Welcome to Martaus Modus

Hello and welcome! My name is Mandy Martaus, and I’m an enthusiastic amateur with a camera, a foodie, a fashionista on a budget, and Mother of Kitty Cats … this blog is slowly going to transition from The Mood Eater, a blog focused on ED recovery, to a lifestyle blog where my friends and family can keep up with me.(Yes, I realize that I look a little insane and wrinkly here – that’s what I get for not doing much makeup at the ranch, but hey, I look enthusiastic, and that’s how I feel about starting this blog.)

My dear husband Luke and I live in a little apartment here in the Texas Panhandle while he finishes up school (he’s a Biology major with plans to become a Physician’s Assistant). Luke is an avid gun collector and talented shooter – we often practice together at the family ranch in Canadian, TX.

Luke and I are also *really* into fitness, particularly weightlifting, and I love cooking healthy meals for us. 🙂

We have three babies aka kitties named Persephone, Calliope, and Caprica, and we also own a cinnamon calico ball python named Drogo.

Gratuitous Pictures of the Critters:

What I’m Cooking Tonight: Mandy’s Version of Cheesy One Skillet Taco Pasta


  • 1 lb ground beef ( I used ground chuck)
  • about 2 C broccoli florets
  • about 1 C of fresh Hatch chilies (or 2 cans of chilies if you don’t have access to fresh Hatch ones)
  • 6 C fresh spinach
  • 16 oz rigatoni pasta
  • 6 C water
  • 1 packet of Cheesy Taco Seasoning
  • 3 C jarred salsa
  • about 3 C shredded cheese of your choice – I used a fiesta blend


  • In a large skillet, cook the beef, broccoli, and spinach until combined and tender, and the beef is done.
  • Add pasta, water, salsa, and taco seasoning to the mix and stir.
  • Bring to a boil … cover and reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until the pasta is tender.
  • Time to add the cheese! Stir to melt.
  • Add your favorite toppings such as avocado, sour cream, tomatoes, tortilla chips, salsa, etc.
  • Enjoy! 🙂 It serves 6-8.

That’s what I’ve got for tonight, but I hope to post on a daily basis, or at least every couple of days.  😀

~ Mandy

P.S. I’m changing the domain name over tomorrow!

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