Recipe: Vegan Tacos with Orange Zing

It’s no secret that there are many health and performance benefits in going plant-based. Increasing your intake of vegetables alone will help overall help, recovery and performance. But if you’re thinking of swapping your animal-based meals for vegetarian or vegan alternatives, you have to do it right! It’s not just about “cutting out meat”. High levels of training require extra attention to the macros (in particular protein for recovery) and the micros (it’s important to pay attention to iron and B12 when plant-based). Doing the plant-based thing right doesn’t have to be hard and the best bit – it can still taste pretty amazing!

Here’s a Vegan Taco recipe that won’t leave you feeling like you’ve missed out because you left out the meat/fish/chicken – it’ll leave you feeling satisfied and recovered, ready for your next training session.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
  • 1-2x 30g Old El Paso Taco Spice Mix
  • Old El Paso Mild-Medium Salsa Thick and Chunky
  • The juice of 2 limes
  • 750g firm tofu, cubed
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Capsicums (1 red, 1 green), chopped
  • 1x 400g can Four Bean Mix
  • 1 large orange, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup fresh coriander, chopped
  • Soft tortillas to serve
  • 1-2 avocados, sliced
  • Baby Cos lettuce, to serve
  • Original Vegenaise, to serve
  • Additional lime halves, to serve

Method

Tofu mix

  1. Drizzle some EVOO onto frying pan and preheat the pan over high heat
  2. Combine the rest of the EVOO in a bowl with one packet of spice mix and the lime juice, add the cubed tofu and mix together until tofu is coated
  3. Place tofu onto frying pan, stirring regularly with a wooden spoon to prevent the tofu from burning
  4. Drain the Four Bean Mix under cold water and add to frying pan – mix in with the tofu
  5. Add the capsicum and mix through
  6. Add the second packet of spice mix to the pan and cover with ½-1 cup water and mix until the water is absorbed/reduced
  7. Once cooked, set aside

Orange Salsa

  1. Combine the onion, orange, coriander and lime juice in a bowl
  2. Mix to combine well

How to eat

  1. Wash and slice Baby Cos lettuce as desired (can leave the leaf long or chop – as desired)
  2. Place lettuce onto the tortilla (amount – as desired)
  3. Top with tofu mix (again, amount depends on hunger)
  4. Finish with the 1-2 teaspoons orange salsa, 2-3 avocado slices and 1-2 teaspoons of Vegenaise to taste*
  5. Enjoy!

*Amounts can vary – be mindful the more you stack into your tortilla the harder it will be to close it!

Recipe adapted from taste.com.au 

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