Tofu~Blackbean Tacos

I know it isn’t Taco Tuesday but hey, tomorrow is Tuesday so maybe you can use this recipe for your taco cravings!

Vegan and Gluten Free!


  • Hard taco shells (you can certainly use soft ones, if you prefer)
  • 1/2 brick of firm tofu-use a fork to crumble into a ‘scramble’ like consistency
  • 1 can of black beans-rinsed and drained.
  • 1/2 onion-diced
  • 1/2 green pepper-diced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp turmeric paste
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper (if you like it!)
  • salt to taste
  • vegan cheese, salsa, greens to garnish.


  1. Heat oven to 350 F and put the shells in for 5 minutes to crisp, if you are using the hard shell.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a fry pan on medium.
  3. Put the onions and peppers in the pan with oil.
  4. Cook onions and peppers for 5 minutes.
  5. Put in the crumbled tofu in and black beans. Mix thoroughly.
  6. Add all the spices and mix again.
  7. Cook for 10 minutes to get the spices all mixed and the beans and tofu heated up.
  8. Fill the taco shells and garnish with vegan cheese, salsa, hot sauce and greens!

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Amazing Apricots!

Apricots on the tree

Summer is definitely here!  The temperature topped out at 33C today.  It was hot!  Val and I braved the extreme heat alerts and ventured out to her backyard where her apricot tree was bursting at the seams.

On a hot day like this, the thought of being enclosed in a hot kitchen cooking was not really what either one of us had in mind so we came up with a couple of recipes today that didn’t require a whole lot of cooking.


On days like this a light salsa is something that can be eaten on its own, used to top tacos, fish, or, mix it up with some lentils.


One medium red onion, diced

One red pepper, diced

2 ataulfo mangos, diced

10 pitted apricots

bunch of fresh cilantro, washed and chopped.

juice of 3 limes


We also put the seeds of two chillies in to add a little kick.

Apricot salsa

We ate it right out of a bowl!  But Wow, is it ever good on tacos.  The fresh, clean flavours  taste so good on a hot day.  Using this salsa as a base, adding lentils and other veggies could turn it into a great summer salad as well.