Easy Black Bean Tacos

Easy Black Bean Tacos

Easy Black Bean Tacos

Black Bean Tacos

I don’t like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen most nights (Who’s kidding, any night).

It may seem like I’m always in the kitchen, but my goal is to always make a nutritious meal in the least amount of time. That’s why I love using black beans to make easy dish’s.

I’m a big believer in healthy food being delicious and not taking hours to prepare. That’s why today I’m sharing one of my go-to weeknight meals with you. If you like tacos, but think they require too much prep, then this spin on tacos will be right up your alley. It’s a one pan meal and the avocado cream sauce will have you licking the spoon.

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 cans black beans or 1 cup cooked
  • 1/3 yellow bell pepper chopped
  • 1/3 yellow onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin a few shakes of each to your liking
  • pinch sea salt
  • pinch black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • tortillas I used Siete Foods cassava flour tortillas

Instructions

  • Add the oil, onions, garlic, and bell pepper to a warm pan.
  • Saute on medium for about 5 mins.
  • Next add the beans and the spices to the pan, stir and cover.
  • Cook on medium heat for 10-15 minutes.
  • While the food is cooking, prep your toppings and tortillas and make the avocado crema.
  • Once everything is cooked through, assemble your tacos.

Creamy Avocado Crema

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Appetizer, Lunch, Snack
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 1/2 avocado mashed
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 lime juiced about 2 tablespoons
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • sea salt to taste

Instructions

  • Mash the avocado with a fork or blend in a food processor.
  • Add all of the ingredients to a bowl and whisk together until the crema forms a thick consistency.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of water to loosen the consistency if you prefer it thinner.
  • Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
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Hi, I'm Melissa

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Quinoa Buddha Salad

Quinoa Buddha Salad

Quinoa Buddha Salad

Happy Buddha Salad

You’re going to love this Quinoa Buddha Salad Bowl.

I get inspired from foods that I eat while I’m out and about. This recipe was inspired from a quinoa salad that I got at a local grocery store. The salad had all the necessary ingredients to keep me full for a few hours and give me sustained energy.

I decided to recreate it at home with the ingredients I remembered and with some additional ingredients and flavors.

This salad is so easy to make that I think it’ll become a go-to salad I make for get togethers and bbq’s. 

Here’s how to make it:

Quinoa Buddha Salad

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1 bunch kale
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • sea salt to taste
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup red cabbage
  • 1.5 cups organic soybeans frozen
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions

  • Cook the quinoa according to the instructions.
  • Mince the garlic and add it to a warm pan with the olive oil.
  • Rinse, destem, and chop the kale into small pieces. Add it to the pan with olive oil. Add 2 tablespoons water. Cook for 10-15 minutes on medium.
  • Heat the soybeans in a pot of water until warmed through.
  • Chop the cabbage and add it to a large bowl. Add the sunflower seeds.
  • Once cooked, add the quinoa, kale, and soybeans to the large bowl.
  • Top with lemon garlic tahini dressing or your fav homemade dressing.
  • Toss and enjoy.
  • Makes 2-3 big servings, or 4-5 small servings. Refrigerate for up to 5 days.
Hi, I'm Melissa

Hi, I'm Melissa

Holistic Health Coach

 I help women feel good about food and their bodies without the constant battle of dieting. Your body wants you to feel good and is your best health advocate. Let's hang out and discover how to be well without dieting ever again. Thanks for being here!

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7 ways to declutter for spring without spending money

7 ways to declutter for spring without spending money

7 ways to declutter for spring without spending money

spring cleaning

Spring cleaning really should extend to more corners of our lives than the corners of our homes.

Do you ever notice how fresh and light you feel when you clean your house for spring? Try it on your life in just one weekend, and you’ll feel more refreshed than you can imagine.

I’ve got some great suggestions on how to clear that clutter out of your life to welcome positivity along with the warmer weather.

  1. Adjust your finances – Do you have auto-renew memberships you’re not utilizing? Paying too much for your insurance? Spending too much on coffee? Take a look at your finances and find ways to trim out unnecessary expenses. Bonus: you’ll have more money for what matters!
  2. Get spring cleaning on wheels – Messy cars can make you feel cluttered and uneasy on the road. Give it a good cleaning inside and out, and you’ll feel like a new person.
  3. Free your mind – Our minds suffer the most when we have too much going on. This spring, start meditating to clear out the things that are holding you back. You’ll free your mind and relieve that mental fatigue for better clarity. Try downloading an app like Headspace or Calm, and work on meditating for 10 minutes a day.
  4. Tidy up your schedule – Are you so busy running here and there with the kids, trying to make it to soccer games and parties and everything in between? Tighten up your schedule and stop trying to please everyone. Focus on what really needs to be done, and leave wiggle room for adding in last minute things that come up. With a less cluttered schedule.
  5. Clean up your routine – If you feel like you’re stuck in a rut, you probably are. Try shaking up your routine any way you can. It could be as simple as jogging the opposite direction around your favorite lake, trying a new class at the gym, or doing something you’ve always wanted to do for yourself each week.
  6. Delete unproductive apps – Are you spending too much time scrolling through social media? Perhaps you’ve got a time-wasting game on there you’re ready to ditch, also. Toss those out if you’re wasting time on them, and you’ll find you have more time to do things you love.
  7. Make a spring resolution – Who says the New Year is the only time you can set goals and charge ahead for them? I say spring forward toward them with a proper resolution — what’s your spring resolution?

