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Black Bean and Guac Burrito

I’m not sure if it is all the cold weather we’ve had recently or the thought of leaving for Brazil in two week but my mind has been on my trip to Costa Rica from last summer. I guess I just miss the warm weather and the great food. I really wish I could go back and spend a week just eating! Since I can’t eat my way through Costa Rica (at least not yet), I keep trying to recreate meals that I enjoyed while I was down there. This is where I discovered my love for burritos. rice (check!) beans (check!) Okay, this meal may not be traditional but still has two important Costa Rican staples! All I’m missing is my warm weather (which hopefully I will find in Brazil along with more great food!) Black Bean and Guac Burritos Author: Erin Alderson Recipe type: Main Dishes Serves: 2 Ingredients 2 large flour tortillas ½ cup brown rice, cooked ½ can black beans bag chopped lettuce, onion, and tomatoes ⅓ cup Moneteray Jack Cheese Instructions * Also for ingredients, you will need a batch of guacamole. Related:  Mexican Vegetarian

GreenChefs | Thai Style Tofu, Snow Peas On Rice Vermicelli with Lime Peanut Sauce Thai Style Tofu, Snow Peas On Rice Vermicelli with Lime Peanut Sauce (vegan) Recipe by Veganlicious This is one of our favorite meals. The spicy, lemony flavors are a wonderful addition to the peanut butter. Serves 4 people Directions Step 1 Heat the oil in a large skillet. Step 2 Stir in the tofu and stir fry for a couple more minutes. Step 3 Blend the peanut butter, soy sauce, lime juice, coconut milk and cilantro. Step 4 Pour over vegetables and remove from heat. Step 5 Cook the rice vermicelli in boiling water. Step 6 Drain and serve the sauce over the vermicelli. Step 7 Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves.

Guest Post: Jessica of ‘How Sweet It Is’ Presents Roasted Garlic, Red Pepper and Mushroom Quinoa One of my favorite ways to make a dish taste indulgent without lots of calories is to add roasted garlic. When roasted, garlic becomes caramelized, sweet and buttery, adding a burst of flavor to any dish. Recently, I paired it with the protein-packed grain, quinoa, which has become a favorite in our house. Vegetables aren’t my favorite, so I find pairing them with something that I really enjoy – such as the creamy roasted garlic or the quinoa – not only allows me to enjoy them, but also helps me get in multiple servings a day. I hope you enjoy this quinoa as much as we do! Roasted Garlic, Red Pepper and Mushroom Quinoa (makes about 2 cups worth) 1 head garlic 1 cup of quinoa 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 cup chopped red pepper 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms salt & pepper to taste Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Jessica’s highly addictive blog ‘How Sweet It Is’ is full of so much prettiness and yumminess, you would be remiss to not run over there right now!

Slow-Cooker Black Bean Enchiladas Slow Cooker Enchiladas Serves 4-6 1/2 yellow onion, diced small1/2 bell pepper, diced small (any color)1 16-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed1 cup frozen corn2 teaspoons chili powder1 teaspoon cumin1 teaspoon salt1 1/2 cups cheese, shredded and divided - we like monterey jack2 16-ounce jars of your favorite salsa12 6"-8" tortillas, flour or cornOptional: 1 cup leftover meat - chicken, pork, hamburger, or shredded beef In a medium bowl, mix together the onion, pepper, black beans, corn, spices, meat (if using), and just 1/2 cup of the cheese. Scoop about 1/3 cup into one of the tortillas, roll it up, and nestle it into the bottom of the crock pot. Continue with the remaining filling and tortillas to create a second layer. Serve the enchiladas with the remaining salsa. Additional Notes: • You can cook the enchiladas for longer (6-8 hours on LOW), but we found that the tortillas in the middle start to get mushy while the ones touching the sides of the cooker get crispy.

