QUINOA TACO MEAT

Were you a picky eater as a kid?

I was (kind of). When it came to fruit I remember only liking canned pears (yeah, weird, I know).

Lunch was almost always a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and dinner was often cheese and shells. If my parents put creamed corn on the table, it was a guaranteed meltdown (hated the stuff).

Desserts on the other hand? So easy to please, so long as coconut flake, cherries, or raisins weren’t involved.

Another menu item I could always get behind? Tacos. My family loved crispy tacos with ground beef and lots of salsa. My favorite thing to do was mix in some corn to the filling – I know, classy move. You don’t have to tell me how refined my palate was at 6 years old.

These days, ground beef isn’t my go-to filling for tacos. But, sometimes the 6-year-old in me misses its crumbly texture and flavor.

I think you see where this is going. Quinoa makes an excellent substitution! It’s almost uncanny. Come see how.

QUINOA TACO MEATIngredients
QUINOA

  • 1 cup (184 g) tri-color, white, or red quinoa
  • 1 cup (240 ml) vegetable broth*
  • 3/4 cup (180 ml) water

SEASONINGS

  • 1/2 cup (128 g) salsa (slightly chunky is best – I love Trader Joe’s brand)
  • 1 Tbsp (3 g) nutritional yeast
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp each sea salt and black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp (15 ml) olive or avocado oil

Instructions

  1. Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once hot, add rinsed quinoa and toast for 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. Add vegetable broth and water and bring back to a boil over medium-high heat. Then reduce heat to low, cover with a secure lid, and cook for 15-25 minutes, or until liquid is completely absorbed. Fluff with a fork, then crack lid and let rest for 10 minutes off heat.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 C).
  4. Add cooked quinoa to a large mixing bowl and add remaining ingredients (salsa, nutritional yeast, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and oil). Toss to combine, then spread on a lightly greased (or parchment-lined) baking sheet.

You can find complete recipes of this QUINOA TACO MEAT in minimalistbaker.com

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