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Wonderful Taco Recipes To Try At Home

Wonderful Taco Recipes To Try At Home

If you are looking for a meal to make that is quick, easy, and delicious, you can’t go wrong with tacos. Most people tend to buy the taco kits at their local grocery stores. But, this is a meal that you can really get creative with, and after a while, you will likely come up with your own favorite recipe and you won’t need to use the kits at all (unless of course you happen to be craving the flavor that you can only find in a taco kit). Here are some delicious taco recipes you will want to try.

1. Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

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    Did you know that you can make awesome tacos in your slow cooker? This means that making them is going to be easier than ever. You only need a few ingredients to make this delicious taco filling, and then you simply put it into heated shells and serve. Cook chicken with beer, salsa verde, and your own favorite spices, and you have a terrific meal the whole family will love.

    2. Steak, Poblamo, and Mushroom Tacos

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      Here is a really interesting take on the traditional taco recipe. Instead of a taco shell, you will be using small chunks or strips of lean steak, and filling it with mushrooms and poblano for something really different and delicious. This is an awesome taste sensation that you just have to try.

      3. Breakfast Tacos

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        Have you ever thought about having tacos for breakfast? All you have to do is substitute traditional taco fillings for breakfast ingredients. Fill the shells with scrambled eggs, veggies, hash browns, and cheese, and you have a healthy and delicious breakfast that will be a nice change from cereal and toast, and it costs less than going to a restaurant to have a traditional breakfast that would include the same items.

        4. Jamaican Jerk Chicken Tacos

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          Everyone loves Jamaican jerk chicken, so just imagine how delicious it would be in a taco shell. These are made using two shells, one hard shell and one soft. It is best to put the ingredients inside the hard shell, coat that shell with cheese or a bean paste, and then stick the soft shell to the outside of the hard one.

          5. Roasted Sweet Potato Tacos

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            Sweet potatoes have become hugely popular, and can be used in just about any dish, including tacos. This particular dish combines sweet potatoes, goat cheese, and black beans for a unique flavor and texture. You can use either a soft or a hard shell, depending on your preference.

            6. Fish Tacos

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              Another interesting take on the traditional taco is the fish taco. Instead of ground beef, use flaked fish (any kind). Don’t forget to add some fresh mango-margarita salsa to give your tacos an extra flavor kick. Chipotle sauce is another option, and it will add a bit of spiciness to the dish.

              7. Flatbread Tacos

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                Who says you need to use taco shells to make tacos? Another option is to use flatbread (flattened dough made with flour, water and salt), and it will take your tacos to a whole other dimension. The flatbread will give tacos a unique texture, and you can add traditional taco fillings, or go for something different, such as a combination of chicken, bacon, and chipotle cream sauce.

                8. Veggie Tacos

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                  Vegetarians can enjoy tacos too, and there are plenty of ways to turn this dish into a vegetarian one. If you do want a meaty texture in the filling, use tofu, which will soak up the flavors of all of the other items that are cooked with it. Add some zucchini, mushrooms, and onions for a delicious, meat-free meal.

                  Featured photo credit: @kevinv033 via flickr.com

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                  Last Updated on September 18, 2020

                  7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                  7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                  Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                  Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                  1. Exercise Daily

                  It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                  If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                  Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                  If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

                  2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                  Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                  One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                  This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                  3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                  Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                  Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                  Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                  4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                  Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                  The basic nutritional advice includes:

                  • Eat unprocessed foods
                  • Eat more veggies
                  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                  Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                    5. Watch Out for Travel

                    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                    6. Start Slow

                    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                    Final Thoughts

                    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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