Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Enchilada Sauce: VeganMoFo Post #20

I’m a Veganwannabe: Post #20

I am proud to post my 20th vegan post in a row! “You Go Girl!!”  (Anyone out there in the blogger-sphere saying that to me? Anyone? Anyone at all? )

I end my month of vegan meals with the mainstay of the vegan diet – BEANS. Beans. Beans and more beans. Beans in all their glorious variety. Beans in all their simplicity. Beans with all their indisputable health benefits. Michigan beans.

These are Yellow Indian Woman Beans- heirloom and organic, grown very near my home at Shady Side Farms in Holland, Michigan. Please visit for all their contact information if you are interested in this type of bean. They also have great wools and yarn goods.

I mixed my Yellow Indian Woman Beans with some black beans and rice and wrapped it all up in wheat tortillas. I also made some enchilada sauce in my new Vitamix blender (J) and poured it over all. Baked. Served with sour cream (Tofutti). You can see I added some dried cilantro to the sour cream.

Not the prettiest meal, but I’m telling you, it was satisfying. Very basic. Very wholesome. Totally cheap.

Here’s what you need for the enchilada sauce:
4 C vegetable broth
2 T olive oil
2 T red wine vinegar
2 tomatoes
1 clove garlic
1 t oregano
1 t cumin
1/3 C chili powder
1 t salt
½ C flour

Here’s what you do:
Turn your mixer on high and watch what happens. This recipe makes a lot. I actually used half and froze half for another meal. The tortillas really soaked up the sauce, so be liberal when pouring.

On a personal note: I will miss Vegan Month of Food. Posting 20 times in a single month has been crazy, but I did it! I posted my thoughts about my vegan adventures a few days ago: read about them here.  I have met some really great cooks and people who are aware of the role of food in their lives. I have learned about the food industry in our country. I understand on a deeper level the relationship between what I eat and how I feel. Who knows if I will ever do this intense food experiment again? All I can say, I loved it! 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Grilled Portabella Mushrooms: VeganMoFo #19

I'm a Veganwannabe : Post #19

Portabella mushrooms (or is it spelled with ‘o’ ….as in portobella? Or even Portobello?  I looked all over the trusty internet and couldn't get a straight answer as to how to spell this word.) At any rate, they are great. We are mushroom freaks around here as you can see from some of my previous posts here. (Vegans, you may peek also because there is an excellent Mushroom Barley Bake somewhere in there.)

Here’s what you need:
2 large portabella mushrooms, gills and stem removed
2 T olive oil
2 T balsamic vinegar
4-5 cloves garlic, minced
Salt and pepper

Here’s what you do:
Mix the marinade ingredients and soak the mushrooms for an hour. Grill. Eat. Enjoy. Many thanks to Livvy over at 86Lemons for the inspiration for this recipe.  

I served mine with black beans, sauteed red peppers and delicious whipped cauliflower. You only see one mushroom on my plate because Tim ate the other one. I was expecting him to eat the chicken breast I had baked for him instead of the mushroom, but he chose the mushroom....what's going on here? 

Click back tomorrow for my last VeganMoFo post. I can't believe that my vegan month is over. 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Some Thoughts about VeganMoFo : Post #18

Vegan Month of Food is drawing to a close. Here are some of my thoughts about this experiment in food that I so boldly embarked upon 30 days ago.

I feel great. I feel ‘lighter’ in all ways.

I have lost weight, but I have eaten like a horse (as usual)

My skinny jeans fit great!

I am very, very proud of posting 20 times this month

I cheated only a few times (super proud of that!)

I ate a fried egg (and there I go yet AGAIN mentioning an egg during the VeganMoFo!)

I had a few huge spoonfuls of the most delicious honey yogurt the other day…. not sure I can totally give up yogurt.

