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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Inspiralized Black Bean and Butternut Squash Noodle Tacos!

Vegetarian friends,
and Meatless Monday Menu Searchers... 
you are going to love this one. 

Ali over at posted this picture on Instagram one day and I was sold.
Butternut squash spiralized noddles are my favorite.  And I love anything in a lettuce wrap (especially Cheesecake Factory's Lettuce Wraps). 

 This combination of spices, sweet and savory butternut squash, feta, black beans and cilantro, with a kick of the jalapeno makes this a tasty meal. 

Black Bean and Butternut Squash Noodle Tacos

I decided I was going to replicate this yummy dish for a healthy delicious lunch.  
And share it with all of you!

First off, you are going to need a spiralizer.  
order yours off amazon here.

  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled, Blade C
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 large jalapeno pepper
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • ½ a lime
  • ½ small red onion
  • 1 15oz can black beans, rinsed, drained
  • 1/3 cup cilantro leaves, to garnish
  • 1/3 cup crumbled cotija or feta cheese

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Lay out the butternut squash noodles, drizzle with olive oil and season with cumin, smoked paprika, salt and pepper. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until al dente.
  2. While butternut squash is cooking, slice the jalapeno into thin slices, deseed and set aside. Slice the avocado in half, remove the core and mash the insides in a small bowl with the lime juice and set aside. Thinly slice the onion and set aside.
  3. When butternut squash is done, assemble the tacos. Lay down a bibb lettuce leaf and add in a spoonful of the mashed avocado. Top with butternut squash noodles and then onion slices, black beans, jalapeno slices, and cilantro. Finish with a crumbling of cheese.

This would make a great Meatless Monday dish, or even be perfect for a a party/gathering.
The cumin in this makes me love life. 
  Healthy Superbowl Sunday?  Add this to your list!

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