The old me would order the You Pick Two Combo with tortilla soup and 2 chicken tacos without cheese but maybe a dash of sour cream for flavor. The new vegan me went for the veggie burrito with black beans and no sour cream nor cheese (and I ate only half of the tortilla and picked out some rice at that.) In hindsight I should have maybe stuck to the salad as there was way too much refined, white flour and rice in the meal even taking off half the tortilla. I went to the Qdoba website and calculated my salt intake, calories, etc. and the meal had a little over 1,000g of sodium and 580 calories. Yikes on the salt!
When we got home after a day out and about, including church, lunch, a few grocery stores, and a nice afternoon walk, I was exhausted. So I made this easy meal thanks to Happy Herbivore:
"Meat"balls in marinara sauce on a whole wheat hot dog bug with a heaping side of broccoli
The ingredients were pretty simple. Leave me a comment with your email addy if you would like the recipe. I didn't follow the recipe exactly as I didn't put the soy sauce in it to reduce the sodium content. To make the marinara quickly I started with my favorite pasta sauce (fire roasted Classico) then added 1 large can of tomato puree. As it is pretty much a 1:1 pasta sauce/tomato puree ratio, you essentially cut the salt in half. I won't lie, it's not going to taste like the same old salty marinara.
That said, I thought it was really tasty, low cal, low fat, and EASIER TO MAKE than the meat version.
Gimme Lean Sausage Roll $3.50
Hot dog buns $1.50
marinara sauce $1.50
2 slices whole wheat bread for breadcrumbs $.25
1/2 c. non dairy milk $.25
Side of broccoli $2
2 TB nutritional yeast $.10
mustard, ketchup, soy sauce, seasonings (incidentals)
= $9.10/4 (plus a little fudge for incidentals) = $2.50 ish per serving