I had two Greek salads this month, both smothered in feta cheese – I don’t think I can give up feta (or Parmesan)

I snuck a few brownies down the old-pie-hole in moments of weakness. They were conveniently tucked in the freezer intended for my son’s bag lunches. Darn them! (see the recipe here and dare to scold me….they are incredible) 

I ate a slice or two of cheddar cheese and my tummy hurt for the longest time afterward. It was weird. Too rich. Too ‘buttery.’ It didn’t even taste good to me.

I learned about lots of new ingredients like Nutritional Yeast, raw cashews, Tofutti, Veganaise, Ener-G Egg Replacer

I ate a huge slice of tofu for the first time in my life and I lived to tell about it. (kidding – it was pretty good.)

My pantry is filled with all kinds of cool beans – ready to be boiled and eaten. I am going to post about my bean collection soon. (You might know that Michigan is a huge producer of dried beans.)

I used my Veganwannabe dreams as an excuse to purchase a Vitamix - here you see 2 carrots,     1/2 C frozen pineapple, 1 inch of fresh ginger, some orange juice and ice cubes.
Vegans sure know how to blend stuff.
 Hail to the reconditioned Vitamix.
Drink to my health. 

I learned that vegans have trouble eating in restaurants.

Cleaning up after dinner has been a dream – washing dishes is so nice when it’s only veggies and ‘clean’ food on the plates.

My grocery bill is much lower that when it was filled with cheese, dairy and meats

I miss eating fish and sushi.

I am worried about the huge Thanksgiving meal. Meat. Cheese. Butter.

People think vegans are weird. Which maybe they are.

Will I remain a vegan? I hope so, but probably not. It’s difficult out there in the ‘real world.’   I am going to be aware of what goes in my mouth every single day.

I am starting to feel brave enough to learn about where the food I eat comes from. It’s a scary thought.  My reasons for doing the VeganMoFo 2012 did not have anything at all to do with the realities of the mass production of meat and dairy in our country. My reasons were mainly about my health, the health of my family, curiosity, and for some fun on my blog. But I am getting ready to dip into the other side of veganism….. the animals

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Fresh Lima Beans: VeganMoFo#17

I'm a Veganwannabe: Post #17

I will never, ever, ever underestimate the lima bean again. Do you know how much work it takes to shuck one of these babies?

I bought a pound of fresh ones and spent about ½ hour getting them out of their cozy little homes…..but OH MAN! Did they taste great! I can’t even describe how much better they were than those dry, tasteless mushy things your mother used to put on your plate. (no offense, Mom....although in all honesty, she didn't serve limas very often..... my hubbie loves them, but because I didn't grow up eating them, I don't serve them very often either....that's going to thing I have learned is that vegans eat BEANS GALORE.)

My first fresh limas, but not my last. I served mine with roasted onions, roasted butternut squash and whipped cauliflower. You see my fancy black salt on the cauliflower - my favorite and most dramatic condiment. 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

I've Been Baking: VeganMoFo # 16

I'm a Veganwannabe: Post #16
(Just a few more Vegan Month of Food posts!! I can feel the end coming!) 

I’ve been baking. Must be this rainy weather. 

Both of these recipes come from The Joy of Vegan Baking and both are excellent. It’s the first time I have used Ener-G Egg Replacer and I must admit….. I am impressed with the results. You will never miss the eggs.  [There I go again mentioning an egg during Vegan Month of Food – (VeganMoFo, for those of you who have not been paying attention these last few weeks) By the way….I am totally confident that I will make it to 20 blog posts, which is one of the challenges of participating in the MoFo. So proud of myself….but I digress.]

