Q: Can you describe the combination of flavors in this recipe?
These tacos are so good, because they have a delicious balance of flavors and textures. The savory, seasoned mushrooms are complemented beautifully by the creamy, tart guacamole, and the fresh crunch of the thinly shredded cabbage. And then, the roasted tomato chipotle sauce brings it all together, with the sweetness from the roasted onions, and the smoky flavor of the roasted tomatoes and chipotle.
Q: Do you personally prefer dried chipotle chili, chipotle in adobo sauce or ground chipotle?
I have all three of them in my kitchen, and while I use them for different things, they can definitely be used interchangeably. Using a whole, dried chipotle will usually give you the most heat, while chipotle in adobo sauce will provide a more smoky flavor. If you prefer very little spice, try using ground chipotle, so you can easily regulate the degree of heat in your dish.
Q: Unlike your last taco recipe, these are cooked. Do they have less nutritional value than raw?
While these tacos do have cooked elements, there are also some raw ingredients, like the guacamole and shredded cabbage. Also, studies have shown that cooking tomatoes actually increases the amount of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant. So eating a sauce with roasted tomatoes is definitely nutritionally beneficial. Eating a completely raw meal is wonderful, and extremely healthy, but I’m a firm believer that incorporating some cooked dishes is good for us as well.
Q: With their positive impact on digestive tract health, black beans seem to be gaining in popularity. Would you agree that they epitomize the delicious-nutritious balance?
Absolutely. I love black beans, and eat them several times a week, at least. Also, beans are the first “B” in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s acronym “G-BOMBS,” where he categorizes the foods that he believes should dominate our diets (Greens, Beans, Onions, Mushrooms, Berries, and Seeds).
Q: With a big beet, apple and carrots, this juice should be exceptionally nutritious, right? But how does it taste?
I love this juice! I would drink it even if I didn’t know it was so good for me, just because I love the taste. With carrot, apple, and beet, you know the juice is going to be sweet, but the tartness from the lemon really gives it an amazing balance. Try it with the dash of cayenne for an extra pep in your step!
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