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Kale Salad with Spicy Cilantro Dressing

This is a post from a couple years ago, and it’s just too good of a recipe to not share again.

Well this 98+° weather we are having here is leaving me with little motivation to cook in the kitchen, especially with an air conditioner on its last breath. Easy, cool, crisp and delicious is what I am going for during these next few days of heat. The fridge has been stocked with lots of fruit, greens and easy fixins to toss in a bowl for when it’s time to get our munch on. I have some dressings made but am always looking for new ones to try. Shannon at The Glowing Fridge is such a bright light and makes the most delicious recipes, and this is one I have been wanting to try and I had just about everything but some I modified for what I did have. If you like spicy hot (but doesn’t leave you sweating) and bursting with flavor, then this is one I recommend trying.

 

putting the fixins together

Recipe Inspired by: The Glowing Fridge

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

6 cups de-stemmed chopped kale (I used half kale & half spinach)
1 cup of quinoa (I didn’t use this in the first batch that is why it is not in my picture)
1/2 red onion or 1 shallot, chopped (I chopped about 5 green onions as that is what I had and it tasted fine)
1 can black beans
1 cup organic sweet corn

Spicy Dressing:

1/4 cup water
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup hot sauce of your choice (I used Franks Hot sauce)
1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro
1 clove garlic, minced
1 generous teaspoon maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon cumin
sea salt and pepper to taste

spicy dressing (2)

 

Directions:

Cook quinoa according to directions if not already cooked. (I did not use warm quinoa)

In a large bowl add the kale and the onion.

Once the quinoa is done cooking, add in the black beans and corn to the pot with the quinoa and mix it up. Add the quinoa mixture to the bowl with the kale and mix.

Prepare the dressing by mixing all ingredients in a bowl.

I added chopped avocado and cherry tomatoes, but you could add any vegetables you’d like.

Note: I had pre cooked quinoa in the fridge so I used that and did not heat any of the ingredients and it tasted great. I also used both kale and spinach and it was delicious. Also depending on if you want a warm or cold salad, you can’t go wrong. The dressing can be modified to how hot you like by adding less or more hot sauce.

 

Chickpea Tacos

Chickpeas are so versatile, they are loaded with of fiber, carbs, calcium, iron, protein and vitamin A, so I suggest you use them :)  They can be roasted, cooked on stove top, used in salads, soups and stews, mashed for ‘tuna’ or hummus, baked in treats and many other easy meals.  These tacos are simple and quick. They have more flavor than I expected as I added what I usually add when making a ‘taco’ type dish and with the avocado cream sauce, it just comes together nicely.  I didn’t add extra toppings to these as I didn’t feel the need to, but you add what you like on your taco :) You could add your favorite taco seasoning if you prefer.  Share your chickpea favorites!

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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.

Tacos with Sweet Potato Wedges

Our family tends to eat our fair share of beans and legumes, rice, millet or quinoa and veggies all mixed together in some form.  I love that they offer versatility, are filling yet satisfying and full of yummy goodness our active bodies thrive on. These ingredients haven’t failed me and adding different mixes of spices to them gives them a variety in taste.  Sometimes potatoes are added as well. Whether we packed them in a tortilla, fill a taco or toss in a bowl, some of our favorite meals are created with these staples.

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Grillable Black Bean Burgers with Mango Cream

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Garden burgers are a regular on the menu in our house and we change them up from time to time but typically stick to the same ones.  Well…. this recipe came through my email and I just had to try them.  Seeing the words, Mango Cream, hooked me.  Warm summer weather and the cool freshness of mango just sounded amazing.  We have made these a few times already with continued requests to put them on the weekly menu, these burgers are DA BOMB!  Our youngest isn’t much of a spicy eater, but she enjoyed these and didn’t complain of them being too spicy.  Although I did not add the extra salsa on hers like I did with the rest of us.

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Chickpea Chimichangas

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This dish was a winner at our table last week and it was so well liked, we are having it again this week.  It is exciting when we have a recipe that works for everyone and it is requested each week, but I also want to be sure we don’t get burned out from it and then never want it again :)  It has worked out well to take the home run recipes from our ‘Wednesday’s Something New’ and put those into the mix for the weeks.  These little numbers pack a powerful punch of nutrition and flavor in a meal.  The typical chimichanga is loaded with meat, cheese and rice, then fried in oils and then buried in cheese. Now if you like that kinda thing, go for it!  Our choice is a cleaner version that is baked in the oven :)  These flavorful, nutrition packed chickpea chimichangas are delish, and I suggest serving them to any of your meat eating friends, I would be surprised if they didn’t like them.

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Loaded Veggie Zoodles

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We all have those nights when cooking just is not at the top of the list and there is a random mix of food in the fridge that you’re not sure what to do with but it needs to be used or you didn’t do any meal prepping for the next few days or week.  Well that was yesterday here in this house. It has been a rough couple of weeks and it caught up to me, so there was just not much mojo left to do anything involving longer than 10 minutes!  There were some veggies that needed to be used and I had this random jar of Trader Joe’s Organic Spaghetti Sauce in the pantry.  I rarely use packaged foods, but there are certain ones I will keep on hand for emergencies, like tonight’s dinner!  This specific sauce does not have added oils, very little added organic sugar and no other random sugars or fillers. There are others out there as well, this is just a good bang for your buck.  I took the veggies I had in the fridge and began to throw things together.  This is an easy, quick and nutritiously flavorful meal that is packed with vitamins and minerals.

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Lunch… or Dinner…

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Black beans, rice, spinach and kale heated in a bowl topped with salsa was my standard lunch for a number of years when I worked full time out of the home.  As crazy as it sounds, I ate it just about every day (unless I met a friend for lunch).  Well I no longer work full time out of the house and I have pimped my beans, rice, spinach and kale lunch!

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