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    • #30184
      Jen Cueva

      Let’s have a bit of fun here. Today is Taco Tuesday. Most weeks, I try to plan something for dinner taco-inspired. Because it’s difficult to hold and stuff a taco, and then it falls over on the plate, I ordered these cool taco holders from Amazon. I am excited to use them tonight.

      I often make a taco-inspired salad; grilled chicken fajita tacos and regular lean beef tacos are also common here. I like the crunchy tacos shells for ground beef, though. Fish tacos and taco or burrito bowls are also something we make often.

      Tonight we are planning to make chicken chorizo soft tacos. I am still unsure of the other ingredients, but thinking maybe add potato or beans and cheese.

      What about you? How do you Taco Tuesday? Share what’s on your plate today as you stick with the Taco Tuesday theme.

    • #30189
      Jill Upshaw

      For some reason, tacos really taste good to me these days. I live in a 55 and over community with about 500 homes. They usually have a food truck on Tuesdays that sells tacos and margaritas. Different trucks rotate. One has everything homemade from scratch that has some really good shrimp tacos. I have a gas stove so I either cook or wear my oxygen. I don’t do well without it so I do very little cooking.

      • #30203
        Jen Cueva

        Wow, @upshtcx, a taco truck with fresh-made tacos and margaritas. This may be where I need to look once I get to 55, LOL.

        Yes, I do love gas stoves, but I have an electric one. I can see the concern you have about cooking with gas and oxygen. Plus, no cooking means fewer dishes.

        My hubby and I talked on Friday about how when cooking for 2, it is often easier to buy prepped meals or order out. But, I enjoy cooking as much as I can -then he cleans up.

        It is morning time, and now I was those shrimp tacos. A margarita sounds great, too. I have not had one in years. Tequila does not like my meds and PH body.

    • #30192
      Terese Tuohey

      No tacos tonight. But I might consider sweet potato, corn and black bean enchiladas. Sometimes I make them vegan, and sometimes I add cooked ground beef to the mix. You might want to try that filling in a taco shell.

      • #30204
        Jen Cueva

        Interesting @tervo. I think your enchiladas sound great. Did you make them? I have had black bean taquitos. But I think your combination of black beans with corn and sweet potato sounds like something I would enjoy.

        As you said, this would go great in a shell or a taco/enchilada bowl. Thanks for sharing.

      • #30207
        Jill Upshaw

        Jen, Costco has a ready-made Margarita that is made with Agave Wine and I can drink it some. No liquor and I cannot even drink a beer. Used to love beer. Costco makes a plain, one with agave wine and one with Tequila. They all look alike too.

        • #30228
          Jen Cueva

          Hi @upshtcx, thanks for sharing about the margarita made with agave wine. I had seen their regular margarita mixes and drinks. I may need to check that out.

          With my mess, I can’t really drink much. I do drink a Dos XX beer with salt and lines now and then. I love it ice cold. Otherwise, If I drink, it is usually sipping my hubby’s. I did recently have a mixed drink, but it was light alcohol and mostly mixer. But, it did have the umbrella-like a fancy drink, LOL.

          I was thinking, how did my Taco Tuesday go to a drinking post. But tacos from the taco truck and ice-cold beer and margaritas go well. Even at home Taco Tuesdays, a beer or margarita would be a nice addition.

          Anyone else enjoy a beer, margarita, or other cold beverage with your tacoos?

    • #30199
      Susi Steppins

      Taco Tuesday is a great idea.
      However, tonight I am being lazy and making chili dogs.
      Dogs in a skillet for a few minutes while I heat the chili in the microwave.
      I will add sliced avacado, (I need the potassium) and then a fruit salad for dessert.
      I like this topic.
      Maybe I will become inspired for meals ahead. 🙂

      • #30205
        Jen Cueva

        Oh no, @s-steppins, I have been craving a hot dog for a few days. My hubby said that I would probably not eat one, but I loved the cheap hot dogs at Costco.

        Chili cheese dogs sound yummy, with mustard and onions, yum. Sounds simple enough.

        Yay for avocado. I had a slice last night on my taco.

        How about the sodium in the hotdogs and chili? Does that affect your swelling?

    • #30216
      Susi Steppins

      @jenc the sodium is definitely something I need to be careful about.
      If I told you I eat the low sodium dogs and/or chili, I would be lying.
      I usually suffer for it the next day.
      My swelling is always an issue.
      Which is why I am always adding high potassium foods to my diet.
      The diuretics usually throw me way off.

