Kale & White Bean Tacos with Chipotle Fruit Salsa

Kale and White Bean Tacos with Chipotle Fruit Salsa

Let’s talk about being busy.

Busy-ness: I never thought I was one of those people that liked it. You know, the kind of person that fills their calendar to the brim with commitments until they have no room to breathe. I mean, I guess that’s everyone to a certain extent these days (and it’s certainly a hot topic), but frankly, I’m just too lazy to be one of the extreme cases.  I like to have time to myself; I hate the feeling of a million demands on me and my time.

But lately, I’ve started to think that maybe I’m more like those overcommitters than I thought. I’ve noticed that being busy makes me feel important and that, actually, I have no happy medium between busy-ness and boredom. If I’m not crazy-stressed, I’m automatically bored. What! How can this be?

Kale and White Bean Tacos with Chipotle Fruit Salsa

I’m mostly talking about my job here. At the beginning of a busy workday, I look at my calendar and I’m filled with dread. Whyyy do I have 6 hours of meetings? How am I going to survive, and what am I going to have to skip out on tonight so I can finish my work? But at the end of that day, sure I might feel stressed from the sheer volume of work to be done, and sure I might have to get takeout instead of cooking the meal I had planned, and sure I might dream about work that night (like every night. seriously.), but the work all gets done eventually. And I actually feel somewhat accomplished and valuable at the end of that day.

Take a slow day, on the other hand. Nothing on my calendar. This is awesome! I am going to get so caught up! False. I end up feeling useless, and I sure get a lot less done than when my calendar is full.

Kale and White Bean Tacos with Chipotle Fruit Salsa

I’m not quite sure where I’m going with this – it’s just been on my mind lately. The main conclusion for me might actually be to embrace busy-ness, and realizing that a crazy meeting schedule actually isn’t the end of the world. All my life I’ve dreaded having too many demands on my time, and now I’m realizing, hey, maybe I actually enjoy that. Maybe I can look at a packed calendar at the beginning of the day and rejoice! Cause I’m going to feel soooo useful.

But enough of that. Here’s a weeknight meal that I actually did get the chance to come home and cook – Kale and White Bean Tacos.

Kale and White Bean Tacos with Chipotle Fruit Salsa

The best part of these tacos is oooobviously the chipotle fruit salsa that I piled on top. That stuff is worth its weight in gold, and it’s the perfect condiment to dress up a very healthy taco. I mean, kale and beans? That is almost too much nutrition for one tortilla to handle! So lest healthy become boring or flavorless, we are loading on the fruit salsa. And that just hits the spot!

One recipe of the fruit salsa is more than you’ll need here, but I say, hey, make the whole thing. If you have leftovers, you know what to do…

Kale and White Bean Tacos with Chipotle Fruit Salsa

Can I also just mention that I also went a little crazy with the kale?

Kale and White Bean Tacos with Chipotle Fruit Salsa

I <3 kale. So I used 6 leaves of it. If you want extremely green tacos like these, stick with 6 leaves. If not, you could cut it down to 3 or 4 and have a higher bean-to-kale ratio. I’ve made it that way too, and I think it’s pretty delicious no matter what.

I hope you get the chance to take a few minutes out of your busy day and make these tacos! After all, cooking is great for stress relief… as long as someone else does the dishes.

Kale and White Bean Tacos with Chipotle Fruit Salsa

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Kale & White Bean Tacos with Chipotle Fruit Salsa
 
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Yields: about 10 small tacos to feed 2-3
Ingredients
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 of a large red onion, diced
  • 14-oz can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 4-6 leaves curly kale, rinsed and sliced into ribbons
  • corn tortillas, warmed
  • chipotle fruit salsa
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a large non-stick pan over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until beginning to soften, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add beans, water and spices. Stir together and cook just until beans are heated through.
  3. Add kale. Toss with bean mixture until kale is bright green and beginning to wilt. Taste and adjust spices as necessary.
  4. To serve, spoon kale and bean mixture onto warm tortillas. Top with chipotle fruit salsa. Enjoy!

 

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Comments

  1. says

    Isn’t it crazy how much less we accomplish when our schedules aren’t as busy?! I’ll never understand it but it’s true.

    At least you had time for delicious tacos! The more green, the better!

  2. says

    I totally feel you on the biznatch…I’m typically way too busy or not busy enough. It’s so hard to come to a balance! I’m loving these easy flavorful tacos! That fruit salsa?! UGH! Love these! Fingers crossed you get some free time to relax this weekend!

  3. says

    Finding the middle ground can be hard. And sometimes you do just have to embrace the busy, feel super useful and focus on the positives of being busy. Then you can kick back and enjoy the quiet times even more!
    And yes, tacos really do help in these situations too :)

  4. says

    I feel the same way about my job — dread the busy days, but I am starting to dread the empty ones more. I’m an admin at a school, so with summer here, I find myself with huge stretches of 8-hour days and nothing to fill them with!

    …so I end up dreaming about these tacos and your other yummy posts :)

  5. says

    I can definitely relate here! I often feel quite stressed thinking out everything i have on and seeing how packed my diary is, but then when I block out any more than half an hour in my calendar to just do nothing, I get really bored! Im trying to find balance though and work on relaxing, so hopefully will get there ;)
    I love the look of your new blog by the way, Im just catching up on reading blogs after having a month or so off whilst on holiday and I love it, it looks amazing!

  6. says

    If I’m ‘free’ I love doing absolutely nothing – it’s hard to catch up when you’re exhausted from being busy! But this kind of stuff ebbs and flows, no?
    These look wonderful…I love the creamy texture of white beans!

  7. says

    This post made me laugh because I am so behind on blog reading (one of my favorite pass times) and feel totally over-committed and crazy busy. Cheers to being busy and still finding time to eating wonderful food. These tacos sound fabulous!

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