Umami Protein Patties

These delicious umami protein patties derive their power from a mix of quinoa and green lentils, resulting in a potent protein mix along with good amount of fiber. As easy as they are to make, I love having some patty mix in the ready to transform them into delightful tacos, burgers or salad or pasta toppings; a versatile way to add clean protein to my diet.

In this recipe, I am letting the onions wait in salt a bit to extract their juice. This step gives the onions a smoother taste and they cook easier as well. The umami taste that I love is coming partially from red miso. Optionally, you can cook the onions with mushrooms or a sauce like BBQ for additional flavor infusing. Here is the recipe:

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Quinoa Shakshuka Tacos

The protein powerhouse quinoa, seasoned with shakshuka sauce, and baked into a crisp and flavorful taco meat, made for one of the best tacos I had.  I am loving this spicy, flavorful, and versatile sauce.

My first introduction to Mina was when I sampled their harissa sauces, and I was very excited when they released their shakshuka sauce which is a Moroccan tomato sauce with a blend of 6 different spices along with roasted peppers, onions, garlic, olive oil, cilantro and parsley. The shaksuka is every bit as flavorful and versatile as I imagined it. I am looking forward to incorporate it in various options including pastas, pizzas, oven dishes and vegetable stews. But my first choice was to go with tacos 🙂 I could just see how the trusty quinoa could be transformed into a meaty treat with this seasoning. The additional step of baking gives it a semi-crisp texture that is just incredible. The full recipe along with a short video is below.

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Tandoor Tofu Scramble

Tandoor Tofu Scramble

This tofu dish is a protein power house that leaves no room for blandness sometimes associated with unfortunate tofu cooking 🙂 One of the best ways to enjoy tofu is to break it down to crumbles, season it well with spices and combine it with more textures and fresh elements. Crumbling increases the surface area so that all that yummy seasoning is well infused into the tofu. I used a spice blend called tandoor from spicemode. It is a wonderful blend using paprika, cumin, clove and cardamom and it has that signature spicemode freshness and fragrance that I came to love. The dish came out with great flavor, warmth and depth. The lightly cooked vegetables and kale enhance the taste and texture while bringing in freshness, and the beans add to the power and fiber of the dish. This is a new family favorite and it works so incredibly well in tacos! The recipe is below, following a sort recipe video:

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