      I have recently come across a drink that has helped me though.
      I am not a fan of coconut water which is very high in potassium, but I found Nestles Active Orange.
      It is specifically for adding potassium to your body and it only has 15 calories.
      I make sure that I include it in my daily liquids.

      The cheap hot dogs at Sam’s Club are pretty much the same as at Costco.
      Manny is right, you probably shouldn’t. Neither should I and look where that got me. LOL

    • #30229
      Jen Cueva

      Oh no, @s-steppins, I am sorry that you paid the price, as I say after eating your child dogs. As my hubby says, some days, we pick what we know we will pay for later.

      Sadly, the sodium is often between 375-500 grams of sodium per hotdog when it comes to hotdogs. Then, canned chili is more sodium. IDK if they have a low sodium chili, but I bet they do.

      I have never heard of this Nestles Active Orange that you mention. I need to look into that as my potassium is usually low or on the lower side of normal. Is this water sweetened with any artificial sweeter? Or is it just orange flavor water?

      You mention you include it in your daily liquids. Are you on a fluid restriction? Do you use something to keep track? I used My Fitness Pal for years but have not been back on it since my COVID event last year. I have been telling my hubby, Manny, that I need to start back.

    • #30233
      Susi Steppins

      @jenc the Active drink has no sweeteners in it. It tastes a bit like bitter orange.
      I actually have grown fond of the taste.
      Every now and then, especially when it is hot out, I crave something sweet to drink so I will put about 2 oz. orange juice over ice and then fill the rest of my glass with the Active.
      This gives me a little variety.
      I take such strong amounts of diuretics that my potassium often goes out of whack.
      I have almost landed in the hospital just for that.
      But now I have developed a routine to make sure that I eat enough potassium rich foods that it isn’t too much of a problem.
      Potatoes, bananas, sweet potaotes, spinach, pomegranite, sunflower seeds.
      There are many options.
      I track my fluid intake by measuring and simply keeping track in my head.
      I suppose I should have a more methodical method.
      The doctor told me that I should try and limit my fluid to about 64 oz per day.
      However, a couple of times when I have had my blood drawn they call and tell me I am dehydrated and I should drink more.
      The never ending balancing act.
      My Fitness Pal sounds interesting.
      I will have to look it up online.

    • #30234
      Jen Cueva

      Hi @s-steppins, thanks for the information on the orange drink. I need to look for it. I, too, have been on high doses of diuretics for years. That is such a difficult balancing act. I, too, have landed in the hospital with dehydration. It is usually that or fluid overload, so I relate.

      Here is a column that I wrote about this balance that you may find helpful. Let me know if you have questions.

      Yes, I have been trying to keep it in my head. Sadly, with CRS, my brain is mush at times. If I don’t make a note or something, I will forget.

      The My Fitness Pal lets you track food and water, so those items that are considered liquids are not accounted for. I can only trace water, which is what my PH and kidney doctor wants me to do. Mine is less than 640z.

    • #30360
      Jen Cueva

      And just like that, we are now at yet another Taco Tuesday. For me, I am a bit thrown off this week with yesterday being a holiday. So, I am unsure if I will create something Taco Tuesday-related for dinner. I bet we do have BBQ leftover that may be fine.

      What about y’all? Creating anything Taco Tuesday related with leftovers or something else?

    • #34138
      Jen Cueva

      It’s Taco Tuesday again, y’all. What’s on your menu tonight for dinner? Is anyone making anything taco-inspired? I need to pick up my groceries later, so I will be making a list to add anything because nothing sounds good yet.

      , are tacos still tasting good for you? What types have you been enjoying? I just reread the share you did about the Costco margarita with Agave wine and wrote myself a note next time we go to Costco. Have you bought any there lately?

    • #34141

      LOL we aren’t doing it tonight because we did it over the weekend but my husband’s favorite is Taco Potato night…. it’s usually something we do with the extra taco meat left overs basically a potato smothered in taco fillings, my fave is pork taco meat with red, yellow and orange peppers, avocados and or coarse cheese and sour cream.

      My husband doesn’t get the swelling much is that something that will start happening more with disease progression or is it medication related? I know they told us Uptravi might increase water retention… he really doesn’t want to modify diet at all… as a serious foody this could be a very upsetting thing for him..

      • #34142
        Jill Upshaw

        I haven’t bought any recently but I keep some in the frig…..It is good…..

