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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How to Make Carrot Noodles

How to Make Carrot Noodles – Quick and Easy Noodle Alternative

Vegetable noodles are all the rage these days. Lately I have seen them everywhere – from restaurant menus and home recipes or blogs, as an alternative to regular gluten-free pasta. I’ve tried making a variety of vegetable noodles – from cucumber, zucchini, spaghetti squash and so on. I find myself always going back to the carrot noodle.

There are a variety of ways to make a vegetable noodle. I personally use this one vegetable peeler called the Titan Peeler (I found mine at Bed Bath and Beyond and Amazon). The package comes with two different peelers. One peels the vegetable like normal, and the other peeler (the wider one) peels the vegetable in ‘strings’ or noodles.

How to Make Carrot Noodles

1) Buy a 5 lb. bag of carrots (For 2-3 people, I normally end up using 3 lb.)

2) Wash and peel the carrots with the smaller Titan peeler or a regular vegetable peeler.

3) Using the wider Titan peeler, peel the carrot like normal over a bowl. The wider Titan peeler will peel the carrot into thin noodles.

Note: You won’t be able to peel down the entire carrot with the Titan peeler. Save your fingers from being cut, and use the leftover carrots for other snacks; such as carrot rounds and hummus.

Once you have the amount of carrot pasta you are seeking, there are a variety of ways you can prepare it.

Ideas for Recipes Using Vegetable Noodles

Cheers!

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Locate Special Diet Mobile App Update includes Paleo and Vegan Friendly Restaurants (iPhone, Android)

The newest Locate Special Diet app update includes the addition of Paleo and Vegan-Friendly businesses, as well as a mobile Dining Out Advice Guide!

The newest Locate Special Diet app update includes the addition of Paleo and Vegan-Friendly businesses, as well as a mobile Dining Out Advice Guide!

It’s a big day here at the Locate Special Diet headquarters.

We released a new version of my mobile app – called Locate Special Diet today. This version includes the addition of two new diet preferences – PALEO and VEGAN! As well as the addition of a mobile Dining Out Advice Guide – which includes ordering-out Tip Sheets for Paleo, Vegan and Gluten-Free!

Locate Special Diet Mobile App Upgrade Includes Paleo-Friendly Restaurants and Vegan Friendly Restaurants in the U.S.

If you’re interested in reading about our Locate Special Diet update, please follow the links below or go ahead and grab the new update NOW –> iPHONE ~ ANDROID.

  • Read our Locate Special Diet Newsletter Announcement – HERE.
  • Visit the Locate Special Diet website – HERE.
  • Interested in learning more about Locate Special Diet features? Visit our About Page! 
Filter by any combination of Diet Preferences to meet the needs of your lifestyle or a group of people!

Filter by any combination of Diet Preferences to meet the needs of your lifestyle or a group of people!

Sharing about Locate Special Diet

Do you know someone who follows one or more of these diet preferences? Share the Locate Special Diet app with them! We appreciate your support as we grow our database to help more people like yourselves!

Cheers!

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Morning Smoothie

Morning Smoothie

Morning Smoothie – filled with nutritious ingredients. Taken on Instagram.

I have been needing a mix-up of my morning breakfast routine. Eggs, toast and fruit or gluten-free oatmeal, can get old after a while. A smoothie is my answer, as of lately. It’s healthy, fast, fresh and fills you up!

We have been so busy lately! In between events (Whew! SXSW wore me out!), work and wedding planning; I feel like I haven’t been able to take a breather and relax 100%. Speaking of wedding planning, things are moving along nicely. I actually went wedding dress shopping recently and found “the ONE” in Austin at a cute local boutique. It feels real that it’s getting close and I’m thrilled.

Locate Special Diet will be making an appearance at a couple events around Texas soon. Make sure and check out the Texas VegFest coming up April 6, as well as the Dallas Mavericks Celiac Awareness Event brought to you by the good folks over at Gluten-Free Calendar. I’ll be heading north to Dallas, April 12th to attend the event. I hope to see you there!

Also, I’d like to give a shout-out to the hilarious - April Peveteaux - who recently had a book signing for her new book coming out titled ~ Gluten is my Bitch (available for pre-order on Amazon). Thanks for mentioning our mobile app, Locate Special Diet, on your SXSW panel April!

Blueberry-Banana Morning Smoothie

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 medium ripe banana
  • 2 tablespoons cashew butter (or nut butter of choice)
  • 2/3 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 packet stevia (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons ground chia seeds

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend to combine. Serve chilled.

Cheers!

