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Garlic & Sea Salt Carrot Fries

Garlic & Sea Salt Carrot Fries

Garlic & Sea Salt Carrot Fries

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Serving Size: 2

Garlic & Sea Salt Carrot Fries

Garlic & Sea Salt Carrot Fries - This is a great snack for my vegetarian, vegan and meat eating friends.

Ingredients

  • 1 bushel of small carrots, peeled and cut into batons (8-10 carrots)
  • 3 tablespoons cup olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cut off rough carrot ends and peel. Reserve 1 tablespoon of finely chopped carrot leaf tops.
  2. Mix chopped carrot tops with chopped garlic. Split portion in half.
  3. On a large baking sheet, toss carrot sticks with olive oil, half of the chopped garlic and carrot tops, sea salt, cayenne and cinnamon.
  4. Arrange carrot sticks in a single layer, rounded side down first. Roast carrots on the top shelf of the oven for 5 minutes. Then flip over to the flat side down and roast for another 5 minutes.
  5. Remove carrots from oven and toss remaining chopped garlic and carrot tops over the top. Season with additional sea salt if needed. Serve warm.
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Sauteed Chipotle Mushroom Tacos

Sauteed Chipotle Mushroom Tacos

Have you had a taco worth dying for? Apparently I have. I got a story. Want to hear it? Well here it go.

So I decided to visit Chicago last week. I had a business meeting and I also just wanted to hang out with my girl friends a bit.  On Friday, I worked from a cute little cafe in Wicker Park. For lunch I decided to grab a few tacos from Big Star on my way to my next destination. I got my tacos “to-go” and got on the CTA Blue Line. I got on at Damen and knew that I had only two stops before it was time to get off on Chicago. Nevertheless, I got wrapped up in instagram and wasn’t paying attention to the trip. BAD IDEA.

The Blue Line stopped at Chicago and like clockwork the pleasant automated lady’s voice announced the stop over the intercom system. People rushed around me to get off but I didn’t. Why? Because instead of using my ears, I was using my super sassy index finger to scroll through insta on a “liking” spree.

For some reason I took a breather and looked up, all to realize we were parked at my stop. I quickly grabbed my bag of food and ran towards the closing doors. I was fast enough to put my hand in the door, thinking that it would signal the door to open back up … it didn’t. Not only did the door close on my hand, repeatedly, but the Blue Line started slowly moving. Oh, and I forgot to mention that the hand that was stuck in the door was the one holding my bag of food!!! Insert “HELL TO THE NAH” song.

The next series of events happened quickly but I will describe them as I know them to be true. I looked at my bag of food, caught on the outside of the door, in despair and thought, “I’M NOT LETTING GO, I WON’T GIVE UP ON YOU.” I saw people on the outside of the train chuckling at my expense. My heart was beating fast at the thought of losing all this food I had just paid for, not to mention, I really had my heart set on trying the Taco De Zanahorias. I heard someone say, “let go of the bag!” My immediate response was not to let go but to give them the death stare for saying something so preposterous. All the while a striking young man comes to my rescue and hits some magical button that stops the train and releases the jaw-clenching grip of the door. I say thank you, and after which secure the bag of food, calmly walk off the Blue Line, with my head lifted high and adorning the biggest smile knowing that I was still about to eat.

Were my priorities mixed up in the moment? Pretty much. Could I have almost died or lost my hand? Quite possibly. But had I not committed to keeping that food, you my friend, would not have benefited from this week’s inspired Taco Tuesday recipes. BLOOP!
Since I am eating vegetarian for the Mission: Get It Right, Get It Tight, Health Challenge I shared my recipes for the 3 amazing vegetarian tacos that I made this week. Are my vegetarian taco creations worth dying for? I think so, but you be the judge!

 Sauteed Chipotle MushroomTaco

A blend of crimini and portobello mushrooms, sauteed in chipotle adobo sauce, lime juice and sour cream. Served on top of warm corn tortilla with tossed mesclun greens and crumbled cotija cheese. Yum Yum!

