Why I Am Posting These Recipes

I believe that it is healthier for an individual and for the planet to reduce the consumption of animal products in the human diet. However, I love to eat all kinds of delicious food, and find it really, really difficult to go totally vegetarian. Also, my family protests if I serve too many vegetarian meals in a row. So I am committed to making an effort to move towards a vegetarian diet without wholly doing so. I will post recipes several times a week that represent my philosophy of eating well, eating healthy, eating local. Most recipes will be easy to prepare, as I have a busy life. So I expect my followers to be people who love to cook and eat well, want to try to help the planet through their eating (by eating local foods and trying to reduce the use of meat in our diets), and have many other things to do each day besides cook.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Double Whammy: Baked Potatoes with Broccoli and Cheese Sauce AND Cauliflower Tacos

I've had a craving for cheddar cheese.  I love the way it enhances other foods, especially broccoli and cauliflower.  I have a couple ways to combine them here today.  

First, I have a yummy side dish for you: Baked Potatoes with Broccoli and Cheese Sauce:
Then, save some of that cheese sauce to use for Taco Tuesday's cauliflower and refried bean tacos, a super-simple quick meal:

You can, of course, switch it up and put the cauliflower in the baked potatoes or the broccoli in the tacos.  However your taste buds steer you!

Baked Potatoes

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Scrub potatoes.  Pierce a few times with a fork.  Place potatoes directly on oven rack for about 45 minutes. You can tell if the potato is ready by poking it with a fork.  If it is ready, the fork will go into the center of the potato smoothly.

While the potatoes are baking, make the cheese sauce.  This is the hardest part of the whole thing, but don't worry--it's not very hard!

Cheese Sauce for Vegetables

3 TBS flour
3 TBS butter
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp dry mustard
3 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese

Melt butter over medium heat in saucepan.  Stir in flour, salt and mustard and cook for a few minutes, continuously stirring.  Gradually add milk, stirring continually as it thickens.  Add grated cheddar cheese and stir until melted and smooth.

Next, steam the broccoli:

Steamed Broccoli

Cut up broccoli and place in glass bowl with about a tablespoon of water.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

To serve, cut open a potato, stuff some broccoli in there, then drizzle cheese sauce on top.  Yum!

Next, save some of that cheese sauce for some easy-to-make Tacos With Cauliflower and Refried Beans.

Gather up the basics:

1 can refried beans
taco shells

I forgot to put the taco seasoning in the picture, but grab a packet of your favorite taco seasoning. Heat the refried beans in a pan on the stove or else in a glass bowl in the microwave.  Cut up about half a head of cauliflower into small florets and microwave them with some taco seasoning sprinkled on top and about a tablespoon of water, covered, for 3 minutes; then stir and microwave for an additional minute.

In the meantime, heat the taco shells in the oven according to package instructions.

To assemble, spoon some refried beans into a taco shell, top with some cauliflower and cheese sauce, as well as some diced avocado. How easy was THAT??!!

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