I really love being in the kitchen -- it soothes every inch of my soul. My favorite thing to do after a long day is pour myself a glass of red wine, put on some tunes, zone out, and cook. But let's face it, some nights I don't have hours -- or even a half hour -- to cook, and these tacos have saved me countless times. Making them doesn't involve any fancy creams, sauces, or cooking methods. All it takes are some high-quality spices, a beautiful bunch of lacinato kale, and twenty minutes: First cook the kale, black beans, and spices in a pan with water until the moisture has evaporated, then add toppings to serve. These classic tacos are my standbys -- they also happen to be naturally gluten-free and vegan. —Sher Castellano
garlic cloves, minced
lacinato kale, ribboned
cooked kidney, black, pinto or garbanzo beans
Heat the olive oil in a pan over low heat. Toss in garlic and kale, and stir briefly. Cover the pan for about 3 minutes, or until the kale becomes bright green and wilted.
Next add in your beans, spices,1/2 cup water, and sea salt. Turn up the heat to medium and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally until the moisture has mostly evaporated and the beans are soft and sizzling.
Add the taco mixture to the tortillas and go wild with your fixings; adding the onion, avocado, cilantro and hot sauce to serve.
Sher Castellano is the plant-based chef, endometriosis advocate and former health coach behind the award winning blog With Food + Love. Sher creates anti-inflammatory recipes to help you feel better, and explores topics of chronic illness with her honest writings. With Food + Love was a finalist in the 2015 Saveur Magazine Food Blog Awards, and has been featured in Better Homes and Gardens, Buzzfeed, Food and Wine, MindBodyGreen, Oprah Magazine, Self Magazine, Shape Magazine, Urban Outfitters and Vegetarian Times amongst others. Sher was born and raised on the East Coast, but now calls Dallas home.