Vegan "Fish" Tacos
I'm from California, and one of the things I miss most is the variety and volume of delicious Mexican food. One of my favorites from my pre-plant-based days was fish tacos, which originated from Baja Mexico, but became highly popularized in San Diego, where I attended college. Want to know more about the history of fish tacos? Click here.
Traditional fresh tacos are made by deep-frying a piece of battered fish and placing it on a slightly charred corn tortilla and topping it with cabbage, pico de gallo, and a combo of delicious sauces. Modern fish tacos can contain grilled fish, shrimp, scallops, or even lobster as the main ingredient and can be found in both seaside shacks and highly rated restaurants alike.
With so many of us reeling (pun intended) at the thought of supporting fishing after watching Seaspiracy (oh wait, you haven't seen it yet?), you may want to give this vegan version a try!
While I am not advocating that vegan convenience food is healthy, there is a place for it in replacing traditional food items that truly are unhealthy, whether for the environment or your body.
Keeping that in mind, I recommend keeping your use of vegan convenience foods to a minimum. But, I don't like the idea of deep-frying at home, so I've settled on just making these with pre-made vegan "chicken" or "fish" tenders from the store.
These are really easy to make!
Heat up the vegan chicken or fish tenders.
Chop up some veggies:
Red or green cabbage (I recommend red due to it's higher phytochemical composition)
White onion, finely diced
Cilantro, finely chopped
Avocado, optional but recommended
Lime, cut into slices
Make the sauce (optional, as it's good with just lime juice):
2 tbsp vegan mayo or sour cream
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tsp onion powder
Heat up the tortillas.
So simple and so delicious.
I also recommend serving it alongside some delicious homemade Mexican rice. Try this recipe from Toni Okamoto of Plant-Based on a Budget (featured below).
Here is the recipe for you! I've included a salsa recipe that is really well known and celebrated in my family circle. These tacos don't need salsa, but it definitely adds some goodness to them if you top them with some salsa, or serve it on the side with home-baked tortilla chips.
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