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Make These : Easiest Black Bean Tacos Ever.

24 Nov


I am obsessed with this ‘I can’t believe it’s not a real recipe’ for black bean tacos. I don’t really like beans but I adore black beans and in this recipe they make the perfect ground beef replacement.

This recipe I just kind of made up, it makes about 6 tacos which serves 2 hungry adults. I get all my supplies for this recipe from Trader Joe’s because they have organic taco shells and organic black beans at really great prices and their taco seasoning mix is spicy which I love and their salsa is chunky.

For well under $10 you can have this amazingly healthy and tasty dinner in about 15 minutes.


1 Package of taco shells

1 Jar of salsa

1 Packet of taco seasoning mix

1 Can of black beans


Open beans, drain out the liquid and dump them into a pot which will be simmering over med heat

Open salsa and drain out excess liquid, add to beans in the pot.

Open taco seasoning mix, use about .5 the package, mix into pot then adjust to your taste preference.

Simmer over medium heat for about 10-15 minutes.

Toast the taco shells for 2 minutes in an oven set to 350.

Remove taco shells, fill with the goodness and then enjoy the easiest black bean tacos ever.

Stay Chizzle,


Taco Shells


Recipe Time: Mushroom And Pinto Bean Veggie Burgers.

17 Dec

People love using mushrooms as a meat replacement because once they are cooked they provide a similar a taste and texture. This recipe uses mushrooms and pinto beans as the base of the burger and all can be said and done in 30 minutes or less. There are 200 calories per veggie burger, 8 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber, they are gluten- free and vegan as well.

Enjoy 🙂

Mushroom And Pinto Bean Veggie Burgers.


1/2 Onion, Diced.

1/2 Clove Garlic, Minced.

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

1 1/2 Green Onions, Diced.

1 Teaspoon Cumin.

1/4 Cup Fresh Mushrooms, Diced.

1 Cup Pinto Beans.

1/2 Teaspoon Parsley.

Salt And Pepper To Taste.

4 Tablespoons Of Olive Oil For Frying.


– Saute the onions and garlic in olive oil for 3-5 minutes, until the onions are soft.

– Add the green onions, cumin and mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes, until mushrooms are cooked. Set aside.

– Drain the beans and mash them with a fork or process in a food processor until well mashed.

– Add the mushrooms to the beans as well as the parsley, salt and pepper. Stir until well combined.

– Shape the mixture into 2 patties and heat the olive oil in a non stick skillet.

– Cook each side for 3-4 minutes and serve immediately.

Recipe Time: Vegan Pumpkin Spice Muffins.

10 Nov

Figured this is a great recipe for this time of year. Bake a bunch and share the vegan goodness with your friends and family through out the Holiday Season. This recipe makes about 16 muffins, each muffin has 145 calories, 5 grams of fat, 2 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber.

Enjoy 🙂

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Muffins.


– 1 Cup All-Purpose Flour

– 1 Cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour

– 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

– 1/2 Teaspoon Salt

– 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg

– 1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

– 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Ginger

– 1/2 Teaspoon All Spice

– 1 Cup Pumpkin Puree

– 2/3 Cup Light Agave Nectar

– 1/2 Cup Canola Oil

– 1/4 Cup Coconut Milk

– 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut

– 1 Cup Chopped Walnuts, Toasted

– 3/4 Cup Dried Cranberries


– Preheat oven to 350. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with baking cups.

– Sift together flours, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and all spice in a bowl.

– In a separate bowl mix together pumpkin puree, agave, oil and coconut milk.

– Stir wet mix into dry until just incorporated, do not over mix.

– Fold in coconut, walnuts and cranberries.

– Divide batter evenly into muffin tins.

– Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Hammer (Curl) Time.

26 Oct

Figured I would leave you all with a classic exercise to try this weekend at the gym. If you don’t already get down with hammer curls then now is the time to start. Easy to execute, the hammer curl slaughters the bicep and the forearm with each rep.

The biggest benefit of hammer curls in my humble opinion is that you get to use a neutral wrist position. Regular curls can be downright uncomfortable on ones writs once you reach a certain weight (I am so there), hammer curls do not pose that same ‘wrist snapping’ threat making them less of a liability then a standard curl can become. In addition to a comfortable holding position, the hammer curl also hits the outer part of the bicep that normal curls do not and its range of motion also causes tension to stay in the bicep longer, therefore challenging it more.

