By Lori Bosworth
In a bid to improve my health, I am incorporating more vegetarian and vegan dishes into my meal rotation. In fact, I now eat meat no more than once or twice a week. With that goal in mind, I am now looking for more vegetarian recipes that are not too labour intensive. At the recent Recipe for Change event in Toronto, I tried a delicious Curry Bowl from Loch and Quay Restaurant. I was eager to replicate it at home. The key ingredients were sweet potatoes, chickpeas, spinach and cherry tomatoes with a Tandoori vinaigrette. I searched online for similar recipes and came up with my own, which is Curried Cauliflower, Chickpea, Spinach and Sweet Potato Tacos.
What I love about this dish is not only the tasty vegetables and chickpeas, but the abundance of fragrant spices. Cooking with spices is such a smart idea due to their proven health benefits. Cumin is known for aiding digestion, boosting the immune system, improving skin and treating insomnia. It also has antibacterial and antiviral properties and can improve respiratory disorders. Turmeric is the new wonder spice and that is due to the active ingredient it contains which is curcumin. Curcumin has powerful anti-inflammatory properties, although admittedly, to gain this benefit, one needs to take a turmeric extract that contains mostly curcumin since tumeric spice contains only 3% of curcumin. Turmeric, however, does help with joint pain, increases antioxidant capacity and helps combat free radicals. Cinnamon doesn’t just taste great on toast, it’s a very high level antioxidant, is antiflammatory and helps protect the heart by reducing levels of total cholesterol, bad cholesterol and triglycerides. Cayenne aids digestion, may help reduce hunger and may lower blood pressure.
Although I have prepared this as a taco dish, you can definitely leave out the tacos and eat the filling as a side dish.
This recipe is vegetarian, since I did add a yogourt-lime dressing to add some moistness to the tacos; however, the dressing can be omitted to make this a purely vegan dish.
If you make Curried Cauliflower, Chickpea, Spinach and Sweet Potato Tacos, please let me know how they turned out in the comment section.