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Bean & Butternut Tacos with Green Salsa

  • Ingredients

    • Salsa
    • 8 ounces tomatillos
    • 2 cloves garlic, unpeeled
    • 1 jalapeño pepper
    • 1/4 cup sliced white onion
    • 1/2 ripe avocado, diced
    • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • Freshly ground pepper to taste
    • Tacos
    • 4 cups diced (1/2-inch) peeled butternut squash
    • 3-4 small dried red chiles
    • 2 cloves garlic, unpeeled, smashed and left whole
    • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
    • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano, preferably Mexican, divided
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
    • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds, plus 1/2 teaspoon ground toasted cumin seeds (see Tip), divided
    • 2 cups cooked pinto beans, drained (see Tip)
    • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
    • Freshly ground pepper to taste
    • 8 6-inch corn tortillas
    • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
    • 1/2 cup finely shredded and chopped red or green cabbage
    • 8 teaspoons crumbled queso fresco (see Note), or feta cheese

  • Nutritional Analysis

    • Calories 406
    • Total fat 9 g
    • Saturated fat 2 g
    • Monounsaturated fat 4 g
    • Cholesterol 3 mg
    • Sodium 517 mg
    • Total carbohydrate 70 g
    • Dietary fiber 14 g
    • Added sugars 0 g
    • Protein 13 g
    • Potassium 1006 mg

Directions

To prepare salsa: Bring a pot of water to a boil. Remove husks from tomatillos and rinse well. Cook the tomatillos in the boiling water until soft, 5 to 8 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Toast garlic cloves, jalapeño and onion in a dry medium skillet over medium heat, turning occasionally, until browned, fragrant and soft, 5 to 7 minutes.

When cool enough to handle, peel the garlic. Remove the jalapeño stem and remove seeds if desired. Combine the tomatillos, garlic, jalapeño, onion and avocado in a blender or food processor. Process until smooth. Stir in cilantro, salt and pepper. Set aside for topping the tacos.

To prepare tacos: Preheat oven to 400°F.

Put squash in a medium bowl and, using kitchen shears, finely snip chiles to taste into small pieces (seeds and all) into the bowl. Add garlic, oil, 1/2 teaspoon oregano, 1/4 teaspoon salt and whole cumin seeds; toss to coat. Arrange on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake until soft and beginning to brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Peel and finely chop the garlic when cool enough to handle; stir into the squash.

Meanwhile, combine beans in a small saucepan with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon oregano and 1/4 teaspoon salt, ground cumin, chili powder and pepper. Heat over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes.

Warm tortillas one at a time in a dry large cast-iron (or similar heavy) skillet over medium heat until soft and pliable. Wrap in a clean towel to keep warm as you go. Spoon 1/4 cup of the warm beans into each tortilla; divide the roasted squash evenly among the tacos and top each with cilantro, cabbage, 1/2 cup of the salsa and cheese. (Refrigerate the remaining 1/2 cup salsa for up to 2 days.)

Tip: Toast cumin seeds in a small skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until very fragrant, 2 to 5 minutes. Let cool. Grind into a powder in a spice mill or blender.

Ingredient Note: Queso fresco, also known as queso blanco, is a soft, slightly salty fresh Mexican cheese. You can find it in Latin markets and many supermarkets.

Tip: How to Cook a Pot of Beans

  1. Pick over 1 pound dry beans to remove any pebbles or broken beans and rinse well under cold water. Place in a large bowl, cover with 3 inches of cold water and soak for 4 to 24 hours.
  2. When you’re ready to cook the beans, heat 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add 1 small chopped onion, 2 to 3 chopped garlic cloves and 1 chopped celery stalk (optional). Cook, stirring, until the vegetables are beginning to soften, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain the beans and add to the pan. Add enough cold water to cover the beans by 1 inch. Bring to a boil and boil for 5 minutes. Lower the heat to a bare simmer, partially cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 20 minutes to 3 hours, depending on the freshness of the beans. If at any time the liquid level drops below the beans, add 1 cup hot water. When the beans are nearly soft, stir in 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons salt. (Do not drain: beans are best stored in their cooking liquid and the liquid can be used in some recipes.)

Makes about 6 cups.

Recipe by EatingWell.com. © Meredith Corporation.
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BENICAR (olmesartan medoxomil), BENICAR HCT (olmesartan medoxomil-hydrochlorothiazide), AZOR (amlodipine and olmesartan medoxomil), and TRIBENZOR (olmesartan medoxomil, amlodipine, hydrochlorothiazide) are prescription medicines used to lower high blood pressure (hypertension). Medicines that lower blood pressure lower the chance of having a stroke or heart attack.

