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recipe | The Green Beagle - Part 2

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.

Homemade Vegan Eggnog

Vegan Eggnog
Vegan Eggnog

Believe it or not I was never really much of a fan of eggnog. I always thought it was gross. The BF however loves it and would probably drink it by the gallon from November through February. In an effort to keep crap consumption down I found a healthier more peaceful version of eggnog that I thought many of you might appreciate. I will admit I haven’t tried it yet but after perusing many-a-recipe this seems to be the best.


•21 oz extra-firm silken tofu
•2 cups soymilk (almond,rice or any other milk you prefer)
•2/3 cup light brown sugar or organic honey
•1/4 tsp salt
•1 cup cold water
•1 cup rum or brandy
•4 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
•20 ice cubes
• organic cinnamon
• organic nutmeg


1. Place the crumbled tofu and soymilk in a blender with the sugar and salt.
2. Blend until very smooth.
3. Scrape this into a large bowl or pitcher, and whisk in the water, rum or brandy, and vanilla.
4. Mix well, cover, and refrigerate until serving time.
5. To serve, blend half of the mixture in the blender with 10 of the ice cubes until frothy.
6. Repeat with the other half.
7. Serve in glasses with nutmeg and cinnamon sprinkled on top.

Italian Pasta Salad

1 box whole wheat pasta (your favorite shape)
1 small can organic sliced ripe black olives
1/4 cup organic green pepper sliced
1/4 cup organic red bell pepper sliced
1/4 cup organic red onion, diced chopped
1/4 cup organic carrot chopped
1 oz. turkey pepperoni (optional)
1/4 cup organic uncooked broccoli chopped
1/4 cup organic uncooked cauliflower
1 tsp organic black pepper
1 tsp organic hot red pepper
1 tsp organic oregano
1 tsp organic parsley
1 tsp organic garlic powder
1 tsp organic basil
Organic White Balsamic Vinegar
Grated Parmesan Cheese
Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Begin by boiling the pasta according to the boxes instructions. While the pasta cooks start chopping your peppers, onions, broccoli, cauliflower, olives & turkey pepperoni. After chopping all vegetables and pepperoni place in a large bowl. By this time the pasta should be ready to drain. Make sure the pasta is drained completely, then add the pasta to the bowl and mix. You can add some olive oil at this time to make everything mix smoothly. Also add a small amount of the vinegar as well so the taste has time to set in.
Now begin to add the basil, parsley, garlic powder, oregano, hot red pepper & black pepper. Mix thoroughly and add a little more olive oil and more vinegar. You don’t want to add too much vinegar because it can make the salad soggy while you let it sit and cool. You can always add more vinegar later to give it more taste. Place in refrigerator and let cool for 30 minutes minimum. When you are ready to serve you can add more vinegar if you need to add more for taste. Then mix in the parmesan cheese and sprinkle some on the top before serving.

Potato, Chive & Dill Salad


* 1 pound organic red potatoes, large diced
* 1 1/2 tablespoons organic apple cider vinegar
* 1/4 cup organic mayonnaise or canola mayonnaise
* 1 tablespoon yellow deli mustard
* 1 tablespoon organic dried chives
* 1 tablespoon organic dried dill
* 1 tablespoon organic garlic powder
* 1/2 cup chopped organic red onion
* 1 teaspoon organic dried parsley
* 1/2 cup chopped organic celery
* 1 teaspoon organic sea salt
* 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Cut potatoes in large pieces then place potatoes into a large heavy-bottomed pot. Cover with cold water and place over high heat with a pinch of sea salt and organic olive oil in the water. Cover the pot and bring to a boil. Once water is boiling put potatoes in pot without cover on, still on high heat. Let potatoes boil while you chop the onions and celery.
Put the celery, onions and spices in a bowl that has a lid. Check potatoes periodically to make sure they don’t over cook. Once they are soft remove from pot and drain. Mix potatoes with onions, celery and spices. Next mix in the vinegar. Then add the mayonnaise and mustard do not mix but put the lid on the bowl and shake until everything completely mixed. Put the finished salad in the refrigerator for at least an hour to make sure it cools.

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Tuna & Pasta


* 1 bag your favorite shaped organic pasta
* 2 cans dolphin safe chunk light tuna in water
* 1 1/2 tsp organic black pepper
* 2 teaspoons of organic lemon juice
* 1 1/2 tsp organic garlic power
* 1 1/2 tsp organic parsley
* 1 1/2 tsp organic sweet basil
* 1 1/2 tsp organic dill
* 1/2 a small organic red onion
* 2 table spoons canola mayonnaise
* 1 table spoon organic yellow deli mustard
* 1 small bunch organic uncooked broccoli
* 1 small bunch organic uncooked cauliflower
* 1/2 cup cooked organic sweet peas
* 1 small organic uncooked carrot


1. Cook pasta following instructions on packet or box. Then drain and set aside to cool.
2. While pasta is cooking mix the broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and peas with the spices and lemon juice.
3. Open tuna cans & drain. Then add tuna, mayo, mustard and mix with vegetables and spices.
4. After the mixture is finished the pasta should be cooled by now and ready to add to the vegetables and tuna. I usually put my pasta or vegetable salads in tupperwear or something with a top so I can shake the mixture ALOT!
5. Once you are done shaking put the salad in the fridge for about 30 minutes to cool and set.
6. After the 30 minutes take out of the fridge and serve!

Macaroni Salad


1 pkg Olive Nation pasta (any shape you prefer)
1/4 cup canola mayonnaise or Nayonaise
1 small bunch of raw organic broccoli
1 small bunch of raw organic cauliflower
1 stalk of organic celery
8 pcs of raw organic carrots
1 tsp organic yellow deli mustard
1 tsp Frontier organic veggie pepper
1 tsp Frontier organic garlic powder
1 tsp Frontier organic parsley
1 small organic onion, finely chopped
1 package of Frontier Organic Creamy Dill Dip


Cook pasta according to the instructions.
While pasta is cooking start to chop all the vegetables to the size you prefer. I prefer to chop them as small as I can. Once all the vegetables are chopped mix in the cooked pasta. After making sure all veggies and pasta are well mixed put 1/4 of the package of the Frontier Creamy Dill Dip , garlic powder, veggie pepper, & parsley and mix again thoroughly. After all ingredients are mixed then put mustard and mayo on the pasta and mix again. Taste test to make sure you don’t need to add more spices mayo or mustard. After all additions are finished I usually put the salad in a tupperware bowl with a lid and shake up the salad until I think its perfect. Then I put the salad in the fridge to cool. After about 30 minutes you can remove and serve.
Some other ideas to change up your macaroni salad are maybe adding hard boiled eggs, peppers, olives, cheese, peas, pickles, hot cherry peppers, or jalapenos. Maybe experiment with different pastas like ravioli or tortellini and add grilled chicken, tuna, turkey pepperoni, sliced turkey, tofu or maybe salmon. You have a never ending variety of items to change up your summer salads. Tell me what your favorite ingredients are!

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Earth Day Anniversary



Date: Saturday, April 24, 2010
Time: 7:00am – 3:00pm
Location: Humboldt Park/Logan Square


Join us as we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day on Saturday, April 24, 2010, by participating in Chicago’s inaugural 5K Run/Walk, neighborhood clean up and green/health festival. The festivities kick off with a 5K for Earth Day at 8 a.m. followed by a day-long celebration with family entertainment, environmental education, and a farmers market.

This event also goes beyond these neighborhoods as we invite those from in and around Chicago to run/walk locally and think globally. We also welcome national and international organizations to participate locally. The Earth Day Network and Global Exchange are just some of the organizations that have joined in our efforts.

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