NATIONAL FOOD DAY

Thursday, October 24, 2019

National Food Day is observed annually on October 24. One of the targets that Food Day aims to help people is to “Eat Real,” which is defined by them as “cutting back on sugar drinks, overly salted packaged foods and fatty, factory-farmed meats in favor of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and sustainably raised protein.” For a fresh spin on Mexican, try this stellar vegetarian Grilled Asparagus and Shiitake Tacos recipe listed below.

 

National Food Day involves some of the country’s most prominent food activists, united by a vision of food that can be healthy, affordable and produced with care for the environment, farm animals and the people who grow, harvest and serve it.

Four Facts about Food Day:

• In 2012, there were 3,200 events taking place from community festivals to a national conference in Washington, D.C. to thousands of school activities.

• The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) initiated National Food Day 2011.

• It is a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable and sustainably produced food and a grassroots campaign for better food policies.

• The project builds throughout the year and culminates on October 24 of each year.

Grilled Asparagus and Shiitake Tacos

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YIELD:  Serves 4
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INGREDIENTS

3 tbsp. canola oil
4 garlic cloves, crushed with press
1 tsp. ground chipotle chile
1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
8 oz. shiitake mushrooms, stems discarded
1 bunch green onions, trimmed
8 corn tortillas, warmed
1 c. homemade or prepared guacamole
Lime wedges
cilantro sprigs
Hot sauce, for serving

DIRECTIONS

1. Heat grill on medium. In a large baking dish, combine oil, garlic, chipotle, and salt. Add asparagus, shiitakes, and green onions; toss to coat. Grill asparagus until tender and lightly charred, turning occasionally; 5 to 6 minutes. Grill shiitakes and green onions until lightly charred, turning occasionally; 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer vegetables to cutting board.

2. Cut asparagus and green onions into 2" lengths and slice shiitakes. Serve with corn tortillas, guacamole, lime wedges, cilantro, and hot sauce.

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