Sauteed Chipotle Mushroom Tacos

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4

Sauteed Chipotle Mushroom Tacos

Sauteed Chipotle Mushroom Tacos - Mushrooms are great substitute for meat and these tacos do not disappoint in the flavor department.

Ingredients

  • Chipotle Sauteed Mushrooms
  • 1 (8 oz) package crimini mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 large Portobello mushroom caps, thinly sliced
  • 3 teaspoons of sauce from canned chipotles in adobo
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of sour cream
  • 1 teaspopn lemon juice
  • salt to taste
  • ! Tacos
  • chipotle sautéed mushrooms
  • 4 corn tortillas, warm
  • 1½ cup of mesclun greens
  • ? cup queso fresco or cotija cheese, crumbled
  • ¼ tablespoon olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in a medium skillet and add in all sliced mushrooms. Cook mushrooms browned and excess fluid has evaporated (approx. 10 minutes on medium heat). Add salt to taste.
  2. Get sauce (not the actual chipotles) out of the canned chipotles in adobo and add it to the pan. Add in the sour cream and lemon juice and stir. Cook down for 5 minutes
  3. Serve sauteed mushrooms on top of warm tortillas with crumbled queso fresco and mesclun greens topped in olive oil, salt and pepper
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Soy Chorizo Tacos with Garbanzo Bean Salsa

Soy Chorizo Tacos with Garbanzo Bean Salsa

Have you had a taco worth dying for? Apparently I have. I got a story. Want to hear it? Well here it go.

So I decided to visit Chicago last week. I had a business meeting and I also just wanted to hang out with my girl friends a bit.  On Friday, I worked from a cute little cafe in Wicker Park. For lunch I decided to grab a few tacos from Big Star on my way to my next destination. I got my tacos “to-go” and got on the CTA Blue Line. I got on at Damen and knew that I had only two stops before it was time to get off on Chicago. Nevertheless, I got wrapped up in instagram and wasn’t paying attention to the trip. BAD IDEA.

The Blue Line stopped at Chicago and like clockwork the pleasant automated lady’s voice announced the stop over the intercom system. People rushed around me to get off but I didn’t. Why? Because instead of using my ears, I was using my super sassy index finger to scroll through insta on a “liking” spree.

For some reason I took a breather and looked up, all to realize we were parked at my stop. I quickly grabbed my bag of food and ran towards the closing doors. I was fast enough to put my hand in the door, thinking that it would signal the door to open back up … it didn’t. Not only did the door close on my hand, repeatedly, but the Blue Line started slowly moving. Oh, and I forgot to mention that the hand that was stuck in the door was the one holding my bag of food!!! Insert “HELL TO THE NAH” song.

The next series of events happened quickly but I will describe them as I know them to be true. I looked at my bag of food, caught on the outside of the door, in despair and thought, “I’M NOT LETTING GO, I WON’T GIVE UP ON YOU.” I saw people on the outside of the train chuckling at my expense. My heart was beating fast at the thought of losing all this food I had just paid for, not to mention, I really had my heart set on trying the Taco De Zanahorias. I heard someone say, “let go of the bag!” My immediate response was not to let go but to give them the death stare for saying something so preposterous. All the while a striking young man comes to my rescue and hits some magical button that stops the train and releases the jaw-clenching grip of the door. I say thank you, and after which secure the bag of food, calmly walk off the Blue Line, with my head lifted high and adorning the biggest smile knowing that I was still about to eat.

Were my priorities mixed up in the moment? Pretty much. Could I have almost died or lost my hand? Quite possibly. But had I not committed to keeping that food, you my friend, would not have benefited from this week’s inspired Taco Tuesday recipes. BLOOP!
Since I am eating vegetarian for the Mission: Get It Right, Get It Tight, Health Challenge I shared my recipes for the 3 amazing vegetarian tacos that I made this week. Are my vegetarian taco creations worth dying for? I think so, but you be the judge!

