Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Taco Pasta & Sushi Salad

I don't cook dairy these days, but I was just reminiscing about taco pasta.  This is easier than making tacos and a good was to use up leftover pasta and other things.  Plus you can make it from canned and dry goods, so it's a good meal when you're can't make it out the the grocery store.  Basically, you add everything you would want in a taco (except maybe lettuce) to the pasta.  I like rottini.  Some ideas:
cheddar cheese; canned black, red, or refried beans; fresh tomatoes or salsa, left over corn cut off the cob or canned corn, olives, "veggie ground" (I microwave it with salsa, then add it.)... This is a delicious way to use up leftovers.

With the same concept, you can get all the flavor of sushi without the time it takes to roll.  I also like to do this when my sushi ingredients come out uneven, or with the Nori pieces I slice off the end when I make real sushi.  Make sushi rice as usual, or whatever rice you have.  I like short grain brown rice or sweet brown rice.  Then add all your sushi ingredients:
seasoned rice vinegar; soy sauce; torn strips of Nori; leftover fish, fake crab, canned tuna or salmon (I like to make frozen salmon with teriyaki sauce in the microwave.); chopped veggies like cucumbers, avocado, and grated carrots; anything else you can think to put in sushi, including scrambled egg or sweetened chopped up omelet.  Garnish with pickled ginger or black sesame seeds.  Serve warm or cold.


  1. Where do you find fake crab in this country?

  2. Hey Lauren, Thanks for stopping by! I'll have to look into it. The truth is, I try to stay away from processed foods like that. But I'll let you know if I find out. Maybe I can do a post on "make your own fake crab."



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