Ⓥ Taco Pi

The Bean Sauce/Dip was reused from yesterday:)

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Bean Sauce

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Ⓥ Taco Protein consisted of Garbanzo Beans, Tofu, Boca Ⓥ Crumbles, Chipotle Peppers in Adobo, Veggie Broth, Sugar, Sea Salt, Pepper, Lemon Juice, Carrot, Cilantro and slight Oil.

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The Pizza Pi was constructed deliciously with Bean Sauce, Taco Protein, Daiya, Lettuce, Pico de Gallo, Olives and Shallot.

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A bike ride in light rain was enjoyed with a couple of good Beers.

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Happy Sunday. CHEERS

Taco Basket

A sloppy Taco with vast flavor and texture. Still to be eaten with your fingers, but also, with a forking fork.

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My dressing is Vegenaise, Lemon Juice, Sriracha, Balsamic Vinegar and CILANTRO. I forced this plant-based greatness into a convenient squeeze bottle.

A Lettuce mixture was mixed with a small amount of my dressing.

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A Tortilla was baked into an edible basket and filled with the Lettuce mixture and topped with Carrot, Avocado, Tomato, Scallions, Pistachios and my dressing. I also stabbed this salad with Tortilla Chips.

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Taco Tempeh Pizza

Oh, it is 2017. Let’s make another Vegan Pizza, because I am a Pizza addict. How about a Taco Pizza, Veganly. This was super simple, mostly just prep work. I used ready (Vegan) pizza dough, because I am a lazy addict as well. Pan-fried chopped Tempeh was infused with a bit o’ oil, Crushed Red Peppers, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Oregano, Paprika, Cayenne, Balsamic Vinegar, Sea Salt, Pepper and Chili Powder. The Pizza was constructed with Vegenaise, Taco Tempeh, sliced Daiya, Onion and Avocado. I threw this pie into the oven as hard as I could to be slow baked for awhile before turning up the heat to add color to the Daiya. The pizza escaped the oven to be further constructed with super diced Romaine, Daiya shreds, Tomato, Black Olive, Avocado and more Vegenaise in the center.

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The finished construction was broiled for a couple of minutes just to melt the Daiya shreds.

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I’m going to have a big year of cycling. I have not ridden yet in 2017 because of this bug that I have acquired. I’ve ridden 700 km (435 miles) farther in 2016 than 2015. I’m assuming that I’ll probably ride 10,000 km in 2017. #RideOn

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Ⓥaco Salad

I’ve blogged it before and I’ll blog it again. Improv cooking sometimes allows truly great ideas to flourish. And having fun with your food is unreal, interesting and extremely entertaining. Perhaps, not always a success, but worth it most of the time.

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From time to time, I do not wanna go to the grocery store. And that alone (maybe a beer or two, also) is my spontaneous/improvisational motivation. Cook and create with what you have on hand. I have strong belief that in a prior life, I was a Mexican chef. Furthermore, I always non-subconsciously almost hoard Mexican cuisine ingredients. A past life is the only way that I can explain it.

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Hopslam:)

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I’ve had some good beers in the last weeks. I had enjoyed my first ever Hopslam on draft. I’ve had it in bottle before, which is great. The preservation and balance in keg is unbelievable. Hopslam is made out of Bell’s Brewing in Galesburg, MI. It is a DIPA (double india pale ale) made with honey. FIND IT. ENJOY IT.

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Seitan ingredients:

  • Vital Wheat Gluten
  • Corn Meal
  • Rosemary/Cayenne/FennelSeed, crushed together
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Veggie Broth
  • Turmeric/Thyme/SeaSalt/Pepper/GarlicP/OnionP
  • Bay Leaves/Celery/Peppercorn/Fennel/Rosemary, for baking
  • Vegan ‘Cheese’ cloth

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Domino Effect:

  • Mix wet ingredients together and dry ingredients separately before mixing together.
  • Form into a loaf and put into wet ‘cheese’ cloth.
  • Put Seitan loaf into Lasagna pan and put Herbs/Veggies with Broth filling halfway.
  • Bake for two hours, flipping loaf in between.
  • Remove from cloth immediately and put in foil or use.
  • I broiled slightly after out of ‘cheese’ cloth.

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Relish ingredients:

  • Tomato, deseeded and diced
  • Cucumber, deseeded and diced
  • Onion, diced
  • Seitan, diced and slightly charred
  • Radish, diced
  • Garlic, minced
  • Lime, juice
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • SeaSalt/Pepper
  • Oil/BalsamicVinegar/RedWineVinegar/Sriracha

Mix.

