This week’s Beauty Detox Recipe Challenge was lettuce wraps! This was great timing since we’d just received our first organic produce box, now conveniently sold at a garden centre just across the road.
Along with fresh peaches, an enormous leek (which will being going into leek and potato soup tonight!), blueberries, tomatoes, cucumber and bananas, we got a beautiful head of crisp Romaine lettuce.
I decided to make my version for dinner last night, so I wanted to make sure that it was going to be substantial and filling.
I’ve made lettuce wraps before, in the form of lettuce tacos, but I always used chicken or beef.
To make this vegan version, I flavoured my quinoa using the same homemade taco seasoning that I use for my meat tacos. No need for those over-priced and chemically-laden store-bought taco seasoning packets!
I lightly sauteed some zucchini, red pepper and onion, which I added to the quinoa filling. This upped the nutritional value and added colour, and I served these Quinoa Lettuce Tacos with salsa and homemade vegan sour cream.
This meal took no time at all to get on the table, since I was able to mix up the taco seasoning and chop and sautee the veggies while the quinoa was cooking. Quick preparation, crisp lettuce and fresh salsa made these tacos a perfect easy meal for a busy summer evening.
Quinoa Lettuce Tacos
(Yield: 4 servings)
- 1 head romaine lettuce
- 1 cup quinoa
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 zucchini, chopped
- 1/4 red pepper, chopped
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 1/2 tsp coconut oil
- 1 tbs homemade taco seasoning
- 1/2 cup fresh salsa (or try serving with fresh guacamole)
- 1/2 cup homemade vegan sour cream
Directions: Bring quinoa and water to a boil, cover and reduce to a simmer for 20 minutes or until water is absorbed. Meanwhile, mix up taco seasoning and chop vegetables. Saute veggies in coconut oil over medium heat. Once cooked, add quinoa and taco seasoning to vegetables and stir until well combined. Serve in well washed and dried Romaine leaves, top with salsa and vegan sour cream, and enjoy!
Make sure to check out my previous Beauty Detox Recipe Challenge entries and try Kimberly Snyder’s Raw Dijon Hempseed Lettuce Wraps!