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The Taco Man

There’s a man that drives around base in his taco truck, selling delicious Mexican meals. The truck plays the “Mexican Hat Song” as its horn (I couldn’t even make this stuff up), and the guys on base swarm around the taco truck like a grown-up version of the ice cream trucks of our youth. The taco man is one of the Pilot’s favorite people. He always gets his favorite, the Chupacabra, but hasn’t been eating from the taco truck as much as usual, since he’s had such a hectic flying schedule.

But tonight, he WAS the Taco Man 😉

 pilot

While I was at the gym doing cardio, the Pilot stopped by Trader Joe’s on his way home from work to get groceries + ingredients for taco night. When I got home, he got to work cooking up the beef, while I made the other things to go with:

beans

frijoles (a la can since this was impromptu. Homemade is 100x better, but I like to spruce up canned beans by thinning out with a little almond milk, adding sea salt and cumin)

guacamole

guacamole

a little bit of cilantro garnish came from my I-planted-at-the-wrong-time herb garden

cilantro 

grilled peppers and onions, seasoned with cumin, garlic, cayenne, sea salt, pepper, jalapeno olive oil, and paprika.

MY OTHER RECIPES


peppers

I enjoyed mine salad beast style, with beans on the bottom, then greens, peppers and onions, guac, salsa and goat cheese:

beast

and the Pilot had tacos with all of the toppings + beans on the side

tacos

Most of the time, the Pilot and I will eat the same thing for dinner and sometimes I’ll just as meat to his, but for a “his and her”-style meal, this one was super easy, quick, and didn’t leave a ton of dirty dishes. Winner, winner. Bonus: I know what was in it. Not sure I can say the same for the Taco Man….

A couple fave His and Hers meals:

Eggplant parm

Huevos Rancheros

Time to catch up on DWTS (Rob FTW!) and then call it a night.

See ya in the morning!

xoxo

Gina

Something to think:

“I would much rather have regrets about not doing what people said, than regretting not doing what my heart led me to and wondering what life had been like if I’d just been myself.”

Brittany Renee

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34 Comments

  1. CheezyK on November 21, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    We haven’t had tacos for ages! You now have me craving them big time. Oh, and you also have that song stuck in my head now, thanks! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on November 21, 2011 at 10:37 pm

      np 🙂 haha

  2. Kiah on November 21, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    I’m with ya on Rob! He is actually quite endearing 🙂

    • Fitnessista on November 21, 2011 at 10:38 pm

      i think he’s wonderful, and he’s improved SO much! he deserves it

  3. Allison on November 21, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    i was actually thinking about making a taco salad tonight, with ground turkey, but didn’t want to put in all the work haha

  4. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on November 21, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Ohh your taco salad looks delicious!! And its pretty cool you have your own taco man! ;p

  5. Kristen @ Chocolate Covered Kristen on November 21, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    LOVE that quote! It’s all about taking the risk and being able to look at yourself in the mirror knowing you put your whole self into something. Love, love, love!

  6. kara on November 21, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Rob is the perfect DWTS contestant.. he was iffy in the beginning and didn’t seem so sure of himself, but slowly progressed to perfection in the end! i mean, i have to say, i’m pretty sure JR is better overall, but Rob is the epitome of what the show is supposed to do. this season is so good.. they’re all awesome! i’m definitely rooting for the boys.

  7. Jessica on November 21, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    What is your fav way to prepare dried beans? That supper looks awesome!

  8. Army Amy* on November 21, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    I love tacos/burritos! Yummy!*

  9. Parita on November 21, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Love that quote at the end! So so true…

  10. Natasha on November 21, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    I really love that quote. I’m just about to graduate from university in December and I have all of these dreams and aspirations for the next few years. But while it is exciting to finally finish my degree, it’s also difficult balancing the expectations and advice from family and friends. Thanks for reminding me that I need to follow my own path so at the end of the day I can live with no regrets 🙂

  11. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on November 21, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    The fact that he flies planes AND then comes home and is Mr. Chef in the Kitchen…that’s impressive!

    We have street food trucks, taco trucks, Mexican ice cream/candy selling trucks, and just food trucks of all sorts here..some of them play some crazy music, too. But if there’s one thing you can usually count on with food trucks is some good old fashioned down home and very good cooking!

