breakfast tacos with chipotle sour cream

Breakfast Tacos with Chipotle Sour Cream | A Nutritionist Eats

This recipe has been a long time in the making but it’s quite fitting that I’m sharing it today. Why? Because I’m on my way to Mexico and plan on eating many versions of mexican breakfasts for the next week or so. I had something similar – goat cheese breakfast tacos – at a restaurant (almost a year ago!) and while I loved the idea of the goat cheese tacos, they didn’t blow me away. I’ve been wanting to recreate them ever since.

Breakfast Tacos with Chipotle Sour Cream | A Nutritionist Eats

So I finally got around to making them and it turns out that the chipotle sour cream totally stole the show. Dare I say…it left the goat cheese totally and utterly pointless. (Which in my world is a bit shocking given my intense love for cheese.)

I made the tacos again, this time omitting the goat cheese and they tasted just as good. No point in adding calories you can’t taste, am I right?

Breakfast Tacos with Chipotle Sour Cream | A Nutritionist Eats

But back to the star. The chipotle sour cream is just…well, it left me wondering two things: why has this little can of chipotles been in my cupboard for almost two years and what else can I do with it?! (Brainstorms are in the works and chipotle chili is happening.) So all this is to say – you can’t (CAN. NOT.) leave the chipotle sour cream off. It takes a few short minutes and is so worth it.

 Breakfast Tacos with Chipotle Sour Cream | A Nutritionist Eats

The rest of the tacos? They are full of good stuff. I’m talking black beans, scrambled eggs, caramelized onions and fresh avocado slices. It’s pretty much the breakfast dreams are made of. And if you like eggs throughout the day, they would make a killer lunch or easy dinner.

nutrition facts (4 servings): 380 calories, 13 grams of fat, 20 grams of protein, 46 g carbohydrates, 10 g fiber

Breakfast Tacos with Chipotle Sour Cream

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Keywords: breakfast gluten-free high fiber high protein vegetarian eggs Mexican

 

Ingredients (4 servings)

    For the Chipotle Sour Cream

    • 1/2 cup sour cream
    • 1-1 1/2 chipotles + sauce depending on heat preference

    For the Tacos

    • 1/2 onion, caramelized
    • 6 eggs
    • 8 corn tortillas
    • 1-15 oz can of black beans
    • optional: avocado slices, chopped cilantro

    Instructions

    For the Chipotle Sour Cream

    Finely chop the chipotle peppers (you can basically mash them together)

    Mix into sour cream.

    Add some of the sauce as desired.

    For the Tacos

    Whisk eggs together in small bowl and scramble until cooked through.

    Heat tortillas in microwave until hot.

    Assemble tacos: layer beans, eggs, onions and sour cream on tortillas. Top with avocado and cilantro if desired.

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    haricot verts with shallot vinaigrette

    Haricot Verts with Shallot Vinaigrette | A Nutritionist Eats

    I know I should probably say that kale or swiss chard or something with an insane amount of antioxidants is my favorite vegetable but if I had to name a favorite – and only one favorite vegetable – it would be haricot verts. (And not green beans, haricot verts.)

    If you aren’t familiar with haricot verts, they are a thinner, more delicate, and some say more flavorful, french green bean.

    Haricot Verts with Shallot Vinaigrette | A Nutritionist Eats

    Basically, I LOVE THEM!!!! 

    We eat them every week. And typically prepare them the same way: lightly steamed and then sautéed in a bit of olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes and salt & pepper. But sometimes I switch it up.

    These haricot verts, are lightly steamed and tossed with a shallot vinaigrette and can be eaten warm, chilled or at room temperature. They are delicious and I love that they can be made ahead of time.

    Haricot Verts with Shallot Vinaigrette | A Nutritionist Eats

    Serve them alongside a protein for dinner and get ready to fall in love with haricot verts!

    nutrition facts (4 servings): 121 calories, 10 grams of fat, 2 grams of protein,  7 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber

    Haricot Verts with Shallot Vinaigrette

    by Emily Dingmann

    Prep Time: 10 minutes

    Cook Time: 3 minutes

    Keywords: steam side gluten-free low-carb paleo

    Ingredients (4 servings)

    • 1 Tbsp chopped shallot
    • 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
    • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
    • 3 Tbsp olive oil
    • salt & pepper
    • 12 oz haricot verts

    Instructions

    Whisk together all ingredients but haricot verts until emulsified. (Or shake together in a small jar.)

    Lightly steam haricot verts in a glass bowl with a splash of water for 2-3 minutes, depending on how done you like them.

    Drain off water and toss with dressing.

    Season with salt & pepper to taste.

    Serve warm, at room temperature or chilled.

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    texas caviar rice & beans

    texas caviar rice & beans | a nutritionist eats

    First things first: Texas Caviar Rice & Beans is genius. I’m a big fan of bean salad (you’re aware of this: black bean & corn relish + more recent obsession with simple bean salads) so this recipe caught my eye almost immediately.

    But let’s back up. I was sent The Slim Down South Cookbook, Eating Well and Living Healthy in the Land of Biscuits and Bacon written by Carolyn O’Neil, MS, RD. In addition to the standard, breakfast/lunch/dinner recipes, the book also includes “Stay Slim Secrets” and features “Slim and Savvy Southerners” who share their strategies for enjoying southern food while staying healthy. The images are beautiful (a must for me) and each recipe includes nutrition facts. 

