Tempeh Tacos with Corn Salsa

Ingredients

  • 2 ears of corn, husks and silks removed
  • 1/3 cup diced red onion
  • handful of cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2-3 TBS cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 8 ounce package of organic tempeh
  • 2 TBS salsa
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 8-10 corn tortillas
  • arugula
  • diced avocado
  • sriracha

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Place corn in microwave and cook on high for about 5 minutes, or until cooked through, but still firm. Remove from microwave and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before handling. Once cooled enough to touch, place upright on cutting board and run a knife down the inside of the kernels, separating them from the cob.
  3. Place corn kernels in a bowl and mix with the next seven ingredients. Mix thoroughly, cover, and refrigerate.
  4. In a skillet over medium heat, combine tempeh, salsa, ground cumin, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Cook until well combined and slightly softened, using a splash of vegetable broth or water as needed to prevent sticking.
  5. Meanwhile, heat corn tortillas in the oven for about 5 minutes, turning over halfway through. Time hack – can also heat 2-3 at a time in a skillet if you don’t want to wait for an oven to preheat or simply don’t want to heat the house up in the summer months.
  6. Once tortillas are done, it’s time to assemble. Place tortillas in a taco holder or on a plate. Scoop a generous tablespoon of tempeh onto the tortilla. Layer on some arugula, as much or as little as you like. Scoop on a generous tablespoon of corn salsa. Top with diced avocado and a drizzle of sriracha. If you’re not a fan of heat, you can alternately use salsa

Simple, quick, and packed with nutrients! Tempeh is an excellent source of protein, and is made from soy which means it packs a one-two punch as a hormone regulator and a cancer preventer. Arugula is not only a green leafy, but also a cruciferous vegetable, which means it’s fantastic for your immune system, calming inflammation, and overall gut health. Red onions are also a powerhouse for the immune system, and you can’t forget the lycopene of the tomatoes, as well as the antioxidant power that comes with all brightly colored vegetables. Throw in some avocado for a little healthy fat (omit if you are trying to lose weight as there is already enough healthy fat in the tempeh), and a little heat with the sriracha. All packed into one little taco!

We try to do tacos once per week because there are so many different combinations of ingredients that can go into them, they’re fast, and everyone loves tacos! We never get tired of them!

If you try them, I’d love to know what you think. Feel free to let me know in the comments below!

Published by Loren Miller

My name is Loren, and if you're on this page it means you care about your health and living a long and happy life, and that is something we have in common. I've been studying diet and health since 2008, when my grandmother was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. I started out wanting to know more about the link between diet and cancer, and it's turned into a passion that I will carry for the rest of my life. I am certified in holistic nutrition, and I will soon have my degree in journalism from UMass Amherst. Health and Wellness is my beat, as we call it in the world of journalism, and this website is my outlet. My passions are nutrition and cooking, and looking at health from a holistic perspective. After all, you are so much more than just what ails you. You are a whole, living, breathing, dreaming, beautiful human being with a unique personality and individual goals. Your health goes beyond just what you're eating or how you're exercising; it encompasses everything that makes up your quality of life. That's why I write about everything from diet, to recipes, to self-care, to motivation and mindset. Please join me on this health journey!

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