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Vegetarian Tacos Recipe

Vegetarian Tacos

02.01.09 by Jackie

Here's a healthy and tasty version of the usually greasy fast food fare.  My husband loves Mexican food, so I make this for him whenever he has a craving for it.  The great thing about learning this recipe is that you can reuse the filling in many other recipes - burritos, enchiladas, soft tacos, nachos, etc. - by just adding / exchanging a few ingredients.

If you're serving them for a couple of people, you can definitely assemble them before plating. But if it's for a party, just prepare each part separately and let you guests put them together as they like.  It'll save you time, and everyone will get their tacos exactly the way they like them.


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Mir's Special: Green Beans and Tofu Stir Fry Recipe

This recipe is really about 4 main ingredients: green beans, tofu, basil and garlic. The dish is infused with the flavor of black bean and chili garlic sauce and soy sauce. Tofu is like a sponge so it really absorbs the flavor and color of the fermented black bean and chili. It's a simple hearty dish recipe that satisfy every palate in my home. Even the meat lovers like it!

The dish is named after my father-in-law, Mir. I call him Daddy. He went to a Chinese Restaurant for a dinner meeting once and they serve this as an appetizer, kinda like a chips and salsa in a Mexican restaurant. It was much saltier and spicier than the recipe I've provided below. Anyways, he liked it so much he asked the waiter to bring him a whole plateful so he could have it for dinner. And thus Mir's Special was born.

 


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Tartelette Feuilletée aux Tomates Cerises et 3 Pestos (3 Pesto Caramelized Cherry Tomato Tartlet) Recipe

 I received a request from Seneca Doane for a vegetarian option for the 2009 Inaugural Luncheon Menu. I checked the official menu one more time and there was none. So here is my version of the vegetarian option. Hope you like it.


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Mango Mushroom Pizza  Recipe

Mango Mushroom Pizza

01.21.09 by Jackie

Our favorite pizzeria is a local chain called Pizz'a Chicago.  The pizzas are named after Chicago landmarks and notable personalities, and are made with a wide range of ingredients.  I'm sure there's an Obama-inspired pizza in the making.  I had so much fun recreating the Inaugural luncheon that maybe I should try my hand at it as well!

Our favorite pizza there is the Joliet Jake. It's a vegetarian pizza with shitake, portobello, button and cremini mushrooms with dried apricots. Instead of apricots, I substituted dried, cubed mango, papaya and pineapple that I had leftover from my holiday fruitcake baking. When I make this pizza at home, I typically substitute dried mango in for the apricots.  It's a common snack food in my house, and I think it tastes better than apricots. 

My father-in-law is allergic to mushrooms, so there was more for everyone else!  Just kidding.   I always make a separate olive and cheese pizza just for him.  I'll put that recipe up soon.


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Pan Fried Catfish Fillets (Bun Ca Chien) Recipe

Catfish is a very inexpensive piece of seafood that is widely available in Vietnam. I went to Vietnam 10 years ago and I remember all the seafood that we had. When we came to visit Cantho, the town where my mom was born, we had a lot of fried fish that was freshly caught from the Mekong River.

The dish is called bún cá chiên (litterally a cold rice vermicelli noodles with fried fish in Vietnamese) served with nước mắm (fermented fish sauce), fresh and pickled vegetables. This dish is ultra easy to make and is delicious.

This is a simple recipe but like all simple things, each detail really counts. It's a very healthy dish as well.

 


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