Healthier twist on tacos

Okay, so when I was a teenager I would often go to taco bell with friends. It was open until 4 a.m so it was a prime destination for bored,¬†under-aged people like ourselves. I still remember when they had a big sign saying “Ten tacos for $5!” Who can resist?!

So, now that I am a little bit older, I don’t really eat taco bell anymore. It probably has something to do with my own semi-strict diet of pesco-vegetarianism. I honestly don’t even miss taco bell, especially when there are so many other variations you can make yourself. Bonus: they are not only better for you, but they also taste better.

I have made these kale and brussel sprout tacos several times now, and they are exquisite. They are also vegan friendly! The white bean creama adds an awesome punch, I like to use a lot of it on each taco.

Check out the recipe link! What’s Cooking Good Looking is probably one of my favourite sites to gather cooking inspiration from. So far, I’ve enjoyed all of the results!

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What I do

I find that cooking and baking make me feel better when I’m down. I don’t know why…it just does.

The last few days have been pretty awesome. I bought a bunch of avocados so I’ve been thinking of different things I could do with them. I’ve had them on mini pizzas, in pasta, blended up for some guacamole, and even on sandwiches.

My next avocado project will be a soup! Probably made tomorrow…just in time for a lovely picnic in the park!

The other day I made rice with lemon and almonds. I also put in some parsley and yellow peppers, as well as some ginger.

I’m working on this whole pictures of food thing…it’s actually more difficult than you would think!

I also decided to make my roommates and I a little treat, and one that also happens to be vegan friendly if made with soy milk!

Blueberry and raspberry cobbler…it is a little bit of heaven. I think a peach cobbler will be in order for the next round of deserts.

And as for my avocado fix of the day…

pasta, with pesto, garlic, tomato sauce, yellow peppers, and avocado, obviously. Also, I put a few cubes of brie on top. So good.

Foodies

It’s happening. I am becoming obsessed with cooking and making creations out of what could have been “plain jane”. If I’m not careful, this could totally become a food blog.

All of my creations of the past week have been great, and without failure so far. I am waiting to take a bite of my lunch soon and have it be disgusting…woops!

I guess I should start taking pictures before I feast, because most of the time I find pictures more effective than a description. Also, who wants to read when you can look? I have learned this from my recent museum of nature experience!

Creations of the week include:

a) mandarin dijon chicken with rice. The trick is to add corn starch to the mandarin juice and dijon, it thickens up when heat is added quite nicely. Also, don’t throw the actual mandarins into the frying pan until the last 30 seconds, or else they could get mushy and gross. Ick.

b) honey and oat bread, and cinnamon oat bread. YUM!

c) banana muffins!

d) pesto mini pizzas. I found myself lacking pizza sauce, and with plenty of pesto! cheese, veggies, and maybe some ham if you’re up to it. Also…pineapple!

e) apple and brie grilled sandwich.

f) tuna mixed with arugula and almond dip (PC, new, and amazing, and introduced to me by a co-worker), with slices of apples and pineapple inside a pita! Delish! Chicken would probably do the trick as well!

g) Sandwiches can be great meatless! In fact I find the meatless ones to be the most enjoyable! Although I’m not a vegetarian, I eat very little meat, and I find veggie dishes to be amazing. Today I made a sandwich with the following on it (and grilled of course, because I have a weird obsession with grilled sandwiches): pesto, avocado, tomato, cucumber, red pepper, and brie. I was lacking beets and sprouts which would have made an awesome addition!

h) linguine with broccoli and peppers. Make your own sauce! Because it’s boring to always have the same old tomato sauce. Try sunflower oil with spices like oregano, parsley and pepper. You can also add pesto, which as you can probably see by now is a staple of mine.

I will probably go on some cooking spree tomorrow for my lunch. Hopefully this time I remember to take pictures before mowing down. Hope you try some of my ideas, because you probably will not regret it!