Baked Black Bean Taquitos




I cannot get enough of Mexican inspired food. I eat many a Mexican dish regularly because I am obsessed spicy food and it is easy to change up with beans rice or vegetables! You can literally make the same dish in a variety of ways. The Black Bean Taquito recipe is super fun and I cannot wait to make them. They are quick and easy to make for a great snack for parties or even an appetizer to spice up dinner.






½ medium organic yellow onion
1 clove organic garlic
1 small organic jalapeno
½ tablespoon sunflower oil
½ teaspoon organic paprika
¼ teaspoon organic cumin
¼ teaspoon organic cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ cup organic black beans
¼ cup organic cilantro
6-8 organic corn tortillas
½ cup organic Colby Jack Cheese
Sunflower oil for brushing


1.Preheat oven to 425˚
2.Bring medium or large pot of water to a simmer.
3.In a pan, heat oil over medium heat. Saute onion and pepper until onion becomes translucent.
4.Gradually stir in garlic, cumin, paprika, salt, and continue to cook for 1-2 more minutes.
5.Add in black beans and cilantro, cooking until beans are heated through- two to three minutes more.
6.Turn off pot of water. Taking one corn tortilla at a time, dip in hot water for 3-4 seconds.
7. Place on a cutting board and scoop one spoonful of black bean filling and a hefty pinch of cheese on top.
8.Roll tight and place seam side down on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper.
9.Repeat until all the filling is used. Brush each piece with oil.
10. Bake for 12-15 minutes until the corn tortilla is a light brown color.
Feel free to dip your taquitos in any thing you want salsa, sour cream, guacamole, cheese sauce or even use a few in a salad for decoration.

Acorn Squash Stuffed w/ Chard & White Beans

Stuffed Acorn Squash
Stuffed Acorn Squash



I am such a fan of squash and am always looking for new recipes for it! I eat some kind of squash at least once a week. I stumbled upon this recipe when looking for low calorie meals last night and it sounds super yum! Stuffed acorn squash sounds like it is going to be my new fave dish.




1 medium organic acorn squash, halved  and seeded
1/2 teaspoon plus 1 tablespoon organic extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1/4 teaspoon sea-salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground organic pepper, divided
1/4 cup chopped organic onion
1 clove organic garlic, minced
1 tablespoon water
1 1/2 teaspoons organic tomato paste
4 cups chopped organic  chard leaves (about 1/2 large bunch chard)
3/4 cup canned organic white beans, rinsed
2 tablespoons chopped kalamata olives
3 tablespoons coarse dry organic whole-wheat breadcrumbs (see Note)
3 tablespoons grated organic Parmesan cheese


1.Cut a small slice off the bottom of each squash half so it rests flat. Brush the insides with 1/2 teaspoon oil; sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Place in 8×8 inch dish.  Preheat oven at 450 degrees. 

2. Bake squash until fork tender about 20-30 minutes.

3. .Meanwhile, heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion; cook, stirring, until starting to brown, 2 to 3 minutes.

4. Add garlic; cook, stirring, for 1 minute.

5. Stir in water, tomato paste and the remaining 1/8 teaspoon each salt and pepper.

6. Stir in chard, cover and cook until tender, 3 to 5 minutes.

7.Stir in white beans and olives; cook until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes more. Remove from the heat.

8.Once squash is done baking position rack in center of oven; preheat broiler.

9.Combine breadcrumbs, Parmesan and the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a bowl.

10.Fill each squash half with about 1 cup of the chard mixture. Place in a baking pan or on a baking sheet.

11. Sprinkle with the breadcrumb mixture.

12.Broil in the center of the oven until the breadcrumbs are browned, 1 to 2 minutes.

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Bringing your lunch to school or work is an excellent to save the planet & the Earth.  You can reduce, reuse and recycle your very own meals.  I know sometimes the idea of left overs or bringing your lunch doesn’t always sound appealing but when you see the difference it makes in your wallet you will be excited at how much you save!  Also you can show co-workers/ other students how eco-friendly you are.  Here are some east quick tips that will save you some money, time & the environment:

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10. Make sure to remember your own utensils so you can bring them home and wash them or purchase Ultra Green Biodegradable Cutlery Pack

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Urban Harvest: Food For Thought


Urban Harvest
Meetings – Club/Group Meeting
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
6:30pm – 8:30pm
University Of Houston
Food For Thought From Urban Harvest

Urban Harvest continues its Food For Thought series, a new, thought provoking cycle of panel discussions on today’s hot topics that support growing and eating locally. The panels will be lead by local and regional experts, and are scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month. Urban Harvest inspires and empowers people of diverse backgrounds to grow healthy foods, in the process enriching the city we call home. With three hard-working programs at its core – Community Gardens, Education and Urban Harvest Farmers Market – Urban Harvest supports a network of gardens, farms and orchards in the greater Houston area. Food For Thought is the perfect complement to further Urban Harvest’s core mission.

