Category Archives: Kitchen

How to cut a watermelon

One of the reasons I often don’t buy produce that isn’t pick-up-and-eat-ready is that it’s a pain in the rear to prepare it. I’m talking to you, pineapple and all melons.

But I’ve figured out a super easy and quick way to cut a watermelon and now it’s one of our summer staples (especially since you can regularly find them for $3.99 at Aldi!).

First, I cut my watermelon on a cookie sheet so that the juice doesn’t run all over the counter and onto the floor. So grab a cookie sheet and a large knife and cut your watermelon in half.

How to Cut a Watermelon

Then watch this video for a quick demonstration.

Excuse my chopped off head. Heh. My next video will be better. Promise. (I’m planning my next produce-cutting video already – bell peppers are up next! Riveting stuff, huh?)

On another note, I can’t believe it’s been a whole month since I wrote last. With the end of school and a family vacation this month, it’s been busy and time totally got away from me. I wrote a lot in my head. Sometimes it’s better that way. But I’ve been itching to get back to writing here, so I promise it won’t be another month before I post again.

I hope you’re doing well. Anything new you want to share with me? I like updates. 🙂

 

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Really, this isn’t a food blog. But ever since I was pregnant with #2 I’ve had to really watch my sodium intake because of high blood pressure. When I dramatically decreased the amount of table salt I was using, my blood pressure dropped enough to safely eliminate my BP medication.

One of the ways I did that was to stop buying prepackaged foods – soups, seasoned noodles and rice, etc. But I kept on using the packages of taco seasoning because I just couldn’t find a recipe that tasted like the store-bought kind.

When I went gluten-free a few years ago, I didn’t even THINK to look at the ingredients of those packages of taco seasoning. Why would there be FLOUR in taco seasoning?! Well, surprisingly, many store-bought taco seasonings are not gluten-free. I found out the stuck in the bathroom hard way.

So I started looking for homemade taco seasoning recipes again. And finally found one a couple years ago on Allrecipes.com that is almost identical to store-bought ones. Except I think it’s better.Homemade Taco Seasoning

Here you go: 9 ingredients I guarantee you already have in your cabinet.

  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

Add to 1 pound ground meat (beef or turkey) with 3/4 cup water, bring to a boil and simmer until thick (about 5 min).

The best part of making this seasoning is that you can alter the amounts of any of the ingredients. I always drop the salt to 1/2 tsp and I can’t tell the difference. I also sometimes add more cumin because I LOVE it. If you don’t like it too spicy, decrease the heat spices. (This is medium heat as-is.)Taco Seasoning

Enjoy!