The year of magical tacos.

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A few years ago, I challenged myself to make a different taco recipe every Tuesday. About halfway through I upped the stakes and decided to make a different vegan taco recipe every Tuesday.. Starting the challenge at the beginning of January, I ended my year having made 48 taco varieties. And while I don't have pictures or details on every single recipe, I do have a full list of what I made. Here's the rundown by week: 

  1. Super Veggie
  2. Crispy Tofu
  3. Almond Coconut Salmon
  4. Sunflower Meat
  5. Spinach, Mushroom & Caramelized Onion
  6. Veggie Beef
  7. Tempeh Bacon
  8. Roasted Cauliflower
  9. White Bean Falafel
  10. Refried Bean
  11. Colcannon
  12. Hot Dog
  13. Chili + Cheese
  14. Chile Relleno
  15. Lentil + Walnut
  16. Beer Battered Tofu
  17. Sweet Potato
  18. Tofu Sofritas
  19. Buffalo Tempeh
  20. Crispy Avocado
  21. Lemon Garlic Tilapia
  22. Crispy Soy Bean
  23. Curry Shrimp
  24. Tempeh Bacon
  25. --traveling--
  26. Spicy Grilled Tofu with Nectarine Salsa
  27. Esquite
  28. Spicy Teriyaki Tempeh
  29. Slow Roasted Tomato & White Bean
  30. Eggplant Bacon
  31. Sweet Potato Mushroom
  32. Korean Eggplant
  33. BBQ Pulled Jackfruit
  34. Dessert Tacos
  35. Refried Black Bean
  36. Veggie Greek Salad
  37. Caramelized Delicata Squash & Onion
  38. Quesa-tacos
  39. Maple Tempeh
  40. BBQ Soy Curls
  41. Thai Peanut Tofu Salad
  42. --traveling--
  43. Vegan Chili Paneer
  44. Vegan Taco Casserole
  45. Cheesy Chili Chicken
  46. Swedish Style
  47. Thanksgiving Day
  48. Sweet and Sour "Pork"
  49. Mattar Tofu
  50. --traveling--
  51. Banh mi
  52. Celebratory all you can eat tacos at 10th Ave Burrito!

In case you're wondering, I did make four more weeks of taco recipes to get to 52. The others were: 

  • "Chicken Parm" Style 
  • Roasted Mushroom with Chimichurri
  • Kabocha Squash with Beans & Greens 
  • "Chicken," Poblano and Sweet Potato 

But what's more is that in the process of taco making, I realized how much I enjoyed having this goal. Something to reach for, something to be working on. For a few years, my personal challenges were fitness-related like tackling my first triathlon or doing the Spartan Beast (and subsequently, the Spartan Super and Spartan Sprint). Last year, it was reading lots of books

This year, I'm still looking for the one. Ideas are bouncing around but nothing quantifiable. So tell me, what are your goals for 2018?