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Monday, March 1, 2010

Fiesta Fantastica!

Many people who are trying to incorporate vegetarian meals into their diet or trying to wean off of the meat products they are used to miss some of the dishes they were accustomed to eating. Fortunately, there is a plethora of meat-like options available now and are omnipresent in all types of grocery stores and restaurants. They are known as meat analogues and are made with wheat protein (seitan), soy and other items used to create the textures and flavors of meat. The benefit of eating these products is that you can have the "meat"without the saturated fat, cholesterol and animal protein which we know is a leading cause in the development of our modern Western diseases that are increasing morbidity and mortality and epidemic rates (i.e. heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, etc).

This recipe is a staple at my house. It is very easy to whip up for a last minute filling meal that my family will actually eat without any prodding.


Lightly toast whole grain tortillas in the toaster or on the stove one at a time

In the meanwhile, saute about 3/4 cup (1 medium) onion, chopped in 1/2 cup vegetable broth. Once the onions become soft, add in 1 package of veggie ground round (i.e. Yves or Lightlife). Let heat up in the pan for a couple minutes, until the ground round is heated.

Place the tortilla on a plate.

Add about 2/3 cup veggie ground round/onion mixture on top

Add 1-2 cups chopped spinach (or other salads greens)

Sprinkle 1-2 Tbsp shredded vegan cheese (optional)

Add 1/2 cup salsa (I like to use black bean and corn salsa for an extra nutrient boost)

Enjoy! It makes 2-4 servings.


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