Why I Am Posting These Recipes

I believe that it is healthier for an individual and for the planet to reduce the consumption of animal products in the human diet. However, I love to eat all kinds of delicious food, and find it really, really difficult to go totally vegetarian. Also, my family protests if I serve too many vegetarian meals in a row. So I am committed to making an effort to move towards a vegetarian diet without wholly doing so. I will post recipes several times a week that represent my philosophy of eating well, eating healthy, eating local. Most recipes will be easy to prepare, as I have a busy life. So I expect my followers to be people who love to cook and eat well, want to try to help the planet through their eating (by eating local foods and trying to reduce the use of meat in our diets), and have many other things to do each day besides cook.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

It's Taco Tuesday! Tofu and Zucchini Tacos

It's Taco Tuesday! Tacos are such a great meal, in my opinion, because they are easy to make, easy to clean up after, and most people enjoy them.  The tacos I was brought up on, however, have ground beef, which causes a dilemna for vegetarians.  I had heard that you could make tofu simulate ground beef easily by draining it out of the package, wrapping it tightly in plastic wrap then foil and freezing it.  Then after you thaw it, you just crumble it with your hand and use it as if it was ground beef. This creates an easy way to make vegetarian tacos because you are basically doing it the same way the traditional packages tell you to, just substituting tofu for ground beef.  The result tastes very much like ground beef tacos. Very palatable.  I like to add some veggies with it for variety in texture and flavor.  In this case, I used zucchini and onion, as well as some tomatoes. Obviously, you could do this with any brand of taco seasoning, but I like Trader Joe's brand.  It is a little spicier than other supermarket brands I have tried. I enjoy coming up with different vegetarian fillings for tacos, so look for future variations on upcoming Taco Tuesdays!

1/2 lb. tofu, frozen, thawed, liquid squeezed out, and crumbled
1 zucchini, diced
1 small onion, diced
Packet of Trader Joe’s taco seasoning
Grapeseed oil
1 tomato, chopped or handful of cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1/2 cup strained tomatoes 

Chopped tomatoes or quartered cherry tomatoes
chopped cilantro
Chopped lettuce
Diced avocado
Shredded cheddar cheese

Taco shells

Saute onion in oil until just beginning to become translucent. Add tofu, stir, sprinkle taco seasoning to taste over all, continue stirring for a few minutes, trying to coat all the tofu with seasoning.  Remove to bowl.  Add more oil, then add zucchini and saute until soft and browned. Add tomatoes and stir. Add strained tomatoes, stir and cook some more.

Serve in warmed taco shells with chopped tomatoes, lettuce, cilantro, avocado and shredded cheese.  Makes about 9 tacos. Serves about 3 people.

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