Because I’m a vegan health and lifestyle coach, I receive a lot of requests from people asking me to review their cleanse or try their detox program. I almost always turn them down, because I know it’s not necessary to go on a cleanse or detox to be healthy, and it certainly has nothing to do with being vegan. When I was asked to review The Taco Cleanse, however, I jumped on the chance, because I do believe that many people are quietly suffering from a lack of vegan tacos in their lives.
The Taco Cleanse: The Tortilla-Based Diet Proven to Change Your Life by Wes Allison and Stephanie Bogdanich and Molly R. Frisinger and Jessica Morris promises to prevent or reverse taco deficiency, and I believe that it lives up to its promise.
Last spring I visited Austin, where the four taco scientists who wrote The Taco Cleanse reside, and I was in awe by the volume and variety of vegan tacos that were available throughout the city. I was worried about a lack of tacos in my diet when I returned to my home in New Jersey, but was able to clumsily recreate some of the tacos I tasted in Texas in my own kitchen. Fortunately I now have The Taco Cleanse, which has brought my taco making skills up to a professional level.
The Taco Cleanse has over 75 vegan recipes for taco fillings, toppings, sauces, and even beverages such as margaritas. It also includes instructions for making your own tortillas. There are recipes for breakfast tacos, dinner tacos, and dessert tacos, so that you can fulfill all of your body’s taco needs throughout the day. The recipes are include new and innovated tacos, such as Tater Tot-Cho Tacos and Smoked Brisket and Jalapeño Mac and Cheese Tacos, as well as veganized classics like Infinite “Fish” Tacos and Enlightened Soy Curls Al Pastor.
The Taco Cleanse is also full of lots of useful information. It includes instructions on how to make holiday tacos, tips on how to plant a taco garden, and even a taco yoga routine. Not sure what the difference between a taco and a burrito is? That’s okay, The Taco Cleanse can help. (It’s all about the amount of folds in your tortilla.)
The Taco Cleanse is cheap, easy, and delicious. After just a day or two on the cleanse, you’ll find that everything tastes better in a folded tortilla. (Just make sure that tortilla is only folded once!) Have a taco or two at every meal, and you’ll be feeling better in no time.
- 1 tablespoon cooking oil
- ½ cup (70 g) chopped onion
- 1 jalapeno, sliced into rings
- 14 to 18 ounces (397 to 454 g) firm tofu, drained
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 cup (37 g) crumbled tortilla chips
- 1 cup (170 g) seeded, chopped tomato
- ¼ cup (15 g) nutritional yeast
- ¼ cup (60 ml) unsweetened plant milk or water
- ½ cup (48 g) vegan cheddar, optional
- 8 Flour Tortillas
- Heat the oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Sauté the onion and jalapeño for 2 minutes, or until the onion starts to soften. Crumble the tofu into the pan and sprinkle with the salt, cumin, and pepper. Cook until the tofu is dry and browned on at least one side, about 10 minutes. Try not to stir too often as this prevents browning.
- Add the rest of the ingredients, including the cheese if you’re using it, and stir thoroughly. Cook until the tomato softens and the liquid is completely absorbed.
- Serve in the flour tortillas.
I have a copy of The Taco Cleanse for one lucky reader this week! Follow the instructions below to enter. U.S. and Canadian residents only, please. Contest ends at midnight eastern time on Sunday, January 31, 2016. Good luck!