Mushroom Bacon Risotto Recipe: A Warming Winter Dinner Idea (Plus Heart Healthy Bacon Alternatives)

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Need a warming winter dinner idea? This easy mushroom bacon risotto recipe is perfect for weeknight dinners with family or a weekend dinner with friends. Plus easy and healthy alternatives to using bacon if you’ve made heart health a priority!

Winter Dinner Ideas: Mushroom and Bacon Risotto Recipe (Plus Heart Healthy Bacon Alternatives) Need a warming winter dinner idea? This easy mushroom bacon risotto recipe is perfect for weeknight dinners with family or a weekend dinner with friends. Plus easy and healthy alternatives to using bacon if you've made heart health a priority! This creamy mushroom bacon risotto recipe is accented with the flavor of grated parmesan and fresh thyme. You can make this winter dinner idea healthier by either omitting the bacon called for in the recipe or by substituting it with one of the healthy alternatives to bacon.

I’ve really been trying to eat healthier the past few months. My dad somehow miraculously avoid a heart attack at 72. However, he also had three heart surgeries over the course of a year. He’d been tired a lot and had been falling asleep when he’d sit down. Not being one to talk the doctor about his concerns, on top of having a super shitty primary care doctor, when he finally addressed what was going on, it wasn’t good. Tests revealed that one artery was completely blocked and another wasn’t far behind. When clearing out his arteries roto-rooter style at UVA didn’t fix the issues, he went back for stints. My parents didn’t even tell me about the third surgery. (My mom somehow thinks I’m fragile.) I heard about it, much later, through an off handed comment my brother made.

My family, on both sides, have a history of high blood pressure and high cholesterol. So it’s a real concern for me, especially as I’m headed through my mid-forties. Luckily, I’m doing okay on both counts. However, I’ve tried to eat healthy and take care of myself. Unfortunately, the past two years were rather tumultuous for me emotionally. Like most things, this affected not just my emotional health, but my physical health as well. My energy levels and my weight both took a hit. 

Not only did I change the situation I was in (and more than once) I also changed my eating habits. I stopped drinking gin and (high fructose corn syrup) tonic on the reg (to deal with chronic pain) and found a supplement regimen that worked for my fibromyalgia. I gave up the muscle relaxers I’ve used for years to cope after going cold turkey off pain killers and started taking valerian instead. Then I started eating better. I moved toward (or rather closer than I’ve ever been) a more vegetarian diet with fish, seafood and eggs – with meat only occasionally and very much in moderation. I started doing push ups and going dancing again. Basically I started living with intent rather than just existing. 

Since doing these things, I’ve gone down 16 lbs. I look great and I feel better. My emotional state is much improved and my focus, though still wildly ADHD a few days a week, is better.

Sauteed onions with mushrooms, olive oil and thyme for risotto

And yet, here I am, sharing a freaking mushroom risotto recipe – with bacon. 

Bacon is delicious. Healthwise I’m totally okay with indulging every now and then. Friends and family make that practically a must on special occasions, holidays and dinner dates they host. Intellectually, I realize that pigs are pretty smart animals. As someone with a dog who I consider family, it does bother me that I enjoy pork as much as I do. So I try not to think about it for too long. But then, I remember that pigs can eat people and leave zero trace behind. That helps ease the guilt. 

In the end, I’ve found there are more reasons not to eat pork than there are to gorge myself on a plate of baby back ribs. However, food, like most things in our lives, is a personal choice. Therefore, because I enjoy treating myself from time to time, this recipe has bacon. If, however, you’d like a healthier approach to my mushroom bacon risotto recipe, feel free to substitute the bacon for a healthier alternative. 

Heart healthy alternatives to bacon in mushroom bacon risotto. Bacon is delicious. Like all things, however, too much of anything can be a bad thing. Especially where heart health is concerned. So if you've given up beef and pork, have gone totally vegetarian, or are simply taking a break from bacon because it's impossible not to overindulge, here are a few healthy alternatives for the bacon in my mushroom bacon risotto recipe. Try my warming winter dinner idea for mushroom bacon risotto now.

