I became a vegetarian almost 7 years ago after an unfortunate night involving too much red meat. After the worst stomach ache I have ever had, I vowed that I was going to stop eating meat all together. And that’s exactly what I did. It has been a struggle to find meals that still resemble the taste of meat. Here are some of my favorite recipes that even my meat eating friends love.
1. Cauliflower Buffalo Wings
These buffalo wings made from battered cauliflower are the #1 requested meal from my friends. They are great for parties or barbecues and have an added bonus of being super easy to make! The recipe also includes a vegan ranch sauce for dipping.
2. Chick’n Noodle Soup
There are definitely some “fake meat” products I would advise you to avoid, but luckily the chick’n from Morning Star Farms are not one of them. It is currently 4 degrees Fahrenheit where I live and sometimes I just crave a hot bowl of chicken noodle soup. These chick’n strips are a great addition to soups and salads.
3. Spaghetti Squash
Spaghetti Squash is a great alternative for pasta and they are super cheap. Add your favorite sauce or some olive oil, salt, and pepper and enjoy!
4. Loaded Nachos
Nachos are a quick and easy snack, and these ground beef crumbles from Morning Star Farms are a great addition. My boyfriend didn’t even realize they weren’t real beef at first!
5. Sesame Cauliflower
This sesame cauliflower looks like it could be sesame chicken when you first see it. Add some rice and vegetables on the side for a delicious meal.
Living in Missoula MT, it’s hard to find quality fish tacos. So much so that I’ve taken it upon myself to make them at home. After sifting through dozens of recipes, I give you five amazing fish taco recipes you must try next time you have taco Tuesday. I promise you wont be disappointed.
Lime, cilantro, Tabasco sauce for garnish, optional
In a flat rimmed baking dish, whisk together lime juice, cumin, chili powder, salt and black pepper. Turn fish on both sides in marinate until evenly coated. Let fish marinade in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes.
Preheat an indoor/outdoor grill or large non-stick skillet on medium high heat and spray with cooking spray. Place fish on the grill/skillet and cook untouched until white and opaque on the bottom, about 4 minutes. Carefully flip on the other side and cook another 4 minutes. If using an indoor grill, you won’t have to flip the fish and cook for 4 minutes total. Transfer to a platter and using the fork break into large flakes. Warm up tortillas on the grill or microwave.
To assemble a taco, place desired amount of fish in a warm tortilla, and top it with Strawberry Mango Salsa and any optional garnishes.
Salmon Tacos with Thai Curry Sauce
Small Flour Tortillas, one per taco
For the curry:
1 can Coconut Milk
2 Tbls. Panang or Red Curry Paste
1 Tbls. palm sugar*
1 Tbls. fish sauce
For the slaw:
1½ C. shredded green cabbage
1½ C. shredded red cabbage
1 sliced green onion
¼ C. chopped mint
¼ C. chopped basil
¼ C. chopped cilantro
1 lime, juiced, zested
1 Tbls. fish sauce
2 tsp. palm sugar*
⅛ tsp. red chili paste (you could use red pepper flakes)
Prepare curry: Combine coconut milk, curry paste, palm sugar and fish sauce in saucepan. Stir well and bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, to reduce sauce and thicken a bit. Set aside.
Prepare slaw: add shredded cabbage, green onion and chopped herbs in bowl. Combine lime juice, zest, fish sauce, palm sugar and red chili paste and drizzle over cabbage. Toss well and set aside.
Grill or bake salmon. Heat tortilla, add salmon (break into a few pieces to fit in tortilla), some slaw and drizzle curry sauce on top.
*Substitute white or brown sugar for palm sugar if necessary. And taste for correct sweetness. Need a little more salt, add more fish sauce, need a little more heat, add a bit more curry or red chili pepper.
Blackened Mahi Mahi Tacos with Chipotle Mayo
For Chipotle Mayo:
1 whole chipotle pepper* (in adobo sauce)
½ cup light mayo
1 tsp lime juice
salt and pepper, to taste
For the Blackening Seasoning:
1 tbsp paprika
2 tsp dried Italian seasoning
1 tsp cayenne pepper
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp onion powder
½ tsp black pepper
For the Tacos:
15 oz. mahi-mahi, skin removed
6 small flour tortillas
⅓ cup Monterey jack cheese, shredded
1 cup cabbage, shredded
2 roma tomatoes, diced
2 tbsp cilantro (or flat leaf parsley), chopped
First, prepare the chipotle mayo. Add the mayo, chipotle pepper, and lime juice to a blender and blend until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste, then refrigerate until ready for use.
Mix the paprika, dried Italian seasoning, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper together in a small bowl. Set aside.
Cut the filet of mahi-mahi in half lengthwise. Then, cut into large equal-sized pieces. Sprinkle the mahi-mahi with the blackening seasoning and set aside.
Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Spray with cooking spray and add the seasoned mahi-mahi pieces. Cook the pieces until each side has browned and the fish is flaky, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
Heat the tortillas in a skillet over medium-high heat, about 30 seconds per side. Alternatively, heat the tortillas in a microwave under a damp paper towel in 30 second increments.
Assemble the tortillas by laying a few pieces of the mahi-mahi down the center of each tortilla, then top it with ⅙th of the shredded cheese, cabbage, tomatoes, and cilantro. Drizzle with chipotle mayo and serve immediately.
Blackened Tilapia Baja Tacos
1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped
1 cup thinly sliced white onion
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon dried oregano
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
4 (6-ounce) tilapia fillets
1 tablespoon canola oil
8 (6-inch) corn tortillas
1/2 ripe peeled avocado, thinly sliced
4 lime wedges
Combine first 4 ingredients in a food processor; process until smooth. Combine jalapeño sauce and onion in a small bowl.
Combine paprika and next 6 ingredients (through ground red pepper); sprinkle evenly over fish. Heat oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add fish to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness.
Warm tortillas according to package directions. Divide fish, onion mixture, and avocado evenly among tortillas. Serve with lime wedges.
Sautéed Tilapia Tacos with Grilled Peppers & Onions
2 (1/2-inch-thick) slices white onion
1 (8-ounce) package mini sweet bell peppers
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
4 (5-ounce) tilapia fillets
8 (6-inch) corn tortillas
1 small jalapeño pepper, thinly sliced
8 lime wedges (optional)
Preheat grill to high heat.
Arrange onion slices and bell peppers on a grill rack coated with cooking spray. Grill onions for 12 minutes, turning after 6 minutes. Grill bell peppers 12 minutes, turning occasionally. Remove onions and bell peppers from grill, and let stand for 5 minutes. Slice onion rings in half. Thinly slice bell peppers; discard stems and seeds. Combine onion, bell peppers, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper in a small bowl.
Sprinkle fish evenly with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and remaining 3/8 teaspoon black pepper. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add fish to pan, and cook for 3 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness.
Warm tortillas according to package directions. Divide fish, onion mixture, and jalapeño slices evenly among tortillas. Serve with lime wedges, if desired.
Please leave a comment and let me know which recipes you tried, and how you liked it!