what’s for dinner with whitney ingram

I am beyond thrilled to be bringing this new segment to my blog.  For years I have been asked about recipes and have shared just a few here.  I always have the intention to share more, but cooking and photographing food and blogging it all just never seems to fit into my reality.  I love to cook and I love GOOD food, especially if it’s fairly easy and fairly healthy and the whole family likes it.

I have wanted to find someone who would focus solely on bringing delicious recipes to this blog – recipes that I (the busy, scatterbrained mom of 3) would actually make, and my family (the picky crew) would actually eat.  Then, by some divine intervention, I got lined up with Whitney Ingram.  Only my favorite favorite foodie and instagram account to follow for recipes.  I have made countless of her recipes and have loved every single one.  When she agreed to be my food contributor I about peed my pants.  Oh, and did I mention she is the author of a wonderful cookbook?  Whitney will be bringing us one of her brilliant recipes on the reg here at cassmillerblog.com.  We are about to be really spoiled!

Be sure to comment some love for the newest member of the blog family and check Whitney out on instagram and be sure to snag her cookbook!

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What’s For Dinner with Whitney Ingram

Hey all, my name is Whitney and I am happy to be here! I am a cookbook author and my husband and I own a catering company in Utah. We have three children who I try convince to eat kale all the time. Sometimes I win, sometimes I don’t. And when I win, it’s probably been cooked in bacon fat. Anyways, I will be here every so often with a fancy new recipe for you to take a gander at and hopefully give a go. If you happen to want more, please check out my cookbook on Amazon, “The Family Flavor: 125 Practical Recipes with the Simple and Delicious”.

 

Today we have a protein-packed taco with a luscious, creamy avocado sauce. I had been on the prowl for a taco filling recipe without the taco seasoning packet. The seasoning packet makes the perfect saucy filling, but I want it without the packet and all the questionable ingredients in it. Solution is here! Just a bit of flour and chicken stock.

 

This recipe is ground turkey and black beans, but feel free to do just ground turkey or beef or even go vegetarian with black beans and diced red bell peppers, zucchini and yellow squash. Okay, let’s dive in.

 

Black Bean Turkey Tacos with Avocado Cream

recipe by Whitney Ingram

Yields 6 servings

 

For the tacos:

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1/2 yellow onion, diced

1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 1/2 pounds ground turkey breast

15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 tablespoons tomato paste

3/4 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/4 teaspoon chile powder

1 tablespoons all purpose flour

1/2 cup low-sodium chicken stock

Tortillas, for serving

Chopped fresh cilantro, for serving

 

For the cream:

2 avocados, halved and pit removed

1/4 cup sour cream

1/2 teaspoon fresh lime juice

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

2 tablespoons water

 

In a large skillet over medium heat, add olive oil. Once the oil is heated, add onion and salt. Saute until onion is softened, about 10 minutes. Increase heat to medium high and add garlic and ground turkey and saute, breaking up the turkey with a wooden spoon. Once turkey is cooked through, add black beans, tomato paste, cumin, oregano, paprika and chile powder. Stir well to combine, being sure the tomato paste is distributed through the black beans and turkey. Sprinkle flour over the turkey mixture, stir well and cook until flour smell is gone, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and pour in chicken stock and simmer until sauce is thickened, about 5 minutes.

 

Once the taco filling is made, make the avocado cream. In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Add more water if necessary to achieve desired consistency.

Serve tacos in tortillas with avocado cream and cilantro on top.

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I know what we’ll be having at the Miller Manor tonight!

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checking in

Harlo is currently into making her own videos on the ipads.  Each night Brady and I giggle as we watch them.  I know they will be treasures to us one day!

Stella is on a mission for tokens.  We have started a token system at the house (tokens earned by doing chores, good behavior, etc.) and the excitement has not worn off on Stella yet. She recently cashed all of them in on a new barbie purchased on amazon and asks everyday (I mean every minute) if it’s going to be delivered today.  Today she said “ordering online takes forrrrrrreverrrr!” Oh, I feel ya, girl.  I feel ya.

Grae refuses to take naps mostly this week.  5 minutes here, 5 minutes there.. she is begging to go to bed by 8.  I get NOTHING done.  Were you wondering if I got anything done today? Nope.  I didn’t.

Itty will only drink water if it’s fresh from the tap.  She will have a full bowl of water but if it’s more than an hour old, she will tap around her bowl until I pour it out and get it fresh.

