Clean Eating Mexican One Pan Meal + weekend recap

Monday, May 5, 2014

Happy Monday! How was everyone's weekend? I celebrated the 7th anniversary of my 21st birthday- do I seem older??

Today's recipe is one I made as my lunch for the week last week. The plantains and sweet potatoes added a nice sweet complement to the cumin, turkey, garlic and beans. It was delicious!

Servings: 5
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins


  • 1/2 lb lean ground turkey, browned ($2.00)
  • 1 ripe (brown) plantain ($.50)
  • 1 avocado, chopped ($1.00)
  • 1 can black beans ($1.00)
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced ($.89)
  • 1/2 large onion, diced ($.50)
  • 1 large tomato, diced ($.80)
  • 1/2 sweet potato, diced ($.40)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder (less if you don't love garlic as much as I do)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
Combine all the ingredients except the avocado, mix well, and cook over medium-high heat in a non-stick pan for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, add the avocado, and voila! You've got lunch for the week! Serve with salsa and Greek Yogurt.

I switched it up and ate it plain on Monday, on salad Tuesday, as a lettuce wrap Wednesday, on an Ezekiel tortilla Thursday, and plain again on Friday. It was so good!

Sooo as for the weekend, my birthday was pretty low key this year, which was what I wanted- I'm so focused on the house right now and wanted to be able to get up Sunday and paint/work (which didn't happen anyway because the baseboards weren't installed yet). Friday night a few friends from the neighborhood came over and we had beer and hookah on the balcony (yay nice weather!)

A few friends of mine from high school who live in DC came along for my favorite bottomless mimosa/bottomless buffet brunch at Front Page (on the porch!!) on Saturday, then we went to Local 16's rooftop (my other favorite). We bopped down the street to Chi-Cha Lounge for awhile, then capped off the night with some jumbo slice (thank you, DC).

Sunday we got up early and went to the house to check out progress. There wasn't much we could do but I need some advice! HELP!

This is our new walk-in closet (!!!!). The floor is slanted on my side- any ideas how to use this space so it's not just wasted? I'm thinking I might put some shelves over the slant? Not sure though? Thoughts? Ideas?

This is Andi attempting to look 100% uninterested in Max, her new neighbor- look how hard she's trying! I love this pic. BUT- Andi is a climber. Even while I was out there with her she tried to climb the fence! Anyone have ideas for how to keep her in? We are putting up a new fence soon, but it's just not in the budget right now.

Our new kitchen faucet came in. This house stuff has taught me A LOT about compromise, and about how different Harrison and my ideas are about decor... This hose faucet was a compromise. It reminds me of the giant things we used to clean dishes at the restaurants I worked in... This faucet is even removable and stretches...what do you think? Is this cool? Am I just scarred from years cleaning dishes at restaurants?

And now for some before/after pix, because these make me feel 100x better about the progress, and the fact that we are at T-Minus 10 days out from the day we have to move out of our current place (EEK):

The downstairs bathroom- can we just talk about WHY anyone ever wanted PINK toilets?!?!

New floor, new toilet, cleaned walls make a humongous difference. We have a pedestal sink going in soon- pix coming! If there needed to be any more evidence of how much of a NON DIY person I am, please observe the fact that I couldn't even figure out how to move this door out of the way for the picture..sorryyy!

Master bathroom during- again, who wanted a blue tub?!

Master bathroom: almost there! I love the subway tiles, and on last Tuesday's post I asked for suggestions on backsplash and paint colors- there were SO many good ideas (THANK YALL!) and Julie at The Natural Junkie suggested subway tile for the backsplash and I was like WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THAT?!, so we just ordered some more of this in a smaller size! Still working on the paint color.

And that's it! Leave any advice in the comments- I appreciate it! And I hope everyone has an awesome Cinco de Mayo! This is actually a day that I drink margaritas at home because I refuse to fight the crowds of drunks in sombreros and pay for overpriced margs. I prefer be a drunk in a sombrero in the safety of my own home, with cheap tequila and no lines. #sorry

Linking up today with Weekend Recap, Much Ado About Monday, Monday Morning Gossip


  1. I'm going to try that dish TODAY!!!! Happy Cinco de Mayo!!!!!

  2. hahaha @ the last gifs. hilarious.
    also, that recipe looks yum - and whats with all the pink and blue stuff in your bathrooms? lol. looks like its gonna be a thousand times better ;) love the flooring!

  3. Happy Birthday again lady!!! So glad you had a nice weekend!!
    My closet is slanted like that on one side and we put in a piece of trim and I use it as a shoe rack. It works out pretty well.
    Last night we had to help clean up the Senior dinner at Church and they had a faucet exactly like that, but if yours has half as much power as the one at Church, I am super jelly. That thing was awesome.
    I love the bathroom tile all around! I need some of that wood tile in my kitchen!

  4. Your house is looking AMAZING!! Uhm, that sink. Awesome! And I want! I guess I better get the fiance on that one... LOL! Happy Monday!

  5. So glad you had a great birthday!! Maybe a shelf for shoes??? Also, everything else is looking great!! How exciting!!

  6. Happy belated birthday! Im definitely going to try that dish. Also love the master bath esp the subway tiles.

  7. perhaps you want to get him (your puppy) a lead that allows him to get to JUST ABOUT the fence line, but not too close so that he can climb it?
    Just until you get the new fence?

    Pink Toilet.. Blue Tub? These people were INSANE!


  8. The subway tiles look amazing! I love them. And bottomless mimosas?? Yes please. We have a friend with a dog who jumps fences and they ended up adding a trellis to the top, basically making it one huge fence and now the dog can't make it over....good luck!

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  10. Yay! So glad I could help, the subway tile looks awesome! Happy late b-day, looks like you all had a great time celebrating this weekend.

  11. I love how everything is turning out! The bathrooms look great, love the tiles and the floor in the master! I like the kitchen faucet! I think it is cool and VERY functional.

    As far as the dog jumping the fence, maybe put something around the top of the fence? My biggest fear is always my dog getting out!

  12. Ah! Things are looking so good. Our bathrooms are totally 1970s too, only the previous owners decided to update it by leaving everything original but updating the floors to slate. So we have a pink shower stall with black slate flooring. Cute, huh?


  13. Your dinner looks like one that my whole family might eat and super easy!

  14. Love the upgrades! Growing up we had an avocado green kitchen, fridge, oven and sink all green, yuck! The only bathroom in the house was purple. Walls, toilet, sink and tub all a ungodly shade of purple. :)

  15. I just got a Dos X's at Chipotle & then a Corona at an almost empty Toby Keith's & called it good ha.

  16. just an idea for the slanted part of your closet - you could put thin trim or a 1x2 piece of wood the whole length and use for your high heels to lean on. you could prob fit at least two rows. btw I love your blog!!

  17. Oh my! Your master bath looks awesome! I like the faucet too!!

    -Kristen | Kandid Kristen

  18. The Mexican One Pan meal looks delicious! Although, I'm going to leave the plantains out, because i'm not incredibly fond of them. I totally understand about a blue bathtub. We have one in our second bedroom that we have yet to replace!


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