Mexican Stuffed Yams



This is one of my favorite go-to meals when I know there won’t be time to prepare dinner tonight. It takes just minutes in the morning to get the yams into the slow cooker, and then in the evening pulling it all together for serving is a breeze. Bonus: Everyone can even assemble their own!

Main Ingredient:

One organic yam per person, scrubbed and individually wrapped in foil. Place yams in slow cooker, and cook on high for 4 hours or 7 – 8 hours on low. This is all the early preparation you need to do before your busy day.

Other Ingredients:

Seasoned black beans — you may use your own recipe (a great way to use leftovers) or canned as shown below.

Guacamole — once again, your own homemade or purchased.

Vegan shredded cheddar cheese

Salsa — homemade or purchased (I like to add a squeeze of lime to my salsa)

Organic corn chips.

As you can see, making this is simple as can be if time is a factor. I know homemade everything is always the best, and I feel like I’m cheating when I open a can, but this is the 21st century. We’re all strapped for time, and if I can put a healthy inexpensive meal on the table, it sure beats take-out. So, dip your chips and enjoy a healthy meal with little preparation and lots of fun.






Tex-Mex Bean Salad

This is an easy salad to throw together the night before your event. We like it served with guacamole and tortilla chips. If you have any leftover you can add some cooked pasta (and a little extra salsa if necessary) to it and have it either cold or hot the next day.


1 16 oz. can black or dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 16 oz. can corn, drained and rinsed

1 small can sliced black olives, drained and rinsed

1/2 – 3/4 c. chunky style salsa

1/2 chopped green or red pepper

3 sliced scallions

juice of 1 lime

1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and toss gently.  Refrigerate several hours before serving for flavors to blend.

Recipe: Vegetarian Deep Dish Taco Squares

   This is a recipe that was given to me by my niece, Debbie. I have changed some of the ingredients to make it vegetarian, and it is delicious. This is something perfect to take to a picnic or covered dish dinner. Bet there won’t be any left to take home!

1 recipe for Vegetarian Taco “Meat” (above)

1/3 c. vegetarian sour cream (I use Sour Supreme, Better Than Sour Cream, by Tofutti)

1/3 c. Vegenaise

1/2 c. shredded cheddar veggie cheese

1 Tbsp. chopped onion

1 c. Bisquick baking mix

1/4 c. cold water

1 – 2 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced

1/2 c. chopped green bell pepper

   Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a square baking pan (8″x8″ or 9″x9″)

   In a bowl mix together the Sour Supreme, Vegenaise, veggie cheese, and onion; reserve.

   In another bowl mix the baking mix and water together until a soft dough forms.

   Pat the dough into the prepared pan, pressing the dough 1/2 inch up the sides of the pan. Layer taco “meat,” tomatoes, and green pepper in the pan. Spoon Sour Supreme mixture over the top. Sprinkle with paprika if desired.

   Bake about 25 – 30 minutes until edges of dough are light brown. Enjoy!

Recipe: Vegetarian Taco “Meat”

This is an easy meat substitute our family prefers when we have tacos. (Of course, you could always use the frozen veggie crumbles from the supermarket, but this is so much cheaper. You can make it for less than 1/3 the cost!) Just use this in place of the normal taco meat, add lettuce, tomatoes, veggie cheese, and whatever else you desire, and you will have a fun, everyone-makes-his-own meal.

I usually triple this recipe so that I have leftovers to freeze. Then I always have some ready to use in other recipes. I will post some recipes which include this Taco “Meat”, and you will see just how versatile it is.

1 c. dry lentils (sort and rinse)

2 c. water, add more if needed

1/4 c. chopped onion

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 pkg. dry taco seasoning

Bragg’s Liquid Amino Acids to taste

Cook lentils in water until tender (30-45 minutes). Meanwhile, steam saute the onions and garlic for a few minutes and add to lentils. When lentils are almost done add dry taco seasoning and Sazon or Bragg’s to taste. Serve in place of meat filling in tacos.