After an extra long holiday weekend for me, I’m back and ready for blogging (and email checking- ug). Does anyone else get bombarded with emails during the weekend? I love getting email but checking them is not my forte.

So, I hate being left out of the loop. And since it seemed like everyone was/is doing a Build-Your-Own-Dinner, I decided to take the opportunity to jump into the “in” crowd.

Upon careful consideration of what my DIY meal would be, I took a South of the border approach and went with carne asada flare. Or should I say the boyfriend did, since he pretty much made the meal. But either way, I was there with the camera…

Let the chopping begin.


(Hopefully) obviously not my hands...


Jalapeno Love.

Homemade Quick-N-Easy Salsa

  • 1 large can diced or crushed tomatoes (28 oz can)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • jalapenos, chopped, any amount
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Spice to your liking: Sriracha sauce, red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, etc.

Mix all together. Taste, adjust, and eat.

We gathered ingredients for the meat marinade.

Carne Asada Marinade

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup lime or lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp fresh garlic
  • 1 tbsp white pepper
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp chopped cilantro

Mix all ingredients together and marinate meat of choice for at least 1 hour. This recipe makes a lot, so we did cut the measurements in half. Time to cook.

Carne Asada done.

Sizzle… then starts the DIY assembly!

Avo, I love you.

Mixed greens, salsa, tomatoes, mushrooms, goat cheese, cheddar cheese, cilantro, and some hot sauces.


My masterpiece of a salad. Don't worry, I've got all the ingredients in there, they're just hidden by the massive amounts of salsa. 🙂


Boyfriend's Build-A-Taco

Mmmmmm. Mmmmmm. Good.

What’s your Build-A-Meal creation of choice? I’m thinking next time, it’s gotta be build-a-burger. I’m totally obsessed with this restaurant called, The Counter. Best. Burgers. EVER. And they only use fresh 100% natural angus beef, hormone and antibiotic free.
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