grumbling again so soon after a meal.
Every strand of our DNA is coded for flavor. In the beginning, taste was a survival instinct that helped us know what to eat that would nourish our bodies (meats, greens, etc.) versus what might hurt us (like poisonous plants). As we have evolved, taste has created a sister sense, flavor.
Taste is essentially food hitting your taste buds. Flavor, however, involves all of the senses. It's how food sounds, what it looks like, the smell of it, the feel of it and, finally, the taste of it.
Our bodies mark and remember the flavors of the foods that provide the nutrients needed to survive. Low on vitamin C? Your body's cravings for citrus could kick in. Low iron levels? A steak or hamburger might start looking pretty good.
When that happens, our bodies seek out what is missing by craving the foods it has associated with those vitamins or minerals. But our tongues, they go for the tastiest versions first. This means that going bland may fill your plate, but without flavor it's not likely to feed your cravings.
The good news? The opposite is also true. Foods loaded with flavor can pack a powerful punch. So fill your body with good food loaded with flavor!
We're always seeking ways to look more beautiful - as well as amazing recipes and delicious foods. So naturally we're thrilled that Caroline Artiss, one of our favorite multi-talented influencers in our network - she's an author, chef, nutrition expert, and restauranteur - shared her story along with her best tips for eating well and looking amazing. And don't we all want to shine from the inside out?
Born in London and now living in southern California, Caroline got started in the restaurant business at a young age - she first trained as a chef when she was fifteen years old, and knew early on that food was her path in life. In fact, she used to watch cooking shows when she was young and learned to make the most of the resources that her family had. Master Chef was one of her favorites; she's also a huge fan of Anthony Bourdain (who isn't) and Jamie Oliver. In fact, she even got to work with Jamie when she was a contestant on the reality show Chef Race.
For the unfamiliar, Chef Race was a 2012 show that pitted American and British chefs against each other to cook across America without any money, accommodation, or anything but their skills and their wits!
Some of her favorite experiences on the show included spicy jalepeño margaritas in Santa Fe, casual pints and pub grub at the Pint in Chicago, and cooking pizza on the beach in a rave in California. "That's what made me fall in love with America!" she says.
Although when it comes the meal of her dreams, her heart might belong to Japan. "My ideal meal would be sushi in Japan. I'm a really big fan of seafood in general, and all the time and effort the Japanese put into the presentation is amazing." And Caroline would definitely know - she's tasted and cooked all kinds of amazing seafood on her Tastemade show with Bonefish grill, including catching fresh lobsters and scallops, and eating them right at the source (did you know that scallops are fabulous raw?).
But we can't live on over-the-top dining experiences alone! One of Caroline's favorite things to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner includes pretty much anything avocado. "I've become a big fan of avocados since moving to California - I love the taste, and all those healthy oils are fabulous for your hair and skin. Plus it makes a fabulous meal anytime of day or night!". If you pick up her book Beauty Foods (and you definitely should), you'll discover a lot of delicious ways to prepare avocado.
You'll also discover some healthy recipes that are perfect for special occasions, including a chimichurri steak that is loaded with different tangy herbs and spices - "you could do a filet steak for date night or a big piece of brisket for a family meal".
Like the team at Women's Forum, Caroline gives a lot of credit to the inspiring women in her life. She dedicated Beauty Foods to her mother, who was a salon owner and beautician, and was her inspiration on the path to combining beauty and cuisine. She also draws a ton of inspiration from fellow British author J.K. Rowling, who was a determined, passionate single mom who had the dedication to get her work done - and she didn't pretend everything was perfect, but rather she got things done and achieved so much in the face of adversity!
We can't wait to see what Caroline does next.
You’re not the only person who complains that Whole Foods is too expensive. But if you feel like you can’t afford to shop there, you may be shopping wrong! We've compiled the ways that you can hack your Whole Foods experience and save a bundle on high quality groceries.
It’s baked fresh in-store and you cannot beat the quality for the price.
Read over your receipt before you leave the store. See if they didn’t give you a sale price on something or if the price was wrong, because usually they will give you that item for free.
Sample almost anything in the store. It’s their policy.
Whole Foods releases coupon booklets every two months, but the coupons in them are valid for three.
You're allowed to combine a Whole Foods coupon, a manufacturer coupon, and several rebate offers on any given item. So pile them up! Note that the Whole Foods policy is to present your coupon with each item rather than at the end, so be organized in the checkout line and everyone will appreciate it.
The lighter the food, the less it costs. Examples: Skip tomatoes or cucumber since they’re heavy and go for the dressing on the side. Pile on the leafy greens though!
Their produce is absolutely the best but it’s even more discounted on the weekends!
Like you needed an excuse to buy multiple bottles of vino at once.
Let the butcher break down a chicken, pound a chicken or tie up a pork loin roast for free. The fishmonger will even steam your fish for you!
Follow their sale days. Follow Whole Foods on social media to find out the best sales for each day. For example, on Fridays, it’s the best day for discounts on meat or seafood.
You may not see the Whole Foods prepared foods counter as the place to get a whole meal but they have plenty of deals on prepared meals, especially closer to the end of the day.
The 365 products are not only competitively priced, but some of the items like the salsa, soap, tomato sauce and pita chips are also of the best quality.
The bulk section actually has some of the best deals! Plus if you buy 25 lbs or more of anything, you get 10% off.