Addicted to Avocado

standard February 26, 2012 1 response

And I’m back. With another post about Mexican food. And another recipe. I just cannot help myself.  It’s cheap, easy, nutritious, and delicious.

I love this recipe. It’s full of complete proteins, complex carbs, and healthy fats. The quinoa veggie salad can also be enjoyed on its own, with salsa and tortilla chips to scoop up the protein-rich goodness.

Quinoa Salad Tacos
Serves 4-6

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  • 1/4 c quinoa
  • 1 c pinto beans (or kidney or black beans)
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1/2 c frozen corn
  • 3 baby portobello mushrooms, diced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 small avocado
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp cilantro, divided
  • salt, to taste
  • salsa
  • Mmmm sauce (optional)*
  • 8 spelt tortillas (or tortillas of choice)


  1. Rinse quinoa thoroughly. Add to saucepan with 1 c water. Bring to a boil, reduce head and cover. Simmer for 15 minutes, remove from heat, and let sit, covered until ready to serve.
  2. Heat skillet with 1 T oil. Saute onion until soft. Add mushrooms, cumin, and 1 tsp cilantro. Cook for 5 – 10 min, until mushrooms are softened.
  3. Add frozen corn and beans. Stir to combine, and let heat through for another 5 minutes.
  4. Mash avocado with remaining 1 tsp cilantro and salt to taste.
  5. Fluff quinoa with a fork and transfer to serving bowl. Add lime juice and bean/veggie mixture and stir to combine.
  6. Spread a tortilla with 1 T mmm sauce. Top with 1/3 c quinoa mixture, salsa, and avocado. Roll up tortilla and enjoy!

*Side note: Mmmm sauce is the best stuff ever. I swap chili powder or Penzey’s Arizona seasoning for the curry powder when I make it. It’s amazing on everything.  Make a double batch and freeze a jar. Otherwise, you’ll be making it all the time. It’s that good.


Stone Soup

standard January 9, 2011 3 responses

Did anyone else do a play of the “Stone Soup” story in elementary school? That was the highlight of kindergarten for me.

Anyway, a cold and snowy week means a week of SOUP! I am experimenting with cooking dried beans instead of using canned ones since its cheaper and healthier.

I cooked 2 cups each of chickpeas, pinto beans, and black beans. Since they double in size when they soak, I ended up with 4 cups of each, so half went into the freezer for later. Cooking smart and being prepared!

Next I made 2 batches of soup. A lentil soup for Tuesday’s dinner and a Tuscan bean soup for tonight.  Definitely a good day for soup since it SNOWED here this morning! And now I also have plenty of leftovers so the husband has food while I am gone part of this week.

We are ready for a chilly week! 🙂