Yo quiero tacos!
Oh yum… I think tacos may be one of the most perfect foods on the planet – I love stuffing them with all of the ingredients that I love most of all. Of course the only problem is that I usually put wayyy too much stuff into the taco so that I can barely close it and it breaks and goes all over the place. Oh well… in the shell or out of the shell it still tastes awesome.
My mix today was kind of weird because it turned out that the bell peppers I had sitting in my fridge for the past couple of days had gone bad so I had to throw them all out. Boo to that! 😡 Then I realized that I also didn’t have any fresh or canned diced tomatoes. Improvising time… The base was a sliced onion sauteed with finely diced Italian zucchini from my parents’ garden along with red pepper flakes, garlic, cayenne pepper and Tabasco sauce. Then I added some Newman’s Own pasta sauce for some tomatoey-ness. In order to get the pasta sauce taste out I threw in alot of hot sauce. My brother and I have the biggest collection of hot sauces known to man so I can’t quite recount everything that I threw in… 😉
I also diced some firm silken tofu and marinated it in cayenne pepper, tabasco, liquid smoke and garlic powder. I threw those into my blue corn tortilla along with some shredded lettuce, Mexican-blend reduced fat cheese, and plain Chobani yogurt (instead of sour cream). Of course, about 45 minutes later I was hungry again since it was such a long day so I made a big bowl of popcorn. 😛
I didn’t forget that I said I would post some of the highlights from my weekend home. I’m not going to bore you with every little thing I ate, so I’ll just put in the extra yummy stuff…
First off was my dinner Friday night – a big plate of brown rice pasta with homemade pesto. Basil from our garden, fresh minced garlic, walnuts, salt, olive oil, and fresh grated Parmesan cheese!!This was Saturday morning breakfast… very yummy. I added in alot of milk and cottage cheese for extra creaminess. It totally reminded me of grits, but took forever to cook. Oh well, it was a nice change at least.. 🙂 My mom got this enormous tub of dates at Costco… how awesome is that!! It took serious will power not to eat them all at once! 😉 Drumroll please…. this is my absolute favorite dinner in the world… Swiss Chard Pie!!!Does that not just look like heaven??? My mom has been making this for as long as I can remember… I’m obsessed! Thanks for a yummy dinner mom!! 😀 Here’s the recipe:
Swiss Chard Pie:
- 1 c. whole wheat flour (I used Gluten-Free all purpose)
- 1/3 c. olive oil (I used slightly less)
- 1/3 c. water (plus more as needed)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 8 large swiss chard leaves (or fresh spinach)
- 4 oz. feta cheese
- 1 c. cottage cheese
- 2 scallion stalks
- 1/4 c. fresh dill
- 2 eggs (may use 3 if using alot of Swiss Chard)
- In a food processor blend together the flour, oil, salt, baking powder and water. Add more water until you reach a consistency slightly thicker than pancake batter.
- Pour batter into an oiled 8×8 glass or pyrex baking pan (glass & pyrex brown the crust best)
- In a food processor blend together the chard, feta, cottage cheese, scallions, dill and eggs until pureed.
- Pour pureed greens & cheese mixture overtop of the wet crust batter. The two will be heavy enough to stay separate.
- Bake in a 350 degree oven for 40-50 minutes, depending on how quickly your crust browns. Enjoy!