Healthy Alternatives to Bacon for Mushroom Bacon Risotto

Bacon is delicious. Like all things, however, too much of anything can be a bad thing. Especially where heart health is concerned. So if you’ve given up beef and pork, have gone totally vegetarian, or are simply taking a break from bacon because it’s impossible not to overindulge, here are a few healthy alternatives for the bacon in my mushroom bacon risotto recipe.

Tempeh Bacon for Vegetarian Bacon Mushroom Risotto

Tempeh bacon is a vegetarian alternative to bacon. It contains less fat and has zero cholesterol. While traditionally made from slightly fermented soybeans, tempeh bacon can be made using any type of bean including black-eyed peas, black beans and chickpeas. Not only is tempeh bacon a good source of fiber, it’s also high in both vitamin B6 and magnesium. To prepare, simply slice then cook in oil over medium-high heat about four minutes each side.

Turkey Bacon for Healthier Bacon Mushroom Risotto

Turkey bacon is most definitely not bacon, but it’s not a bad substitute if you’re still eating meat. While still not totally healthy – I mean it IS still processed meat – it’s white meat rather than red meat. It also has HALF the amount of saturated fat as the real deal.

A similar alternative to turkey bacon is duck bacon. Just be aware that duck bacon doesn’t get quite as crispy as the real deal.

Mushroom Bacon Risotto Recipe: A Warming Winter Dinner Idea (Plus Heart Healthy Bacon Alternatives) Need a warming winter dinner idea? This easy mushroom bacon risotto recipe is perfect for weeknight dinners with family or a weekend dinner with friends. Plus easy and healthy alternatives to using bacon if you've made heart health a priority! This creamy mushroom bacon risotto recipe is accented with the flavor of grated parmesan and fresh thyme. You can make this winter dinner idea healthier by either omitting the bacon called for in the recipe or by substituting it with one of the healthy alternatives to bacon.

Vegetable Bacon for Heart Healthy Bacon Mushroom Risotto

Eggplant, and other veggies properly seasoned, can take on that smokey flavor you get from bacon. Simply add some smoked paprika, dried Chipotle chili peppers or a savory sweet sauce to your vegetable of choice then grill, smoke or roast. Additions such as fresh, grated parmesan cheese as garnish once the dish is plated can make up for the loss of the “beefier” bacon texture. To prepare a healthy alternative to bacon using eggplant, simply slice the eggplant then roast at 225°F for 20 to 30 minutes, or until crispy.

Tofu Bacon for Vegetarian Bacon Mushroom Risotto

Tofu bacon is another healthy alternative to bacon. It’s processed a bit more than tempeh bacon, however it’s high in protein. In addition, tofu bacon also contains all eight essential amino acids, and a notable amount of both calcium and iron.

To make it, you’ll need to start with really thin slices of tofu. (Otherwise you won’t get that bacon-like crunch.) Then marinate the tofu in a blend of 1 cup soy sauce, 2 Tablespoons tomato paste (you can freeze the rest in Tablespoon portions in an ice cube tray), 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (Annie’s makes a vegan alternative), 2 Tablespoons maple syrup, 2 Tablespoons liquid smoke and 2 cups water. Mix to combine than marinate thinly sliced tofu at least four hours to overnight.

Once you’re ready to cook your bacon tofu, simply strain the tofu slices from the marinade. Then fry the tofu in a skillet over medium high heat until crispy. If desired, you can reserve the marinade for another veggie dish later.

Now that you know you can make substitutions for the bacon if desired, here’s my mushroom bacon risotto recipe. I hope you enjoy it in your very favorite way as an easy, warming winter dinner idea.

