One of my favorite things in life is tacos.
I mean, they’re delicious. The flavor combos are endless. The toppings are the stuff dreams are made of (umm hi guac). They can sneak in plenty of veggies and nutrients. They’re easy to make. They’re a great way to use up leftovers or misc. items in your fridge.
As a taco lover, I’ve had and made a lot of good ones in my day. But guys I’m not gonna lie, these roasted vegan cauliflower chickpea tacos with mango salsa are some of the BEST. TACOS. I’ve ever had.
They’re so flavorful, especially when you roast the cauliflower and chickpeas in spices until they’re caramelized and crispy. The mango salsa adds a super refreshing kick, and you can’t forget the sauce, with either a cheesy vegan queso or japaleno crema to top it all off. SO.GOOD.
But the best part? They sneak in plenty of plant-based nutrients that work to naturally balance hormones and support gut health. AKA they taste good and keep you feeling good too.
Snag all of the details and recipe below!
Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable rich in fiber and hormone-healthy nutrients, specifically Indole-1-carbinol (13C) and 3,3-diindolylmethane (DIM), which help your body to effectively metabolize estrogen.
This is super important, especially if you deal with PMS, painful periods, stubborn weight loss, liver conditions or a history of breast cancer.
Mangoes are rich in fiber and used in many cultures to relieve constipation (an important part of safely detoxing excess estrogen). They’re also an optimal source of Vitamin E, which helps to regulate sex hormones and naturally boost libido.
Fresh herbs like cilantro have anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties, while spices like cumin, coriander and paprika help to speed up your metabolic rate and promote satiety post-meal.
If you’re not a fan of cauliflower or just looking to switch it up, brussels sprouts are delicious alternative that still offer the same health boosting benefits. You could also try using sweet potatoes, which are packed with fiber, however don’t have the same specific nutrient makeup that cruciferous vegetables offer.
While I love the crispy texture of the roasted chickpeas in this recipe, black or pinto beans are another fiber and protein rich substitute. Or if you don’t digest beans well, you can try adding in some ground turkey or chicken for a protein boost (just note this is not vegan-friendly).
If you don’t have mangoes on hand, you could also try using pineapple, avocado or even tomatoes and onions for more of a pico style salsa.
While I LOVE corn tortillas, many conventional brands contain additives, dyes, bleaches and corn treated with herbicides, all of which can cause inflammation and disrupt hormones and gut health. Make sure you’re using an organic brand with minimal ingredients, or a clean, corn-free alternative (these are my absolute fave).
When possible, I encourage soaking and pressure-cooking your beans, which increases the bioavailability of the nutrients in beans and inactivates lectins that can cause bloat or digestive distress. Since this obviously creates extra work for you, I’m a big fan of purchasing them from a brand that does it all for you. This is the only one I can find on the market and I love all of their products.
I always encourage purchasing organic produce when possible, as conventional produce is sprayed with pesticides and chemicals that can disrupt hormones and gut health. If you’re looking to be cost-effective, check out the EWG’s clean 15 and dirty dozen guide, which will help you narrow in on which produce is safest to buy non-organic.
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These roasted vegan cauliflower tacos with crispy chickpeas + mango salsa are insanely delicious, easy to make & packed with hormone healthy ingredients.
Author: Lauren Chambers
Recipe Type: Entree, dinner, meal
Cuisine: Mexican Inspired
For The Cauliflower Tacos:
For the Mango Salsa:
For the Jalapeno Lime Crema:
For the Vegan Cheesy Queso:
*You can store any leftover chickpea/cauliflower mixture in an airtight glass container in the fridge for 3-4 days. I love to reheat to use for leftover tacos or a taco bowl.
**I recommend storing any mango salsa for 1 day only, otherwise it becomes soggy.
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