Protein shake vs. Breakfast tacos

These tacos taste better and are ultimately much more satisfying than a protein shake
I recently added the grueling workout of boot camp to my usual weekly regimen (cycling, weight lifting, running, yoga, and misc. gym cardio).

I really enjoy it a lot because in 45min-1 hr have pushed my muscles including my heart much further and harder than I would on my own. 

I will admit having been coerced into football in high school for a period of time, I had some awful memories of running bleachers while being berated by my coach. Then I reminded myself, self-you aren't in high school, he's not yelling at you he is encouraging you, and you WANT to be here right? 

After this amazingly brutal workout my muscles are taxed. They say you should eat protein about 45 minutes after lifting or working your muscles hard so that the tissues can build more muscles right?

Many people love the post work out protein shake for this very reason. I like eating personally much more than I like drinking. Not to mention that isolate soy protein is one of the most processed foods on the planet and so I try to avoid it all costs. Being vegan it is hard to do this. That shit is in everything! 

So know we get to ask the oldest question in Vegetarian history! Come on say it with me....


My mind immediately goes to beans. Good I love beans.....Any-who.

I knew I had some fat free refried beans in the cupboard as well as a bunch of veggies that in the right combo would make some pretty good breakfast tacos. So without anymore painful high school memories I give you-


1 can refried beans

1/4 red onion diced
1/2 red bell pepper diced
1-2 cups cauliflower diced

1 bag of frozen hash brown potatoes
1 carrot shredded
1 zucchini shredded and squeezed of excess water (see photo below)

2 T 365 Valle del Sol chili powder
2T Mexican seasoning

Corn Tortillas
Spinach or mix of baby greens washed

Heat refried beans in a non stick pan over low heat covered. Keep warm.
Dry saute red onion, cauliflower, and red bell pepper for about 2 minutes or until onion is translucent and starting to brown.
shredded zucchini in a towel


Scrape into a large mixing bowl.

Add remaining ingredients (except tortillas of course) and stir mixture well.

Next use non stick pan to cook the potato hash.

Please refer to this method:

For this particular recipe I cooked them-6 minutes on medium-high covered, flip once cook 5 minutes covered, flip again 3 minutes uncovered. I repeat this last step until I am happy with the crispiness of the hash.

Heat your tortillas. I love my tortilla warmer. I highly suggest you get one.

To serve spoon some beans onto a tortilla add a handful of greens and finish with a spoonful of potato hash. Serve with salsa, hot sauce, guacamole, ketchup whatever floats your boat.


That's it. Its pretty darn easy once you get the hang of the technique.

Hope you all enjoy it. 

To your health!



  1. Love it, Ben...can't wait to try it...I loved the video, particularly at the end when your child is saying, "Daaadeeee", very cute!

    1. Thanks. She's pretty amazing. Keeps me on my toes for sure! :)

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