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Tasty Tamale Bake

So my first experiment with my new Cooking with Trader Joe’s Cookbook was quite the success. The only item I couldn’t buy at TJ’s was the Daiya cheese that was needed to veganize the dish but all the others were in their aisles.

Behold the very easy to make and quite delish Tamale Bake!

Soooo good. Seriously.

Tamale Bake

Ingredients (the Vegan Meow Mix version)

2 18 oz. tubes pre-cooked polenta, each tube sliced into 9 rounds

2 Tbsp olive oil

3 zucchini squash, sliced

1 (12 oz.) package Soy Chorizo

1 15 oz. can black beans, drained

1 15 oz. can pinto beans, drained

1/2 TJ’s Enchilada Sauce

1 cup Daiya Cheddar Cheese

1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat and oil skillet. Saute zucchini until soft (about 5 minutes). Add chorizo, stir, and remove from heat. Lightly oil a 9 x 13 inch baking pan (or use an 8 x 8 if making a half batch). Place the polenta on the bottom, overlapping as necessary. Sprinkle half each of the chorizo mixture, beans, enchilada sauce, and cheese. Repeat with the second layer. Cover and bake for 45 minutes until the cheese is melted and casserole is piping hot. Sprinkle cilantro evenly on top.



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Epic Guacamole

I have to admit I feel sort of silly posting this recipe because it’s pretty simple. I have had quite a few people ask, though, how I make my guacamole. It’s pretty tasty and has been called “epic” by Kit Kat so here you go:

Woz's Epic Guac

Woz’s Epic Guacamole


4 ripe avocados

Onion powder

Garlic powder


Lemon juice

Peel avocados and mash. Add lemon, onion powder, garlic powder and salt to taste. Mash and enjoy.

So, there you have it. Nothing too fancy! I’ve been told, though, that the lemon is what makes it so yummy. So while all the ingredients are to taste, remember to put less in to start because you can always add more. 😀



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