 

Soy Chorizo Taco with Garbanzo Bean Salsa

 

 

 

The absolute best soy chorizo scrambled with eggs and topped with fresh avocado slices and a garbanzo bean salsa that has just a hint of heat. This taco is packed with flavor, texture and is super quick to make.

Soy Chorizo Tacos with Garbanzo Bean Salsa

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 6

Soy Chorizo Tacos with Garbanzo Bean Salsa

Soy Chorizo Tacos with Garbanzo Bean Salsa - These vegetarian tacos are sure to hit the spot.

Ingredients

  • Soy Chorizo Tacos
  • ½ sleeve of (12oz) Trader Joe's Soy Chorizo
  • 3 eggs (optional)
  • 6 corn tortillas, warm
  • ½ avocado sliced
  • garbanzo bean salsa
  • !Garbanzo Bean Salsa
  • ? cup garbanzo beans
  • ? cup chopped cilantro
  • ¼ jalapeno, deseeded and sliced.
  • 1 green onion stem chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ½ teaspoon tajin classico seasoning
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. In a bowl mix all the ingredients for the salsa. Add in salt to your desired level and refrigerate.
  2. In a medium skillet, on medium heat, warm up soy chorizo. Optional: add in eggs and stir into chorizo until they are fully cooked.
  3. Serve soy chorizo on top of a warm tortilla and top with garbanzo bean salsa and sliced avocado.
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Crispy Honey Lemon Cauliflower Over Cauliflower Fried Rice

Crispy Honey Lemon Cauliflower Over Cauliflower Fried Rice

Crispy Honey Lemon Cauliflower Over Cauliflower Fried Rice

Cook Time: 1 hour

Serving Size: 2

Crispy Honey Lemon Cauliflower Over Cauliflower Fried Rice

Crispy Honey Lemon Cauliflower Over Cauliflower Fried Rice - I had a craving for a vegetable fried rice and here's my creation with cauliflower, honey and lemon. Yum!

Ingredients

  • !(CRISPY HONEY LEMON CAULIFLOWER ADAPTED FROM CLOSET COOKING)
  • !(CAULIFLOWER FRIED RICE ADAPTED FROM EAT YOURSELF SKINNY)
  • !CRISPY CAULIFLOWER INGREDIENTS:
  • ½ medium cauliflower, cut into bite sized florets
  • ½ cup flour (gluten-free ex coconut)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs (gluten-free)
  • pinch of sesame seeds
  • oil for frying
  • !HONEY LEMON SAUCE INGREDIENTS:
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (~1/2 lemon)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce (or tamari for gluten-free)
  • ¼ cup vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon chill sauce such as sambal oelek or sriracha
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, grated
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • !CAULIFLOWER FRIED RICE INGREDIENTS:
  • ½ medium cauliflower, cut into bite sized florets
  • ½ yellow onion, chopped
  • ½ cup carrots, cubed
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 green onions, minced
  • 1 garlic glove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • ? cup low sodium soy sauce
  • ½ tablespoon brown sugar
  • ½ tablespoon rice vinegar
  • ? teaspoon ground ginger
  • pinch of red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. PREPARE CAULIFLOWER FRIED RICE:
  2. Chop head of cauliflower into florets and place in food processor. Pulse until it starts to resemble rice; set aside.
  3. Heat a large wok (or skillet) over medium heat and drizzle in sesame oil. Add onion and carrots and saute until tender, about 2 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile in a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar, ginger and red pepper flakes; set aside.
  5. Slide veggie mixture to one side of the wok and add in the beaten egg, scrambling until cooked through and then incorporate with the veggies.
  6. Stir in cauliflower "rice" and pour the soy sauce over top, mixing well. Cook for an additional 3 to 4 minutes, until cauliflower is soft and tender.
  7. Top with green onions.
  8. PREPARE CRISPY CAULIFLOWER:
  9. Working in batches dredge the cauliflower florets in the flower, dip into the eggs, and coat in the breadcrumbs before frying them in oil heated to medium-high (350F) until golden brown and setting them aside on paper towels to drain.
  10. PREPARE HONEY LEMON SAUCE:
  11. Heat a pan over medium heat, add the mixture of the honey, lemon juice, soy sauce, broth, chill sauce, lemon zest, garlic, ginger and the mixture of the water and the corn starch and cook until the sauce thickens, about a minute, before adding the crispy cauliflower and tossing to coat. Sprinkle sesame seeds over the top and serve Immediately.
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Portobello Skillet Enchilada Pie