Patients may require more than one type of blood pressure lowering medication. Along with lowering blood pressure, a complete treatment plan to lower the chance of a stroke or heart attack may include exercise, a diet low in sodium, stopping smoking, controlling cholesterol, treatment or prevention of blood clots, and controlling blood sugar.

BENICAR, BENICAR HCT, AZOR, and TRIBENZOR may be used alone or with other medicines to treat high blood pressure.

AZOR may be used as the first medicine to treat high blood pressure in people who are likely to need more than 1 blood pressure medicine to reach their blood pressure goals.

AZOR is not for use as the first medicine to treat high blood pressure for people who are 75 years of age and older or have liver problems.

BENICAR HCT and TRIBENZOR are not for use as the first medicine to treat high blood pressure.

 

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Some of your other medicines and BENICAR, BENICAR HCT, AZOR, or TRIBENZOR could affect each other. This may cause serious side effects.

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If you take BENICAR, tell your doctor if you also take:

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  • Water pills (diuretics)
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If you take BENICAR HCT, tell your doctor if you also take:

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  • Diabetes medicine including insulin
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  • Potassium supplements or a salt substitute that contains potassium
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  • Welchol® (colesevelam hydrochloride)
  • Diabetes medicine including insulin
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For BENICAR, BENICAR HCT, AZOR, and TRIBENZOR

Serious side effects may include injury or death to an unborn baby; low blood pressure (hypotension), which may cause you to feel faint or dizzy; and kidney problems, which may get worse in people with kidney disease. If you have kidney problems, you may need blood tests, and your doctor may need to lower your dose. Tell your doctor if you get swelling in your feet, ankles, or hands, or have unexplained weight gain. These may be signs of kidney problems. If you have heart failure, your doctor should also check your kidney function before prescribing these medicines. Tell your doctor if you are experiencing these symptoms.

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Because of the thiazide diuretic (water pill), an ingredient in BENICAR HCT, other serious side effects may include allergic reactions and changes in body salts (such as sodium and potassium) and fluids. Tell your doctor if you have these signs and symptoms: dry mouth, thirst, weakness, tiredness or sleepiness, restlessness, confusion, seizures, muscle pains or cramps, muscle tiredness, dizziness or fainting, having little or no urine output, or nausea and vomiting.

The thiazide diuretic in BENICAR HCT can also cause eye problems, which may lead to vision loss. Symptoms can happen within hours to weeks of starting BENICAR HCT. Tell your doctor if you have a decrease in vision or eye pain.

The most common side effect of BENICAR and BENICAR HCT was dizziness. Other side effects of BENICAR HCT included upper respiratory tract infections, more uric acid in the blood, and nausea.

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Because of amlodipine, an ingredient in AZOR, other serious side effects may include worsening chest pain or heart attack. Get medical help right away if you have chest pain that gets worse or does not go away.

The most common side effect of AZOR was swelling from fluid buildup in the body. Other less common side effects were blood pressure that is too low; blood pressure that becomes too low after standing up too quickly; rash; itching; pounding or racing heartbeat; more frequent urination; and excessive urination at night. Other side effects may include headache, dizziness, and redness of the face and neck (flushing).

Do not take AZOR as your first medicine for the treatment of your high blood pressure if you have liver problems or if you are 75 years of age and older.

Additional side effects for TRIBENZOR only

Because of amlodipine, an ingredient in TRIBENZOR, other serious side effects may include chest pain that gets worse or heart attack. Get medical help right away if you have chest pain that gets worse or does not go away. TRIBENZOR also contains a thiazide diuretic (water pill), which may cause allergic reactions and changes in body salts (such as sodium and potassium) and fluids. Tell your doctor if you have signs of a change in body salts and body fluids. Signs of a change include: dry mouth, thirst, weakness, tiredness or sleepiness, or restlessness. These signs may also include confusion, seizures, muscle pains or cramps, muscle tiredness, dizziness or fainting, having little or no urine, fast heartbeat, and nausea and vomiting.

The thiazide diuretic in TRIBENZOR can also cause eye problems which may lead to vision loss. Symptoms can happen within hours to weeks of starting TRIBENZOR. Tell your doctor right away if you have a decrease in vision or eye pain.

The most common side effects of TRIBENZOR include dizziness; swelling of the ankles, feet, and hands; headache; tiredness; stuffy or runny nose and sore throat; muscle twitching (spasms); nausea; upper respiratory tract infection; diarrhea; urinary tract infection; and swelling of the joints.

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