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Cauliflower Chickpea Lettuce Cup Tacos


By Rachel Beller, MS, RDN, CEO Beller Nutritional Institute (

Your Taco Tuesday’s just got a major upgrade in flavor, function, and ease! These Cauliflower Chickpea Lettuce Cup Tacos are the perfect solution when you’re in need of something quick after a long day and are a great alternative to ordering takeout. My patients and masterclass participants often let me know this recipe is one of their favorites and how often they eat these tacos on repeat.

Cauliflower contains a compound called indole-3-carbinol, which makes this dish a cancer-fighting cruciferous superhero. Paired with fiber & protein-fueled chickpeas and my Tex Mex Spice Blend (which brings a South-of-the-Border, antioxidant-rich flare), you easily have a meal that will go to great lengths to protect your health. Viva tacos!

Cauliflower Chickpea Lettuce Cup Tacos

Active Prep Time: 15 mins ∙ Cook Time: 30 mins ∙ Serves: 2


1 medium cauliflower, cut into florets

1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1 tablespoon avocado oil

1 tablespoon Beller Nutrition Tex Mex Power Spice Blend* (Available on Amazon)

Juice of 1 small lime

8 large lettuce leaves

4 tablespoons salsa

1/4 cup plant-based sour cream or plant-based plain yogurt, optional


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a mixing bowl, toss cauliflower florets and chickpeas in the olive oil, spicing blend, and lime juice. Transfer to the prepared sheet pan.
  3. Bake 30 minutes, using a spatula to flip the cauliflower and chickpeas halfway through.
  4. Assemble the lettuce cup tacos by spooning the cauliflower and chickpea filling into large lettuce leaves. Top with salsa and a dollop of plant-based sour cream or yogurt, if desired, before serving.

Rachel Beller is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), CEO of Beller Nutritional Institute and creator of the Beller Nutrition Masterclass. She specializes in oncology and weight management. Visit for more information.

This recipe was submitted by the non-profit organization, Sharsheret, The Jewish Breast Cancer and Ovarian Cancer Community. If you or someone you love has been impacted by breast or ovarian cancer or has elevated genetic risk, contact Sharsheret for free support and resources. For more information, visit or call (866) 474-2774.


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