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?

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Red Lentil Tacos

Red Lentil Tacos

It’s all about the first impression.

A while ago, I tried out a (bad) lentil taco recipe, and forever dismissed lentils and tacos as being all wrong for each other in terms of flavor and texture.

WRONG. (That’s me making the buzzer sound. Sometimes I get frustrated with how many sounds I apparently use to communicate that just don’t come across when typed.)

Red Lentil Tacos

Anyway, it turns out that lentils and tacos are so totally RIGHT for each other. It just took me far too long to discover it because of the rude first impression lentil tacos made on me. I don’t know what got me thinking about them again, but I recently gave them another shot, and discovered there are a few secrets to making my ideal lentil taco:

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Chipotle Honey Sweet Potato and Black Bean Salsa

Chipotle Honey Sweet Potato and Black Bean Salsa

Betcha didn’t think I’d have a recipe for you today, did ya?

I’m as surprised as anyone. But I’m also happy to be back in the kitchen so I can share some more healthy recipes with you.

Chipotle Honey Sweet Potato and Black Bean Salsa

I love the holidays, and I definitely feel recharged after taking a nice long vacation and spending time with family. Buuut I have to say I’m also glad to be getting back to my normal routine, a.k.a. not eating my weight in cookies every day of the week. I love eating cookies! But after a while, my body begs for a break.

And if that break comes in the form of chips and salsa? I’ll take it.

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Peach Guacamole

Peach Guacamole

Well friends, it’s peach season, and that means I, like every other food blogger, am adding peaches to everything.

But this peach guacamole is not just my attempt to be a bandwagon peach lover; I’ve actually been saving this recipe on my “to-cook” (well… to-mash) list for quite some time. And when the first little Utah peaches appeared in my farm box last week, I knew the time had come.

Peach Guacamole

A few months ago at work, we got on the topic of my friend’s ex-girlfriend. Or maybe we were talking about food (we usually are). In any case, he mentioned that he didn’t like this ex-girlfriend much, but that she made this awesome peach guacamole – just regular guacamole with chunks of peach mixed in.

I had one of those culinary moments (they happen so often) where my mind just explodes. Whaaaat, peaches in guacamole?! I didn’t know you could dooooo that.

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Chipotle Black Bean and Tomato Quesadilla

The Laughing Cow® provided me with the product featured in this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own and do not necessarily reflect those of the brand.

Chipotle Black Bean and Tomato Quesadillas

I am loving the quesadilla thing recently.

Hot, crispy, cheesy, and bursting with flavor.

And how could you not love an easy meal that takes 10 minutes to get to your plate?

That’s right, you couldn’t.

Chipotle Black Bean and Tomato QuesadillasSometimes I want a quesadilla loaded down with nothing but cheese. But often, especially this time of year, I’d rather prepare something with light, fresh flavors instead of such heavy ones. 

So I was very pleased when the lovely folks at The Laughing Cow offered to send me a few of their cheeses to try out. Yum! Just the thing I had in mind. One wedge was perfect for holding a quesadilla together, making it creamy and delicious, but still qualifying it as a light dinner.

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