Tacos are a Superfood.
Okay. Okay. They may not be harvested in the Amazon, have impressive antioxidant properties, and go for 25$ per pound in the bulk section, but hear me out. Tacos can be loaded full of a variety nutritious fillings. The taco shells are the book-ends that hold this meal together, quite literally. They take an abundance of unbound foods and link them together so that they can be eaten in a single bite. It’s a beautiful thing really.These Chipotle Lime Roasted Cauliflower Tacos are chocked full of awesome nutrition and flavor.
The amount of vegetables in these tacos could almost justify eating chocolate and donuts for your other two meals. Almost. With kale, cabbage, carrots, and cauliflower all in one meal you are sure to hit a variety of nutrients. Throw some chickpeas and avocado in there for some healthy, fantastic fat and a moderate amount of protein, and we have a mealtime win.
Why should you incorporate at least one meatless meal a week?
- It is good to incorporate a variety of foods into your diet so that you can be sure you are meeting your nutrient requirements. Meat can be very nutritious, but enjoying a wide and varied diet that includes healthy vegetarian options can increase your intake of vitamins and minerals you might otherwise be missing.
- Eating vegetarian can be cheaper. Cooking whole food vegetarian meals can be cheaper than purchasing high quality cuts of meat. Of course, buying processed or prepared vegetarian food is often more expensive, but salt and soy heavy options are not what we are looking for here. Make your weekly vegetarian meal from scratch, and emphasize vegetables. By purchasing less meat, you can focus on buying more high quality grass-fed cuts!
- Cooking vegetarian improves your cooking skills. I didn’t learn to cook until I became a vegetarian. By learning to cooking vegetarian dishes you can expand your repertoire and become a better cook. That is a win.
- Vegetarian meals will encourage your family to eat their veggies. If vegetables are the overcooked and unappealing side dish to a plate of BBQ’d ribs, your kids will associate veggies with the less tasty option. Encourage your children (and spouses, and friends, and parents) to enjoy vegetarian cuisine by making the vegetables the star of the meal.
- Our actual protein needs are much smaller than most people think. The average person can get by eating .8-1 grams per kg of body weight. So, that is 55-68 grams daily for a person weighing 150 lbs. Of course if you are lifting weights or doing a lot of intense exercise you might need a bit more (1.2-1.5 grams per kg of body weight is usually sufficient for most active people). Much of the information online will tell you that you need more than that (I’ve seen 1.5-2 grams per POUND of body weight) but the evidence supporting these claims isn’t there. Excessive protein intake is taxing on your kidneys which are responsible for removing the waste products from your blood once protein is broken down and used for energy. The people who sell protein powders, protein bars and protein cookies aren’t going to break this to you, but too much protein is simply turned into glucose in your body, and if that glucose isn’t used as fuel it will be stored as fat just like every other macronutrient.
As a reformed vegetarian, and a predominately paleo-ish eater, I approve these roasted cauliflower tacos, corn tortillas and all. Labels are for processed foods, not for eating practices. Lopsided eating leads to nutritional gaps. Focus on balance, flavor and variety, and lose the labels. Food is to be enjoyed, and to nourish your body. There is no need to overthink nutrition. Just eat your vegetables.
Start with these Chipotle Lime Roasted Cauliflower Tacos.
Chipotle Lime Roasted Cauliflower Tacos
These tasty roasted cauliflower tacos are loaded with flavor and nutrition. They are sure to impress even the most pickiest of meat lovers, and abuelitos.
Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpeas
- 1 large head of cauliflower
- 1 can of chickpeas drained, rinsed, and patted dry
- 1/4 cup avocado oil
- 2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp smoked parika
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1-3 tbsp tapatio optional
- 1/2 head of green cabbage
- 1 bunch purple kale
- 1 large carrot
- 1 tbsp avocado oil
- 1/2 lime, juiced
- 1 tsp cumin
- salt and pepper to taste
Spicy Chipotle Lime Sauce
- 1/2 can chipotle peppers in adobo about 3-4 peppers
- 1 7 oz container of 2% greek yogurt about 1 cup
- 1/2 lime, juiced
- 10 corn tacos shells
- 1 ripe avocado diced
- 1 bunch cilantro chopped
- 1 sliced jalapeno optional
- gaucamole or salsa
Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpeas
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease large baking sheet with coconut oil cooking spray.
Begin by removing the base fro the cauliflower, and then coarsely chop into florets. Add to large bowl.
Rinse, drain and pat chickpeas dry. Add to bowl with cauliflower.
Add oil and spices and stir well until everything is covered evenly with spice mixture.
Dump contents of bowl onto greased baking sheet and spread evenly. Cook for 30 minutes. Stir several times during cooking.
While cauliflower is cooking, thinly slice cabbage, carrot and kale into strips removing the stems and core.
Place vegetables into a large bowl and coat with oil, spices and lime juice. Massage thoroughly.
Chiptole Lime Sauce
In a blender or bullet, add 1/2 can of chipotles with adobo. Blend until smooth. Add yogurt and lime juice, and blend again until fully incorporated.
Warm shells in the oven or a pan.
Assemble tacos with the cabbage slaw on the bottom, topped with the cauliflower and chickpeas, then dress with the chipotle lime sauce, and top cilantro, avocado and any additional toppings.
Feel free to omit the hot sauce, and use less chipotle in the sauce if you are sensitive to spice.