If you’ve been reading this blog for a bit, you know I have a deep, long lasting love for Mexican food. So it really shouldn’t come as a shock to you that I love tacos. Unfortunately, I rarely order them out because they come with tons of rice, cheese, sour cream, fatty meats and lots of other things that I try to eat in moderation. “Healthy” taco night is always a favorite at home, but since Joe is trying to get in shape, and I’m on a short hiatus from running, we are really making an extra effort to eat super healthy at home.
That’s when I came up with these taco boats! I was reading a recipe for lettuce taco wraps that looked okay, but just not very filling, when I got the idea for these little guys. I was done, start to finish, in 30 minutes and they are SO GOOD! Not to mention totally filling. 2 of these and I was set for dinner without feeling hungry after. So let’s chat more about tacos and the end of summer! (Although only 1 of those things is happy…)
I’d like to pretend I ate these in a sophisticated manner, but it was more like a 5 year old – I just picked up the “boat” and ate it like an actual taco. It made it feel a little more like a real taco night (complete with me putting an excessive amount of guac on my boats). I can’t promise that these are kid friendly (because as a kid I hated bell peppers), but if your kid is less fussy, they will definitely enjoy the hands on approach of this meal, and forget they are eating something healthy. (Umm, I did!)
If you are vegan, you can totally skip the cheese, or just use Daiya Chedder Shreds. (I’ve used them a lot and they are awesome.) For non-veg people, don’t worry – between the quinoa and black beans you are getting plenty of protein! But, if you need to add something to it, you could always try some chopped shrimp sauteed in lime juice. On a related note, I really need to start running again. When I finished my last cycle I was so proud of myself, and had lost about 8 pounds. I’ve kept most of it off (mostly because even though I haven’t been running I haven’t gone off the rails, and have been eating healthy meals like this.) But summer is coming to a close, and it’s almost time for me to start my #100DaysOfFallFit (who’s with me!?!?)
I promise you, my fitness goals are not for my wedding, but simply because I want to make a healthy change in my life. I got tired of complaining for the last 2+ years that my clothes didn’t fit, remembering what my body used to look like and just feeling a little down on myself. And annoyingly, now that I’m older (33, baby!) it is wayyyyyy harder to get this weight off. So just like you (and if not, you are lucky), I’m going to have to work at this every. single. day. Ok. End rant!
And speaking of which, since summer is about to come to a close I plan on filling it with beach time, and some staycation fun – which means tons of yummy Brooklyn food (and napping!) So, if you want want to stay up to date on my adventures, wedding planning, cooking and food, food food!, you should follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest! You’ll never miss a recipe, and you can share with me your food obsessions and summer fun!