Q: Both the tortillas and taco meat call for plenty of sunflower seeds? What do they contribute nutritionally and flavor-wise?
Sunflower seeds have a mild, nutty taste, and can be a great canvas for all sorts of different flavor profiles. They are also a fantastic source of Vitamin E, magnesium and selenium.
Q: How does nutritional yeast differ from conventional yeast?
Nutritional yeast and conventional active yeast are actually two completely different products, and they are not interchangeable in recipes. Active yeast is used in baking to make things puff and rise. Nutritional yeast is inactive, and is primarily used to add a buttery, cheesy flavor to vegan dishes. Nutritional yeast is also a complete protein, and is high in B vitamins.
Q: For the salsa, can I leave out the jalapeño pepper if I don’t like hot and spicy?
Yes, you can almost always leave out an ingredient that you don’t prefer. In most cases, though, removing the inner white membrane and seeds will take away most, if not all, the spiciness of a jalapeño.
Q: For taco assembly, can I use defrosted chopped spinach?
I would definitely recommend using fresh spinach or another crisp, leafy green for this recipe (romaine lettuce would work well). Defrosted spinach would be more wet and soft, whereas fresh spinach will have the crisp, fresh texture we’re looking for on a taco.
Q: How long will the dressing “keep” in the refrigerator?
When making this salad, I try to just make just enough dressing for the amount of zucchini “noodles” I sprialize. Because the dressing has avocado, which oxidizes very easily, it may only stay fresh in the fridge for a couple of days.
Q: Can I leave out the hot, spicy serrano pepper?
Yes, you can leave out the serrano altogether.
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