Easy Peasy Mexican Casserole
This is probably my favorite go-to recipe when I don't know what to make for dinner. I discovered Holly and her blog My Plant-based Family in 2012 when I was desperately searching for animal protein-free meals I could eat that would support my, then, new way of eating.
I was officially diagnosed with discoid lupus in early 2012 and learned new ways of eating that would help me to kick the autoimmune challenge to the curb. The first thing I really enjoyed about this recipe is that it taught me how to make my own taco seasoning, without all of the anti-caking agents and sodium found in boxed taco seasonings. Learning how to mix spices to create amazing, from scratch, seasonings was fun and exciting for me!
On her website, Holly now offers an Insta-pot and a crock-pot version of this recipe, but when I discovered it there was only the oven version and that's the one I enjoy the most. My children and my husband enjoy all three variants! I often add canned corn (fresh corn in the summer) for some extra color and I used one can of black beans and one can of kidney beans to mix up the texture and taste. This becomes our "taco meat" or filling, if you will. Our sides typically include lettuce, cheese, slices of avocado, tomatoes and/or salsa all with taco shells or tortilla chips as a taco salad.
Try it out and come up with your favorite way to prepare!
For Casserole Version
Turn Down the Inflammation Turmeric, Carrot, Ginger, and Banana Smoothie
All three of my kiddos love this smoothie! I found this recipe on the Minimalist Baker's site and have just given it a name that I think fits it well! They are ages 8, 8 and 2. While I own a Hurom Slow Juicer that I really like AND it's pretty easy to clean, I don't have much time to juice my carrots these days, so I buy mine already bottled. To keep things simple I also use frozen and even canned pineapple. Same for the lemon juice. I typically use juice that is pre-bottled.
Quick, Easy, and Tasty
on the recipe that calls for almond milk can i use lactose fat free milk.?
Hi Marlyn! This is a great question! Sometimes it does matter what type of milk you use in various recipes because of course different types of milk have different flavors (almond vs coconut vs soy vs hemp vs cashew) and sometimes these flavors don't translate well for all recipes. Also, these different types of milk often have vary varied densities. So a coconut milk, for example, may make your recipe heavier and denser than it should be. Personally, I am not a fan of smoothies with coconut milk for this reason. Another consideration would be allergies. I know people who are good with almond milk, but will swell up if they consume cashews.
For this recipe, I think you'd be just fine substituting the lactose fat-free milk for the almond milk. Oh, please understand that the purpose of this recipe is to reduce inflammation and dairy (cow's milk) is associated with creating/increasing mucus and inflammation in the body.
Allison Marschean is a wife and mother of 8 year old twins girls and a 2 year old baby girl who is kicking an autoimmune disorder to the curb with food and fitness, all while living her dimensions!