Healthy Butternut Squash Black Bean Tacos

Healthy Butternut Squash Black Bean Tacos

These Healthy Butternut Squash Black Bean Tacos are gut friendly – made with soaked beans (to reduce anti-nutrients and improve bioavailability of minerals), authentic corn tortillas (gluten free), beet sauerkraut (probiotics) and finished with a creamy raw cashew aioli (dairy free).

Healthy tacos! Need I say more? I’ll admit these are a little fiddly – only because the beans and aioli have been prepared from scratch – however – all flavours come together so beautifully that it makes it all so worth it.

Healthy Butternut Squash Black Bean Tacos – drizzled with a dairy free aioli. Recipe here! Click To Tweet

I have posted separate recipes for both the Refried Black Beans and the Creamy Raw Cashew Aioli – only because they can be used in different ways to complement other recipes – so just keep that in mind if you go to print this recipe out.

Healthy Butternut Squash Black Bean Tacos

Nutrition Highlights:

Refried Black Beans provide a fantastic source of both protein and fibre, particularly indigestible fibre that acts as a prebiotic in the large colon. They are a good source of the minerals iron and zinc, though soaking is paramount in order to reduce the inhibitory phytates.

Nori Guacamole is my take on the classic – I’ve added a large torn sheet of toasted nori to the mix. My only question is – why didn’t I think of this earlier? Because, avocado and nori, d’uh. Anyway, the nori complements the flavour whilst sneaking in some valuable minerals – particularly iodine. Avocado, as we know, is a fabulous source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats.

Butternut squash is a great source of beta-carotene, the precursor to vitamin A. Red radish, according to Macrobiotic principles, is useful for clearing excess mucous and phlegm.

Beetroot sauerkraut provides a pop of colour and health-promoting probiotics, thus contributing to overall gut and immune health. It is incredibly easy to make yourself from scratch, however, if using store bought, seek an unpasteurised brand.

Raw Cashew Aioli makes for a tasty topping, and is a great dairy free alternative to cheese. Finally, corn tortillas are naturally gluten free – I always like to source organic when buying corn products.

Healthy Butternut Squash Black Bean TacosNori Guacamole

If you feel overwhelmed at the multiple elements, just think, the leftovers! There will be loads of leftover beans, and ample cashew aioli – perhaps some freshly smashed avo the next day and you’re done. The recipe for the beans is also rather large, meaning, a stash of something healthy to re-heat mid-week when you’re working late.  

Finally – feel free to sub out the corn tortillas for a cos lettuce leaf, as a lighter option. You may also like to try my Raw Tacos recipe out here, for something a little different.

Enjoy, fellow taco lovers!

Note – the Refried Black Beans and Raw Cashew Aioli both require soaking so you will need to prepare these in advance of making the tacos.

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Healthy Butternut Squash Black Bean Tacos
 
These Healthy Butternut Squash Black Bean Tacos are gut friendly – made with soaked beans (to reduce anti-nutrients and improve bioavailability of minerals), authentic corn tortillas (gluten free), beet sauerkraut (probiotics) and finished with a creamy raw cashew aioli (dairy free).
Makes 8 Tacos.
Author:
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Mexican, Vegetarian, Vegan
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 8 authentic corn tortillas
  • ½ butternut squash
  • Olive oil
  • ⅓ cup beet sauerkraut (as an alternative, finely shredded fresh red cabbage)
  • 2 small radishes, sliced thin on a mandolin
  • 1 heaped cup Refried Black Beans (recipe here)
  • Nori guacamole (recipe below)
  • Raw cashew aioli (recipe here)
  • Fresh coriander, to serve
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven at 180˚C (356˚F). Peel and dice the butternut, then lightly coat in olive oil. Space them out in a baking tray and roast till golden, approximately 30 minutes.
  2. In a dry frying pan, heat the corn tortillas one at a time – or warm in the oven.
  3. Spoon a couple of tablespoons each of the refried black beans and nori guacamole over the centre of each tortilla, then top with roasted butternut, sliced radish, a teaspoon or more of beet sauerkraut, a drizzle of raw cashew aioli and a sprinkle of fresh coriander.
  4. Enjoy!

Nori Guacamole
 
Nori Guacamole! Good ol' guac with torn nori sheets folded throughout, to add a little extra nutritional goodness (minerals).
Author:
Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: Vegetarian, Vegan
Ingredients
  • 2 avocados
  • ½ red onion, finely diced
  • Bunch of fresh coriander, chopped
  • 5g toasted nori sheets, torn
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • Pinch of fine sea salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • Spring onions/scallions, to serve
Instructions
  1. Smash the avocado on plate with a fork, then add all other ingredients and mix to combine.
  2. Sprinkle a few slices of spring onions over the top to finish.

Healthy Butternut Squash Black Bean Tacos

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lauren Glucina is a Naturopath, Medical Herbalist, and passionate expert on plant-based whole foods. Lauren has also formally trained as a Raw Foods Chef and has a soft spot for raw treats. 

She is currently completing her last year toward an Ad. Dip. Nutritional Medicine (graduating 2016).

  • Laura Campbell

    Absolutely delish! I did not have sauerkraut and my husband said, ‘these would be good with sauerkraut’. Ha! The aioli made it all come together and I really liked that I did not miss having cheese. Well done and thank you

    • Amazing! Thanks for sharing that Laura glad you and hubby enjoyed 🙂