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    tacosHere’s a tasty taco recipe that will allow everyone in your family to get involved. Kids can peel the cucumbers, squeeze the limes, chop the cilantro, and put the toppings in little bowls. This is also a great idea for a “participation dinner” where everyone gets to make their own exactly how they like it.

    Ingredients

    For the Tacos:

    1 teaspoon canola oil

    2 medium onions, coarsely grated

    2 15-ounce cans of black beans, lightly drained (or 4 1/2 cups home-cooked beans)

    2 tablespoons chili powder

    2 tablespoons cumin

    1 tablespoon tamari soy sauce

    2 tablespoons maple syrup

    12 corn tortillas

    For the Toppings:

    1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar

    1 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt

    Chopped avocado

    Chopped tomatoes

    Chopped lettuce

    Cucumber garlic dressing

    Cucumber Garlic Dressing:

    1 medium cucumber

    3 cloves garlic

    1/4 cup fresh lime juice, divided

    1/2 cup chopped cilantro

    Pinch of sea salt

    Instructions

    1. Heat a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat and drizzle the bottom with canola oil. Sauté the onions until they start to soften, then add the beans, spices, tamari, and maple syrup. Reduce the heat to medium low and let everything gently cook for 10 minutes.
    2. Meanwhile, wrap the tortillas in foil and warm for 10 minutes in a 250°F oven.
    3. Prepare the cucumber garlic salsa: Peel the cucumber, cut into cubes, and place cubes in blender. Add the peeled garlic cloves, half the lime juice, and a pinch of salt. Place the top on the blender and use short pulses to blend, adding only enough additional lime juice to liquefy. Add the cilantro, stirring it in with a wooden spoon.
    4. Serve the tortillas with bowls of beans and toppings on the side.

    Makes: 12 servings

    Nutritional Information

    274 calories

    69 calories from fat

    8 g fat

    3 g saturated fat

    15 mg cholesterol

    247 mg sodium

    40 g carbohydrates

    9 g fiber

    7 g sugars

    13 g protein

     

    From the book THE FAMILY DINNER by Laurie David with recipes by Kirstin Uhrenholdt.

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