home sweet taco salad

The dogs know they’re home.  Their toys are here, their beds are here, our things are here, familiar smells are here, and they love their new yard.  We are slowly feeling like we’re at home as well.  Although, it’s still hard to believe we won’t be moving again for at least a few years!

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The look of a happy dog.  This is about as happy-looking as she gets!

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Even though the kitchen is still in the works, and our 3rd bedroom is out of commission, things are feeling homey.  Boxes are being emptied, clothes are put away, and somehow I’m still cooking!

This was the scene of last night’s dinner.  I can’t fit my light box on this table, while it’s being used as a counter, but I am using my light box lights to help brighten things up!  I have both of them pointed away from the food, for indirect light. 

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I even broke out my Vita-mix tonight.  Dinner plans were for taco salads, and I just had to make my nacho cheeze sauce.  I eat this stuff by the spoonful, and you would too.  Trust me!

[Indirectly lit, with daylight light bulbs.]

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We both enjoyed salad beasts for dinner.  We typically eat kale chips or a salad with every dinner, but typically it’s not the whole meal.  This was filled with protein, healthy fats, had a great bold flavor, and a creamy + crunchy texture.  Everything I am always looking for!

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Chris couldn’t even finish his, so I stepped in to help him out. ;)

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What all is in this beast of a bowl?

Taco Salad Night [serves 1]

  • 1 serving organic blue corn tortilla chips
  • 1/2 avocado
  • ~5c loosely packed spinach
  • 2/3c black beans [cooked, frozen, + thawed]
  • 1/4c organic chipotle salsa
  • ~1/4c nacho cheeze sauce [packed with nutrition!]
  1. Make cheeze sauce.  [heat if desired]
  2. Heat any or all components of the salad.  I hated the black beans and cheese sauce but kept everything else cold. 
  3. Add toppings + scarf!

*Feel free to add other things like fresh chopped peppers, onions, jalapeno, tomatoes, tempeh, tofu, quinoa, millet, etc.

The sauce took about 5min to throw together and the rest of the salad about 3-5min.  Dinner in under 10min?  How can you beat that?

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Vegan, gluten-free, dairy free goodness.  Husband approved!