Lately we have been consciously trying to eat more vegetables and add more greens to our diet. But its usually a hard sell with the husband. Although I wouldn't describe him as as vegetable averse, he sees them as more of a condiment than a main ingredient and is extremely skilled at eating around them.
That all changed when I started making vegetable based tacos. When they are smushed into a tortillas and covered with salsa, he is happy to eat his fair share of vegetables and then some. We started with these Chipotle Zucchini and Black Bean Tacos with Cilantro Avocado Slaw. The zucchini is covered in a spice blend featuring ancho chili powder, which is made from chipotle peppers. They are cooked until they begin to char and then paired with earthy black beans and the cool crunchy slaw. It's a perfect vegetarian meal that even meat eaters will love.
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Black Bean and Zucchini Tacos with Cilantro Avocado Slaw
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- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 2 U zucchini, chopped
- 1 tsp. ancho chili powder (chipotle chili powder)
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. paprika
- 1/2 tsp. oregano
- 1/4 tsp coriander
- 14 oz. canned black beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 cups coleslaw mix
- 1 U avocado
- 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
- 2 U green onions, chopped
- 3 tbsp. lime juice (or more)
- 1/2 tsp. cumin
- Salt and pepper
- 8 U corn tortillas
Toss the zucchini with the chili powder, salt, paprika, oregano, and coriander.
Toss together the coleslaw, cilantro, and green onions. Season with salt, pepper, and cumin, Add lime juice and gently massage with your hands to soften the cabbage. Add avocado. Season with salt and pepper.
Heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the zucchini in a single layer. Cook for 3-4 minutes until beginning to char. Flip and cook on the other side. Remove and set aside. Add the black beans and cook 2-3 minutes until warm.
Heat the tortillas on the grill or stove top. Stuff with zucchini, black beans, and cilantro avocado slaw.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.
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