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Healthy Taco Casserole

September 23, 2018

Happy Sunday, friends! I’m doing a little slow Sunday morning meal prep and planning for my weekly meal planning newsletter and this is one of the recipes that will go out in a bit! If you aren’t signed up yet, each Sunday I send out our family’s meal plan to serve as inspiration for you in your meal planning efforts. It’s nothing fancy, but I hope it’s helpful, and it certainly keeps me on track! You can sign up HERE if you’re interested in getting a meal plan sent to your inbox each week.

I’m always looking for more family-friendly recipes that aren’t terribly difficult to make and are pleasing for little kiddos. This recipe is just that – easy to make, pleasing for nearly everyone, filling yet healthy. If you are looking for a new casserole recipe to add into your rotation this fall as temperatures drop, I highly recommend adding this into your rotation.

This week I divided up the recipe into five lunch containers for Joe’s lunches this week. I’m also including some lettuce and sour cream on the side so he can top this with some traditional taco toppings before eating. While I doubt the chips will stay good and crunchy throughout the week, I’m hopeful it still tastes great!

Healthy Taco Casserole
Author: 
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4 to 6 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium orange, red or yellow sweet pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 lb. lean (at least 80%) ground beef
  • 1 packet taco seasoning mix
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 cups hot-cooked brown rice (I like Trader Joe's frozen brown rice bags)
  • 1 cup mild or medium salsa
  • 1½ cups shredded Mexican cheese blend (not the "taco" cheese with seasoning)
  • 1 cup crushed whole grain tortilla chips
  • Lettuce, guacamole, and sour cream for serving, if desired
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 13x9-inch baking dish. Set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add in the peppers and onion and cook, stirring occasionally, 10 to 12 minutes or until onions are browned and peppers are tender.
  3. Meanwhile, brown ground beef; drain. Return beef to skillet and add in ½ cup water and the taco seasoning mix. Simmer 1 to 2 minutes, then remove from heat. Stir in the brown rice and the sauteed peppers and onions, along with the salsa and 1 cup of the cheese.
  4. Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish. Top with the remaining ½ cup of the cheese and the crushed tortilla chips. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until mixture is bubbly and hot. Cool 10 minutes before serving. Serve with desired toppings.

 

Family, Fashion

Fall Skincare 101

September 18, 2018

Hello, friends! Today we are talking about SKINCARE and finding healthy, safe options as we transition into the cooler temps. While it’s still summer-feeling over here in Iowa, cold temps are right around the corner and it’s important to make sure that your skincare routine adapts to the weather.

It’s also worth noting that if the recommendations below don’t fit your needs, I’m always happy to do an individualized skincare consultation with you! You can always email madisonjanemayberry@gmail.com and I’m happy to consult you more individually on your needs.

That said, today I’m sharing three different sets of “must have” products based on your skin type so you are sure to have all the hydration your skin needs going into the cooler months. Because when your skin is pale and your summer tan has faded, you better at least have skin that’s blemish-free and glowing, right?

*Please note this isn’t a one-size-fits all recommendation and your actual best fit might be different/varied from what’s mentioned above. This is a general recommendation only.

If you have….

DRY, SENSITIVE SKIN (not acne prone)
1. Countermatch Cleansing Milk
2. Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion & Recovery Sleeping Cream
2. Balancing Face Oil
3. Overnight Resurfacing Peel (used just 1x per week)

OILY, ACNE PRONE SKIN (not sensitive)
1. Countercontrol Clear Pore Cleanser
2. Countercontrol Matte Effect Gel Cream
3. Countrcontrol SOS Spot Treatment
4. Overnight Resurfacing Peel (used 2-3x per week)

DULL NORMAL SKIN (not sensitive or acne prone)
1. Nourishing Cream Cleanser
2. Rejuvenating Day Cream and Rejuvenating Night Cream
3. Brightening Face Oil
4. Overnight Resurfacing Peel (used 2-3x per week)

Personally, I follow the “Dry, Sensitive Skin” recommendation above and it’s been working SO well for me! My skin has literally never been happier. Don’t believe me? I’m wearing ZERO foundation or tinted moisturizer in the photo below. That glow? Well it’s the Overnight Resurfacing Peel in action!

 

Food & Recipes

Korean Beef Bowls

September 16, 2018

I’m always looking for new and easy ways to keep the meals that we make at dinnertime interesting. This is one of the newer meals we’ve been enjoying at our house, first inspired by this recipe from Damn Delicious and then tweaked slightly and adapted by me. That said, the recipe is so easy that once you make it the first time you won’t really need a recipe the next time. It’s simple, easy, and was extremely family-friendly. I was worried that the girls wouldn’t like the different taste but they both were happy to eat this meal – a total mom win!

