Veggie Quinoa Tacos | Slow Cooker

Veggie Quinoa Tacos | Slow Cooker

I can’t help myself with the Mexican food lately.  My first two recipes back and it’s two of them in a row.  But it’s really the best so #sorryimnotsorry

Can we just talk about tacos and burritos for a moment.  The slow cooked filling for this recipe would make an awesome filling for either of them.  Obviously, everything is better when wrapped in a delicious tortilla.  But beyond that, picky kids {and husbands} who tend to pick around the vegetables that they usually don’t like will just dig in and disregard what they’re biting into.

Veggie Quinoa Tacos | Slow Cooker

For this meal, what both my toddler and my husband dug into was a huge tortilla chock full of vegetables.  Like I chopped up pretty much every kind of vegetable in my house and threw it into the crock pot with some spices and then they ate it.  All of it.  And asked for seconds.  If getting both of them to eat a plateful of vegetables and quinoa isn’t a win, I don’t know what is.

Veggie Quinoa Tacos | Slow Cooker

The below recipe makes a ton of food by the way.  We ate six tacos for us with plenty of leftovers.  The kiddo and I tried the leftovers as a cold salad the next day with some leftover avocado and cilantro cut on top and it was killer.  And so healthy.  Total win.

By the way, my sweet baby who ate everything from brussels sprouts to broccoli with a smile on her face has turned away almost everything other than bell peppers lately.  I cut carrots into slivers and called them carrot chips and that seemed to intrigue her too.  But hiding vegetables in our entrees has become my daily work, so don’t be surprised if most of the recipes you see from here on out have anything and everything chopped up and thrown in.  Which, honestly, is better for all of us.

Veggie Quinoa Tacos | Slow Cooker
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Mexican
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Ingredients
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 small can green peppers
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 2 zucchini, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup cauliflower, chopped finely
  • 2 T Trader Joe's Cowboy Caviar (or your favorite salsa)
  • 1 T lime juice
  • 1 t olive oil
  • ½ cup vegetable broth
  • 1 t coriander
  • 1 t chile powder
  • 1 t salt
  • ½ t pepper
  • 1 T preminced garlic
  • 1½ cups shredded cabbage
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2-3 T cilantro, chopped
  • Corn tortillas
  • Mexican cheese, avocado, cilantro, and/or your favorite salsa to top
Instructions
  1. Put black beans, corn, tomatoes, peppers, onion, zucchini, bell pepper, cauliflower, salsa, lime juice, olive oil, vegetable broth, coriander, chile powder, salt, pepper and garlic in the slow cooker and mix to combine.
  2. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 5-7 hours.
  3. Come back and add cabbage, cilantro and cooked quinoa. Let cook for an additional 15 minutes on high.
  4. Scoop into tortillas with a slotted spoon and serve with desired toppings.

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Rustic Mason Jars | Easy DIY

Rustic Mason Jars | Easy DIY | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

My amazing girlfriends threw me a Southern themed baby shower before my little one was born and it was spectacular.  We’re talking about fried chicken, mac and cheese and pie, people.  And since they are the thoughtful, amazing people that they are, they left me with 24 gorgeous mason jars that were used for some delicious lemonade.  Because I love me some mason jars.

These mason jars have made the cycle as drink cups, utensil holders, and the occasional vase in the last two years.  Then I realized that I had two rustic themed baby showers, as well as a farm birthday party for my little cowgirl to plan in the next three months.  I found myself pinning beautiful little wrapped mason jars filled with babies breath and daisies over and over and over again.

Rustic Mason Jars | Easy DIY | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

So with three parties, I figured I could take the plunge and pretty up my jars.  And I am obsessed with how they turned out.  Like on the level of the first party happened and they’re now decorating my house until the second one.  With dried babies breath {that has dried in them as the water dries up because I am that lazy…sorry Mom…I know you said to dry them upside down, but life happened}.  Which it turns out is pretty much just as cute as fresh babies breath.

What I’m saying is, if you’re into the rustic chic look, do this.  It turns out, it was a pretty cheap project!  Put them all around your house.  Use them for parties.  It was too easy and it just makes me smile pretty much every day.  I highly recommend it.

Rustic Mason Jars | Easy DIY | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

 

Supplies
24 Mason Jars {I actually used 24 regular sized jars, plus 3 big jars, plus 4 mini jars and had just enough lace}
1 roll of burlap garland {I used this one but you could also use burlap fabric and cut it yourself}
3 yards of lace {Got mine in the Target dollar bin but you can also get it at Joann like this one}
1 roll of jute twine {I used something like this one}
Glue gun and hot glue

How To…
1) Take the burlap and wrap your mason jar with a slight overlap of 1″ or so.  Cut as many strips this size as you have mason jars.
2) Cut strips of lace to match the length of the burlap
3) Center a piece of lace on a piece burlap and glue it on top.  I recommend doing this on a surface that is resistant to the glue, as some of it will probably seep through the burlap.
4) They may be a little uneven, so make sure the burlap and lace end at the same point on at least one end.  If not, cut it so they do.
5) Once dry, wrap your burlap and lace piece tightly around the jar, and hot glue together on the overlap.  Make sure the even piece is on top so that the seam appears to come together evenly {close up of the back is in the collage below.  **NOTE** I didn’t want this to be permanent, so I wrapped the pieces tight enough that they would stay up but I can slide them off if I want.  If you want this to be permanently on your mason jars, use a few drops of glue as you’re wrapping the burlap on this step to glue the burlap to the jar.
6) Repeat steps 4-5 for all jars
7) Measure out a piece of twine that is long enough to tie the bow or knot that you would like.  I did bows on some and knots on others to give it some extra texture.  I actually left this step off for some of my smaller jars for the same reason.  Cut as many pieces as you need to this length.
8) Tie bows on top of lace.  If desired, add a drop of glue on the back to keep the whole piece together.

Add flowers, or whatever, and enjoy!!

 

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