I originally made this mixture for tacos... but while making it I started craving a salad...does that ever happen to you guys? Haha. You start making something and then your entire appetite changes? Maybe I'm the only one! This taco salad is packed with a lot of protein, vitamins, minerals, and you guessed it, fiber. This is a simple, yet easy bowl to make in a pinch - or - take your time to drool over it. Either way, it's delicious.
Serves 1-2 (1 large salad, or 2 small)
Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, salt-free
Prep time: 10-15 min
Cook time: 10-15 min
Materials needed: Microwave (optional to save time)
1 stalk Romaine Lettuce, chopped, rinsed
1/4 c. prepared white Quinoa
1 sm. Yam, sliced into small chunks
5 Cremini Mushrooms, roughly chopped
1/4 c. shredded carrots
1/2 c. fat-free ranchero, black, or refried beans*
1 sm. yellow onion
2 tbsp. sliced black olives
1/4 c. tomatoes, chopped
1 tbsp. scallions
1 tsp. smoked paprika
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. dried (or fresh) cilantro
+/- Hot Sauce
+/- Nutritional Yeast (tastes like cheese!)
+/- Kite Hill Unsweetened Almond Milk Yogurt (tastes like sour cream!)
After you have chopped your lettuce and prepared your quinoa, microwave they yams on HIGH for 3-4 minutes with 1 tbsp. water (cook until done). In a medium size non-stick skillet, add your sliced onions on HIGH heat and add 1-2 tbsp. water to get your onions caramelized; 3-4 minutes here. Add your mushrooms, carrot shreds, choice of beans, and stir until warm. Toss your seasonings in & coat all your vegetables. Adjust your seasonings with more or less (a good place to add chipotle paste, cumin, or any other flavors you enjoy!). Add a bit of water if the pan gets dry. Continue stirring. Once your mixture is hot, toss in your yams and quinoa. Set aside.
Plate your bowl with lots of lettuce, the warm vegetable mixture, top with hot sauce, nutritional yeast, Kite Hill, black olives, scallions and tomatoes.
*if using, prepare refried beans separately
Nutritional Highlights: Quinoa is an ancient grain loaded with protein, iron, magnesium - and - low in fat. Quinoa is a great plant-based protein - it's easy to prepare and can be incorporated in many different style dishes.