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10.29.2012

Meatless Monday Quinoa Taco Lettuce Wraps



My husband has more will power than I when it comes to beef and chicken. When I decided to make some changes in our diet and we went unprocessed (or at least mostly unprocessed) He decided to go meatless. I went 4 whole weeks... and I caved  I had a chicken salad. Than last night I fixed myself some steak tips... I swore when he smelled those tips he would cave. Me being the mean wife that I am was kinda hoping he would would be tempted and come to the dark side.

Yep. Will of steel! He didn't cave. He settled for his meatless dinner instead.

One of our new favorite quick and easy unprocessed vegetarian meals are these Quinoa Taco Lettuce Wraps.

They have all the flavor of a taco, low carb, low fat, high fiber, high protein... they are awesome! This recipe is easily adapted to be vegan. Just nix the sour cream/cheese and you are good to go! I promise you will not miss the meat filled tacos or the corn tortilla!

Quinoa Taco Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup cooked quinoa ( I cook mine in veggie stock instead of water)
1 cup cooked black beans or pinto beans (I soak my own)
1-2 tbs of taco seasoning
1/4-1/2 cups salsa
1 avocado sliced
1/2 cup diced tomatoes
1/4 cup diced red onions
1/2 cup fat free sour cream (optional)
1/2 cup shredded  cheese (optional) 
4 iceberg lettuce leaves

Directions:

Over medium/low heat mix cooked quinoa, beans salsa, and taco seasoning together. Salt and pepper to taste.

When heated through. spread quinoa taco mixture into lettuce leaves top with your favorite taco toppings. I like avocado, tomatoes, onions and sour cream. Add cheese, scallions, taco sauce, jalapenos... nix the sour cream and cheese and make it vegan! Whatever your hearts desire!      

   
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13 comments:

  1. My husband has such a will of steel too. He does much better at dieting and healthy eating then I ever do. The dark side of sugar always makes me fail. This sounds like a great meat free dinner.

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    1. Sugar and butter do me in every single time! I've lost 6lbs this month. 4 to go! MUST RESIST THE COOKIES!

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  2. Very impressive that your husband chose these over steak tips!!

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    1. I'm proud of him! He's making some great lifestyle changes... hopefully in time I can too!

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  3. Would love right about now my friend! Gave your Hamburger Helper post a shout out today too :) Stay safe over the next few days!

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    1. Thanks Jess! Stay safe, cross your fingers the power isn't out for days!

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  4. I could totally go for one of these! Fantastic, and yay to the hubster for his good choices, esp over steak tips!

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  5. My boyfriend and I always try to remain meatless but finding recipes that are vegetarian and filling are hard to come by. But, these quinoa tacos look like they fit the bill. Can't wait to try them!

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  6. I love this! I'm a huge fan of quinoa, a great way to get some protein in when you go meatless.

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  7. I will take meatless lettuce wraps any day. These look amazing, Carrie! I adore quinoa.

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  8. Gorgeous! Whew you two have more willpower than I do! Love this.

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  9. veggie taco lettuce wraps! This is so clever, I am loving it. From the quinoa, the protein count, and the ease of this recipe _ can see a lot of it popping up in my dinners coming up. Looks SO good :)

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  10. Amazingly, all of my family likes this recipe. the carnivorous husband and the 3 picky littles. Even the baby likes it (albeit without the lettuce). I have made this a number of times now and have added it to the standard rotation. Thank you for providing this recipe!!

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