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Monday, March 8, 2021

Easy Mexican Skillet

Searching for easy dinner recipes? Here is a very simple ground beef meal with riced cauliflower.

How to make easy Mexican skillet dinner

Easy Mexican Skillet

Which just happens to be a gluten free meal too! 

1 lb ground beef
1 bag of frozen riced cauliflower (thawed)
1 large onion (chopped) 
1 large green pepper (chopped)
1 can Ro-Tel
3 T taco seasoning
1 t garlic powder
1/2 cheddar cheese (Shreds or dairy cheese optional)

Brown ground beef in skillet, add in chopped onion, green pepper, spices, and cauliflower.  Cook until cauliflower is soft.  Add in Ro-Tel and let simmer for 10 minutes. Add cheese if you prefer.  Serve alone or with tortilla chips.  I let Mr. Vintage put the cheese on his serving, but do not add to the skillet.

Do you notice a common theme with the recipes I provide to you?  E-A-S-Y!  I hate prep, and the million steps that go into some difficult recipes? I try to completely avoid.  I am a simple gal, and I just want to hurry up and get dinner over with after working a long day.  I like my evenings to be spent crafting and dreaming up the next project I plan to share with y’all. 

Do you know I was nearly 40 years old when I found out I was allergic to wheat, barley, and rye?  I kept getting sick, sinus infections, difficulty with breathing...  

I went to the doctor and he said I needed to see an allergist.  I was not someone new to allergies, I am allergic to outside.  Literally, grass, I am highly allergic to... the previous allergist I saw indicated I needed to go inside immediately after being outside and shower off pollen, etc.. because my allergies are so bad.  Of course, at that time I was in my 20's and thought he was overreacting.  Oh, to be 20 again... 

The testing had vastly improved since I was to an allergist... I was pricked with a needle of common things people are allergic to on both arms.  Ok, not bad... the nurse told me if I developed any severe reactions to take Benadryl immediately and come back in. 

The next morning I wake up, upper most part of my arm is one huge welt.  I called, they saw me and said yep, severe allergy to grass... well, I already knew that!  I found I was allergic to wheat, barley, rye, cats (knew that one too!), cockroaches... why they test you for this is beyond me... amongst almost every other allergy they test for.  

I am like the kid from Honey, I Shrunk the Kids!  I am a walking, talking allergy!  Over the years, I have learned to deal with it and know my limits.  Yard work?  No, I cannot do it... or my allergies will send me straight into a sinus infection, then I get an upper respiratory infection which causes difficulty in breathing... what a hot mess!

So, after a lot of years being miserable and finding out about the wheat allergy, I eliminated it from my diet.  Do you have any idea how much better I felt almost immediately?  It was amazing!  I no longer needed the inhaler, of course I still keep it around for high allergy seasons, but it was not an everyday, multiple times a day occurrence.

When you eliminate wheat, you have to read every label!  You would be amazed what wheat is in!  Prepared chicken salad from the grocery, yep... some ice creams, Donatos cauliflower bites?  YES!  I was so disappointed!  You just never know where it will appear.  I know making my own food is best, you really cannot rely on others to keep you safe.  

I found through all of this when we reach the age of 40 it is like our bodies have had enough of the things we are allergic to and will protest.  People learn of allergies they have had, but was never brought to their attention because it was a mild allergy, but then BAM!  You get hit all at once.  A local chiropractor wrote an explanation of this which I read and thought why can the allergists not explain this to people in this fashion?  It answered a lot of questions I had.  I tried to locate the article, but was unable to locate it.  There is a lot of information out there on allergies though so it may be helpful to read some information out there. 

I know I feel so much better finding out what was making me sick and it has really changed my life!     

FYI: I have the knives below and they are the absolute best when it comes to cutting.  If you decide to purchase them, please be careful.  I did cut my finger when cleaning them.  I was surprised how easily they chop through cauliflower, and yet you can cut a tomato without the skin puckering.  I love mine!  Mr. Vintage picked them up for me for Christmas one year.  

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