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This is an easy and quick meal, that’s also cheap and healthy. Does it get much better than that. Oh, did I mention it’s yummy! The only recipe really needed is the salsa recipe. I’m going to share my famous Kelly’s Salsa recipe. I’ve been making this simple salsa recipe for many years, with many different variations. Here is the basic recipe:

1 can Fire Roasted diced tomatoes (or 1 1/2 c fresh diced tomato)

1 chopped onion

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1 large clove garlic, minced

1/4 cup bell pepper, minced (red or green or both)

1/2 tsp cumin

1 Tbsp cilantro, chopped

2 tsp soy sauce/tamari

1 jalapeno, seeded and finely minced

Just mix it all together. yum. You can also add some fresh corn for a bit of sweetness.

I served the black bean tacos with some roasted cauliflower, and topped them with Kelly’s salsa and some plain greek yogurt.


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I’m always a fan of a spicy black bean soup, especially if you put some yummy ripe avocado on top!

1 onion, chopped

1 carrot, chopped

1 jalapeno, chopped

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp oregano

1/2 tsp chili powder

1 chipotle chili in adobo, minced

1 tsp adobo sauce

1 tsp paprika

6 cups black beans (from about 2 cups dried), and leftover cooking water

1 can Fire Roasted diced tomatoes

1 cup corn

1/2 cup cilantro, chopped

salt and pepper to taste

In a big soup pot heat some olive oil over medium high heat, saute the onion until starting to brown, add the carrot and jalapeno and saute a few more minutes.  Add the spices and chipotle pepper.

Add beans, tomatoes, and corn. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for about 25 minutes (adding water as needed).  Add the cilantro and salt and pepper.

Top with fresh avocado!

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This soup was great, it has a perfect balance of spices, the cabbage salad works well with the dal.  Both recipes are (adapted) from The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook.

olive oil

1 1 /2 tsp black mustard seeds

1 1/2 tsp cumin seeds

1 onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 tsp turmeric

2 tsp cumin

1/4 tsp cayenne

2 carrots, diced

3 medium red potatoes, cubed

2 1/2 cups red lentils

6 cups water

1 can coconut milk

1 can diced tomatoes

1 tsp salt

In a large stock pot heat the oil over medium heat and add the cumin and mustard seeds. Saute until they begin to pop. Quickly add the onions and garlic and saute until soft.  Add the turmeric, cumin, cayenne, carrots and potatoes and saute a few minutes.  Add the lentils, water, coconut milk and tomatoes. Stir well and bring to a boil. Simmer, covered, for about 45 minutes. Add salt to taste.

Cabbage and Cilantro Salad

5 cups chopped cabbage

1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped

1/2 cup toasted sunflower seeds

1/4 cup olive oil

3 Tbsp brown rice vinegar

salt and pepper to taste

Combine the cabbage and cilantro in a large bowl. Whisk together the oil and vinegar and pour over cabbage, mix well and season with salt and pepper, top with toasted sunflower seeds.

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Spicy Turkey Soup

This was a great way to use up leftover turkey. This simple soup was really yummy! This recipe was adapted from Whole Foods.

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, with their liquid
4 cups broth
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle or cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 bay leaf
3 cups shredded cooked turkey meat (white and dark) 
1/2 cup chopped cilantro 
1 avocado, diced 
1 lime

Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add garlic and onions. Cook, stirring often, 8 to 10 minutes, until onions are translucent. Stir in tomatoes, broth, oregano, ground chipotle pepper, cumin, black pepper, bay leaf and turkey. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a gentle simmer. Simmer 15 minutes to allow flavors to meld.  Turn off heat, add cilantro. Serve topped with diced avocado and squeeze of fresh lime juice.

I served this with white corn chips, roasted sweet potatoes, and a romaine salad with Mexican Lime Dressing.

Mexican Lime Dressing

2 Tbsp lime

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 Tbsp honey

1/4 tsp salt

1/8 tsp cumin

freshly ground pepper

Whisk together and mix with chopped romaine lettuce.

Sorry no pictures this time, which is too bad, this was a very pretty meal.

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