Chickpea Street Corn Tacos with Spicy Avocado Cream Sauce
- 9-12 corn tortillas
- 1 avocado, sliced
- 1/2 cup cotija cheese, crumbled
- 3 ears of corn, in the husk
- 2 poblano peppers
- 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
Spicy Avocado Cream Sauce
- 2/3 cup light coconut milk
- 1/2 large avocado
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 lime, juiced
Preheat oven to 350.
Toss your drained and rinsed chickpeas with olive oil, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, salt, cayenne and pepper until well coated.
Lay your chickpeas flat on a baking sheet alongside your two poblano peppers. (Just put those on the baking sheet plain.)
Place the baking sheet on the top rack of your oven. On the middle rack of your oven place your corn in husks right onto the oven rack. Bake for 30 minutes.
While everything is baking, add coconut milk, avocado, garlic clove and lime juice into a blender. Blend just until combined. (You'll add one of your poblano peppers later.)
Once everything is done baking, chop off the top of your poblano peppers and remove the seeds. Add one to the blender - blend - and dice the other into small pieces.
Shuck your corn and cut it off of the cob. Add corn and diced poblano to a bowl along with cojita cheese, and roasted chickpeas. Toss.
Top your corn tortillas (I grilled mine) with street corn mix, and top with avocado slices and blended sauce.
I haven’t talked too much about body image/body shaming/body positivity here on my blog. I’ve talked about it a couple of times on my Youtube channel. (You can watch those videos here and here.) It’s a topic that is near and dear to my heart, so I thought I’d share an idea on the subject that has been brewing in my mind. *Get it… brewing.*
If you looked at the internet this week you probably saw the scandal about the playboy model, Dani Mathers, posting a snapchat of another woman. If you didn’t, basically what happened is that Dani snuck a photo of a nude woman in the LA Fitness locker room with the caption, “If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either.” Pretty awful right?
Well the media and Dani’s followers thought so too and let her know, posting article after comment after article about what a “garbage person” she was for body shaming another woman. And in the midst of all the other depressing news this week, I thought, “ugh why is body shaming a thing? ” But then it struck me… there is a silver lining to body shaming.
That silver lining is the fact that we now have the words “body shaming” “body positive” etc. in our vocabulary. Ten years ago those words did not exist. Ten years ago, no one was calling people out for their small-minded, media-clouded views on what a human body should look like. But now there is a word for it, a way to stand against it, and people who will fight to protect you from mean girls. That’s improvement.
There is something changing, progressing, shifting in our culture. It’s not an easy shift. It’s not easy to look at the dark corners of your soul and bring them to the light. But that is what we must do. We must give words to these ideas so that we can solidify them, and fight for them. Body positivity. Say it again. Body positivity. Let that live inside of you. Fight for that concept. Be thankful that there are words to describe and combat the struggle. Remember there is good in the world.
Like these tacos…
I didn’t forget about the tacos. In fact, I’m eating a delicious taco while typing these words about body positivity and body shaming and it feels like the perfect full circle. We have to feed our bodies in order to love them well – as an aspect of loving them well. And boy these tacos are a surefire way to tell your tummy you cherish it.
Crunchy chickpeas. Roasted sweet corn. Poblano peppers. Cojita cheese. Spicy avocado cream sauce. OMG OMG OMG. Yes to every bite. You will love the flavor explosion and you will thank yourself. (At least I hope you thank yourself.) Thank your body for existing and moving and breathing. Take care of it well. Eat some dang tacos.