• Tools Of The Trade.
Come enjoy a wonderful evening of exploration. We will be exploring, discussing and showing off a sampling of the best Tools Of The Trade. These Tools will include clever gardening gadgets, the most innovative gardening tools, the most helpful soil amendments and the best resources out there for gardeners looking for the best Tools Of The Trade. This panel discussion will be interactive in nature, so please bring your questions and your thinking caps. And once again, Grizzaffi Coffee will be on hand as one of our sponsors serving up their wicked array of beverages on a complimentary basis for attendees. So come join the fun.

Wednesday February 17 from 6:30-8:30pm
(6:30-7pm- Social/Mixer; 7:00-800 pm- Panel Session ; 8:00-8:30pm- Q&A

The Multipurpose Room of the Oberholtzer Residence Hall, 108 Oberholtzer Hall, University of Houston, Central Campus. For directions visit the link on the front page of our website at

Free – Open to the Public

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Do you got love for pizza???



1 can ready made pizza whole wheat dough (or homemade organic whole wheat dough)
1. Wilton 9 Inch Heart Pan
1 jar (8 oz) organic pizza sauce or homemade sauce
Turkey/veggie pepperoni or any topping of your choice
1 cup shredded fresh mozzarella cheese
1/2 teaspoon organic basil
1/2 teaspoon organic oregano
1/2 teaspoon organic parsley
1/2 teaspoon organic red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon olive oil


1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Lightly grease heart shaped baking pan or pans with olive oil. If using thin crust: Heat oven to 400 F. Spray or grease 15×10-inch or larger dark or nonstick cookie sheet.
2. Unroll dough on work surface. Place dough in heart shaped pan and smooth into heart shape. Make sure to keep the edges thicker for the crust.
3. Put pizza sauce evenly onto the heart, spreading to within 1/2 inch of edges. Sprinkle oregano, parsley, red pepper flakes and basil on top of sauce. Then top pizza with turkey pepperoni or desired toppings and cheese.
4. Bake crust between 10 to 15 minutes or until crust edges are golden brown and cheese is melted.
5. Take out of oven let cool for a few minutes then serve! Your family will love it!!

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Organic Guacamole


4 ripe organic avocados
1 tbs organic fat free sour cream (n/a if vegan)
1 medium organic yellow or white onion, finely chopped
8 to 10 organic cherry tomatoes
1 large organic lime
1 large organic lemon
2 small organic jalapeno peppers, finely chopped (seeds removed)
2 cloves organic garlic, finely minced
organic sea salt to taste
organic ground black pepper to taste
1 large bunch fresh organic cilantro, finely chopped (stems removed)
1tsp organic cumin
1tsp organic chili powder
1tsp organic red pepper flakes

Organic Corn Tortilla Chips for dipping

Cut all 4 avocados into halves. Remove pits. With a sharp knife, score each half length- and crosswise to form cubes. Scrape out each avocado half into large mixing bowl. Roll lime & lemon on counter top to allow juice to surface. Cut lime & lemon in half and
squeeze juice of only 1 half of each over avocados — careful not to drop any seeds into your bowl or use too much juice you can add more later. Add onion, tomatoes, jalapeno, garlic, and cilantro into bowl. Mix vigorously with wooden spoon. Add cumin, red pepper flakes, chili powder, salt and pepper to taste. If you prefer a more whipped guacamole, try using a hand mixer to whip some of the avocados before adding all of the otheringredients. Scoop with chips and enjoy!

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Organic Twice Baked Potato & Broccoli Mash



* 8 organic potatoes (your preferred size & color)
* 2 tablespoons Brummel & Brown or organic butter
* 1/2 cup organic sour cream
* 1/2 cup organic milk
* 2 teaspoons sea salt
* 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly grown organic black pepper
* 1 1/2 cup shredded monetary jack or cheddar cheese
* 1/2 steamed organic broccoli
* 1 teaspoon organic garlic powder
* 1 tespoon organic onion powder
* 1 large organic lemon


Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.

Scrub the potatoes well and rinse under cool running water. Pat dry with towel and prick the potatoes in several places with a fork. Place the potatoes in the oven and bake for 1 hour, or until tender. Remove from the oven and set aside on a wire rack until cool enough to handle.

When the potatoes have cooled, cut the potatoes and broccoli into small pieces and begin to mash them in a large bowl. After mashing add 2 tablespoons of Brummel & Brown, organic sour cream, organic milk, sea salt, garlic powder, onion powder and pepper. Then mash until desired smoothness. Add 1 cup of shredded cheese and mix again. After the mashing is finished place in a baking pan and smooth top. Use the 1/2 cup shredded cheese to top off the bake!

Butter a 9 by 13-inch casserole dish with the remaining tablespoon of butter and reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees F.

Place the seasoned potato mixture in the prepared casserole dish and top with the remaining grated cheddar. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until bubbly around the edges and heated through and the cheese on top is melted and lightly golden. Serve hot

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