Fried Avocado Tacos With A Beet & Orange Salsa

I love tacos, I could eat them every day! I’ve tried a ton of different variations, but was intrigued recently when I saw a recipe with fried avocado and decided to try it out. I made a sweet and tangy beet and orange salsa to go with it- which was pretty damn good if you ask me! I also made a spicy Greek yogurt sauce to top my tacos with, instead of the usual mayo based kind. Aside from the oil, everything else in the taco is pretty healthy! I was going to try frying the avocados with coconut oil but wasn’t sure what it would taste like, so for this first time around I stuck to regular vegetable oil. Overall a nice Wednesday night meal…

Ingredients: (makes 4 tacos)
4 medium sized flour tortillas
1 large avocados
Panko breadcrumbs
1 large egg, whisked
Vegetable oil
2 beets, roasted and finely chopped
1 navel orange, segmented and finely chopped
1/2 red onion, minced
1 tablespoon jalapeno, seeds removed and minced
Small handful fresh cilantro, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
3/4 cup Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon hot sauce
Salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Peel beets and cut into chunks. Place on a baking sheet, drizzle with a little olive oil, and bake for about 30 minutes or until fork tender. Remove from oven and let cool a little before finely chopping. Place in a bowl and toss together with the chopped oranges, onion, jalapeno, cilantro and lime juice. Salt and pepper to taste and set aside.

To fry your avocado slices, start by having your little station ready with a bowl of panko (seasoned with salt and pepper) and a separate bowl for your whisked egg. Heat the vegetable oil in a large frying pan. Dip your avocado slices in egg, toss and coat well with the panko, then place in the frying pan. Cook for 1 minute on each side or until golden brown. Place on a paper towel lined plate until ready to assemble you tacos. Lastly, mix your Greek yogurt in a small bowl with the hot sauce and also set aside.

To assemble your tacos, place a few slices of fried avocado on your tortilla, followed by the beet and orange salsa, then top with some spicy Greek yogurt. Wrap it up and eat! When I’m not being lazy I like to char my tortillas over my gas stove a little as well…it’s easy and definitely adds a nice touch!



Roasted Romanesco and Potato Soup

Romanesco broccoli is one of the prettiest vegetables out there. I almost didn’t want to eat it because I loved the way it looked so much! It tastes like broccoli and cauliflower had a baby. Simply roasting it in the oven with some olive oil is really good, but I decided to go one step further and make a soup. This week it finally started getting cooler outside, so a big bowl of soup sounded perfect. For a quick topping, I make some easy Parmesan crisps in the oven!

1 head romanesco, florets chopped
1 large garlic clove, minced
3 cups chicken stock
2 Yukon potatoes, peeled and cubed
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon onion powder (or 1/2 real onion)
Extra salt and black pepper to finish
Parmesan cheese, grated

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the chopped romanesco on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and drizzle with olive oil. Roast for 30 minutes. In the meantime, saute the garlic for about a minute or so in a large pot. Add the potato, chicken stock, white pepper, salt, and onion powder. Cook until potatoes are fork tender. When the romanesco is ready, mix that into the soup as well. At this point, you can either put the contents into a blender and blend until smooth, or if you have an immersion blender like I do, you can use that! Once fully blended, add the Greek yogurt (don’t let soup come to a boil again) and salt and pepper to taste.

To make the Parmesan crisps, simply form the cheese into a rectangular shape on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and broil for 2 minutes or until the edges are crispy and golden. Cut into strips or place the whole crisp into the soup!

**My intention was to add an onion to the soup, but once I got started I realized I didn’t have one! I used the onion powder in its absence which worked out okay. If I had the onion though, I would have cooked it down with the garlic until translucent, then added the potato etc.

Fresh Nectarine Muffins

YUM. I haven’t made muffins in a while and I have no idea why that is. They are so good! Especially straight out of the oven with a little butter on top. These took no time to make and were nice and moist with the fruit inside. Instead of using buttermilk I went for Greek yogurt instead, which was a nice substitute!

Ingredients: (adapted from Pinch My Salt)
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups plain Greek yogurt
3/4 cup light brown sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup fresh nectarines, diced

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients- flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together the yogurt, brown sugar, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla extract. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir until just combined, then add the nectarines. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin or line with paper cups and add the mixture evenly to each. They will fill almost to the top. Place in oven for 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean!