So, three weeks ago I had the bright idea that we should re-do the kitchen. Aaaand we are in the thick of it. It’s an ongoing process and there is so much to do!! Needless to say, I don’t really feel much like digging through the boxes in the dining room for lots of pans and coming up with clever recipes.
This one happened by accident. Such a happy accident!
I was talking to my mom, musing about what to make for dinner one night and she said to come shop in her overflowing pantry. She has a million cans of things. Once I saw her can of black beans, I knew what to do. I could eat this combination of flavors every day and be cool with it.
It is kind of a long list of ingredients, but your entire, healthy & delicious meal is all in one dish. Can’t get simpler than that! Every ingredient adds another layer of flavor to this dish. It’s a party in your mouth! But if there is something you don’t have on hand, substitutions could easily be made. If you don’t have butternut squash, you could add in a cup of diced zucchini. Mushrooms would also be a lovely addition.
Beefy Taco Veggie Quinoa Bake
Being a native Philadelphian, I wouldn’t dare say that we got bored with cheesesteaks (not possible), but we’re always looking for ways to make good things better — and easier to eat in a social setting with a fork. These seven insane creations mean you can spend a weekend in Philadelphia and eat a different kind of cheesesteak spinoff at every meal.
1. Cheesesteak Fries
This happens to be my personal favorite of all the non-traditional cheesesteak varieties. The wonderful, wonderful combination was introduced to me by a former roommate when we went out to watch the Phillies at The Fieldhouse. Cheesesteak meat, fried onions and cheez whiz are piled on these long, crinkle cut fries that hold the meat and cheese so perfectly. I mean, doesn’t a fried potato increase the goodness of anything by ten thousand percent?
2. The Philly Taco
Also known as South Street Sushi (which I prefer…I mean, it’s not really a taco, right?) is a legend. So what is it? Head to South Street in Philly a buy a gigantic slice of Lorenzo’s pizza. Then head to neighboring Ishkabibble’s and order cheese fries, cheese on the side. This taco is best pulled-off when with a group. Enter Jim’s cheesesteak: send one person to order a cheesesteak, send the rest of the group upstairs with the remaining ingredients.
To assemble: Cover your cheesesteak with fries, and the accompanying cheese, then wrap the whole thing, taco-style, in the slice of pizza. Consume.
I guess it can be any cheesesteak, pizza and fries combination, but these three places are all a block away from each other, and Lorenzo’s slices are just the right size for the sandwich.
3. Cheesesteak Egg Rolls
It might look like vomit, but this is a must-eat. Hell, I live in Philadelphia and I find myself craving these weekly. Imagine all of the goodness of a cheesesteak (meat, cheese, fried onions, maybe peppers and mushrooms)….deep fried in a crispy wrapper. You can find these at many restaurants in the city, but my favorite version is from Old Eagle Tavern — served with sriracha ketchup. More on the version pictured — from Smokin’ Betty’s — at la vie en route.
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