Veggie Oat Taco Mince

Steel-cut oats mimic the mouthfeel of vegan crumbles while being completely free of processed ingredients. They also add heartiness to the veggie and bean mixture. This is the perfect way to sneak in some veggies for the picky eaters in your house. This recipes is from my book OATrageous Oatmeals. (Photo by Kate Lewis)

Photo by Kathy H.
Adapted from amazon.com

PREP TIME

15

minutes

TOTAL TIME

35

minutes

SERVINGS

2.5

cups

PREP TIME

15

minutes

TOTAL TIME

35

minutes

SERVINGS

2.5

servings

Adapted from amazon.com

Ingredients

  • 1

    cup water

  • 1/4

    cup steel cut oats

  • 1/4

    cup minced carrots

  • 1

    tablespoon olive oil (or use water to make no oil added)

  • 1/2

    small onion, minced (about 1/4 cup)

  • 1/4

    cup minced green pepper

  • 2

    cloves garlic, minced

  • 1

    teaspoon chili powder

  • 1

    teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1

    teaspoon cumin

  • 1

    (14 ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1

    tablespoon chopped green chilies

  • 1

    cup minced kale (or other green)

  • juice of 1/2 a lime

  • 2

    tablespoons to 1/4 cup cilantro, to taste

  • salt, to taste

Directions

In a saucepan add the water, oats and carrots, bring to a boil then turn the heat to low and cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until the steel cut oats are cooked through, but still chewy. While the oats are cooking heat the olive oil in a large sautė pan over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until translucent, then add the green pepper, garlic and spices and cook for another 2 minutes Once the oat mixture is cooked add it to the sautė pan and mix the oats in with the veggies. You want to keep cooking until the oats dry out some and begin to separate. You want to keep cooking until it starts to look like crumbles. Mix in the kidney beans, green chilies and kale. Cook until the kidney beans are thoroughly heated. Right before serving add the lime juice, cilantro and salt. Serve in hard or soft taco shells, in burritos and they are amazing on top of nachoes.

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