East Side-y Tacos



I semi-de-coded another Flore recipe. I have to add a disclaimer. Home versions are good in their own way, but it's just not the same. Going to Flore and partaking in their food pretty much can't be beat. But, if you don't live in L.A., or want to make knock offs at home like me, fakes are alright.

This also requires buying their brand of Cashew Cheese, which is sold at their sister café Meet Market east of Flore on Sunset. This stuff is awesome. For cheese eaters, or even anyone looking for a cheese substitute- you should know that this doesn't resemble cheese at all. It's its own thing. Its own wonderful thing. It's a spread (versus a shredded or grated cheesy substance), the flavor is nothing like cheese- which is not a bad thing at all. This stuff is spiced perfectly and has such a rich, amazing flavor. It totally makes anything you use it on. It's a crucial component of their East Sider Tacos, and although I'm not positive that the stuff at Meet Market is exactly what they use on the tacos, it's real close and just as tasty.

So, this is pretty easy peasy and good for a "tired after work" night. You'll need:

2 packs of Seitan (I buy the blue packs at Whole Foods)
1 packet of Whole Foods taco seasoning (I suppose you could use any brand you wanted though- but it's the powdered kind)
Cashew cheese to taste (I used about 3 t per taco)
Shredded lettuce
Diced tomatoes
Hard corn tortillas

Prepare the taco seasoning according to the directions. Put both packs of seitan (broken up a bit more, the chunks in the pack are pretty big and these need to fit into the shells) into a large skillet, pour taco seasoning over. Cook until most of the liquid dissolves, but there's still a bit of sauciness in there. While seitan is cooking, shred lettuce and dice tomatoes.

Spread cashew cheese all throughout the inside of the taco shells. Put seitan in the bottom about 1/2 way up the shell, top with lettuce and tomatoes to taste.

Voila! Tasty amazing tacos that I'm betting even carnivorous friends would enjoy!