When I started coming up with breakfasts for my boss, I asked her if she liked Greek yogurt and she shrugged her nose and said, “not really.” I am kind of a Greek yogurt snob, Chobani is my favorite Greek yogurt.
So I decided to make her a Vanilla chobani parfait. I made another batch of Nicole’s Sweet & Salty Granola – and then put a layer of yogurt, sliced banana, granola, and then over the weekend I made a strawberry sauce – it was 1 cup of strawberries, 1/3 cup water and 2 tablespoons of Splenda – just cooked on the stove top for about 10 minutes until the sauce became thick.
Guess what? She loved it! She didn’t even realize she was eating Greek yogurt – I think she was always eating the plain version, which I actually prefer in a parfait, otherwise its too sweet for me.
And I have to thank my co-worker J for bringing me some new flavored Chobani – I haven’t tried the pear one yet – she’s bartering the Chobani for her Souper Friday lunch – deal! I love how you can see the bacon in the background – it’s all about balance, right?
I was super busy at work yesterday, and actually thought I wasn’t going to have a chance to work out, but I basically stood up, left what I was working on and said “I am going to work out – I’ll be back in an hour.” No one stopped me.
I ended doing a HIIT run – 3 minutes running, 2 minutes walking on an incline, and did that 7 times. My last 3 minute run was at 6.0 mph, or a 10 minute mile pace, and I felt great!
When I got back to work, I had more lasagna soup – I seriously have an addiction to this soup. Check out how many times I’ve linked to it on Suzie’s blog!
On the side was some toasted Artisan bread. So good!
So when Tony found a copycat recipe for the Jack in the Box tacos, the first thing that caught our eye is that these are make ahead tacos – because you have to freeze them and they go straight from freezer to fryer. I also altered the recipe a bit, because I have no idea what soy protein powder is. Either way, the taco meat was spot on.
Jack in the Box Taco Meat
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 cups cold water
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon plain chili powder
- 1 tablespoon masa corn flour
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon Accent seasoning (I used seasoned salt)
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 3/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 dash ground black pepper
- 1 dash cayenne pepper
Brown the ground beef. Add in remaining ingredients and bring to a boil and let boil for five minutes. Let cool slightly. Put in your food processor to puree. For each taco I used 3 tablespoons of meat. Heat your tortillas in the microwave so they are pliable and don’t break.
I folded the tacos over, and then put them in a ziploc bag. Next time I am going to put them on a cookie sheet to freeze individually before putting in a ziploc – a couple of them stuck together and broke.
Heat your fryer or oil in a pot to 350. Fry for 1-2 minutes. Pry open the hot taco (careful!) and add a triangle slice of American cheese, shredded iceburg lettuce, and the Jack in the Box Taco Sauce:
Jack in the Box Taco Sauce:
- 1 cup cold water
- 1/4 cup chili sauce (not ketchup!)
- 2 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon arrowroot or 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon Season-All salt
- 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon granulated onion
- 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/8 teaspoon ground coriander (I left this out because I didn’t have any)
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 pinch ground cloves
- 1 pinch smoked paprika (or chipotle chile powder)
Mix all the ingredients in a pan and bring to a boil. Let boil for 5 minutes, then remove from heat to cool. This was very close to the sauce – although we did agree it could have had a bit more heat and tang.
Here they are frozen and ready to go for a dip in the fryer:
That was kind of a shitty picture above, but I wanted to show you how the beef got crispy on the sides from the hot oil.
Hot damn, these were good. Super crispy, not greasy. My eyes were bigger than my stomach, I ate 2 1/2 before having to stop – our dog happily licked our plates clean.
Alright, I have to jump in the shower and get my ass in gear. It’s so weird, here we are at the end of January, it’s 7:30 in the morning and its already 57 degrees! I wish it would stay like that, but its stormy too – I would have liked a sunny day at that temp!
Just curious – are any of you going to replicate the Jack in the Box taco at home?
Make it a great day!