Making the change to a meatless diet has never been easier. Nearly every restaurant these days has a variety of options to satisfy your typical vegetarian. Finally, the world has recognised that vegetarianism is not some fringe diet existing purely amongst hippies and eccentrics. The world has accepted that vegetarians make up a significant market force and they are making efforts to cater for us. Even the fast food industry has acknowledged our existence and strives to accommodate. However, you can’t most people can’t eat out every night and so a few handy tricks in the kitchen are necessary to keep you going.

Vegetarian Food
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The Vegetarian Option:

The trick to most great vegetarian recipes is getting past the crucial mistake, thinking that you need to replace meat. If you’ve come from a meat-eating diet, then you can very easily succumb to the trap of thinking that meat is the highlight of every meal. Just try thinking about when you were eating meat, how often would you have a meal that didn’t have meat at its centre. To some meat eater’s vegetables are decoration to the main course. That’s why we think of side salads as the vegetarian option at a braai. We’re trained to think that vegetables have no value except as an addition to meat. Well that is far from the truth! Vegetables are so rich and diverse that once you start experimenting with them you’ll discover a variety of flavours you had never experienced before.

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This recipe will get you on the way to experiencing all the flavours your palette can experience. A simple recipe for black bean tacos that you could use for a small dinner a romantic date and even a party. But, as simple as the recipe is it packs a punch and best of all, needs just one pan.

A simple Recipe – Black Bean Tacos:

Back Bean Taco
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The Ingredients:

  • 1 Red onion
  • 1 Can Black Beans
  • 3 Tortillas
  • 1 Tomato
  • ½ white onion
  • 1 lime
  • Liquid
  • 3 large Jalapeños (optional)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Cumin
  • Paprika
  • Sunflower oil
  • Vinegar
  • 2 cloves of garlic
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To begin you want to finely dice your tomato white onion and optionally 1 Jalapeno and add them all to a bowl. Add the juice of a lemon to taste and season with salt and pepper then set aside. Next cut your red onion into thin slices. Add the onions to a bowl with your vinegar and add boiling water until all the onions are covered. Season with salt and pepper and allow to cool, then set aside.

Next lightly grease a pan with sunflower oil and set on a low heat. Finely mince two cloves of garlic and add them to the pan. Drain your beans and place in the pan. Make sure the pan is wide enough so that the beans sit on a single layer. As the beans begin to soften add your paprika and cumin being careful not to add too much. Finally add three drops of liquid smoke (less is more here), then remove from heat. Heat your tortilla however you choose and then assemble your taco to your liking.

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For those who like extra spice finely mince two jalapenos and place them in oil to add to your taco later.

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