A couple of weeks ago, I was feeling tired and stressed out because of some changes at work. I got out of my routine, stopped exercising, and ate appetizers for dinner.
I felt stuck in a rut and knew that I had to pull myself out. Back to my routine, back to exercising, and now I feel pretty great. Just another example of how our lifestyle can affect our health and our mood.
Summertime also helps me feel energized. The sun is still out when I get home from work so that I can work outside in the garden. The farmers market is bursting with fresh fruit and vegetables, all of which inspires me to eat fresh and healthy meals. I’m beginning to dread the winter, already thinking about the early nights and cold weather. Everyday I remind myself to just enjoy the summer while it lasts – ’cause it doesn’t last long here in Northern Illinois.
This recipe was inspired by tacos de papa, a Mexican taco filled with spiced mashed potatoes. I prefer the texture of roasted potatoes, so I roasted them instead. The cumin and red pepper add spice to the potentially bland potatoes, and roasting them gives them a nicely browned exterior.
I chose to top them with a corn salsa, because this is sweet corn season in the Midwest, and I just can’t get enough of it. Feel free to use any salsa you have on hand, especially if sweet corn is no longer in season. The corn salsa is fresh and adds a needed crunch to the soft potatoes.
Throw on some avocado, cilantro, and lime juice for some green to balance out the yellows and browns, and go to town!
Bring out these potato tacos with corn salsa for a summer cookout, or as a vegetarian alternative at your next taco party (even plant-based eaters get tired of black beans).
Try these out next time you crave a taco, and let me know what you think in the comments below! If you enjoy this recipe, please share with your friends, family, and social media acquaintances – I’d really appreciate it!