Portobello Skillet Enchilada Pie

Portobello Enchilada Skillet Pie – Toasted tortillas layered with green enchilada sauce, pepper jack cheese and portobello mushrooms melted with an extra layer of crumbly queso fresco. Afterwards top with all your favorite fixings. This easy dish will quickly become your summer favorite.

I don’t know about you but lately my timeline has been bombarded with conversations about trends, all kinds of trends. Some of them I have:

  • subscribed to
  • paid my membership
  • gotten on board
  • and I’m COMPLETELY here for

Others, however, I’m left quite confused about. For example, all last week you couldn’t turn on your television without hearing about the male romper phenomenon hitting the streets. ROMPHIMS, as they are so appropriately named, may have taken the world by storm but I’m just left with a side-eye emoji 😒 . Who knew men were envious of the ease and simplicity of our rompers. CAN US LADIES KEEP ANYTHING FOR OURSELVES?

Listen honey, I am quick to throw on a good romper in the spring. So fellas I get the appeal. But I’m having nightmares about my boyfriend asking to borrow mine and I wake up in cold sweats. I love you honey but I’m not trying to be THAT CLOSE!

On the other hand I am absolutely loving this hair graffiti trend. It is so creative and screams Summer music festival hair. Sign me up!

And finally when it comes to food, one-pan dishes are all the rage. And with it being “spring into summer” time, a girl’s gotta lighten things to keep it cute. So I am submitting my uber delicious contribution to the melting pot of trends (pun intended): Portobello Skillet Enchilada Pie.

Friends when I tell you to stop what you are doing and take a sip of this sweet tea that means I need you to pay attention. This Portobello Skillet Enchilada Pie recipe deserves your attention.  This dish feeds my soul so I know you would love it too.

The thing about a good one-skillet dish is that it is perfect for the girl on the go like me. Most of these types of recipes involve the oven at some point in the process because you want to, as best as possible, achieve even cooking around all of your components. This just means, if you haven’t already, you need to invest is cookware that gives you the versatility to go from stovetop to oven at the drop of a dime.

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With this Portobello Skillet Enchilada Pie recipe the typical enchiladas are made “waist friendly” with the substitution of succulent portobello mushrooms instead of meat, and “time friendly” with an easy tortilla-layered pie that evokes all the traditional enchilada flavors.

You can prepare the portobello filling ahead of time but when you are ready to assemble the pie you layer all the ingredients in one oven safe skillet as follows:

  1. Green Tomatillo Sauce
  2. Toasted Tortilla
  3. Pepper Jack Cheese
  4. Portobello Mix
  5. [REPEAT]
  6. Toasted Tortilla
  7. Queso Fresco
  8. Oven

It takes maybe 10 minutes for the cheese to get all melted and delicious and then you just serve it with your favorite toppings. By the way, prepare yourself for one of the best bites you’ve ever had in life. This is a trend that will probably become a regular staple … just warning ya. Enjoy!

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PORTABELLO SKILLET ENCHILADA PIE

Enchilada ingredients

4 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 large red bell peppers, diced

12 oz portabello mushrooms, chopped

2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce

juice of ½ lime

2 garlic cloves, minced

¼ cup cilantro leaves

3 flour tortillas, toasted (approx. 10 inches)

10 oz of green enchilada sauce

2 cups of pepper jack cheese, shredded

1 cup of queso fresco or cotija

Salt and pepper to taste

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Tools Used

Circulon Innovatum Stainless Steel Cookware

Portabello Skillet Enchilada Pie

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