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Thursday, September 06, 2012

Garbanzo Bean Taco "Meat"


I get so excited when I find plant- based recipes that are easy, healthy and my whole family loves.  This is one of those recipes.  I will make it again and again!  

Even if you do not consider yourself vegetarian or vegan, it is still a great thing to incorporate more plant foods in one's diet.  Even one meat- free dinner a week will help your health, and your budget!  Beans are much cheaper than meat!

This recipe is from Happy Herbivore.  She has done it again with a fast and easy recipe that will find it's way into my regular rotation recipe box. 

All you do is drain a can of garbanzo beans (or chickpeas if you will) and then toss them with taco seasoning, tamari (or soy sauce), & lemon juice.  Then roast.

While my beans were roasting, I decided to use up some of the veggies I had on hand and sliced them thin with a mandolin slicer, then softened them up in my grill pan.  I added a little grill seasoning (21 Salute Seasoning from Trader Joes.)  This added a layer and texture that really made these tacos.  

When the beans are done, they are nice and crunchy on the outside.  I pulsed them in the food processor for a minute, as suggested by others who commented on this recipe.  Leaving the beans round can make for very messy eating.  This also gave them what I consider a "meaty" texture.

I did make sure I saved a few whole beans out for snacking.  My sister -in-law recommended this recipe to me, and said that her husband just ate the leftover beans as a healthy, crunchy snack.  Yum!


Another way to eat this is wrapped up in lettuce.  This was super good and a refreshing lunch that I made the next day with leftovers.

Garbanzo Bean Taco "Meat"

15 oz can garbanzo beans, drained & rinsed
1 tbsp tamari (or soy sauce)
2 tsp lemon juice
1 recipe taco seasoning (I used 1/2 of a Trader Joes Taco Seasoning packet.  Can use 3 tbsp of this recipe if desired)

Preheat oven to 400.  Toss tamari, lemon juice and seasonings.  Add beans and toss until coated.  Place on a tray, spray with oil.  Bake 20-25 minutes until crunchy.

Assemble tacos with lettuce and tomatoes and fajita vegetables (optional) & enjoy!
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