I know you’re dying to know what the twist is. The twist…is that it’s NOT a taco! I mean…it could be, but today it wasn’t. My husband actually had the nerve to complain that he was sick of Taco Tuesday’s…so today I made it Chimichanga Tuesday. It works with the general idea, he’s thrilled, and I got to clean out my pantry.
Today’s taco filling creation was a much bigger success than I was anticipating…but it also made enough to feed a small country. Like maybe Luxemburg or something.
Without further ado…here it is.
Crissie’s Sweet Potato Chimichanga of Awesomeness
4 peeled sweet potatoes, cubed
4 cloves minced garlic
1/2 chopped onion
1 can refried beans (or be fancy, and make your own)
1 jar taco sauce (you could use tomato sauce in a pinch)
3 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp cumin
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 1/2 cups water
1 container (8 oz) vegan cream cheese
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and meanwhile boil the sweet potatoes until soft and drain.
Sautee the onions and garlic until soft. Add the potatoes, spices, and water back to the pot and mash. I use a hand-held mixer personally because I’m inherently lazy.
Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
Place a big glob into the center of a tortilla and wrap into a burrito. You can add some vegan cheese here if you’d like, though I didn’t.
Place on a baking sheet, brush or spray a little oil on them, and bake for 30 minutes. Eat with vegan sour cream, hot sauce, lettuce, onion, tomato, or whatever else you love.
They freeze very well and heat up easily in the microwave. I will warn you – this recipe makes a TON, and I ended up freezing half the stuffing to use later. After making 10 chimi’s, I got incredibly bored and hot standing in my kitchen, so I cheated and froze the rest for a future date.
So to explain my funny birthday breakfast. Not to worry – my birthday isn’t actually until tomorrow, but there was a wee bit of a celebration at work today.
Every Tuesday is a VP workgroup. All of the heads of my main facility meet, and we talk about everything that’s going on. Since it’s usually my first Tuesday meeting (we meet from 930-12), I always bring food and a bottle of water with me.
My standard favorite breakfast – especially on Tuesday’s – is a green smoothie. Whenever I bring anything to eat or drink to this meeting, I get pretty well interrogated (my smoothie was likened to a sick person’s suction at one point) about what “hippie” food I’m eating. It’s all good-natured though, and I like to think I’m introducing my colleagues to good food. Anyway…TJ brought in a birthday breakfast for me today. He announced to the crowd that he tried to find all healthy and wholesome foods like I normally have, and brought in some whole grain bagels and juice. He then proceeds to tell everyone that he looked high and low for my “green thing” or “liquid spinach”, but couldn’t find anything, so he grabbed the closest green beverage and brought me THIS!
I was almost dared to drink it, which was funny. My son did though, after his chimi tonight 🙂
On a side note, I made a batch of homemade vanilla soymilk this morning. I soaked the beans overnight, rubbed them in my hands to get the skins off this morning, and then popped them into my soy milk maker. I followed this recipe, and it rocked.
So enjoy…and make every Tuesday a reason to eat tacos!