Quinoa Tacos Recipe

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!

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Recipe serves 4:

Ingredients:

  • 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
  • Β 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

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425f.
  2. 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.
  3. If using, prepare your protein (chicken or meat substitute) according to directions.
  4. 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.Β  Add in half of the black beans and add in the jalapeno peppers. Stir.
  5. Spread the quinoa mixture on a greased baking pan and bake in oven for about 10-15 minutes
  6. While everything is baking, chop up the onion, lettuce, tomato, and avocado. Also prepare the corn if using.
  7. 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.
  8. Enjoy!

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