Tex-Mex Sweet Potato & Black Bean Tostadas

Tex-Mex Sweet Potato & Black Bean Tostadas (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

 

We have been trying to participate more in ‘Meatless Mondays’ recently. What are Meatless Mondays? Essentially that – no meat of any kind on Mondays, and instead you eat meals filled with plant-based ingredients. Sometimes my cravings for steak or chicken take over my control to only eat vegetarian on Mondays, but other times I’m totally able to convert to vegetarian for one day. I was looking to create a dish with what I had on hand in my pantry, and these flavorful tostadas were born (yay, I remembered to write down the recipe)!

These sweet potato and black bean enchiladas are delicious. They whip up in no time, and you can eat them a variety of ways. Chris prefers tacos over tostadas so he used taco shells for his dinner. I have to be honest, I think this recipe tastes even better the next day, especially when paired with a poached egg and some sriracha on top! Boom.

Tex-Mex Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tostadas

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free

Ingredients:

  •  1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced into tiny cubes
  • 2 cans black beans, drained
  • 1/2 softball size white or yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • extra virgin olive oil, ~ 1 tablespoon
  • 1/2 vegetable broth or stock (might need more depending on size of sweet potato)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp ground thyme
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • pinch oregano
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 cups chunky salsa
  • Tostadas or Taco Shells – I used El Milagro brand
  • Toppings: sliced avocado, cilantro, Italian parsley

Directions:

Peel the sweet potato and dice. Also, dice the onion and mince the garlic. In a large skillet, heat to medium/medium-high and add olive oil, sweet potato and onion, sauté for 5 minutes. Add vegetable stock, salt and pepper and simmer until liquid reduces down and sweet potatoes are fork tender. Add garlic and tomato paste and combine ingredients. Let simmer for a couple minutes to cook garlic and tomato paste, then add remaining ingredients – black beans, spices and salsa. Let it cook on low for about at least 30 minutes – with keeping watch of the liquid. Optional: You might want to keep adding splashes of stock occasionally and reduce it down so the skillet does not burn the base of the dish.

Cheers!

Looking for more Meatless Monday ideas? Check out this blog post filled with 7 Pasta ideas.

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Easy Baked BBQ Chicken (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

Baked BBQ Chicken - Gluten-Free

Chris and I normally crave barbecue at least once a week. We normally just go out to a local barbecue joint for dinner, but now that we have the new oven (YAY); I can make my favorite baked BBQ chicken at home (no grill required).

This recipe is super simple to make. You’ll notice that the first 5 ingredients (plus olive oil), are more of a basic chicken seasoning recipe. Feel free to use that base, and switch out the sauce for something else (ex: Italian Dressing). Voila – you’ll have a whole new meal.

See the okra in the picture? Recipe coming soon, and it’s completely non-slimy … YES.

Easy Baked BBQ Chicken

Serves 2-3

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. chicken breasts (2 breasts)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt, each side
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, each side
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon Pickapeppa sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • BBQ sauce (I used Russ and Franks)
  • Extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the chicken breasts in a small casserole or baking dish. Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of the chicken. Sprinkle onion powder and garlic powder, from the bottle, on both sides of the chicken. Pour Pickapeppa, Worcestershire over chicken. Drizzle a small amount of olive oil on the chicken. Mix chicken and ingredients with hands to evenly coat the chicken with sauces. Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. When there is 10 minutes of cook-time left, pour BBQ sauce over chicken.

Cheers!

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Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegetarian)

Rich and creamy, this butternut squash soup recipe is a keeper.

I know, I know… another crock pot or slow cooker recipe. I can’t help it. I think I might be addicted. There’s no excuses here… you just chop it up and throw it all together in the pot. It’s that simple. It’s also nice that you can come home to a house smelling delicious, from your dinner cooking all day.

I used a kitchen scale to measure the amount of squash I had. Feel free to improvise.

