Taco Salad with Chili-Lime Ranch Dressing

Taco Salad with Chili-Lime Ranch Dressing

Our inner peace is powerful when it comes not only to navigating the circumstances and situations in our lives but also to shifting the energy going on around us in the world. The more of us that are at peace in our individual lives, the more peaceful people in the world and the less hatred and violence will exist. Your power when handling any situation comes from your inner peace, so I’m excited to provide you with this short and simple meditation to bring you back home in moments of frustration. One of the areas where
I needed peace was in the kitchen, so I started small, making easy and accessible meals, and then slowly built up my kitchen mojo and got a little more creative.

You can do this meditation sitting in easy pose or while you are standing in the checkout line at the grocery store—whenever and wherever you need to remind yourself that peace begins with you!
Close your eyes, if possible, then gently press your thumb against your index finger, followed by your middle finger, ring finger, and pinkie, repeat- ing the mantra “Peace. Begins. With. Me.”
Touch your index finger and say, “Peace.” Touch your middle finger and say, “Begins.” Touch your ring finger and say, “With.” Touch your pinkie and say, “Me.”
Breathe deeply as you say each word, and go at your own pace. Repeat this as long as needed to bring you back to a centered, peaceful mind. I find that it works wonders in just a minute or two.

Yield: 2 servings


¼ cup (41 g) precooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed
½ cup (51 g) walnuts
2 tablespoons (30 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon flaxseed meal
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon ground coriander
½ teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon onion powder
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
½ tomato, chopped
½ white onion, diced
¼ cup (4 g) chopped cilantro
1 jalapeño, chopped and divided
4 romaine lettuce leaves, chopped
½ cup (97 g) precooked black beans, drained and rinsed
1 avocado, halved, pitted, and sliced


¼ cup (60 g) tofu sour cream (This can be substituted with homemade cashew sour cream: prepare the Creamy Cashew Yogurt recipe on page 93 and add more lemon juice, to taste.)

Juice from ¼ lime
Pinch of onion powder Pinch of parsley
Pinch of garlic powder Pinch of chili powder
½ teaspoon plain unsweetened almond milk

1. In a food processor, combine the chickpeas, walnuts, olive oil, flaxseed meal, cumin, coriander, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder and onion powder. Generously season with salt and pepper and pulse until the mixture has the consistency of chopped “meat.” Set aside

2. In a small bowl, combine the tomatoes, onion, cilantro, and a teaspoon of jalapeño and toss together.

3. Place the chopped romaine lettuce into 2 individual serving bowls. To each bowl,
add a spoonful black beans, 2 spoonfuls of tomato mixture, a spoonful of the chopped “meat,” and sliced avocado.

4. To make the chili-lime ranch dressing, combine all the ingredients in a bowl, mix together, and drizzle over salad.

Why not try some more delicious recipes from ‘Be the Best You’ You can buy your copy of the book HERE + free UK delivery.

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This is not your traditional cookbook. You will not have to do a cleanse, eat kale every day, or eliminate an entire food group. Instead, you will learn the step-by-step process for eating with intention and put a stop to the never-ending cycle of fad diets, constant exhaustion, and general unhappiness with your body and yourself.

Meditation and wellness teacher Cassandra Bodzak struggled for years with unhealthy dieting, stomach pains, and food allergies. It was only when she began to listen to her body and eat with intention that she transformed her life. In this book, she shares her wisdom to help you discover:

How to uncover the foods that are hurting you
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How to incorporate a daily gratitude or meditation practice into your life
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