Mushroom bacon risotto recipe. Need a warming winter dinner idea? This easy mushroom bacon risotto recipe is perfect for weeknight dinners with family or a weekend dinner with friends. Plus easy and healthy alternatives to using bacon if you've made heart health a priority! This creamy mushroom bacon risotto recipe is accented with the flavor of grated parmesan and fresh thyme. You can make this winter dinner idea healthier by omitting the bacon or by substituting it a bacon alternative.

Mushroom Bacon Risotto Recipe

This creamy mushroom bacon risotto recipe is accented with the flavor of grated parmesan and fresh thyme. You can make this winter dinner idea healthier by either omitting the bacon called for in the recipe or by substituting it with one of the healthy alternatives to bacon, mentioned above.

Ingredients:

1 ⅔ cup arborio rice
7 cups of warmed chicken or vegetable broth
1 large onion, finely chopped
2-4 Tablespoons of olive oil or avocado oil, divided
½ to ¾ cup of finely grated parmesan cheese, divided
1.5 cups freshly chopped mushrooms of your choice
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
2 teaspoons quality salt
Fresh sage
Fresh thyme
5 pieces of very crispy (but not burnt) bacon (or bacon alternative)
2 Tablespoons of bacon fat to cook the mushrooms (or heart healthy olive oil)
Fresh ground black peppercorns

Ingredients for making mushroom bacon risotto

Instructions:

Begin by warming the chicken or vegetable broth in a medium sized pot. While the broth is warming, you’ll start a second pot on the stove. 

In a separate medium-large pot, heat one tablespoon of either avocado or olive oil over medium heat. Then sauté the onions in the oil until fragrant. (Alternately you can also Continue to cook until the onions have browned.

Next, add two additional Tablespoons of oil to the pot with the sautéed onions. Then stir the rice into the pot of sautéd onions and oil.

Cooking Risotto Rice in Broth

Stir the rice for about a minute in the oil. (It will seem like a lot of oil to start, but it will help the rice cook.) After a minute, ladle in one cup of warm broth.

While the rice cooks, stir often. The more you stir the risotto, the creamier the final version of the mushroom bacon risotto dish you serve will end up being.

Once the rice shows signs of having absorbed the liquid, add a second cup of broth. Continue stirring the onion and risotto mixture, as in the previous step.

Sauteed mushrooms with thyme

As the risotto is cooking, sauté the mushrooms in a nonstick pan with either bacon fat or olive oil and a couple sprigs of thyme. Once sautéed, set aside.

Continue adding more broth to the rice, stirring often. Partway through stir in the salt and add some fresh sage to the pot. I used one small sprig of fresh sage with about eight leaves on it.

Creamy cooked risotto rice.

The risotto is done cooking when the rice grains are plump, creamy and completely cooked through. At this point you no longer need to add additional broth. Instead, stir in most of the freshly grated parmesan cheese, while reserving the rest for plating.

Spoon the mushroom bacon risotto into bowls or plates for serving. The top the risotto with the crispy bacon or bacon alternative, sautéd mushrooms and additional parmesan cheese. Serve immediately, while stir warm.

If desired, you can serve this warming winter dish of mushroom bacon risotto with a light bodied glass of pinot noir. Enjoy!

Yield: Serves 5-6

Mushroom Bacon Risotto Recipe

Mushroom Bacon Risotto Recipe

This creamy mushroom bacon risotto recipe is the perfect warming, winter dinner idea. Accented with the flavor of grated parmesan and fresh thyme, you can make risotto dinner recipe hearty healthy by either omitting the bacon or by substituting it with one of the healthy alternatives to bacon.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 ⅔ cup arborio rice
  • 7 cups of warmed chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2-4 Tablespoons of olive oil or avocado oil, divided
  • ½ to ¾ cup of finely grated parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1.5 cups freshly chopped mushrooms of your choice
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons quality salt
  • Fresh sage
  • Fresh thyme
  • 5 pieces of crispy bacon (or bacon alternative)
  • 2 Tablespoons of bacon fat to cook the mushrooms (or heart healthy olive oil)
  • Fresh ground black peppercorns

