Daily Archives: August 26, 2013


South of the border! (from where I live, LoL)

mexican stackhttp://wholeandfree.blogspot.com/2012/05/mexican-haystacks.html?m=1

This is delicious anytime of the year, any season! I substitute extra firm tofu instead of the turkey meat. Don’t forget my tip for finding the perfect avocado. Look it up on my blog if you haven’t seen it.

Mexican Haystacks

2 cups uncooked brown rice
1 bunch fresh cilantro

1 1/2 lbs ground turkey
1 onion, chopped
1 tablespoon garlic powder
salt & pepper to taste
4 cups salsa (I used Kirkland organic salsa from Costco)

1-2 avocados, chopped
1-2 red peppers, chopped
1-2 ripe mangoes, chopped
fresh cilantro for garnish

Start your brown rice in a pot on the stove, or in a rice maker. Next, add ground turkey and chopped onion to a large saute pan. Add garlic powder and salt and pepper. When the turkey is browned, add 4 cups of salsa. Bring the salsa to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes. In the meantime, chop the cilantro, pepper, avocado, and mango. When the rice is done, simply stir in almost all of the fresh cilantro, leaving just enough to garnish each dish.

I served each person with the rice and meat already on the plate, and everybody had fun adding their own toppings. Kids always like to feel that they “made” their own dinner!

I’d recommend serving this with a nice big green salad on the side.

*Also, the recipe above made enough for our family of five to have leftovers the next day. If you are cooking for a smaller family, just chop one avocado, pepper, and mango. You can also make less rice and only 1 lb. of turkey. If you do this, reduce the salsa used to only 2-3 cups.

Enjoy, mi amigos! 🙂

Happy Monday!

happy catHappy Monday,

If you know anything about me, it’s that I insist on being happy every day. I have two teen-agers(one in college), plus a 10 year old special needs son. Don’t think for one minute that I don’t have serious challenges in my life. Please don’t think that happiness comes on it’s own. I don’t play victim. When I meet new people they can’t tell that I’ve been married a couple of times, they can’t tell that my heart is broken because my 17 year old son doesn’t want to live with me. You do not have the right to think that you should have received an easy life.

I went to a funeral last week and I’m going to my aunt’s funeral in 2 days. Horribly sad, death, upset family, old memories. Of course I will cry at the funeral. I will cry genuine dears, I loved her very much! I will have red puffy eye’s and cry my make-up off, probably. I might think about death and my fate, my children, my loved one’s.

But with that being said, it makes me so happy to think about everything I have in my life! I know who I am and I don’t apologize for that. Please click on the link and read the article, really read it! Let me know if you find it helpful and can apply it to your life. I truly wish that everyone could be as happy as I am!

Life is good, be happy