Zucchini Chicken Tacos with Sriracha Ranch Dressing

 

 

I LOVE TACO TUESDAYS! In fact, I wish it were taco Tuesday everyday and anytime I can get the chance to devour these delicious morsels, I do.  I am part Mexican, and grew up eating copious amounts of Mexican food.  I spent my summers eating too much fresh pico de gallo and guacamole, and laughing at my dad who cannot handle spice.  One summer my mom made an exceptionally spicy batch of pico de gallo, and while it didn’t seem spicy to the two of us, my dad just about keeled over from the heat.  It was hilarious to watch him as he took his first bite, and with bulging eyes yelled “Jesus Ang are you’re going to kill someone with that spice.”  Mexican cuisine will always be a staple in my diet, from my grandpa’s homemade tamales at Christmas to my mom’s enchiladas on Sundays.

Any whoo, lets get back to tacos.  I have made tacos in all varieties, and one of my favorite ways to make tacos is to add veggies.  It adds flavor, nutrition, and lots of color. This particular taco recipe I made, has flavorful chunks of chicken seasoned with cumin, red pepper flakes, and garlic, zucchini, red peppers, topped with avocado and Sriracha ranch from Trader Joe’s.  If you have a Trader Joe’s near you, then stop what you are doing and go buy their Sriracha ranch, it is the bomb dot com! If you don’t like spicy food, then I suggest using half of the Sriracha ranch mixed with sour cream or ranch on your tacos. These zucchini chicken tacos will keep your tastebuds humming and are bound to be a hit at your next Taco Tuesday gathering.

ZUCCHINI CHICKEN TACOS WITH SRIRACHA RANCH DRESSING

PREP TIME: 15 MIN                    COOK TIME: 15 MIN                    SERVES: 4 PEOPLE

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1/2 medium red onion
  • 1/2 zucchini
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1tbsp Olive oil
  • Mexican blend cheese
  • corn tortilla shells
  • Sriracha Ranch Dressing
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp of cumin

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Using a separate cutting board, cut chicken into 1 inch cubes. Place into a bowl, coat chicken with salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and cumin. Set aside.
  2. Crush and thinly slice garlic, dice onion, cut zucchini into quarter sized pieces, coarsely chop cilantro.
  3. Heat pan to medium heat, add olive oil.  Once pan is heated, add onion and sauté until translucent.
  4. Add chicken and garlic to pan.  After 1 minute, flip chicken and add zucchini.
  5. Once chicken is fully cooked, add cilantro and turn off heat.
  6. For tortillas: warm in a pan or microwave.
  7. Finally assemble tacos and top off with cheese, sliced avocado, and Sriracha ranch.
  8. Enjoy!

 

 

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You’re not fat, you’re beautiful

4ec3c3f8aaf76a287e777ab5ee783189Hello Beauties!

In a world that is obsessed with being thin and dieting, it is inevitable that throughout our lives many of us will lose weight, gain it back, and maybe lose again.  The past few months for me, have been a bit of a challenge as I moved to a new city yet again, and am now back in school full time.  And of course, as my location, job, love life, and relationships began to change, so too did my body.

Whether I am fat, skinny, or anything in between, I tend to not let the way my body looks, affect the way I feel.  However, a few weeks ago I was in a funk and I told one of my friends, “I feel so fat right now.” She responded, “Kat, you’re not fat, you’re beautiful.”  While I know this friend meant no harm by her comment, I thought to myself I know I am beautiful, but I also know that by no means am I a skinny woman.  

Today I wanted to take the time to explain that you can be both fat AND beautiful.  

Who says being fat isn’t beautiful? THE MEDIA.  The media is driven to convince us that being bigger or fat is not acceptable and is a danger to our lives.  The media is the biggest source of fat shaming, and often tells us that fat people are lazy, don’t eat well, are not healthy, are too big to get off the couch, and would never be caught at the gym.  But let me tell you, I eat well, am in perfect health, am extremely hard working, and as you all know I love to shake my booty at ZUMBA any chance I get.

I know what you are all thinking: “But I was told that I should have a perfect skin complexion, no cellulite, naturally sun kissed skin, long legs like Taylor Swift, and the signature Kardashian booty.”  Ladies, it is important to remember that the images we see in the media are all PHOTOSHOPPED.  Women who appear in the media seem to have flawless skin and eternal beauty, but they too have imperfections just like us.  And while they are naturally beautiful women, they look very different without all of the photoshopping and professionals that work tirelessly to make them look flawless.   Unless you have a professional makeup artist that does your makeup every day, a stylist who dresses you in the most flattering clothes, professional photographers, and a team that alters your photos, then I don’t think its fare for you to compare yourself to an ideal of beauty that doesn’t exist without an expensive glam team.

As a woman who is both beautiful and yes fat, I want to challenge other women to stop feeling as if being fat, plus size, curvy, or what have you, is not acceptable, because you all are beautiful in your own skin.  Each woman is unique in her own way, and beauty should not be defined by a woman’s size or what the media deems to be the current it-look.  Women who are fat, skinny, and anything in-between are all beautiful, and its about time that we start recognizing that size has nothing to do with beauty.

For the most part my weight has not held me back from doing the things I am passionate about in life.  From performing on stage, to flying on airplanes, to wearing bikinis on the beach, to riding donkeys up the Atlas mountains, to dating and loving fearlessly, I refuse to let the size of my body hinder me from reaching my full potential.  And ladies, neither should you. My hope for you all in 2016 is that you stop obsessing over your desire to look a certain way, and start embracing yourself just as you are: unique and gorgeous.  I promise that if you take a leap of faith and stop obsessing over what the media has told you is beautiful, and start realizing that you are gorgeous just the way you are, you will live a happier, more fulfilled life.

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Hello Beauties!

Today I decided to take a leap of faith, and posted my first video about the products that  used to style my hair today.  I am beyond excited for what this year has to bring, and am making it a priority to write and post more frequently.  Keep an eye out for both videos and posts about my hair, my curves, and how to love yourself in the skin you are in.  I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday, and remember that your perfect imperfection is what makes you flawless.  Catch ya on the flip side beauties!