Your work day is over and you want to have something quick and easy for dinner. We have a taco night every Tuesday at a favorite fast food restaurant, and the line starts forming around 3:00 P.M. Who doesn’t love a crispy taco piled high with meat, cheese, lettuce and tomatoes?
However, if you’re a vegan, it is a lot harder, and you may have better luck making tacos at home, where you control the ingredients. Here are some tasty ideas to make vegan tacos:
You can’t make a tasty taco without the tortillas, but most tortillas are not vegan. If you’d like a lower calorie taco, a piece of romaine lettuce could act as the base, and then pile the taco fixings on top.
Food For Life™ Sprouted Corn Tortillas taste similar to traditional corn tortillas, and only have four ingredients; sprouted corn, sea salt, water, and lime.
Of course I like my tacos with extra cheese, but cheese is not allowed if you’re following a strict vegan diet. What can you use to substitute?
Use soy cheese if you like the taste of melted cheese. Think about how good that melted cheese will taste with the other flavors of the taco.
This is a good source of complex Vitamin B, which vegans may find hard to get. It tastes like parmesan cheese and is rich in protein. Assemble your taco ingredients and just before they’re ready to eat, sprinkle a light layer of nutritional yeast on top.
I love beans in a taco, and black beans top the list. Add your favorite Mexican spices for a taco that will fill you up but not out. Experiment with different kinds of beans and throw in some diced tomatoes and corn to add more texture.
I grew up eating fried potatoes, and I can personally attest that they’re delicious on tacos. The potatoes need to be small-diced. For best results, fry the potatoes until they’re crisp. Use your favorite seasoning blend to flavor while they are still moist from the oil. Salt and pepper are a must-have, and a little garlic powder will make them extra yummy.
Portobello mushrooms not only taste good, but they are chock-full of vitamins such as Thiamin, Vitamin B6, Magnesium, and Potassium. As a bonus, they are also low in sodium, saturated fat, and cholesterol.
You can sauté diced Portobello mushrooms, and to kick up the flavor, add cilantro, lime, salt, and chipotle peppers. If you prefer to grill, cook on both sides for about 3-4 minutes.
It’s always nice when you can stick to your eating plan without feeling deprived. The next time you want to make tacos, try these foods out and you may like them so much they’ll become part of your dinner rotation.