What Pati Jinich eats when she's too tired to cook

Jun 8, 2016 at 5:44 p.m. ET
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Pati Jinich is a cookbook author (most recently Mexican Today) and host of PBS show Pati's Mexican Table. She's also mom to three boys, ages 10, 14, and 16. Which means she's outnumbered at home.

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We asked Jinich what she eats when she's on the go and she answered with one emphatic word.


Gotcha. There's quite a few sandwich recipes in the new cookbook, but one in particular satisfies her boys.

One that I really like making for my kids, which is very simple, is the chipotle-rubbed salmon sandwich. The marinade is like four ingredients and you put it in the oven and then on whole wheat bread, toasted. I mash the salmon a little, put it on there, add some slices of avocado, bacon, some greens, and it's a whole meal. And they love it.

There's also a chopped egg and avocado sandwich with chipotle and Oaxaca cheese in the cookbook that will make you rethink your avocado toast.

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Now in Jinich's case, those three big boys (and probably her husband, too) are getting old enough to cook for themselves. One of them loves baking. But you can't eat brownies for dinner. (Or can you?) So build-your-own tacos helps the guys learn to feed themselves. "The kids love putting together their own tacos. It's very empowering for kids to say this yes, this no."

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