I bet when you started reading this blog you thought these recipes would all be healthy salads. Ha! Think again. Healthy meals incorporate veggies and I do love a good salad, but as a long distance runner, I often need something more substantial.
These quinoa tacos are a favorite in our house and the leftovers make for a super easy and healthy lunch the next day!
Recipe serves 4:
- 2 large sweet potatoes
- 1 cup, dry quinoa
- 2 cups veggie broth
- 1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 yellow or red onion, diced
- Optional: 2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
- Romaine lettuce, chopped
- If in season, fresh corn cooked and cut from the cob or frozen corn
- 1 Avocado, sliced
- 1 tomato, diced
- 4 tsp chili powder, divided
- 4 tsp cumin, divided
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 TBSP nutritional yeast
- 3 TBSP olive oil
- Tortilla chips, taco shells, or corn tortillas
- Optional: plain greek yogurt (sour cream substitute), shredded cheese, salsa, guacamole
- Optional: Lean protein such as chicken or meat substitute
- Preheat oven to 425f.
- Peel and dice the sweet potatoes. Toss in olive oil, 2 tsp cumin, 2 tsp chili powder, and garlic. Spread out on a baking sheet and put in oven for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- If using, prepare your protein (chicken or meat substitute) according to directions.
- In a sauce pan bring quinoa and veggie broth to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer. Cook about 20 minutes or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat and add the remainder of the chili powder, cumin, nutritional yeast, and a little olive oil to the pan. Add in half of the black beans and add in the jalapeno peppers. Stir.
- Spread the quinoa mixture on a greased baking pan and bake in oven for about 10-15 minutes
- While everything is baking, chop up the onion, lettuce, tomato, and avocado. Also prepare the corn if using.
- Remove the quinoa and sweet potatoes from the oven. You can either make a taco salad, tacos, or buritto/wrap. I always start with the tortilla chips, add sweet potatoes, quinoa, chopped up vegetables, and optional toppings.