Sumac & Za’atar Cauliflower Tacos with Baba Ganoush, Chimichurri and Fried Leeks

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Since it’s taco Tuesday, here is another vegetarian taco recipe. Not your traditional taco recipe, but a mash up of Middle Eastern and South American flavors. Crunchy cauliflower which I pan-roasted with sumac and za’atar, creamy baba ganoush, zesty chimichurri and for extra flavor and texture fried leeks. A messy eat but well worth it.

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This recipe is for 12 small tacos.

Ingredients:

For the baba ganoush:

2 large eggplants

1/3 cup of tahini

Juice of 1 lemon

Juice of 1 lime

¾ of a teaspoon of garlic powder

¾ of a teaspoon of paprika powder

¾ of a teaspoon of onion powder

Pinch of cumin

1 tablespoon of olive oil

Salt to taste

Pinch of cayenne

For the cauliflower:

½ a head of cauliflower

4 tablespoons of olive oil

Pinch of lemon pepper

Pinch of salt

1 ½ tablespoons of sumac

1 ½ tablespoons of Za’atar

Pinch of black pepper

For the fried leeks:

1 leek

Vegetable oil, about 2 cups

Salt

For the chimichurri:

2 cups of flat leaf parsley, firmly packed and without hard stems

2 cloves of garlic, peeled and roughly chopped

1 bird’s eye chili, chopped

1 tablespoons of dried oregano

½ cup of olive oil

1 tablespoon of white vinegar

Juice of 2 limes

1 teaspoon of salt

Pepper

Extras:

12 small tortillas

½ cup of pomegranate seeds

 

Start by making the baba ganoush, preheat your oven to 230C/446F and rub the skin of the eggplants with a bit of olive oil. Place them whole on a tray lined with parchment paper and roast them for 30 minutes.

Once they are roasted, slice them in half and spoon out the flesh. Place the tahini in the food processor and pulse for 1 minute. Then add the eggplant and the rest of the ingredients. Pulse until you have a smooth dip. Taste for salt and adjust the spices to your liking. Set it aside to cool.

To make the chimichurri, place all of the ingredients in the food processor and pulse until it is very fine. Set it aside.

To make the cauliflower, chop it into small chunks and place it in a large bowl. Add the olive oil, lemon pepper, salt, sumac, Za’atar and black pepper. Mix it well.

Heat up a pan over medium heat. Once it is hot, add the seasoned cauliflower including any oil left in the bowl. Cook the cauliflower for about 7 minutes, stirring from time to time. Set it aside.

To make the fried leeks, thinly slice them the sizes of matchsticks (only the white and pale green parts). Then heat up the oil in a small pan over medium heat. Have a plate lined with paper towels ready. Once the oil is hot, add the sliced leeks in small batches. Cook until lightly golden and then place them on the prepared plate. Repeat until you are done.

To serve, warm up the tortillas in a pan. Add some baba ganoush to each tortilla, then the cauliflower and a drizzle of chimichurri. Finally add the fried leeks and pomegranate seeds.

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Charred Cauliflower Tacos with Persimmon Salsa & Beet Slaw

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I felt like making tacos again and this time I also made them vegetarian. The charred cauliflower and beet slaw makes them very crunchy. And I like the slight sweetness that the persimmon adds to the salsa.

This recipe is for 12 small tacos.

Ingredients:

For the charred cauliflower:

½ of a cauliflower, chopped into small florets

2 tablespoons of olive oil

Pinch of lemon pepper

Pinch of salt

Pinch of black pepper

For the beet slaw:

2 beets, peeled and julienned

Juice of 1 lime

Splash of olive oil

Splash of white vinegar

Salt

Pepper

For the persimmon salsa:

3 small persimmons, chopped

3 tomatoes, seeded and chopped

1 red onion, chopped

Juice of 1 lime

Splash of white vinegar

Splash of olive oil

Salt

Pepper

A handful of chopped coriander

A pinch of cayenne or 1 chopped chili

Extra:

12 small tortillas

 

To make the persimmon salsa, just mix all of the ingredients in a bowl and set it aside.  Do the same for the beet slaw.

To cook the cauliflower, pour the olive oil into a pan over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, add the cauliflower, salt, lemon pepper and pepper. Cook until the cauliflower gets charred, stirring from time to time. This will take about 7 minutes. Set it aside.

To serve, warm up the tortillas in a pan. Then add the beet slaw, charred cauliflower and top with the salsa. Enjoy!

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Butternut Squash & Charred Brussels Sprouts Tacos with Feta, Coriander and Sumac Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

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Fall vegetarian tacos. I made these this past Tuesday and we devoured them. I love the combination of the creamy butternut squash with the crunchy Brussels sprouts and pumpkin seeds, and the saltiness of the feta. 

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This recipe is for 12 small tacos.

Ingredients:

For the butternut squash puree:

1 small butternut squash

¼ cup of cream

Pinch of salt

Pinch of garlic powder

Pinch of onion powder

Pinch of cayenne pepper

For the sumac roasted pumpkin seeds:

1/3 cup of pumpkin seeds

Drizzle of olive oil

1 ½ tablespoon of sumac

Pinch of salt

For the Brussels sprouts:

350gr of Brussels sprouts, cleaned & halved

2 tablespoons of olive oil

Pinch of lemon pepper

Pinch of cayenne

Pinch of Salt

Toppings:

1 pomegranate

200gr of feta, crumbled

A handful of chopped coriander

Extras:

12 small tortillas

 

To make the sumac roasted pumpkin seeds, mix all of the ingredients in a bowl.  Spread the seeds over an oven tray lined with parchment paper. Roast for 15 minutes at 180C/350F. Set aside.

To make the pure, slice the butternut squash into chunks. Take the seeds out and place the chunks on a plate. Cover the plate with plastic wrap and microwave for 9 minutes. Once the squash is cooked, be careful when you remove the plastic wrap so that the steam coming out doesn’t burn you. Spoon out the flesh of the squash and place it on a medium bowl. Add the cream, salt, garlic powder, onion powder and cayenne. Blend it until smooth using an immersion blender. Transfer the puree into a small saucepan. Over medium heat, let it thicken for 5 minutes while stirring.

For the Brussels sprouts, pour the olive oil into a large pan over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the Brussels sprouts, lemon pepper, cayenne and salt.  Cook for 5 minutes until charred, stirring from time to time. Set aside.

To serve, warm up the tortillas in a pan. Spoon some of the warm butternut squash puree into each tortilla, add the charred Brussels sprouts and top with the roasted pumpkin seeds, feta, pomegranate seeds and coriander.

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