Black Bean & Toasted Corn Tacos Recipe nutritional information Makes 4 tacos 30 minutes or fewer Surprise! 1 cup cooked black beans ½ cup prepared salsa 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.) 2 ½ tsp. ground cumin, divided 1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed ¼ tsp. ground black pepper 4 6-inch corn tortillas 12 baby spinach leaves ½ cup jarred roasted red pepper strips ¼ cup coarsely chopped cilantro 2 small green onions, finely chopped (¼ cup) ¼ cup crumbled cotija or feta cheese, optional 1. 2. 3. May/June 2010 p.67 Tex Mex Spaghetti Squash with Black Bean Guacamole Eric and I have been quite obsessed with HGTV and DIY Network for some time now. We know all the shows. All the hosts. Bryan Baeumler fan girl/boy right here! We can recite all the annoying commercials by heart (ugh). The point of this story, however, is that the DIY shows are brainwashing me. Proof? I hate to be a dream crusher, so I’m entertaining this idea. I’ll keep you posted on what we end up doing. Something that isn’t a marriage crusher? When the squash is done roasting, season it with chili powder, cumin, oregano, and more salt and pepper. aaaaand feast! Yield2-3 servings Prep Time Cook time Total Time Ingredients: For the spaghetti squash: 1 medium spaghetti squashextra virgin olive oilground cuminground chili powderdried oreganosalt & pepper For the black bean guacamole: Directions: Preheat oven to 375F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Dynamite Tofu With Rice and Broccoli Want to take your typical meal of tofu, rice, and veggies up a notch? There’s nothing dull or boring about this tofu meal made with a sweet and spicy sauce and paired perfectly with steamed rice and broccoli. This meal keeps well overnight, and makes for the perfect leftover lunch the next day. Dynamite Tofu With Rice and Broccoli 1 lb. extra-firm tofu, drained and cut into 1-inch cubes 1/4 cup cornstarch 1/3 cup sesame oil 1/4 cup soy sauce or tamari 1/4 cup hoisin sauce 1–2 Tbsp. Preheat the oven to 400°F.Lightly coat the tofu cubes with the cornstarch. Makes 4 servings

White Pizza with Spinach and Tomatoes With my last pizza creation, my chicken teriyaki pizza, I broke my pizza stone. I had got that stone from Pampered Chef a few years ago, and have never been thrilled with the results. I am kind of glad it broke, but it’s not like I intentionally threw it on the floor or something. To replace it, I got an Airbake pizza pan. Quesadillas de Pollo These Chicken Quesadillas or Quesadillas de Pollo are absolutely delicious and they make a satisfying lunch or weeknight dinner. They are creamy and full of flavor and are a fantastic way to use your leftover chicken. I’m telling you, this might be my new favorite quesadilla recipe and I am going to make it over and over again. You can serve them with guacamole, or with tomato or tomatillo salsa. Buen provecho! Ingredients (5 quesadillas) Cooking Spray or olive oil3/4 cup cream cheese, softened1 teaspoon chili powder or to your taste1 teaspoon ground cuminSalt and pepper1/2 teaspoon garlic powder1/2 teaspoon onion powder1/4 cup chopped cilantro1 green onion, finely chopped2 cups shredded cooked chicken1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese1/2 cup shredded Monterrey Jack Cheese10 flour tortillas Directions In a large mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, chili, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, cilantro, green onions, chicken and shredded cheese.

Vegetarian Mexican Tacos - Simple Easy to Cook Recipe by Archana's Kitchen Vegetarian Mexican Tacos is a very popular Mexican dish, that has the crisp tacos filled with salads, beans and topped with cheddar cheese and sour cream. The stuffing for these Taco shells is so varied that recipes get evolved according to the taste palates. In Mexico you will find that tacos are of the soft kind. The crisp tacos seemed to have originated with the proliferation of taco stands during the late fifties. The crisp-fried corn tortilla in a U-shape is filled with layers of hot baked beans, sliced lettuce, diced tomatoes and grated cheese (usually cheddar). These Vegetarian Mexican Tacos can make a sumptuous and healthy dinner for a family. Makes: 12 tacos Ingredients to make the Vegetarian Mexican Tacos Method Serving the Vegetarian Mexican Taco’s

stuffed peppers w/ green salsa Back before there were a (seemingly) endless number of food blogs on the internet, there were a few I followed pretty religiously. 101 Cookbooks, Sprouted Kitchen, Seven Spoons, and one of my all time favorites: Kimberly Hasselbrink’s The Year in Food. I was new to the idea of blogs, but suddenly I spent all my time at the office procrastinating instead of working. What I was going to make that night for dinner became far more important to me that any client project I had on my plate. I was drawn to these blogs not because I needed to get dinner on the table in 30 minutes – I was enamored with their images and how they made me want to try new foods. Instead of going to the store with a recipe (which never really worked for me anyway), I began going to the market to see what looked good that day. I learned to pick up a new vegetable because it was pretty and figure out what to make with it later. It’s (of course) beautiful and full of so many creative, inspiring, seasonal ideas. Notes