Which one of these suggestions do you feel compelled to move forward with?

Hi, I'm Melissa

Hi, I'm Melissa

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 I help women feel good about food and their bodies without the constant battle of dieting. Your body wants you to feel good and is your best health advocate. Let's hang out and discover how to be well without dieting ever again. Thanks for being here!

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Chickpea Tikka Masala with Kale

Chickpea Tikka Masala with Kale

Chickpea Tikka Masala with Kale

Chickpea Tikka Massala with Kale

This might be one of my favorite vegetarian dishes.

This recipe incorporates a few simple and delicious ingredients to create something so satisfying and complete. When people wonder how vegetarians get their protein, this dish is the perfect example of how protein is literally in so many foods, aside from the obvious.

It takes about 30 minutes to whip this dish up -check it out!

Chickpea Tikka Masala with Kale

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Keyword: beans, dairy free, gluten free, plant based, vegan, vegetarian
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • handful Cilantro remove leaves from stem
  • 1/3 Yellow Onion diced
  • 3 cloves Garlic minced
  • 4 cups Chick Peas cooked
  • 1 bunch Lacinto Kale de stemmed and chopped
  • 1- 2 cups Brown Rice
  • 7 oz. Tomato Paste
  • 13.5 oz Coconut milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Curry Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Turmeric
  • 12 oz. Peas

Instructions

  • Cook the rice how you prefer, in a rice cooker or on the stove. Once the rice is cooked, add the peas to the pot and let them steam with the rice until the rest of the meal is cooked. After the chickpeas are done, stir the rice and peas together to combine.
  • In a separate saute pan or dutch oven, add the olive oil, garlic and onion and cook on medium for about 5 mins.
  • Next add the cooked chickpeas, curry powder, turmeric, salt, pepper and stir to combine.
  • Add the tomato paste and then refill the tomato paste container with water (7 oz) and add it to the pot and stir until the paste becomes liquid. Then add the coconut milk and combine.
  • Next add the chopped kale to the pot and cover with a lid and cook on medium heat for 25 minutes, the sauce will thicken up a bit.
  • After about 25 minute, add more spices to taste if needed.
  • Serve over brown rice and peas and garnish with cilantro.
  • Enjoy!
Hi, I'm Melissa

Hi, I'm Melissa

Holistic Health Coach

 I help women feel good about food and their bodies without the constant battle of dieting. Your body wants you to feel good and is your best health advocate. Let's hang out and discover how to be well without dieting ever again. Thanks for being here!

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One of the Simplest Ways to Improve Your Health

One of the Simplest Ways to Improve Your Health

One of the Simplest Ways to Improve Your Health

Walking Challenge

I’m so glad you’re here, and I hope you’re as excited as I am about this Daily Walking Challenge throughout March.

If you are looking for easy and inexpensive ways to improve your health, drinking enough water and taking daily walks are two things that are completely free and have excellent health benefits. We know that exercise is essential, but for some of us, intense exercise is too intimidating, or maybe we feel limited by our strength or stamina. Walking is a fantastic low-intensity exercise that you can do daily to offer you many physical and mental benefits. You don’t even need a gym or any equipment to do it.

Walking improves your cardiovascular health and significantly reduces the risk of common chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Studies have shown that walking daily stabilizes insulin levels and lowers blood pressure. It also improves digestion and gut health. Walking can also improve your mental health and overall mood.

If you’re ever feeling sluggish, tired, unmotivated, or even frustrated and upset, a walk (especially outdoors) will help tremendously — it can clear your head and get those endorphins flowing. If you have trouble falling asleep, walking will significantly improve your quality of sleep. Exercise stimulates the production of melatonin, the hormone that helps you fall asleep. So take note of your quality of sleep throughout the month and see if it naturally improves with your daily walks.

Walking has benefits for your entire body, and your joints are no exception. Often in older age, people are scared to exercise because it puts too much pressure on the joints. However, doing no exercise significantly worsens joint pain.

Try to set realistic goals for your daily walks so that you don’t feel intimidated or unmotivated. Start with 10-15 minutes a day until you start to build the habit, then increase your distance or time.

Join us in my Facebook Group this month for more support with making movement a priority! Click here to join us!

Hi, I'm Melissa

Hi, I'm Melissa

Holistic Health Coach

 I help women feel good about food and their bodies without the constant battle of dieting. Your body wants you to feel good and is your best health advocate. Let's hang out and discover how to be well without dieting ever again. Thanks for being here!

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