So, you’ve read one of Dr. Fuhrman’s life-changing books and you’re ready to become a nutritarian (or at least give it a try for 6 weeks and lose over 21 pounds in the process–yes I’m living proof that it works!). Well, here is a delicious, nutritious and deeply satisfying meal that you are going to be thanking me for later! My very own recipe and favorite go-to salad, especially after a strength-training workout where you want to have ample protein!
I love that this salad uses some pre-made elements, so it makes it quicker to prepare! I usually have all these ingredients on hand in my pantry so I can make the Mexican tofu at any time–it goes great in a wrap too! See full recipe in bold below!
NUTRITARIAN MEXICAN SALAD by Kristen of MyMommaToldMe.com
- Pico de Gallo salsa (ready made or homemade)
- Lower sodium salsa (my favorite is TJ’s Serrano)
- diced red bell pepper
- diced fresh avocado
- 1 head iceberg
- 1 small can tomato paste
- 1 can TJ’s diced no salt added tomatoes
- 1 package Organic Firm tofu
- 2 1/2 cups vegetable stock
- 2 tbsp. dried minced onion
- 1 tbsp. garlic powder
- 1 tbsp. Cayenne pepper powder
- 2 tbsp. cumin
- black pepper, to taste
- Prepare the tofu: Dice the tofu into 1/2 inch cubes. Pour the vegetable stock into a pan and place on high heat. Saute the tofu cubes in the stock for at least 10 minutes. Reduce heat to medium low and add minced onion, garlic powder, Cayenne powder, cumin and pepper to suit your taste. Stir well and reduce heat to low. Add the diced tomatoes and tomato paste. Check on your mixture every few minutes and add tablespoons of water as needed.
- Prepare Refried Beans: In a microwave-safe bowl combine a can of Trader Joe’s fat free refried beans with 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup Pico de Gallo. Stir well and heat on high for 2 1/2 minutes. Set aside.
- Rinse and pat dry your head of lettuce. Chop the lettuce and spread over two plates. Dice your red bell pepper and sprinkle some over the lettuce.
- Assemble: Layer the refried beans (about 1/2 cup) over the bed of lettuce, add tofu cubes on top of the beans and top it all with pre-made Pico de Gallo and salsa.
Make the canned refried beans taste loads fresher and yummier by adding a 1/2 cup of Pico de Gallo and some water to make them easier to spread!
Now that you are embarking on becoming Nutritarian you will soon realize how overrated oil is in cooking! Even a “stir fry” can be accomplished by using veggie broth or water instead of oil–and I promise you don’t really miss it! You’ll get a dose of healthy fat from the avocado (that has the added benefit of lots of fiber) in lieu of oil! Add all of your Mexican seasonings after you’ve let your tofu cubes cook on high for at least 10 minutes.
This is what your tofu mixture will look like after you’ve added the diced tomatoes and just before you add the tomato paste! Yum!
I learned to use salsa instead of salad dressing when I first started following the Nutritarian plan–it is a game changer!
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