After many weeks of heavy, butter-induced French style cooking, it’s time to start eating a little lighter and healthier. I’m trying to squeeze in as much fruit and vegetables and salads as possible over the next couple weeks until school starts up again. Probably not great timing being the holiday season and there are so many yummy treats that are definitely not healthy, but any little bit helps, I guess.
If you feel like adding a little protein, shrimp would be great in these. I’d dust them lightly with the same mixture of spices on the sweet potato and saute them off in a skillet.
I used pico de gallo as a topping, but you could use a variety of any type of topping – cotija cheese, cilantro, salsa, hot sauce, anything.
I was looking for the perfect mini food for the big game, and had these two recipes on my list of things to try. Both were amazing, and with a few tweaks, can be made even tastier the next time around.
For the tofu tacos, I subbed arugula for the cabbage, any greens would probably work if cabbage isn’t your thing.
For the shrimp tacos, I subbed tequila for rum, because that’s what I had at the house and didn’t feel like buying rum just for this.
Peanut-crusted Tofu Taco
Tequila Shrimp taco
Peanut-crusted Tofu Taco (Original recipe found here).
Makes 4 mini-tacos.
- 1 (14-ounce) package water-packed extra-firm tofu
- 1/2 cup salted, dry-roasted peanuts
- 1/2 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
- 1/2 cup light coconut milk
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
- 2 cups thinly sliced cabbage
- 1/3 cup sliced green onions
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
- 8 (6-inch) corn tortillas
- Lime wedges (optional)
- Cut tofu lengthwise into 4 (1/2-inch-thick) slices. Place tofu slices on several layers of heavy-duty paper towels. Cover tofu with additional paper towels; let stand 5 minutes. Cut each tofu slice, lengthwise, into 1/2-inch-thick strips; cut strips in half crosswise.
- Place peanuts in a food processor; process until ground. Combine peanuts and panko in a shallow dish, stirring well. Combine milk and egg in a shallow dish, stirring well. Place flour in a shallow dish.
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Dredge half of tofu in flour; dip in egg mixture. Dredge in peanut mixture. Add coated tofu to pan, and sauté 4 minutes or until golden and crisp, turning to brown on all sides. Remove tofu from pan, and drain on paper towels. Repeat procedure with 1 tablespoon canola oil, tofu, flour, egg mixture, and peanut mixture.
- Combine cabbage and the next 4 ingredients (through jalapeño). Drizzle the cabbage mixture with remaining 1 tablespoon oil; toss to coat. Heat tortillas according to package directions. Place 2 tortillas on each of 4 plates; top each tortilla with 1/4 cup slaw. Divide tofu evenly among tacos. Serve with lime wedges, if desired.
Rum-glazed shrimp with boozy salsa (Original recipe found here).
Next time, I want to try it with scallops – shrimp are a lot of freaking work to clean up!
Makes 10 mini-tacos.
- ¼ c. red onion
- 2 T honey
- juice of ½ lime
- ¼ c. orange juice
- ½ c. Captain Morgan White Rum
- ¼ c. chopped bell pepper
- 2 tsp sea salt
- ¼ tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
- 2 cloves garlic, smashed
- ground black pepper to taste
- 1 ½ tsp cornstarch
- 10 10-15 ct. shrimp
- 10 mini-tortillas (we cut circles out of small tortillas)
- 1 c. shredded romaine lettuce
- 1 avocado, peeled, seeded, and cut into small cubes
- 1 c. boozy tropical salsa, recipe below
- Finely chop the red onion, and bell pepper (I used orange bell peppers because they’re attractive), then combine everything except the cornstarch and shimp in a medium-sized bowl. Whisk together the ingredients, making sure the honey is fully dissolved in the marinade. Taste it before you add the shrimp! Make sure it’s delicious.
- Devein shrimp and remove shells up the tail. Add the shrimp to the marinade and let them rest for an hour in the refrigerator.
- Preheat your grill or pan to medium-high heat. Take the shrimp out of the refrigerator and skewer them (this isn’t strictly necessary, but I find they’re easier to handle this way), reserving about a cup of the marinade.
- In a small bowl, add about a tablespoon of the marinade to the cornstarch, whisking briskly until no lumps remain. Brush the shrimp on both sides with the reserved marinade. Grill the shrimp for about a minute on each side, flipping them every 30 seconds and brushing the hot side with the reserved marinade after flipping, until they are bright pink and slightly charred.
- Remove the shrimp from the skewers. Place one shrimp on top of each mini-taco, then top with lettuce, avocado, and salsa. Fold them in half and use a toothpick to secure. Serve immediately.
Boozy Tropical Salsa
Makes about 3 cups.
- 1 c. finely cubed fresh papaya
- 1 c. finely cubed fresh mango
- 1 c. finely cubed fresh pineapple
- 1/2 c. finely diced red onion
- 1 jalapenos, seeded and finely diced
- juice from 4 key limes (about 2-3 TBS)
- 1 TBS Captain Morgan White Rum
- 1 TBS orange juice
- 2 TBS finely minced cilantro
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
Add all of the ingredients to a large bowl and toss gently to combine. Taste and adjust seasonings (juices, cilantro, salt, jalapeno) as desired. Keeps in the fridge for a few days.