My Way Taco Salad

15 Jun

Tomorrow is my birthday…

I think.

You see, at this moment I’m lost and confused as to the day, time, my name, when the last time I washed my hair, If I ate breakfast this morning, and what load of laundry I am on..I think it’s number 6.

To say my life is organized and completely under control is like saying I’m 6 ft. tall with blond hair, voluptuousΒ lady lumps, and a great sense of style..

And if you didn’t get that last part, I’m 5’3″ with brown hair, no lady lumps but one huge hump, and I’ve seriously considered hiring a personal stylist.

And then today…

I’ve locked myself in the garage 2 times, and almost a 3rd.

. The first time was a close one, and Baby Boo was sleeping. Luckily for me I caught myself before I did. The second time I officially locked Baby Boo and I in the garage for a good hour until hubby got home, so we entertained out selves with the water hose…

And the third time, hubby was home and I again managed to lock myself in, so I banged on the door so loud that China could hear me..Except my hubby. Sports center was on..And men can only focus on one thing at a time..At least that’s what my mom always taught me.

Then to top it off I stepped in gum earlier in the day, and judging by it’s size, it was chewed by Godzilla.

And without noticing, I got in my car, starting driving, only to find my foot sticking to the peddles…Due to the Gum.


And I won’t lie, I’m a little worried to scrape it off in fear of catching rabies or something like that..

(Have I ever mentioned how dramatic I can be?)

And now that I am sitting here, really praying for a hot warm bath, I can’t help but look forward to tomorrow. Because birthday’s are special..

Birthday’s mean spoiling..

And birthday’s mean..

Taking Baths.


And eating everything that I want..All MY way πŸ™‚

What I Ate Wednesday, BIRTHDAY addition..

MY WAY Taco Salad

Serves two





Goat Cheese

Roasted Pepita Seeds

Roasted Corn (Recipe Below)

Lentil “Taco Meat” (Recipe Below)

Cinnamony-Cumin Salad Dressing (Recipe Below)


(Roasted Corn)

1. Take an ear of corn and lightly coat with butter, 2 tsp. chopped garlic, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.

2. Wrap corn in tin foil and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 min. Then undo the foil, and put back in the oven for another 15 minutes. When done, take a knife and cut down the sides of the corn to get the little corn off. Set aside.

(Lentil “Taco Meat”)

1. Take 1 TB. Chopped Garlic, 1/2 C. Diced onion, and 2 TB. EVOO. Heat oil in pan, then add garlic and onion. Cook and stir for about 5 -7 minutes, or until a little golden. Lower heat to medium-low, then add 1 1/2 C. cooked lentils into pan with 1.5 TB. Taco Seasoning.

I made homemade seasoning, recipe from HERE.

2. Cook for an additional 5 or so minutes, add a sprinkle of salt and pepper, remove from heat, and set aside.

(Cinnamony-Cumin Salad Dressing)

recipe from: Eat Drink and Be Vegan

1/4 C. EVOO

2 TB apple cider vinegar

2 TB Lemon Juice

1 tsp. Dijon Mustard

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1/8 tsp. cumin

1/2 tsp. salt


1. Blend all ingredients into a blender.

Salad Assembly

1. Start with the lettuce, avocado, corn, tomato, goat cheese, pumpkin seeds and Lentil Meat.

2. Drizzle with dressing.

This Taco Salad was made MY way, but obviously you could do it YOUR way. Add what ever toppings you desire, such as sour cream, cilantro, chips, Peanut Butter (i dunno)..etc

I also paired this salad with Butternut squash seasoned with cinnamon and cilantro.

Now, if you will excuse me, I am off to eating my weight in watermelon.


and a slice of Chocolate Cake at every meal.

That is unless…

I get stuck in the garage again..

