And the New England weather strikes again!
Dun dun duuunnn
Ok, for all of you who aren’t blessed with Boston weather, this summer has been weird! hot, cold, humid, rainy, dry- it’s ridiculous. It makes planning a menu for the coming week difficult!
Last week was pretty humid so I decided that I would definitely be able to fit some grilling in during the week. Well, Tuesday, when I went to light up the grill, it was drizzling, cool and super windy. Lighting my mini charcoal grill with matches was um, a bit challenging! My roommate, Allie, came to my rescue though and schooled me on grill lighting. After he helped, I had the grill blazing within 5 minutes! Of course, with the wind, I was 92% sure I was going to burn my apartment down. I caught myself staring at the dancing flames with huge eyes, shoulders tense, knuckles white while gripping some fancy tong thingies, just waiting for something to catch fire. BUT we all survived and I had a wicked yummy dinner to show for it.
Not that these pictures do my yummy veggy tacos justice. The fact is, I failed you in the picture area again my friends. My achilles heel in food photography seems to be mexican food. Remember my chimichangas? yeah…I still blame the refried beans…
Grilled Veggie Tacos
from Crockpot 356
- 1 pound black beans, soaked overnight, then drained*
- 6 cups veggy broth
- 6 cloves garlic, smashed and chopped
- 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, or 2 cups fresh chopped tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 avocado
- 1/2 tsp lime juice
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 summer squash
- 1 zucchini
- 2 portobello mushroom caps, stems removed and cleaned
- 3 TBSP olive oil
- Mrs Dash Fiesta Lime Seasoning (find it in the spices section of any grocery store)
- skewers (optional)
- small taco shells (I used corn this time but I prefer flour. They hold together a little better)
- salsa (fresh salsa would taste great with this or I used Stir It Up Cuisine’s Pepper Jelly with Lime. I bought it at the Farmer’s market on Sunday and it is seriously delicious! I believe Stonewall Kitchen has something similar)
- vegan cheese
- fresh tomatoes
Slather your freshly cooked beans, grilled veggies, guacamole and other toppings onto your taco shell and enjoy dinner!!
Seriously? Why does that mushroom at the top of the picture look so weird??
This recipe seems long and complicated but the great thing is, it really comes together pretty fast. The beans cook over night and while your at work and the veggies cook up pretty quickly on the grill. While they are cooking you can make the guacamole. And it doesn’t require you to heat your oven up!
Plus, you can substitute in almost any veggies you find at your local farmers market- peppers, onion, different mushrooms, tomatoes, etc. Yeah for summer food!
I hope everyone has a great weekend!