Recipes for the Busy SLP on the Go!
I could not quite decide what recipe I wanted to share this month. I went back and forth between “regular” food and vegan. Do I want a quick week night recipe or a more complicated recipe for the weekend? Then it hit me! Share the recipe you have on the schedule every week. This recipe is perfect for a busy SLP who comes home exhausted from giving all day. It’s perfect for the mom who literally has 30 minutes to prep and eat dinner before little Johnny’s soccer practice. The bonus? It tastes good too!
I found tons of taco recipes when my husband started his vegan journey. It has not been easy. Even though the kids and I are not vegan, we made a compromise to eat one vegan meal a day…unless we go out for dinner! The vegan tacos are a hit with EVERYONE in the house! I love it because it literally takes like 10-15 minutes to cook. Clean up is easy because you only used one pan. I warm my tortillas up in the “restaurant style warmer/serving thing” (yes, that’s the technical term…LOL) in the microwave just as the beans are finished. My daughter slices up the avocado and we are ready for dinner.
Now, I put my own twist on these tacos. Most of the recipes floating around out there include corn (which we are not big fans of!). To feed our family of 4 (including two VERY active kids and a 6’4” husband), I use two 14 oz-ish cans of black beans, 1 avocado, half of a yellow bell pepper and 1-2 tsp of ground cumin. Make sure to have grated VEGAN cheese and corn tortillas. If you don’t wish to go full vegan, you can use flour tortillas or regular grated cheese. The kids and I only add the regular cheese. We like the shredded cheese mix of Colby Jack and Monterrey.
Get to Cookin’ SLP!
To start, dice your pepper. We like to use the yellow bell pepper but have used green, orange or red too. Now that your pepper is diced, open and drain your black beans. TRUST ME! Don’t forget this step. Your tacos will be runny if you don’t. Place the peppers and beans in a medium saucepan and heat. Add your 1-2 tsp of ground cumin. Stir and continue to heat (on medium) the bean mixture until hot. During that time, you can chop up your avocado. We typically use 1 large avocado. Heat your tortillas in the microwave. If you are using corn tortillas, I recommend heating them prior to stuffing them with beans, cheese, peppers and avocados. If you are using flour, you can stuff them and then heat.
Stuff your tortillas with beans/peppers and cheese. I like to melt my cheese in the microwave for a quick 15 seconds. Then I put the chunks of avocado on and CHOW DOWN! Add some rice or even refried beans and TA DA! Dinner is served!
As you may know, I am not a food blogger! So, I am sure the technicalities of food blogging have been completely missed. But I am a momma, wife, SLP, business owner who must cook and eat dinner every night. If you are reading this, chances are good you are too! Since I am not a food blogger, I have no picture of a finished product because I just cannot take a good food picture! But it is so yummy. You can never go wrong with tacos, right?!
Need another dinner idea? Try these enchiladas out!
Last month, I brought you my favorite chicken enchilada recipe. Today, I am switching gears for this month’s SLP eats. This past fall, my husband decided a vegan diet was the best bet for his health. My kids and I did not immediately jump on the bandwagon. Let’s face it…if forced to live on bread and cheese, I could do it! I love my REAL cheese way too much! However, we did give a try during Christmas break with a few dinner recipes. It wasn’t too bad (but still added my real cheese!) and I did notice that I lost a few extra pounds. I wasn’t trying to lose weight but when you cut out the food I live on as a traveling SLP (aka fast food), it happened. So here is one of our new favorite recipes that is very healthy unless you add the real mozzarella cheese!!!
SLP MOM APPROVED LASAGNA SOUP
Let me start by saying this soup is DELICIOUS! I make it just as it is written in this blog post, BUT I cook it in my pressure cooker. I found the sweet spot for this one is 8 minutes on high pressure. Some posts recommend 5-6 minutes but that is for a regular soup. The lentils do not cook thoroughly at 5-6 minutes.
This soup hits the spot, especially on a freezing day of therapy visits. The kids and I add some mozzarella cheese (which makes it not vegan!) and some garlic bread. My favorite part is walking into my kitchen and smelling the basil and oregano cooking…yum!
So, what’s for dinner at your house?
If there is one thing that an SLP loves more than speech therapy, it has to be food! We use it in therapy. We raid the teacher’s lounge when it’s there…mainly because we have a more flexible schedule than teachers. I usually start thinking about my lunch destination around 9:30am each day. So is it a wonder why I am bringing you my most favorite chicken enchilada recipe today?
It’s requirement in Texas to love Mexican food. I know some that don’t care for it…but they are few and far between. I, for one, love it! I could eat tacos, enchiladas, queso, chips and guacamole all day. I found this chicken enchilada recipe several years ago on Pinterest. It’s delicious! We usually have it on Christmas. Yes, I make too much and we have leftovers for days. But that’s ok!
This recipe from The Novice Chef Blog is DELCIOUS! I like to cook my chicken in the crockpot while I am at work. Then I can come home, shred the chicken, prep the enchiladas and cook! I have also noticed it makes a difference on the tortillas. Good, soft tortillas make these melt in your mouth yummy.
So Why Is An SLP Blogging About Food?
Well, I debated with my self about adding this category to the blog. I listen to so many podcasts about keeping your focus and staying true to your brand. But here’s the deal. No matter whether we are an SLP, mail carrier or stay at home, we all must eat! With busy schedules, we don’t have time to make ridiculous 5 course meals.
Plus, it’s my blog. I can post what I want. If I want to post about enchiladas, queso, tacos, and pizza, then I am going to do it! You will be able to find all my favorite recipes right here in “The Hungry SLP” category!
What’s for dinner tonight?