Tacos Without Tortillas, You Say?

Last night Smash and her roommate had me over for dinner and to watch Thr Bachelorette. We have a weakness for bad but amazing T.V.! Having a vegetarian who is cleansing over for dinner is no easy feat! But they succeeded quite well by creating delicious roasted veggie tacos which I served up in lettuce leaves to avoid the corn and flour tortillas. Let me tell you, they were fantastic and easy!! Though you can make this recipe with canned beans and boxed mexi-rice, try to make your own so you know exactly what is going in your body! In reality, all you need to do is fill a lettuce leaf with what you’d normally put in a taco, but here’s how we did it:

Cleanse-Worthy Veggie Tacos/strong>
Ingredients: for 4
8-16 lettuce leaf taco shells
8 oz black beans, use homemade to control the salt content or canned if you don’t care 🙂
2 small or 1 medium/large squash (zucchini, summer, crookneck), sliced
1 bell pepper, sliced
1 medium, ripe avocado
Mexi-rice, make your own with cumin and oregano to control the salt/preservatives
Olive oil
Salsa, I made homemade – recipe to follow
Non-cleanse add-ons: corn, cheese

Preparation: preheat oven to 425
1) in a baking dish, toss sliced bell pepper and squash with EVOO and rosemary, place in oven for 20-30 minutes
2) prepare beans and rice, either by re-heating on the stove or grabbing from a pot you just made before starting the veggies as the beans would take about 2 hours and the rice about an hour (rice, cooked in veggie stock, add cumin, oregano, and a little cayenne or chipotle!)
3) slice the avocado, prep the salsa, prep the lettuce cups
4) when veggies are roasted, set up an assembly line, eat, then come back for seconds cuz these tacos are guilt free!

Easy Salsa
1 tomato, quartered and seeded
1 jalapeño, seeded
1/2 bell pepper, quartered and seeded
1-2 cloves garlic, peeled
Lots of cilantro!, pull the leaves from the stems
-post cleans: 1/4 tsp salt (mostly as a preservative)

NB: I used my small Cuisinart food processor for this so it takes about two seconds, you can dice it all by hand if you want or use a blender or a salsa maker you got at the fair…
1) add all ingredients to food processor
2) pulse 3-5 times until you have the consistency you desire. I like mine chopped really fine so I do it 6-7 times
3) taste, adjust spice to you liking, serve!


All these ingredients make a great lunch salad for work the next day!! Happy eating 🙂


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