I am happily running on baby kisses and caffeine fixes.  90% of the time I am at one with my life with the busy-ness and coziness around me.. the other 10% I am breathing into a brown paper bag repeating “I have three children.”

Bedtime is the ultimate trick on humanity.

Black nails make me oh so happy.

Harlo took about 100 pictures like this tonight…

They are currently making my life.

Hope you’re all having a good week!

xoxo

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fulfilled.

I blinked and I am suddenly driving to and from schools, signing papers, helping with home work, and volunteering in classrooms.

This season of life really snuck up on me.  It’s one that seemed so far off when I had my little babies at home, and now it’s already here.

One thing that surprises me often about the duties of motherhood is how much I enjoy the work.  It fulfills my soul.  I know it is good work and it feels so good to do.

The thought of forgetting things makes me anxious, and to think of a year of home work sounds daunting, and remembering school schedules seems overwhelming – but the act of the work is surprisingly fulfilling to me and I am grateful.

I didn’t expect the fulfillment of waking up kids for school and feeding them breakfast.

I didn’t expect the fulfillment of doing their hair in their preferred styles, sending them off to look in the mirror and waiting for that content smile.

I didn’t expect the fulfillment of looking at them in my rear view mirror as I drive them to school, holding their hand as I walk them in and kissing them goodbye.

I didn’t expect the fulfillment of picking them up, listening to their days, and checking the papers in their backpacks.

I didn’t expect the fulfillment of delving out after school snacks, marking off chore charts and thinking of afternoon activities to accomplish.

I didn’t expect the fulfillment of folding laundry and tucking it away in their drawers.

I didn’t expect the fulfillment of preparing a meal for my family – with small helping hands – and sitting around the table to eat that very meal.

I didn’t expect the fulfillment of filling bathtubs, washing hair, laying out pajamas.

I didn’t expect the fulfillment of brushing teeth and hair, and sending them to bed.

I didn’t expect the fulfillment of listening to my husband reading bedtime stories.

I didn’t expect the fulfillment in listening to late night giggles.

I didn’t expect it, and I am oh so grateful.

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Stella is so cute | BB winner!

WINNER OF SWAG BAG IS: JESSENIA HUNSAKER! Congrats Jessenia! Email me to get your swag bag!

 

Stella started preschool this week.  Can you imagine how excited she is?  Even more than that! She loved her first day.  There is not a lot I can write about Stella to let you know how seriously cute and wonderful she is, so I decided to interview her instead.


 

::STELLA::

What is your favorite color? “Pink!”

Who is your best friend? “Grae.”

What is your favorite thing to do?  “Chores.  Seriously.”

What is your favorite show? “Frozen.”

I meant your favorite TV show, what’s your favorite TV show? “I love watching Frozen on TV.  Seriously! It’s recorded!”

What’s your favorite way to wear your hair?  “Anna braids.”

What’s your favorite place to eat?  “The Goodie place.” (mongolian bbq)

What is your favorite treat? “Candy corn.”

Who is your favorite person?  “Mama”

How come I’m your favorite person?  “Because you’re cute.  Every single thing you wear is so cute.”

Where is your favorite place to go?  “Disneyland.”

What do you want to be when you grow up?  “A chore girl like you.” (hahahaha)

What is your favorite thing about yourself?  “My smile ’cause it’s cute.”

Are you excited about preschool this year? ” Yes!”

What are you most excited for about preschool? “Learning.  That’s a good answer, huh.”

Stella Johan Miller, do you know much I Love you? “The starlight much.”

How much do you love me?  “The earrings.  ALLLLL the earrings.”

Another note about her first day:

On the way to school she said “Mom, will someone tell me congratulations today?” I said “I guess they could say congratulations since it’s your first day of school.” (pause) “Mom, I don’t hear you telling me that.” “Oh! Congratulations on your first day of school, Stelly!” (content smile.)

Miss Rin said she walked right in then asked “Um, Miss Rin? Who are my friends?” She was happy to tell me she made TWO friends at school “Ave-uh-ree and Jel.. like Jell-O” (I later found out her name was JILL like Jillian.)

After I picked Stella up I noticed she was holding a water bottle which reminded me I forgot to send her with her special one from school. “Stelly! Your water! I’m sorry! I totally forgot!” and she whispered to me “It’s fine.  It’s totally totally fine.”

Stella is seriously the best.  Our family would be lost without her!

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