Instructions

  1. Warm your broth of choice in a medium sized pot on the stove. Set aside.
  2. Heat one Tablespoon of either avocado or olive oil over medium heat in a medium-large pot. Sauté the chopped onions in the oil until fragrant, then continue to cook until the onions have browned.
  3. Add two additional Tablespoons of oil to the pot of sautéed onions. Then stir in the rice.
  4. Stir the rice for about a minute in the oil. After a minute, ladle in one cup of warm broth.
  5. Stir the rice often to ensure a creamy risotto.
  6. Once the rice has absorbed most of the liquid, add a second cup of broth. Continue stirring the onion and risotto mixture occasionally.
  7. While the rice cooks, sauté the mushrooms in a nonstick pan with either bacon fat or olive oil and a couple sprigs of thyme. Then set aside.
  8. Continue adding more broth to the rice as it cooks. Partway through stir in the salt and about eight leaves of fresh sage.
  9. Once the rice grains are plump, creamy and completely cooked through it's ready. Stir in the bulk of the freshly grated parmesan cheese.
  10. Spoon the mushroom bacon risotto onto plates or into bowls for serving. Top with the crispy bacon, sautéd mushrooms and remaining parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 650 Total Fat: 42g Saturated Fat: 11g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 27g Cholesterol: 167mg Sodium: 1210mg Carbohydrates: 21g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 2g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 45g

Warming winter dinner ideas.

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Cooking & Baking with Mace: The Vintage Spice You Need to Try

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Have you ever used mace in a recipe? No, mace isn’t just a deterrent from assailants. It’s actually a lesser known vintage spice. Mace is closely related to nutmeg and is similar in both aroma and flavor. It is often used in teas and tinctures. And it also makes a great addition to foods and baking recipes. Keep reading to learn more about the vintage spice mace. And to discover food, dessert and drink recipes that call for mace as an ingredient.

Cooking & Baking with the vintage spice, mace. Mace is closely related to nutmeg and is similar in both aroma and flavor. It is often used in teas and tinctures. And it also makes a great addition liberally to foods and baking recipes. Learn more about mace & discover food, dessert and drink recipes that call for mace as an ingredient.

Many years back I read what I thought to be a rather interesting article on Etsy’s blog titled The Historic Spice Cupboard. It contained some really neat information on vintage spices – rather the spices our great and great great grandparents probably used – in cooking and baking. Some of the spices are still used today, while others are a lot less common. For example, mace, is not a spice I had ever heard of.

What is the Spice Mace?

I’ve always thought of mace as pepper spray so I was a little confused at first. But as it turns out, mace is a very close relative of nutmeg. Mace is actually the red membrane that surrounds the nutmeg seed. It’s very similar to the taste of nutmeg, but rather has a more red pepper reminiscent heat. It was very common in the 18th and 19th centuries, but has since fallen by the way side. Like nutmeg, mace can be used in baking. However it is also served well in savory dishes for flavoring meats, stews, curries, savory sauces, and even homemade pickles. You can also use it in teas, tinctures and beverages.

Recipe ideas for the vintage spice mace. The spice mace is related to nutmeg & is similar in aroma & flavor. Used in teas, desserts & food recipes, this spice also has antioxidant health benefits.

What are the Health Benefits?

Additionally, it’s believed that mace has an antioxidant effect in the liver, helping it conserve glutathione and increasing protection against free radicals. theKitchn has additional information on this amazing vintage spice. You can also find out more information on mace from Mountain Rose Herbs including both contemporary and folklore info.

Where Can I Buy It?

If you want to try mace, be sure to buy it from a reputable source that guarantees that the powder is not made from previously BWP (broken-wormy-punky) nuts. It’s also better not to use an irradiated product which breaks down the fatty acids that contain the essential oils that give it aroma and flavor. Mountain Rose Herbs is great place to buy ground organic mace. In fact, I have it on my next shopping list of things to buy from them since it’s so versatile and can be used in so many different types of recipes. I’ve also found it to be a common ingredient in many Indian dishes.

