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The Best Easy Taco Recipe

I’ve been holding on to this easy taco recipe for quite some time now. Some say it’s the best taco recipe, but I’ll let you be the judge of that.

With so many taco recipe ideas on the Internet and in cookbooks, it’s hard to figure out which ones will taste good andbe beneficial for your health.

That’s why I created this taco recipe … again, it’s the best taco recipe I’ve created. I’ve spent months perfecting it because I wanted to make sure that it had the best flavor profile to accompany the fantastic health benefits it has to offer.

It’s so important that we treat our bodies with the utmost respect when it comes to what we are eating, especially when 80,000 new cancer cases in 2015 were solely attributed to eating a poor (or innutritious) diet. [1]

Recipe Qualities

  • Tasty
  • Juicy
  • Flavorful
  • Spicy

Ingredients

  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Red onion
Additional optional ingredients
  • Mushrooms
  • Asparagus
  • Spinach

 

3 Health Benefits of This Best Easy Taco Recipe

1. Protects your heart

Ahh, inflammation. We’ve all heard of it, and by now we know that the root cause of most illnesses stems from inflammation within the body.

Chronic inflammation can lead to harmful diseases such as cancer. It may also cause hypertension (high blood pressure), which leads to heart disease.

Eating an anti-inflammatory diet can go a long way in helping to guard against these inflammatory illnesses. That’s why I chose cauliflower—a great anti-inflammatory food.

Cauliflower is rich in sulforaphane, and scientists think that sulforaphane may increase the activities of glutathione and thioredoxin antioxidant systems. [2]

Broccoli is also great for heart health. It contains high amounts of vitamin B6 that help regulate homocysteine levels. Homocysteine is an amino acid found in protein, such as meat. Elevated homocysteine levels lead to inflammation of the arteries, which may put one at serious risk for developing heart disease. [3]

2. May help fight against cancer

Eating a well-rounded, plant-based diet will help reduce your risk for developing harmful diseases.

The key is making sure you are purchasing produce that hasn’t been sprayed with harsh chemicals. This is why buying organic is important, and it can be done, even if you’re on a budget!

I typically advise people to reference the “Dirty Dozen” list to know what produce should be bought organic. Those are the ones where, even if you wash them and peel them, they still contain loads of pesticides.

Chemicals in our foods contribute to the development of illness. This is why it’s so important to eat foods that fight free radicals and reduce oxidative stress and inflammation in the body.

Onions are a part of the allium family and contain a rich supply of antioxidants. Antioxidants are like weapons for the body to ward off harmful toxins. And studies have shown that consuming foods such as onions and garlic may have powerful cancer-fighting abilities. [4]

Mushrooms contain conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA, which has been shown to help reduce the growth of cancer cells of various cancers such as breast, prostate, and lymphoma, to name a few. [5, 6, 7]

3. Serves as an excellent source of folate

Folate, not to be confused with man-made folic acid, is a water-soluble B-vitamin that plays various important roles in your body.

Folate is crucial for DNA and dividing cells for fetal development. It also helps prevent neural tube defects, which are birth defects of the brain and spinal cord. [8]

Both asparagus and spinach contain high levels of folate. An important thing to know is to make sure the bioavailability of folate within the food is high. This means that if the folate-rich foods you consume have a higher bioavailability, the folate will be absorbed quicker and your cells can use it immediately. [9]

 

The Best Easy Taco Recipe

Now that you know a little bit about how this plant-based, easy taco recipewill benefit you, it’s important that you know how insanely delicious it is.

So, when you’re scouring the internet looking for taco recipe ideas, think back to when you took a screenshot of this super easy taco recipe, printed it out, and placed it on your refrigerator to remember to make later.

All you need are the ingredients listed below, which may seem like a lot, but 80 percent of it is probably already sitting around your kitchen and/or pantry.

So, put on your favorite podcast or playlist, and let’s get cooking!

 

Time: 35 minutes

Serves: 6

Easy Taco Recipe

Ingredients

Roasted cauliflower:

  • 3 cups cauliflower florets
  • ¼ cup coconut aminos
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • ¼ cup avocado oil
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Sautéed vegetables:

  • ½ cup chopped red onion
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • ½ cup sliced carrots
  • ½ cup chopped zucchini squash
  • ½ cup mushrooms
  • ½ cup chopped asparagus
  • 1-2 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin

Slaw* (optional):

  • 1 cup chopped kale or cabbage
  • ½ cup sliced carrot
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • ¼ cup of lime juice
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon avocado or olive oil
  • Pinch of salt

Toppings:

  • Spinach
  • Sliced avocado
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Salsa

*Note: You can buy pre-packaged slaw if you’re running low on time.

 

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

2. In an 8 x 8-inch baking dish, mix together the ingredients for the roasted cauliflower and allow the mixture to sit for 10 minutes.

Easy Taco Recipe

3. While the mixture is marinating, in a large bowl, combine the ingredients for the slaw. Place in the refrigerator.

4. Next, place the cauliflower dish in the oven and bake for 25 minutes.

5. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan over medium heat, add all the ingredients for the sautéed vegetables. Sauté for 10-12 minutes, or until the vegetables are easily pierceable with a fork.

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6. Place your desired tortillas on a plate. (I recommend cassava flour tortillas, Siete tortillas, or corn tortillas.) Top with the, cauliflower mixture, sautéed vegetables, slaw, spinach, avocado, cilantro, and salsa. Serve and enjoy!

Easy Taco Recipe

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