Hiya, it’s Jennifer! This semester has been a particularly busy one! I didn’t quite understand how much time and effort went into running a blog but boy, is it a lot… especially on top of school and this new internship I just started a few weeks ago! I’m not complaining though, I am having the time of my life. I’m taking really interesting classes, my job is a dream, and this blog is a blast!
My roommate left for Chicago on Friday and I never really realized how comforting it is to just be in the presence of another human body. So naturally, little ol’ lonely me decided to host a little dinner for a few pals and knock out my blog post at the same time! I had been thinking and planning out what to post ever since we started this blog and currently have a running list of ideas in the notes app of my phone. Of course, everything you plan out doesn’t always go as follows!
A week ago, I went on a hike with some buddies from my High Sierra study away cohort and spent a large portion of the grueling hike chatting about food. One of the guys asked about the blog and asked if there was anything on it that he’d actually want to eat… as a joke. I said, “heck yeah I’m posting something this week that you would totally eat.” But if I’m going to be completely honest, I didn’t have a single idea in mind, I just wanted more people to read the blog.
Anyways, this week I decided to make some sweet potato tacos that are unintentionally vegan. I guess these are actually yams, but doesn’t sweet potato taco sound better than yam taco? It does. 100%. Also, as I was creating the recipe and cooking up a storm while my friends were over, one of them pointed out that the meal was vegan… well except for the tortilla, which you can sub out for a vegan option (I apologize. this post is so deceptive and full of lies. First the yams and now the tortillas?!). Now I know this is Corynn’s realm of expertise, but I want to remind you that it was an accident! Either way, I got really excited and texted Corynn immediately.
I also want to point out that taco toppings are so important. I set out an array of toppings which included the following: tahini slaw, avocado chunks, salsa, lime wedges, salsa and a special treat of pickled red onions brought by my dear friend, Lauren! The corn tortillas are from Trader Joe’s and have definitely made their way into my list of favorites! The salsa is also from Trader Joe’s!
Here is my recipe for unintentional vegan SPTs:
sweet potato filling:
- cubed garnet yams (3 med size feeds 4)
- 1/2 tsp cayenne
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons of oil (I used olive, but I’m sure other types of oils would work too!)
Peel and chop the yams into cubes about the size of chocolate chunks (sorry, this is the first thing that popped into my head when I thought of what to compare). Toss all ingredients together in a bowl and place on a parchment or foil lined baking sheet. Crowd the baking sheet for soft, steamed pieces, but don’t crowd the pan for crispy pieces. Bake at 375 degrees for about 20 min or until fully cooked.
- 1 head of shredded cabbage (med size works)
- Dressing: 3 tablespoons of tahini, salt and pepper to taste, sugar or sweetener of choice to taste, and about 1/3 cup of water.
In a small bowl, add tahini, salt and pepper, and water. Whisk together until emulsified and add water one teaspoon at a time until the consistency of an average dressing. Add cabbage into a large bowl, followed by the tahini dressing, and toss together.
Heat the tortillas in a dry pan on med/low heat about 20 seconds each side.
Get creative with all your toppings, and if I missed anything or you have any ideas, I am always open to more knowledge! Send something in the Contact Us page or my Instagram direct messages (@jenniferifer)! Serve family style because that’s the only way to do sweet potato tacos if we’re all going to be on the same page now.
Thanks for reading! We have some exciting posts planned for you (for realsies. Like ACTUALLY planned posts)… and I’m listing all the Trader Joe’s brand items I used in this recipe!
Trader Joe’s items:
- Corn & Wheat tortillas
- Salsa Verde