Our dog, Lily, is really smart. And cute…and lazy, but that’s a given.
We knew when choosing a breed that bulldogs are high-maintenance and suffer from a lot of chronic health conditions. But their positive traits more than make up for their poor health and stubborn attitudes.
Looking at Lily, you’d think she was a huge beggar and just stood by my side every second I spend in the kitchen and/or eating, but that’s really not the case. She’s actually not motivated by food like many dogs and even follows the recommendation to eat when hungry. As in, she may go a day without eating, or simply reduce her two meals a day down to one.
I like to say she’s like her mama (me, that is). She wasn’t blessed with a metabolism to speak of and has lots of cuteness (chubbiness!) that makes her…her.
She’s also fairly athletic…kind of like her mama. Her physique is not one that’s aerodynamic, but girlfriend can leap into the air to catch a tennis ball like none other. She’s also quite the competition when it comes to tug of war. When we both end up getting in a workout from playing, it’s generally a win-win. And don’t get me started on swimming. The dog is a BEACH BUM. Mr. Prevention has several pairs of swim trunks, but whenever he’s got a pair on, she goes into psycho beach mode and throws a complete tantrum until she, too, gets to go to the beach. We think she also knows the scent of the beach, sun block, and generally speaking recognizes that sunny weekend days are meant to be spent at the beach.
Half smart, half crazy stubborn.
She also expresses her deep desire by way of tantrums on the rare occasions I cook with beef. Chicken, peanut butter, and cheese all top the charts of her preferred flavor palate, but beef is in a league of its own. The smell of these tacos nearly sent this dog into complete and total MELTDOWN mode. And I didn’t share because they were seasoned with spicy taco seasoning and I’ve ready plenty that dogs are more sensitive to spicy foods than us humans.
Regardless, it was a wise decision on my part as there was more food for us. This was undoubtedly one of the best (and simplest!) meals we’ve had in some time. I figured we’d like the dish, but it was loved by us both. Simple can sometimes be best and sharing is not always advised
- 12 crunchy taco shells
- 1 lb ground sirloin
- 1 (14.5 oz) can petite diced tomatoes, drained
- 1 packet taco seasoning
- 1 cup 2% cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
- 2 cups lettuce, shredded
- 1 tomato, diced
- Preheat oven to 400 F. Arrange taco shells in a 9x13-inch casserole dish, openings facing upwards.
- Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat; add ground sirloin and cook 8-10 minutes, or until cooked through, breaking up with a wooden spoon throughout cooking. Drain any grease. Add the petite diced tomatoes and taco seasoning; mix well and cook an additional 1-2 minutes.
- Fill each taco shell with the meat mixture, dividing equally until all the meat is used. Sprinkle shredded cheese over the tops of the filled tacos and bake for 15-20 minutes.
- Top with shredded lettuce and diced tomatoes before serving.
Why is a 4 day work week a daunting thought after 3 full days off? Hate that!