Guest Post: Vegan TVP Tacos

Things are going well here, sort of. I don’t know if you have heard but there was huge mudslides and 2000 people were in the only tunnel that leads back to the big city, Chengdu. We luckily were stuck in the mountains, good thing we didn’t leave a few hours earlier! I’ll tell you guys all bout it another day (Wednesday!). So please put your eyes together and enjoy this wonderful recipe from Liz! Thanks Liz!

Hi friends! I’m Liz, the blogger behind I Heart Vegetables.

I’m happy I can share a post with you all, because Tara’s blog is awesome! I love her approach to healthy living, and she’s just so stinkin cute! My blog is filled with super simple vegetarian recipes, because I know people are busy. Fast, simple, and easy recipes are a great way to stay healthy, without spending a whole day in the kitchen. Since vegetables seem to be my first love… I wanted to share a few of my favorite recipes with you.

Vegetarian cooking can sound complicated if you’re new to meat-free dishes, but in a lot of ways, it’s easier! It also tends to be cheaper, which is an added bonus. So today, skip the meat, grab some veggies, and try one of my favorite recipes!

These TVP Tacos are a weeknight staple at my house! I even made them for a cooking club dinner, with a house full of 11 girls! They’re super simple, totally healthy, and completely budget friendly.

But first of all, what is TVP? TVP = Textured Vegetable Protein. It’s basically a kind of soy protein. It has a similar texture to ground beef, but is much healthier, cheaper, and vegetarian! (And easier to cook, in my opinion!)

I’m really happy with how these turned out, and I hope you try them out!

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Vegan TVP Tacos

  • 1 cup TVP
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1/2 garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1/2 medium white onion
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 4 whole wheat tortillas

Bring one cup of water to a boil, and then add in the TVP. Remove from heat, stir in the chili powder, garlic powder, and cumin, and let stand. Rinse and drain the black beans, and cook over medium heat until warm. Slice the onion, and saute over medium heat, in a little olive oil, until translucent. Slice up the avocado and top with some salsa. You just have to put all the pieces together and then wrap it all up in a whole wheat tortilla. Dinner, served.

This makes about 4 large tacos. It was plenty for 2, and I had some leftovers for lunch the next day. This was super easy to make, and also pretty cost effective. TVP is a lot cheaper than meat. Plus, it has 12g of protein per 1/4 cup, and only 80 calories. That makes this stuff pretty awesome, and with the right seasonings, it tastes awesome as well!

Have you ever had TVP?

An Eco-Friendly Kind of Day

Today was a whirlwind of healthy, non-GMO and organic everything!

My friend Jacque and I sought out with a game plan in mind of things we wanted to cover. We figured lunch first would keep us happy, followed by shopping on Valencia St in the afternoon and wrapping up our day with grocery shopping.

I have heard mixed feelings about Gracias Madre, which is a vegan new-aged Mexican restaurant located in the heart of the Mission district. It’s hard to imagine vegan and Mexican food in the same sentence. When I think of delicious Mexican, I think of cheese on top of meat on top of more meat. However, after much deliberation, I give it two thumbs up!

Not only is the food vegan, but all the ingredients are produced organic and local, which is something I really admire in a restaurant, I highly suggest to visit this organic food restaurant.

Jacque and I decided to do family style, so we can maximize the deliciousness. We started off with papas al horno, which are basically potatoes roasted in olive oil and garlic topped with cashew nut cheese. This was the first time I tried cashew nut cheese, and I must say that I am impressed. It didn’t taste 100% like dairy cheese, but it had a similar consistency and the flavor was not too far off.


The next thing to come to our table was an empanada. We ended up getting two appetizers and an entree, which was more than enough. The empanada was stuffed with plantains and served on their special spicy mole sauce with the same cashew nut cheese layered on top. This one happened to be Jacque’s favorite, I liked it but didn’t go crazy for it. Before we left the restraunt she decided that she would be ordering it in the future through one of the food delivery platforms.


My favorite was the chilaquiles, which was very different from what I imagined. The typical chilaquiles served in a traditional sense is fried tortilla, scrambled eggs, beans, rice and your choice of red or green sauce. Gracias Madre had to maneuver over some of the ingredients and delivered the fried tortilla with a tomato salsa, cashew crema, avocado and black beans.


After wrapping up our food and paying our bill, we headed over to The Detox Market only to find it closed for good. The store was empty and anything remaining was boxed up and ready to go 🙁



I honestly never been here before, but Jacque raves about it. They sell organic beauty, health and wellness products. I was looking for a new face wash without harsh chemicals so I was kind of bummed. But, I bumped into a girl who told me about an amazing household oder eliminator that can be found at so that cheered me up a little.

The next place we ended up was The Scarlet Sage Herb Co.

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They had a huge assortment of bulk tea ingredients and we went nuts. Jacque had a handy book of different elements of tea and the different properties that each herb has. It was a new experience for me; she made a tea for her boyfriend’s circulation and I made one for relaxation. With the day ending, we made one final trip to Rainbow Grocery, which is what I was looking forward to all day! Rainbow is a San Francisco co-op that serves only organic, local, sustainable, affordable vegetarian food and household items.

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Their produce is fresh and it’s one of my favorite places to shop. The pricing is somewhere between Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, so it’s not crazy expensive for the quality you get. My days are usually not so green and healthy, so it’s nice to have something different every now and then!

Do you have certain expectations when you grocery shop?