Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Taco Tuesdays: Fusion Tacos and a Fusion Food in the Vegan Kitchen Giveaway

It's Tuesday and we all know what that means...TACOS! Everyone celebrated taco tuesdays, so i am going to celebrate by sharing a recipe for Fusion Tacos from my upcoming book Fusion Food in the Vegan Kitchen, which, by the way, is now available for preorder.  Before I get to the recipe, let me tell you a little bit about this book.

"What is this new cookbook?" you ask. Fusion Food in the Vegan Kitchen: 125 Comfort Food Classics, Reinvented with an Ethnic Twist! is the newest addition to my growing family. It is a totally new way of writing for me, and I certainly feel it's my best work to date. Filled with scratch made recipes, it has been so much fun writing and testing for this book. It was (and still is) a big pleasure to be working with Wade Hammond on the photography. His modern take on food photography and styling really captured the true essence of these recipes.

Here's what my publisher's have to say about the book:
"This innovative vegan cookbook combines the best of both worlds—comfort food + ethnic cuisine. The result is Fusion Food in the Vegan Kitchen, a delicious, experimental type of cooking popular in California and quickly taking the vegan world by storm. Its focus is not only on fresh, local ingredients, but also the amazing flavors found in different world cuisines. Think Korean pulled “pork” sandwiches, miso mac ’n’ cheese, and Mexican hot chocolate cake truffles. Traditional, with a twist!  Author and California native Joni Marie Newman will treat you to more than 100 innovative recipes, all featuring whole foods ingredients that can be found at almost any grocery store or farmer's market—no store-bought faux meats, mayos, cheeses, or the like. Recipes will also feature low fat, soy free, and gluten free options for those with special dietary needs. Push the envelope on taste and take plant-based cooking to a whole new level with Fusion Food in the Vegan Kitchen."
The book isn't coming out for a few more months, but I want to giveaway a copy before it hits the shelves.  Just follow the prompts in the widget below, and I will be giving away one copy as soon as I get them in my hot little hands!

Now for the tacos!
Teriyaki Asada Tacos from Fusion Food in the Vegan Kichen

Teriyaki Seitan Asada Tacos
The sweet, juicy asada combined with the almost bitter crunch of the coleslaw topped with the creamy heat of the sauce up on top makes these tacos a real fiesta in your mouth.

16 (5 or 6-inch) corn tortillas
1 recipe Teriyaki Setian Asada, prepared (recipe below)
1 recipe Sesame Carrot Coleslaw
Spicy Sushi Sauce* for drizzling
1/2 cup finely chopped green onions
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
*There is an updated version of this sauce made without storebought mayo in the book!

Heat a dry pan over medium high heat and warm your tortillas until lightly browned on each side.
Stack 2 tortillas for each taco. You will make 8 total tacos.
Layer the ingredients as follows:
3 strips of Teriyaki Seitan Asada
About 1/2 cup of coleslaw
A generous drizzle of Creamy Sesame Sriracha Sauce
Topped with green onions and cilantro.

Yield: 8 tacos

Teriyaki Seitan Asada
These delicious strips of juicy flavorful pineapple teriyaki seitan serve up great over rice or steamed veggies. My favorite way to serve them up is in tacos!

3/4 cup vital wheat gluten
1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/3 cup water
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon vegan Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
2 to 3 tablespoons vegetable oil for sautéing
1 cup Teriyaki Sauce
*There is a recipe for home made pineapple teryiaki sauce in the book!

Add the vital wheat gluten, whole wheat pastry flour, paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder to a mixing bowl and mix to combine.
In a separate bowl, mix together water, soy sauce, Worcestershire, and liquid smoke.
Add wet to dry and knead until a very elastic dough is formed.
Cover and let rest for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Shape dough into a log shape and to the center of a piece of foil or parchment paper, roll up andand twist the ends tight to close.
Place log on a baking sheet, seam side down and bake for one hour, flipping half way through.
Remove from oven and allow to cool enough to handle.
Once cooled, slice into thin strips, about strips about 1-inch wide by 4 1/2-inches long. (These measurements are just a reference, they need not be exact.)
Add Pineapple Teriyaki Sauce to a pot and heat over medium low heat.
Preheat a tablespoon of vegetable oil in a frying pan over medium high heat.
Add seitan strips in a single layer to the hot pan and pan fry for 2 to 3 minutes, or until dark golden brown and crispy. Flip and repeat on the other side.
Once both sides are crispy, transfer immediatelyto the pot of teriyaki sauce
Repeat until all of the pieces have been added to the sauce.
Toss seitan to coat, and keep warm until ready to serve.
Serve garnished with green onions and sesame seeds if desired.