Classic Currant Scones (from The Joy of Vegan Baking)
1 ½ t Ener-G Egg Replacer (equivalent of 1 egg)
2 T water
2 ½ C flour
1/3 C sugar
4 t baking powder
½ t salt
¾ C non-hydrogenated, non-dairy butter, cold, cut in small cubes
1 C currants (I love these little guys)
½ C non-dairy milk (I used Coconut Milk)
2-3 T non-dairy milk for brushing on top
Cinnamon sugar for sprinkling

1.       Whisk the Ener-G and the water till thick and frothy. Set aside.
2.       Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, salt.
3.       Add the cubed butter to the dry ingredients and cut it in with your fingers till you have small pea-sized crumbles. You basically want to smoosh it together with your fingertips gently, making sure it’s not too perfectly incorporated. The little chunks of butter will create wonderful pockets of goodness, so don’t mix it too thoroughly.
4.       Add the ‘eggs’, the milk and the currants.
5.       Mix gently until very craggy and soft.
6.       Turn out onto a floured board and create a sort of wet ball – it can be done!
7.       Using your fingers, shape the dough into a ½ inch tall circle.
8.       Cut in 8-10 wedges.
9.       Transfer to a baking sheet which has been sprayed or lined with parchment paper (or both)
10.   Brush with a bit more milk.
11.   Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
12.   Bake in a 425 degree oven for about 15 minutes.

Hearty Spiced Cocoa Muffins (from The Joy of Vegan Baking)
1 ¾ C flour
¾ C sugar
6 T unsweetened cocoa powder
2 t baking powder
½ t baking soda
2 t cinnamon
¼ t cloves
¼ cayenne pepper
1 t salt
3 T Ener-G Egg Replacer
4 T water
1 C non-dairy milk
½ C non-hydrogenated, non-dairy butter, melted (OR ½ C canola oil)
½ C non-dairy semisweet chocolate chips
½ C chopped nuts (optional)

1.       Mix the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, cayenne pepper and salt. Set aside
2.       Whisk the Ener-G and water till thick and frothy. (I did mine in the blender) Set aside.
3.       Add the milk and melted butter to the ‘egg’
4.       Add the chips, nuts and wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix very gently.
5.       Scoop the muffin mixture into prepared muffin tins (sprayed) and bake in a 400 degree oven for about 15 minutes. Makes 12 muffins.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Cauliflower and Potato Soup: VeganMoFo #15

I'm a Veganwannabe: Post #15

Who needs to eat out at fancy restaurants like Six.One.Six in (Grand Rapids, MI) where the food is beautifully prepared and professionally presented? Um…. I do!

Here’s their Cauliflower Soup with Cinnamon Applesauce Reduction. SO GOOD!

Here’s mine created in my own kitchen.  Hilarious, I know, but it tasted great! I even served mine with sliced apples and ….well, I didn’t have micro greens, so I used the last few sprigs of bitter parsley from my deck garden. More hilarity. 

Simmer cauliflower and potatoes in vegetable broth until very tender. My broth was very dark, thus the dark colored soup. How they got their's so light in color still amazes me. Whirl the tender veggies until totally smooth. Reduce a bit of applesauce until it is thick enough to drizzle in a beautiful pattern over your soup (still more hilarity....) Serve on a beautiful plate with fresh apple and micro greens....or old parsley from the frozen garden. 

On a serious note: soup is so comforting and this was the easiest and most delicious soup...I mean really, three ingredients? Cauliflower, potatoes and broth. You can't go wrong.  If you're not up to the fancy applesauce reduction with the even fancier presentation, don't feel bad! Just make the soup and go easy on yourself! We can't all be restaurant chefs! 

Monday, October 22, 2012

My new Vitamix: VeganMoFo # 14

I'm a Veganwannabe: Post #14

Hail to the Vitamix. Seriously. Why did I wait so long to treat myself to one of these babies? This is a ‘reconditioned’ model, which I found on their site, by organizing my purchasing options from lowest price to highest price. Have you seen how much these guys cost?! My new blogger friend, Livvy, suggested this to me and I didn't hesitate to try it! I saved hundreds of dollars!!! No kidding.

First thing I made is found on page one of the Vitamix cookbook – Garden Fresh Cocktail. I actually laughed out loud when I heard how quiet the machine is and how fast is goes.

