Vegetarian cauliflower tacos… what a world! Hot on the heels of our Moroccan quinoa box I figured we would try Mexico next. And when I think Mexican food, I think tacos! When it comes to making vegetarian versions of typically meaty dishes, there’s always a couple of good options. Marinated tofu works, as do simply using some meat alternatives, but I think our absolute favourite is the tried and tested method of frying vegetables until crunchy and delicious – we opted for cauliflower here to do the honours, and didn’t regret it for a second. Caulies are great for this because they’re pretty forgiving in regards to time spent cooking; definitely important when that crispy coating is browning up and you don’t really want to worry about if what’s inside is done or not!
If you’re looking to batter the cauliflower yourself, it’s so, so easy, and always worth the effort. Whisk an egg, or mix up some egg substitute and dip the cauliflower in this briefly. While it’s wet, dredge it through some flour mixed with panko bread crumbs (panko optional – super crispy mode). After that it’s all pretty straightforward, into the oil it goes! Remove from heat when browned, and you’re good to go. Trust me, it’s worth the extra time to put the ‘crispy’ in crispy vegetarian cauliflower tacos – your tastebuds will thank you later.
Of course, every great taco needs a creamy element and some heat – here we have a little dab of greek yoghurt, some cracked pepper cheddar and a bit of chilli to round out the flavour profile. Pair it with a little taco sauce, a splash of lime juice, and a green salad and that’s that – crispy cauliflower tacos 🙂
- Cauliflower, chilli, cracked pepper cheddar, coriander, taco sauce, soft taco, lime, mixed leaves
- Kidney beans, tomato, spring onion, sesame seeds
Here’s the thing about roasted vegetables – you just can’t go wrong with them. If these crunchy little gems were sitting on a fresh salad, you would have a hit. If they were over brown rice and steamed greens, you guessed it, hit. If they were in a soup… wait… no, don’t do that. Everything else – perfect. With that in mind, I thought some quinoa and goat’s cheese would be a great little combination. Coriander, charred capsicum and red onion help to give it a bit of kick and the pomegranate seeds are a fun way to fresh things up a bit.
Amy loved it, of course – though I have suspicions extra large portion of dark raspberry chocolate may have helped! I mean… it never hurts, right? Put it next to some fresh, crisp vegetables and you get a really balanced lunchbox. We were going for a bit of a Moroccan vibe here with the quinoa, and I think it worked out really well – definitely inspiration to do some more ‘around the world’ Lettuce Lunch posts! What do you guys think – where to next? 🙂
- Quinoa, roasted potato and sweet potato, red onion, coriander, pomegranate, goat’s cheese, charred capsicum
- Lindt raspberry chip dark chocolate
- Red cabbage, spring onion, carrot
Oh pizza… so amazingly delicious, but what’s with all those calories? Pizza, you make us simultaneously happy and sad and we need to work on you. What if we could have a saucy, crunchy pizza experience while leaving the extra baggage out of it? Time to get to work. Presenting the basil pesto mini pizza!
It was from this simple need that the basil pesto mini pizza was created. Look, when you really think about it, pizza doesn’t have to be so bad for you. Replacing the white base with whole grain is a great start, and if you don’t add cheese and focus on the vegetables then you’re essential just having a salad with a bit of bread on the side, which doesn’t sound nearly so bad. Replacing the traditional sauce with pesto just gives it a fresher taste. Is it pizza? Is it some sort of open-faced sandwich/foccacia hybrid? Well, whatever it is, it works, so we’ll leave the naming conventions up to you.
The real beauty of these pizzas/not pizzas is, of course, that you don’t really have to follow a recipe. You just load it up with whatever you like or have on hand, and go to town. Even the pesto is optional! It goes really well with the whole grain, but if you prefer a tomato based sauce, go right ahead. The olives are a must though! That little hit of salt really elevates the flavour – just don’t go overboard! Pair it with something fresh and sweet, and you have a healthy, filling lunchtime treat. Enjoy!
- Wholegrain bread or muffin, mixed beans, tomato, pumpkin, olives, pine nuts, caramelised onion, pesto, mixed leaves, avocado
- Granola, yoghurt, pomegranate, pepitas
Hey everyone! First post ever! That’s right, this is the first lunchbox ever brought to life in the Lettuce Lunch kitchen, and what a risk it was! I mean, what could go wrong – avocado beetroot salad! Well see, about that – Amy has never been one for grapefruit. That said, I assured her this was going to work! Creamy avocado and earthy beetroot always are a fantastic way to keep the tartness of a blushing ruby-red in check – so with this in mind, I got to work.
Now avocado, beetroot, and grapefruit are a great start – and freshened up with some bright and healthy greens, I knew we had a hit on our hands. And as it turns out, Amy agreed! I was pretty eager for her feedback and sure enough, she loved it. When I got the lunchbox back at the end of the day there was not a speck of grapefruit to be found; Amy had polished it all off! The plan had worked, the grapefruit was gone, and Lettuce Lunch was off to a cracking start.
I think the takeaway message here is you have to try this salad! Avocado and beetroot salad together might seem quirky at first but it really worked out in the end – try it for a unique, colourful combination! Because they taste so darn good on their own, I decided to go without dressing to let the vegetables do all the talking. That said, I think a little splash of balsamic could work too. Beetroot and balsamic are best friends, after all! Pair it with your favourite dip and some crackers for a bit of body and heartiness, and you should have a healthy lunch on your hands in no time 🙂
- Avocado, grapefruit, beetroot, broccolini, rocket, pine nuts and sesame seeds
- Bagel crisps, sweet chilli cream cheese
- Hummus, peas, chilli, cracked pepper