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What happened to crispy tacos and tostadas? The taco food craze is all about the soft tortilla, which I'm loving, don't get my wrong, but I do miss the crunch of the hard shell. Inspired by seasonal produce and the warming day, I got busy on an indoor grilling session. Grilled, brown sugar-coated oranges add sweetness, and complement spicy chipotle peppers in a marinade/sauce for grilled tofu and veggies. Mashed avocado and queso fresco brighten as well as tame this snack, app or main dish. Simply omit the cheese for a vegan delight!
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Sugaring and grilling oranges makes them super juicy and extra sweet!
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Simply beautiful!
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Be sure to pick up 'extra firm' tofu or your strips won't stand up to the grill. Just like chicken, beef or pork, tofu soaks up marinades well.
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Just a touch of EVOO and herbs goes a long way to boosting flavor.
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You want the carrots to soften a bit, but still keep their inner crunch. Cutting the carrots roughly the size of the tofu makes it easy to lay out on the tostadas.
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Mashed avocado, but still chunky. Lime adds flavor and keeps the avocado from brewing too quickly.

Tofu Tostadas with Grilled Orange Chipotle Sauce

February 17, 2013

30 min or less active, 60 min or less total, appetizer, gluten-free, main, spring, vegan, winter

What happened to crispy tacos and tostadas? The taco food craze is all about the soft tortilla, which I'm loving, don't get my wrong, but I do miss the crunch of the hard shell. Inspired by seasonal produce and the warming day, I got busy on an indoor grilling session. Grilled, brown sugar-coated oranges add sweetness, and complement spicy chipotle peppers in a marinade/sauce for grilled tofu and veggies. Mashed avocado and queso fresco brighten as well as tame this snack, app or main dish. Simply omit the cheese for a vegan delight!

Information

Servings: 4 (2 tostadas)
Time: About 20 minutes active; 45 minutes total
Price: About $9.00 total; $2.25 per serving (2 tostadas)
Nutrition (per serving):
Calories: 530.4
Protein: 21.5g
Fat: 27.8g
Saturated fat: 10.6g
Carbohydrates: 50g
Fiber: 3.6g
Sodium: 829.2mg
Cholesterol: 16.2mg
High In:
Good Source:
Low In:

Ingredients

  • 2 large oranges, halved
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 chipotle pepper with 1 Tbsp of the canned sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 14 oz package extra firm tofu
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced
  • 3 large carrots, peeled, halved in both directions
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp SnP
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 4 oz queso fresco
  • 8 tostadas or taco shells

Preparation

  1. Heat grill pan over medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Rub the brown sugar into the orange halves and grill, cut side down, for 3-4 minutes. Remove and let cool, but keep grill hot.
  2. Meanwhile, juice oranges, strain and add to a food processor. Add mustard, chipotle with its sauce, and garlic as well. Puree until smooth, and then pour into a small casserole or other baking dish.
  3. Remove excess water from tofu by laying it on several layers of paper towels. Then cut horizontally and then in 1/4" slices. Gently lay the slices in the sauce and let marinate 20 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, drizzle honey, oregano and SnP over the onion and carrots. Respray the grill pan and grill the veggies - onions about 3 minutes per side and carrots about 7 minutes per side. Remove and let cool, but keep the grill pan hot.
  5. Mash the avocado with the garlic and lime juice and set aside.
  6. Finally, grill the tofu about 4-5 minutes per side. Save the marinade.
  7. To assemble, lay one tostada on a plate. Spread 1 Tbsp avocado mixture across the tostada. Top with carrots, onions then tofu. Sprinkle with cheese and extra marinade. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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