Taco Tuesday

Taco Tuesday

I have decided to re-name today, and every Tuesday from here on in, Taco Tuesday! Who doesn’t love tacos? Especially on a drab Tuesday… They are tasty, easy and best of all MESSY!

Mexican spiced pork with a hint of smokey barbeque (or barbecue / BBQ?) served in a crispy corn tortilla shell and topped with avocado. These are great for dinner parties as everyone gets stuck in and makes their own. They are also perfect for kids as they will love assembling. Gluten and wheat free too. Let’s get down to business……

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • ½ red onion – diced
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2tsp ground cumin
  • 1lb / 500g pack lean pork mince
  • 1 ¼ cup / 300ml passata
  • 5 tbsp barbecue sauce
  • 14oz / 400g can black beans – drained and rinsed
  • Small bunch cilantro (coriander) – chopped
  • 8 taco shells
  • 1 ripe avocado – peeled and sliced
  • ½ iceberg lettuce – finely shredded
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Sour cream and grated cheddar – to serve (optional)

Method

  1. In a large frying pan add the oil and when hot add the onion. Add the spices and cook for one minute then add the pork ensuring to break up the mince so it separates, stir until cooked through (it will go white)
  2. Add the BBQ sauce and passata along with four tablespoons of water. Turn the heat up until the sauce starts to bubble and thickens slightly then add the beans. Stir through the cilantro.
  3. Heat the corn tortillas then fill with the pork and bean mixture top with shredded lettuce, avocado, cherry tomatoes, cheddar (if using) and spoon over some sour cream

If this doesn’t cheer you up on a Tuesday I don’t know what will. Tomorrow being Wednesday we will have a day of full eat’s ahead with some more new recipes.

What is your go to food when you’re feeling miserable?

 

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Marinaded Chicken Skewers

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These chicken skewers are so simple and really are so much nicer than anything you would buy out of a packet. Let the chicken marinade for as long as you possibly can, overnight would be great but I know this doesnt suit busy people. As long as the chicken has at least 2 hours in the marinade it will tenderize and flavour the chicken brilliantly.

These are also great for the Summer BBQs! You can change the veggies on the skewers to whatever suits you personally. I love the peppers, onions and cherry tomato combination. The meat can be changed also, King Prawns would work great.

Marinade:

  • 2 Tbsp of low fat natural yogurt
  • Tsp paprika
  • Tsp turmeric
  • Tbsp Lemon juice
  • Tsp Garlic Powder

Skewers:

  • 2 Chicken Breasts, trimmed and cut in to large chunks
  • 1 Red onion halved then quartered (I also had 3 baby onions from our vegetable patch I used)
  • 1/4 Red Pepper, cut in to large pieces
  • 1/4 Yellow Pepper, cut in to large pieces
  • 8 Cherry tomatoes
  • Spray Oil
  • 4 long wooden skewers soaked in water for at least half an hour

Instructions:

Mix the marinade ingredients together and add the Chicken Chunks, marinade for as long as possible

Pierce the veggies and chicken on to the skewers.

Put tinfoil on to a baking tray and spay with oil, place the skewers on the foil and spray with oil also

Cook under a preheated grill for 15-20 minutes turning occasionally

Serve with homemade oven cooked potato wedges or a tossed salad or both

Perfect Chicken Skewers!

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