Category Archives: Vegetarian

Butternut Squash & Black Bean Enchiladas

Need another vegetarian option that is packed full of flavor plus fiber and protein? This was another dinner my husband was initially skeptical about, but is now one of his favorites.☺️
Butternut Squash & Black Bean Enchiladas:
Heat a tablespoon of EVOO over medium high heat in a large saucepan. Toss in one small diced onion, 3 minced cloves of garlic, and one seeded diced jalapeño (or you can leave in the seeds for added heat). Cook for 2-3 minutes. 

Now add:

2.5 cups of cubed butternut squash

1 can undrained Rotel

1 can black beans, rinsed and drained

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup chopped cilantro 

1 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp chili powder

Salt and pepper to taste
Cover and cook over medium/low for 30 minutes until squash is tender, but not mushy. 
Pour about 1/4 cup of enchilada sauce (I use the homemade version I’ve shared recently) into the bottom of a large baking dish. Fill warmed fresh flour tortillas (I love Tortilla Land found in the refrigerated section of Walmart) with a generous helping of your mixture. Roll and place seam down in your prepared baking dish. Top with more enchilada sauce and a generous amount of Mexican blend shredded cheese. Cover with foil and warm for 10 minutes in a 400 degree oven. We top ours with plain Greek yogurt, avocado, and Sriracha. Sooooo good!!!!

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Best Black Beans Ever

Need a super quick and easy side dish for those tacos? Try these! They are the MOST delicious black beans I’ve ever tasted and only have FIVE ingredients!👍🏼 #cleaneats
Pour an undrained can of black beans into a saucepan with 1 small diced onion and 1 clove minced garlic. Bring to a boil. Add 1/4 tsp of cayenne (or more/less depending on your love of spice) and 1/4 cup of chopped cilantro. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Serve with a slotted spoon.😋

Roasted Mexican Corn Salad

Here is another one of my favorite sides to eat with all of our Mexican inspired dishes. This one is a low-carb option bursting with flavor.🌽
Roasted Mexican Corn Salad:
~Melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium high heat in a heavy skillet. 

~Add corn kernels from 5 cobs. Don’t stir it, just let it char for 5-6 minutes, then stir and let char again for 3-4 minutes. 

~Add 1-2 seeded and diced jalapeños, sauté for another 1-2 minutes. 

~Remove from heat. 
Mix together:

~3 tablespoons mayonnaise 

~1 grated clove of garlic

~2 sliced green onions

~1 handful chopped cilantro

~Juice of 1 lime

~2-3 tablespoons crumbled feta or cotija cheese
Pour your corn and jalapeño into the mixture and fold together. Sprinkle with chili powder. Top with chopped avocado.💃🏻

Quinoa: The new rice. 

I can’t remember the last time I bought a bag of rice. Who needs it when you can beautifully replace it with this superfood? Quinoa is so fluffy and delicious and easy to prepare. Combine 1 cup quinoa with 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth, bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 25 minutes. Perfect every time!!
The possibilities of quinoa are truly endless. This time I added diced onions, chopped grape tomatoes, avocado, cilantro, and the zest and juice of a lime. It also mixes well with enchilada sauce, black beans, fresh corn…..basically anything you have on hand. 

Perfect side to any meal or top it with grilled fish, shrimp, chicken or steak and make it the main event. Oh so good!!!!

Crispy Black Bean Tacos

You ladies can imagine what my husband said (several years ago) when I told him I was making black bean tacos for our “Meatless Monday” supper. He could no more imagine dinner without meat than he could football without beer. Fast forward to today: This is one of the most popular dishes in my house – even my 2 year old loves it!👍🏼

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Combine a drained and rinsed can of black beans, a handful of chopped cilantro, a quarter cup of diced red onion, a teaspoon each of cumin and paprika, and a pinch of sea salt. Stir to combine, mash gently with a potato masher, and stir again.


Typically I use fresh tortillas for everything but these work better with the thin cooked variety. Warm a few tablespoons of EVOO in a saucepan over medium heat. Once hot, lay down your corn tortilla and place a couple of spoonfuls of your bean mixture down along with a sprinkle of shredded cheese (I love pepper jack with these!). Flip your spatula over and gently fold one side over the other. You should be able to fit 3-4 in a pan. Cook for about 3 minutes per side and transfer to a paper towel lined plate to cool.


We top ours with plain Greek yogurt, pico, and Sriracha. OMG SO GOOD!!