Taco’s with a difference
We have been following a low carb diet for the best part of a year, with my husband started in spring time 2017 and I followed a couple of months later. If you are long time followers of ours you will know that we have vastly different dietary requirements, with Ray being vegetarian and I follow a largely lactose-free diet as well as being a meat eater. This does of course make dinner time interesting in our house, but we have found ways in which to create the same meal the appeals to both of us without having to compromise the things that we love or believe in.
One of our favourite meals is Mexican, it has been a favourite of ours for many years and long before we decided to embark on a low carbohydrate diet. We started with corn tacos, tried wholemeal taco boats and since switching to low carb we have a completely different take on this meal. I’m going to share with you all of the different parts of this meal, how we make them from scratch and show you guys why low-carb taco Tuesday is the best you’ll ever have. Below you will find vegetarian and meat eater options.
Being the meat eater in our house I am the one who makes mince. It is really simple to create, all you need to do is add a small amount of coconut oil* to a saucepan, fry up the mince, add spices such as cumin and paprika and sometimes, if I am feeling particularly brave, I might add a piri-piri spice into the mix, but beware this does make it particularly hot.
Ray has previously written about Mexican beans, so if you want to check out that post you can click here. He’s also previously written about how to make non cook Mexican refried beans as well. These are all great options for vegetarians on taco Tuesday.
As we keep a diet relatively low in carbohydrates we have recently traded wholemeal taco boats or Korn taco shells for lettuce boats instead. Now why you might be thinking that that doesn’t sound very exciting I can promise you with all the additions of Flavour in all the other dishes lettuce boats are refreshing and perfect for this dish. I would even go as far as to say that I don’t miss go boats are taco shells at all. If you’re looking to have a lower carbohydrate diet or maybe even following a ketogenic diet, adding lettuce boats is a great way of still enjoying your favourite dish without the carbs.
We have recently become relatively addicted to vegan cheese and that is not something I ever expected I would say. Haven’t been huge halloumi fans for the longest time, looking for something that I could still eat that obviously didn’t contain lactose. When we found the violife Mediterranean cheese, that is supposed to be equivalent to Halloumi, I was kind of interested. Personally the cheese is nothing like halloumi but it is still great in its own way and we have become big fans. Always cook this in the oven, taking a slice and cooking it for 10 minutes on each side. It is honestly the perfect addition to this dish.
Lactose Free Cheese
As far as I’m concerned it’s not Mexican mince if it doesn’t have some melted cheese on it, for being lactose intolerant it has its drawbacks and while I am still able to consume a small amount of dairy on a daily basis but I do try to limit this to my butter coffee only. I’m eating I use the Arla lactose free cheese and it is perfect in place of Cheddar. Who is great some of this and add this to our dishes, great with the mince for meat eaters and is perfect alongside the beans for vegetarians.
We also have some extras we add in too, including sour cream, homemade guacamole and sometimes we roast some sweet peppers and cheese stuffed jalapenos.