Disclosure: This blog is sponsored by Loma Linda and all opinions are my own.
When it gets cold, some of my favorite recipes to make are soups, stews and chili. And, while I enjoy meat and fish, I tend to prepare many vegetarian meals as well. I like how I feel when I eat more plant based and it helps me do my part in protecting the environment by choosing sustainable plant foods over less sustainable animal products. Some nights I just can’t squeeze in the time to grocery shop, prep ingredients and cook, so I have been on the hunt for a convenient and healthy plant-based meal solution that reduces my time spent in the kitchen, without sacrificing good nutrition. Enter Loma Linda Plant-Based Protein Meal Solutions and Meal Starters.
Since discovering Loma Linda, it has become a pantry staple in my house! From grab and go lunches to Meal Starters that make dinner a breeze, Loma Linda makes a tasty line of shelf-stable, plant-based protein options, offering more than 10 different flavor varieties, providing heat-and-eat convenience. The Taco Filling Meal Starter is my favorite. Here’s why:
1. It is DELICIOUS
2. The texture is amazing
3. It is incredibly versatile
Who doesn’t love a Taco Tuesday (or Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)?! Having Loma Linda’s Taco Filling on hand in my pantry means I am always ready for taco night. I can simply heat up some Loma Linda Taco Filling in the microwave in 60 seconds and get creative by adding it to a taco shell or tortilla, top a nice fresh salad or even make a taco pizza by using it on my favorite crust with salsa and cheese. Last week I had enough time to experiment and used the Loma Linda Taco Filling in my favorite chili recipe, and it turned out great (check out my recipe below!).
Providing quick, heat-and-eat convenience, Loma Linda’s new plant-based Meal Solutions and Meal Starters can be prepared in 60 seconds and are hearty enough to enjoy on their own, or get creative and use them in some of your favorite recipes. So often people blame poor eating habits on not having enough time, but with solutions like this, there are fewer excuses to make nutritious meals for you and your family. Along with being delicious and nutritious, Loma Linda products are non-GMO AND gluten free. Bonus!
Each complete meal is microwave friendly (hello timesaver!) and made with 100% plant-based protein. With Loma Linda in your pantry, you don’t have to sacrifice taste or health when you’re pressed for time. Stock up, get creative and let me know what you think of my chili recipe using Loma Linda Taco Filling!
Loma Linda Chili
6-8 serving sizes
• 1 packet Loma Linda Taco Filling
• 2 T Taco Seasoning
• 1 tsp Garlic Powder
• 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
• 1/2 tsp Oregano
• 1/2 tsp Salt
• 1/2 tsp Pepper
• 7 ounces can Diced Green Chiles including juice
• 4 cups Vegetable Broth, low sodium
• 14 oz can Black Beans, rinsed & drained
• 14 oz can Garbanzo Beans, rinsed & drained
• 14 oz can Red Kidney or Pinto Beans, rinsed & drained
• 14 oz can Diced Tomatoes, with juice
• Tortilla Chips
• Avocado, large diced
• Red Onion, diced
• Jalapeño, sliced
1. Turn the pressure cooker/Instapot on to the saute setting and warm up the Loma Linda Taco Filling
2. Add the taco seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, salt, and pepper. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until Loma Linda is completely covered.
3. Add vegetable broth. Once the broth is at a slow simmer, add all of the beans and stir well.
4. Add the can of diced tomatoes, no need to stir Place the lid on the pot and lock in place. Turn the steam release knob to the Sealing position.
5. Cancel the Sauté setting and then press the Pressure Cook/Manual button (or dial) and the + or – button (or dial) to choose 6 minutes. The pot will take several minutes to build up the pressure before the timer starts.
6. When the cooking cycle has finished, let the pot sit undisturbed for 15 minutes. Then do a controlled Quick Release of the pressure by turning the knob towards the Venting position in short bursts (I use a wooden spoon handle). When you feel confident that no soup will spew out with the steam, open the knob all the way.
7. When the pin in the lid drops down, you can open the lid facing away from you. Give the soup a stir, carefully as there could be some hot steam pockets in there.
8. Taste and adjust salt, if needed, then add the tortillas, avocado etc.
9. Serve with any of the garnishes you like
Recipe adapted by Simply Happy Foodie
Melissa is a registered dietitian living and working in NYC for over a decade. While she is a dietitian by profession, Melissa believes that being healthy does not just mean from a dietary perspective. To her, health encompasses eating nutritious foods, exercising, and balancing mental well-being.