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So – I have been experimenting with some vegan seafoods. So far – I have tried the crab cakes & the shrimp seen just above. They LOOK promising but they are truly vile. Absolutely disgusting & inedible. The shrimp are TEENY & look and taste like breaded paste. The crab cakes are only slightly better but certainly NOT worth the calories they represent. I have not yet tried those freezer-burned scallops (above) but I think they might be best served in a scallop salad – like a tuna salad – and I am not ready to get into that yet.
The Gardein fishless filets, however, are a REVELATION! The breading is good, there is only 180 calories in two filets & they look and taste like any frozen fish stick – but with none of the kinda gross fishy-ness some of those products have. These are truly genius & made wonderful fish tacos! I give these a very enthusiastic endorsement!
As to tacos – people like them the way they like them. I think – like pizza – nobody really needs a recipe but, rather, maybe a few suggestions. For my fish tacos, I used street-taco-sized corn tortillas, grilled them on my stove burners a bit & topped them. I cheated a teensy bit & used real feta on these – because I had it & I thought it would photography well – but feta is certainly not the star of this dish. The stars are the fishless filets & avocado – because avocado can hold its own in most flavor battles.
Vegan Fish Tacos
Corn or flour tortillas – grilled on the stove burners
Fishless filets – cooked according to the package (takes 12 minutes once your oven is to temperature) and sliced up (I used two filets for 3 tacos)
Avocado – sliced
Purple cabbage – sliced
Red bell pepper – diced
Chipotle vegenaise (or vegan sour cream)
Crumbled vegan cheese of your choice (optional)
OTHER TOPPINGS – diced tomato, sliced lettuce, jalapenos, pico de gallo, sliced scallions, sliced radishes, diced red onion, hot sauce
Grill the tortillas on the stove burners a bit on each side to warm & add grill marks. Assemble at will!