  12. Emilia @ Namaste Gurl on November 21, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Looks great! I love tacos– super easy and filling meal!
    Can you not eat corn right now? I don’t think there’s anything wrong with taco shells or chips, is there? 🙂

    • Fitnessista on November 21, 2011 at 11:38 pm

      No, I eat corn chips and tortillas pretty often. I just ate plenty of starches today, so I nixed the taco shells tonight

  13. Catherine on November 21, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    This meal looks delicious! I love making Mexican food at home (it is the perfect way to make one meal to feed my vegan self and my carnivorous family and friends), but I always wonder if it’s a healthy eating-out choice. I always skip the cheese and sour cream and go easy on the tortillas/chips, but other than that are there generally hidden health traps in restaurant Mexican food? I always wonder about the oils/fats in the beans and veggies and worry that it could be counteracting all the healthy veggies I see on my plate. What are your thoughts?

  14. Steph on November 22, 2011 at 12:45 am

    I’m a long time lurker and love your blog!

    I just wanted to say how impressed I am with your hubby! I love that he comes home and cooks. He’s also a massive spunk 🙂

    Keep up the great work, I really look forward to all of your posts!

  15. Julie on November 22, 2011 at 1:49 am

    Go Rob!

  16. Ali on November 22, 2011 at 1:54 am

    What a man you have!! Grocery shopping AND cooking, (lookin mighty fine in his outfit, by the by.) You are winner winner I think.

  17. Meg on November 22, 2011 at 6:47 am

    I watched DWTS, too 😀 The judges were tough on poor rob I thought!?

  18. Gen on November 22, 2011 at 7:13 am

    Yuuum! We loove tacos and mexican food in general! The only problem is, brazilians don’t like any spicy food, so if we want mexican, we have to make our own taco shells, tortillas, etc.

  19. Sierra @ Posh Meets Pavement on November 22, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Tacos are also one of my favorite his and hers meals since it’s easy to make a taco salad and we can each doctor up our plates according to our liking. I’m going to have to start growing cilantro, your plants looks great and I usually buy it every week anyways. I’m also going to have to keep my eye out for jalapeno olive oil, I’ve seen chili flavored before, but I bet jalapeno has a nice kick.

  20. Heather @ For the Love of Kale on November 22, 2011 at 7:22 am

    Easy “his and hers” meals are the best! Matty and I do that once in awhile too. Looks like we both had the same idea… we enjoyed mexican last night too. 🙂

    That quote is a beautiful one to live by. <3

  21. Coco on November 22, 2011 at 7:26 am

    We do the same thing- however a lot of time James will just eat a veggie dinner along with me. He’s pretty easy to please 🙂

  22. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on November 22, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Jealous! I wish I had my own taco man. 😉

  23. Amanda on November 22, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Your taco night looks great! I’m craving that salad right now and it’s not even 9am. haha I need to make some Mexican food soon. I’ve been craving it for weeks now.

    I love the quote at the end. I came to that realization about a year ago and it was extremely liberating. Completely changed the way I live my life.

  24. Janine @ThePurpleGiraffe on November 22, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Mmmmmm tacos are one of my favorite meals ever. There’s a cute little Mexican joint down the street from us that makes THE BEST tacos ever. And it doesn’t matter if you get the ground beef, the turkey, the chicken, the fish – they’re all amazing.

  25. Brandi @ The Vitamin Bee on November 22, 2011 at 9:30 am

    I love tacos! My bf and I do something similar. We eat similar meals and he just adds meat if he wants it.

    I hope JR wins! He’s my favorite. He’s overcome so much and has a fantastic attitude 🙂

  26. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat on November 22, 2011 at 9:32 am

    You guys always have amazing Mexican dinners – I loved your rice recipe!

  27. Gaby on November 22, 2011 at 9:36 am

    This is great!!!! I love it ;D

  28. Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) on November 22, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Bahahaha love that last line about the Taco Man.. There’s a truck like this by where my boyfriend is stationed, and he raved about it too.. unlike me, he’ll eat just about anything. 😉

  29. Carrie on November 22, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    I am getting my husband a flight suit. 😉

    Now I just have to teach him to cook…Kudos to the Pilot for cooking for his Woman! ‘Tis a beautiful thing. Mine makes the world’s finest scrambled egg sandwich. That’s about it. (But it is GOOD)

    We have an ice cream truck in our neighborhood (that I try my hardest to stay away from lol) that plays the Mexican Hat Dance! Awesome. 😀

  30. skinnyrunner on November 22, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    taco/mexican salad is one of my favorite ways to make a salad at home. i buy chili beans from walmart which i think are just pinto beans with seasonings in them. tasty and cheap.

    • Fitnessista on November 23, 2011 at 12:33 am

      that’s so cool that you commented- i was just reading your blog today and thinking that you are so cute 🙂

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