        • #34165
          Jen Cueva

          Thanks, @upshtcx; I have a screenshot to remind me to look at my next Costco trip, which should be soon. I’ll let you know if I find it. I hope that you’re enjoying a feel-good week.

      • #34159
        Jen Cueva

        Yummy, @kygon, the taco-inspired stuffed potato sounds great! I haven’t used pork taco meat much. My usual go-to is chicken or lean beef. Last night was lean sirloin taco-inspired bowls. Is the pork you use diced or ground?

        I have wanted to do a stuffed potato and side salad night for light and easy dinners.

        Like Bryan, I love food and enjoy different foods. But within the last few years, my appetite has decreased, and I don’t eat as much but still love flavors.

        Thanks for sharing such a fun spin on Taco Tuesday!

      • #34174
        Colleen Steele

        @kygon you had me at potato! LOL! I love potato’s and I don’t know that I have ever gone the taco topping route with them except for sour cream and shredded cheese. Well, I guess we know what I will be making for dinner in the near future. Thanks for sharing!

    • #34718
      Jen Cueva

      Hey y’all, another Taco Tuesday idea. Tonight, I’m making fish tacos. I’ll season the fish with a cumin, cayenne, and garlic, kind of rub, and cook them in the skillet, like a blackened fish. I have red cabbage, cilantro, jalapeno, and avocado to top them with. I may make a cilantro-lime sour cream to drizzle on the top and, of course, hot sauce. It depends on how many “spoons” I have left after that.

      This will be with corn tortillas and a side of black beans topped with a tad of queso fresco.

      What about y’all? Are you planning a taco-inspired dinner for this Taco Tuesday? Do you like fish tacos? Do you prefer fried, grilled, or blackened?

    • #34722
      Katie Did

      Taco Tato is what I want- Taco Salad is what I will get. Really need to lose about 40 lbs.

      • #34733
        Jen Cueva

        Hey @genekatie, what’s Taco Tato, a place near you? Taco salad is good, too. Did you make yours? What do you like in yours? A

        Have you been trying to lose that 40 pounds, or is this a new journey?

    • #34723
      Cris Dingman

      Taco …day (pick one, any one!) sounds great! Speaking of cooling drinks for summer, try elderflower liqueur with a few lemon slices and ice. Light on alcohol, heavy on taste!

    • #34734
      Jen Cueva

      Hi @crisincincy, I agree; any taco is usually a good taco, hehe.

      Interesting, I’ve never had elderberry liqueur. Is it more of a floral or citrus taste? What flavors do you like about this drink? It sounds interesting. I may have to try this.

    • #34739
      Cris Dingman

      Jen, the elderberry liqueur is tart/sweet and fruity. Perfect for hot summer days. Club soda, sprite, lemon slices, add something light to it. And speaking of baked potatoes, I swear I could live on a large russet oven baked with crispy skin, split down the middle with enough butter to have to eat it with a spoon. Healthy? Not so much, perfection? You bet! I’m envious of your neighborhood taco truck. We have an ice cream man once in awhile in the dog days of summer, but just not the same.

      • #34743
        Colleen Steele

        @crisincincy oh I’m like you, I love an oven baked russet potato! I am guilty of going loaded…butter, sour cream, shredded cheese and bacon bits! Ok, now I want a baked potato!

      • #34761
        Jen Cueva

        Hi @crisincincy, the elderberry liquor sounds like something I would like. It also sounds cool and refreshing. Thanks for the suggestion.

        Aww, now you mention crispy baked potatoes. Have you tried making one in the air fryer? I haven’t yet but have heard from several others that it is faster, with no heating from an oven and no soggy skin from a microwave.

        Now, between you and @colleensteele, I’ll be craving one. Like Colleen, I want mine loaded. Don’t forget the chives. If I’m going to splurge, I do it big time. Not healthy at all, I know, and a heap of sodium. But again, it’s only a splurge food.

    • #34777
      Cris Dingman

      I have hesitated purchasing an air fryer, it’s just me and hubs. I have a pressure cooker but only seem to use it for long-cooking things like beets and some weekend roasts. Are they easy to use and do you have one you could recommend? Maybe it’s time to drag myself (kicking and screaming) into the 21st century kitchen?? Crispy skin LOADED baked potatoes with enough butter to actually have to eat it like soup may be just what the doctor ordered! Or at least the quack doctor in my head that I listen to every once in awhile… btw, pass on Happy Father’s Day to all.

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