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Taco Salads. Vegan or Vegan Raw that is the question.Vegan MoFo 2009.

No not really, just some options and what ever you prefer or feel like!

My family really enjoys having taco salads for dinner. It is a salad with built in utensils – the tortilla chips. You can make this a super fast and easy meal by purchasing an organic salad mix, organic non-gmo tortilla chips, salsa and the guacamole if you are short on time. Which in my household seems habitual. But, if you like you can cook some rice, I like to make a spanish rice for this or you can purchase a prepackaged mix, but you have to read the label to make sure it is vegan. Many rice mixes use chicken stock. I personally like to make the rice myself and I also make the corn chips as well. This is something I like to do and the chips have a long shelf life, but they never sit that long to worry about it.:)

I normally make monster salads with romaine lettuce, cabbage, peppers, shredded carrots, spiralized  zucchini, red onion, broccoli (chopped finely) cauliflower (again finely chopped) and tomatoes. Store it in a huge air tight container and feed off of this for 2 or 3 days at a time. This ensure I always have salad on hand to eat for lunch and dinner.

Taco Salads

Vegan Taco Salad

The Spanish Rice Mix

1 red pepper chopped

1 small onion chopped

1 can organic tomato sauce

1 cup of rice (long grain basmati is good, brown rice works too)*

2 cups of water

1 -2 Tablespoon of spicy prepared mustard

Salt and Pepper to taste.

Directions:

Saute the onions and pepper in a small quantity of oil and water (lighter version if you like) 5 min. Add the rice and stir for 1 min, then add the tomato sauce, mustard and 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 20-30 min. *If you are using brown rice, it will take approximately 50 min. You may need to check it and stir once or twice to ensure it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. Once the rice is cook and the liquid absorbed, stir, taste and add seasonings if you like. Cumin ground or cumin seeds, a teaspoon added to this adds a nice flavor. Also if you like a bit of a kick, you can add cayenne or chili pepper (my new favorite thanks to Kristen Suzanne is Simply Organic Chili Pepper). Thanks Suzanne! You can also add more veggies to this recipe – okra, peas, corn etc what ever hits your fancy.

The tortilla chips I make are Matthew Kenney‘s Golden Tortilla Chips from his book¬†Everyday Raw the recipe can be found here. I should say these are made with thawed frozen corn and flax seed and you can use a dehydrator or an oven turned on low and let the chips dry overnight. I love these chips, they have a lot of flavor and zero of the guilt when you eat them.

Pair these chips with this sauce and you will be in heaven! Kristen Suzanne‘s Cheezy Hemp Nacho Sauce from her book “Kristen Suzanne’s ULTIMATE Raw Vegan Hemp Recipes. The book and recipe can be found here. This is so good, no one will know that it is raw and really good for them. Drizzle this on your taco salad and need I say more?

For the guac I kind of “wing it”. What ever I have on hand. Avocado, red onion, tomatoes, garlic, cumin, coriander, jalapenos, fresh lime/lemon juice and celtic sea salt. If you set the pit in the guac, this will prevent it from turning brown until you are ready to serve it. Sometimes I add all theses or if I am rushed on time- avocado, garlic powder, cumin, fresh lime/lemon juice and salt. Another option I like is simply slicing the avocado and placing slices or chunks of avocado on my salad.

Vegan Taco Salad: place the chips on your plate in a layer, top with salad, then spread the rice mix lightly over the salad followed by salsa and guac. If you make the cheezy hemp nacho sauce, then drizzle some over the top. MMM so good.

Raw Vegan Taco Salad: place chips on your plate in a layer, top with salad, then add guac or avocado slices followed by some fresh salsa and drizzle with the cheezy hemp nacho sauce. This is wonderful!

There you have it. Quick and simple but satisfying dinner on the table in minutes!

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