Savory dinner recipes with the vintage spice mace. The spice mace is related to nutmeg & is similar in aroma & flavor. Used in teas, desserts & food recipes, this spice also has antioxidant health benefits.

Recipes That Call for Mace

Following are just a few of the many recipes I’ve found that can be made with mace.

Baking & Dessert Recipes

Drink Recipes

Dinner Recipes

Spice Mix Recipes

Have you ever cooked with mace? I’d love to hear what your favorite recipes are for this wonderful vintage spice!

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Flank Steak Tacos Recipe with Avocado Crema for Weeknight Dinners

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How to make a delicious flank steak tacos recipe with avocado crema, cilantro and a chili lime rub for quick and easy weeknight dinners for taco Tuesday. (It’s also a great way to use that overabundant supply of zucchini July through August when your garden is overflowing!)

Flank Steak Tacos Recipe. How to make a delicious flank steak tacos recipe with avocado crema, cilantro and a chili lime rub for quick and easy weeknight dinners for taco Tuesday.

Let’s Taco About Cooking

I’ll admit I’m not the best cook. I learned the basics (my mom taught me to bake, not cook) during my first marriage. I was going through an unfortunate bought of agoraphobia at the time. So I cooked meals from scratch, both from Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food Magazine and recipes from the internet. My biggest success was surprisingly making pierogies from scratch. It took an hour and half to make, and I needed help flattening out the pasta, but damn. It was totally worth it. (At least once anyway.)

I made all my mashed potatoes like pierogi guts after that. Flavored with sauteed onions, garlic, sour cream and cheddar cheese. However, that was the one and only time, I ever tried making pasta. I vowed, that until I owned a pasta machine, it was entirely too much manual labor. (Not to mention the total time suck.)

Since then I’ve experimented with cooking primarily through meal delivery kits, such as Hello Fresh. While it’s not a realistic service for my budget every week, it does make a nice treat from time to time. I get to cook a dinner I know I can’t screw up. And I’ve actually learned some things along the way. Cooking tips and tricks that I’ve since incorporated into meals I actually made without a recipe.

Of course, meat is expensive, especially steak. So I recently tried a meatless Monday for dinner. It did not going over so well with Greg. After a ten hour day of manual labor, it just didn’t fill him up despite the high iron and protein content in farro and quinoa.

While in Kroger one day, I happened upon some flank steak. For the price it was ridiculously cheap compared to a ribeye or a filet. So I picked up close to 2 lb. (two meals for two people) for around $17.

Up to that point, I hadn’t cooked flank steak in over a decade. It’s often not available or I’m not the one cooking. So any meat selection, aside of an organic grass fed sirloin, I leave to the chef (ie. someone other than myself.) I was readily impressed, however, both with the flavor and tenderness of the cuts of flank steak. So I’ve purchased it a few times since then.

This latest go round I decided to make tacos with something other than ground beef. I combined a number of taco recipes I’ve tried over the years, including ones with shrimp, for this flank steak tacos recipe. In the end, I was pretty impressed with how my “winging it” turned out. Therefore I thought I’d share my flank steak tacos recipe with you, my readers, so you can enjoy it on your next taco Tuesday dinner night.

Flank Steak Tacos Recipe. How to make a delicious flank steak tacos recipe with avocado crema, cilantro and a chili lime rub for quick and easy weeknight dinners for taco Tuesday.

Flank Steak Tacos Recipe with Avocado Crema

Serves 4-6.

