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

Cooking and Current Read: Week of January 7-14

Hi guys!

So this week we thought we would try out a little something new!  One of my friends from school (and a person I LOVE to get book recommendations from) started a spice company in Baton Rouge, and additionally has started offering meal prep!  Two things I love in life are meal prep and reading, so I thought it would be great to feature them on this weeks Cooking and Current Read!

The name of the company is called Avec Tous Spice Company.  They are a small family run spice company founded by husband and wife that met while working as chefs in restaurants in Louisiana.  You can tell that they are passionate about spices, good food, and natural ingredients just from having a 5 minute conversation.  Christy and I have talked many nights about eating Paleo (we mainly eat that due to B’s dietary restrictions) and she has really got me thinking about what type of spices I use in my own home (#saynotoiodizedsalt).  The best part about their spice is that there is no weird ingredients included- just real Louisiana flavor and you can’t beat that! Trust me when I tell you that you will put this spice on everything – eggs, meat, seafood, you name it, we put it on it!

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This week the menu is:

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Being the pig that I am and the fact that I hate making decisions I told them to surprise us- so we got a little of everything on the menu! We have nibbled on everything so far and I may or may not have slurped up the balsamic glaze (I did). These can be portioned out for you or you can choose to share it with your loved ones.  If it was up to me I would eat them all myself …haha jk.. not really!

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So this week was made easy for us since we don’t really have to cook and we don’t have to worry about what we will bring for lunch.  For less than the amount we spend weekly on groceries, we will have about 8 meals total (we split each of the meals in half and got the 6 oz of protein with each meal).  I have been full and satisfied after every meal!

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So if you can stop drooling and keep reading, I will let you know what is on my schedule for #currentreads this week:

  1. Hot Shot by Karina Halle (5 stars)- Contemporary Romance
  2. Inseparable by Siobhan Davis (5 stars)- Contemporary Romance
  3. Privileged by Carrie Aarons (4 stars)- Contemporary Romance
  4. Beyond Danger by Kat Martin (still reading)-Romantic Suspense
  5. Hall Pass by L. Loren (need to read)- Adult Fiction
  6. By the Book by Julia Sonneborn (need to read)- Contemporary Romance

I finished the first two earlier this week and finished Privileged today!  You can see my full review of Hot Shot and Inseparable posted tomorrow on my blog (yay for Blog Tours!) I tend to review every book I read so make sure to check back or subscribe to the blog to get updates of my reviews!

So because I have to spend less time in the kitchen this week, I definitely think I can tackle reading my 6 books on my TBR list.  I am super pumped that I get to eat AMAZING food and relax by getting myself lost in books.

If you have read any of the books on my list, feel free to leave a comment and let me know your thoughts!  If you want to order spices, be sure to head on over to Avec Tous Spice company’s website that I have linked above.

Happy Eating and Happy Reading!

xoxo,

Brittany

 

Cooking & Current Reads

I thought I would try a little something on the blog today and call it “Cooking and Current Read” – I love alliterations 😉

So it’s freezing cold in South Louisiana. The past two days have actually been colder than it was in FRICKING Alaska. If that’s not global warming then I don’t know what is. Or El Niño. We can still blame things on El Niño right??

So because it’s so cold I cooked taco soup tonight. My recipe is pretty easy- a lot of dumping is involved and it takes about 30 minutes.

My Cooking:

The ingredients:


I did two lbs of ground turkey but that’s not a pretty photo so I didn’t snap it.


Directions:

Cook ground meat (your choice- I prefer ground turkey) and drain. Add 1 1/2 cup of water, all the canned items shown above and your seasonings. You can actually use whatever beans you want- this is what I have in the pantry. Only can I didn’t drain was the chili beans. Stir it good, cook on low for about 15 min. Serve and enjoy!

I also enjoy sour cream and cheese on mine but B is dairy free so I have to wait to add those things.


My Current Read:

I received an ARC called Scoring Mr. Romeo by A.M Madden and Joanne Schewhm so I started it late last night. I have about an hour left in it and I am enjoying it. It’s about a single mom who meets her Luca (Mr. Romeo) at her son’s soccer game and there is an instant attraction. She hasn’t been treated like a lady should in awhile and he is here to change that. I’ll do a full review later, so be on the look out.


Synopsis:
Women told me I was a master of romance. They were right. I knew how to sweep a woman off her feet, to make her feel special, and good in all the right places. I wasn’t a saint. I’ve had my share of one-night stands. They served their purpose, giving me a steady diet of romance without the hassle of commitment.

Then one day at the park, a soccer ball came careening toward my head, and my life changed in an instant. I never imagined that true love would come in the form of a five-year-old little boy. And then I got to know his mother: She was strong, independent, drop-dead gorgeous, and someone I desired – I just needed to prove it to her.

She called me Mr. Romeo, and that was fine with me.

Lesson learned: Love always trumps everything.


Do you have a favorite winter recipe you cook?  What recipes would you like to see me post about?  What’s your favorite genre?  Let me know!!