Friday, February 28, 2014

Vegan Tacos

The mother of all Tex-Mex food.
When I was 7, my family took a road trip to visit my great-grandmother for her birthday. It was an 8 hour drive, and I wasn't patient enough to sit still for that long. When we finally decided to stop for lunch, I had 3 choices: Mcdonald's, Cinnabon, or Taco Bell. I wasn't in the mood for greasy hamburgers or sugar filled buns. So, I decided to try Taco Bell.
I loved the crunchy shell. It was my favorite part of the taco. Every time I took a bite, the meat would splatter everywhere, leaving me with just the shell and a few skimpy pieces of lettuce. The flavor of the meat didn't really appeal to me. I was too fixated on the sound that the taco shell made when I took a bite to care. I left taco bell with pieces of ground meat all over my clothes. As I crawled back into the car, I could smell the greasy odor from my shirt. My poor family had to endure the smell of Taco Bell for the next 6 hours on our long car ride. 
Here I am today, 9 years later, enjoying my crunchy Vegan Tacos.
These delicious tacos will satisfy your tex-mex craving without clogging your arteries.
You won't be disappointed, I promise.
Ingredients (makes 6 tacos):

  • 6 ezekiel sprouted grain tortillas 
  • 8oz organic sprouted tofu 
  • 1 1/2 cup of cooked brown lentils (or 1 can of organic brown lentils)
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp chili powder 
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder 
  • 1 tbsp onion powder 
  • 1 tbsp paprika 
  • salt and pepper to taste 
  • lettuce 
  • tomato
  • vegan cheese 
If you'd like to have crunchy taco shells, preheat your oven to 350. Hang each tortilla over the rack so that it forms the"taco shell" shape, and bake for 8-10 min until each tortilla is golden brown and crispy.
For the taco "meat", crumble and mash the tofu and mix with the lentils. In a small sauce pan, heat the lentils and crumbled tofu. Add the seasonings and stir until all the seasonings are well distributed. Let the tofu and lentils cook for 5-8 min on medium heat while stirring. Fill the taco shell with the lentil and tofu mixture and top it with whatever you please. Enjoy!

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