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As you might have noticed, this blog post is completely in English. Wow. Such language skills. So until today, Feel Good Kitchen has only been available in Finnish, but I’ve been wanting to write in English for as long as I can remember. For some reason though (laziness, mostly) I hadn’t got myself to get the translation process started… Until last weekend. So while all the normal young people were outside sunbathing, I sat in front of my computer 24/7 and pretty much rebuilt the whole site, changed themes, installed plugins & used some really hi-tech code wizardy (ok, not really that complicated) and tweaked the blog here and there and yess… I can now blog multi-lingually, both in English and in Finnish. I’ve still got a bunch of translations to do, but bare with me, the yummy recipe archives will be with you in no time. And you, fellow Finn, in case you’re looking for the Finnish page, just click here to get there.
Anywhoo, enough about me and my blogging adventures… Let’s taco about today’s business.
This spring has been exciting in Finland. Despite the last few years having been somewhat depressing on the grand scale of economical growth and (lack of) innovation, there’s finally some light at the end of the tunnel. A Finnish company called Gold and Green has created a life changing product called Pulled Oats (Nyhtökaura in Finnish).
It’s basically the perfect meat substitute that tastes mildly like meat, has great consistency, is super ecological to produce, includes all the essential amino acids and tummy soothing fibres etc. etc. Doesn’t it sound like a miraculous product indeed? So in this May they’ve finally started shipping pulled oats across grocery stores in Finland and when I first saw it on the aisle I just had to buy a couple of packages and put the product to test. There’s been a lot of hype around it, so it was about time to find out if it’s worth all the attention!
So I did what any foodie would do; called up a foodie friend of mine and agreed on a cooking date. Me and my friend Liisa put pulled oats to the ultimate taste test; I made tacos and she made good ol’ sloppy joes. And oh boy, was it goooood.
Not only did our dishes turn out to be extremely tasty, we were overall super satisfied with the product. It requires zero prep – you can eat it cold or heat it up – it’s 100% vegan, it doesn’t include soy (allergen for many, nevertheless controversial), has amazing meat-like texture, tastes great, has an enormous amount of protein (30g/100g – now that’s something!) as well as fibre, unlike any animal based product. Also, it’s ecological & environmental friendly to make and consists of Finnish oats and beans.
So yeah, to conclude, the hype is real and well deserved. I truly, 100% believe this product’s going to be HUGE. I hope Gold & Green understands what kind of revolutionary thing they have in their hands and will expand their distribution across the world as well as keep on developing new product types and innovations. This is not only what Finland needs, but what the world needs.
Enough with the sentimentality, let’s get to it! Below’s the recipe for these delicious vegan pulled oats tacos and fresh and juicy lime salsa. Tasty and light — perfect summer food, some would say. And if you’re keen on checking out the sloppy joe recipe, you can do it in here (in Finnish).
Pulled oats tacos & lime salsa, serves 4 (vegan)
1 package (250g) of pulled oats kaffir lime
1 crushed clove of garlic
2 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 yellow onion, diced
250g plum tomatoes, diced
1-2 jalapeños or to taste, chopped small
1 ripe mango, diced
handful of cilantro
2 medium size ripe avocados
+ 8-12 taco shells depending on how full you like your tacos!
1 Start by prepping pulled oats. Heat some oil on a pan until hot and add the oats. Stir for few minutes or until golden brown. Add the garlic and soy sauce and keep stirring for another few minutes. Let cool.
2. Next, prepare the salsa. Combine diced onions, tomatoes, jalapeños and mango in a bowl. Chop cilantro and add it to the mixture. Add juice of one lime, incorporate well and finish off with salt & pepper to taste.
3. To finish off, prepare the avocado sauce: blend two avocados and two lime’s juice until you get a runny mixture.
4. Now the fun begins: Assemble the tacos! Place couple of tablespoonfuls of salsa on each shell, sprinkle pulled oats on top and finish off by drizzling some avocado sauce on top. Serve immediately!3