You are not prepared!

…for the best shredded chicken for tacos EVER.

Ok ok, I may be exaggerating a little, but I haven’t had better…yet.

These are somewhat similar to my beef tacos so far as I cook them both in a slow cooker and use all the same toppings. The only thing with these is the ingredients are stupidly simple. Now, I COULD say they’re “So easy a caveman could do it” but I prefer, it’s so easy that if my cat had thumbs she would be making this daily. (Of course the cat having thumbs would probably create a whole ‘nother set of problems that this world is just not prepared for.)

After I made this amazing chicken and fed it all to my very, very lucky coworkers I still had some leftovers. Now I could probably eat these tacos for a week straight, but why not mix it up in form a little?

Enter the Tostada!

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A little Japanese nomnomnom

It doesn’t matter how busy you get, there’s always time for food… cause you kinda need it to live! So here I am, up for air from my busy days to give you a little food. This is a little dish I’ve had for years. After becoming a huge anime nerd in the late 90’s (Go Sailor Moon!), my hobbies led me to become obsessed with Japanese cuisine for a while. Not so much the anime fiend anymore, the craving for things like teriyaki, miso soup, sushi, ramen and more have stayed and branched into other areas like Chinese and most recently, Vietnamese.

But, back to where it started! Being heavily into all things Japanese I jumped at any chance to eat at what had become my favorite restaurant that served giant plates of chicken teriyaki and vegetable tempura. While the main course was delicious in of itself, the little salad I would receive before hand is what woke up my mouth with excitement. Enter Sunomono, or Japanese Cucumber Salad!

Sunomono
Oooo tangy

It’s a tart, tangy and sweet dish with very few ingredients and is good almost any time of the day. Cucumber, vinegar, lemon juice, little sugar and NOM, you have an awesome snack that isn’t half bad for you. Even my mom, who previously disliked cucumbers, likes it. So take that!

So as the weather warms up and we start doing our picnic thing, try out some Sunomono instead of a plain ‘ol salad. It’s nomnomnom.
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Lettuce pun here

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Ze lovely green leaf lettuce

Do you like salads? I love them. I used to eat them so much you’d swear I must have been part rabbit as a kid. For a while I’d been buying those bagged salad mixes, which are nice for the lazy people like me, but within the last year I’d noticed a drop in quality of them. Almost every single bag I’d pick up had brown or rust colored nastiness inside or if it didn’t, it’d get it within a day in the fridge. So back to the non-laziness of buying whole heads. Suddenly I realize this is also saving me money! After processing a single head of romaine lettuce, guess what? SAME amount that comes in the Caesar salad kits. Half the price too! Read on for more…
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