February 20, 2013

Kale-Loaded TVP Tacos

All day today I was thinking about how I was going to use the big bunch of Kale I had sitting in the fridge ..!! Yes .. you can stop laughing now ... I am indeed that nutty that I was dreaming about Kale!! On the way home, my food thoughts began to stray and I started thinking about crunchy tacos!! What could be better than combining both my food fantasies ... 

HH TVP Tacos with Kale

Prep Time: 20 min

Ingredients (6 servings):
  1. 2 cups TVP (rinsed and drained in fine-mesh strainer)
  2. 4 tbsp A1 Steak Sauce 
  3. 4 tbsp Low Sodium Soy Sauce 
  4. 2 tsbp Nutritional Yeast
  5. 4 tbsp Onion flakes 
  6. 4 tsp Chili powder 
  7. 2.5 tsp Garlic Powder 
  8. 2 tsp Ground Cumin 
  9. 1 tsp hot sauce (to taste) 
  10. 3 cups of Kale (fresh, stems removed)
  11. 1 small tomato, diced
  12. Corn Tortillas/Taco Shells (2 per serving)
  13. Salt & Pepper to Taste
Combine all the dry ingredients/spices in 1.5-2 cups of water using a whisk. Pour everything into a large skillet (the largest you can find with a lid). Add rinsed and drained TVP to this liquid and stir to combine everything together; simmer for 5 minutes until almost dry. Layer kale over the TVP, cover, reduce heat to medium and allow the kale to wilt (5-7 minutes).  Uncover, toss everything together and allow excess water to evaporate (another 5-7 minutes). 

Kale Loaded Tacos
While the kale and TVP is cooking, preheat oven to 350 F and place corn tortillas on an inverted muffin pan. Roasting regular corn tortillas for ~8-10 minutes in this manner makes great home-made taco shells that are baked, and not fried. They don't always have the perfect shell shape but they're pretty close and each one is unique :) !! Allow taco shells to cool for a few minutes after you remove them from the oven. Load up with TVP-Kale mix, sprinkle diced tomatoes on top and garnish with a sprig of cilantro. Umm Umm Good!

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)*: Calories 204 (Fat Calories 10)
Total Fat 1.1 g; Carbohydrates 29.1 g; Dietary Fiber 9.1 g; Sugars 6.5 g; Protein 21.9 g

* Nutrition facts are provided without the taco shells as calorie content can vary by size and brand.

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