Last weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting my BFF, Sarah, in Atlanta. We had an amazingly fun time preparing for her wedding with spa pedicures, sorbet, and a delicious meal at Atlanta’s premiere vegetarian/vegan restaurant, Cafe Sunflower. The cafe offers a wide variety of international vegetarian cuisine, serving everything from Jamaican Black Bean Cakes to Wild Mushroom Fettuccine. To start, Sarah and I ordered the Rainbow Pancakes – “crispy wedges of carrot-scallion flour pancake with a sweet plum dipping sauce” – a scrumptious appetizer that reminded me of moo shu. For our entrees, Sarah ordered the Spicy Pad Thai Noodles and I had the Sweet and Sour Soy Chicken. The portions were huge and the food was amazing. What really blew my mind was when our waitress asked if she could bring out the dessert tray. Um, YES you can! There were several different cake options, like gluten-free chocolate, vegan cheesecake, and coconut cake, but we had our sights set on the raspberry chocolate mousse slice. It was so decadent, and did not have a hint of “fake” flavor that vegan desserts sometimes have. I highly recommend this restaurant if you are in the area!
I hadn’t planned on making anything festive for Cinco de Mayo, but when I got home from work, I had an extreme hankering for Mexican fare and mango margaritas. Have I mentioned how much I love Williams-Sonoma’s margarita mixes? They come in pineapple, lemon-lime, and mango. I’ve been making mine with added frozen fruit like strawberries, pineapple and peaches, and blending to creamy consistency. My taco idea turned out great, and since there is no added cheese or sour cream, these are a pretty healthy and satisfying meal.
Spinach and Sweet Potato Tacos:
- 1 sweet potato, baked (I poked holes in mine and threw it in the microwave for about seven or eight minutes)
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 2 big handfuls of spinach
- 1 15 oz can fat free vegetarian refried beans, warmed
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 6 corn or flour tortillas, taco size
- Salsa (I used my favorite, Newman’s Own Pineapple Salsa)
Heat about 1/4 cup of water on medium in a large frying pan on stove top. Add chopped onion and sauté for about five minutes, or until onion is translucent. Add spinach, stir, and sauté another two minutes. Scoop sweet potato out of its skin, chop into 1-inch cubes, and add to spinach and onion. Add cumin, chili powder, and garlic powder, and stir again. Heat another pan on medium-low, and place one tortilla flat in the middle of the pan. Scoop a layer of refried beans down the center, then top with spinach-sweet-potato-onion mixture. Fold over one side of the tortilla to make a taco, and heat for 2 – 3 minutes on each side, flipping with a spatula. Transfer taco to a plate and top with salsa. This recipe yields six tacos.
I’m an eggplant fiend, and I used to make eggplant parmesan for special occasions, layering eggplant with mozzarella and marinara like a lasagna. But the process of slicing the EP, dredging, battering, and frying in oil can be a daunting task, especially if you’re not in the mood.
I found this purple box of Dominex EP cutlets in the frozen foods section at Fresh Market, and snatched it up. I decided to try them on hoagie rolls with marinara and sauteed spinach, garlic and onions. Delicious! They might be even better with some Daiya mozzarella on top, but I don’t think it’s necessary. This makes a very hearty, filling, and quick meal. Perfect for a weeknight when you’re starving and want a fast hot “diner” dinner. Here’s a pic of my sandwich: