At Cheeky we want every meal to count, because we’re on a mission to make mealtime matter. From the food on our plate to those we share our meal with, we can make a difference starting at the dinner table. 

That’s why we’ve asked three of our favorite foodies to talk about what “make mealtime matter” means to them, and the dishes they’d share with the people they love using our new dinnerware collection.

Meet Meg van der Kruik of Beard & Bonnet.  Meg has been cooking vegetarian dishes for over 10 years, but it wasn’t until her son was born with a gluten intolerance that she delved into the world of gluten-free cooking. 

What does “Make Mealtime Matter” mean to you?

As a mother of two very active kids’ that are always on the go meals are the only time during the day that we actually all sit down in the same place and check in with one another. We talk about everything that goes on in their little worlds and things that are weighing heavy on their hearts and minds. They share their goals and dreams, things that are happening around the world and how we as a family can make an impact in our community.

If you could invite any four people to dine with, living or not, who would you choose?

Without a doubt my husband and my two kids are always at the top of my list for people I want to share a meal with. They are my tribe and they make meal time so special! If I could invite anyone else to spend some time at our table it would be my father in law. I never had the chance to meet him as he sadly passed away only a few weeks after I met my husband. I would love for him to meet our children and to have the opportunity to see him together with my husband.

What about the design of this plate, inspired you to make this dish?

I just love how playful these plates are! When I first laid eyes on them one of my family’s favorite meals popped in my head, Crispy Potato Tacos with fresh corn on the cob and homemade guacamole. The meal itself is simple to make, but some of my most cherished mealtime memories are associated with the times I have served it at our table.

What’s your favorite question to ask guests at your dinner table?

What is the best meal you have ever eaten?

How do you choose to help end hunger and why?

Over the years we have done quite a few things as a family to help fight hunger in our communities. We have organized and volunteered food drives at local farmer’s markets to give back to our local food bank and senior center, we have participated in canned food drives and next week we will be donating baked goods to my son’s preschool so that the kids can host a bake sale for the No Kid Hungry campaign!

Read on to see the fun taco night dinner Meg put together with our Memphis Dinnerware Set.

CRISPY POTATO TACOS

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Serves: 4 

For the tacos:
3 cups leftover mashed potatoes
9 white corn tortillas
Grapeseed oil
 
To serve:
Tomatillo salsa
Guacamole
Pico de gallo
Pickled peppers
Cotija cheese
Lime wedges
cilantro
 
Pour the grapeseed oil to a depth of 1 ½ - 2 inches in a stock pot or a deep skillet and heat over medium-high heat.
 
Spread 1/3 cup mashed potatoes over half of each tortilla then fold the tortillas over creating the tacos. Working in batches, fry 2-3 tacos at a time, flipping once if necessary, until the tortillas are golden and crispy. About 3-4 minutes per batch.
 
Remove the tacos from the oil to a paper towel lined plate. Once the excess oil has drained off arrange the tacos on a platter and serve with desired toppings.

SIDE DISHES:

Fresh corn, cooked in boiling water for 10 minutes. Then drizzled with olive oil, lime juice and a sprinkle of Tajin. 

Guacamole
Prep time: 12 minutes
Serves: 4
 
3 ripe Hass avocados
Juice of 2 limes (about 2 tablespoons)
⅓ cup finely chopped red onion
½ cup minced cilantro leaves
½ teaspoon kosher salt
 
Cut the avocados in half lengthwise. Remove the pit from the avocado and throw it away. Scoop the avocado from the skin with a large spoon, and place the flesh of the avocado in a mixing bowl. Add the lime juice, red onion, cilantro, and salt in to the mixing bowl. Using a fork begin mashing the avocado flesh and the other ingredients together until the mixture is completely combined. You are looking for a texture that is in between chunky and smooth.