Mexican Meatloaf Cupcakes with Guacamole Frosting (Paleo and Sugar Detox)

Mexican Meatloaf Cupcakes and Guacamole Frosting Recipe

The versatility of these Mexican Meatloaf Cupcakes with Guacamole Frosting is what I love best about this recipe.

Other than the taste, that is. What I really love is the taste!

Things to love about this recipe:

First, the recipe as it stands makes 15 cupcakes. If you have little eaters in your house, then you have plenty to freeze.

To Freeze Cupcakes: After baking, allow to cool. Place on a waxed paper lined baking sheet. Freeze for 1 hour before transferring to a freezer safe container.

To Bake Cupcakes From Frozen: No need to thaw. Add an additional 10 minutes to cooking time. Internal temperature should get to 165 in the center.

Next, the way this recipe is written, it is Paleo, Grain-Free, and 21 Day Sugar Detox Friendly. If you eat grains, you could easily add one and a half cups of breadcrumbs, or even quinoa, to the mixture and stretch the number of cupcakes you get from 15 to 18 – 20. This definitely gives you plenty to freeze!

Finally, the fact these are cupcake sized instead of bread pan sized means they cook up in half the time. Such a great way to get dinner on the table fast!

Guacamole topped anything makes me happy. Quickly topping something with guacamole makes me even happier.

I used a store bought guacamole for my cupcakes. Again, this is a time saver for me. If you have ripe avocados, by all means make up a batch of homemade guacamole. However, sometimes ripeness and the desire to cook a recipe don’t always coincide.

Mexican Meatloaf Cupcakes with Guacamole Frosting

Mexican Meatloaf Cupcakes with Guacamole Frosting

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 4.5 ounce can diced green chiles
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 1 red pepper, grated
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • Guacamole (homemade or store-bought)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400. Grease muffin pans.
  2. In a skillet, saute onions and garlic until translucent. Allow to cool.
  3. In a large bowl, mix tomato paste with chili powder, cumin, coriander, salt and pepper.
  4. Stir in carrots, red pepper and chiles.
  5. Add beaten eggs and ground beef. Mix well with your hands.
  6. Evenly divide beef mixture between 15 muffin cups.
  7. Bake at 400 for 30 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165.
  8. Once baked, remove from oven and top with guacamole. You can pipe it to make it look like frosting, or you can just dollop it, depending on your time.
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Sugar Detox: Quick and Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas

Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas
I’m on day 7 of my 30 day Sugar Detox.

What I’m quickly realizing is the key to success is planning ahead.

Having these quick and healthy chicken fajitas in the slow cooker meant getting dinner on the table was a cinch.

Since only my husband and I are on a sugar detox, and my girls are not, I could use the chicken fajita meat in two ways. My girls made traditional fajitas by wrapping the meat in a tortilla and adding shredded cheddar cheese.

For my husband and I, I turned the meat into a fajita salad. I served it on a huge bed of lettuce with chopped tomatoes.

We all had guacamole on our fajitas. :)

Quick and Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas

Ingredients

  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 bell peppers, thinly sliced
  • 2 pounds chicken (you can use breasts or thighs or a mix)
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions

  1. Place the onions and peppers on the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Top with chicken pieces.
  3. Pour chicken broth over the top.
  4. In a small bowl, stir together chili powder, cumin, paprika and red pepper.
  5. Sprinkle spices over the chicken.
  6. Cook on low 6 to 8 hours.
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Simple Slow Cooker Pork Shoulder Roast

Slow Cooker Pork Shoulder Roast with apples and garlic couldn’t be a more delicious fall recipe and it’s simple to make!

We get tired of the same recipes over and over at our house, so I decided to create a new Pork Shoulder Roast Recipe that used some of the apples from our visit to the local apple orchard this fall.  Not only was this simple to make but it made the house smell amazing and have that warm and cozy fall feeling.

Finding Slow Cooker Recipes that aren’t full of cream of soups or ingredients that aren’t all that great for us isn’t always easy.  This a whole food recipe that uses pork, apples and seasonings. To be completely honest, this way of cooking is new to our family and is something we are working towards as a life change.

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We love these easy Slow Cooker Recipes, there is nothing easier, in my opinion, than throwing ingredients in the slow cooker first thing in the morning and coming home to a meal that’s ready to go!  I swear there are days that I would never get dinner on the table if it wasn’t for my slow cooker and the convenience of our slow cooker meals!

