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Veggie Taco Recipe

Healthy veggie tacos in under 15 minutes! 

veggie taco two completed veggie tacos

The Importance of Veggies

Sometimes I feel like I’m not getting enough vegetables in during the day…is that just me? According to the USDA, women ages 19-30 and 31-50 are supposed to get 2.5 cups of vegetables per day. It doesn’t sound like much, but if you’re only consuming vegetables for dinner, it can be pretty hard to meet that requirement.

Even further, the USDA recommends that each week women should consume 1.5 cups of dark green vegetables, 5.5 cups of red and orange vegetables, 1.5 cups of beans and peas, 5 cups of starchy vegetables, and 4 cups of other vegetables. Now that’s a lot of veggies!

I don’t think I’m anywhere close those numbers during a normal week. I’m making a conscious effort, however, to incorporate more plant protein into my diet.

That’s why I’ve been starting to pick up more vegetarian foods at the grocery store, like the Gardein and Morningstar products. You can find these at almost every grocery store in the frozen section.

I picked up the Gardein Ultimate Beefless Ground which I thought was easy enough to incorporate into veggie tacos. I hardly eat red meat as it is so I thought this would be the perfect type of meatless meat to try out first, since I’m not accustomed to a particular taste.



beefless ground, tortillas, and salsa

The Recipe

Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup Gardein Ultimate Beefless Ground
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped pepper (red or green)
  • Taco seasoning
  • Tortillas
  • Toppings of your choice: shredded cheese, salsa, guacamole, sour cream, cilantro, lime juice, lettuce

taco mixture

Directions:
  1. Combine the Gardein Ultimate Beefless Ground, onion, and peppers into a skillet with some olive oil. Heat on medium and cook until all contents are heated through. Sprinkle in some of the taco seasoning until your desire and stir thoroughly.
  2. Heat tortillas on a flat cast iron pan or in the microwave. One serving of the beefless ground makes about 3 tacos.
  3. Put a spoonful of the taco mixture into each tortilla. Top your tacos with toppings of your choice! My favorites are salsa, shredded cheese, lettuce, and cilantro.

flat veggie tacos

And just like that, you scored some ultimate veggie points with this meal! Enjoy!

Pizza Under 400 Calories!

Over the weekend, my boyfriend and I took a trip to Trader Joe’s to do some light shopping. This became very dangerous very fast. We ended up spending over $50 when we went in to get only a couple items. But when does this not happen?? There’s just so many items we wanted to try out! One of my favorite purchases was the Speculoos Cookie & Cocoa Swirl cookie butter. OMG if you like sweets, you need to buy this and try it! It’s like the best combo of cookie dough with Nutella. Be mindful though – it’s 90 calories per Tbsp.

Back to the point. I was looking at the pita bread and offered up the idea of making personal sized pita pizzas for dinner! Little did I know how brilliant this actually was.

We came back and cut up our toppings of choice: red onion, green pepper, grape tomatoes, and basil leaves. We topped our pitas with some leftover pasta sauce we got from Aldi (so delicious!) and went to work on making the pizzas, topping everything with shredded mozzarella cheese and oregano flakes. Fun fact: I used to work at Pizza Hut for 4 years so I’m a bit of an expert when it comes to making pizzas ;).

I logged all the ingredients we used into the MyFitnessPal app and was shocked to see that it was only a total of 395 calories! It tasted so great too!

Pita pizzas are awesome because you get to tailor it to what you like and to fit your dietary needs. Be sure to load up on the veggies and protein if you can!

Recipe

Ingredients:
  • Pita bread
  • Pasta sauce or pizza sauce
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese (I used part-skim based)
  • Toppings of choice
Directions (pretty self-explanatory):
  1. Cover your pita in the sauce leaving enough of an edge for the crust.
  2. Sprinkle some mozzarella on the sauce.
  3. Fill in your toppings.
  4. Top with more mozzarella cheese, parmesan, and oregano if you’d like.
  5. Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 5-10 minutes or until toppings and cheese have cooked.