28 Jan Q&A with Sara Hass author of Taco! Taco! Taco! + Cookbook Giveaway
January is coming to a close, and if you’re like most people you’ve probably forgotten about your New Year’s resolution. What if I told you that I have the perfect cookbook to help get you back in the swing of eating healthier and cooking more? Taco! Taco! Taco!: The Ultimate Taco Cookbook – Over 100 Recipes for Everybody by Sara Haas, RDN, LDN totally inspired me to cook more tacos in my kitchen and hopefully will inspire you, too. I had the opportunity to ask Sara a few burning questions about her cookbook – and Sara was kind enough to share a recipe from her cookbook AND offer a free copy of her cookbook to one lucky winner (more on the giveaway below).
Q: What inspired you to write a book about Taco’s?
First and foremost, because I love tacos. Then because I think they are the perfect, approachable food. Because of that, there’s no stress when it comes to preparing/serving them. Also, that approachability makes them a natural fit for introducing new foods and flavors that people may not think of trying.
Q: What are must-have foods to keep on hand for Taco Tuesday?
A: Lots of produce and beans! You can make such a wide variety of tacos with those two things!
Q: You have many mouthwatering sweet tacos in your cookbook! What do you suggest keeping in mind when putting together a sweet taco together, so you don’t go overboard on sugar?
A: You’ll notice that most of my dessert tacos are small. Nothing big or ostentatious. I have a sweet tooth, and I honor that. But keeping portions small is key.
Q: Your book is filled with incredible vegetarian taco combinations. What three tips do you suggest for vegetarians who want to create a new combination?
- Don’t be afraid! I think the biggest obstacle in cooking is that we all think we need a recipe. You don’t! You just have to get cooking and practicing and trying new things. Think of it as a big, fun science experiment!
- Add a protein! Adding a vegetarian source of protein to your taco will help with making the taco satisfying, so don’t skip it. I personally love beans, but tofu, tempeh and even nuts are a fun filling too!
- Mix and match! Many of the toppings and fillings in the book can be easily swapped for each other. So try something new that way!
Q: It’s amazing how many culturally diverse taco recipes you included in your cookbook. What are tips to creating a taco with a cultural spin?
A: I’m so glad you noticed! That was something I wanted to include to show just how versatile tacos are. So maybe you’ve never had Korean BBQ and wouldn’t attempt making it, but when it’s in taco form, it’s not so intimidating. As for tips, I would say use the cultural flavors, but make them you’re own. Many of my recipes aren’t “traditional,” but are riffs on spice/flavor combinations. This makes them unique and allows you to play a little more in the kitchen.
Sarah Haas was kind enough to share a recipe from her new cookbook, you can find the recipe for her Italian Meatball Taco’s below:
Italian Meatball Taco’s
For the meatballs:
¾ cup plain breadcrumbs
¼ cup milk
1-pound lean ground turkey
½ pond lean pork or turkey sausage
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1/3 finely chopped white onion
¾ teaspoon of kosher salt
¼ teaspoon of freshly black pepper
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for garnish
5 ounces frozen spinach, thawed and drained for excess moisture
For the tacos:
12 corn tacos’ warmed
2 cups marinara of your choice, warmed
½ cup chopped parsley for garnish
To make the meatballs:
- To preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray
- Add the bread crumbs to a large bowl, along with milk, and stir to combine. Let soak for 8-10 minutes until breadcrumbs are moistened.
- To the bowl with breadcrumbs add ground turkey and sausage along with the egg, Italian seasoning, Garlic, onion, salt, pepper, Parmesan cheese, and spinach. Using lightly oiled hands, shape mixture into 1 ½ – inch balls and place one prepared on baking sheet. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
To make the taco’s:
- Serve meatballs in warmed tortillas and top with marinara sauce, Parmesan cheese topped with parsley.
Enter for Your Chance To Win!
You can enter for your chance to win a copy of Taco! Taco! Taco!: The Ultimate Taco Cookbook – Over 100 Recipes for Everybody by Sara Haas, RDN, LDN by following the instructions below.
Giveaway Begins: Monday 1/28/19 at 12:00 am ET
Giveaway Ends: Thursday 1/31/19 at 11:59 pm ET
You can enter my giveaway for your change to win one copy of Taco! Taco! Taco! by doing any of the following:
- Go to my Instagram page and tag two people in the giveaway post (can enter once a day)
- Go to my Facebook page and tag two people in the giveaway post (can enter once a day)
- Follow me on Instagram
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- In the comments below, tell me your favorite way to eat tacos. (can enter once a day)
You do not need to purchase anything to win. Only open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. states, D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to enter. No P.O. boxes can be given for delivery.