Ingredients:

About 3/4 – 1 lb. flank steak
corn or flour tortillas
1 zucchini, chopped
1 sweet yellow onion, chopped
1 8 oz. package sliced baby bella mushrooms
salt and pepper, to taste
olive oil, as needed

Avocado Crema for Taco Topping

1 large avocado
1/3 Cup sour cream
1/3 Cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
3 Tablespoons lime juice
salt, to taste

Chili Lime Seasoning for Flank Steak Tacos

2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 Tablespoons lime juice

Directions for Making Flank Steak Tacos:

Begin by making the chili lime seasoning for this flank steak tacos recipe. To do this, measure out the spices and combine in a bowl with the the chopped garlic and lime juice.

Make delicious homemade steak tacos for family weeknight dinners with this tasty and delicious flank steak tacos recipe that you'll want to make every taco Tuesday! This chili lime taco seasoning is a blend of chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper, garlic and lime.

Then rub the seasoning on both sides of the flank steak. Set aside.

Next prepare your vegetables. Heat a Tablespoon of olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and saute, mixing occasionally.

Taco night is a great way to use up extra zucchini from the garden. Learn how with this easy homemade flank steak tacos recipe and make something delicious for dinner!

Once the mushrooms are halfway cooked, add the zucchini and onion. (You can also add additional olive oil at this time if needed.) Once tender, add salt and pepper to taste, then transfer the vegetables to a bowl and cover.

This easy avocado crema recipe is the perfect topping for your taco Tuesday weeknight dinners. All you need is an avocado, sour cream, cilantro, lime juice and a dash of salt.

While the vegetables are cooking prepare the avocado crema. To do this, mash the avocado in with the sour cream, lime juice and chopped cilantro until creamy. Season with salt to taste, then set aside.

Make weeknight dinners that are easy and delicious with this homemade flank steak tacos recipe with chili lime seasoned steak, avocado crema and lots of delicious mushrooms and veggies from the garden.

Once the veggies are done cooking, add the flank steak to a pan with olive oil over medium high heat. Cook for 3 minutes on each side for a rare steak. Longer for medium-rare to medium.

Make weeknight dinners that are easy and delicious with this homemade flank steak tacos recipe with chili lime seasoned steak, avocado crema and lots of delicious mushrooms and veggies from the garden.

Greg actually prefers his steak more medium than rare. So after slicing the cooked flank steak against the grain, I threw the steak back into the pan for 2-3 more minutes to suit his taste.

Make weeknight dinners that are easy and delicious with this homemade flank steak tacos recipe with chili lime seasoned steak, avocado crema and lots of delicious mushrooms and veggies from the garden.

While the steak rest prepare the taco shells. I used yellow corn taco shells for my flank steak tacos recipe.

How to make flank steak tacos for weeknight dinners with corn tortilla shells.

To warm, heat olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat then add shells to the hot pan. Turn the shells frequently until warm and soft, and slightly charred in places.

Flank Steak Tacos Recipe. How to make a delicious flank steak tacos recipe with avocado crema, cilantro and a chili lime rub for quick and easy weeknight dinners for taco Tuesday.

Now simply assemble your flank steak tacos with the cooked steak, veggies and avocado crema. Add a squeeze of lime juice if desired. Then dig in!

Yield: Serves 4-6

Flank Steak Tacos Recipe with Avocado Crema

Flank Steak Tacos Recipe with Avocado Crema

Make this delicious flank steak tacos recipe with avocado crema, cilantro and a chili lime rub for quick and easy weeknight dinners for taco Tuesday. (It’s also a great way to use that overabundant supply of zucchini July through August when your garden is overflowing!)

