Hello and happy Wednesday! In the past few weeks since I’ve turned to vegan eating, I’ve attempted to avoid fake meat for the life of me. While I love normal veggie burgers, the thought of eating overly processed I-don’t-even-know-what that is supposed to taste like real meat freaks me out. Also, it’s a bit odd to me that people who give up meat due to animal cruelty and other animal reasons, want to continue eating something that tastes like a cow. But, I digress.
Dan, on the other hand, loves fake meat such as Field Roast anything and Yves products from his vegetarians days (I converted him back to meat eating, he kind of had to when he met my parents and they took us to Korean barbecue). Since before we started dating, there has been a package of ground fake meat (pictured above) in his freezer. He’s been eager to use it, but I always find some excuse to not. Last week though, I had no choice as I was craving Mexican and he wanted tacos.
Dan agreed to make the tacos and I was going to make the guacamole to go with our tacos and chips.
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1 lime
- 1/3 red onion, chopped (more or less depending on your preference)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoon cilantro
Cut the avocado in half and scoop both halves into a bowl, mashing it down. Add lime juice, either from a juicer, or by squeezing it in with your hands.
Continue to mash the avocado, mixing the lemon juice and adding in the onion and cilantro. Add salt and pepper to taste.
The guacamole turned out to be quite the success! I’m used to putting a dash of sour cream in there, but it was nice to know that guacamole tastes perfectly fine without it. I was going to add some tomatoes, but we had no cherry tomatoes and that’s the best for guacamole.
Dan started on the tacos while I did the guacamole and was going to mix in regular taco seasoning into the meat, even though I told him I had found a recipe online. “No! This’ll be so much easier and the seasoning has to be vegan, right?!?” Wrong. The seasoning includes whey. Instead of looking up the recipe online, Dan decided to just throw in all the ingredients included in the taco seasoning.
- 1 package Yves meatless ground
- 1 half red onion, chopped
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 teaspoon chili pepper
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon red pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon paprika
To be honest, I don’t think we portioned the seasoning right, but we tried. Go ahead and mix in more or less of what you like.
Take the ground beef and put it in a pan with olive oil.
Add onions and garlic when the meat has softened. Add in all the spices and cook thoroughly.
I toasted up some corn tortillas and chips in the oven to go with our guacamole and taco “meat”.
I will admit, the meatless meat was not horrible. It did lack in flavor, and the texture was soft, but not too crumbly. It was nothing like Field Roast.. Which Dan loves and I refuse to. If asked, I would probably cook with it again. I don’t know how it would hold up in chili though, it seems a bit too soft for a stew like that. I will probably continue sticking to tofu for my proteins for the next few weeks though.