One of mine and Michael’s resolutions this year (like so many others I’m sure) was to start eating better and being more active. Now, although this isn’t the first time we’ve set this goal for ourselves, we’ve decided to give it our all. (I would like to note, however, that being pregnant makes this extremely difficult to do at times – but I’m hanging in there!)
The biggest motivation for us this time around is the fact that Hadley pretty much eats whatever we do and we want her to start forming healthy habits now, rather than having to struggle with it later on. Although it may seem like a difficult task to accomplish, I believe that if kids grow up with a balanced diet and active lifestyle, then this will just be the norm for them and they won’t know any different. So! I’ve been a Pinterest fiend this month -even more so than usual- in search of recipes, pinning anything and everything that looks healthy and, more importantly, tasty!
A few months back, Michael had come across a video about this company that makes vegetable-based meat substitutes. What sets them apart from other companies is that they have scientifically created their products to resemble not just the taste of meat, but the texture as well. They’re known as Beyond Meat and their ultimate goal is to reduce the consumption of beef and poultry worldwide by providing products that have just as much protein and half the fat. And the best part? It’s actually reasonably priced! I was able to get an 11 oz. package of the beefy crumble from Safeway for $4.49 PLUS they offer $1.00 off coupons on their website. Score!
Excited to take the test and see if this healthy meat alternative could live up to expectations, I decided to make tacos! And to make them a little more healthy, I left out the shells and tortillas and wrapped everything in lettuce leaves instead. The end result was absolutely amazing! I mean, not only did the lettuce provide more than enough crunch for me to not miss the taco shell, I also honestly wouldn’t have been able to tell that it wasn’t real ground beef had I not made them myself. Even Hadley loved it!
I also concocted my very own taco seasoning for this recipe. Feel free to try it or use your own!
- 1 (11) oz. package Beyond Meat beefy crumbles
- 4 large lettuce leaves - iceberg works best
- 1 tomato, diced
- 2 green onions, sliced
- 1/2 cup shredded cheese
- 1 Tbsp. oil - I used vegetable
- 1/4 - 1/2 cups water
- salsa (optional)
- 1 Tbsp. chili powder
- 1 tsp. cumin
- 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. onion powder
- 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- 1. Heat oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat
- 2. Mix together all seasoning ingredients in a small bowl
- 3. Add beef to skillet and cook 6-8 minutes, stirring frequently
- 4. Reduce heat. Add water and seasoning, stirring to coat evenly
- 5. Serve immediately. Generously sprinkle with your favorite toppings and enjoy!
- The lettuce leaves I used were on the larger side. Cut in half or use smaller leaves to make more wraps! 🙂