A few other suggestions for adapting this Korean-inspired beef bowl would be to swap out ground turkey or ground chicken for the beef, or using another base like quinoa or faro in place of the brown rice. Like I said, it’s adaptable and works well any matter of ways! Add this one to your weekly rotation – I promise you won’t regret it!

Korean Beef Bowls
Author: 
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4 servings
 
Easy, family-friendly meal that even picky eaters (like my toddler!) will love.
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb. lean (at least 80%) ground beef
  • Hot cooked brown rice and steamed broccoli for serving
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, stir together the soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil and ginger until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add in the onion and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, about 5 to 7 minutes or until onions are translucent and garlic is fragrant. Add in ground beef and cook, stirring frequently, until meat is browned. Drain; return mixture to skillet. Pour soy sauce mixture over meat and cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes more or until heated through.
  3. Spoon rice and broccoli into bowls. Top with the meat mixture and serve immediately.

 

Fashion

The BEST Bralettes Around

September 6, 2018

Let’s talk about bralettes! I find that when I mention that word, I get one of two reactions:

1. I LOVE bralettes and don’t ever want to wear a real bra again.
2. What the heck is a bralette?

So, I’m obviously in the first camp! As a pretty flat-chested gal, I much prefer the comfort, look and fit of a bralette over a regular bra. They usually have lace straps and soft bands and look incredibly cute under tanks or casual dresses when a strap peeks out here or there. I’m the first person to say that I do NOT like regular bra straps showing, but I feel entirely different about bralettes.

My friends and followers over on Espresso and Cream Beauty responded to my request for suggestions on where to buy new bralettes and the overwhelming response was Aerie! I hadn’t purchased anything from there before, but I love the brand’s body-positive messaging and the fact that they don’t re-touch photos or promote unrealistic body ideals. Big wins in my book!

So, I bought a bunch of bralettes and loved nearly all of them, but there are my favorite. As a note, I found them all to fit true to size and purchased a small in the styles pictured above.

1. Aerie Wonder Lace Crop 
I like that this isn’t a racerback so it’s great for more traditional shirts and tops. It’s SUPER cute on and I love that the band extends a bit further down than a typical band.

2. Aerie Lace Padded Bralette 
This is my favorite of the bunch! It’s incredibly comfortable but looks special and dressy. I purchased it in two different colors.

3. Aerie Boho Racerback Bralette
A fantastic basic for wearing under tops and tanks. Soft, comfortable and ultra easy to wear.

So that’s that! Now go get yourself a few for fall – they are perfect for wearing under sweaters!

Madison

Fashion

The Best Classic Black Blazer + Romper

August 27, 2018

Cornerstone Blazer from Anthropologie // Velma Slip On Mules from Target //
A New Day Women’s Crepe Romper (sold out at Target) 

Let’s talk mom style! Finding clothing that both fits you body and lifestyle as a mom without feeling frumpy or like you’re in a constant rotation of workout gear is tough, isn’t it? I found after I became a mom that I needed to edit my closet and invest in some new clothing that was a bit more appropriate for this stage in life. Another factor? I work at home and no longer report to an office. That doesn’t mean I don’t want to get dressed up to “go to work” in my office or the coffee shop. Most of the days I’m working at home I try to wear casual professional clothes to help boost my productivity. There are still days where I wear yoga pants to the “office” but I do still get dressed and ready most work days, though not nearly as dressy as I did when I worked in a real office environment.

Church also offers a fun occasion to get dressed up, along with a few Beautycounter events throughout the year. Outside of those occasions, my attire is pretty casual and comfortable. I’m hoping to continue to share a few favorite new pieces and outfits in the weeks and months to come. Because while I may not be a fashionista by any means, I do feel like I’m getting a good handle on my personal style and dressing for both casual work life and mom life.

This romper has been worn so so many times this spring and summer. I found it at Target (A New Day brand) for around $25 and it’s the best money I spent all summer. I wish I had a link to share with you, but I couldn’t find it on their site any longer. Perhaps scouring the sale racks at your local Target would be a way to track one down? Because it’s completely worth the effort! The casual slip-on mules are one of Joe’s least favorite items in my wardrobe, but they are super casual/comfortable with a pointy toe that makes them look a tad bit dressier.

And the blazer! I went far too long before adding in a classic black blazer into my closet. I had one a long time ago that I absolutely loved and wore into the ground, and after it was time to retire that blazer I never found another one that I loved. Since I have broad shoulders, I was looking for something that wasn’t super structured and softer/more casual than a traditional suit blazer. This one is a keeper. I look forward to wearing it and would wear it every day if I could. It’s part of the reason I’m so excited for fall weather! 😉

Madison