Ingredients

  • About 3/4 – 1 lb. flank steak
  • corn or flour tortillas
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 1 sweet yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 8 oz. package sliced baby bella mushrooms
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • olive oil, as needed
  • 1 large avocado
  • 1/3 Cup sour cream
  • 1/3 Cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons lime juice
  • salt, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons lime juice

Instructions

  1. Make the chili lime seasoning for this flank steak tacos recipe. Measure out the chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper. Combine in a bowl with the chopped garlic and lime juice.
  2. Rub the seasoning on both sides of the flank steak. Set aside.
  3. Prep the vegetables. Heat a Tablespoon of olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and saute, mixing occasionally.
  4. Once the mushrooms are halfway cooked, add the zucchini and onion. Once tender, add salt and pepper to taste. Set vegetables aside.
  5. Prepare the avocado crema. Mash the avocado in with sour cream, lime juice and chopped cilantro until creamy. Season with salt to taste. Set aside.
  6. Add the flank steak to a pan with olive oil over medium high heat. Cook for 3 minutes on each side for a rare steak. Longer for medium-rare to medium. Let rest then cut steak against the grain.
  7. Prepare the taco shells. To warm, heat olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat then add shells to the hot pan. Turn the shells frequently until warm and soft, and slightly charred in places.
  8. Assemble the flank steak tacos with the cooked steak, veggies and avocado crema. Add a squeeze of lime juice if desired.

I’d love to hear what you think of my flank steak tacos recipe! So if you make it, please share your reviews in the comments! In the meantime, you can add more weeknight dinner recipes to your recipe files, with my collection of delicious taco recipes below.

Healthy Shrimp Tacos Recipe with Lime Slaw for Easy Weeknight Dinners on Taco Tuesday. This easy shrimp tacos recipe with lime slaw is a delicious balance between creamy avocado, zesty and crunchy coleslaw, and protein-packed shrimp. It’s both beautifully colored and absolutely insanely good. Even better, it only takes about 30 minutes to make. So it’s perfect for weeknight dinners.

More Tacos Recipe Ideas for Taco Tuesdays

Want a healthier option for your taco Tuesdays? Try my easy, healthy shrimp tacos recipe with lime slaw via my guest post at The Nourished Life. This easy shrimp tacos recipe with lime slaw is a delicious balance between creamy avocado, zesty and crunchy coleslaw, and protein-packed shrimp. It’s both beautifully colored and absolutely insanely good. Even better, it only takes about 30 minutes to make. So it’s perfect for weeknight dinners.

Or try one of these other fantastic taco recipes.

For even more taco recipes as well as other weeknight dinner recipes and ideas, follow my Food Recipes Pinterest Board.

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White Chicken Chili Recipe

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This white chicken chili recipe is pretty darn amazing. Made with a blend of various beans, fried chicken breasts and seasonings, this chicken chili is perfect for those who prefer the heat of their chili somewhere between mild and medium.

White Chicken Chili Recipe! This white chicken chili recipe is pretty darn amazing. Made with a blend of various beans, fried chicken breasts and seasonings, this chicken chili is perfect for those who prefer the heat of their chili somewhere in between mild and medium. #chicken #dinner #recipe #chili

My friend, Bambi, is brilliant at taking seemingly non-compatible ingredients and throwing them together to create some of the most amazing dinner dishes I’ve ever had. Since I’ve been staying with her I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing dishes I’d never before imagined. So I decided to start taking photos of her food dishes and writing down the recipe as she goes.

This is the first of these recipes. As it’s for chili, it’s rather simple in comparison to some of her other dishes. However, it’s pretty amazing nonetheless. I hope you enjoy Bambi’s white chicken chili recipe as much as I do!

White Chicken Chili Recipe! This white chicken chili recipe is pretty darn amazing. Made with a blend of various beans, fried chicken breasts and seasonings, this chicken chili is perfect for those who prefer the heat of their chili somewhere in between mild and medium. #chicken #dinner #recipe #chili

White Chicken Chili Recipe

Ingredients:

1 – 1 1/2 lbs. chicken breast tenders
1 large yellow onion, coarsely chopped
5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 jalapenos, seeds removed/coarsely chopped
1 can diced tomatoes
1 ripe tomato, cubed
2 cups chicken broth
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
3 cans of beans (black, kidney, pinto, garbanzo, etc.)
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon white pepper
black pepper to taste
1 1/2 teaspoons seasoning salt
3 teaspoons dried oregano
1/3 Cup quinoa

Directions:

Begin by sauteing the chicken breast tenders in olive oil on the stove top until cooked through. Once cooked, remove the chicken from your pan and shred the chicken using a knife and fork.

