Taco Night Sweepstakes

I am so excited to announce my Taco Night Sweepstakes which starts today!  You can simply submit an original taco, guacamole or salsa recipe using Avocados from Mexico as an ingredient.

There will be one Terrific Taco Winner announced on my blog on November the 1st who will be awarded a $100 iCard.  But that’s only half of it…there is a chance to also win a $25 iCard every Thursday via Twitter, too…You can spread the word for my Taco Night Sweeps via Twitter and Facebook to encourage others to enter.

How exciting is this? I know all of you have some fabulously delicious avocado recipes so get started and whip up a delicious dish to enter my Taco Night sweepstakes.

All recipes should be submitted as a comment in the ‘comments’ section or as a link in the ‘comments’ section of this post.   The sweepstakes is open from today thru October the 29th.

On November 1st, one winner will be chosen using a random number generator software program and then announced on my blog for a $100 iCard.

You can tweet about this contest using the hashtag #taconight and you can also post about the contest on your Facebook page.  Every Thursday night, you can participate in the Twitter promotion by tweeting a photo of your ‘Taco Night’ to @Guacgrl.

The first 5 tweets each Thursday will receive a $25 iCard!

Participation is free and recipes will not be judged.  Limit one entry per person, per blog site.  Recipe submission is not a requirement for entry.

Speaking of Avocados…Here are two of my favorite ‘Avocado-Inspired’ recipes:

Zucchini n’ Avocado Hummus

Mango n’ Avocado Salsa

I am looking forward to seeing all of your comments n’ recipes…

What are you cookin’ up with your Taco Night?

Please note, as required by the Federal Trade Commission, I am running at the request of Avocados from Mexico, for which I will receive $100 gift card in appreciation.


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Get Those Kids Cookin’…

Ever wonder how to get your kids involved in the kitchen? Here are a few tips that I offer to my clients…whether you have young children, nieces, nephews, neighbors, family or friends…these tips are sure to get your little ones active and entertained in the kitchen.


  • Cucumber Caterpillar: Slices of cucumber held together with natural peanut butter. Place the Caterpillar on ‘greens’ to look like grass.
  • Taco or Burrito Bar: Serve brown rice, black beans, onions, hot peppers, sprouted grain or gluten free tortillas, broccoli, arugula, cauliflower, guacamole and  salsa.  Add nuts, seeds and spices in tiny serving dishes to jazz up the flavors!
  • Salad Bar: Spin your greens in a salad spinner, then dress dry greens with a lime dressings made by combining sesame oil, fresh lime juice, low-sodium tamari, cayenne pepper, agave nectar, balsamic vinegar and water.
  • Mashed Potato Parfaits- Sweet Potatoes, Parsnips and carrots mixed together…topped with raisins, cinnamon, shredded coconut and agave nectar
  • Individual Pizzas: Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.  Choose gluten free or sprouted whole grain tortillas, caramelized onions, spinach, red onion, mushrooms, kalamata olives, artichokes, fresh basil, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  Add each ingredient atop each tortilla and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Panini Party: Gluten Free or sprouted whole grain bread, SoyaKaas Gluten Free/Dairy Free cheese, tomato slices, eggplant slices, fresh basil leaves, balsamic vinegar, avocado, zucchini and squash slices.  Add all ingredients to 2 slices of bread.  Place onto a panini maker (sprayed with cooking spray); cook until cheese is melted and veggies are warm and cooked.  Dip into marinara (red) sauce.
  • Stir-Fry: Switch up your usual recipe with unique grains such as millet, quinoa or buckwheat.
  • Fruit Salad: Add exotic fruits to spice up the flavors.  Use a melon baller and serve in a wine glass to add to the allure of this meal.  Add a dollop of plain Greek yogurt atop each fruit salad serving and sprinkle with cinnamon and stevia.
  • Slaw Wraps: Cabbage, celery, carrots, bok choy, mushrooms, peppers, snap peas, bean sprouts, snow peas, green beans and Napa Slaw can easily be combined and wrapped in rice paper.  Liven up this dish by pairing it with a special sauce of grapefruit juice, ginger, balsamic vinegar, lemonade and seeds such as pumpkin and sunflower.  Toss with fresh apples or cumin roasted chick peas.  Adding berries such as blackberries, raspberries and cherries add a nice antioxidant punch to these wraps.
  • Peanut Butter Chicken Fajitas: The best way to make a good peanut sauce is by combining organic peanut butter, fresh ginger, cayenne pepper, agave nectar and low-sodium tamari/soy sauce.
  • Frozen Basil and Banana Pops: Blend together 2 cups ice, 2 cups fresh basil leaves, 1 ripe banana, 1 cup fresh mint leaves, 1 1/2 cups water, 1/2 cup agave nectar in a blender.  Blend well and pour into glasses! This is a wonderful treat for a healthy dessert!

Have fun and experiment with some of my ideas above…Getting the kids active in the kitchen is fun…and who knows, your kids may just start to ‘enjoy’ their veggies!!!

Tasty, Tangy Taco Supreme

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I made these tangy soft tacos last night and I couldn’t resist sharing them with all of you.  The touch of cilantro and lime juice tops these babies off with a pungent kick that will have your taste buds dancin’…(the secret that makes this dish so fantastic is the crushed peanuts cooked with your choice of protein)…Let me know your thoughts!

Ingredients

  • Protein Source Options: (Ground Chicken, Ground Beef, Ground Turkey, Ground Bison, Tofu, Egg, Tempeh, Seitan, Beans, Refried Beans, or Grilled Veggies…the options are endless)
  • 1/4 cup crushed Peanuts (or 1/4 cup All Natural Nut Butter)
  • 1/2 White onion, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 Red onion, roughly chopped
  • 4 Cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 10 Cherry tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 Bunch Cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 Fresh Avocado, sliced
  • Tortillas of Choice (sprouted grain, whole wheat)
  • SoyaKaas Gluten Free/Dairy Free Cheese (Cheddar) sliced for topping
  • Tofutti Sour Cream for topping
  • Scallions for topping
  • 1/2 Cup Olives, sliced for topping
  • 3 Limes, sliced in wedges (squeeze juice for topping)
  • 1/2 Jar Organic Salsa Verde
  • Nu-Salt (Salt free substitute)/ Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar
  • Optional Condiments of choice: Hot Sauce, Crushed Red Pepper

Directions

  • Cook your desired protein with the crushed peanuts and 1 Tbsp. olive oil in a skillet on medium heat. 
  • In seperate skillet, add 1 Tbsp.  olive oil and  1Tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar with the onions, garlic, and Nu-Salt/pepper to taste. Cook for 5 minutes on medium heat. 
  • Remove from heat. Add tomatoes, cilantro, olives, protein choice, avocado slices and fresh squeezed lime juice. 
  • Heat tortillas in a pan or the oven and serve warm.
  • Place your desired protein in the center of the tortilla and add the mixture from the skillet on top. 
  • Have fun with your toppings of Tofutti Sour Cream, SoyaKaas cheese, salsa and scallions.
  • Enjoy!