Blackened Tofu Tacos: Bring The Heat.

So.  It’s been a crazy few days.  Lots of things happening with Siren’s Song Bath Scrubs, my little side bizz.  Check out the new design over on that blog!  Thanks to Angie Bastian-Dannelley at Sun Rae Creative for her amazingly talented advice and help.

Working on being a healthier and happier being this year and spreading that love around!  My school’s first musical is in the works as well as an early yoga meet-up for the staff.  But, my plate has been full and I have neglected to pass on a yummy recipe for you to fill your dinner plate with this week!  Without further ado, here is the incredibly simple Blackened Tofu Taco recipe for you to try!

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Soy is best known in vegetarian and vegan dishes as a replacement to meats and forms of dairy.  Tofu comes in a variety of textures and can be added to different meals and dressed up in a myriad of ways.  If you are following a raw foods diet, you may not use tofu at all or often as many raw foodists fall on the side of soy being a very “mucus causing” ingredient for your body.  If you research “does soy cause mucus build up,”  you will find conflicting articles and even articles that state soy causes cancer.  I like the follow to rule of moderation here.  I like tofu and how I can prepare it in a lot of different dishes.  I like its squishy but firm textures.  I like how filling it is.  I feel that there are a TON of food allergies and sensitivities that many of us may have and not even know it because our bodies are so wonderfully complex and unique.  Soy most likely can cause irritation to some just like wheat or dairy can in others. So, if you do your research, come to your OWN conclusion about soy and how it affects you.  Do you feel phlegmy the following morning after consuming it?  Did you get a headache?  If you don’t notice these side effects, then your body can most likely tolerate soy.  Listen.  Your body will let you know.

Blackened Tofu Tacos:

What You Will Need:

  • 1 package of extra firm tofu
  • 4 tortilla shells
  • 1/2 of a head of lettuce shredded
  • 4-5 tablespoons of oil
  • 1 tablespoon of cumin
  • 1 tablespoon of cayene
  • 2-3 tablespoons of oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon of celery salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • a handful of scallions, chopped
  • salsa (recipe will follow below)
  • 1 avocado, chopped or sliced
  • sour cream for topping

What You Will Need To Do:

  1. Prepare your salsa.  For this recipe, I used one of my go to salsa recipes.  I took two chopped tomatoes, 1/4 of a red onion, handful of cilantro, and roasted a half can of corn.  I place all of the ingredients (except the corn) into the food processor and mix.  I roast the corn on the stove first and add it to my processed salsa.  Good and chunky!
  2. Take ALL of your seasonings and mix them into a bowl.  You will be dipping your tofu pieces into this mix before pan-frying them.
  3. Take your tofu container and cut your pieces.  One trick is to place it on a cutting board and slice through the middle to create two large stacked pieces.  Then, cut vertically and horizontally to create small squares.
  4. Heat your oil in a large pan.
  5. Dip your tofu pieces into the spice mix and place them in the hot oil.  You can cook evenly on each side for about three minutes.
  6. Place avocado, lettuce, scallions, salsa and any other condiments on a warm tortilla then add the tofu on top.
  7. Devour!

The cumin kicks up the heat so add a full tablespoon if you’re looking for lots of heat.  This is a delicious and easy meal to make any day of the week.  Impress your friends and nourish their bodies!  Have fun and play around with the spice mix the second time around.  Adding more oregano adds to the “blackened” look.

Hope you enjoy and if you make it, feel free to leave a comment on how it turned out 🙂

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Yum!

Yum!

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