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Verde Nachos

If you are dealing with hot temps like we are, I know using the oven and stove is not at the top of your list. From time to time during this ridiculous summer heat, I have sucked it up and used the stove.  And this meal was worth the sweat ;)

Stepped away from the typical black beans or re-fried beans and tried something a little different.  Also, because I didn’t have any of those beans – haha!  And the result was a  super easy and delicious bowl of nachos.

Ingredients:

Chips of choice
1 1/2 cup North American Beans/ White Beans
1 1/2 cup corn (if frozen, thaw)
1 cup sweet onion, diced
1 generous teaspoon diced/minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon oregano

Add some toppings if ya wanna get fancy:

Avocado
Shredded/sliced romaine or lettuce of choice
Jalapeno
chopped cilantro
Roasted Tomatillo Salsa or Salsa Verde of choice

Cream Ingredients:

1 cup soaked cashews (soak at least 30 min, ideally over night)
1/3 cup packed spinach
about 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon ACV or white wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon mustard

Directions:

Combine the beans, corn, onion, garlic, cumin and oregano in a sauce pan with about 1/3-1/2 cup water.  Stir well, cover and simmer for about 10-15 minutes until beans are tender.  Optional, salt and pepper to taste.

Make the cream while the beans are cooking.  Drain cashews and add all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. You may need to add a little water to desired creaminess.

Grab a plate or bowl, arrange your chips and drizzle the cream and salsa then layer the bean mixture, top with shredded or chopped greens, then finish it off with more cream drizzle and salsa and any other toppings you desire!

 

Chipotle Sweet Potato Chili

There has been a request for the same chili just about every week and frankly, it isn’t my favorite but it is super easy to toss everything into the Instant Pot and have dinner done in less than 10 minutes from beginning to end.  So I decided to change things up while keeping the basics of the chili.  I added chipotle peppers to it in hoping it would change the flavor enough to make it a ‘new’ chili.  I haven’t used chipotle peppers much, but the one dish I made with them had such a wonderful flavor and I thought it would make this basic chili a bit more savory.  I was happy with the result and it was a meal that everyone enjoyed.

 

Ingredients:

2 – 14oz cans diced tomatoes with chilies
4 large garlic cloves minced
1 red onion diced
1 orange bell pepper diced
1 14oz can black beans, be sure to rinse and drain
2 cups vegetable broth
1 medium sweet potato, diced in half inch cubes
2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, diced
2 tablespoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons tomato paste
salt & pepper to taste

Note: I did not add chili powder like I would to the chili because of the chipotle peppers, it adds some heat to it.  Add less peppers if you want to reduce the heat.  I also will heat the diced sweet potato in the microwave for about 3 minutes to speed the process.

Directions:

Using and Instantpot: turn on and select the chili function and lower the time to 3 minutes. While it is heating up, add the onion and bell pepper and sautee for about 2 minutes.  Then add the garlic stir well and let sautee for about a minute.  Add all remaining ingredients, stir well and lock the lid until done.  Be sure to let it release naturally.

Using stove top:  In a large pot add onion and bell pepper and sautee over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and sautee for about a minute then add all remaining ingredients, stir well and bring to a simmer.  Lower the heat and simmer uncovered for 35 minutes.  If it becomes thick, just add a little water at a time.

Serve with cilantro and avocado on top or any of your favorite toppings.

Mango Fresca

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Not sure this recipe is a specific ‘type’ of dish, call it what you want, dip, salsa, salad, either way, you will enjoy the mild sweet heat in this dish.  Depending on how you want to eat it, by chopping up some greens and mix in as a salad, spread it on romaine leaves or scooping it with chips, these are all tasty options and you can’t go wrong with any of them.  This Mango Fresca is a great dish to take to a gathering, as a side to your meal or as your meal.  It is flavorful and filling and you can fancy it up with some chopped avocado.

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