Friday, July 5, 2013

Healthy Mexican Dinner

We love Mexican food in our house! When deciding to go unprocessed, you can still make delicious Mexican options. Here is something we tried tonight and it was amazing!! Including the "meat"!

1 can Black Beans, drained and washed in cold water
4 Roma tomatoes
1/2 white onion
1 clove fresh garlic
1/2 Mango
1 Avocado
1/2 Jalapeno pepper, including seeds
1 Serrano pepper, no seeds
1 bag rice
1/2 bell pepper
1/4 cup cilantro
Soft shells or chips
Romaine lettuce
Spices Used: salt, pepper, coriander, chili powder, cumin

How to Put It All Together:
Black Bean "Meat"
Add one can black beans, drained and washed in cold water, in the blender. Add in 1 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp coriander, heaping 1/2 of chili powder, 1/4 tsp black pepper, 1 pinch salt.

In a small pan, put 1 tsp Olive Oil on medium heat. Let this get warm and add in 1/4 bell pepper minced, 1/4 onion and 1/2 garlic clove minced. Heat until softened or onions translucent. Add mixture to the blender.

Finally, add 1/4 cup the Mango Salsa (listed below) to the blender. Blend all items until they are a paste-like consistency. Transfer this from the blender to the pan used to heat the warm ingredients and put on medium-high for approximately 5-10 minutes. Use as the "meat" for your Mexican meal! You can also flatten this out in the pain and shape into burger shape for Mexican hamburgers!

Mango Salsa
Chop the following ingredients: 3 Roma tomatoes, 1/2 mango, 1 Serrano pepper (no seeds), and 1/2 Jalapeno pepper with seeds, 1/4 of bell pepper, and 1/4 of onion and place in food processor. Add in 1 tsp cilantro, 1 tbsp. lemon juice, 1 pinch cumin, 1 pinch salt, and 1 pinch black pepper. Blend until liquid salsa consistency.

Take one avocado cut into chunks and add to small bowl. Add 1 tbsp. Mango Salsa and stir until creamy.

We took Romaine lettuce and used them as taco shells adding the "meat" mixture, Mango Salsa, and guacamole to make a delicious Mexican treat! The kids used regular soft shell tacos and added the "meat", salsa, regular rice, and cheese for their version. We hope you enjoy!!!

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