11 February 2010

This Week in My Kitchen: Nachos, Burritos, Tostadas & Roasted Veggies with Couscous

So I haven't been very inventive in the kitchen this week. Instead, I've been falling back on old favourites, many of which are mexican-inspired.

A couple of years ago I visited Toronto, and my friend Melanie took me to Sneaky Dee's, a pub on College Street with an unusual and amazing selection of vegan options. We had the vegan nachos, and they were seriously fantastic! Ever since, I've been trying to recreate the experience at home (minus the unsmiling wait staff, gross bathrooms and graffiti on the walls). Here's my latest attempt, which I have to say, was pretty damn good. I think the Tofutti Sour Supreme, something I generally don't have because it's not exactly health food, is what pushed them over the edge.

 tortilla chips, refried black beans, Ziggy's salsa from the deli @ Superstore, pickled
jalapenos, sliced black olives, Frank's Red Hot Sauce, Tofutti Sour Supreme, green onions

One of my favourite quick and easy meals is a burrito. The fillings vary according to what I happen to have in the fridge, but this one has refried black beans, sliced avocado, pickled jalapenos and Ziggy's salsa from the deli at Superstore (my favourite store bought salsa) on a whole grain tortilla.

I found some tostadas (toasted corn tortillas) on sale at the supermarket the other day, and dinner was set! For each serving I topped two small tostadas with a warm mixture of rice (leftover from Indian take out), black beans and cubed smoked tofu. Then I added a salad of baby spinach, sliced orange bell peppers and baby carrots, salsa, sliced black olives and pickled jalapenos. It was super filling and yummy, and a great way to get Kirk to eat salad.

Roasted Veggies with Couscous
Exactly how it sounds. I roasted a quartered acorn squash with baby carrots, fennel and broccoli and served it with couscous mixed with chopped spinach, onions and smoked tofu. This meal would have been fantastic with quinoa, but I was out and had to use couscous instead.


  1. those nachos's look deslish and wait until I take to Rancho Relaxo the next time you come for a visit. you'll never want to leave Toronto! best vegan mexican menu ever!

  2. Can't wait! I've been pestering Kirk to go this summer even if he decides not to work the convention.

  3. Yes do come! I also just realize you tagged my name in that post haaaa! Awesome.