Vegan Tacos with Acorn Squash and Black Beans

Vegan Tacos Acorn Squash and Black BeansVegan tacos acorn squash and black beans might seem like an odd combination, but this recipe has just the right mixture of sweet, salt and spice. Your tastebuds will thank you.

Thanks to the squash and black beans, this recipe packs a nutrient punch. It has 15 grams of fiber and 11 grams of protein with only 353 calories for two tacos. You can reduce the calories and fat by cutting out the avocado and reducing the olive oil to 1/2 tbsp.

You could add some vegan shredded cheese to the tacos, but we didn’t feel it was necessary. They have so much flavor without it.

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Mexican Salad

Mexican SaladThis Mexican Salad is a flavorful, delicious, hearty salad that works well as a side salad or a main dish for lunch. With 14 grams of fiber, 10 grams of protein and 136% of your RDV of vitamin C, this is a nutrient rich recipe. And thanks to the beans and corn, it’s pretty filling, too.

Amelia whipped this recipe up one day with some spare ingredients we had laying around. Thanks to the lime juice and spices, it has a lot of flavor without using any oil.

You can put this Mexican Salad in a taco bowl to make it a little more special. EatingWell.com has a cool way to make your own taco bowls with corn tortillas and a muffin tin.

This salad is great on a hot summer day made with fresh corn on the cob, but you can eat it all year round and not get tired of it.

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Cauliflower Steak

Cauliflower SteakYaYa’s is one of our favorite places to eat in Denver. They have a vegan cauliflower steak that is absolutely amazing and if you call ahead and tell them you’re vegan, they’ll go out of their way to take care of you.

This cauliflower steak is very hearty and flavorful. We baked it whole until it turned a nice golden brown, but you could also slice it ahead of time and then bake it or grill it. Cooking it whole means all of the flavor is on the edges so if you slice it before cooking, you can spread the seasonings more evenly.

One head of cauliflower makes about 4 steaks, 2 larger and 2 smaller.

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Cauliflower Tacos w/ Lentils & Spicy Avocado Sauce

Cauliflower Tacos PinThe Spicy Avocado Sauce makes these Cauliflower Tacos w/ Lentils very tangy and fresh. We made ours open-faced using soft corn tortillas and then folded them to eat. It’s difficult to find taco shells here in Ecuador that don’t have oil, but these corn tortillas contain only non-GMO corn and water.

Both the cauliflower and lentils have lots of fiber, but the protein comes mainly from the lentils. One cup of cooked lentils has 18 grams of protein.

You can cook the cauliflower and lentils ahead of time and heat them up when you’re ready to assemble the tacos. That’ll speed things up at meal time.

We topped our tacos with some diced tomatoes for pop of color for the pictures, and they tasted good, too. You can squeeze a little extra lime juice over them if you want, and some hot sauce or salsa would also be delicious. Nutritional yeast would give it a cheesy flavor if you like that sorta thing.

The Spicy Avocado Sauce only takes a few minutes to make so you can get that done while the lentils are cooking. If you have any leftover sauce, you can use it as a salad dressing. It’ll keep for a few days in the fridge without browning thanks to the lime juice.

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Oven Roasted Red Potatoes

Roasted Red PotatoesThis Oven Roasted Red Potatoes recipe is a fast, easy and delicious side dish that goes with just about anything. It’s especially good as a side dish with your Tofu Scramble or Vegan Lentil Burger.

This recipe calls for 1/2 pound of red potatoes, but you can easily double the recipe and have plenty of leftovers for the week.

Leave the skins on. They have lots of extra fiber and nutrients.

You can make it using 2 tsp of olive oil without the vegetable broth, but we recommend using oil and vegetable broth together to cut back on the calories and add more flavor.

Like so many of our recipes, this one may have a hard time making it to your plate. We tend to eat most of them while we’re getting everything else ready. May you have better luck with these as a side dish instead of an appetizer!

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Tofu Scramble

Tofu ScrambleMy first attempt at a Tofu Scramble was a combination of recipes that I found online. Turning a block of tofu into “scrambled eggs” isn’t exactly common sense for someone who’s never done it before so I needed some help.

Some of the recipes were good, but the instructions were really lacking. The cooks who wrote them take for granted that new plant-based eaters need everything explained. That’s what I’ll aim to do here. If anything is confusing, please let me know so I can fix it.

If you serve this delicious tofu scramble to someone and don’t tell them it’s tofu, I doubt they’ll know. It looks and tastes just like scrambled eggs. I like to put some salsa on mine with a side of oven roasted red potatoes and a glass of unsweetened cashew milk. Very tasty.

The turmeric is the key to the scrambled eggs color. A half a teaspoon is all you need for a standard block of tofu. Any more and the tofu scramble is too yellow. Any less and it’s not yellow enough.

Indian or Himalayan Black Salt is another vegan trick ingredient to simulate an egg taste and smell. It contains sulfur and actually smells like hard boiled eggs. Indian Black Salt is different than Hawaiian Black Salt or Black Lava Salt so you can’t interchange the two.

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