47 Responses to “My Way Taco Salad”

  1. simplynutritiouskate June 15, 2011 at 4:03 am #

    happy early birthday!!!! the taco salad looks delish ill have to try out the seasoning blend on my next batch of bean taco meat

    • ThE DiVa DiSh June 15, 2011 at 4:13 am #

      Yes! It’s really good πŸ™‚ Taste like the real deal! What am I saying? It IS the real deal πŸ™‚

  2. Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons June 15, 2011 at 4:11 am #

    Happy early birthday gorgeous!!!! ❀ I need that dressing in my life! =)

    and please… stop locking yourself in the garage! haha!

    • ThE DiVa DiSh June 15, 2011 at 4:13 am #

      Thank you!! And I think it needs you too! πŸ™‚
      I think I need help hahaha

  3. Nicole @ Of Cookies & Carrots June 15, 2011 at 6:02 am #

    a) EVERYTHING looks delicious! πŸ™‚
    b) Yay for WIAW! πŸ™‚ So glad you remembered & I was here to see it!

    • ThE DiVa DiSh June 17, 2011 at 5:26 am #

      a)thank you!!
      b) Your reminder last week got me started so THANK YOU!!

  4. STUFT Mama June 15, 2011 at 8:32 am #

    Hey- I didn’t know it was your birthday tomorrow. Yikes! maybe we should celebrate Thursday. The taco salad looks delicious and can you please stop posting that chocolate peanut butter cake because everytime I see it I want to devour my computer! ha! I must make that SOON!!!!!

  5. vegan aphrodite June 15, 2011 at 9:08 am #

    I cant help but smile! Your life is too funny, and you are too sweet! Happy birthday tomorrow, hope it will be a great day!
    And the taco salad looks really yummy. Lentil meat sounds so good, and I love grilled corn! I think Ill pas on the PB in this though πŸ˜›

    • ThE DiVa DiSh June 17, 2011 at 5:25 am #

      what?? Not PB πŸ™‚
      ANd thank you for your sweet compliment!

  6. Tiff June 15, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    No more garage for you! πŸ™‚ Glad it all worked out! Thanks for posting the taco lentils. I told my husband lentils would make excellent taco filler, and he thought I was crazy. Great minds think alike – husbands, not so much. ha

    • ThE DiVa DiSh June 17, 2011 at 5:25 am #

      haha I love that! My husband said..what are these?? hahah

  7. pumpedforpumpkin June 15, 2011 at 9:59 am #

    Happy Birthday!!! Enjoy that chocolate cake. πŸ™‚

  8. sprint2thetable June 15, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

    Happy Birthday! Don’t worry… you are not alone. I walked right into a glass door the other day. I’m just that smooth.

    That salad looks delicious! I ned to start keeping cooked lentils in my fridge. And I’m totally using that vinaigrette for quinoa later! Can’t get enough cumin. πŸ™‚

    • ThE DiVa DiSh June 17, 2011 at 5:24 am #

      I always cook some sort of grain or bean at the beginning of the week to use for later on in dinners and such πŸ™‚
      and the salad dressing is the B-O-M-B..
      and Ouch on the glass door!

  9. IHeartVegetables June 15, 2011 at 1:20 pm #

    Haha yikes! I’m sorry you kept getting stuck in the basement!!! You need some dark chocolate and just sit and chill for a bit πŸ™‚

  10. Jess (In My Healthy Opinion) June 15, 2011 at 1:35 pm #

    Haha, you’re too funny! I hope you have a garage-free day today. πŸ™‚

    Happy, happy birthday!!! πŸ™‚

  11. ihearteggs June 15, 2011 at 2:35 pm #

    Happy Birthday!

    …. i kind of really want corn on the cob and taco salad now! YUM!

  12. Heidi @ Food Doodles June 15, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

    Happy birthday! That taco salad looks awesome πŸ™‚ Getting stuck in the garage sounds awful! I remember locking myself and the kids out of our house when we first moved in because we only had one key. I also remember being probably 6 or 7 months pregnant and climbing through the window, LOL.

