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After a friend posted on Twitter about General Tso's chicken burritos and other acts of Chinese-Mexican fusion cuisine, I thought I'd give it a try...

Behold! Kung Pao chicken tacos! These actually came out pretty well. I froze extra servings of kung pao chicken, then when I wanted to have some, I simply heated the oven to 425F and toasted the shells for a few minutes while defrosting the chicken in the microwave. Easy and a nice light meal.

Trader Joe's doesn't actually have Mexican chorizo, I think, so I improvised. This is ground pork made according to this recipe, with a few substitutions here and there. Then I combined it with four servings (two cups uncooked) of leftover rice from the previous week, along with carrots and bell peppers, to make fried rice. Yum! This is relatively spicy, but very tasty, and the cinnamon and other spices give it a nice zing.

Meatloaf attempt #1. This is a mix of ground pork and ground turkey... Sadly, I overlooked the most critical part of the venture and didn't add enough spices, and no salt. I really needed to add the salt, it turns out.

And meatloaf attempt #2, which I just made today. I'll go into some details so I can try to keep these in mind for the future. I wanted to focus here on just a straight-up meatloaf, no funny stuff, so I had...

One pound ground turkey - not the 96% fat-free turkey breast, the regular ground turkey.
One yellow onion, chopped up and caramelized in bacon fat. Yum.
3/4 pound of grated zucchini.

I used 16 twists of a pepper grinder, 16 twists of a sea salt grinder on the zucchini; I applied a thorough covering of Trader Joe's 21 Seasoning Salute to the ground turkey, as well as about a teaspoon of chili powder and ground cumin, and another 20 twists of a sea salt grinder. I greased a baking pan with ghee, which is supposed to give things a slightly buttery taste. Seemed to work pretty well!

I baked the small meatloaf at 350F for 40 minutes; at the 30 minute mark, I pulled it out of the oven to apply a thin layer of Trader Joe's Kansas City barbecue sauce, the smoky-sweet one, then stuck it back in to finish.

It came out pretty well perfect! I think the caramelized onion really seals the deal, I could taste the onions.
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