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Meatless Monday: Cauliflower Power Tacos

Happy Monday lovely people!

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Recipe and picture posted by VegKitchen.

Cauliflower Power Tacos

tacos

Vegan and gluten-free!? This recipe is a hole in one!

Makes: 8 tacos, 4 generous servings of 2 per person, or 8 moderate servings.

Ingredients

Roasted Cauliflower

  • 1 medium head cauliflower, separated into florets
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Crispy Chick Peas

  • 1 15-ounce can chick peas (garbanzo beans), drained, rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground oregano

Cilantro-Pepita Pesto

  • 2 cups fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/3 cup pepitas (toasted pumpkin seeds)
  • 1 very small clove garlic, cut in half
  • 2 tablespoons chopped jalapeño chiles
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Tortillas

  • 8 gluten-free white corn tortillas, heated as directed on package

Directions

Heat oven to 425° F

Cover cauliflower florets with 2 tablespoons of oil and 1/2 teaspoon of salt and arrange on a large cookie sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, rearrange, then bake for another 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, mix crispy chick peas ingredients. Spread on 15x10x1-inch pan. Bake for 15 minutes then stir. Bake 10 to 15 minutes longer or until chick peas are slightly browned and crispy.

Meanwhile, in food processor, place all pesto ingredients except oil. Cover; process using quick on-and-off motions. With food processor running, slowly drizzle in 1/4 cup oil through feed tube, stopping halfway through to stir mixture with spatula. Remove pesto to small bowl.

Spoon about 1 tablespoon pesto on each tortilla; top with about 1/2 cup roasted cauliflower and 1 tablespoon crispy chick peas. Garnish with fresh cilantro, if desired. Serve with remaining chickpeas.

Then you are done and ready to eat!

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