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Crazy Creamy Mexican Pasta

Crazy Creamy Mexican Pasta was created on a complete whim whilst looking for left over items in my refrigerator.  I had NO idea it was going to be as incredibly delicious as it turned out to be.  This may be my best invention yet.  So good in fact, that it may solve all of the world’s problems in just one measly bite.  I’m talkin’ world hunger, war, elephant poaching, your boyfriend/girlfriend’s nagging ways, crappy drivers, and yes, even mother-in-law madness.  Don’t believe me?  Well, you’ll certainly have to chow down on this Crazy Creamy Mexican Pasta for proof.  

I am currently on my Spring break this week.  Amen, because my students were beginning to drive me crazy, and I was itchin’ for some fun playtime with my favorite wee one, G-man.  I wanted to use the left overs in my fridge (waste not, people!) but wasn’t really sure what to create.  I noticed I had some left over mole sauce and POW!  It hit me.  Thus the birth of Crazy Creamy Mexican Pasta.  So go get cookin’ and get down with this dope chow!  You’ll be drooling cheese for a week.

Crazy Creamy Mexican Pasta
Yields 6
Easy pasta recipe loaded with flavor and incredible texture.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb rotini pasta
  2. 2 C shredded cheddar
  3. 1 Trader Joe's Quinoa Cowboy Veggie Burger (or any veggie burger) - diced
  4. 1/2 C corn
  5. 1/4 of a soyrizo tube
  6. 4 oz Mexican sauce of any kind (I used a mole sauce)
  7. 1 C cooked lentils
  8. 1 avocado - smashed (I squeezed a bit of lime on this)
  9. 2 Tbl chipotle mayo
  10. 2-3 Tbl taco seasoning
  11. 1/4-1/2 C grapeseed oil
Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta and strain. Return to pot and add oil and cheese with stove on low. Stir continuously until cheese is almost melted
  2. Add the chipotle mayo and taco seasoning. Stir
  3. Add the avocado & sauce. Stir
  4. Add the soyrizo. Stir
  5. Add the lentils & corn. Stir
  6. Add the quinoa burger and stir.
  7. Remove from heat and serve
Notes
  1. If I had cilantro in my fridge I would've added that as well.
Pair with
  1. Corona and lime or a light beer, as this is a heavy dish.
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Irish Soda Bread (Dairy Free)

St. Pat’s favorite food, Irish Soda Bread, is here for that time of year yet again!  I remember my mom having to make 2 loaves when I was a kiddo because I couldn’t cope with the thought of raisins invading my precious holiday treat. If you are a lover of the withered grape, please feel free to add them to this recipe.  In this St. Patrick’s Day Irish Soda Bread post, I’ve definitely went a tad overboard in the photo department.  As you can see below, this is clearly because I used my most delicious ingredient… my wee man, lil’ G.  He is Mr. Independent at his new ‘ripe’ age of 28 months.  Greyson loves helping me around the house and in the kitchen.  It’s pretty amazing because I’m fairly sure that this phase will be quite fleeting and he’ll spend a majority of the first 18 years of his life trying to evade being ‘house helpful.’ Well, so the wise old mother owls I know tell me.  I shall heed their wisdom and advice and trust that they know the road well travelled.  Summation?  I’ll take all the stinkin’ help I can get whilst my little man is willing to give it… voluntarily.  ðŸ˜‰

I’ve replaced the butter and milk with Earth Balance & almond milk.  I do use an egg, however, you can replace that with some apple sauce if you’re wanting to go vegan with this recipe.  I just decorated my place yesterday and made the soda bread today. I’m sure Greyson ended up wearing half of it and by default, so did I!  We had a great time and again, I’m so excited to be back stateside and give Grey all of these amazing holiday memories.  It melts my mommy heart, as I hope this soda bread recipe melts in your Irish mouth. Crack open a creamy Irish stout to wash down this delicious soda bread. Sláinte chugat!

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INGREDIENTS

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READY TO GO!

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A COOK'S BEST HELPING HAND

A COOK’S BEST HELPING HAND

WE TAKE IRISH SODA BREAD MAKING SERIOUSLY IN THESE PARTS!

WE TAKE IRISH SODA BREAD MAKING SERIOUSLY IN THESE PARTS!

UMM... THIS IS NOT RECOMMENDED

UMM… THIS IS NOT RECOMMENDED

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Irish Soda Bread (Dairy Free)
Yields 1
A quick, easy, and healthy dairy free Irish Soda Bread recipe. Happy St. Patrick's Day!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 C flour (I used whole wheat but white is just fine)
  2. 1 tsp salt
  3. 1 1/4 Tbsp sugar
  4. 1 tsp baking soda
  5. 5 Tbsp Earth Balance or any vegan margarine/butter
  6. 1 3/4 C unsweetened almond milk
  7. 1 egg
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425
  2. Whisk together the flour salt, baking soda and sugar in mixing bowl
  3. Using your hands, mix the butter into the flour
  4. Add the almond milk and egg. Mix with spoon
  5. Knead with your hands into a dough
  6. Make into a ball and put in a round pan
  7. Score it with a knife lengthwise in both directions through the middle
  8. Bake for 35 minutes
Notes
  1. Add raisins or caraway seeds if you so desire!
Pair with
  1. Creamy Irish Stout
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