Mixed Bean Tortas

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Here we are, another Tuesday. While I am usually about celebrating Taco Tuesday, I decided to mix it up today and try something new. I had some fluffy gluten-free buns on hand, beans I meal-prepped in the fridge, and an empty belly from teaching Zumba. So here it is, Mixed Bean Torta’s with Vegan Sour Cream.

Mixed Beans:

3 cups beans, cooked (I used black beans and white navy beans)

3 garlic cloves, diced

1/4 onion, diced

Olive oil

Spices: garlic powder, onion powder, Cayenne pepper, paprika, salt, black pepper

1 Tbsp tomato paste

Optional: jalapeno, fresh cilantro and parsley

Heat olive oil, add garlic, onion, and jalapeno. Cook until softened. Add beans, spices. Cook for 5 min. Add tomato paste and a couple tablespoons of water. Cook 2 more minutes. Remove from heat.

Vegan Sour Cream from Vegan Comfort Classics by Lauren Toyota

1 cup raw cashews (soaked in hot water for 20 min)

1/2 cup unsweetened non-diary milk (I usually add a little extra)

2 tbs lemon juice

1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar

1/2 tsp ea. onion powder, garlic powder,sea salt, white pepper

Optional: I like to add 1-2 Tbsp. Nutritional Yeast for a more cheesy flavor

Rinse cashews add all ingredients to blender and mix until smooth.

To serve:

Toast favorite bread or bun. I used Franz gluten free hamburger buns. I cut a bun in half, put a small swipe of vegan mayo on the inside and toasted both sides in a skillet.

Place the buns with mayo side facing up. Mash part of the bean mixture and spread on buns. Top with more beans, vegan sour cream, fresh parsley and cilantro.

Lentil Collard Green Tacos

Happy Taco Tuesday! I am loving collard greens as wraps. They are heartier than lettuce and keep all your delicious ingredients together. Having some pre-cooked ingredients on hand make these plant powered tacos a breeze to put together.

Lentils (I seasoned these with paprika, cayenne and garlic)

Sweet potatoes

Tomatoes

Spinach

Avocado

Green onion

Cilantro

Drop your favorite taco recipe below.

Let February Begin

Hello February 2019,

Like many of you, January did not live up to the hype for me and I am ready for the fresh start. To shake off all the expectations of New Year New You, Resolutions, Challenges, yada yada yada.

Here is my January in a nutshell:

  • I did not succeed at Dry January. It was more Dryish January. I did drink lots more tea and forgot how much I liked it. I went to bed earlier, read more, found out my favorite sushi joint has awesome green tea when I did not order hot sake. My favorite wine bar I sipped on French Press coffee. I did miss my lazy Sundays cooking, enjoying a glass wine and watching cheesy romantic movies while I meal prepped, so a couple cheat days happened there. Then there was a Military Mom meetup and vodka soda’s while talking about how much we miss our kids was too much to pass up. I fully enjoyed a cocktail while talking to my husband last night watching a movie. I went to bed early most of Jan and bypasssed watching TV to not be tempted to eat or drink, which was good, but I did miss spending time together. So the take-away, trading books and tea during the week for wine and TV will be a keeper. Going to bed earlier was much needed. Enjoying the occasional glass of wine with friends or cocktail with my hubby over good conversation, well that is staying as well.
  • Being injured is frustrating and annoying. I set a goal to do a pull-up before my son graduated Bootcamp. I made it to 3 chin-ups and felt good about that. Then my shoulder got injured. I have had to side line the whole thing while it heals, meaning I will lose all the progress I made. Real problem? No. I can still teach my classes. I am healthy, but I am still ……so annoyed.
  • 2018 was a big year for my family. My daughter became a mom, which means I became a grandma. My son became a Marine, which brought with it 3 months of no communication. Going from talking t your child once a day to stalking the mailman hoping for a letter was very hard. Then it ended with his graduation ,which was one of the proudest moments of my life. My baby started his Senior Year of High School. I think all the emotions caught up to me and I needed January to just kind of reset. I ate chocolate and ice cream. I was distracted and it was hard to work on new routines for my classes. My son was home on leave and I didn’t want to miss anytime with him. Finally by the last week, I found my groove again.
  • I still have a 17 year old at home. He breaks curfew. He is late to school. He talks about all the piercings and tattoos he is getting at 18. But, he is healthy, safe, not on drugs, just embracing the annoying teen thing a little too much, which is why I still need wine and chocolate.
  • I started working at 5:30 am 4 days a week instead of 2. Still not a morning person.
  • I let my gratitude journal slip which was my favorite habit I established in 2018. I did it every morning. The new work schedule maybe the reason for the change, I only wrote in it a few times at night before bed. This is a routine I want to embrace again. I have noticed the difference with out it and if I set any goals for February, this is it.

So there you have it. Bring on February.

 

Being a MoM

The past few weeks my son has been home on leave for the 1st time as a Marine. I am guilty of several things on this list and today in the market I can add “hiding your tears in the market as you shop for Sunday dinner, because you don’t know when the next one is”. Parenthood is hard. Motherhood is hard. Being a Military Parent stretches and challenges you in ways you can’t imagine until you are there. You are filled with so much pride, yet this child you love more than anything puts themselves through brutal training and challenges to be ready to protect and defend at a moments notice. Our job as parents is raise our children to grow into confident, independent, young adults ready to conquer their dreams. Raising a child who’s dream is to defend an entire country and adopt a new family to fight side by side with, makes you realize you really rocked at your job, and you have a truly amazing kid. So hug your babies while they are home. Smaller or taller than you. Say ” I Love You”, listen to their stories, they are your heart. As they venture out into the world, no matter what path they follow, time is all you want. To hug, to listen, to love.