Tacos 2 Ways for 5 Days

24 Jan

I could eat tacos every day and be happy. Actually, that is exactly what I did this week. Also this week, I am so over chicken I can’t even think about it. Chickens or their eggs. Ugh. So I switched it up to save my sanity this week. It’s not like chicken is some cheap miracle protein, because it’s not. Its just so darn easy and I get so lazy…you see what I’m saying. Know what else is easy? Fish. And tofu. Yes, tofu. Easier than chicken and not chicken, so it was an amazing lunch week. Really.

The list looks long, but everything is pretty ridiculously cheap.

You Will Need:

  • Corn street-style tortillas – minimal, BASIC ingredients
  • 4 4oz fliets of fresh or flash frozen (Costco) fish (Halibut, mahi-mahi, or tilapia are good choices)
  • 1 package extra firm tofu – minimally processed, non GMO please. thanks.
  • 2 plum tomatoes, diced
  • Spicy clover sprouts
  • 1-2 avocados
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 small, sweet onion
  • 1 package shredded purple cabbage
  • 1 jalapeño pepper
  • 1 small package frozen mango chunks OR 1 ripe mango
  • 1 English cucumber
  • Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2-3 Limes (for squeezing)
  • 1-2 tsp avocado (olive, grapseed, or whatever) oil
  • Garlic salt
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

1. Fish Taco with Spicy Sprouts and Avocado

Preheat a skillet on medium-high heat. Brush both sides of the fish with oil and season with garlic salt and black pepper. Pan-sear just until fish begins to easily flake. Set aside and allow to cool slightly. Flake fish and separate into 2 even portions. 1 filet = 2 tacos.

Warm tortillas. Layer with fish, diced tomato, avocado slices, clover sprouts, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime.
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2. Pan-Seared Tofu Tacos with Mango Salsa and Purple Cabbage Slaw [VEGAN!]

Preheat skillet of medium high. Brush extra firm tofu with oil. Season with garlic salt and pepper, both sides. Sear for 3-4 minutes each side. Remove. Let cool, slightly. Cut in to strips or chunks.

For the Slaw:

  • 2 cups shredded purple cabbage
  • 1Tbs Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Sea salt

Toss all ingredients in a large bowl. Cover, refrigerate. Gets better as the days go by. My favorite kind of recipe.

For the mango Salsa:

  • 1.5 cups mango (I use frozen from Trader Joe’s. You can prob find it at other major chains though)
  • 1/2 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 Jalapeño chile, minced (include ribs and seeds for HEAT. optional!)
  • 1 cup-ish diced English cucumber
  • 1 bundle fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 3 Tbs fresh squeezed lime juice (like 1 whole lime’s worth)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Mix it all together. Easy.

Stack it up and add avocado, if you so desire. I always vote yes for avocado. If I ever say “no thanks” to avocado, send help.

Eat.

Try not to propose to me.

IMG_5205IMG_5212**NOTE: Both recipes are fantastic with chicken or steak, too. And probably other meats/seafood. Experiment!

I’d like end on a note about clean eating and pricing. Eating a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs should not be some unattainable, lofty goal. Use local and organic when you can, and SHOP AROUND. Trader Joe’s is pretty cheap for a chain-store. But Costco is the clear winner. Costco not only keeps up with current food trends (cold-pressed unrefined coconut oil, anyone?), but also keeps prices way down. I usually spend less than $100/week on food. We go through an insane amount of carrots, apples, cucumbers, broccoli, milk, eggs, and bread in this house. Obviously, it’s easy to waste bulk food if you buy it without at least a little bit of a plan. When I grocery shop, I try to plan meals around some the same ingredients. Cucumbers in salsa and on sandwiches, for example. Kale for kale chips and the juicer.  And so on.

Costco also has your best deals on meat, especially if you don’t have access to a local butcher. Including free-range, grass-fed, organic. I thought I ought to mention Costco today because, when I stumbled upon the coveted holy-grail of high-heat cooking oils (Avocado) I said, out loud, “Shut up!” The guy in the aisle with me looked confused. Sorry, guy. But…$9.99. For a huge jug. And $12.99 for a TUB of coconut oil. Shut. Up.

Here’s my cart this morning. Plus Honest Bodywash because it ‘s pure and simple and smells like creamsicles. and it doubles (triples?) as shampoo and shaving gel. SOLD.

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They also have an in-store optical center with a huge selection of affordable frames and very patient optometrists who will help a girl who hates wearing glasses, find glasses she doesn’t hate.

Have a great week!

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