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Rice ingredients:

  • Rice, Basmati – browned and cooked
  • Broth
  • Leftovers (mostly beans)
  • SeaSalt/Pepper

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Veggies ingredients:

  • Potato, chopped
  • Celery, sliced
  • Carrot, sliced
  • Onion, diced
  • Seitan, mmmm
  • Corn, browned
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • Daiya, slices for garnish
  • Rice

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Ⓥaco Salad ingredients:

  • Tortilla, baked as taco bowl
  • Lettuce, iceberg – sliced
  • Spinach, sliced
  • Jalapeno, roasted and deseeded/skinned
  • Vegenaise, mmmmm
  • Seitan, chopped
  • Relish, mmmm
  • Mushroom, sliced
  • Cilantro

Build.

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Happy Friday! Spring is approaching!

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Be safe.

Vegan Tacoisms

  
I am absolutely in love with this trifecta of Tofu, Soyrizo and Tempeh. I decided to mad scientist together Taco.

  
Password is Taco.

  
Perhaps it won’t be as entertaining as Frankenstein to most or as sweet as Willy Wonka’s Chocalote Factory, but Gene, it’s wild and almost Wilder..

  
If there is a such thing as a past life or multi universe, I’d be a Mexican culinary artist with a big mustache, painting edible masterpieces on people’s plates. Garnishing with cilantro, of course.

I have decided to not do any fantasy football this year, but to do a The League marathon instead. And have THAT being my fantasy football. If you ever get a chance, FIND and WATCH Safety Not Guranteed (2012). It is an outstanding flick starring Mark Dupless and Aubrey Plaza and also produced by Mark and his brother Jay.

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Has anyone seen these Chicago Cubs lately? Has anyone ever seen the Cubs dominate and click with chemistry like this club?

   
 I have made tacos in the past with store bought hard shell tortillas and they never fulfilled what I needed. I saw somewhere someone making hard shell from soft tortillas and I had to try it. I made two before even making any tacos. I also just ate them as is and they were delicious. I wanted them to open bigger so i cranked the heat and made the mistake of making four.

  
They cooked and hardened, but were basically closed. I draped all of these tortilla attempts over an oven rack and baked until golden brown.

  
I brainstormed for a minute and concluded that they need to open wider and so I made four draped over two oven rack grills. The results gave me a permi-smile.

  
I made tacos with hash browns that I had leftover uncooked from a past concoction. I also made a taco salad with the untacoable shells.

  
Ⓥegan Trifecta Taco w/ HashBrowns ingredients:

  

 HashBrowns ingredients:

  • Potato, hash brown style (homemade or store bought)
  • Onion, diced
  • Carrot, sliced halfly
  • Celery, sliced
  • Lentils/SplitPeas/BrownRice, cooked at once
  • Broth/BalsamicVinegar
  • ChipotleP/OnionP/GarlicP/SeaSalt/Pepper
  • Corn/BlackeyedPeas, canned
  • Cilantro, fresh and chopped
  • Oil

I did not have any fresh garlic or I would’ve used it.

  • Cook Rice/Lentils/SplitPeas in water seasoned with Sugar/SeaSalt/OnionP/GarlicP/Pepper, drain
  • Sauté Onion, Carrot and Celery in oil for a few minutes before adding Hash Browns and BalsamicVinegar
  • Season and add broth, simmer for a good 20 minutes
  • I did broil to add a little color.

  

    Ⓥegan Trifecta ingredients:

    • Soyrizo
    • Tempeh, diced
    • Tofu, crumbled
    • Lentils/SplitPeas/BrownRice, cooked
    • Corn/BlackeyedPeas, canned
    • Onion, diced
    • Celery, diced
    • Broth/Sriracha/BalsamicVinegar/Honey
    • CajunSeasoning/Cayenne/ChiliP/Oregano/NutritionalYeast/Cumin/Paprika
    • Oil
    • Cilantro, fresh and chopped

    Break Dances:

    • Sauté Onion and Celery in oil before adding Tempeh and Soyrizo. Sauté for 7 minutes and add Sriracha/Balsamic and seasonings get hot add Broth, Tofu and Honey stir and cover simmering for 12-15 minutes.

    Other ingredients:

    • Tortilla, hardened by baking
    • Lettuce, Iceberg and chopped
    • Tomato, diced
    • Onion, diced
    • Cilantro, fresh and chopped
    • Vegenaise, mmmm

      

      Taco Construction:

      • When everything is prepared awaiting your constructing, life is good.
      • Construct how you think is best!
      • Same with the Taco Salad!
      • Enjoy and have a good week! Cheers 🙂