How to Make White Chicken Chili

Return the chicken to the pan and stir in the garlic, onions and jalapeno. Saute the ingredients together, then add the entire contents of the pan to a large pot.

Add fresh and canned tomatoes, chicken broth, cilantro and beans to the pot with the chicken. We used a combination of beans so be sure to choose your favorites. (Bambi likes to add a can of garbanzo beans to her chili for extra texture.)

Now add the cumin powder, chili powder, salt, pepper, seasoning salt and oregano. Stir the ingredients into the pot of chili and allow to simmer for ten minutes.

White Chicken Chili Recipe! This white chicken chili recipe is pretty darn amazing. Made with a blend of various beans, fried chicken breasts and seasonings, this chicken chili is perfect for those who prefer the heat of their chili somewhere in between mild and medium. #chicken #dinner #recipe #chili

Finally, add the quinoa to the pot of chili both for added texture and to soak up the excess liquid. Allow to simmer an additional 30-40 minutes and your white chicken chili is ready to eat!

You can download and print this white chicken chili recipe here in PDF format (as pictured below.)

White Chicken Chili Recipe! This white chicken chili recipe is pretty darn amazing. Made with a blend of various beans, fried chicken breasts and seasonings, this chicken chili is perfect for those who prefer the heat of their chili somewhere in between mild and medium. #chicken #dinner #recipe #chili

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Best Pork Tenderloin Rub Recipe for Your Crockpot Dinner

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Do you need a quick and easy recipe idea to liven up your weekday dinners? Give this best pork tenderloin rub recipe a try on your next crockpot pork loin for some fantastic flavor infusion!

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It’s been literally years, I believe, since I last posted an actual food recipe. However, I’ve been staying with my dear friend, Bambi, since the last week of December and I am constantly bombarded with the awesomeness that is her cooking. I’m pretty certain that if she wanted to start her own food blog she would totally rock it. However, until the point in time that happens, I thought I’d share a few of her amazing recipes with you instead!

This best pork tenderloin rub recipe smells like complete heaven when rubbed onto pork and is the perfect pair with pork for a quick and easy weekday crockpot dinner. Keep reading for Bambi’s pork loin rub recipe along with a complete meal idea to bring it all together for a quick and easy weeknight dinner.

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Best Pork Tenderloin Rub Recipe

For a 1 – 1 1/2 lb. boneless pork loin roast

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 teaspoon ground black peppercorn
1 teaspoon apple pie spice
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder

Directions:

Using measure spoons, measure out the ingredients and combine a small glass bowl. Mix well to ensure all of the spices for this best pork tenderloin rub recipe are evenly distributed throughout the mixture. Then rub the seasoning on all sides of the pork.

Next, heat ghee, olive or walnut oil in a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat. (You can find the best prices on healthy and natural cooking and meal ingredients at Thrive Market. Plus get 25% off your first order when you sign up!) Once hot, brown the pork on all sides.

Then remove the pork loin from heat and place in your crockpot with your favorite veggies and a large can of French onion soup.

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Bring it Together for a Meal!

For our dinner, Bambi added the pork to the crockpot with an 18 oz. French onion soup, 1/2 cup of chunky applesauce along with a small (peeled and chopped) butternut squash.

She cooked it on low for about five hours then served the pork with steamed brussel sprouts and pasta! It was SO good. And there were zero leftovers!

This would also be great with green beans or asparagus and potatoes or quinoa or brown rice.

What are some are your favorite ways to enjoy pork? I’d love to hear about your favorite dinner recipes in the comments!

For more dinner recipe ideas, be sure to follow my Recipes Pinterest board. Or check out my favorite black bean dip recipe as well as this amazing green salad recipe with avocado and pistachios.

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