There is nothing I like more than a good ‘ol Mexican Fiesta every now and again. Something about tacos, guacamole and spice just make me happy. It might have something to do with the fact that they are incredibly simple to make and everyone loves them.
From family dinners to friend get-togethers, tacos make for a great meal idea. So what’s the catch? Turns out store bought taco kits aren’t exactly the healthiest for you. Ground red meat and heaps of cheese and sour cream are in fact, not good for you. Not to mention, the taco shells are fried.
Rather than give up one of my favourite meals, I opted to health-ify it; make it a little greener, leaner and cleaner.
I would consider myself a fair-weather vegetarian so I thought it would be neat to toy around with a meatless recipe instead. Whole foods like fresh vegetables and unprocessed grains are easier on your digestive system and better for your body anyways.
After a little brainstorming and some serious kitchen raiding, I came up with the following tasty taco recipe.
Healthy Quinoa Tacos
Both satisfying and deliciously nutritious, to make these tacos you will need the following ingredients:
– 1 small onion chopped
– 1 red and green pepper, diced
– 2 small jalapeno peppers, diced
– 1 teaspoon minced garlic
– 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
– 1 cup each of cooked pinto and black beans
– 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce
– 1/2 teaspoon each of cumin, oregano, onion powder and paprika
– 1 teaspoon each of chili powder and cayenne pepper
– 1 tablespoon lime juice
– 1 tablespoon avocado oil
Step 1: In a skillet, heat up your tablespoon of avocado oil and brown your onions and peppers in it. Once they are tender, toss in your garlic and cook together for one more minute. You don’t want to burn your garlic.
Step 2: In a pot, bring your tomato sauce, quinoa, beans and spices to a simmer. Once simmering, add in your onions, peppers and garlic and cook together over low heat for 15 minutes.
Step 3: The final step is to add in your lime juice. Give everything a good stir before filling your taco shells.
To make this meal even healthier, top your meatless taco off with lots of fresh greens, tomato and in place of sour cream, use cashew sour cream. Opt for whole grain soft shells versus fried ones or make your own from scratch.
As if the taste of these quinoa tacos won’t have you begging for more, the nutritional value of them is far greater than traditional tacos. Packed with approximately 8 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber and under 200 calories per taco (not including the shell), you’ve got yourself one heck of a healthy meal.