Lunch was super exciting! (You already saw our luscious breakfast of healthy blueberry muffins). I saw this recipe for creamy taco mac on The Way the Cookie Crumbles when I was doing research for Cookie Friday! My life is rough, right? We were fortunate to get the last avocado at Midtown. I miss the giant avocadoes in the DR!! Those things were the best. I have the sweetest memory of downing them in Yoalba’s kitchen with vinegar and salt! YUM!
Here’s the recipe:
Creamy Taco Mac (adapted from Delish via Annie’s Eats and from Cook’s Illustrated’s Skillet Lasagna recipe)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped small
1 red pepper, chopped small
3 medium cloves garlic, minced or pressed through a garlic press (about 1 tablespoon)
1 tablespoon ground chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon ground cayenne
16 ounces dry pasta
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
2 cups water
1 (30-ounce) can black beans, drained
1 (7-ounce) container Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons cilantro
1 avocado, diced (optional)
1. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add the onion, pepper, and ½ teaspoon salt and cook until the onion begins to brown, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and spices and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
2. Add the pasta, diced tomatoes with juices, water, and beans. Cover and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is tender, about 20 minutes.
3. In a small bowl, stir about half of the simmering pasta mixture into the yogurt. Stir this tempered yogurt into the pasta. Cover and simmer over low heat until heated, 2-3 minutes. Sprinkle with cilantro and avocado, if using. Serve.
We really loved it, and I couldn’t help myself going back for seconds! The addition of Greek yogurt was really sensational!
Grapes are great!
So far, my random Googling has not turned up anything negative about the Vitamin Zero. *Crossing my fingers.* It’s pretty refreshing!
Panera Bread helped us out with dinner tonight. I had the Pick Two (LOVE that option) of Thai Chicken Salad and Lemon Chicken-Orzo Soup. I was loving the soup! It made me dream of this winter when I will get to experiment with soups. Trust me when I say that’s the ONLY thing I’m excited for about winter! I couldn’t quite finish the salad. I’ve been wimping out lately! As you can see, I applied my drinking Diet Coke at restaurants rule once again. Oh, well. I’m improving! It was a delicious day!