Simple is always better. Especially when it comes to these Miso Cauliflower Tacos that, though simple and quick to throw together, are bold with flavor and color! You’re gonna have fun with this one!
Hey guys! I’m so excited to share this recipe with you guys! If you haven’t noticed, I’m kinda a sucker for fun colors in foods…fun color and miniature sizes. Like purple potatoes, rainbow chard, multicolored carrots, miniature zucchini and peppers…and this purple cauliflower. Like, why should food ever be boring?
But keeping things simple is always my motto with cooking.
Well, there’s definitely times I like to go all wild and crazy with ingredients because I’m curious to try new things. But if it takes longer than 30 mins, you can most often count me out.
It’s just not practical, I’m sure you can agree, to have to spend so much time cooking. Especially if you have a busy schedule, which most people can agree they have.
Paul and I could definitely say we have a pretty busy schedule. We share a car, which takes a lot of planning. I work 4 days a week and Paul’s always either in class or studying for class. So, planning and simple meals is absolutely necessary for this time in our lives.
With this, we’ve tried to simplify other areas of our lives as well. Because the more we simplify, the more time we have for other more enjoyable things in life. Like planning for travel, training for a triathlon, and spending time with friends. Keeping things simple has kept our cost of living down and given us more finances for things that we really enjoy.
But a simple life is an adjustment for someone that’s grown up with surplus. It takes time to change your mindset from one of needing more to one of contentment. Guys, this is something I’ve really had to be purposeful with…changing my mind to thinking more on how blessed I am and finding joy in what I have instead of getting caught up in the “always needing more” mindset. And, this has come along with getting married too, where I not only have to take care of myself with my finances, but also have to consider someone else with every purchase.
I’ve realized my “trouble areas”. Areas I so easily give in to consumerism. Like most girls, I love buying clothes and the feeling of walking out with a new outfit on. But also, I really struggle with buying fancy ingredients for recipes. I know, I know. I’m so guilty of justifying my purchases with thinking I need it for a certain dish, or to share a certain thing on the blog.
To keep things simple in my life, I ask myself a few questions when making decisions on whether I should keep something or buy something, just to keep in check.
Do I use it on a regular basis? or Will I use it on a regular basis?
Do I have something very similar that performs the same function?
If I don’t use it on a regular basis, why? Is there another alternative?
Is there practical use to keeping it? or Is there a practical use for buying it?
After asking myself these questions, I usually have a pretty good idea whether the item is something that adds value to my life or could be done without to live more simply.
To be honest, I feel like this “simple” mindset has stemmed from moving so much in the last few years. Anyone who’s moved a lot knows you just gotta keep it to the minimum when you’re moving cross country or numerous times a year like I did during and after college. But I’ve so appreciated the lessons to simplicity that I’ve learned through all of it. A couple other things I try to remember are…
If I’m looking to buy something, sit on it for a week to really determine if it’s something necessary.
Look for an item you’re contemplating at different places to find the best value (craigslist, amazon, etc)
Keep living furnishings to a minimum and don’t buy a whole house of furniture at one time.
If you can make something homemade or from scratch, do it!
These are just a few ideas and things I’ve learned along the road to a simpler life…definitely not an exhaustive list, but a start. And I can genuinely say, I look back on my past self who could buy new clothes whenever I wanted, ingredients for a recipe I’m craving whenever I wanted, and basically only worry about myself, and I am so much more happy today, living with less.
Mindfulness is the start to simplicity.
So, along with moving more towards a simple life, these tacos will be your quick and simple dinner or lunch friend! The marinade is less than 10 ingredients, and the whole thing takes less than 30 mins to throw together. You’ll find that with only a few ingredients the cauliflower is transformed to having a bold, Asian tang to it. And, if you’re so lucky to find purple cauliflower, you’ll love the bright color it brings to your plate. Colors make me happy, and this cauliflower is up there on the happy food scale.
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- 1 Tbs white miso paste
- 1 Tbs rice vinegar
- 1/4 cup avocado oil
- 1 Tbs sesame seed oil
- 1/4 tsp minced ginger
- 2 Tbs honey
- 1 head cauliflower (I used purple cauliflower for the extra color pop!)
- 1 cup shelled edamame
- toasted sesame seeds for garnish
- 8 corn tortillas
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Combine dressing, mixing miso paste, vinegar, oils, ginger, & honey.
Cut cauliflower into florets and pour dressing on top.
Spread miso dressing evenly over cauliflower.
Spread cauliflower on an aluminum foil-lined baking pan and bake for 20 mins.
Once done, assemble your tacos.
Fill each corn tortilla with cauliflower, edamame, and a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds.
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