Recently, my husband and I watched the movie "Forks Over Knives". We eat pretty healthfully, but this film stuck with us and we found ourselves discussing our diet quite a bit. The fact is, we could both stand to lose a few pounds, eating "cleaner" could be a great way to potentially treat some of our lame-o medical issues and also, we're both up for the culinary challenge so, we decided to go Meatless for the Month of May!
But starting today, anything with a mother (minus eggs) shall not be consumed in the Rad Household! At least for the next 31 days.
To kick off this meat-free month, I wanted to share the first recipe I made as a "practice" vegetarian. Incidentally, it's one I've been craving since first making it: Spicy Chickpea and Cactus Tacos.
1 15 oz can chickpeas + 1/2 cup dried black chick peas (found at Whole Foods)
1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp Paprika
1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1/2 tsp Garlic Salt
2 fresh Nopales Cactus leaves (spikes removed completely)
1 clove garlic
1 medium onion
1 large carrot, or 5 small carrots, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
1/2 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
Dash Garlic salt
Lettuce to taste
Avocado to taste
Spicy Feta Cheese
(1 c. feta cheese, 1 Serrano chili chopped, 2 Tbsp. olive oil; mix all 3 ingredients together and let sit for 10 minutes)
Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees F.
Soak the dry, black chickpeas in water overnight, and then cook in boiling water for 10 minutes. Gently coat the canned and black chickpeas with olive oil, lime juice, paprika, Cayenne Pepper, Garlic salt and bake, uncovered, for 20 mins.
While the chickpeas cook, remove all spikes from cactus thoroughly and slice into thin pieces. Place cactus pieces in shallow pot of boiling water for 2 minutes. Transfer to paper towels, chop into smaller, bite-sized cubes and then sauté with olive oil, chopped onions, garlic and carrots and any remaining sauce from chickpea recipe. Add lime juice to taste.
Combine ingredients for salsa, and serve chick peas, cactus and salsa separately. Combine flavors into one taco and garnish with spicy feta cheese.
So far, I'm very excited about this month of meatlessness. Last night my husband and I went out for one last meaty bite (chicken tacos at one of our favorite local spots) and we both ended up with upset tummies. Maybe because we hadn't eaten any meat in over a week? It was a great way to confirm that we are both committed to a Meatless May.
I will be sharing more of my favorite vegetarian recipes this month and keeping you posted on our meat-free progress! Feel free to share your favorite recipes with me in the comments! I'd really appreciate hearing from my vegetarian and vegan readers this month!
Thank you for your support!