The One Where Lulabelle Reviews the Most Popular Snack Among Jr. High Kids……..Taki’s Hot Chili Pepper and Lime Tortilla Chips………

Before we begin, a disclaimer: I do not endorse eating overly spicy food if you happen to have severe acid reflux issues. Like with anything, if you think this will be too hot, don’t eat it. 🙂

I think I’m going to start a new series on my page where I eat trendy food from now OR I eat trendy food from my childhood (that my parents never bought because they preferred to feed us real food from the ground and trees and stuff) and see if I like it.

The latter would probably take some effort in terms of procurement, but I think the results would be worth it. I kind of already started this accidentally last year when I was on the road with Chad and we stopped at a gas station to get a snack. I got a Lunchable. It was the turkey one. Ironically it tasted like it had been expired about two years but was still on the shelf for purchase.

But I’m still alive so I guess no harm was done. Probably.

Today I’m going to become one of the cool kids, channel my inner middle schooler, and try the uber-popular spicy snack, Takis.

As an added bonus (because of boredom), I’ve also done my makeup today to resemble the Taki’s packaging. You’re welcome. (OK, this was done last night at 11:30, after which I washed my face thoroughly and went to bed 😛 ).

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Now let’s get on with the review……

Smell: Like regular nacho’s. Not all that spectacular. With a tiny aroma of lime.

I don’t feel popular yet.

Texture: Dry, like a rough feeling blanket dipped in Tabasco sauce and placed on your tongue.  I know this description is weirdly specific, but if you don’t believe me, get you a bath towel, put some hot sauce on it, and then place the towel on your tongue. Then compare it to the Taki’s.

Then subscribe to my blog because at that point you know I don’t lie or exaggerate. Much. 😉

Flavor: Hot. Then salty and then a little limey. Not very cheesy, but mostly hot. My tongue is starting to feel assaulted. I might die before I make it through the bag. We are out of milk. Pray for me.

Appearance: Like regular Doritos but redder and rolled up into a long tube-y shape. Except for this one chip that decided to stay a triangle chip shape instead of conforming to the rest of the bag and rolling up into a tube-y shape.

This chip is my spirit animal/food/whatever.

The entire 4 oz packaging has 4 servings with each serving packing in 140 calories. Taki’s also come in two other flavors; Crunchy Fajita and Nitro.

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Lulabelle Cooks Without A Net (YouTuber Edition): Honey Mustard Chicken……

(Today’s entry is based off of a recipe I found online by YouTuber Colleen Ballinger–AKA Miranda Sings. You can find the original recipe here)

Last night I tried a recipe I found on Colleen Ballinger’s YouTube channel for Honey Mustard chicken. The original recipe called for the chicken to be marinated in the honey mustard sauce, but since it’s us and we didn’t have much time last night, I decided to make the sauce be more of a dipping condiment.

Here are the ingredients you are gonna need:

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The mason jar on the far left is filled with hot pepper flakes. HPF don’t appear in the original recipe, but we enjoy heat so I threw some in.

Start with one cup mustard and honey. Mix together and add in a shake of salt, pepper and 1 teaspoon of curry. Mix well and add in garlic and HPF if you want. Adjust all ingredients to your liking.

After making this sauce I wondered if it would go well with crackers as I’ve dipped crackers in hot mustard before and it was delicious.

This mustard sauce was no different! It goes well with chicken and crackers and I bet it would also go well with pretzels as a lite snack.

Bon-Appetite’ Y’all!

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LAFF: Lulabelle Cooks Without a Net: DIY Popeye’s Restaurant Red Beans and Rice (Please Note This One Has Never Actually Been Made or Tried By Me)……

I have been blogging for a LONG time and lately I’ve begun to get bored. This is probably partly sleep deprivation due to integrating a 3 month old furry Cheeto with legs into our family. Or maybe because…nope, pretty sure that’s it. 😛

So today I had another topic planned, but it was just not coming along as I had wanted, so I’m doing something completely different. I am combining two series on my blog today: Lulabelle’s Anxiety Free Friday and Lulabelle Cooks Without a Net. Now just as the title states, this recipe hasn’t actually been tried by me yet, but it came to me earlier this afternoon while I was eating a lunch of leftovers.

So the other night we decided to get take out from Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen. It just opened up in our town and we hadn’t been there before (I suppose we still haven’t actually eaten there since we did the drive through and took it home 😉 ).

Anyway…..One of the things that we bought was red beans and rice; a Louisiana cajun staple. This caught our eye because it’s on the menu of another cajun restaurant in town that we also adore.

When we took our food home and prepared to eat, I opened up the red beans and rice and realized it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. For one thing, it was sausage-less.

Dear Popeye’s, sausage is my favorite part of red beans and rice. Is that too much to ask??

**Sidenote: I took the time to make a GIF of myself with a sad face and attempted to upload it to a GIF maker, but that didn’t work. So then I decided I’d just upload the video here for you to see since videos I upload here from my computer don’t have sound anyway and are basically GIF’s. BUT when I went to upload the video…..And discovered that WordPress no longer lets you upload videos unless you upgrade your account.

BLERGH! 😛 So just imagine my sad face blinking into your face right here…….
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Sadness aside, I began to realize that I could totally DIY this dish. So I did. In my head. Here’s how you can have Popeye’s Red Beans and Rice at home for super cheap……

Step One: grab a can of refried beans.

Step Two: pour the beans into a bowl

Step 3 (I got tired of spelling the numbers): add a half a can of red beans

Step 4: add salt and pepper

Step 5: add some liquid smoke. I don’t know how much, but I can’t imagine you’d need a lot.

Step 6 (my favorite step): eat it!

Bon Appetit Y’all!

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