Question: Am I silly to believe that my Garden Fresh Cocktail would turn out as gloriously rosy as the one in the picture? I guess that's what spinach will do to a smoothie! 

Actually – it was A+ delicious. J  

Next Post: Cauliflower and Potato Soup...
all whirled to a wonderfully silky texture in my newest kitchen friend. 

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Vegetable Marathon: VeganMoFo # 13

My kitchen looks nice and clean now....but you should have seen it before the photo. 

I'm a Veganwannabe: Post # 13 (I am determined to make it to 20 posts! I'm getting close!)

Check it out.... tons of veggies and a huge colander of black beans....a vegan's dream come true! Actually, anyone's dream come true....I scrubbed, cut, roasted, boiled, whirled and packed it away in the fridge and freezer. 

On the menu:
 Black Bean and Roasted Butternut Squash Burritos with Roasted Tomatoes
Cauliflower and Potato Soup with Applesauce Reduction (fancy)
Wheat Pasta with Roasted Eggplant, Roasted Tomatoes and Walnuts

Sounds good, right?

Next post: My newest kitchen will be jealous.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Quinoa Burgers: VeganMoFo Post # 12

See those beautiful green beans? They're BROILED! See HERE

I’m a Veganwannabe: post #12

I’m getting closer to finding the perfect veggie burger…. Both Tim and I loved this one…I admit that it’s a bit mushy and best eaten in a pita or tortilla, but I can live with that. The leftovers were excellent wrapped in a tortilla and eaten like a *super protein burrito* the next day! I, of course, ate mine with roasted tomatoes and Chipotle Veganaise. Enjoy! (this recipe is originally found here,on Savvy Vegetarian)

Here's what you do: 
A few teaspoons of olive oil
¼ C each : minced onion, celery, red pepper, and parsley
½ t each:  thyme, cumin, coriander, paprika

Sautee the veggies and add the seasonings. The kitchen should be smelling great by now.

2 C quinoa (I used leftover red quinoa, which was really pretty!)
1 can chickpeas (I gotta start cooking my own)
4 T flour
A few shakes of soy sauce
2 T tahini (secret ingredient….shhhh)

The original recipe said to blend the sautéed veggies with half of the quinoa and chickpeas and then add the remaining quinoa and chickpeas later…… which I did…..but I think you could just blend it all at once… Let’s keep it simple.

Chill for an hour or so. Form patties. Fry. Serve with all the goodies. Makes great left-overs.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Taste of Michigan : VeganMoFo #11

 I'm a Veganwannabe: Post #11

I interrupt these fantastic (if I do say so myself!)  VeganMoFo posts to bring you some news from another part of my food life – Taste of Michigan. I was super, super lucky to be included in a great group of food bloggers who spent an entire Saturday together in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We met before breakfast and ate and shopped our way through our wonderful city. This event was organized by Rachel (Rachel Cooks) and Liz (The Lemon Bowl)  Click over to their blogs and give them a shout out.

We started the day at a huge fresh air market. It was a tiny bit drizzly and the wind was brisk, but that didn’t stop me from purchasing tons of veggies (gotta keep the MoFo thing going, don’t ‘cha know?) 

Ate breakfast at a very cool food truck (The Silver Spork)….. will my MoFo friends still love me if I confess that I ate an egg? I know I promised not to even mention an egg this month, but I couldn’t resist… sorry!

Shopping was easy on Wealthy St. Art of the Table provided a great bag of goodies and we sampled Michigan made chocolate. I will dedicate an entire post to some incredible chocolate that I bought- more on that, later.

