Behind The Butter/ Dinner

Oh, So Messy! Oh, So Good!!

Only two more nights until the weekend…..tonight might be a long one though since we have to not only do basic production but also prep for tomorrow’s practical. Last Thursday we didn’t get out until 12:15 so I’m a little worried about tonight.

Since I had a lot of extra time today, I made a really good dinner! Well, I like to think I make really good dinners every night but I hate feeling rushed, so tonight was much better. Furthering my recipe tester obligations, I made chickpea tacos again! Boy, are these ever good. I want to make them for Ryan one night because I know he would love them too. I served them in blue corn taco shells with homemade guacamole (avocado + cayenne pepper + salsa + sea salt) and homemade queso sauce!! I printed this recipe for queso sauce out literally months ago and found it today while paging through some cookbooks and knew it would be perfect. It was so incredibly easy and better than any other queso sauce I’ve ever had (well, the only other queso sauce I’ve ever had was at Chili’s…….and this is much better). This dinner was SO messy but my mouth was in heaven. I could eat this everyday for the rest of my life and be totally at peace.

With my tacos I had some fresh cut honeydew melon. Honestly, its SO much cheaper to buy the whole dang melon than get the precut stuff in the produce section. A small container of honeydew at Whole Foods was about four bucks and I got the entire melon for only $3.99.


Dexter likes Whole Foods too!


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  • Kath
    April 17, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    Jenna that sauce looks GREAT!! Do you think I could leave out the nutr. yeast? Is it part of the structure or just for an extra boost?

  • Romina
    April 17, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    Mmm!! I love the look of that sauce. Anything with nutritional yeast is something to try!! =)

  • ibex hk
    April 17, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    too cute! that looks AMAZING! I can’t wait to add this to my tester duties this weekend, yay 🙂

  • VeggieGirl
    April 17, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    Now THOSE are some fabulous-looking chickpea tacos – yum!! I’m sure Ryan WILL love them as well.

    HAHA!! Dexter is just too precious – I can’t get over him! :0D

    I am desperately hoping that you get out of class WELL before 12:15am tonight; and that you have fun! :0)

  • BethT
    April 17, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    I think the nut. yeast is what gives it the cheesy flavor/texture, since it’s vegan.

    Those tacos look mmmm mmmm GOOD!

  • Ashliqua
    April 17, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    Hey Jenna! That dinner looks soooooo good…I will definitely have to give those tacos a try.

    I just finished having my dinner–it was prepackaged, which I don’t usually do, but it was actually really good!! It was the Yves Meatless Lasagna…I got it from Whole Foods and I’ll definitely get it again. Just wanted to give a recommendation 🙂

  • babycakes
    April 17, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    awww, love that picture of Dex! My cats always loved to hide in bags – too cute!

    I too am keeping my fingers crossed that you get out well before 12:15! I never get to bed before then thanks to grad school, so I totally understand how rough chronic sleep deprivation can be.

    Glad you’re having so much fun being a recipe tester for Lindsay. I can’t wait for her book!

    And I am now craving honey dew melon after your post. I LOVE fruit so so much….nature’s “candy”!

    Have a wonderful night Jenna! 🙂

  • Monica
    April 17, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    Jenna, Where do you get the blue corn shells? They look delish!

  • Livestrong
    April 17, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    how do you make those tacos??? they look delicious! Also do you have the recipe for the chickpea cutlets you make?? thanks girl.

  • Monica
    April 17, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    Kath, Yeah the nutritional yeast is what makes it cheese-y.

  • Marcy
    April 18, 2008 at 12:40 am

    Those look so good!

    About how much chickpeas do you use per serving? I just cook for myself too. Thanks and have fun in class.

  • Karen
    April 18, 2008 at 12:53 am

    Homemade queso, yum! It looks great on those tacos.

  • bikergurl
    April 18, 2008 at 1:51 am

    SOOO CUTE! I love cats 🙂 I’ve never seen blue taco shells before, they look so pretty!

  • LisaR
    April 18, 2008 at 2:17 am


    I’m running my first 5k race on Saturday in Indianapolis. The weather says its supposed to be 54 and raining! I’ve never ran in cold rain before. I’m super nervous! What do you think I should wear? Should I wear a hat? a coat? oh gosh I feel like a thrid grader asking such silly questions! lol

    Thanks guys!

  • Sarah C
    April 18, 2008 at 2:22 am


    It’s all about layers. I love under armour because it keeps you warm and cool at the same time and allows sweat to evaporate easily. (they also sell cheaper brands like McDavid at sporting good stores that are good quality) That a good first layer, then I like a long sleave t shirt over that and if you really think you are going to get cold, a windbreaker over that. Gloves help as well as a hat bc you lose a lot of heat through your hands, feet, and head, and a hat will also help keep rain out of your face. I would also double up on socks if I were you, I hate running with soggy feet!

  • Cara
    April 18, 2008 at 2:56 am

    Oh how I wish I could be eating those tacos right now. mmmmmmmm.

    I hope the class lets out early!

  • Teddy
    April 18, 2008 at 5:12 am

    who doesn’t like whole foods?! I’m not going to lie, their deli has a good vegan section


  • Alice (in Veganland)
    April 18, 2008 at 5:43 am

    mmm, nice tacos… And the cheese sauce looks so authentic! wow!
    Dex is super cute 🙂

  • Kath
    April 18, 2008 at 11:44 am

    Thanks guy – I’ll get some today!

  • jenna
    April 18, 2008 at 11:51 am


    look in the bulk bins at earth fare if you have time. Its MUCH cheaper to buy in bulk!!! Thats what I do!

  • Kath Eats Real Food » Queso Smothered Tacos
    April 22, 2008 at 12:40 am

    […] yeast (click here for more info) since I’ve seen it on some of the blogs and when I saw Jenna make it into the queso sauce I buckled down and bought it. I found it in bulk at EarthFare. It’s about […]