Chili Lime Mushroom Tacos

Chili Lime Mushroom Tacos

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Q: Can you describe the combination of flavors in this recipe?

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These tacos are so good, because they have a delicious balance of flavors and textures. The savory, seasoned mushrooms are complemented beautifully by the creamy, tart guacamole, and the fresh crunch of the thinly shredded cabbage. And then, the roasted tomato chipotle sauce brings it all together, with the sweetness from the roasted onions, and the smoky flavor of the roasted tomatoes and chipotle.

Q: Do you personally prefer dried chipotle chili, chipotle in adobo sauce or ground chipotle?

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I have all three of them in my kitchen, and while I use them for different things, they can definitely be used interchangeably. Using a whole, dried chipotle will usually give you the most heat, while chipotle in adobo sauce will provide a more smoky flavor. If you prefer very little spice, try using ground chipotle, so you can easily regulate the degree of heat in your dish.

Q: Unlike your last taco recipe, these are cooked. Do they have less nutritional value than raw?

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While these tacos do have cooked elements, there are also some raw ingredients, like the guacamole and shredded cabbage. Also, studies have shown that cooking tomatoes actually increases the amount of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant. So eating a sauce with roasted tomatoes is definitely nutritionally beneficial. Eating a completely raw meal is wonderful, and extremely healthy, but I’m a firm believer that incorporating some cooked dishes is good for us as well.

Mexicali Black Beans

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Q: With their positive impact on digestive tract health, black beans seem to be gaining in popularity. Would you agree that they epitomize the delicious-nutritious balance?

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Absolutely. I love black beans, and eat them several times a week, at least. Also, beans are the first “B” in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s acronym “G-BOMBS,” where he categorizes the foods that he believes should dominate our diets (Greens, Beans, Onions, Mushrooms, Berries, and Seeds).

Can’t Stop the Beet Juice

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Q: With a big beet, apple and carrots, this juice should be exceptionally nutritious, right? But how does it taste?

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I love this juice! I would drink it even if I didn’t know it was so good for me, just because I love the taste. With carrot, apple, and beet, you know the juice is going to be sweet, but the tartness from the lemon really gives it an amazing balance. Try it with the dash of cayenne for an extra pep in your step!

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3 comments

  1. Hi, I am trying to eat healthier and I checked out your website. I have tried to remove grains out of my diet because of the phytic acid in them and the fact it will keep your body from absorbing much needed minerals while eating them mainly calcium, which will cause your body to have deficiencies and leach calcium and other minerals from your teeth and your bones. Do you take this into consideration when planning these menus?

  2. I use to make a lot of fruit smoothies and it wrecked havoc on my blood sugar and I was told I was pre- diabetic after doing so. I am not sure that I was looking at the ingredients in your beet juice and I believe recipes like that would do the same. What are your thoughts on anyone drinking this if they have diabetic issues?

    • Paul & Ann Malkmus

      Hi Terri — There is a certainly a good amount of naturally occurring sugar in this juice recipe. Someone with sugar concerns should use caution and ensure they are testing their blood sugar to see how their individual body responds. In some of the testing Dr. Donaldson PhD. performed, he found that an 8oz glass of carrot juice, 2 slices of whole grain toast or baked potato had about the same insulin response. He also found that by adding some good healthy oils to the juice significantly slowed the absorption of the sugars. We also like to mix greens like collard or kale to juice to help offset some of the sugars.

      Consuming animal fat can lead to blood sugar issues as it prevents the insulin receptors from functioning properly — kind of like grease on a door handle. A couple of resources to consider reviewing include http://www.myhdiet.com/diabetes-support-system/ and http://www.myhdiet.com/shop/the-hallelujah-diet-refined-maintaining-healthy-blood-sugar.html. Hope this help…

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