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Gluten-Free easy Tacos with Greens and Whole Grains

Updated on March 4, 2014

Easy tacos with greens and whole grains

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Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: Serves 2 , with two dinners or a leftover lunch

Swiss chard tacos with whole grains

So simple and delicious. It will be your go to meal when time is limited!
So simple and delicious. It will be your go to meal when time is limited! | Source
Gathering all the ingredients
Gathering all the ingredients | Source
Whole grains, simmering in vegetable broth
Whole grains, simmering in vegetable broth | Source
Preparing the swiss chard, taking out the main rib. You can chop up the rib part, freeze and use in soups. I find it a bit bitter for this recipe.
Preparing the swiss chard, taking out the main rib. You can chop up the rib part, freeze and use in soups. I find it a bit bitter for this recipe. | Source
Slice the leaves long ways
Slice the leaves long ways | Source
Slice cross ways for thin ribbons of greens
Slice cross ways for thin ribbons of greens | Source
Saute' the garlic until fragrant
Saute' the garlic until fragrant | Source
Toss in your greens and then the soy sauce.
Toss in your greens and then the soy sauce. | Source
Kiwi is so simple and delicious.
Kiwi is so simple and delicious. | Source
Adding fruit to your dinner amps up the flavor combos and helps clear the palate.  Let's not talk about how good it is for you!
Adding fruit to your dinner amps up the flavor combos and helps clear the palate. Let's not talk about how good it is for you! | Source
Snap the photo already, I am starving!
Snap the photo already, I am starving! | Source

Easy tacos with greens and whole grains

  • 2 tsp cumin seed-whole, toasted
  • 3 tsp chili seasoning, toasted
  • 1 bunch Swiss Chard, Kale, Collard greens or spinach, washed and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce, low sodium
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-2 teaspoons fresh ground pepper
  • 1 cup Royal blend rice or just brown rice if going for gluten free, Brown and red rice, rye and barley blend
  • 1/2 cup feta or cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 each kiwi, sliced
  • 1 each avocado, sliced
  • 6 each corn tortillas, gluten free

Easy tacos with greens and whole grains

  1. Start by cooking the rice, because it can take 30-40 minutes. Slice the avocado and kiwi. Then toast your cumin seeds and chili seasonings in a medium warm skillet or in the toaster oven for 4-5 minutes until fragrant. Resist the temptation to walk away from seasonings. They can burn on you fast and you need to be close by to smell it.
  2. Prep and slice greens as seen in the photos. Mince garlic and begin to saute until fragrant, maybe a minute or two on medium high heat. Then add the greens and saute for a minute as they release their water. Now add soy sauce and saute until wilted. Take off heat and cover to stay warm.
  3. Heat a small pan to warm tortillas. Corn tortilla's have tendency to just break as you fold them. You can also heat pre-made taco shells, they are equally yummy in this recipe.
  4. Your rice should be ready by now. Lay out the taco shell or tortilla and fill with your seasoned greens. Sprinkle with your favorite cheese. Feta is the best in this recipe! Serve with rice, kiwi and avocado.

Easy tacos with greens and whole grains

I made this recipe for a cooking class which was attended by 6 women and several kids. All gave the thumbs up on this recipe. I have found the best tortillas for this recipe are a mix of corn and wheat. It's a soft tortilla just not found in every market so that's why I made it with corn tortillas. You can find those just about anywhere.

This recipe comes together very quickly so dinner can be ready in as long as it takes to cook rice. It has many umani elements, another taste we have just identified along with salty, sweet, sour and bitter. This 5th element or protein was identified in the early 1900's by Japanese scientist but largely ignored here in the U.S until a few years ago .This element gives a very satisfying quality to the meal. Along these same lines, did you know that your tongue really doesn't have taste sections? All the tastebuds are equal when it comes to sour, bitter, sweet, salty and unami. I know that's what we were all taught in grade school but research enlightens us everyday!

Like so many of my dishes you can make it your own with your personal tortilla or taco shell choice, and your fruit, grain, and cheese choices as well. So be creative; you will find REAL food is awesome!

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