Monday, July 2, 2012

Labbits Like: Summer Squash Tacos

Pipkin hasn't folded this taco so you can see all the yummy goodness inside.
MMMmmmm veggies fresh from the garden. With summer in full swing, the Year of the Labbit blog was crying out for a seasonal dinner option, and what better way to celebrate Meatless Monday than with a taco filled with fresh from the garden veggies? Summer squash, zucchini and cilantro fill up this taco, and some black beans add protein, the rice provides a base, and of course you need cheese to goo it all together! If Pipkin had thought this through a little more carefully he would have added roasted corn (but corn isn't ready yet here in Vermont) and he would have gotten bigger wraps to make burritos, which are neater to eat. But these tacos are just as tasty as burritos, and sometimes messy food is more fun! Print the recipe here.

Summer Squash Tacos

Ingredients:
1-2 Tbsp olive oil
1 summer squash, diced
1 zucchini, diced
1 14 oz can of black beans, rinsed and drained
1 fresh mango, diced
Fresh cilantro, chopped - as much as you like!
2 cups cooked brown rice
Tortilla shells - Pipkin used 10" for big tacos, but they're not big enough for burritos. Get 12" shells for burritos

Toppings:
Shredded cheese - Pipkin had Cabot Racer's Edge sharp cheddar, but Monterey Jack, Jalapeno Jack, and cheddar are all great!
Salsa - Pipkin went with Newman's Own Mango salsa
Sour Cream - optional, Pipkin didn't have any today
Lime juice - optional, yum yum!

Preparation:
Cook 1 cup of brown rice using either a stovetop method or a rice cooker. (Pipkin's got a rice cooker.) While the rice is cooking, rinse and drain the beans. Dice the two squash and the mango.

Heat some olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the summer squash, zucchini and beans and cook until the veggies are tender. Turn off heat and stir in the diced mango.

Heat tortilla shells according to directions on the package. Top with a little brown rice, the veggie and mango mixture, and any toppings, like shredded cheese and salsa. Fold the tortilla shell to create your soft taco. Turn your head sideways and enjoy! :)

Yields: Enough tacos for four hungry labbits.

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