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Coming soon to the blog in the next two weeks – The Annual Gluten-Free City Guide! I’m also putting together a Vegetarian City Guide and a Paleo City Guide for Austin. If you do not live in Austin, apologies … regular posting will resume after those posts have been completed! They are in association with the wonderful organization – the Austin Food Blogger Alliance. Speaking of the AFBA, I’ve had the privilege to contribute to the first-ever Austin Food Blogger Alliance Community Cookbook! My gluten-free olive oil pancakes and grilled lime-paprika broccoli will be making an appearance. If you would like to pre-order the cookbook, you may do so by visiting this link: Pre-Order. The cookbook makes a great gift!

Butternut Squash Soup

(Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Vegetarian)

Equipment: I used a 5 quart slow cooker

Ingredients:

  • ~2.75 lb. of butternut squash (cubed). I used about 2 lb. and ~12.5 ounces.
  • 1 large white onion, rough chop
  • 3 cloves garlic, throw in whole
  • 1 can coconut milk, unsweetened
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 bunch leeks (approximately 3), white parts sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot
  • Optional garnish: Italian parsley

Directions:

Peel the butternut squash and scoop out the seeds (save for roasting later). Slice the butternut squash into medium size cubes. There is no need for this to be perfect, as you will blend this all in the end. Leeks are dirty so make sure and wash them! Slice the white parts of the leeks and place in a bowl of water. Swish the leeks around to remove dirt and drain the water. Rough chop the onion. In your slow cooker, place all of the above ingredients and mix to combine some. Cook on high for 4 hours. Depending on the strength of your slow cooker and size, you might have to cook longer or shorter. Stir every once in a while. Once the butternut squash is fork-tender, use an immersion blender to blend ingredients until smooth. Depending on the amount of butternut squash you use, you might need less water or more water. I prefer my soup slightly thicker, so I used more squash and less water. It’s hard to mess this one up :)

Prefer to cook this on the stove top instead? Sure, it’s possible. Use a large soup pot or dutch oven and use the same amount of ingredients. You will need less cooking time for this preparation.

Enjoy!

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Raw Kale and Avocado Salad with Lime-Sriracha Vinaigrette

 

This Raw Kale and Avocado Salad with Lime-Sriracha Vinaigrette is packed with nutrients like – fiber, b-vitamins, vitamin K, A and more.

Don’t let the title of this post scare you. This salad is not only nutritious,  but it is also tasty.

I have always loved kale. I eat it raw, steamed, sautéed, in smoothies, and so on. It has always been one of my favorite vegetables. Some people however, are terrified of kale. There is something about the big curly leaves that scares them. Try it this way and see what you think. Adding an entire avocado and one of my favorite condiments, Sriracha, definitely helps calm the natural flavor of kale. You’ll find yourselves going for seconds.

Raw Kale and Avocado Salad with Lime-Sriracha Vinaigrette

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Ingredients:

Note: This salad is a rough estimate of ingredient measurements. I literally just threw it in a bowl and mixed it all together. Serves 1.

  • Kale leaves, rough chop (I used about 1-2 cups, raw)
  • Juice of half a lime
  • Extra virgin olive oil, roughly 1 tablespoon
  • 1 small ripe avocado, sliced
  • Couple squirts of Sriracha, roughly 1-2 teaspooons
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix to combine. Serve at room temperature.

Enjoy!

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Cinnamon French Toast Egg Sandwich

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It’s finally here. After a year and a half of work and research, the Locate Special Diet website is live. Oh… it feels so good to type those words. Let me tell you a little bit about my baby…

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It has been a wild summer. I just finished writing my thesis (I got an A!) and am currently preparing for my cumulative final for my Master’s program. If I pass my exam in October, then I will graduate with my Master’s of Science in Human Nutrition degree. That’s fun to say…I’m a Master of Science. These days I feel more like a master of multi-tasking. I’ve become this insane list person that has to write down everything, and keep multiple lists going to get things done. The good thing is, things are getting done and  they are getting done on time. We are getting closer and closer to the announcement/launch of our business, which should be sometime this fall (fingers and toes crossed). [Read more...]