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We never meet a taco night that we didn’t love. Really, how could you not love a tortilla-filled meal that’s filled with cheese, beans, meat, and really anything that you want stuff all up in there?! But the issue, as with many of our favorite themed-meals, is that tacos, burritos and so on can be laded with unecessary ingredients – not to mention added calories and fats (and not the good kind). But since there’s no way that we are giving up on taco night (#tacostrong), we’ve found a way to swap out some of those not-so-great ingredients for better ones. Check out our recap (below) of some of our favorite taco night essentials and a killer guacamole recipe, if we do say so ourselves. Also, be sure to share some of your insider taco night tips on how make this dish healthier.
Killer Guacamole Recipe…in a Good Way
Serves 4 or so…depending on the hunger factor
4 ripe avocados
1 garlic, crushed
1/2 red onion, cut up
salt and pepper
Cut open the avocados and slice them into three sections and then diagonally into another three sections. Scoop out the avocados and place them in a bowl. Cut up the garlic, onions, tomatoes, lemon and lime and place them all in a place. Mix and mash the ingredients together – don’t overthink this part, it’s just guac. Add some salt and pepper. Taste. You may need to add more salt, pepper, lemon or lime, depending on your preferences. Devour!
Handy Kitchen Helper: Taco Night and Beyond
For this guacamole recipe chopping, we used our new Orbit Rolling Herb Cutter, a genius kitchen gadget that makes it easier to chop up herbs in a flash. We used it to chop up our garlic, tomatoes, and onion and were equally happy with the quick results. For the garlic, which as we all know is annoying to chop, we thought it was pretty awesome that we could hold this leverage handle as it worked its magic to roll and cut up our garlic, cutting with precision and definition as it chopped (quite literally) our cutting time in half. Hooray! Another bonus: this handy dandy gadget is dishwasher-friendly AND folds up so you can shove it away with ease when you’re not in chopping mode. Which might be never for some of us.
Healthy Essentials for Taco Night
Organic black or pinto beans
Organic shredded cheese
Organic sour cream
Whole grain torilla
Sweet potato or pumpkin
Kale or spinach
Lean proteins like chicken or fish
Salt and pepper
Bonus essential for taco night: Chips!
Another ingredient that we can’t get enough of for taco night is chips and we just discovered the very best with the Sweet Potato Chips from Way Better Snacks. These crunchtastic chips are literally the best tortilla chips we have tried in a long time! Why? Well, they are packed with good-for-you stuff like chia seeds and sprouted grains that combined with sweet potatoes tastes amazing! Seriously, you won’t be able to stop eating these healthy chips and that’s a-okay!
We were given a sample for review purposes but these are own opinions.
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Winter is known for its comfort foods, which we will happily be indulging in next week with Thanksgiving. But this time of year is also know for its more methodical and slower recipes that take time to create as they nourish the mind, body and soul. One of our favorites is a homemade chicken soup.
For this recipe, we made our own broth using wholesome ingredients, like chicken that was naturally flavored with carrots, celery, dill, parsley, and parsnip. The simplicity of this chicken soup recipe has made it an instant favorite for years that we happily make any chance that we get. For this recipe, we didn’t have egg noodles so bowties won out, but other than that we stayed true to the classic, that with the sudden cold over in New York, we are sure that we will be making again very soon.
Chicken Soup Recipe
6-8 cups of water
1 whole chicken, organic (if possible)
4 carrots, chopped
4 stalks of celery, chopped
2-3 parsnips, chopped
1 package or handful of fresh dill
1 package or handful of fresh parsley
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
salt and pepper
1 package of pasta or egg noodles, optional
Boil water on medium heat. Wash and chop up the onions, carrots, celery, and parsnips. Remove the packaging of the chicken and wash it throughly. Remove packaging in the chicken and place it in the pot. Add in the dill, parsley, salt and pepper and let cook. The soup/broth will take approximately two hours to cook. Check on it periodically. Make your noodles, as directed, when the soup is almost done.
What’s your go-to winter comfort food?
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We love to snack. Cause, really there’s no way we are going to make it from lunch to dinner without a nibble (or two). And you shouldn’t either, especially since you should be feeding your body with healthy and wholesome foods throughout the day to sustain your blood sugar levels so that you don’t devour the bread basket the section that it hits the table. One of our favorite healthy snacks is the simple homemade Coconut and Peanut Butter Bites.
We love this snack for many reasons, but the main part is that it is a no bake treat that’s packed with protein and low in sugar! They’re also uber portable and fills us up when we need the energy the most. Read on to check out our recipe for the ever delicious Coconut and Peanut Butter Snack Bites! Happy snacking!
No Bake Coconut and Peanut Butter Bites
2 cups of dry oatmeal
2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
1 cup of creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1/2 cup ground chia seeds
1/2 coconut oil
1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup honey or agave nectar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
dash of cinnamon
Mix all the oatmeal, coconut flakes, coconut oil and peanut butter into a large bowl. Stir everything together. Add in the chia and flax seeds and mix. Add in the honey, vanilla, cinnamon and chips and continue to mix together. Once together, cool in the fridge for 5-7 hours. This allows the blend to mold together. Then, use your hands to create mini bites (makes around 20) and chill again. They’ll be ready to be devoured the next day! Enjoy.
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