Wow, it’s been over a month since my last post! And man has it been a crazy month. Our apartment is finally coming together. After getting rid of all of our stuff before New Zealand, it’s been quite a process filling out the apartment again. But it’s almost there! My birthday came and went, I got a job (I’m a sushi chef-in-training now!), played a lot of ultimate frisbee and we went on a trip to Denver with our friends just for fun. There’s been a lot going on but now that I’m back in a routine, I’m going to be posting more regularly!
I’ve been pretty excited about alternative pesto recipes lately, switching the basil out with whatever greens we have and since pine nuts are ridiculously expensive, I use all different kinds of nuts instead- cashews, walnuts, pecans, etc. I also love pepitas (also known as pumpkin seeds!) and cilantro is my favorite thing ever. So a pesto combining the two was just inevitable and let me tell you, it is soooo good. Honestly, I’d use this cilantro-pepita pesto on just about anything, tacos just seemed like the logical choice.
Before I went vegetarian, my only opinion of cauliflower was that it was clearly the worst vegetable that came on those pre-made vegetable trays you see at parties and always to be avoided. These were my only encounters with cauliflower. Then I went vegetarian and stumbled across a recipe that used roasted cauliflower as the “meat” in an Orange “Chicken” recipe and never turned back. Roasted cauliflower is insanely delicious. I still don’t like raw cauliflower but roasted, now that’s a different story. It is magical what 20 minutes in a 425° oven can do, I promise. It’s so good.
So combine those two things, roasted cauliflower and cilantro-pepita pesto, and it’s hard to mess up after that. I made some quick refried pinto beans, threw it in a corn tortilla with the cauliflower, fried the tacos until they were golden brown and crispy, and chopped up some red onion, avocado, and cabbage to put on top. And that’s it, smother in cilantro-pepita pesto and devour.
Roasted cauliflower, kale and quick refried pinto beans form a hearty base for these delicious tacos topped with a fresh cilantro-pepita pesto!
- For the tacos:
- 1 medium head of cauliflower, chopped into bite-size pieces
- 1 yellow onion, sliced
- 3 cups of packed kale, de-stemmed and chopped (optional)
- 3 T olive oil
- 1 T cumin
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 3 cups of pinto beans (2 14.5-oz cans, rinsed and drained)
- 1 T taco seasoning
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- salt and pepper
- corn tortillas
- For the pesto:
- 2 cups packed cilantro (about 2 bunches)
- 1/3 cup pepitas
- 1 clove of garlic
- 5 slices of fresh jalapeno (with the seeds)
- 1/3 c olive oil
- juice of 1 lime (2 T)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- Optional toppings:
- shredded cabbage
- sliced avocado
- sliced red onion
- sliced radishes
- lime wedges
- whatever else you like to put on tacos!