I was talking with my friend Leigh the other day about the food she would miss most if she cut meat out of her diet, and the foods I did miss most because I am a veggie-only eater. My immediate response: ground beef tacos. I could easily rid myself of all fond meat memories (with the exception of maybe a hot dog during a baseball game...which inspires both fond memories and a gag reflex) but nothing will ever replace the ground beef taco. Once after college I had some sort of life-changing event and for the next two weeks I could eat nothing but tacos. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner. I never got sick of them.
Rice and beans are a delicious replacement for this weakness of mine, but I wanted to try out one of the many meat substitutes on the market to see if something could fill this little void in my heart. Some meat substitutes are great, others are just plain gross, so I went into this dinner hopeful, but with low expectations. Leigh recommend Smart Ground, which sells itself as being "veggie protein crumbles." Questionable, right? I got the "Mexican" variety, hoping that the seasoned crumbles would work a miracle in my kitchen.