Another one of our favorite recipes is our Crock Pot Chicken Fajita Recipe that uses chicken and vegies to make a yummy and flavorful fajita.  My kids love having these for dinner because they can decide how they want to top their fajitas and make them the just the way they want and love.

Be sure to check out the 25 Slow Cooker Recipes Round up with more ideas of recipes to add to your monthly menu! There you will find a bunch more recipes that you will want to serve your family because they are full of great taste and ingredients you know and trust.

Chrissy Taylor is a wife, Mom, blogger and property manager. She and her husband of 15 years are raising two active boys in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. Chrissy enjoys blogging about cooking, crafts, gifts and household tips.

You can connect with her at:

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30 Healthy Mexican Recipes for Cinco De Mayo

30 Healthy Mexican RecipesCinco De Mayo is just a few short days away and I LOVE any excuse to eat Mexican Food! I’ve gathered up 30 Healthy Recipes for Cinco De Mayo to help you celebrate.

STARTERS

Looking for great Mexican flavor in a drink that even the kids can enjoy? Make a pitcher of Green Tea Mock-jitos.

If you’ve got company coming, you can’t go wrong with Mexican Layer Dip and this looks so lovely in a trifle bowl.

You’ll need salsa, so take your pick from Salsa Fresca, Garden Fresh Salsa, or Easy Salsa.

Then, whether you are serving it as a dip, or a condiment, here is a great recipe for Organic Guacamole.

*Bonus Tip* Do you know How to Keep Guacamole Green?

TORTILLAS

I have been dying to make these Soft Homemade Tortillas.

SOUPS

A classic soup to make for Cinco de Mayo is Southwest Taco Soup Need gluten-free? Try this recipe for Gluten-Free Taco Soup.

Don’t forget these other classic soups like Spicy Black Bean Soup or Posole.

MEXICAN MAIN DISHES

To make a really great Cinco De Mayo meal, you could start out by making Homemade Tex-Mex Enchilada Sauce. Then use it to make Cheese Enchiladas or Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas. Tempting, no?

Looking for something out of the ordinary? This Mexican Chicken and Pasta Skillet looks good as does this recipe for Tinga – something I’ve never tried.

Two of our family favorites are Tortilla Pie and Cheddar Corn Bake.

When I eat Mexican out, I’m always tempted by the chimichangas. Much healthier are these Homemade Chicken Chimichangas.

We frequently do breakfast for dinner. I’ll make a play on breakfast like these Black Bean Cakes. Or, I love to serve an egg dish like Huevos a la Mexicana or Frijoles Rancheros.

BEANS

You seriously can not have Mexican food without some sort of beans. I like to make a batch of Pinto Beans in the crockpot and use them for Homemade Refried Beans or to make a Vegetarian Burrito Bowl that is sooooo much cheaper than what you get a Chipotle.

You can’t go wrong serving classic Black Beans and Rice for Cinco de Mayo.

TACOS

Tacos are a Mexican staple that are quick and easy to whip up. Especially if you keep Homemade Taco Seasoning on hand. Use it to whip up Simple Chicken Tacos, quick and easy Oven Tacos or even Grilled Fish Tacos.

What will you be serving this Cinco de Mayo?

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Easy Recipes: 5 Recipes Using Chicken and Tomatoes

I am thrilled to be here today guest posting with Andrea.  I love her site and the resources she provides as I incorporate organic items into our family meal rotation.

As a busy mom of very active boys I am constantly on the hunt for easy recipes to add to my meal plan.

I absolutely love the flavors of chicken and tomatoes used together,  so today I am going to share five of my favorite recipes using these simple ingredients.

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Easy Recipes Using Chicken and Tomatoes

 

  1. Vodka Chicken Pasta- this is a stove top dish that comes together quickly. Serve with a dinner salad and you have a scrumptious meal.
  2. Puerto Rican Stew- my husband is Puerto Rican and I love incorporating authentic food that his family teaches me to cook into our meal rotation. This is one of my favorites and it includes chicken and tomato sauce. You’ll notice this recipe calls for potatoes. I always use organic potatoes when a recipe calls for them due to the research I’ve read about this vegetable and pesticides. Also, you can sub the steamed white rice for brown rice.
  3. Crockpot Crushed Tomato and Chicken Soup- this is so simple and absolutely delicious!
  4. Easy Chicken Nachos- I love using up leftover chicken making dinners like these nachos. We like the organic blue corn chips I find at Target and locally grown fresh tomatoes are awesome!
  5. Chicken Artichoke Tomato Pizza- this is my favorite pizza on the planet and it a knock-off from a local pizzeria. Quick dinner for a busy school or work night. Also another great recipe for using up that leftover chicken.

