If you are trying to pick a January cleanse, I finally found one I fully endorse: The Taco Cleanse. Created and then executed by Wes Allison, Stephanie Bogdanich, Molly R. Frisinger, and Jessica Morris, The Taco Cleanse celebrates delicious vegan tacos and is anything but a deprivation diet.
Instead, you are instructed how to eat a taco for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You are acquainted with the newest superfoods (corn tortillas AND flour tortillas!) and learn how to integrate them into delicious meals.
Tongue-in-cheek aside, this is a cute and satirical cookbook all the while focusing on delicious tacos. 75 recipes and lots of pretty colourful pictures are included. Without any swearing, you will be laughing as you try to pick the next taco you want to make.
I haven’t tried a full-blown cleanse yet like Zsu, Cady, Amey, Kittee and Erin, but I have enjoyed all the recipes so far. I liked the Wake and Shake Tofu Scramble (you basically add nooch to coat tofu!!) as well as this Mighty Migas Scramble. I am also tempted by the Blue Corn Chip-Crusted Tofu, Veracruz Giant Limas, Barbacoa Mushrooms and Jackfruit Brisket. Actually, the problem is I want to try too many of the recipes.
This Migas recipe was a lot of fun and a delicious tofu scramble. Different than my previous Migas, the nutritional yeast, non-dairy milk and vegan cheese definitely elevate the cheesiness of the scramble. I even added the jalapeno and it balanced the sauciness perfectly.
I used some leftover holiday chips but one could easily use leftover tortillas as well, since they become soggier the longer you wait to eat your meal.
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Reprinted, with permission, from The Taco Cleanse: The Tortilla-Based Diet Proven to Change Your Life
Author’s note: What started out as a way to use up leftover corn tortillas has become a staple of brunch tables. Migas tacos are transformational because they contain two superfoods: corn and flour tortillas. If you’ve been afflicted with collywobbles or gripe, try eating at least one migas taco a week. Because your homemade corn tortillas are probably too delicious to leave any leftovers, tortilla chips stand in here.
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1/2 cup (70 g) chopped onion
1 jalapeno, sliced into rings
14 to 18 ounces (397 to 454 g) firm tofu, drained
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup (37 g) crumbled tortilla chips
1 cup (170 g) seeded, chopped tomato
1/4 cup (15 g) nutritional yeast
1/4 cup (60 ml) unsweetened plant milk or water
1/2 cup (48 g) vegan cheddar, optional
8 Flour Tortillas
1. Heat the oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Sauté the onion and jalapeño for 2 minutes, or until the onion starts to soften. Crumble the tofu into the pan and sprinkle with the salt, cumin, and pepper. Cook until the tofu is dry and browned on at least one side, about 10 minutes. Try not to stir too often as this prevents browning. Add the rest of the ingredients, including the cheese if you’re using it, and stir thoroughly. Cook until the tomato softens and the liquid is completely absorbed. Serve in the flour tortillas.
Recipe from The Taco Cleanse: The Tortilla-Based Diet Proven to Change Your Life, copyright ©Wes Allison, Stephanie Bogdanich, Molly R. Frisinger, Jessica Morris, 2015. Top photo by Stephanie Bogdanich. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment. Available wherever books are sold.
Note: I was given a copy of the cookbook from the publisher. I was under no obligation to share a review. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.
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