by Carrie Hirsch / Makes 4 tacos


1 pound grilled chicken, sliced (warm or cold)
1/2 head iceberg lettuce, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup crumbled feta
1/3 red onion, diced
2/3 cup Kalamata olives
1 1/2 cups tzatziki sauce* (recipe follows)
Lemon wedges
(4) 5” white corn soft tortillas
Taco holder

4 large pimento peppers, roasted, peeled, seeded and diced
2-3 jalapenos roasted, peeled, seeded and diced,
4 ounces of cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon Frank’s RedHot,
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 pound extra sharp cheddar cheese grated on the large holes of a box grater

Sprouts get a raw deal. There are many types and uses for them other than being incorporated or tossed into a salad. Sprouted breads have become extremely popular and are healthful as well. The term “sprouting” refers to the short-term process of germinating seeds, nuts, whole grains and legumes (including alfalfa, bean, chickpea, sunflower, and lentils) to be eaten raw or cooked. It is an easy 3-4 day project to do in the kitchen with a few simple tools: cheese cloth, a one-quart Mason jar, fresh water and sunlight. The easy way to test the waters of sprouting might be to pick up a Chia Pet. We can make all the jokes we want about the humorous figurines made with sprouting chia seeds, but the sprouts can be harvested right off the figurine – it sounds cannibalistic, but it’s not.”