Shopping with a two year old is always random, sometimes she’s very helpful and playful, sometimes she’s asleep on my back, sometimes she falls asleep on the boob while gracefully snuggled in the carrier and then there are those times when she doesn’t sleep….she gets cranky, wants to run around and make funny or loud noises, throw every item in the basket on the floor…. well needless to say, shopping isn’t always fun for a toddler…so I only go on Mondays. I like to plan Dinner for each day of the week and then buy random stuff for lunches and breakfast {i.e.: granola, oatmeal, eggs, broccoli, kale}….This is great because I have everything to make my meals and already know what I will be making so it doesn’t lead us to making bad decisions or eating out. That being said, Sundays are always the most creative during lunch time…This is partly because I don’t plan my lunches and I am left with very little ingredients mainly because Ava and Shane get their munchin on all day everyday {see what I did there Kayla lol}.

Looking from top slowly to the bottom, I was analyzing what I had left in the fridge. I had a few avocados, soaked black beans, tri colored carrots, squash & zucchini, a bell pepper and tortillas. Well tacos it is I guess. I normally just throw my beans in with my cooked veggies, however today I felt like doing something different…honestly I’m glad I did, these tacos turned out delicious and leaving you feeling satisfied without the so-full-i-cant-take-deep-breaths feeling. I worked on this recipe a few times after to make it the perfect lunch!

Vegan Tacos with Black Bean Avocado Spread


 

ingredients:

Black Bean Avocado Spread

  • 2 cups Black Beans {soaked}
  • 1 avocado {peeled, pitted, chopped}
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/16 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup salsa

Taco filling

  • 3 carrots {I used a variation of colored carrots} {shredded}
  • 2 parsnips {shredded}
  • 1 zucchini or yellow squash {shredded}
  • 1/2 onion {chopped or sliced}
  • 1 bell pepper {cut in half and sliced, fajita sized slices}
  • 1/4 cup Ghee or Coconut oil
  • 1/2 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp salt

Taco Toppings {optional}

  • franks!
  • chopped lettuce
  • vegan cheese

Method:
1. In a small sauce pan, add your beans and vegetable broth, bring to a simmer, continue to simmer for about 5-8 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, add the veggies in a large skillet with your ghee or oil on a medium heat.
3. Stir your beans and start to mash about half of the beans and add your spices, keep at a low simmer, stirring occasionally.

4. Add the spices to your veggie mix as well and continue to stir for about for about3-5 minutes then set aside.
5. Add your avocado in and start to finish mashing, I mash about 90% because I like it chunky, mash more or less according to your preference of texture. Once finished mashing, add the salsa, mix and set aside.
6. Warm your tortillas, spread your bean/avocado spread, fill your taco up with veggies and top with your tasty toppings {FRANKS, seriously its the best thing ever}.

 

I hope that you and your loved ones enjoy this meal as much as we did. Super simple and packed with nutrients to keep you going throughout your beautiful day!

 

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Ashleigh is a stay at home mom who enjoys blogging about balancing the mind through meditation and conscious parenting, the body through plant based eating and yoga, and the soul through up cycling and sustainability. Keep your life balanced & subscribe to her weekly emails, like OmLivin’ on FB or check her out on Google+ for more.

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