Meat is a major part of our lives in my family, but we love vegetarian options as well. Just because you are not vegan or vegetarian doesn’t mean that you can’t have vegetarian meals. In fact, with all of the different vegetables and flavors in these vegetarian tacos you really have no need for meat at all. Old El Paso asked a few bloggers to come up with a fun recipe using their seasoning and I already had this recipe in mind so it was a perfect fit. I love Old El Paso and they’ve helped me create a few favorites already like, Deep Fried 7 Layer Dip Taquitos, Enchilada Style Meatloaf, Sweet Pork Taco Bowls, and coming soon, the most authentic copycat Cafe Rio Pork recipe ever. Stay tuned.
Growing up we always had meat for dinner. Pretty much every single night. I didn’t think anything of it then, but now that I’m older I realize that I need that break from meat every now and again. Plus, most people don’t get anywhere near the amount of vegetables that they should, so vegetarian dishes one or more times a week is the perfect way to at least try to incorporate more vitamins and minerals into your diet through good foods.
Now that we’ve been mixing things up with vegetarian options for a few years I’ve found that meat every single day actually weighs me down and I don’t feel as healthy. Don’t get me wrong, again I love meat, but our bodies crave balance and meat every single night does not provide that. In fact eating it sparingly and in proper proportions is healthier for you so that your body can get a wide variety of nutrients. Vegetables on the other hand, well you can just go to town with those. Eat as many fruits and veggies a day as you can and you’ll find yourself fighting off more colds, illnesses and feeling better in your overall health.
And of course I have to mention the kiddos. Yes, vegetarian options can be trickier with some kids, but you need not fear. We’ve found that if we continue to offer the same foods again and again that our children will eventually try it. In fact
Vegetarian Tacos with Spicy Crema
- Old El Paso Hard Taco Shells
- 1 Tablespoon Old El Paso Taco Seasoning
- 1 each of red, green, and yellow bell peppers
- 1 pint baby bellas mushrooms
- ½ onion, sliced
- 1 small zucchini, chopped
- 1 small yellow squash, chopped
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Queso Fresco
- Lime, chopped
- 1 Romaine lettuce leaf, chopped into fine strips
- ½ cup crema or sour cream
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- Queso Fresco and cilantro for garnish
- Heat a skillet over medium heat and add a drizzle of olive oil. Add the taco seasoning,peppers, onions, mushrooms, zucchini and squash and cook for 8-10 minutes or until tender..
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl mix together the crema and seasonings.
- Place the veggies in each taco shell, top with a sprinkling of cheese, cilantro, a squirt of lime, and drizzle with crema. Add the lettuce strips and serve immediately