So last Thursday, I was making a simple dinner for the three of us. Being, 14 weeks pregnant I 100% have my energy back during the day, but I also tend to run low on motivation to make dinner towards the evening. Not to mention, I still have some food aversions so the last thing I want to do is make and prepare something that doesn't sound appetizing. That night, I was craving something simple and cheesy - Mexican food. I had some organic black beans, cheese, pearled couscous and guacamole - presto, Mexican Fiesta Bowl. Yum. It all started when I prepared this for Lincoln's dinner and tried it, then decided I HAD to have it for dinner. As Lincoln was eating and as I was preparing a larger portion for Ryan and I, I immediately started craving hot sauce (Texas Pete Hot Sauce, specifically) to add to our Mexican Fiesta dish. When Ry got home, I asked him if he could run the errand and grab the hot sauce. Without hesitation, he agreed to take Lincoln and head out. Seeing that it was such beautiful night, we all decided to go out together. We grabbed the camera and walked out the door. Disclaimer: the closest tiny market is just a block away - so it was a quick night stroll, but beautiful nonetheless. Disclaimer #2: Lincoln was a little crabby because we have to walk by his favorite playground in order to get to the market. We didn't have time to stop tonight (mostly because it turns into a 30 minute playground session). Thus, the tears. #mamaskeepinitreal
MEXICAN FIESTA BOWL RECIPE
Okay, yum. Start by preparing the Organic Garlic & Olive Pearled Couscous. Follow the directions on the package. I use Kerrygold Irish Salted Butter - because it's supposedly the best/freshest/healthiest type of butter. This should take no longer than 15 minutes. In the meantime, add the two packages of organic black beans to a pot and heat on medium (low). Once warm, add the shredded cheese (however much you desire!). Cook until the cheese is melted nicely into the black beans.
I generally buy the fresh pre-made guacamole from Whole Foods. It is literally the bomb. If you want to make your own, I suggest using 2 avocados, 1/4 red onion, 2 tbsp cilantro, 1 tbsp lime juice, pinch of salt and pepper (and hot peppers if you can find them).
Dish out some bowls and serve "bowl-style", adding as much of each ingredient as you prefer! Add the couscous, blacks beans, a little guac on the side and of course, the Texas Pete Hot Sauce to spice it up. Yum. This meal is seriously delicious, super healthy and also super easy!
Rock on mamas!