If you are looking for something a little different, you are going to love these Curried Quinoa Tacos with Lime Cream Sauce.
Last night, my heart overflowed with joy.
We recently traded in our flip-flops for mountain air.
When we arrived, there was an unusual cold snap.
Despite this, the kids were able to get outside and play which given the temperature and the light rain surprised me.
I have been worried so much lately that the boys were completely obsessed with their devices. When we would announce that it was time to go to the beach, they would groan. When we were there, we would have to remind them to have fun.
I felt like all of this was because they just wanted to get back to their games, and this made me feel sad and disconnected.
But last night, I discovered that the problem wasn't that they didn't want to play outside. They were just over the beach. (Tough life, right?) . Given that when we left the water was still too cold to enjoy, to some degree I understand it. But still, I found myself feeling that they were quite ungrateful for the life that they had.
But last night, oh, wow. My boys were just…boys. Boys like boys were boys when I was growing up. Sticks became guns, and off they were roaming in the woods.
We are quite literally in the middle of nowhere. The nearest grocery store is 22 minutes away.
I felt a solitude and happiness that it hard to describe as I listened to them in the distance and played with Skye.
After a while, Skye, hubby and I moved to the large deck. Skye jumping around and chattering. Us, soaking it all in. I am a wimp when it comes to cold, but somehow it wasn't bothering me. I couldn't get enough of the mountain air or seeing my three kids so happy.
I expected the boys to run inside when darkness came, but instead they joined us on the deck. The five of us sat and talked, really talked, for more than an hour. Those of you who have tween boys know getting them to talk about anything more significant that a video game or food can be a challenge.
I know they were happy, but I also know that I was calmer, more present than I normally am. I can't help but think that my clear happiness played a role in opening a door with them. I am so grateful they ran through it.
Sometimes, what we need is a change of pace.
If your meal plan needs a mix-up, give these Curried Quinoa Tacos with Garlic Lime Cream Sauce a try! They something different that will fill you up without leaving you weighted down!
Have you ever tried quinoa tacos?
- 1 sweet onion
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 8 ounces browned ground beef or steamed tempeh, shredded
- ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 2 teaspoons hot curry powder
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- ½ cup hot mango chutney
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 8 corn tortillas or crunchy taco shells
- ½ red bell pepper, chopped
- 2 cups shredded cabbage
- ¼ cup chopped cashews
- Garlic Lime Cream Sauce
- ½ cup sour cream – dairy or non-dairy
- 1 teaspoon lime zest
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- If you are using crunchy taco shells, heat oven according to package directions.
- Spray a large skillet well with olive oil and add onion. Cook for 8 to 12 minutes, until tender. Add quinoa, ground beef or temph, cilantro, curry powder, turmeric, and mango chutney. Stir until well combined and cook for 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in lime juice.
- Meanwhile, if you are using corn tortillas, heat a small skillet to medium. Heat tortillas a few minutes per side to make pliable. Wrap in foil to keep warm. Alternatively, bake taco shells according to package directions.
- Top heated tortillas or taco shells with tempeh (or ground meat) quinoa mixture, red pepper and shredded cabbage. Drizzle with sour cream mixture and top with cashews.