In queso emergency

23 Jan

I used to have a ridiculous T-shirt from a chain restaurant I grew up going to called El Chico that had “in queso emergency” printed on it and some kind of stick-figure-esque guy heading towards an emergency exit. It made no sense, and it still doesn’t, but it was awesome.

Anyway, it does relate to my post! This weekend, Mr. X and I were very excited to watch the playoffs to see if it was possible for me to be 100% wrong in all my predictions (spoiler: it was), so I built lunch around a football snacks theme. Here was the result:

DipsVegan queso dip, homemade tortilla chips, curry hummus, and carrots. I have been eying Alicia’s Queso Dip with Raw Cashews since, like, forever, and I finally got around to making it. Holy freaking Hades! It was incredible. Seriously. Mr. X went crazy for it. I made a few tweaks:

  • Added 3 tablespoons of nutritional yeast (per Alicia’s suggestion)
  • Omitted onion flakes and turmeric (didn’t have any on hand)
  • Used TJ’s Chipotle Garlic Salsa
  • Subbed hot sauce for the crushed hot peppers (again, didn’t have any)

We were so in love with this vegan queso that we built two more meals around it. The first was for dinner Sunday night:

Egg burritoThis picture is horrid (our lighting situation after dark is pretty pathetic), but that’s the inside of an egg-mushroom-scallion-vegan queso burrito in a flour tortilla. We had salad on the side, which went unpictured but was just TJ’s Champs Elysees mix topped with a lemon juice-Dijon dressing.

And then dinner Monday and Tuesday was this similarly unphotogenic guy:

BurritoThe filling is a combination of sauteed onion, garlic and mushrooms to which I added precooked black, pinto and garbanzo beans and finally a bunch of kale until it wilted. It was seasoned with hot sauce, chili powder and cumin. To make the burritos, I layered the queso first followed by the filling, rolled it up, and then heated for 8 minutes in 300° F oven. We topped each one with more hot sauce, scallions and cilantro. Love in a flour tortilla.

If you haven’t made Alicia’s recipe, you should do it immediately. We will have to bust it out again very soon.

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