Wowza! It's been just about 3 weeks since I last posted. April has been extremely hectic for me, to say in the least. I was border line nervous break for basically the entire month, but with that said... I PASSED MY SECOND NATIONAL BOARD EXAM! That's right. I'm now officially eligible for licensure as an acupuncture physician in many states- just not the one I live in! Hah. It feels great though to know I can practice in many of the states I'm so in love with. I have two more board exams to take in order to practice here though and upon completion I will be a Diplomat of Traditional Chinese Medicine which covers TCM herbology as well. With that said... on to my next one! Just kidding, I'm taking a week off to pamper myself before hitting the books again. Anyways, last week I made these delicious taco lettuce boats that ultimately fell apart due to my poor choice in purchasing baby romaine spears rather than a large head of romaine lettuce. If you go with the large head the taco lettuce boats will surely be a success, otherwise it'll default into taco salad which is still rad.
1 package Gardein ground crumbles (which is made from non-GMO soy and is also GF)
1 package organic taco seasoning (I found the organic variety at Whole Foods)
Refined coconut oil
1 large head of romaine lettuce
2 tomatoes, diced
1 bell pepper, seeded and diced
1/2 onion, diced
1 avocado, diced
1 lime, cut into wedges
Plant-based Mayo or vegan Sour Cream*, optional
Daiya Cheddar Shreds, optional
*Plant-based mayo and vegan sour cream are essentially the same thing. The sour cream is just a tad more tangy, but if you add a dash of apple cider vinegar to the plant-based mayo you can achieve the same tangyness. I always have plant-based mayo in the house which is made by Follow Your Heart and is soy free, so I prefer to use it instead of sour cream as it conveniently eliminates the need for purchasing an additional product.
In a large skillet over medium heat add a dash of refined coconut oil and cook the crumbles according to package directions.
Add in the taco mix, according to packet directions. It should be something like: dissolve taco seasoning in half a cup of water, poor over crumbles, mix until incorporated- continue to saute until any excess liquid cooks out.
While the crumbles are cooking, prepare your taco assembly station. I prefer taco night to be self-assembly, this way everyone can make their boats or salads the way they most enjoy them. Wash and dry your lettuce, cut it if you're doing a salad, leave the leaves big if you're doing boats. Lay out the remaining ingredients.
Taco Boat: Spread a little plant-based mayo aka sour cream down on the lettuce piece, line with taco seasoned crumbles and desired toppings- enjoy!
Taco Salad: In a bowl add a heaping scoop of lettuce, top with taco seasoned crumbles and desired toppings- dig in!
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