Engine 2 Faux Fish Tacos: Sorry, Charlie

9 Apr

I’ll come clean up front: I hate fish. Eating them, that is. *Shudder* I like looking at them and imagining them swimming free.  The first time I heard people talking about “this fish taco place” in Austin, I thought they were playing a joke on me. But no, it’s for reals, dude. People actually eat these strange things called fish tacos. Cubans, for the record, do NOT eat fish tacos. Cono! My abuela is rolling in her grave as I write this recipe.

No fish died in the making of these tacos

Mo’s Engine 2 Faux Fish Tacos (soundtrack: Witchery “Witchkreig”)

Serves one

Two Corn tortillas (I like the Trader Joe’s corn/wheat tortillas—great texture and they hold up well)

Herbed Mexican Cashew Cheese to be E2 compliant (see recipe below) or 1/2 oz non-E2 compliant Daiya or Teese if you’re a lazy occasional oil eating slacker  like me

One package White Wave Chicken Style Seitan (un-chicken of the sea, yo); I used about a handful and saved the rest for later.

Spices for “fish”: granulated kelp (1/2 tsp), Mexican Seasoning (1 tsp), Smoked paprika (1/4 tsp), Goya Adobo seasoning (1 tsp)

Toppings: fresh baby spinach, mango salsa and Rejuvenative Foods’ Vegi-Delite Zing salad

Sautee the seitan and all of the spices for about 5 minutes on medium heat. I used non-stick cooking spray, but you can also use veggie broth if you are a super E2 purist. Set aside, and cook the tortillas with the vegan cheese of your choice on top for about 2 minutes on medium heat, covered. Throw the seitan on your tortillas and top with spinach, mango salsa and Vegi-Delite. Don’t skip the kraut—it’s good for you and it’s soooo pretty!

Herbed Mexican Cashew Cheese Recipe

1 cup raw cashews

juice of 1/2 lime or lemon

1/4 cup water

2 tsp Mexican seasoning

1/2 tsp garlic

1/2 tsp granulated onion

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cayenne (or less if you are scared)

1 tsp agave nectar

You could also add some fresh cilantro to taste if you like it—some people don’t. Throw it all in your Vita-Mix or food processor and blend until smooth. It’s better to let it chill in the fridge for a few hours or overnight so that the flavors marry. I suggest playing with the flavors to find what makes you happiest.

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