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Soy Chorizo Tacos with Jalapeño Yogurt Sauce and Homemade Corn Tortillas

21 Feb

Happy Taco Tuesday! Chris and I love going out for tacos as much as anyone. A local chain of restaurants celebrates both Taco Tuesday AND Taco Thursday, so we’re pretty spoiled – hard to beat cheap and tasty tacos, paired with $2 Mexican import draft beers! But, this can be rather unhealthy, which is why I also love making taco dinners at home.

The Recipe Redux challenge this month is to develop a healthy, creative take on the taco. It doesn’t get much healthier than making everything from scratch – right down to the tortillas!

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If you’ve never made corn tortillas at home, don’t be afraid! They’re actually really easy and taste SO MUCH BETTER than store-bought corn tortillas which, let’s be honest, taste like nothing. Buy a bag of Masa Harina at almost any grocery store (it’s cheap) and make a fresh batch of tortillas to go with these tacos! If you’re tight on time, it’s fine to use store-bought, but you’ll be doing your taste buds a disservice.

The filling of these tacos is simple and just a bit spicy – soy chorizo is heated up with some frozen corn for a high-protein filling that tastes amazing. Finally, these tacos are drizzled with a charred jalapeño yogurt sauce for a creamy, cool element.

Tacos that are made from scratch, are high protein and taste amazing really do make for an amazing Taco Tuesday. But I won’t tell if you make these any other day of the week 🙂 Tell me – how do YOU taco?

Soy Chorizo Tacos with Jalapeño Yogurt Sauce and Homemade Corn Tortillas

Serves 4

  • 1 large jalapeño
  • 1 C plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1-2/3 C Masa Harina
  • 2/3 hot water
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1 package soy chorizo, thawed – I love Trader Joe’s brand
  • 3/4 C frozen corn kernels

To make the tortillas, mix the Masa Harina with the hot water, remaining sea salt and juice of one lime. Stir to combine completely. Turn out onto a clean work surface and knead with your hands until the dough is smooth and no longer sticky. Return dough to the bowl and cover with a towel. Set aside to rest while you make the yogurt sauce.

Wash the jalapeño and slide a fork into the top (stem side). Carefully hold the pepper over an open flame on your stovetop. Alternatively, you could use the broiler if you have an electric oven. Keep turning the pepper until it’s mostly blackened, making sure it doesn’t catch fire.

Turn off the flame and run the pepper under water, scraping off the blackened skin with the blade of a knife. Transfer to a cutting board and cut off the stem. Slice it in half lengthwise and remove the seeds and ribs. Put the charred pepper halves into a small food processor with the yogurt, 1/4 tsp sea salt and honey. Puree until smooth and creamy. Transfer to a jar or bowl and refrigerate until serving.

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Now you can make the tortillas! Cut a freezer zip-top bag down the sides so it folds open. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high on the stove. Use your hands to roll the dough into balls the size of a ping pong ball. Place a ball of dough between the cut-open plastic bag and use a rolling pin to flatten the dough into a round tortilla. Place the tortilla into the hot skillet (no oil necessary) and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side, being careful not to let it burn. Remove with a fork and place on a plate beneath a warm, damp towel. Repeat this process of rolling out the dough and cooking it until all the tortillas have been made. (For more detailed instructions, check out The Kitchn.)

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In the same hot skillet, cook the thawed chorizo with the corn, about 5 minutes.

To assemble the tacos, place three tortillas on each plate. Spoon the chorizo filling into the center of each tortilla. Spoon or drizzle on the jalapeño yogurt sauce. Enjoy with a refreshing drink!

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“Froot” Cups with Cheese Filling – a Futurama Themed Party!

14 Jun

It’s time once again for a nerdy party recap! The theme this time was Futurama, the hilarious adult cartoon set in the year 3000, where a bizarre group of people, including a cryogenically frozen man from 1999, operate a galactic delivery service called the Planet Express. If you haven’t seen the show, it’s available in full on Netflix, and I highly recommend it! It’s funny, ridiculously clever, full of weird characters and situations, and brings a cartoonish approach to what the future might look like.

And it’s a perfect theme for a party! 12 of our friends came over to watch various episodes of the show, indulge in some themed food and drinks, and geek out over various elements of the series, commiserating the fact it ended three years ago.

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Chris went all out for this one, again. He got us a Futurama poster, a Planet Express wall cling, a magnetic note board, and new nerdy t-shirts.

Our friends dressed their baby as Lord Nibbler, the lovable creature Leela saves from his planet shortly before its destruction. AND, another couple dressed as Fry and Leela! We obviously needed a “family” photo shoot 😛

Leela & Fry posing with Nibbler (our friends’ baby).

We recreated the collection of Heads in Jars – when famous people die in the future, their heads are somehow salvaged and kept in jars, mostly on display in the Head Museum. These happened to be the perfect size for drinking 🙂

As for the eats, we did not disappoint! We had three pizzas straight from Panucci’s Pizza, Hedonism Bot bruschetta and crostini, president (puppy) chow, and dark matter bacon-wrapped dates. We drank Benderbrau, Slurm and Mom’s Robot Oil.

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Oh, and I made “froot” cups! In the episode “Fry am the Egg Man,” there’s a scene where the crew stop at Fishy Joe’s, a fast food restaurant. Leela isn’t pleased by the unhealthy options and simply orders the fruit cup…which she finds is spelled “froot.” Worse yet: the guy working the order window asks “What kind of cheese filling you want in that?” Cheese Filling

Now, being a Wisconsinite, I’m obligated to love cheese in and on everything. Except a fruit cup!! Spoiler alert: Leela gives up at the end of the episode and orders a froot cup with all the cheese fillings.

The “froot” cups I made for the party ARE in fact a healthy option, topped with a delicious lemony Greek yogurt sauce that merely looks like it might be a cheese filling 🙂 Whether you’re hosting a nerdy get-together or just want a tasty dip for a colorful fruit salad, this recipe is for you! I promise: there’s no cheese involved.

“Froot” Cups with Cheese Filling

Serves 8

“Froot” Cups:

  • 2 mangoes, cubed
  • 3 kiwi fruit, peeled, halved and sliced
  • 1 container raspberries
  • 1 container blueberries
  • 2 bunches grapes
  • 1/2 cantaloupe, cubed
  • Juice of half a lime or lemon, to prevent browning

Cheese Filling:

  • 2 C plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 4 tbsp canned coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 10 drops yellow food coloring + 1 drop red food coloring

Wash and prep all fruit. Mix together in a large bowl. Juice half a lime or lemon over the fruit and stir to coat, to prevent browning. Cover with plastic wrap and store in the fridge while you prep the “cheese filling.”

In a medium bowl, combine yogurt, coconut milk, honey, and extracts. Taste and adjust as desired. Add the food coloring and stir to mix in. Store in a covered container in the fridge until ready to serve.

To serve, spoon “froot” into cups or bowls. Top with about a quarter cup of the sauce. And remember to enjoy fast foods in moderation! 🙂

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