Juice cleanse? Pshh. How about a taco cleanse?
The Taco Cleanse by Wes Allison, Stephanie Bogdanich, Molly R. Frisinger, and Jessica Morris is a vegan cookbook and lifestyle guide that promises to “prevent or reverse taco deficiency” as it playfully pokes at the cleanse culture that’s taken root in recent years.
Truth be told, I haven’t strictly adhered to the book’s cleanse protocol (i.e., tacos morning, noon, and night for 30 days). But I have made a handful of the 75+ recipes from this book, and they’re just as worthy of the you-must-try-this praise swirling around popular mainstream cleanses.
Take, for instance, the Mighty Migas breakfast tacos. They’re easy to make, bursting at their tortillas with flavor, and hit the spot without that heavy, nap-necessary feeling. Plus, I love learning about the history behind different dishes, and the recipe headnote provides a handful of informative highlights about the origins of this particular variation of Migas.
A quick search for “Migas” (i.e., “crumbs” in English) returns information about a variety of connected yet vastly different dishes that have origins in Portugal, Spain, Mexico, and the U.S. (i.e., Austin, Texas). The common thread between each variation is that leftover bread, tortas, or tortillas (i.e., crumbs) are incorporated into a warm and savory dish that is typically served for breakfast.
This particular variation of Migas appears to be most closely tied to the version commonly found in Austin, Texas, only the traditional base of scrambled eggs is swapped for a vegan-friendly base of scrambled tofu. After lightly browning tofu, jalapeño slices, and onion in a simple yet flavorful combination of spices, you’ll stir in crushed tortilla chips, nutritional yeast, and tomatoes. Then, spoonfuls of that savory, subtly spiced mixture are carefully tucked into warm corn tortillas.
The result is simple, yet packs a surprisingly flavorful dish that satisfies. I stirred in a small handful of thinly-sliced scallions and fresh cilantro for a pop of freshness/color and also spritzed fresh lime juice over each taco to balance the savoriness with a bit of bright acidity. You can absolutely skip those additions as this recipe is fantastic as is, but I had everything on hand and figured a little dash of green does most things good.
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Mighty Migas Breakfast Tacos from The Taco Cleanse + A Giveaway!
- 1 tablespoon cooking oil
- ½ cup (70 g) chopped onion
- 1 jalapeno, sliced into rings
- 14 to 18 ounces (397 to 454g) firm tofu, drained
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 cup (37 g) crumbled tortilla chips
- 1 cup (170 g) seeded, chopped tomato
- ¼ cup (15 g) nutritional yeast
- ¼ cup (60 ml) unsweetened plant milk or water
- ½ cup (48 g) vegan cheddar, optional
- 8 tortillas (I used homemade corn tortillas)
- Heat the oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Sauté the onion and jalapeño for 2 minutes, or until the onion starts to soften. Crumble the tofu into the pan and sprinkle with the salt, cumin, and pepper. Cook until the tofu is dry and browned on at least one side, about 10 minutes. Try not to stir too often as this prevents browning.
- Add the rest of the ingredients, including the cheese if you’re using it, and stir thoroughly. Cook until the tomato softens and the liquid is completely absorbed.
- Serve in the flour tortillas.
Recipe from The Taco Cleanse: The Tortilla-Based Diet Proven to Change Your Life, copyright ©Wes Allison, Stephanie Bogdanich, Molly R. Frisinger, Jessica Morris, 2015. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment. Available wherever books are sold. theexperimentpublishing.com
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