You know sometimes when a craving sneaks up on you, and you have to satisfy the craving monster before it takes over your brain and you sit there drooling, unable to contemplate anything else? You know when you're just at work, and then all of a sudden, all you can think about is onion rings onion rings ONION RINGS, and you have to go get some before you lose it entirely?
Yeah, that's been happening to me of late.
The first thing that I felt calling out to be was Cheesy Spinach and Black Bean Quesadillas, a recipe from a recent edition of VegNews. Alas, I can't find it online anywhere, so I can't link back. That's a real shame, as I'm pretty sure you'd really, really like it!
For something so tasty, the quesadillas are pretty easy to make: beans and spinach (you guessed that part from the title, right?) and a cheesy sauce of cashews, beer, nooch, and a couple of other bits and pieces. Blend up the sauce ingredients, stir in the beans and defrosted spinach, then Bob's your uncle. Or, in this case, Roberto es tu tío.
I made this for about three days on the spin, I loved it that much. I'm also pretty sure that the black beans and spinach make this one of the healthier things I tend to crave.
Who am I to not give in to that?
Only, when I did, using baked croutons and Fry's Louisiana Tenders, the whole thing was a bust.
Don't get me wrong, that dressing was great (I could have put it in a pint pot and chugged it), but the rest of it felt wrong - like I'd chucked some toast on some lettuce, and hoped for the best. (Which, now that you point it out, is exactly what I had done.)
So, Caesar aficionados, where did I go wrong, and what can I do to make things better the next time the cravings strike?
There's a complete recipe for vegan Japanese potato salad on Just Bento (including the tofu mayonnaise that goes with it), which is pretty darn good, even if you're too lazy to make your own mayo and just use the jarred stuff instead, like me!
The simple version goes like this: slice some cucumber, salt it, and leave to drain. Chop up some potato and boil it until tender. Separately, do the same with a few chunks of carrot. (I like to use konbu for this, for added inauthentic Japaneseness). Mash the potato with a fork, then stir in the carrot and leave to cool. When coolness has been achieved, squeeze moisture out of the cucumber, then add that too. Stir in a goodly amount of mayonnaise, and a bit of salt and white pepper.
The mashedness makes it a more comforting dish than the traditional version. It makes a good foil for deep teriyaki flavours or just a nice picnic staple. But you know what? I could just get a fork and dig into a bowl of this without anything else. My cravings have great taste!