Spicy Mango High Protein Tacos

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If you enjoy a twist on traditional Mexican food, you will love these tacos! Filled to the brim with black beans and tofu (or the meat of your choice), these tacos are bursting with protein and flavor! The ingredients list was enough to make 10 very full, small corn tortilla tacos. I fed Dev and I twice.  The way I made this originally was completely vegan and gluten free. Feel free to modify the recipe to your taste buds and lifestyle. If you are going to add meat to this recipe, I recommend a nice pulled pork to soak up the flavor and complement the mango! 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 can of  black beans 
  • 1 can of corn 
  • 1 mango
  • 2 avocados 
  • Pickapeppa Spicy Mango Sauce 
  • 1 block of Extra Firm Tofu or 1 lb of meat
  • 1 tbsp of Chili powder
  • 1 tsp of cumin
  • 1 tsp of garlic powder
  • 1 tsp of onion powder
  • Corn tortillas
  • Optional addition: Diced purple onions, green onions, and lettuce 

Directions: 

1. At least an hour before you plan to cook, but up to a day before, press your tofu to drain the water. I did this with several sheets of paper towels on both sides by setting my cast iron skillet on top of the tofu for about 20 minutes. I had to replace the paper towels once because they were soaked through. 

2. Cut tofu into bite sizes, whatever that means to you is perfect. 

3. Toss the tofu in the mixture of chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, and onion powder. Let this marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. 

4. When you are ready to cook, heat up your skillet. I used a cast iron skillet. Cook the tofu until it is warm and the outside is turning a little brown. 

5. When the tofu is done, either take it out or shove it all to one side. It depends on how big your skillet is. I pushed all the tofu to half of my skillet. Then, dump the corn and black beans in (both drained free of liquid) and heat them up. 

6. Slice up your avocado and mango. 

7. Throw all of your ingredients on your tacos (which I microwave for about 15 seconds to get them nice and pliable). 

8. Add Pickapeppa sauce to taste! 

Sara's Open-face Monte Cristo Sandwich

Brunch is my favorite meal. I love playing with eggs as my protein of choice, since I'm a poor college student. Today, I had a bit of left over ham from Christmas and found gouda on sale at my local grocery store. With a bit of imagination, I made my own Monte Cristo. 

Ingredients: 

Ham, sliced or in small chunks

Gouda cheese

1 slice of gluten-free sandwich bread (I used Glutino, but my favorite is Schar.)

1 egg

1-2 tsp of jam (I like strawberry.)

Step One: Place bread in the oven to toast, unless you are special and have a toaster, unlike me. You could also pan fry it, your choice. 

Step Two: Put your ham in a skillet and fry it until hot. 

Step Three: When your bread is lightly toasted, spread on some jam and put the ham on top. Add gouda (grated) on top of the ham and put it back in the oven to melt.

Step Four: Fry your egg. I like mine over easy, as you know. 

Step Five: Take your toast out of the oven, top it with the egg, and enjoy with a fork! 

 

 

Christmas Cookies

These light (and no, not in the fat content sense), buttery, sweet little wafers will melt in your mouth. Plus, shortbread is perfect for making gluten free because it's supposed to be a little crumbly. I don't even bother making wheat shortbread cookies anymore because everyone likes these just as much, if not more. Shortbread is my husband's favourite Christmas treat, and he is just as happy with these GF ones instead.

Gouda Grits with Eggs and Peppers

I loooove adding gouda to my grits. Grits and eggs is soul food in my southern family, but I like to put a spin on it with bell peppers and green onions. 

Ingredients: 

  • grits for as many people as you are serving
  • 1 or 2 eggs per person
  • 1/4 bell pepper per person
  • handful of green onions per person 
  • Tony's Creole Seasoning 
  • 1/2 cup of Gouda cheese per person 

Step 1: Follow cooking instructions on the container of grits. 

Step 2: Sautee bell peppers and set them aside for later. 

Step 3: Fry eggs. I like mine over easy. 

Step 4: Add grits to a bowl and stir in Gouda cheese. Put eggs, bell peppers, and green onions on top and sprinkle with Tony's. Enjoy!