A highlight for me was lunch at Bistro Bella Vita. I stayed true to my vegan month of food and ordered a special vegan meal… was probably one of the best things I have ever eaten.  Quinoa, asparagus, zucchini and a glorious portabella mushroom. And the salad!!! I couldn’t stop eating it. (all Michigan stuff: late lettuces, arugula, apples, grapes, nuts, sweet onions.) Everyone else was eating such small portions and I could have chowed on that entire bowl of salad..... don't you hate that??? ha ha 

Mid-afternoon found us drinking wine at Reserve. I don’t think you could find a classier place in any city on any continent. No kidding. Come to Grand Rapids and see for yourself. Great wine. Gourmet food. Perfect atmosphere.

Dinner was a big event. We were treated to a four-course meal at Six.One.Six. Again, I challenge anyone to find a better restaurant and menu anywhere – Grand Rapids has an excellent food scene. 

I just love this photo - it captures the quiet moment before a party begins: the table is set, the wine is chilled the guests are on their way.....makes me want to host a party!

As promised: Next Post: Quinoa Burgers - DEElish!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers: VeganMoFo #10

I'm a Veganwannabe: Post #10
(half way! I can't believe the Vegan Month of Food is half over!)

Look what I created! The peppers were on sale. The quinoa was calling to me.  Mushrooms and shallots were hiding in the back of the fridge. The thyme was in a pot on my deck. The cherry tomatoes were from my garden .

I sautéed mushrooms and shallots. I cooked red quinoa in vegetable broth. I cleaned and opened up the peppers. I stuffed the peppers with quinoa. I topped them with the sautéed mushrooms and shallots. Of course I drizzled the whole thing with olive oil. I baked in 350 oven for an hour and then let them sit for a while because I hate a crunchy stuffed pepper. I served these beauties with some leftover roasted poblano cream. HEAVENLY!

Now I have a crud-load of leftover red quinoa…. I guess that’s what happens to us newbie vegans! What to do?

Next post: Quinoa Burgers 

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Mushroom and Spinach Enchiladas with Poblano Cashew Cream: VeganMoFo #9

I am a Veganwannabe: Post # 9
(Can I really post 20 times this month? It's killing me!)

One thing I have learned about eating a vegan diet… must prepare ahead! You need lots of stuff in the pantry and fridge….you can’t just come home and pop something in the oven …. unless it’s a frozen veggie burger, but that’s not always the healthiest choice.

There’s been lots of cooking at our house these past few weeks – lots of fresh veggies and other great ingredients. Luckily, I love to cook. But I can imagine that other folks who dread the dinner hour, hungry family hovering anxiously around the table, wondering what’s in the oven…. well, they might find this diet difficult. Lots of prep. Lots of planning. Lots of shopping, because everything is fresh.  Just some thoughts….so far…so good!

These enchiladas were great! They were inspired by this site 

They  were very hearty because of all the mushrooms. The corn tortilla also helped ‘beef up’ the meal. Leftovers for lunch the next day? A+

Here’s what you need:
Mushrooms – about 1 C chopped (or more)
Fresh baby spinach – a few handfuls
1 medium chopped onion
Corn tortillas
Green salsa – about 1-1 ½ C – divided
Fresh cilantro
1-1/2 C Raw cashews
1 poblano pepper

Here’s what you do:
Soak the raw cashews in boiling water for about an hour.

Roast the poblano pepper. I usually roast my peppers on the grill, but of course, we were out of gas. Putting it under the broiler for about 15 minutes worked great! Turn it over a few times. You can see  I also roasted the last two jalapeno peppers from the garden. (I am going to use them in my newest favorite thing…..JalapenoCrema  - oh yeah!)

Sautee the onion and garlic, being careful not to burn the garlic. Remove about ½ C of the sautéed veggies and put in the blender. (you are going to blend these veggies with the cashews in about an hour.)

Add chopped mushrooms to the remaining onions and cook till reduced in size and tender. Add the spinach and cook for about 5 minutes until the spinach is wilted.

