Black Bean Tacos

black bean tacos

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Hello friends, I am so happy you are here.

The recipe for black bean tacos I am sharing today is going to make you feel good – on so many levels!

  • Simple, Stress-free, Fuss-free cooking…oh joy – this is my kitchen mantra in a nut shell!!!
  • Grilling outdoors…happy!
  • Anything stuffed in a tortilla with “taco” attached…very happy!
  • Sweet potatoes…total calming comfort food!
  • Super healthy black beans – protein rich!
  • A vegetarian meal to make again and again

Eating complex carbohydrates (like sweet potatoes, whole grain breads and pastas, beans, and certain vegetables and fruits) can be very calming and soothing to a jazzed up nervous system. These foods act as a mild tranquilizer by increasing the amount of serotonin (YES – give me more of that please!), a calming neurotransmitter, in your brain. Complex carbs take longer to digest than sugary simple carbs (like white flour and sugar) so you stay fuller longer and your blood sugar is likely to stay steady, eliminating stress and anxiety and keeping your glycemic index in check (which regulates weight gain). Sweet Potatoes are also nutritionally dense containing high levels of vitamin A, vitamin C, and B vitamins. So…eat your sweet potatoes!  Stay tuned for more calming comfort food recipes in the coming weeks.

SHORTCUTS:

  • Buy sweet potatoes in pre-cut in a bag if your grocer carries them.  A little pricier but if it gets you on board the healthy train – I say do it!  Sometimes at the end of a busy day, knowing the chopping is done for you can make all the difference.  Take advantage of shortcuts.
  • Buy low-sodium black beans
  • Here’s a big one:  Use a microplane grater to cut garlic.  Mincing garlic is tedious and time consuming.  Using a grater is quick and easy.  Try it with ginger too.  OR, buy pre-cut garlic in a jar.
  • Buy a healthy organic jarred Salsa – there are tons on the market.  I love Herdez – even though it’s not organic – the ingredients are pure and few and it has NO sugar or sweetener.  The flavor is fresh and outstanding.

Black beans are a wonderful source of clean protein and packed with fiber too.  To keep life simple, I purchase low-sodium black beans in a can.  My kitchen mantra is Convenience + Healthy = A Healthy Compromise.  I live in the real world of busy schedules so eating Real Food in it’s purest form is often a challenge.  I take advantage of healthy shortcuts every chance I can and love knowing that I am still eating pretty darn healthy.

Thanks for visiting and listening. Wishing you a feel good day with the joy of black bean tacos!

Grilled Sweet Potato & Black Bean Tacos - Treat HSP anxiety by eating more complex carbohydrates and removing food allergens
 
Serves: 5-6 tacos
Ingredients
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, cubed (no need to remove skins) OR a pre-cut bagged
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ a jalapeno pepper, diced (use the whole pepper for extra heat)
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, grated on a microplane - EASY!
  • ½ a red onion, sliced
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces black beans
  • Juice of one lime
  • Corn tortillas - this recipe makes 5-6 tacos
  • Fresh cilantro to finish
  • Avocado slices
  • Salsa
Instructions
  1. Preheat your grill to medium
  2. In a large iron skillet, combine the coconut oil and sweet potatoes. Place on grill and close lid. Cook until slightly tender, stirring often so as not to burn. You may need to add a little water. Add the jalapeno, garlic, red onion, chili powder, oregano, cumin, and salt. Cook for a few minutes. Add the black beans and mix well. Finish with the lime juice. Remove skillet from grill and set aside.
  3. Brush the corn tortillas with olive oil, both sides. With a tong, place the tortillas on the grill flipping once for 20-30 seconds or until slightly charred.
  4. Assemble your happy tacos. Finish with avocado, cilantro, more lime juice, and any salsas desired.

 

 

4 replies
  1. sonny jon
    sonny jon says:

    Was re-listening to my audiobook, The Introvert Advantage by Marti Olsen Laney, a couple of days ago and she was mentioning the benefits of complex carbohydrates for introverts because of their time release, giving introverts the much needed sustained energy. The timing of your blog helps to reinforce that into my memory. Thanks, Lisa!

  2. lisa johnson
    lisa johnson says:

    Hi there Sonny! Thanks for your comment and you are welcome – glad I could provide that reinforcement! I will have to check out that audiobook. Take care!!

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