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Recipe: Campfire Loaded Veggie Nachos

Recipe: Campfire Loaded Veggie Nachos

Ingredients

1 15 oz can whole kernel corn, drained
1 15 oz can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 10 ounce can Rotel, drained
½ large red onion, diced & divided
1 2 ounce can sliced black olives, drained
1 tsp Tajín Clásico mexican spice blend
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
½ tsp cumin
1 16 ounce bag tortilla chips
1 8 ounce package shredded Mexican blend cheese
1 ripe avocado
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
lime slices
sliced jalapeños

Directions

Line a 10 inch cast iron skillet with foil.
Combine the corn, beans, 1/2 of the onions, Rotel, olives, Tajín Clásico, pepper and cumin in a large bowl.

Place 1/2 of the chips in the skillet, top with 1/2 of the cheese and 1/2 of the corn mixture. Repeat with another layer of chips, corn mixture and cheese.

Campfire or Grilled Nachos

If you are heating over the campfire; tent with foil and grill until the cheese melts 8-10 minutes. Remove from the fire, carefully remove foil. Top with avocado, the rest of the onions, cilantro, lime wedges, jalapeños and drizzle Chipotle Cream Sauce.
If using the grill, heat over medium high heat and follow the rest of the directions. Serve immediately.

Baked Nachos

Heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit with rack in the middle. Place the skillet in the oven, tent with foil and bake for 8-10 minutes until cheese is melted. Remove from the oven, carefully remove foil. Top with avocado, the rest of the onions, cilantro, lime wedges, jalapeños and drizzle Chipotle Cream Sauce. Serve immediately.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Southwest Chicken & Rice Bowls

Recipe: Southwest Chicken & Rice Bowls

Ingredients

2 cups long grain brown rice, cooked to package directions
4 tbsp olive oil, divided
3 medium chicken breasts cut into 1-2 inch pieces
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp sweet paprika
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp salt
½ tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp ground chipotle pepper (more if you love extra spicy)
juice from 1/2 lime
½ red bell pepper diced
½ yellow bell pepper diced
½ red onion, diced
1 cup canned or frozen corn, drained
1 can (15 ounce) black beans, drained and rinsed
½ cup sliced black olives
¼ cup freshly chopped cilantro
Optional Toppings
chopped fresh cilantro
crumbled queso fresco
pico de gallo
fresh lime wedges
sour cream

Directions

Cook the rice to package directions.

Heat 2 tbsp of the olive oil in a 12 inch cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken breast, seasonings and lime juice. Cook 3-4 minutes each side until cooked through. Remove the chicken from the skillet and transfer to a plate. DO NOT rinse the skillet.

Add the remainder of the olive oil to the skillet (2 tbsp) and saute the onions for 3 minutes. Add the bell peppers and saute another 4 minutes. Add the corn, black beans and olives. Cook another 3 minutes until hot. Mix in 1/4 cup chopped cilantro. Add the chicken back into the pan and cook 2 minutes.

Plate the rice into bowls. Top with the chicken mixture. Top with any additional toppings you desire. Serve immediately.

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Recipe: Chipotle Chicken Tortilla Soup

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Recipe: Vegan Avocado Spinach Soup

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Recipe: Quick & Easy Avocado Cilantro Dressing

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Chopped Salad with Warm Bacon Shallot Vinaigrette

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Recipe: Mexican Salad with Avocado & Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

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Recipe: BLT Quinoa Salad

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Super Simple Avocado Pasta Salad

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Recipe: Vegan Avocado Spinach Soup

We love this super healthy Vegan Avocado Spinach Soup recipe, it’s filled with flavor, healthy fats and vitamin packed. Delicious any time of the year!

3 tbsp olive oil
2 shallots, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tsp ground turmeric
8 cups, packed fresh baby spinach
4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
2 ripe avocados, pitted, peeled and sliced
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
–top with
chopped italian parsley
chopped toasted walnuts

Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large dutch oven or soup pot. Sauté the shallots for 5 minutes, stirring so they cook evenly. Add the garlic and tumeric, cook for another minute. Add the spinach and sauté for 3-4 minutes until wilted, mix to combine.
Pour in the broth, bring to a boil. Add in the avocado and lemon juice. Cook a few more minutes.
Remove the soup from the heat and let cool a few minutes. Carefully pour the soup and purée in a blender or with an immersion blender until smooth.
Serve soup hot, topped with parsley and walnuts.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Chipotle Chicken Tortilla Soup

Make a batch of this soul warming Chipotle Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe, a hearty, delicious meal for the entire family.

8-10 servings

1 lb boneless chicken breast
2 tbsp canola oil, divided
salt and pepper
4 cups chicken broth
1 medium yellow onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika
1 (28 ounce) can fire roasted diced tomatoes
1/3 cup masa harina
1 1/3 cups whole milk
1 (15 oz) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can (15 oz) sweet corn, drained and rinsed
1 can (2.25 oz) sliced black olives, drained and rinsed
1/2 can-1can (3.5-7oz) chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (see notes)
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
2/3 cup half and half
1/3 cup sour cream
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
–toppings
chopped fresh cilantro
shredded cheese
sliced avocado
lime wedges
tortilla chips
sour cream
salsa
hot sauce
sliced jalapeno pepper

Heat 1 tablespoon of canola oil over medium high heat in a 10 inch cast iron skillet.
Season both sides of the chicken with some salt and pepper. Cook the chicken about 6-8 minutes on each side, or until cooked through. Place the chicken on a plate and let cool a few minutes. Slice the chicken into 1/2 inch bite sized pieces.
In a large Dutch oven, heat the other 1 tablespoon of canola oil over medium heat. When it’s hot add in the onions, cook for 3 minutes. Add in the garlic, cook for 30 seconds stirring constantly. Add the chicken broth, chili powder, cumin and paprika.
In a bowl, whisk together the masa harina and milk until smooth. Stir into the soup. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes, the soup will thicken slightly. Add in the chicken, beans, corn, chipotle and lime juice. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the cream and sour cream. Stir in the cilantro. Serve with your desired garnishes.

If you want your soup mild use 1/2 can of the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce…if you like things hotter use the entire can.

~ Marla Meridith