I have some guilty confessions relating to this meal:
1. This might seem un-characteristic, given my general healthy habits but I love mayo. And I have an unhealthy addiction to Japanese Kewpie Mayo. If I had to choose 5 things to bring to a desert island, that just might be one of them. Along with a few chipotles to make this sauce.
2. I made these tacos all for myself one night last week while Jack worked late… catching up on my guiltiest of guilty tv shows… The Bachelor, which I had proudly avoided for weeks… and Smash, a show I hate that I love. (Or love to hate, I’m not sure which).
3. It might have been a proper “girl-night-in” if I had a margarita to go along with these. But that would have required too much planning so box wine it was…
It’s good to be home. We got in late last night… a shower never felt so good and my bed has never felt so soft. Yet I still woke up around 5am, in the dark, ready to start the day in some other time zone. Hours and multiple cups of coffee later, I’m still in my pajamas, the puppy is in my lap… and I feel like quite the energetic insomniac.
Yes, I know, I’m really into the nut sauces… cashew cream, pestos, romesco. I can tolerate very little dairy, and people give me such sad looks when I tell them that. But really folks… I’m not missing out. What more does one need than nuts and avocados? (you cheese lovers, don’t answer that).
These tacos are kind of fish taco inspired. (So if tofu isn’t your thing, sub in some fish). I made a chipotle/paprika marinade for the tofu which lends a nice smoky balance to the tang of the avocado sauce and the cabbage.
It’s funny when inspiration strikes, or where a good idea finds you…The other day I was sitting at the Discount Tire store, waiting on my car…bored out of my mind. Just me and my phone. After every last email had been replied to and every last tweet read, I went to my go-to time-passing app, Epicurious. They aren’t paying me to write this, but I love this app. It saves me every time… dentist offices, bad movies, you name it…
I stopped on this zucchini salsa recipe which completely intrigued me. How could zucchini possibly become a replacement for tomatillos? I don’t know, but I was convinced enough to give it a try (with a few tweaks).
The base of the salsa is zucchini, onions, cilantro and lime juice…I mixed in some chopped avocado and it became something special.
The salsa is on the tangy side, so I cooked up my black beans in a salty smokey way to counterbalance… cumin, coriander, paprika & some cayenne. I have swiss chard growing like crazy in my garden, and I had one leek… so I did a little green-saute to continue the green theme of this taco.
With the leftovers (you might actually want to make extra salsa so you have some leftover), I made breakfast tacos the next morning. Same stuff… add eggs.