    • ThE DiVa DiSh June 17, 2011 at 5:22 am #

      Oh my gosh! That would be so scary….and totally something i would do!..Our garage is downstairs so the windows are up stairs. That would be difficult for me to do for SURE! πŸ™‚ hahha

  13. Tine June 15, 2011 at 3:40 pm #

    Lovely salad recipe!

  14. mindrunningwild June 15, 2011 at 5:01 pm #

    Happy Birthday! Chocolate cake at every meal with no side effects sounds perfect. I bet we’d all do it πŸ™‚
    I’m sorry to hear about the garage incident, but at least you can laugh now…
    As for that corn on the cob. I want it!! I love roasted corn!!

    • ThE DiVa DiSh June 17, 2011 at 5:20 am #

      Wouldn’t that be lovely πŸ™‚
      And situations are always funny AFTER they happen haha

  15. Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} June 15, 2011 at 7:23 pm #

    Happy birthday!! Your stories made me smile, even though it really isn’t funny getting locked in the garage. πŸ˜‰ Your lentil taco meat looks delicious! I need to try it for sure.

    • ThE DiVa DiSh June 17, 2011 at 5:20 am #

      I am glad I could bring a smile to your face πŸ™‚
      And I will be totally honest..completely hilarious lol!
      And thank you!

  16. Jenny June 15, 2011 at 7:59 pm #

    Happy early birthday gorgeous!! Sorry about locking yourself in the garage yet again 😦 Glad you can just laugh about it now right? πŸ™‚ And love your taco salad and roasted corn. When can i come over for dinner? πŸ˜›

  17. helennaturally June 15, 2011 at 8:54 pm #

    Happy Birthday Chica! Love the taco salad, but I must admit – you had me at watermelon!

    • ThE DiVa DiSh June 15, 2011 at 9:14 pm #

      I LOOOOVE watermelon..Seriously.
      haha πŸ™‚

  18. pawsitivelife June 16, 2011 at 12:56 am #

    Thats looks so good!! You should keep food in the garage just for such emergencies

  19. Lindsay@LivingLindsay June 16, 2011 at 1:35 am #

    Happy early birthday!!! I hope you have a full day of spoiling!!

    I absolutely LOVE this taco salad. And YOUR way would absolutely be MY way as well. I love all of the toppings – so good!!! Can’t wait to try it!

    • ThE DiVa DiSh June 16, 2011 at 4:25 am #

      thanks Lindsay πŸ™‚ I am all for spoiling!

  20. Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food June 16, 2011 at 3:54 am #


    I hope that you do have day filled with a relaxing bath, delicious food, no lock outs, and plenty of cake and baby boo kisses πŸ™‚

    • ThE DiVa DiSh June 16, 2011 at 4:25 am #

      haha thanks Jenny!! No more garage experiences for me!!

  21. Kristen @ The Red Velvet Life June 16, 2011 at 11:40 pm #

    Happy Early Birthday, Ari! The taco salad and chocolate cake are fit for a queen — like yourself! πŸ™‚ xoxo

  22. Laury @thefitnessdish June 17, 2011 at 1:51 am #

    haha, awww, that’s funny yet awful how you kept locking yourself in the garage! totally something I would do if I had a garage!!!

    your photos are gorgeous!!!

    • ThE DiVa DiSh June 17, 2011 at 5:18 am #

      haha you are lucky!! It’s a dangerous trap πŸ™‚

  23. Laury @thefitnessdish June 17, 2011 at 1:52 am #

    PS–happy early bday!!!

  24. Ashley June 17, 2011 at 4:47 am #

    Happy birthday!!! I hope your day was great πŸ™‚ Your taco salad from yesterday looks awesome – I was just thinking I needed to learn how to cook corn since I am without a bbq and did not want to boil it. Thanks πŸ™‚

    • ThE DiVa DiSh June 17, 2011 at 5:19 am #

      Oh yea! Roasting it in the oven is totally delicious!!

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