Thursday, January 31, 2013

Healthy Vegan Purple Super Bowls of Taco for Your Superbowl Party!

Aren't the colors on the plate are amazing?!! Just gorgeous!!! Truly a rainbow of goodness! 

While having your game day snacks, why not try to have a few parts of the meal fill you up with good nutrition too! This vegan taco was our dinner a few nights ago, and it was not only delish, it was very filling. Plus... it just happens to be purple too! So some of the folks, might enjoy some game food decked out in their team colors, to share at the buffet table. This purple taco satisfies your need to crunch and chew, as you grit your teeth in anticipation of the result of the big day!

The only prep you would need to do is soak some raw whole almonds and walnuts overnight to get them puffy and full of bursting enzyme power, before game day. You could pre-make the nutty faux meat mix, and place in the fridge till needed. If you are super organized, just pre make the entire tacos, store them in the fridge and have them ready to serve later. That might be a good idea, so that you can enjoy your guests.

Here's what happened...I had some purple cabbage in the fridge, and we were getting very hungry after a hard day working at the computer this past weekend.  There were lot's of veggies and nuts in the refrigerator, so it was time to make a vegan taco. I just threw together the nut mix from my head, but thankfully it tasted great, and dinner was ready in the time it took to chop,chop, chop! So honestly I did not soak the nuts, since this was a spur of the moment idea. In the future I will plan ahead....maybe. The other ingredients I used can certainly be adjusted to what you have on hand, but, you have to use the purple cabbage! Just sayin.

Purple Vegan Tacos 

Full leaves from a purple/red cabbage
chopped carrot
chopped celery
chopped onion
chopped red sweet pepper
chopped tomato
chopped Romain lettuce 

alfalfa sprouts

The faux meat nut mix:

handful of walnuts chopped
handful of almonds chopped
handful of cashew pieces
a few hazelnuts chopped
1Tbs sunflower seeds
1 Tbs Pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup thawed frozen sweet corn
1 tsp chia seeds
1 tsp sesame seeds unhulled
1Tbs golden flax powder
1Tbs hemp seeds
splash coconut aminos
splash ume plum vinegar
nutritional yeast
penzeys cumin 
penzeys mural of flavor
penzeys taco seasoning
organic salsa

The amounts depend on how many tacos you are making and how spicy you like your tacos. You don't need a blender or food processor, as I made my nut mix in a bowl. I like my nut mix chunky, and meaty looking. I sat out the frozen corn to thaw, and gathered together all my other ingredients. 

In a bowl, I placed the nuts, seeds, superfoods, spices, and everything from the above faux meat list above except the salsa. Then I added enough organic salsa to mix through and hold it together. Not enough to make it runny.

Cut off the cabbage leaves with a knife right at the stem to release your beautiful taco bowl shape, and to get the biggest part of the leaf possible. Then layer the nut meat mix onto the cabbage leaves, topping with the various chopped veggies, just as you would any taco. Use nutritional yeast as your cheese. This is certainly one of the most colorful dishes you will ever serve! The cabbage leaves are strong and crunchy! The nut meat mixture is tastier than meat in my opinion too. You can use your hands to lift, fold over, and enjoy!

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