This is the lunch that gave me the idea for lunch special. I’d picked up this lovely head of yellow cauliflower and by week’s end it was still sitting in the crisper. In the drawer next to it sat a collection of large tortillas. Since I’m almost always in the mood for tacos, I figured I could fashion a taco with the cauliflower and a few other things I had lying around. I gathered part of a red onion, a pepper and a few cloves of garlic to add to this little lunch time fiesta.
One of the things that made me really happy about making this lunch was the timing of things. Basically, once I chopped something, I tossed it in the pan to cook, so very little time was wasted. I began by chopping the onion because I knew that could handle the heat for a while and it would impart it’s flavor into the rest of the ingredients. Next the pepper went in, followed by the cauliflower. With everything chilling out in the pan, I realized that something creamy would be the perfect way to hold this weird little taco together. I didn’t have any cheese, so into the fridge I went, searching for another lonely ingredient. That’s when I saw a container of Greek yogurt, which I thought, when sprinkled with a little lime zest, would be a great way to add a little pizazz to the tacos.
About 15 minutes after I began, my lunch was ready. As I went to pour the veggies over my tortilla, I had to stop and admire the beauty of this lunch. The colors, yellow, purple and green, were quite stunning… but not stunning enough not to eat. Dang this was tasty! The yogurt brings the perfect amount of bright, citrusy zing to the warm, comfy flavors of the sauteéd vegetables and sweet mangoes. It was so good in fact, that I made it again the next day.
Cauliflower tacos with mango and lime yogurt recipe :
2 cups cauliflower, chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 jalepeño pepper, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 Tablespoons greek yogurt
zest of 1 lime
1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 Tablespoon olive oil
Heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onions. Meanwhile, chop the pepper and add it. Next add the cauliflower. Let cook for 10-12 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine the lime zest, lime juice and yogurt and mix until combined.
Once the cauliflower is browned a bit, add the garlic and cook for about 2 more minutes, stirring occasionally so the garlic doesn’t burn.
Spread a dollop of the yogurt on a tortilla, then top with the veggie and mango mixture.