When I was in my 20’s I lived in Oakland, CA and worked in Berkeley. I truly believe that my love of food started in that university town. I went from living in a tiny little town in Northern California with 1 Mexican restaurant to a large sprawling city with choice upon choice of every ethnicity or style of cuisine. One of my favorite spots to grab lunch was The Juice Bar Collective. It’s a tiny little hole in the wall on Vine Street near Shattuck and is still there. They make their version of this casserole with fresh everything. You can absolutely taste it in every bite. The crunch of fresh cilantro and the sweetness of tomatoes that are perfect. How I wish I could hop a plane right now and just go there for lunch. Most of their menu is vegan but you can get items with free range turkey and others with cheese. This is my adaptation of their wonderful dish. It does contain cheese, so if you’re lactose intolerant or vegan, then omit and just add some fresh salsa instead. I hope you give it a shot and let me know what you think.
I’m counting down the minutes until lunch time. Tick tock tick tock.