Vegan Hot Dish

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Tater tots hold a special place in my heart.

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And my gut.

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I’ve mentioned it before, but I used to be what some call a picky eater.

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Hot dogs and chicken nuggets were my main food groups. Growing up we dined out a lot. Probably because I threw a fit every time they tried to serve me pork chops and apple sauce or some crap. I frequented the local Sonic Drive-In regularly with my pops. By regularly, I mean weekly, I’m pretty sure. After two bites of whatever heinous dinner they tried to shove down my throat, I would kick and scream and Greg would drive us to the local Sonic for limeades and wait for it…… cheese tots. Your girl used to drown her adolescent sorrows all up in some cheesy tots. I just have the fondest memories of my dad introducing me to Conway Twitty and listening to the top 40 radio countdown shows (I have a vivid memory of Vitamin C’s “Graduation” being number 1 for a considerable amount of time and IT WAS MY JAM) while sitting in our spot at Sonic.

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I don’t eat cheese now, but I can tell you with absolute certainty I will have cheese tots again one day.

 

 

Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 2 red peppers, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed + drained
  • 1 can of corn, drained
  • 1 can of fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 package of cauliflower tater tots
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. of cumin
  • 1 tsp. of crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp. of smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. of chili powder
  • S+P, to taste
  • Cilantro, for serving

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add garlic, cook another minute
  • Add peppers + S+P, cook another 3-4 minutes
  • Add beans + corn + tomatoes + spices + S+P, bring to a simmer + cook 3-4 minutes
  • Turn off hot + top with tots
  • Bake 20 minutes
  • Broil for 2-3 minutes until tots get crispy
  • Serve warm with cilantro
  • Scoop a heaping helping of this into a bowl + go to daggum town on this grub

Lentil + Pineapple Salsa Tacos

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I said this time would be different.

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I wouldn’t fall into the same trap I end up in every few years.

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I’ve grown, I’ve changed, I’m strong.

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Then August 23rd came around and Taylor Swift dropped Lover and all my resolve went out the window. The album is killer, man. I was the first person to tell anyone I talked to about it that I felt like this would be her worst yet. I didn’t like the singles. I wasn’t feeling her ‘tude about the whole thing. I was OK with the idea of this being an off year for her. I listened to the whole thing once through and I was like dagnabit she done made me a liar! It’s so good. It gives me Red vibes which is unarguably her best album of all time and quite possibly won’t be topped. Even the singles I didn’t enjoy as they stood alone sound better when played with the rest of the songs. Why, oh why, is she so good at connecting with twenty-something upper middle class females?!?!?!

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Though I do need to have a talk with her about the v unnecessary Leo lyric in The Man.

 

 

Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 6 tacos + extra salsa

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of lentils
  • 1 pineapple, cut into cubes
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 a red onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of cilantro
  • Juice of 1 lime + the zest
  • 1 tbsp. of chili powder
  • 1 tsp. of cumin
  • 1 tsp. of smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. of onion powder
  • 1 tsp. of garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp. of tomato paste
  • S+P, to taste
  • Warm tortillas, for serving

How to:

  • In a bowl, combine pineapple + red pepper + red onion + jalapeno + cilantro + olive oil + juice of 1/2 the lime+ S+P, mix well + refrigerate until ready to serve
  • Cook lentils according to package directions
  • Once lentils are just about cooked, mix in remaining lime juice + zest + chili powder + cumin + smoked paprika + onion powder + garlic powder + tomato paste + S+P, cook another 2-3 minutes until all liquid is absorbed
  • To serve, spread some lentils in a warm tortilla + top with salsa
  • Smear leftover lentils on face for a detoxifying mask + feed yourself chunks of pineapple

 

Adapted from here!

Green Soyrizo Quesadillas

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I started a book club!

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My mother and aunt are the only members. I am 95 years old and these are the types of things I find fun.

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They kicked off the club with stellar picks. Like, we were all gushing over the first two books.

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Then it’s Rachel’s turn to pick. Haven’t we all learned by now not to put me in charge of anything? I have like 12 books in my bedside table waiting to be devoured. So I, of course, want to choose one I already have vs. buying something new. I share a couple of options with them. Apparently Les Mis and Pride and Prejudice were not super attractive reads to them???? Idk. I didn’t want to go with something too dark and serious or anything set in freaky dystopian society because we were on kind of a light train. I was reading my audience! So I chose one by the same author we had just finished reading, thinking well we loved the first one, this will be a safe, crowd pleasing choice. Wrong-o. This sis must have taken some writing courses in between this book and the one we just read or something because this book is just not good. I was trying to convince myself and my fam otherwise with positive thoughts like, “Oh, it got so much better when I got to this part!” I get a text from my mom last night that reads, “I’m struggling with this and can’t wait until I finish it.”

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Fine, you people are getting Tolstoy next!

 

 

Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 3 quesadillas

Ingredients:

  • 6 whole wheat soft taco tortillas
  • 1 package of soyrizo
  • 1 poblano, diced
  • 1 tomatillo, washed + diced
  • 1 can of green chiles
  • 1 onion, sliced thin
  • 1 red pepper, sliced thin
  • 1 green pepper, sliced thin
  • 2 avocados
  • 4 tbsp. of olive oil
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Heat skillet over medium heat
  • Add soyrizo, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add poblano + tomatillo + green chiles, cook another 3-4 minutes or until done
  • Remove from the pan
  • Add 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • Add onion + S+P, cook 4-5 minutes
  • Add peppers + S+P, cook another 4-5 minutes
  • Remove veggies
  • In a bowl, mash avocado + add lime juice + S+P
  • Turn heat down slightly in the pan + add a tbsp. of olive oil
  • Spread some avo on a tortilla + drop it in the pan
  • Top with soyrizo + onion + peppers
  • Spread more avo on another tortilla + place it avo side down on the toppings, cook about 2 minutes
  • Flip + cook another 3-4 minutes
  • Remove + repeat with remaining ingredients
  • Cut with a pizza cutter + serve warm
  • Like a game of tetris, twist mouth + quesadilla into various shapes until an entire dilla fits perfectly inside your pie hole