Break for Spring with Black Bean and Avocado Tacos

This past week, the Cowie Clan enjoyed a fun-filled week in Orlando Florida with Nana and Grandpa J. A spring break in the true sense: a few days of fresh warm spring air, a welcome break from the late winter we’ve been having (and continue to have) in the Midwest.
As with most vacations, our week was full of indulgence and vacation-food overload. Our day at Epcot was no exception. I was in heaven at Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival Garden Marketplace. The World Showcase had kiosks with spring-inspired small plates of nibbles from around the world. In front of each kiosk there was a small garden featuring fresh edibles from the menu. Of course I had to try something from just about every kiosk! My favorite had to be the Cottage in the United Kingdom. They served Waterkist Farms Heirloom Tomatoes with house-made Mozzarella, Minus 8 Vinegar and Basil and a Trio of tiny Trifles: Chocolate, Berry, and Ginger and Tea flavors.
By the end of the trip, it was time to get back on track and back to reality. Black Bean and Avocado Tacos were a perfect finish to a magical week. With south-of-the-border flavors and ingredients, these tacos are light, yet filling. Kale, avocado, black beans and sunflower seeds are the main ingredients, all super duper healthy. Although completely vegan and gluten-free, the tacos are satisfying and didn’t leave us feeling like we were missing out on anything.
Now back in the Lou, the kids are delighted to have an unexpected additional day of Spring Break with weather that in no way resembles spring. Our awesome memories of flip flops, sunscreen and sunglasses will have to get us through the ten inches of snow piled up on the porch. And the hope that the warm spring air will soon be here as well.


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