Yield: 4 main dish servings

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  1. looks delicious ! thanks for sharing :)

  2. oooh i want these tacos and that cookbook!

  3. Looks like an amazing new book. Thanks for a chance to win one!

  4. I would love to win!
    I have to say I would love some sushi fusion with seitan. Vegan Cheeseburger Maki sounds awfully tempting.

  5. What a tough question!! Maybe Hawaiian meets Soul Food? Mainly because I love pineapple & BBQ sauce.

  6. I would love to win - Tough choice on the question. Hm - Maybe some kind of North African Western Fusion. Someone mentioned a vegan cheeseburger Maki in the comments and I once saw a non-Vegan Bacon Egg Maki that would be pretty awesome to veganize.

  7. Thai or Vietnamese food fused with pretty much anything vegan! :-)

  8. Hiya! Vegan MoFo Hoppin'! Nice place you have here! May I link you and visit and comment often!? Swing by my place and let me know! Everything looks and sounds AMAZING!!!!!!

  9. I would like to see a fusion vegan Asian osso bucco.

  10. I always think Southeast Asian and Mexican would be great together

  11. I'd groove on a mushroom casserole chickpea burger fusion...I love chickpea burgers, mushrooms, savory saucy things and crunched up salty potato chips. Pile it all into a toasty bun. Okay, throw in a few healthy greens too. :)

  12. Holy wow, those taco's look epic! It's not new or exciting but anything that fuses PB and Chocolate together is a win in my book!

  13. I would love a comfort food fusion of green bean casserole and mashed potatoes :)


    1. Well my dear, you are in luck! I made a recipe similar to this for the burger book, here is the link:

  14. This sounds amazing and I am anxiously awaiting this books release!

  15. Mmm, these tacos look packed with flavourful ingredients!

  16. I would like to see more of the mexican/asian style like your tacos. II would also love to get a signed copy of this book!

  17. id like to see a fusion of potatoes and brussel sprouts!

  18. I love seeing veggies and cocktails fused together - mmm!

  19. the tacos look delish!!thanks for sharing!

  20. Pierogies and pizza! But probably I'd need to learn to make a passable pierogi first...

  21. Thai Nachos are two things that need to happen together!

  22. YES!! I am so excited about this book! I'd say fried rice and burritos. When I was a kid, I dreamed of opening a Mexican-Chinese restaurant one day!

  23. I just think every cuisine is begging to be made into a burrito.

  24. Avocados and chocolate make for a nice combination.

  25. I can't wait to see the finished book! I've been dreaming of those Korean burritos lately, I need to make them again soon!

  26. There is nothing sacred in my kitchen ... I would like to see Thai and Ethiopian fused - two of my favourites ever!
    For ingredient combinations, how about carrot and chocolate? Perhaps a Mexican Mole Carrot Cake?

  27. Hmmm breakfast and pizza ?? Yum ! Or am I just looking for an excuse to eat pizza for breakfast ?

  28. Well, the recipe above fuses my two favorites, but what about southern and tex mex? I could see some kind of slow-cooked greens, fried seitan, home-fries burrito concoction... ~Cee~

  29. Sounds great. I love new flavours from fusions.. my latest fun has been a kimchi poutine!

  30. I read through the comments, and now I can't get VeggieNextDoor's idea of Hawaiian and Soul Food out of my head...!!

  31. I'd love to see indian food and southern food together!

  32. A fusion of a lemony pesto pasta and a spicy coconut/tomato curry?

  33. I like the southern tex-mex idea!

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  34. Thank you for the giveaway :)

    I would like to see...heuuu...greek food and asian food :) Though, hey ?! Hi hi !!! Or, vegan "poutine" and french cuisine :)

  35. This book sounds like so much fun Joni! I love teriyaki anything too :)
    Fusion food is so creative that I'm pretty stumped for ideas. as a Brit maybe you could fuse some classic British food with Asian or Middle-Eastern (my favourite cuisine). I'm thinking "Bangers and Mash" with a twist?!

  36. I've never even heard of Taco Tuesdays. I think this needs to be a thing in my life!

  37. I like fusing Mexican and food from the midwest-where I grew up!

  38. How about Middle Eastern & Barbecue?

  39. Hum...I'm open to trying anything. I learned a long time ago not to form food judgement ;-) Some of these ideas are so creative!

  40. Yum!! I own all of your other books and would love to have this one as well! ;)

    As to your question, considering I'm from Germany and married for many years to an American, maybe a fusion of both comfort foods? :D

  41. Middle eastern and thai? My two favorites haha!

  42. I would love to see Indian and Mexican fusion. Sounds weird but I think they are pretty similar in ways.


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