Rainbow Taco Fiesta

Have you ever heard the saying “Keep it simple Stupid”?  Well, that is the motto I took with this recipe.  By Keeping the ingredients and spices to a minimum, this meal pulls together in no time, yet is so flavorful it will have you going back for seconds and thirds!  The ingredients are so high in antioxidants (clearly seen in the color of the food) it is like eating a rainbow – hence the name.  This simple dish was so delicious and quick it is has quickly become a staple in our home.  This meal not only has you covered when it comes to your health, it is suitable for first year FO pay; Now that is saying something!

Health:  Red cabbage, one of the most nutritious vegetables in the store due to its antioxidant and anthocyanins  content is also the healthiest food you can eat for the price!  We bring out the sweetness in the onion by softening it and preserve as many nutrients in the peppers as possible by cooking them just until tender.  The beans add in protein, fiber and are low glycemic.  Sprinkle with a little lime for Vit. C and a healthy dose of flavanones (know for their anticancer properties).  And finally top with avocado for a healthy dose of antioxidants, Vit. E, folate, potassium and magnesium all while increasing the nutrient absorption of fat soluble vitamins along with lutein from the tomatoes.  (Jo Robinson, Eating On The Wild Side)

 

Ingredients:

  • Peppers – 2 -3 red and 1 orange
  • 1 White Onion
  • 1 Lime
  • Purple Cabbage
  • Black Beans (one can)
  • Tomatoes – 1-2 (slicer)
  • Cilantro – 1 bunch
  • Sliced avocado

 

Directions:

Drain and rinse a can of black beans. Chop tomato and cilantro for garnish. Set aside.

Chop Peppers and slice onion.

onion and pepper

Peel purple cabbage leaves (trying to keep whole and not rip).  Cut the bottom of each leaf and then peel from the top down or cut the bottom of the cabbage off and peel each leaf.

Fill a large pot with water and turn on high heat to boil.

In a pan dry sauté (add water as needed, 1 tbsp. to 1/4 cup) the peppers and onions, about 8-10 minutes.  Squeeze 1 lime over peppers and onions about 5 minutes into sauté.  Cover with a lid to keep warm.

While peppers and onions are sautéing blanch purple cabbage into boiling water for 10-15 seconds until tender.

Fill cabbage with pepper and onion sauté and top with black beans, tomato, cilantro, avocado and a squeeze of lime.  Salt and pepper to taste.  YUMMMM!

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