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Basic Shredded Chicken with Mushroom Wasabi Salad, garnished with Above Average Tomato Sauce topped off with Zaatar and wrapped in delicious naan

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Contributed by Brian Mount, sinker, Jake Spurlock, Ryan Pitts
Basic Shredded Chicken ====================== This recipe creates enough shredded chicken for 2 to 3 meals. It's a savory, universal base; once cooked, you can supplement with any number of spices or treatments to make tacos, taquitos, soups, enchiladas ... even Italian or Indian applications if you like. __In the Crockpot__ * 4-5 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast * 1 can chicken broth * 1 tsp chili powder * 1/2 tsp cumin * 1/2 tsp garlic powder * 1/2 tsp oregano * kosher salt * black pepper Salt the chicken breasts (be reasonably generous here), then crack some black pepper over each. In your crockpot, mix garlic powder, chili powder, cumin and oregano into the broth. Place chicken in crockpot, then cook on low for 8 hours. When the chicken is done, attack each piece with two forks to shred. Do this on a Sunday and you'll have an easy time putting together meals throughout the week. I often give this a quick simmer with a bit of water and [universal taco seasoning](/seasonings/universal_taco_seasoning.md) for taco filling. Or throw it into tortilla soup. Or make some sweet [taquitos](/like_tacos/baked_taquitos.md). Or just add some barbecue sauce to a handful of chicken, and toss it onto a soft roll for a quick sandwich. Man *can* live on tacos alone, but one doesn't have to.
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#Sauted Shitake Mushroom and Wasabi Salad - 1 cup dried shitake mushrooms - Splash of soy sauce - Splash of red wine vinegar - Splash of olive oil - Wasabi-covered sesame seeds (available at the local Asian mart. If you can't find it, sub just a smidge of wasabi) - Pinch of salt Place shitakes in a bowl and cover with warm water. Soak for about 20 minutes or until shitakes are completely rehydrated. Remove mushrooms and squeeze excess water from them. They don't need to be completely dry, but shouldn't be sopping wet. Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a small frying pan. Throw in soy sauce and red wine vinegar. How much depends on your taste. I would start with a tablespoon of each and adjust from there. I like the salad to be a bit more acidic so I tend to add a splash more of the red wine vinegar. Sauté mushrooms for a couple of minutes until they are heated through. Season to taste with salt. Adjust soy sauce and red wine vinegar as needed. Before serving, sprinkle a little bit of the wasabi-covered sesame seeds over the mushrooms to impart a little color, crunchiness, and heat. If you are unable to find wasabi-covered sesame seeds, a dab of wasabi and sprinkle of plain sesame seeds should do the trick. Note: I keep dried shitakes as a staple in my pantry. I love the fact that the water left over after you rehydrate the mushrooms is called mushroom liquor. Mushroom liquor can be used as a substitute for broth or water in many recipes to impart an lovely mushroomy flavor.
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# Above Average Tomato Sauce ## Ingredients * 1 24oz jar or can of crushed tomatos or tomato puree * 1 T olive oil * 1/4 to 1/2 of a medium onion * 2 cloves garlic * 1 red bell pepper * 1 t Italian seasoning * salt to taste ## Instructions 1. Chop onion, garlic and pepper. 2. Heat olive oil in a skillet and sautee the onion and garlic until the onion is translucent. 3. Add salt, Italian seasoning and bell pepper and sautee until the pepper begins to soften. 4. Add crushed tomatos and simmer while the rest of your meal cooks. tags: vegan, vegetarian
Contributed by Brian Mount, sinker, Jake Spurlock, Charlie Loyd
Zaatar ====== _A.k.a. za‘tar, za’atar, zattr, etc._ Zaatar is a thyme-based Middle Eastern seasoning that adapts well to tacos. It has a pleasantly dry, faintly sour/bitter flavor. It goes well on savory bases like squash and lamb, and combines with other sour seasonings like lemon juice and radish. There are many kinds of zaatar, some quite different; this recipe is representative, not definitive. * 4 units thyme * 2 units oregano * 2 units sesame seeds * 0–1 unit salt * 1 unit sumac (to be found at a Lebanese or Syrian market, or at a yuppie grocery; in a pinch, lemon zest can substitute) * Other herbs to taste: fennel pollen, marjoram, cumin, etc. * Optional: trace olive oil or lemon juice as a binder (but not if you plan to store it) Toast the sesame seeds. Grind all ingredients together using any method, stopping when the mixture is not too fine to pick up by pinching. May be added to meat during cooking, or sprinkled over a finshied taco. The latest theories have not ruled out the possibility of a zaatar mole. tags: vegetarian, vegan
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naan ===================== Naan bread can be purchased or made. It is easier to buy it at a store. Naan bread is a flatbread that tends to be fluffy and easy to tear apart.