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Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants in Central Austin, South Austin and Westlake area (Austin Food Blogger Alliance City Guide, Part 4)

This is the FINAL post for the Austin Food Blogger Alliance City Guide. For those who are not from Austin, thanks for hanging tight as we finish up the city guide. We have tons of recipes lined up for the next few weeks!

This guide is for vegetarian-friendly restaurants in Central Austin, South Austin (78704), and the Westlake Hills area. Every single one of these restaurants also offers gluten-free friendly items. Many have dedicated menus. I’ll be posting links to their listings on Locate Special Diet so you can view the gluten-free tips for various restaurants. This guide is a partial listing of vegetarian-friendly establishments. If we have missed your favorite, please leave your suggestion in the comment section below!

Vegetarian Friendly Restaurants in Austin, Texas

Central Austin:

~ Wheatsville (Locate Special Diet listing)

~ Spider House (Locate Special Diet listing)

~ Tacodeli (Locate Special Diet listing)

~ The Steeping Room (Locate Special Diet listing)

~ Mellow Mushroom (Locate Special Diet listing)

~ Clay Pit (Locate Special Diet listing)

~ Kerbey Lane (Locate Special Diet listing)

South Austin:

Kerbey Lane (Locate Special Diet listing)

~ Bouldin Creek Coffeehouse (Locate Special Diet listing)

~ Tarka Indian Kitchen (Locate Special Diet listing)

~ Central Market Cafe (Locate Special Diet listing)

~ Soup Peddler, Juicebox (Locate Special Diet listing)

~ Mr. Natural (Locate Special Diet listing)

Westlake Hills area:

Thai Spice

~ Taco Deli 

~ zPizza (Locate Special Diet listing)

~ The Grove (Locate Special Diet listing)

Locate Special Diet Mobile Apps

For those looking to find other vegetarian restaurant options near them – we now have a mobile app for free download. Seriously! Use our app, called Locate Special Diet to help you navigate the vegetarian scene while you are visiting Austin! (available on iPhoneAndroid, and our website).

Here are some sample screenshots!

Cheers!

View other Vegetarian City Guide entries from other local bloggers:

All Annual City Guide posts: click here

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.

What’s new with us? Just working away on all of the new features we are adding soon to Locate Special Diet. We are about to expand the mobile app to include ALL 50 states! Super exciting! If you haven’t downloaded it yet, it’s free and available on iPhone and Android ~ Locate Special Diet Mobile Apps

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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Three-Bean Beer Chili (Gluten-Free, Vegetarian)

I love chili. I make it all the time, no matter what the temperature is outside. I make a variety of different kinds, but this is one of my favorites because it is simple to make, and it is vegetarian. It’s always a crowd pleaser. I can’t believe I finally remembered to write this recipe down! I think it has been on my list of things to do for a year now… oops. [Read more...]

Grilled Cabbage Slaw

So … I have a confession to make.

My oven has been broken since June and I still haven’t fixed it. Why you may ask? Well, partly because I’m lazy. I also have been enjoying dining out (aka eating at Lupe Tortilla like 4 times a week … love their beef fajitas)! Since our oven has been broke, we having been ‘flooding the stovetop’ as I like to call it. I’ve also been grilling up a storm. The other night we made this grilled cabbage slaw and accompanied it with grilled barbecue sausage. It was great! [Read more...]

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The day has finally come!

I’m so excited to announce the launch of the Locate Special Diet mobile applications for iPhone and Android.

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Our mission is to help you find local places that offer gluten-free, vegetarian or organic food or drink options.

Features:

- Search for businesses near you

- Choose your dietary preferences (gluten-free, vegetarian, organic)

- Save your dietary preferences in your settings once you have created an account; or filter by dietary preference when you search

- Narrow your search by restaurants, grocery stores, and places with drinks

- Filter restaurants by type of food (ex: Italian)

- Save businesses and tips to your favorites list

- Submit tips and view public favorite tips

- Share places you like on Facebook and Twitter

- View business websites, call the business and view map directions

- Submit menu photos and businesses on the go

We are adding new businesses every week. We currently have listings in over 27 U.S. Cities and growing.

Note: Austin, Texas is the currently the only city in the database with a full listing of drink options around you. We are working hard to expand this option to other cities, and will soon, but we need your help! Let us know what places you like to grab a gluten-free beer, shop for gluten-free drinks, or grab an organic non-alcoholic beverage.

Current Locate Special Diet Cities (does not include small towns and new areas just added):

  • Atlanta
  • Austin
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  • Chicago
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  • Jackson Hole
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