Category Archives: Meal Ideas

Dinner Idea-Taquito Night!

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I have always loved cooking and baking. There is no better feeling, to me, than cooking for someone and seeing them truly enjoy their meal. It’s the thing I do to cheer someone up, say thank you or let them know I’m thinking of them. It’s my therapy and it’s something I absolutely love doing.

But as much as I love cooking and baking, I am no recipe creator. I do not come up with my own recipes, although I wish I could. But every now and then, I come up with a great dinner idea. And this is one of my hubby’s favorites: Potato Taquitos. They are delicious and relatively easy to make which makes them great for a week night meal. I will try to recreate my recipe below but in the mean time, here’s a picture of a recent batch of taquitos.

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Since my hubby love these, I usually make enough potatoes to make taquitos for a few dinners or about 20 taquitos. Feel free to adjust the ingredients below for the number of taquitos you are making.

Potato Filling

  • 8 regular sized Yukon Gold potatoes (you can use any potato but I use Yukons because they have a natural, buttery flavor)
  • Veggie Stock
  • Cumin
  • Coriander
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Corn tortillas
  • Veggie oil
  • Toppings (fresh pico de gallo salsa, vegan sour cream, guacamole, chimichurri or whatever you want!)

Fill large pot with water.

Scrub, rinse and peel the potatoes. Cut potatoes into quarters and add quartered potatoes to pot. Place pot on the stove over medium high heat and boil potatoes until they are fork tender, about 15 minutes or so.

Once potatoes are tender, remove from heat. Drain potatoes in a colander and add potatoes back to the pot. Add a few splashes of veggie stock and mash potatoes with a potato masher. You want the potatoes to have the consistency of mashed potatoes. Add veggie stock a couple of splashes at a time until you get the desired consistency. Add cumin, coriander, salt and pepper to taste. Start with about 1/2 tsp of cumin, coriander and 1/4 tsp of salt and pepper and adjust to taste.

Warm up your tortillas that you will be using, placing them in a towel to keep warm. Once your tortillas have been warmed up, start heating up your oil. Place about 1/2 inch to 1 inch oil in a pan. Place pan over medium high heat until oil is hot.

While you are heating your oil, assemble your taquitos. Take a warmed tortilla and place a spoonful of potatoes on one side. Be careful not to overfill, your tortilla may break. Gently roll up the taquito and place seam side down in the oil when ready. (I can get about 6 taquitos in my pan so I will assemble all 6 first, then drop them in the pan). Fry until golden brown and crispy, turn over and cook until golden brown and crispy.

Serve with salsa, vegan sour cream, chimichurri, guacamole or whatever you’d like!

Enjoy!

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Chimichurri. Hand chopped and delicious!

 

“Meat”ball Subs

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I know what you’re thinking: Meatball sub with no meat? No way! Well, believe it. I decided to make these subs after our trip to Sonoma, CA where we were able to try Ike’s Place for the very first time (which you should do if you go to the San Francisco area). I hadn’t had a meatball sub in so long and I didn’t realize how much I’ve missed it. While these subs were no Ike’s subs, they were dang delicious. And that’s really all that matters.

So, here is what you’ll need for your subs:

1 French Roll per person

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The package says it all. “For meat and veggie lovers alike!”

1 Package Gardein Meatless Meatballs

1 Jar of your favorite marinara sauce or homemade marinara

Daiya Mozzarella style shreds (or your favorite non-dairy cheese)

Earth Balance Roasted Herb & Garlic spread (or your favorite vegan butter spread), slightly softened

Here’s how to assemble them:

1. Add your marinara to a saucepan and heat through. Once hot, add the desired amount of meatballs (I use 4 meatballs per sub) to the pan and simmer on low for 15 minutes.

2. While simmering the meatballs, slice your french roll lengthwise along the top (don’t cut all the way through. Your sub will turn into a very messy sandwich!) and spread Earth Balance on each side of the inside of the roll.

3. Wrap the french roll in foil but leave the slit across the roll uncovered.

4. Put the wrapped rolls into the oven and bake for about 5 minutes or just until the inside of the bread is slightly toasty and the butter is melted.

5. Once bread is slightly toasty, remove the bread from the oven but keep it wrapped in the foil. Add the meatballs and some of the marinara sauce (don’t over do the sauce, your sub will be really soggy!)

6. Top with cheese and pull the foil down around the sides so that the foil is only under the bottom of the roll (basically, your roll should sit on a “plate” of foil). Put the rolls into the oven and set the oven to “Broil” and broil until the cheese is melty and your bread is as crunchy as you’d like it (about 5-10 minutes).

7. Enjoy!

Shopping Note: If your new to plant based cooking, you might be wondering where to find Gardein and Daiya. Gardein can be found at Von’s, Sprout’s Farmers Markets, Target and Whole Foods in the Frozen aisles. Daiya can be found at Von’s, Sprout’s Farmers Markets and Whole Foods. If you aren’t sure about stores in your area, you can also check out there product locators: Gardein and Daiya.

Perfectly toasty!

Perfectly toasty!