Crock Pot vegan tacos!

It’s Tuesday! Guess what that means?

It’s taco night! Taco Tuesdays, is that a thing? I don’t really know, but I was really craving some tacos today, so that’s what we’re doing.

As you may know, I’ve been trying to eat less meat, so even though I still have animal products during lunch sometimes, I’ve been keeping all my dinners meat-free.

So far, so good! I’ve been making lots of creative vegetarian dishes that don’t let me miss meat at all! I’m actually surprised because just a few weeks ago, I wouldn’t believe you if you told me someday I would enjoy a dinner plate without any beef on it.

But with the right kind of tools (Pinterest) and the right kind of materials (fresh veggies from the farmer’s market) you can make truly amazing vegetarian meals that are full of flavor, texture, and nutrition.

Anyways, back to tacos. How oh how do you make those without meat?

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Simple! After checking out a few vegan taco recipes on Pinterest, I realized it’s a pretty simple formula of some types of legumes, some quinoa for texture, herbs and spices.

I decided to go with lentils and used red lentils and regular (green?) lentils. I also used some quinoa, homemade taco seasoning, and slow cooked everything for 4 hours.

The best part about these vegan tacos is that you can also slow cook them on ‘low’ for 8 hours, meaning they can cook while you’re at work, and then you’ll come home to ready-to-eat delicious tacos. It’s like magic!

I am definitely doing that next time.

I like to eat my tacos in a soft shell, rolled up like burritos with all my toppings, which usually include cilantro, tomato, greens, taco sauce, and some plain greek yogurt (a little probiotic never hurt anyone). But you can serve this vegan taco filling however you like!

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup red lentils

1/2 cup lentils

1/2 cup quinoa

2.5 cups water

3 cloves of garlic

1 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

1/2 dried oregano

1/2 tsp paprika

1 tsp cumin

salt & pepper to taste

taco shells (I went with soft)

toppings: I went with spinach, tomato, red onion, plain greek yogurt, taco sauce

Directions:

  1. Throw everything except for taco shells and toppings into the crockpot for 4 hours on high, or 8 hours on low.
  2. That’s it! Enjoy your vegetarian/vegan tacos.

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Jackfruit BBQ Sandwiches – Vegan Version of “Pulled Pork”

Have you ever heard of jackfruit? It’s a gigantic fruit that grows in Southeast Asia and resembles one of Khaleesi’s dragon eggs.

There are many ways to indulge in this sweet tropical fruit, but probably the most unusual way to eat it is as a vegan meat alternative.

The white, stringy part of this fruit is so mild in flavor, that it will taste like any seasoning you put on it. The texture also resembles meat, making it ideal for those of us who miss meaty dishes.

One easy way to cook it is with BBQ sauce, like a vegan pulled “pork” sandwich.

I suggest using canned jackfruit for this, because when I tried using it fresh, it came out too stringy and tough (still edible, of course). But the canned type has a much better texture for imitating cooked pork.

Make sure the canned jackfruit you buy is either in water or in brine (not syrup! The syrup kind is too sweet for this dish!)

You can get canned and fresh jackfruit at most Asian grocery stores, or online.

Serve your BBQ pulled jackfruit with some gluten-free buns and a few rings of a crunchy red onion for a bomb summertime dinner.

bbq jackfruit sandwiches

How to cook BBQ pulled ‘pork’ jackfruit sandwiches

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans young green jackfruit in water or brine -OR- 1/4 fresh jackfruit (the less ripe, the better)
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 pepper
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • gluten-free buns
  • optional: red onion as topping

Steps:

  1. If you’re using canned jackfruit, drain and rinse the jackfruit. Remove the core and any seeds, leave just the white stringy parts.
  2. If you’re using fresh jackfruit, cut it in quarters, remove the core, seeds, any yellow/orange parts (those will be too sweet) and the skin. Leave just the white stingy parts. Give yourself 30 extra minutes, because this is a pretty tedious process.
  3. Chop the yellow onion and cook in a large pan with some oil until slightly soft.
  4. Add the jackfruit.
  5. Throw in the seasonings: salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, chili powder and smoked paprika
  6. Cook for about 10 minutes
  7. Add the BBQ sauce to the pan. Feel free to add a little bit of water to thin it out.
  8. Let the mixture simmer, covered, for 30-40 minutes, adding water if necessary to prevent burning.
  9. Once the jackfruit is soft enough, it’s ready to serve! Goes well with red onion and any other toppings.

I hope any of you who are meatless meat-lovers enjoy this recipe. It comes out pretty similar to the real thing, so you can get your meat fix without actually killing any piggies.

bbq jackfruit texture

looks legit

Peace x

15 random facts about me

Hey guys! It’s been a while, but I’m back!

I figured the best way to kick off this post is with a few facts about me to give you guys an opportunity to learn more about me. So let’s dive in!

  1. zodiac sign: Taurus/Gemini
  2. three fears: spiders, cancer, planes (falling)
  3. three things i love: cats, my family, horizon organic chocolate milk
  4. color underwear i’m wearing: plaid.. yup
  5. how many tattoos i have: only 1 for now
  6. how many piercing i have: 2
  7. a confession: I have been paleo for over 2 years and even have a paleo blog.. but now I am starting to realize the problems with eating meat and I’m transitioning to a meat-less diet, which is kind of derailing all my paleo blog plans
  8. my personality flaw: I’m a bit of an antagonist, but I am also the nicest person you’ll ever meet. Just don’t look at me the wrong way.
  9. my favorite app: currently using Prisma a lot for photos, and Plag for social
  10. eye color: steel grey sometimes with a green or blue hue
  11. relationship status: in one and happy about it
  12. do you drink? Not very often, & when I do, it’s only wine
  13. do you smoke cigarettes? I quit over a year ago
  14. last book i read: A Game of Thrones (I’m reading the second one now!).. Needless to say, I love that show!
  15. year i was born: 1992

Well that’s it for today. Stay tuned for new posts, delicious veggie dishes, and updates on my new hair!

facts about me