It doesn’t get much easier than that.

What is your main struggle when getting dinner on the table during the busy school and work week?

I hope you will hop over and check out my mommy resource site Crystal & Co., where I share tons of ideas and solutions to help busy moms just like you and me. If meal planning is something you struggle with, I have an ebook that is available for preorder- How to Meal Plan: A Step by Step Guide for Busy Moms. It will hit the pages of Amazon mid-November.

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25 Slow Cooker Recipes | Quick and Healthy Recipe Roundup

25 Slow Cooker Recipes

The last time I was at Bunco, one of my friends commented, “I really need some good slow cooker recipes.”

That prompted me to think: Don’t we all? My family would not be eating if we weren’t using our slow cooker this month. We have evening activities every night of the week.

The problem is, it can be hard to find a quick and healthy slow cooker recipe that doesn’t feature a whole lot of “packet of this” or “can-a-cream-a-that” but instead features healthy, quality ingredients. So I set out to collect slow cooker recipes that not only taste great, but use the ingredients I want to serve to my family.

The list below is the result of my asking my online friends for their best slow cooker healthy recipes as well as combing the web for great slow cooker recipes that I’m proud to pass on and share. I haven’t cooked every recipe, but I have been making my way through the list. Anything I’ve cooked that I’ve tweaked, I’ve noted it next to the recipe.

25 Quick and Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes


MAIN DISHES

P.F. Chang’s Lettuce Wraps Copycat Recipe

Spicy Apricot Chicken

Tried and True: How to Cook a Roast in the Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker Mediterranean Beef Ragout

Cabbage Rolls *I left out the rice to make this paleo. I could eat it once a week and even reheated leftovers for breakfast!*

Chicken Chili

Cheesy Vegetable Chowder

Cashew Chicken

Whole Chicken in a Crock Pot

Chicken Curry

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Pork and Green Chile Stew *I used two pork tenderloins instead of chops. So good!*

Creamy Slow Cooker Tortellini Soup *I didn’t know what a “packet of white sauce” was. So I left it out. Results were still so good this is a family favorite!*

Honey Apple Pork Loin

Slow Cooker Lemongrass and Coconut Chicken Drumsticks *I did not enjoy the smell of this while it cooked. However, it was really tasty!*

Crockin’ Ham

Orange Chicken

Slow Cooker Meatball Sandwiches


SIDE DISHES

Sweet Potato and Feta Mash

Slow Cooker Applesauce

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

 

DESSERTS AND EXTRAS

Pumpkin Butter

Homemade Crockpot Apple Butter

Brown Rice Pudding

Sugared Cinnamon Almonds

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Greatest Grilled Chicken Pesto Salad

Greatest Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Pesto Salad

I’m not holding back by naming this the greatest grilled chicken pesto salad. But I think it lives up to the hype. Really simple to prepare but so yummy! I used my spinach pesto as the dressing – adding a handful of fresh basil from the garden.

Start by making the simplest of marinades:

Garlic Marinade

I use a small mason jar, add all the ingredients and shake. Then let it sit while you prep your veggies.

Vegetables:

  • 2 eggplant
  • 2 yellow squash
  • 2 zucchini squash

Slice all the veggies about 1/2 inch thick. I like to cut my squash and zucchini diagonally so they don’t slip down the grill grates.

The trick to the vegetables? Score them so when you brush the marinade on, the garlic gets caught in the grooves!

Bring all your ingredients out to the grill.

If you have a grill large enough, preheat it to two different settings. Medium high for the chicken and just medium for the veggies. This helps keep your veggies from getting over cooked.

Once I get the chicken on the grill, I just season it with salt and pepper. Brush the veggies with the garlic olive oil.
Grill the chicken until the juices run clear – not pink. Grill the veggies until soft. I had to grill the veggies in batches.

Once cooked, chop the chicken and veggies.

Toss with the pesto and serve in a red pepper that has been halved and seeded. You can grill the red pepper until soft, or not. Your choice!

Greatest Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Pesto Salad

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