Low-Carb Purple Cabbage Tacos & The Benefits Of Eating All The Colors Of The Rainbow
Are you looking for a low-carb, delicious, and ultra-healthy snack?
Well look no further because we have got the perfect snack that has it all for you. Our purple cabbage tacos are so delicious, easy to make, and the best part is that it is incredibly colorful and healthy. This recipe has all the different colors of the rainbow and we can’t wait for you to try it!
It’s a known fact that eating vegetables with different colors means you get higher levels of nutrients, because you get all the health benefits from each color in one meal.
Red fruits and veggies are rich in lycopene and antioxidants. Lycopene helps the body create more vitamin A, which in turn benefits your vision, immune system, and cell growth. It helps reduce the risk of having heart disease and cancer. Examples of these are tomatoes, beets, red bell peppers, etc.
Green vegetables like green bell pepper and most leafy greens are rich in antioxidants as well, and have antiinflammatory properties. It helps prevent chronic diseases and gives you your daily dose of vitamin K, which is crucial for avoiding blood clots. Ever wondered why healthy smoothies almost always have greens in them? It’s because these are great for detoxifying the body.
Yellow and Orange
Yellow and orange food strengthen our immune system and improve eye health because it contains beta-carotene. It includes carrots, squash, sweet potato, and yellow bell pepper.
Blue and Purple
Blue and purple vegetables fight cancer, heart disease, and help keep you looking young. This includes eggplants, purple cabbage, and berries.
Our recipe includes all these colors and the nutrients that come with them. We’re so excited to share this colorful snack with you. Let’s get started!
Local ground beef
Green bell pepper
For the Sweet Heat Green Salsa (sauce):
Juice of half a lime
Pico de gallo (roughly-chopped veggies):
Red bell pepper
Yellow bell pepper
Let’s start with the pre-preparation. We made the sweet heat green salsa and cooked the ground beef in advance. You can do this during your free time and keep the sauce in the fridge for future use!
For the sauce, just peel the tomatillos, and roughly chop it. Do this with the garlic and onion as well. Place your pan over low heat, saute the garlic and onion, and add your fresh tomatillos. As we wait for the tomatillos to soften and release their water, lightly char the pasilla pepper directly onto your gas stove. Peel away the blackened parts and chop the pepper. Once you see that the water is released from the tomatillos, add in the chopped pepper, salt, black pepper, cumin, honey, and lime juice. Stir well and turn off the heat when it has reached the perfect salsa consistency. You now have a flavorful and healthy sauce!
For the ground beef, just saute minced garlic, onions, green bell pepper, and beef. Season it with salt and pepper. You can also add in your chosen taco mix, which can be store-bought or homemade! For homemade taco seasoning you can mix in some chili powder, ground cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, a dash of oregano, and chili flakes. Saute until the meat is cooked through.
For the pico de gallo, just roughly chop red tomatoes, red onion, and red bell peppers. You can also use yellow bell pepper to give it more color. Mix it all up in a bowl and it’s ready to go. The pico de gallo will really give a light, fresh flavor to the tacos. You can also squeeze in some lime juice for a twist.
Now, we assemble the tacos (finally)!
We will use the purple cabbage as a low-carb substitute for taco shells. Make sure to wash the purple cabbage thoroughly, and peel off the first 2 layers. We will not be using these layers to ensure freshness. Peel the layers one by one, and put the crunchy cabbage shells on a plate.
Take one of your crunchy purple cabbage shells, fill it with cooked ground beef, pico de gallo, grated cheese, ranch dressing (our favorite is from Bolthouse Farms, and their ranch is made from healthy Greek yoghurt. It only has around 45 calories per 2 tbsp while a regular ranch has 90 calories per tbsp). This is waaaay healthier. Drizzle the ranch in the middle of your delicious taco. Now drizzle the sweet heat salsa sauce.
Repeat until you have as many tacos as you want. Enjoy your low-carb and colorful meal!
To see how we prepared these low-carb tacos, feel free to watch this Meal Monday video here: https://fb.watch/5q4tpnVGCM/
Micah from Mom Training