Ready to make the enchiladas….. Spray the bottom of a pan. Drizzle a bit of green salsa over the bottom. Soften the tortillas by dredging them in some of the green salsa – This will keep them from totally breaking in half when you roll them. Fill them with a big spoonful of the mushroom mixture. Line them carefully, seam side down, in the prepared pan. Cover them with more green salsa. 

I bumped up my green salsa by whirring it in the blender with some cilantro – it really packed a punch! Perfect way to enhance store-bought salsa!!! I recommend!

To make the poblano cream: Remove the skin, seeds and veins from the poblano. Whirl the poblano and cashews and some water in the blender with the reserved onion mixture. It turns a beautiful green color!

Bake until super crispy on top and hot all the way through. Smother with poblano cream and cilantro.

Next post: Quinoa Stuffed Peppers..... I can't believe how many vegetables we are eating!! Crazy

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Mickey Mouse Salad: VeganMoFo Post # 8

I'm a Veganwannabe: Post # 8

I couldn’t resist posting this silly picture. Look at that cute potato! Here's the recipe (minus the egg, of course - I promised I wouldn't mention an egg this month.) 

 My vegan journey has been going really well so far. I feel great!  Somehow, I feel lighter, although I don’t think I have lost any weight. That’s probably because I eat so darn much….and our food lately has been great. Tim is enjoying the new diet as well. What a blessing to have a husband who will eat whatever I place in front of him! One day I will have to tell you the hilarious story of a girlfriend I had when I was first married. Her husband would ONLY eat meat and potatoes….literally…. she would fry him a steak for breakfast and the like….can you imagine the monotony!

Anyway, I bought these delicious new potatoes used in this yummy salad from a tiny roadside stand last month. Tim and I were following our son on his bike – see him over there on the other side of the road? Robert had signed up for a 20 mile bike rally only to find out that he was the only one participating in his age group – a ‘Rally of One’….and super discouraging! To help encourage him, Tim and I ended up trailing him all over the county. Turned out to be one of those great family events….plus, I found this great farmers stand.

It's all about family, right? 

Next post: Mushroom and Spinach Enchiladas with Roasted Poblano Crema - serious vegan stuff folks! 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Linguini with Roasted Broccoli and Cashew Cream: VeganMoFo #7

I’m a Veganwannabe: Post #7

There’s not one person on earth who wouldn’t love this….unless, of course, you are a broccoli hater (what’s wrong with you?!) and in that case, you may substitute any other roasted vegetable.  The leftovers were amazing also. I can see myself experimenting with this cashew business quite a lot this month. I’ve got my eye on a ‘roasted poblano cashew cream’….. doesn’t that sound heavenly?

Here’s what you need:
Broccoli – cut in pretty good sized pieces, drizzled with olive oil, salt and pepper, roasted until soft in a super-hot oven
Linguini- or other substantial pasta
Raw cashews
Garlic, salt, pepper, nutmeg
 Nutritional yeast……. I got brave and tried it.  Kinda tastes like cheese in a weird sort of way. I’m not still 100% sure of what it exactly is, but if other people eat it, then I assumed that it would be OK if I tried it too! It’s actually kinda fun to try brand, brand new ingredients!

Here’s what you do:
Roast the broccoli. I also roasted some tomatoes from my garden. ( I love ‘em with all foods and eat them practically every day.)

Soak some cashews in boiling water for about one hour. I have learned that you should rinse the nuts before soaking them. Some recipes called for using the same water to blend and others said to use fresh water……I think one thing I have learned already about vegan eating… doesn't matter!! 
They’re just vegetables! So, don’t worry!! They’re just cashews! J

Blend the heck out of the cashews….add more water if you want it thinner.