    I oddly enough love Southern food. Odd only because I’ve never lived in the South and because well, we all know that Southern food is known for being anything but healthy. While I definitely don’t eat perfectly (or even close) I still don’t like that it frequently seems obnoxiously-rich, and way over the top. But this book changes that. It lightens up the classic recipes that we all love, like fried chicken and grits, to calorie levels that are more acceptable for every day eating.

     texas caviar rice & beans | a nutritionist eats

    The publisher let me share this recipe with y’all…catch that? It’s a fresh take on rice and beans and it’s flavorful, crunchy and oh-so-satisfying. We loved it!

    Canned beans and pre-made rice make this salad come together quickly. And the combination of rice and beans with fresh celery, tomatoes and cilantro is great. If you like spice, top the salad with lots of hot sauce and pickled jalapenos!

    nutrition facts (about 1 cup rice-bean mixture + 1 oz tortilla chips): 451 calories, 19 grams of fat, 13 grams of protein, 60 grams of carbohydrates, 8 grams of fiber

    Texas Caviar Rice & Beans

    by The Slim Down South Cookbook

    Prep Time: 20 minutes

    Keywords: appetizer entree salad side gluten-free high fiber vegan vegetarian beans

     

    Ingredients (6 servings)

      For the Salad

      • 1 (15.8-oz.) can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
      • 1 (15-oz.) can no-salt-added black beans, drained and rinsed
      • ⅓ cup finely chopped roasted red bell peppers
      • ¼ cup seeded and finely chopped poblano pepper
      • Texas Vinaigrette
      • 2 (8.8-oz.) pouches fully cooked basmati rice
      • ⅔ cup thinly sliced celery
      • ¾ cup (3 oz.) shredded pepper Jack cheese
      • 1¼ cups chopped tomatoes
      • ¾ cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves
      • ⅓ cup thinly sliced green onions
      • 6 oz. tortilla chips
      • Garnish: sliced pickled jalapeño peppers

      For the Vinaigrette

      • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
      • 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
      • 1½ Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
      • 1½ Tbsp. hot sauce
      • 1 minced garlic clove
      • ¼ tsp. chili powder
      • ¼ tsp. ground cumin

      Instructions

      For the Salad

      Stir together first 5 ingredients in a medium-size microwave-safe glass bowl; let stand 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Microwave at HIGH 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring at 30-second intervals.

      Heat rice according to package directions; fluff with a fork. Layer rice, bean mixture, celery, cheese, tomato, cilantro, and green onions in 2-qt. trifle bowl or straight-sided bowl. Serve with tortilla chips.

      Note: The original recipe tested with Tasty Bite Basmati Rice. I used brown basmati rice.

      For the Vinaigrette

      Whisk all ingredients together. *You’ll need only half of this dressing for the Texas Caviar Rice and Beans. Store the remainder in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

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      turkey burgers with caper aioli

      turkey burgers with caper aioli | a nutritionist eats

      I’m not normally a turkey burger person. But this one, served with a bright aioli, is good. And it’s healthy. And it’s still January, so everyone wants “light/lean/skinny/healthy/paleo” recipes. So here we are. First a salad and now a turkey burger. Could I be anymore predictable? Sigh.

      How did I – the self-proclaimed non-turkey burger fan – make a turkey burger? Well, towards the end of 2013, I bought three calendars. One was a standard daily calendar so I don’t forget important things, the second was the One-Sentence Journal (which I’m loving!) and the third was a Cooking Light Recipe Calendar that I keep at work so I can be surrounded by food inspiration everywhere I go!

      So far, and we’re only a few weeks into 2014, I’ve made two recipes from the calendar, one of which inspired this burger. I must say, it’s been really fun to have a reminder to try out new recipes on a daily basis. And now I’ve made chicken and turkey burgers twice in a matter of weeks. WHAT?!

      turkey burgers with caper aioli | a nutritionist eats

      When I started thinking about this turkey burger, I knew I wanted it healthy (light), so I kept the ingredients simple and used shallots and capers to pack the burger with flavor without adding many calories. The aioli is the perfect topping, and in my opinion, necessary for a “lean” burger. Bonus: when you use light mayonnaise – it barely adds any calories!

      Another bonus? These turkey burgers have great nutrition stats: 260 calories, 15 grams fat, 3.8 grams carbohydrates and 28 grams protein. (Nutrition stats are for one turkey burger + aioli.)

      Serve on a bun with lettuce and tomato or use a bibb lettuce leaf instead of the bun for a gluten-free/paleo/low-carb meal.

      Turkey Burger with Caper Aioli

      by Emily Dingmann

      Prep Time: 15 minutes

      Cook Time: 10 minutes

      Keywords: grill entree turkey

       

      Ingredients (4 servings)

        For the Aioli

        • 4 Tbsp light mayonnaise
        • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
        • 1 Tbsp capers, chopped
        • 1 clove crushed garlic
        • 2 Tbsp chopped parsley
        • salt & pepper

        For the Burgers

        • 20 oz lean (93%) ground turkey
        • 1/4 cup chopped shallot (about 1 small shallot)
        • 2 cloves garlic, minced
        • 1 Tbsp capers, chopped
        • salt & pepper
        • optional: hamburger buns, lettuce, tomato

        Instructions

        For the Aioli

        Combine all ingredients in small bowl.

        Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

        For the Burgers

        Combine all ingredients and mix until just combined.

        Form into four burgers.

        Heat grill or pan over medium heat.

        Cook for about five minutes per side, or until cooked through.

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