Taco Lettuce Boats!
It's summer time, which means more outdoor eating and more reasons to make simple dishes that can be shared with friends! I hope the title of this post didn't throw you off too much. I mean, why would anyone want to mess with the traditional taco recipe that's worked well since the beginning of time? I get it, you love the crunch, the complimentary flavors and especially the melted cheese drizzled on top of your hard shell taco. Tacos fit perfectly into your hand, which means you can devour one after the other without using a single utensil. Tacos are fun to eat and they're a great way to spend time in the kitchen without actually "cooking" anything. I get it.
I usually meal-prep for about 2.5 hours every Sunday. This past Sunday, I skipped meal-prep. Not because I was super busy, which I was, but because I cooked so much ratatouille last week that I'm still working my way to the bottom of the pot. My ratatouille dish came out perfect, but a girl can only eat so much squash and eggplant on a warm summer day *sighs*. Luckily, I'll have eaten the last bit for dinner tonight. To celebrate, I decided to make a new dish to get me through the rest of the week. I wanted something simple. colorful, required little cooking time and tasty. I stumbled across the new craze: taco lettuce boats. Basically, a taco lettuce boat is when you substitute your taco shell or tortilla for lettuce. It's looks pretty and helps you to increase your vegetable intake with little effort. I decided to have a little fun and tried lettuce taco recipes from 2 bloggers. Keep reading to find out which recipe I enjoyed the most and which one was a bit underwhelming.
For starters, I am a huge fan of everything the Minimalist Baker creates! Her recipes are my go-to when I want to use new ingredients and cut back on the time I spend in the kitchen. I love this Raw Romain Taco Boat recipe because it's creative, colorful and fun. This recipe was packed with loads of healthy ingredients that we we wouldn't consider adding to a traditional taco. I couldn't find alfalfa sprouts so I made do without them. I also substituted the tahini sauce for poppy seed dressing. True to her motto, this recipe includes only 10 ingredients. It took about 10 minutes to make and required zero "cooking" time.
Feasting not toasting
This Vegetarian Lettuce Taco Boat from Feasting Not Toasting was delicious! It was pretty, filling and so flavorful. One serving was enough to keep me satisfied. The ingredients are things that I usually have in my kitchen so it’s a pretty convenient dish. There's mushrooms, quinoa, onions, red and green peppers, black beans and corn. It’s one of those, "I don’t want my food to get spoiled, let's throw everything together" kind of meals. I did forgo the cheese as I'm trying to cut back on my diary intake. Not exactly to save the cows, but just to see how small diet changes might impact my health.
Have you ever tried taco lettuce boats?? What'd you include in your boat?
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