Cooking + Current Reads: Meal Prep Freezer Burritos and Five Star Reads

Does anyone else feel like the month of March has been jam packed with New Releases (and amazing ones at that!)  I feel like it has been non stop with great book after great book.  It seems like every book I picked up this month I truly enjoyed.  I didn’t have a lot of ARCs to read as it’s a busier time of the year for work for me, so I did get to actually handpick some reads that I had been wanting to read for awhile.

I love to meal plan and I love to cook/eat Mexican food so of course my meal plan for this week consists of burritos.  I make everything on Sunday, freeze them and then me and my husband have lunch for the week.  We don’t have to spend any extra money on food for lunch (those $5-8 adds up quick!) and they are pretty cheap to make!  One of my favorite recipes actually doesn’t come from anywhere- it’s one that I have always just made and we love it!  If you wanted some other options, I did start out making ones similar to The Pioneer Woman’s recipe, but I have left out and switched up some of the ingredients to make it my own.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tsp Olive Oil
  • Onion- I use about 1/4 of one
  • Garlic- about 2-4 cloves
  • Ground meat- we have used turkey, beef, and deer.  I have also used chicken too.
  • Taco seasoning
  • 1 cup of water
  • One can of corn, drained
  • One can of Rotel
  • One can of black beans, drained
  • 10 inch tortillas
  • Cheese- Mexican or cheddar

Directions:

  1. Saute onion and garlic in olive oil until clear and aroma smells great
  2. Add the (ground) meat and cook until no longer pink (about 8-10 min)
  3. Add the taco seasoning and water
  4. Add drained corn, black beans and rotel- stir CAREFULLY! Pot will be full!

5. Let it heat up for a little while then remove from heat

6. Microwave the tortillas for about 20 second

7. Get foil and cut out 10 pieces

8. Spoon two scoops of meat mixture on the far left side of the tortilla

9. Add a line of cheese to the tortilla

10. Roll up, date, and freeze!

Since I have gotten a lot of reading done this month, I thought I would link up some of my five star reads that I am still thinking about.  If you have been living under a rock and haven’t seen these, then do yourself a favor and check them out.  One set is a duet series that is totally binge worthy and is free on Kindle Unlimited.  The other might seem a little bit taboo, but only because it is a triangle.  This book does contain cheating, but I hope that you give it a chance.  I am not one to typically read something like this and I do not condone it at all, but I took the leap of faith and I am glad I did!  Please trust me and give it a shot- you won’t be disappointed.

Then There Was You (Second Chances Duet, #1)Then There Was You by Claire Contreras

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Yes, people were all the same, we were all born and we would all die. The only thing really setting us apart was the way we chose to spend the short time we were alive.”

Tessa and Rowan’s story held me captive until I finished both books in record time. I was so interested to see how this went down. One of my favorite sub genres in Romance books is friends to lovers and especially young love. There is just something different and special about it. Their story was no different in that department, but it was different in so many other good ways!

Tessa is back in town to settle some family things and runs into her old best friend Rowan (whom she secretly loved fiercely even at the ripe old age of 16). She tries her hardest to stay away but ultimately they both realize and already know that they can’t. It seems like it would be a simple story, but it’s not- it’s one filled with so much angst, heartache, slow burn, and some out of this world chemistry!

This is the first book that I read by Claire Contreras and it definitely won’t be my last (hello book #2!) I thought the story had the right amount of romance, angst, and parts that warmed your heart. Tessa is a powerhouse of a woman, and I truly enjoyed reading about her going after what she wants in life. I gave this book 5 stars because I really did enjoy every piece of it. I cannot wait for Book #2 so be sure to look for my review there!

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My Way Back to You (Second Chance Duet, #2)My Way Back to You by Claire Contreras

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The series is concluded with this book and I am left with the biggest smile on my face! It was an amazing finish for this second chance romance and I cannot say enough good things about it.

The second book takes place after some time has passed, and things have changed. Mainly Tessa’s life, but we also got to see how Rowan had finally wised up and was making smart decisions. While it did seem a little far fetched and how quickly everything went down, I don’t think I could have taken any more heartache in trying to figure out what was going to happen! I don’t want to give too much away if you haven’t read it, but just know that you are in for a very big surprise in Book 2 and you will hopefully finish the book with a smile on your face just as I did.

I thought Claire did a grab job wrapping up all of the loose ends, you could feel the grown-upness in the characters and the story itself. It was still filled with angst and I had no idea which way it was going to go, but I was so happy that everything worked out like I wanted it to. I gave this book 5 stars as well because it was the perfect ending. It was a great read and left me fully satisfied. If you haven’t had a chance to check out this series, I highly recommend you going out and getting the books today!

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What He Doesn't Know (What He Doesn't Know Duet, #1)What He Doesn’t Know by Kandi Steiner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am not really that into love triangles, but this was a love triangle done right. And if were to ever recommend one to someone else, this would be at the top of my list- every. single. time.

I wasn’t really sure how to feel after reading this book- I just know I absolutely loved it. Charlie, Cameron and Reese have completely consumed my thoughts, and when I thought I had it figured out and was going to be happy with how the story was going to end, I found myself wishing for a different ending and completely breathless. It was heartbreaking, it was gut wrenching, and it was so emotional- so, so, so emotional. I loved how the book didn’t focus on the past or what happened then, it was more about life- something we all can relate to- and how people as adults handle the situation that they are faced with. It is a real, raw, and honest portrayal of life and how sometimes things just happen. I have never felt so torn and conflicted while reading, and then to be left with such a cliffhanger is almost devastating, but I know that Kandi will wrap everything up in Book 2.

This is not your typical triangle- don’t be scared of it, don’t avoid it, and don’t not read it just because it has a triangle in it. I absolutely loved it and even tried to explain it to my husband while we were in the car -which all totally went over his head, but that’s OK! Go out and get this book and make sure you make time in your schedule to read it. You will not be disappointed!

I gave this book 5 stars because it was so much more than I was ever expecting. It was beautifully written, it got my attention and held it, and it was one of those books that just stick with you. I am on pins and needles waiting for Book 2 to be released!

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Do you Meal Prep?  Let me know if you take a chance on the burritos and if you love them as much as we do. One of my favorite things to do is meal prep on Sunday for the week.  I love not having to think about what we are eating for the rest of the week (one less thing to worry about!) Also, they typically hold up pretty well in the freezer and are not too mushy when we go to reheat them for lunch.

Feel free to chat with me about the books above- I love to talk all things book and these were some of my favorites this past week!  See the links below for purchasing Then There Was You, My Way Back to You and What He Doesn’t Know.  remember, these are all FREE in Kindle Unlimited!

Then There Was You

My Way Back to You

What He Doesn’t Know

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