Miso tofu tacos inspired by United States of Tara #Food#Pop Culture#tv#vegan#vegetarian March 1 | Guest post by Patrice The inspiration for these tacos came from many hours of watching United States of Tara on Netflix. In the episode Miso Tofu Tacos with Pickled Red Onions, Tara makes said tacos. I instantly wanted to be in that scene eating those tacos. For many years prior to January of 2010, I was a vegetarian. For some reason 2010 was a year of change for me; I decided to cut off my dreadlocks, begin eating meat again, and moved in with my significant other. I only regret one of these changes, but that's a story for another time. Even though I've been in the meat-a-saurus rex category for a while, the majority of my cooking still remains vegetarian, because I like to get my protein intake from a variety of sources. Tofu is my second favorite protein (mock dock is number one). Here's how I made miso tofu tacos and pickled red onions: Peanut butter and jelly banana dog Last week I found myself starving and low on groceries. In a moment of desperate MUST-NOM-NOW-ness, I created this monstrosity, the Peanut Butter & Jelly... [more] Miso Tofu Tacos: inspired by United States of Tara Green cabbage Red cabbage 1-2 blocks extra firm tofu, sliced 1/2" in thickness (meat option: chicken thighs) Sweet corn Pickled red onions (recipe included) 1 medium onion 3 green onions, chopped 3-4 cloves garlic, minced Tortillas Sriracha sauce Kewpie Mayo Cilantro 1/2 c. vinegar 1/4 c. water 1 1/2 tbsp sugar 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes Pinch of oregano 1 anise star 1/3 c. miso paste (I used red) 1/3 c brown sugar 1/3 c. soy sauce (Kewpie is Japanese mayonnaise, feel free to leave it off if you're not a fan or you don't live in the vicinity of an Asian market. I personally went to 3 stores looking for this bottle of Kewpie. The day that I was going to make the tacos I got off work late and missed the closing of the market by mere minutes. I then proceeded to go to every "specialty" or "foodie" store in a five mile radius. I was seriously determined, because American mayo just doesn't cut it.) To Pickle Onions: 1 medium onion 1/2 c. vinegar 1/4 c. water 1 1/2 tbsp sugar 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes Pinch of oregano 1 anise star Slice onion and add into a jar with vinegar, water, sugar, red pepper flakes, anise star, and oregano. Give it a good shake. Let sit for an hour in the refrigerator. They are going to turn an awesome bright pink color. Miso Marinade: 1/3 c. miso paste (I used red) 1/3 c brown sugar 1/3 c. soy sauce 3 green onions, chopped 3-4 cloves garlic, minced In a small bowl, stir together miso, sugar, soy sauce, onion, and garlic. Pour over tofu and let marinate for an hour. Assembly! Fry your tofu up in a little bit of vegetable oil on medium heat. Place 2-3 slices of tofu on a tortilla, top with cabbage, corn, pickled onions and a good dose of sriracha and kewpie. Garnish with cilantro. If you have a TV-inspired recipe, share it here! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Patrice 23-year-old native of Texas living in Minneapolis, fledgling blogger, with a little bit of a food obsession. My thoughts in a day range from “should I go to the grocery store for a third time?” to “how much butter is too much butter?” Cooking for me is meditative… therapeutic, comforting— not just the act of eating the food, but the methodology in preparing it, and the joy in sharing it. http://starcrossedcooks.tumblr.com PREVIOUS Stop using plastic baggies: replace them with this homemade reusable fabric alternative NEXT A nerdfest about 5 carnivorous plants — including one you can grow today! Toggle comments [ 7 ] I want to be eating these right now. Tacos are my island food. No joke if I get banished to an island and can only take 1 item of food with me…it would be tofu tacos. 1 agrees Reply Just at a note. The actual name of the episode is "The Electrifying & Magnanimous Return of Beverlamp". 0 agree Reply These look fantastic. Finally will give me an excuse to buy Kewpie mayo. I love that stuff. 0 agree Reply Those look so good!! I'm not a vegetarian most of the time, but I am during lent so I appreciate these veggie posts since I don't know how to feed myself without meat. Moar please! 0 agree Reply Haven't even read the post yet, but I gotta say that, looking at the first photograph I KNOW it's a cup filled with onions, but it looks so delish and refreshing that I kinda want to drink it anyway. 0 agree Reply Those look great! If only I could eat miso. All other forms of soy are fine, but miso churns my stomach. A friend thinks it might be the fungus they use when fermenting it. But that's neither here nor there. Yay for vegetarian recipes! 0 agree Reply I'm going to try this with Veganaise! 1 agrees Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. 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