I haven’t blogged in weeks. Getting married and going on a honeymoon is a good excuse though 😉 I promise wedding photos and vacation posts will be up soon! Actually, I have so many blogs to catch up on that I’ll be set on content for the summer. You’ll be getting an overload from me.
When I got home yesterday, I worked on straightening up the house and then headed to the grocery store to pick up some of my go-to items for meals. When I’m on vacation, I love to try all kinds of foods! Even though I (try to) eat everything in moderation, I still eat everything! My diet has definitely shifted this past year, and now absolutely NOTHING is off-limits. Life has been a lot easier this way. There are no asking restaurants to make things gluten-free, skipping meals because it has dairy in it, and carbs are now my friends. I loved being able to have a wedding menu and cake with no restrictions. Our wedding cake was one of the most delicious desserts I’ve ever had! Usually, no one eats the cake at a wedding, but this cake was the talk of the evening (ok more details on that later!)I’ll eventually do a blog explaining these changes, but I’m just here to fill you in on where I’m at. I get a lot of questions on Instagram asking about my diet.
Even though I’ve been eating all types of foods in moderation, I still get the post-vacation bloat. It’s totally normal, and it just means you enjoyed yourself to the fullest – no pun intended. Whenever I get home from a trip, I ALWAYS make this go-to meal. I’ve blogged about it before but never shared the recipe. I make a big batch and eat it all week long. It’s so filling even though it’s on the lighter side, and I never get sick of it. It’s a spicy cabbage taco bowl! Even Kyle (who hates cabbage) loves this dish. It’s high fiber, high protein, moderate carb, and keeps me filled and away from late-night snacking. My breakfast usually consists of Greek yogurt, berries, and my homemade granola. Lunch is rice crackers with homemade chicken salad, cucumbers, and hummus. And I snack on apples with peanut butter. Even when I’m trying to eat better, I NEVER skip dessert. I’ll usually do air-popped popcorn with dark chocolate and then immediately brush my teeth. If I’m truly hungry after brushing my teeth and drinking water, then it’ll just have to be a double-brush night. What I love about this dish is that it is so easy and quick to make. And like any recipe, you can customize it any way you want. You don’t have to make it spicy; you can add cheese, more vegetables, tofu instead of turkey, and so on.
The Ingredients for the Spicy Turkey & Cabbage Taco Bowls
Cabbage, bell peppers, onions, taco seasoning, ground turkey, avocado, black beans, water, few tablespoons of avocado oil, black pepper, and diced green chilis. The habanero ranch is just a plus!
This recipe was inspired by Natasha! She made a similar dish that was soooo good!
Start by sautéing the cabbage, bell peppers, and onion in a pan with water, avocado oil, and black pepper. Once the vegetables are cooked, add in the cooked turkey meat and diced green chilis. Mix in the black beans, taco seasoning, and any additional spices you want! Sometimes I’ll throw in a little onion powder or garlic powder if it needs it.
Top the bowl with a habanero ranch or a few tablespoons of cheese! It takes about 20-minutes to make, and you can store it in a container in the fridge for up to five days. I never get sick of it! Sometimes, I’ll add a few tortilla chips and avocado to the top. This recipe is so light that you can (and should) double up the serving size!
Spicy Black Bean & Turkey Cabbage Bowls
- 2 Lbs Organic Ground Turkey cooked
- 1 Large Head of Cabbage diced
- 1 Medium Yellow Onion diced
- 1 Large Bell Pepper diced
- 3 Tbsps Avocado Oil
- 1/4 Cup Water
- 8 Oz Diced Green Chilis
- 3 Cups Black Beans
- 1 Packet Siete Spicy Taco Seasoning
- 1/4 Tsp Black Pepper
- Sauté the diced cabbage, bell pepper, and onion in a pan on high heat with water, avocado oil, and black pepper.
- Add the cooked ground turkey, black beans, and taco seasoning to the pan with the sautéed vegetables.
- Serve in a bowl with habanero ranch and avocados. Store extra in the refrigerator.
