belated super bowl post: eggplant tacos & nachos

I love the Super Bowl, basically because it’s another excuse to make a bunch of food. This year I made dinner for Amanda. When pressed about whether or not we’d actually be watching the game, I admitted, “It will probably be on in the background while we eat and talk about boys.” But you know – we actually did watch most of the game! After we finished eating. And talking about boys.

Anyway. Poor Broncos. The whole time we were watching I couldn’t help thinking, “They are getting Qrunched!” Because Denver is home to the Qrunch Burger. Oh well. On to the food.

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I was thinking of making eggplant pizza, but I didn’t have the stuff for a gluten free crust for Amanda. So, why not tacos? I cut the eggplant into strips the size of chunky french fries and cooked them with onions in oil over medium heat, seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic & a little cumin. Cook until the eggplant is soft, brown if desired.

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Meanwhile I made a bowl of guacamole with three mashed avocados, a shot of tequila, a sprinkling of salt.

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Next I whipped up some extra garlicky refried beans. Cook as much garlic as you want in oil over medium heat for a minute or two to infuse the oil with the garlic flavor. I did at least 2 Tbsp, maybe 3.

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Add a can of refried beans. I seasoned mine with pepper, Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, and a little nutritional yeast.

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Turn the heat down to low and the let flavors cook in for at least 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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We must have a tahini sauce, for the tacos and also to make nachos. Add tons of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, and lemon, salt, pepper, garlic, cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika, and onion powder to taste. Turmeric for color. Nutritional yeast optional, just for a little B12 boost. A tiny squirt of mustard is good. A little water to thin it down.

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Gorgeous. Mince some veggies for the nachos – I used bell pepper, onion, and tomato.

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Here’s our meal.

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The corn tortillas are filled with eggplant & onions, guac, and refried beans. We thought the eggplant made a great substitute for meat. I felt bad I didn’t do a big spread like last year, but we just kept eating and eating and eating until, once again, we were too full for our dessert.

And after writing about it and looking at the pictures, I’m really hungry for tacos and nachos again. Do you have a favorite food you could every single day and never get tired of?

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