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Health Tip #18

Posted on 01/26/2018

WEEKLY HEALTH TIP - By Mrs. Best/P.E. Teacher - Health Tip #18  - 


Roasted Veggie Tacos With Chipotle Sauce

There is something so comforting about Mexican Food, in particular Tacos.  So much so, that Taco Tuesday has become a nationwide event. This recipe features a simple assortment of roasted vegetables: peppers, onions, and zucchini. Feel free to add your favorite veggies like portabello mushrooms, cauliflower, kale, and yes, even carrots! As well as, adding your favorite meat.

It’s all about the sauce… I am particularly excited about this Chipotle dressing because it's made with such clean and healthy ingredients. Usually, creamy sauces like this in the restaurants are made with mayonnaise as its base, but this sauce uses cashews, which is the main ingredient in making it creamy.

If you are not particularly fond of the smoky flavor, you can use the same base, and switch up the chipotle for fresh cilantro and cumin (and jalapeno if you like a little kick),  swap the lemon for lime, and you have yourself a fresh cilantro lime cream sauce!

Tacos

  • 1 large red onion cubed about 1/2"
  • 1 large yellow or red bell peppers seeded and cubed about 1/2"
  • 2 medium zucchini cubed about 1/2"
  • 6 Corn tortillas
  • 2-3 large leaves lettuce chopped, or use alfalfa sprouts

Chipotle Sauce

  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder or more to your liking
  • 2 Tbl tomato paste
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • salt to taste

Instructions:

Tacos

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Combine the chopped veggies on a lightly sprayed cookie sheet. Salt and pepper.
  3. Place into preheated oven and roast until they begin to brown and are softened about 20 minutes. Watch carefully.
  4. To assemble: place grilled veggies into warmed tortillas, top with avocado slices, chipotle sauce, and lettuce or alfalfa sprouts.

Chipotle Sauce

  1. Soak the cashews in 2/3 cup warm water for 30 minutes or more to soften. Rinse and set aside.
  2. Add them plus 2/3 cup fresh water to a high-powered blender and blend slowly at first and then on high until they are smooth.
  3. Add the chipotle chili powder, tomato paste, lemon juice and salt and blend until well combined. Pour into a small container for later.
  4. Serve with black beans.
  5. Feel free to add your own choice of meat.

ENJOY!

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