Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Super fast tacos!



I love tacos and TVP is one of my favorite fillings. TVP, chili powder, cumin seed and coriander mixed with my homemade SALSA topped with my Chipotle Sauce made for an awesome lunch.  Plus any leftover filling is great in a taco salad dressed with leftover sauce.  I've been craving these flavors since since shooting my Healthy 7 Layer Dip for Northeast Flavor magazines fall issue.  I'm also really excited to be introducing them to a my "Green Slime" smoothie and Chocolate Hummus for healthy back to school lunch ideas! 

14 comments:

  1. Chocolate hummus and green slime smoothies? I am intrigued. I love me some tacos. My favorite cheap filling is made from lentils.

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  2. TVP tacos are the best! I love that stand-and-fill shells too.

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  3. Yum, tacos rock! I agree with Jen, lentils are awesome for a filling.

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  4. I think I might have to make tacos for dinner now! YUM!

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  5. I love me some tacos- and a hard taco shell to boot? yum yum yum

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  6. Oh boy I love tacos in all shapes and sizes. Last week I had the best soyrizo ones for dinner and this week I think ol' TVP will be on the table.

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  7. I just found your blog! I love that you have such a strict budget! Thanks for sharing! :)

    You can find me here:

    http://myveganweightlossjourney.blogspot.com/

    Katy

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  8. I really miss tacos, since eating vegan. Not a fan of eating processed foods, but at least I have cut out so much out of my diet, by eating vegan. I am gonna give this one a try.

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  9. I hardly ever use TVP - but I'm feeling inspired to use it more - these tacos look awesome!

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  10. I have been craving tacos for a while, and then this recipe found me. Thanks for the inspiration! These became my lunch every day for about a week... Spectacular photos, as well!

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  11. i am kinda surprised so many are pro-TVP. it is so full of junk ingredients, I really try to avoid it

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  12. Erin, TVP is not "full of junk". It has one ingredient: defatted soy. It is a great alternative to ground beef. You can find non GMO TVP and used in moderation it is a great pantry staple.

    By all means, if you don't want to eat it don't, but judgy comments not even based in fact seem a bit silly.

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  13. judgy and not based on fact? Im not so sure....but I DO love you and your site, so I dont want to come off as an asshole. I used to eat TVP all the time, until I became aware of certain things. Unfermented soy kinda scared me after all I have learned about it, like how soy's phytoestrogens can mimic the effects of the female hormone estrogen or how it contains a bunch of health-disrupting "anti-nutrients", such as phytic acid (binds to minerals in the digestive tract and carries them out of the body). Also, most TVP contains partially hydrogenated soybean oil and MSG (often disguised as autolyzed yeast). Not to mention the insane processing involved in creating Soy protein isolate, the main ingredient in TVP. It's worth looking into, but I won't bore you with that process now

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  14. Erin, I have done a lot of research about soy and I am 100% comfortable having it in my diet. A lot of the negative research is not really based on a lot of half truth trouted by so called "experts".. and I can assure you that NONE of the tvp I buy ever has any ingredient other than NON GMO defatted soy.

    This issue has been talked to death on my blog in the past and I have received no less than 200 HUNDRED emails from anti-soy crusaders who come of as totally insane.. (I don't see you this way..)... so I probably felt a bit defensive about the soy issue..

    I actually began researching soy many years ago (15) because I was raising vegetarian boys and wanted to make sure I was giving them the healthiest diet I could.. and I had some concerns about the estrogenic compounds in soy.. and as I said, I feel very comfortable utilizing it.

    That being said, I use soy isolates in much more moderation than whole soy.. and like I wouldn't only eat black beans and my only beans or almonds as my only nut, soy is not my only source of protein. I also avoid almost ALL processed foods, so I'm not overloading on the soybean oil added to EVERYTHING.. (Subsidized non GMO soy added to EVERYTHING scares ME!).. and I certainly would never by TVP with hydrolized vegetable protein (msg) or hydrogenated oil.

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