Dinner without shells

Sometimes life gets hectic and we can’t get to everything we would like to. Sometimes the laundry doesn’t get done, sometimes the hair from your constantly-shedding dog doesn’t get swept, sometimes workouts go missing, and sometimes a few things that were intended to be purchased at the grocery store don’t make it home with you. But it’s okay. Life goes on and eventually everything works out.

Stress has taken over me lately and I’m trying to set aside time to breathe and remind myself that things really do seem to always have a way of working out. In the moment it may seem hard to see the silver lining, but those moments will pass. If nothing else, chocolate is a good temporary fix 🙂

A few dinners this week were missing a key ingredient to making them turn out the way I envisioned. The shells to hold in the delicious filling! I had planned on a taco night and a tabbouleh lettuce wrap dinner, however, neither the butter lettuce leaves or the tortillas made it home from the store. Lacking time and energy, I wasn’t up for a second shopping trip so I went with it and two fantastic meals were enjoyed nonetheless!

Vegan Taco Bowls
Ingredients:
1 package veggie “meat” crumbles (whichever brand you can find)
1 large green bell pepper, chopped
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
fresh ground black pepper
1-2 tomatoes, chopped
1 avocado, chopped
Daiya cheddar cheese
salsa
1 cup brown rice
2 cups vegetable broth

Directions:
1. Bring the 2 cups of veg broth to a boil, add rice and cook according to package.
2. While rice is cooking, chop green pepper and saute over medium heat until soft (about 10 minutes)
3. Add veggie “meat” crumbles to the pan with green peppers, season with garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper. Saute until heated through.
4. Add 2-3 Tbsp salsa to the “meat” mixture and heat through.
5. Once rice is done cooking, portion rice into bowls, top with “meat”, salsa, Daiya cheese, and avocado.
6. Serve and enjoy!

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Tabbouleh Salad with Chickpeas
For the tabbouleh, I simply followed my previous recipe, but added a can of drained and rinsed chickpeas to the mix. This upped the fiber, protein, and filling factor of the meal. I definitely recommend the Tabbouleh Lettuce Wraps, however, if you don’t happen to have lettuce shells on hand either, eating the tabbouleh with chickpeas makes for a fabulous meal on its own. Top with hummus and freshly chopped tomato for a light summer lunch or dinner 🙂

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Now I’m off to run errands before heading into work. I hope everyone has a lovely Thursday!

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