(does not include avocado or habanero ranch)
I’ve always loved eating healthier after a vacation, but that doesn’t mean extreme dieting. Just because I eat this meal every single night to stay on track doesn’t mean I won’t end the night with ice cream or have pizza for lunch. I try to meal prep healthy and eat intuitively the best I can! Listening to your body and not going against it is how you maintain a healthy relationship with food.
I hope you all have an amazing Sunday, and I can’t wait to bring some exciting blogs to you this week! Xo, I’ve missed you all!
Questions for you!
- Do you currently have a healthy relationship with food?
- What is your post-vacation routine like?
- What is a go-to dinner you like to have after traveling?
So happy you’re back!! I know we all can’t wait to see your blogs this summer 🤩🤩
I want to say not reqlly.. I could be eating a lot healthier. I think this will be the perfect recipe to try this week!
Post vacation entails grocery shopping and getting my life together! Usually start laundry, but that doesn’t mean it gets finished lol
I love tacos/taco salads for easy go-to dinners. We both love them and they’re just so quick and easy!
I feels good to be back in the routine of it!
Hahaha love that. I did all my laundry as soon as I got home…it’s just waiting to be folded 😆
They really are the best!
Ashton Jury says
Yay! So happy you’re back, and I can’t wait to see your Scottsdale post and THE WEDDING! I definitely make something like this except for the green bell peppers! I can’t stand them! lol I also love making Asian lettuce wraps too, and lots of big salads! I think I have a pretty good relationship with food, I don’t restrict anything and will always try something new. I also like to exercise either walking my dog Pepper or riding my peloton or trying the bootcamp classes the bike offers. I love before I leave cleaning at least my room so i have clean sheets to come home too and then going to the grocery store and restocking everything.
Ahhh I can’t wait to catch up on everything!! ♥️ I may have to do asian lettuce wraps for next week great idea!
AHHH can’t wait to see wedding photos!! Hope you had the best, most magical day 🙂
Ahhh me too! I cannot wait to get them back 😍 Thank you so much!
So excited for all the upcoming posts – I’ve missed reading your blog!
Thank you!! ♥️ Feels good to be back!
Becky Smith says
I usually just enjoy getting back into cooking once I’m home, there’s no set dish!
Also, I ALWAYS eat the cake at weddings. It’s the best and you’d be crazy not to!
Congratulations for your wedding!!!!! Wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness!!!! I’ve been reading your blog for many many years, from the beginning! I’m so so excited for this happy event!! I can’t wait for your photos! All these years you are my best company, i have a cup of coffee or smothie and you inspire me! God bless you! Best wishes from Greece!!
Awwwwwww thank you so so so so much, mary!!!!
I can’t wait to see your wedding photos and honeymoon post! Of course we missed you here! 🙂
I think I do have a healthy relationship with food now but it took me a while to get where I am today. I was always struggling with myself regarding what I should and should not eat, I felt guilty a lot of times and I was putting myself limits which at some point made me feel very anxious. So today I do exactly what you said, I eat everything and nothing is off-limits. Of course I don’t eat junk food everyday, I have balance between the days we eat outside or order pizza and the days we cook at home and eat more healthy. But I don’t count these days, I simply let it flow and it’s really much easier.
My post-vacation routine like is to always have one day to make my laundry, check the pictures and choose the ones I like the most, and simply relax for the rest of the day 🙂
Big hugs and can’t wait for the upcoming posts! :*
Hello Taralynn !
Firstly, congratulations and lots of happiness !!
Do you currently have a healthy relationship with food? => I try, it could be better. I have a lactose intolerance and a irritable bowel syndrome (I don’t know if it is the right term in English) so it’s hard not to get crazy sometimes with meals, mostly due to the fear of pain. Anyway, my relationship with food can be describe as healthy because I always pay attention to my appetite and I eat intuitively.
What is your post-vacation routine like? => Cleaning the house, doing the laundry, catching up with friends and family, and of course resting !
What is a go-to dinner you like to have after traveling? => Like you, I love trying everything as possible during holidays. It’s part of the discovery ! So afterwards, I always do a “diet” : at the moment, I love cooking an Ayurveda recipe, it’s a bowl with rice, vegetables, legumes and sweet spices. It’s filling, highly digestible and delicious !