The Hammer Curl is a MUST for your arsenal of arm work out, so this weekend, make it hammer time 😉

This Is How You Do It:

– Get some heavy dumbbells and stand with your feet hip width apart with the weights in front of your thighs.

– Turn your hands so that your palms face each other and use your biceps to curl the weight towards your shoulders.

– Keep you elbows stationary and only bring the weight as high as you can without moving your elbows.

– Slowly lower the weights back to starting position, keeping a slight bend at the bottom to keep the tension in the bicep.

– Repeat for 3 sets of 8-12 reps.

Zen Chocolate Almond Pudding.

24 Oct

Pudding is an amazing thing. Pudding minus the dairy, even better. I knew I was going to love this pudding as soon as I saw it, how can chocolate and almond milk be bad? Dairy free, soy free and gluten free, Zen Chocolate Almond Pudding is also vegan, all natural, organic and Kosher. With only 110 calories per cup, it will also not break your waistline or diet plan.


And when you support companies like Zen you are usually supporting other noble causes. In this case it is Panda Bears. Zen uses a Panda in their logo so it is only fitting that they support wildlife organizations that are involved with Giant Pandas. 5% of Zen’s profits are donated to this cause. This is an important because Pandas are in danger of starvation. They eat so much, we build too much and destroy their habitats in the process. This combination  is causing a huge problem.

By eating some Zen pudding you are truly snaking with compassion 🙂

http://zensoy.com/products/zen-almond-pudding/ Zen Almond Milk Pudding Homepage.

Tofutti Pan Crust Pizza Pizzaz.

21 Sep



Remember the good old days of Ellios Pizza? You know the joints that came in the big rectangle and then were cut into 3 slices. Those puppies remind me of the 80’s, back in the day when I was young (I’m not  a kid anymore, some days I sit and wish I was a kid again). Bonus points if you  know what classic hip hop jam that line is from. Anyways, back to the lecture at hand, Tofutti Pan Crust Pizza Pizzaz.

This wonderful dairy free, frozen pizza is available at Shop Rite and other grocery stores, I am sure you can also score it in a vegan food shop as well. I admit I was super skeptical about this. See I don’t really like cheese to begin with so cheese replacements don’t exactly get me all warm and fuzzy but pizza sure does. So I figured at worse the pizza would suck and I would order a cheese-less from the spot down the road but I was pleasantly surprised when the ‘cheese’ on this pizza proved to be not only edible but tasty!!! What an awesome find. For real. I am sure excited about this because really is there anything better than knowing there is a tasty, frozen, vegan pizza just waiting to be heated up for you at home? Didn’t think so.

If you choose to eat all 3 mini slices it will set you back about 600 calories, yes that is pretty steep but I did it and I admit it. You can always just split it with someone and save 300 calories but at that you will defiantly need something else to eat. I recommend this as a ‘comfort snack’ where you just eat the whole thing and deal with it later. And if you are hitting the weights and cardio as you should, your body will blow through this 600 calories like that 😉

http://www.tofutti.com/frozenfoods.shtml Check Out The Pizza Pizzaz Here.


Lightlife Kickin’ Black Bean Burgers.

7 Sep

I have recently started seeing these joints in the freezer section of Shop Rite so I figured I owed them a try. Since Lightlife has yet to let me down, I knew I was going to like what they had in store for me. These frozen patties come 4 to a bag and are vegetarian not vegan since they do have egg whites and some cheese in them. The rest of the ingredients are black beans, onions, bell peppers, barley flakes and soy protein isolate to name a few. All natural made with non-gmo soy, there are only 180 calories in each burger and 14 grams of protein as well as 6 grams of fiber.

These burgers are a bit bigger then the standard veggie burger one comes across in the freezer section. They are also of better quality and taste better, these are just an all around good addition to what is currently available in the stores. The burger itself is ‘meaty’ without tasting like meat, it definitely is filling and it holds up well to cooking. I rocked it stove top so I cannot attest to its microwave or grilling capabilities.

Check ’em out below…

http://www.lightlife.com/Vegan-Food-Vegetarian-Diet/Vegetarian-Burgers/Black-Bean-Burgers Lightlife Kickin’ Black Bean Burgers

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