Sautee some garlic over very low heat. Add the cashew cream, salt, pepper, nutmeg and some nutritional yeast. Heat. Pour over the pasta and roasted broccoli. Serve with confidence! EXCELLENT! EXCELLENT! EXCELLENT! I give this recipe 3 'excellents.' :) 

Next post: Mickey Mouse Salad..... click back tomorrow to see what I mean! 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Lemony Wild Rice with Spinach, Pine Nuts and Currents: VeganMoFo # 6

I am a Veganwannabe # 6

My house is filled with treasured scraps like this one. Some are clipped with scissors. Others are torn. Some are from the dentist office. Others are from the auto shop. All are carefully stored in a paper clip until ready for use.  As you can see, this one earned 4 X 5 stars…… seriously, I did not just write those in today….I honestly wrote them in on the night I made this ….. weirdo, I know!
There was something really nice about the sweet currants and the sharp lemon flavors mixed together. I will definitely be making this again......the most difficult part of this vegan thing is what to grab for lunch.... this type of hearty salad is perfect. 

Here’s what you need:
4 ½ C  vegetable broth or water
1 ½ C wild rice, rinsed
2 T olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
Lot of baby spinach
1 lemon, zested and juiced 
(ONE lemon is plenty!! "Shocking amount of lemon," according to my hubby.) 
1 pinch dried hot red peppers
Salt, pepper
1/3 C toasted pine nuts
1/3 C currants

Here’s what you do:
Get your rice on! Bring the broth to a boil, add rice, cover and simmer for about 30 minutes….mine needed a bit more time. Let it sit for a while until the liquid is all absorbed.

Sautee onion until nice and soft. Add the spinach and cook for about 3-5 minutes. Add in the rice, lemon zest, lemon juice, red pepper flakes, pine nuts and currants.  Stir and serve.

I ate mine for lunch with the most delicious pear!!! Unfortunately, my white nectarine was kinda mushy…don’t you hate that? And yes, that’s a brownie.  And yes, that's my classroom. And yes, I am a teacher. And yes, sometimes I eat my weird food like a recluse in my classroom. Although...... I wonder if people actually think my food choices are better than theirs???? Interesting.....

Tomorrow's post: Linguini with Roasted Broccoli and Cashew Cream.... I got brave and tried the Nutritional Yeast!! YEAH FOR ME!!!! (sorry....i am getting into this MoFo thing!)

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Burritos: Refries, Red Peppers, Tomatoes, Green Onions, Chipotle Cream: VeganMoFo #5

I'm a Veganwannabe: Post #5

A few days ago, I bragged that I am the refried beans QUEEN...My exact words, I believe, were, "I have refried beans down to a science." Once, my hubby ordered a bean burrito with a side of beans at a local Mexican restaurant. We eat beans probably twice a's a running joke, but we never tire of them..... I think that may be why this whole 'vegan' thing seems in my reach.... I LOVE BEANS!!  May I provide some evidence here, today? 

Here’s what you need:
Refried beans – if you choose canned beans, choose fat-free type.... Please start making your own.... I plan to blog about that this month, so stay tuned! 
One sweet red pepper
A few green onions, sliced length-wise (my newest craze)
A handful of cherry tomatoes
Flour tortillas
Red salsa
Dairy-free sour cream
Dried chipotle flakes
Hot sauce

Here’s what you do:
Slice the pepper in long strips and sauté them in a tiny bit of oil. After they are soft and somewhat browned, add the green onions and tomatoes. Continue to cook – pierce the tomatoes so they don’t explode.

Spread some refried beans on the tortillas and split the lovely sautéed veggies over the beans. Roll up and place in a greased baking dish. Smother with salsa and stick in the oven.

In the meantime make the chipotle cream. Add the dried chipotle flakes to taste and shake in some of your favorite hot sauce. We LOVE Tapatio!! Search for it!! It’s pretty authentic and not too hot. 

I cleaned my plate and went back for another good! 
I am feeling great about VeganMoFo!!! Can I keep it up??? Lots of posts...pshew.... I think I will make it!!! Plus, the added benefit??? I feel GREAT about my health/diet!
Next Post: Lemony Wild Rice with Pine Nuts, Currants and Spinach