Charred Sweet Onion & Squash Tacos

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OK – before I begin telling you about these crazy easy and delicious tacos, there are several things I need to update you on.  Number one (being the MOST exciting of all)…I got a job!  Yes sir, I did!  I’m working for a private bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery) practice called Blue Point Surgical Group as a dietitian!!!!  I’m so siked – mainly because I was actually hired and also because I’ve always wanted to get into bariatrics and never thought I’d get in on my first job!  And everyone there is introducing me as the “new dietitian” which just sounds really awesome!  Especially after 4 years of eagerly waiting for this moment to arrive!  Things are going are going swimmingly this week! VeggieTacos1

VeggieTacos5 Well, it was going great until my computer with ALL my photos, blog posts, and more or less my LIFE decided to give up on it’s life and die on me the other day.  Yea…not too happy about that.  I thought I had all my files on dropbox, but there were a few that escaped me and are lost to the unknown world of dead and burnt out hard drives.  I lost 3 sets of really great pictures for recipes.  That I will now have to make all over again.  However, in the midst of having a semi-massive hissy fit, my sweet and very awesome father bought me a brand new Mac Book Air with a flashy hot pink case.  I’m very quickly getting over the fact my old computer took a few files to its grave.  Plus, one set of pictures was of peach cobbler, so I’m not all that sad that I will have to re-make and obviously re-eat that recipe :).


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CornSalsa3-001 Now onto these tacos…finally!  This recipe came out of an over excited shopping spree at my farmer’s market.  Which generally happens during the summer when I can’t make up my mind on produce.  I had enough squash, zucchini, onions, corn and herbs to last me the next 5 months.  Considering these items actually don’t last that long, I knew I needed a recipe that would use up a good portion of all my quickly ripening veggies.  Tacos take care of that perfectly!  Stuffed full of deliciously charred veggies and topped with a sweet and spicy corn salsa, it’s the perfect summer vegetable fiesta!  And to top it off, the leftovers make an awesome veggie-packed taco salad for lunch the next day.  Two meals in one, that’s my typa dinner!

VeggieTacos3 A quick sear on an outdoor grill or on an indoor grill pan is just about the only cooking this dish needs.  I topped it with a homemade grilled corn and red pepper salsa for a little crunch and spicy kick.  Stuff this wonderful mixture into a soft flour or corn tortilla or even the pre-made taco shells from the store.  Any of those work well.  Serve with your favorite taco toppings and a steaming hot bowl of refried beans and you’ve got a healthy and tasty Mexican meal in minutes!

Charred Sweet Onion & Squash Tacos:
Ingredients:

  •  1 large sweet onion, sliced into 1/2″ rings
  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced into long 1/2″ strips
  • 1 yellow pepper seeded and sliced into 2″ strips
  • 1 tsp each cumin and chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
  • 1/4 vegetable oil
  • 6 warmed flour tortillas
  • Blistered Corn Salsa
  • Additional toppings:  sour cream, avocado, diced tomatoes, cilantro, etc

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your grill or indoor grill pan to medium high heat.  Allow to heat for at least 5 minutes.
  2. Place all your vegetables in a large bowl with the vegetable – toss to coat evenly.  Add in the cumin, chili powder and salt and pepper and toss to coat the vegetables.
  3. Place the vegetables on the grill and allow to char nicely on each side – about 2-3 minutes.  Watch carefully as each grill or grill pan will heat and cook differently.
  4. Once vegetables have all been grilled, allow to cool for a few minutes and then slice into bite size pieces.
  5. While the vegetables cool, place the tortillas in a damp paper towel and place in the microwave for about 30 seconds to gently warm.
  6. Serve vegetable mixture with tortillas on the side family style along with desired taco toppings.  Serve immediately and enjoy!

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