Today's amazing vegan meal of Chipotle Citrus Superfood Vegan Tacos is filled with colorful, delicious delights! Mango Goji Guacamole, Chipotle Tofu Triangles and Lime Cilantro Superfood Quinoa help you build rockstar tacos. A tall frosty Strawberry Watermelon Lime Frosty to sip. Get ready for a fresh, vibrant, colorful feast of Mexican-influenced flavors. (Four recipes in one post!)
Spice. Citrus. Superfoods. The sassy citrus and spicy chipotle flavors really bring this meal to life. And the superfood ingredients like goji berries, ground flax seed, nutritional yeast and antioxidant-rich fruit and veggies will turn your typical vegan taco night up a notch on the nutrition wellness scale.
Swing by the grocery store on your way home and whip up this meal in under 30 minutes...
Welcome to my vegan fiesta..
Alkaline Foods. I've been obsessed with alkaline foods and the study of pH levels of foods lately. I had a minor shoulder injury (from lifting my camera too much of all things!) and reducing inflammation became an issue. Instead of popping Advil ever 4-6 hours I wanted to try focusing on filling my (already quite alkaline diet because I am vegan) - with even more alkaline foods.
Citrus as an Alkalyzer. The most interesting thing I've finally come to understand is how foods like lemons and limes are incredibly alkaline. Doesn't make common sense, right? Acidic lemons are alkaline? Yes! You see just because a food is acid outside the body doesn't mean that it is going to have an acidic effect when digested inside the body. Citrus actually has a very alkalyzing effect on the body. Thus why so many wellness ladies in my Veggie Girl Power Series said that they started their day with lemon spritzed into water.
I am in love with these vibrant antioxidant-rich colors!..
So what does all this ALKALINE chatter have to do with my recipe? A lot! Avocado, mango, limes, leafy greens and watermelon are all high (alkaline) pH foods. Hooray! Now lets get to these recipes (and more photos. because this food is so so darn PHOTOGENIC!)..
Chipotle Citrus Superfood Vegan Tacos
vegan, per taco..
1 soft tortilla wrap (sprouted grain, wheat, gluten-free, white all work. Or use a giant lettuce leaf!)
1 scoop lime cilantro superfood quinoa (recipe below)
1 scoop mango lime guacamole (recipe below)
1 triangle chipotle tofu (recipe below)
optional: hot sauce, salsa or chipotle Vegenaise
Lime Cilantro Superfood Quinoa
makes 4 servings
3 cups cooked fluffy quinoa (learn how to make quinoa here)
1/2 cup chopped kale
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 lime, squeezed + a bit of grated zest
1/4 tsp fine black pepper
1-2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
2 Tbsp ground flax seed
2 Tbsp hemp seeds
salt to taste (I used Penzey's Spices 4/s seasoned salt)
*flax, hemp and nutri yeast are optional - but add to the texture and nutrition!
Directions: Toss cooked quinoa with all the ingredients. Garnish with lime wedges.
Nutrition Info per serving - Lime Quinoa:
Calories: 205 Fat: 5g Carbs: 30g Protein: 9g Fiber: 6g Calcium: 5% Iron: 18% VitaA: 34% VitaC: 26% *percentages based on a 2000 calorie diet. calculated from caloriecount.com
Mango Goji Guacamole
makes 8 servings
1 1/2 avocados, diced
1 champagne mango, diced
2 limes, squeezed (or use lemons if you'd like!)
1 1/2 Tbsp goji berries
dash of spices and/or salt (I used 4/s)
Directions: Toss and plate.
Nutrition Info per serving - Mango Goji Guac:
Calories: 83 Fat: 6g Carbs: 8g Protein: 1g Fiber: 3g Calcium: 1% Iron: 2% VitaA: 11% VitaC: 21% *percentages based on a 2000 calorie diet. calculated from caloriecount.com
makes 8 mini triangles
5 ounces extra firm tofu
1 tsp agave syrup
chipotle powder (to taste)
salt to taste
spritz of lime juice
optional: liquid smoke
saute in 1-2 tsp safflower oil (or other)
Directions: Slice tofu into triangles. Squeeze out all surface water with paper towel. Saute for 1-2 minutes on each side - adding the spices, agave, liquid smoke and lime during the first part of the cooking process. Transfer to plate to cool.
Nutrition Info per serving - chipotle tofu:
Calories: 67 Fat: 5g Carbs: 3g Protein: 4g Fiber: 1g Calcium: 10% Iron: 4% VitaA: 0% VitaC: 1% *percentages based on a 2000 calorie diet. calculated from caloriecount.com
And don't forget the delicious, tall, frosty, pink Strawberry Watermelon Lime Frosty!
Strawberry Watermelon Lime Frosty
1 1/2 cups frozen watermelon (in large diced cubes for easy blending)
3/4 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup coconut water (or plain water)
*add slowly as needed to get blender moving – add more if needed
2 limes, squeezed
1-2 tsp agave syrup (to taste)
Blend in high speed blender – add ice for a frostier sip. Serve.
(MORE) photos :) below
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