This is a hearty and tasty dish sure to please a wide variety of eaters. The flavours aren’t too bold but it’s definitely not bland.
This is going to be my lunch for the week. I’ve continued to eat like a nutritarian but being an emotional eater and a food addict I slowly put on some pounds over the years and was struggling to get rid of them. I discovered Bright Line Eating and after doing that for a little over two months I’ve lost a nice amount of weight and am feeling very much in control of my eating.
My success has been in planning and prepping my meals for the week and not deviating from the plan. This has kept me sane and I easily turn down anything that’s not my food because it’s not on my plan. I know it sounds too good to be true but that’s how my brain works and I don’t need any willpower most of the time…it’s automatic.
I hope you enjoy this recipe if you try it. To keep the stove free while making other food for me and the family I made this one in the instant pot.
Tuscan White Bean Stew
2 onions, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1.5 tsp rosemary
1.5 tsp basil
2 bay leaves
2 cubes salt free veggie bouillon
1 large can diced tomatos
3 cans white beans, drained
2 zucchinis, chopped and steamed
1 lb fresh spinach
Set the saute setting on the instant pot to low. Add the onions, carrots, peppers and celery and sautee with water until tender. Throw everything else into the pot except the zucchini and spinach.
Close the instantpot and set to chili/beans and adjust cooking time to 15 minutes. After the pot stops, let sit for 10 mins then release the pressure.
Add in the zucchini and the spinach and stir to combine well.
I LOVE salsa! Yep, I do. A good, tasty salsa can help with meal prep if you’re not too sure what to make or you’re pressed for time. Some steamed veggies, a cup of beans and a spoon or two of salsa and lunch or dinner is done…it’s really that easy. A bit of salsa mixed with guacamole or avocado and you’ve got a tasty, creamy salad dressing that is bursting with flavour. You can even jazz up plain hummus with a few spoons of tasty salsa.
Now…let me explain…I love a certain salsa that I pick up from a little shop that is two hours away from my house and costs $10 a jar. It’s worth it but I don’t typically drive out that far to get it. I enjoy it when I have it then I go without for a long time or I’ll make do with a quick and easy salsa that I can make myself.
This past weekend I decided to try to make something similar to the one I mention above so I could enjoy salsa more often.
I’ll keep trying to refine it but the first attempt came out very tasty and much cheaper. I’ve included what I did on my first attempt and the biggest difference is in a richness to the sauce. Maybe next time I’ll add a bit of tomato paste to the mix to help thicken it up.
1 onion, chopped
1 small green pepper, chopped
1 small red pepper, chopped
1 large can of diced tomatoes
1/4 tsp allspice
1 chipotle in adobo
4 medjdool dates
2 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
Sautée the onion until it is soft and caramelized. Add the peppers and cook them down until they are tender. I water sautée in a non-stick pan and whenever things get dry and start to stick I add some water and stir it around.
Add the diced tomatoes and allspice and let it simmer.
In a blender blend the chipotle, dates and apple cider vinegar with a little water to make it a paste. Dump it into the simmering salsa.
Once everything is well combined and the liquid has mostly evaporated stop cooking and let it cool.
Yield – Two pint jars
Yes…some things you’ll never be able to make the same and when you do they just don’t taste right. I have great news though…you can have a taco night and things are pretty good!
I love Mexican food…I love the flavours and when we recently had a Mexican Fiesta at home I didn’t want to be stuck eating just a salad so I got to work and made my own stuff for nutritarian tacos. Since I was already making so many different fillings for the meat eaters I didn’t want to have too much more to make so I used Yves Cuisine Mexican flavour ground round.
It was all awesome!
Here are some ideas for you if you’d trying to figure out how to have your own taco night.
Shells – whole wheat tortillas, lettuce leaves, even whole wheat pitas will work or skip the shell and make a taco salad with all the other items below!
Veggies – Tomatoes, lettuce, corn and whatever other things you like in your tacos
Meat – Veggie meat – you can opt for a commercial one if you’re pressed for time or make your own…there are great recipes for lentil or nut based taco meats. If you make your own you can cut down on sodium even more.
Guacamole – I make mine with avocados, chopped red onion, chopped tomatoes, cumin, lime juice and a dash of chipotle hot sauce…no specific measurements though..just wing it until it tastes rights
Cheese!! – ok, I know there are commercial cheese substitutes however I have a hard time paying so much for something that just doesn’t taste too good to me. You HAVE to try this nacho cheese recipe. It is tasty, economical and nut-free! I love it an it shreds up very well. Take a look at the picture of the “cheese” shreds.
Refried beans – I love this recipe. So easy and no added fats or oils.
With all these items you can have a lots of fun eating a similar meal with others if it’s taco night for a group.
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