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Vegan Mexican Mashup

When you combine beans and rice, you get all of the 9 essential amino acids, making it a perfect meal. It’s also high in fiber, good source of iron and even the pickiest of eaters usually love it. It is easy for this meal to get monotonous though. So here is something I threw together for dinner tonight and it turned out pretty good.


What you’ll need:

  • 1 red onion, chopped 
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Red pepper, chopped
  • 2 cans vegetarian refried beans (I prefer Amy’s organic, I mixed refried pinto and refried black beans)
  • 2 cups rice of your choice (I had organic brown rice in my cupboard so I used that)
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 green chile, diced
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • Cajun spices to taste
  • Tortillas

Directions:

  1. Cook rice according to package label, add 1/2 of the chopped red onion, tomato paste, cajun spices, tomatoes and green chile while it simmers so the flavors bake into the rice as it cooks.
  2. Meanwhile, on low heat cook the refried beans with the other 1/2 of red onion, red pepper and cajun spices to taste. After it’s warm add the chopped cilantro and mix in.
  3. Warm tortillas on non-greased skilled, each side for 10-15 seconds. 
  4. Spoon the rice and refried beans onto the tortillas and top with your favorite toppings. Enjoy! 

This recipe adds a lot of flavor naturally to an otherwise bland meal. It’s quick, cheap and the kids will love it!

Andrea’s Tomato Quinoa Soup

This amazing recipe and photo was brought to you today by my lovely startup sister, Andrea Hartwig. In addition to being my husband’s business partner’s wife, she is also a very talented chef and photographer. She will guest blog for me from time to time. So get used to her, she’s awesome! She’s a vegetarian and studied nutrition at ASU so she’s all kinds of crazy smart. 

She created this dinner because she had 4 jars of opened tomato sauce in her fridge. 



Ingredients:

1/4 onion diced 
4 cloves garlic 
Tbsp-ish olive oil 
Add 1/4 c white wine 
1/2 c quinoa 
However much spaghetti sauce you have, I used a 12 oz jar of putenesca. 
Spices: Cajun, cumin, pepper, crushed ginger. 
1 c veggie stock 
 
Directions
1. Mix it all together and cook until quinoa is done. 
 
That sounds easy enough, right? 
 
Benefits to this meal are:
 
Tomatoes– helps protect skin against aging, rich in fiber and keeps you feeling full, good source of vitamins K, A, C, folate and potassium. Contains lycopene which fights osteoporosis. Tomatoes are natural cancer fighters thanks again to lycopene, they also fight free radicals which have been linked with cell damage. The extra vitamin A helps fight against night blindness and also keeps your hair looking shiny and healthy. They also help release chronic pain and reduce inflammation. 


Quinoa– It is a complete protein, meaning it contains all 9 of the essential amino acids. It has twice as much fiber as other grains, making it the “super grain”. It’s a great source of iron and lysine, lysine which is essential for tissue growth and repair. It also has a high content of manganese, an a
ntioxidant, which helps to prevent damage of mitochondria during energy production as well as to protect red blood cells and other cells from injury by free radicals.

…..and those are just the two main ingredients! There are many other benefits from the spices and oils. Eat up, my friends!

BLT Pita

This is not a recipe from Pinterest, but I wanted to share it since it’s one of my favorites for a lunch or light dinner. I originally grabbed it from some magazine several years ago and turned it vegan. I’ve since lost the original recipe but I make it from memory.

This recipe is great if you have a bunch of veggies that are going to go bad soon and you need to use them. I made this the other night because we bought a ton of lettuce and hadn’t used most of it. So I needed to use it quickly. I threw in every vegetable we had and it was amazing. So if you don’t have any of the veggies I listed off, don’t worry just use what you have. The only exception is the lettuce, you’ll want a lot of lettuce.

Ingredients:

2 romaine hearts chopped (or 1 head of lettuce, 2 bags of spinach, etc.)

1 red pepper

1 tomato

1 cucumber

1/4 onion

2 green onions

1 bottle of your favorite dressing

1 package of pita bread

1 package of Smart “Bacon”

Directions:


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. When oven is pre-heated, put the pita in for 3 minutes or until warm.

2. In a skillet, I prefer cast iron since it adds iron to your food, heat up some cooking oil on medium heat, and add the bacon. Keep turning the bacon until the edges are golden brown then set aside.

3. Wash and chop up all your vegetables, then put them in a bowl

4. Cut up the bacon and add it to the bowl. Pour your dressing over the top and add any seasonings if you’d like. (I used fresh basil and oregano from my herb garden). Then toss.

5. Tear off the end of the pita and fill with the mix. Enjoy!

Other Variations:


If you’re a seasoned vegan or you’re looking for a whole foods recipe. Substitute the “bacon” with garbanzo beans or any other beans you like. Use spinach or kale instead of romaine as it has more protein and amino acids. Use whole wheat pita. I always recommend that you use organic ingredients.

“Pepperoni” Bites

I did this really great recipe yesterday, which complimented Super Bowl “cuisine” quite well. Since I didn’t have a mini muffin tin, my came out looking deformed and were not photo worthy. They did turn out pretty tasty though and were so easy to make, so I’m posting the recipe any ways. 

Happy Meatless Monday! 


It took me awhile to find a recipe that made pepperoni bites without Pillsbury biscuits as the main ingredient. The main reason for not using them, is because they’re not vegan. They’re also made with low quality genetically modified ingredients. I do this blog with many ingredients I wouldn’t normally use since they’re processed. However, the point of this blog is to show people that you can eat your old favorite foods, comfort foods or fun food while still maintaining a cruelty free lifestyle. We all know the fun foods usually aren’t the healthy foods, but I draw the line at using genetically modified foods. Making your own dough is so easy and you know which ingredients are going into it, so I prefer to do it this way. 

The recipe I augmented is from Family Fresh Meals. They have a vegetarian option in the original recipe, but I chose to go the full 9 yards and make it vegan. Enjoy!!

Original ingredients:


http://www.familyfreshmeals.com/2012/04/cheesy-pepperoni-bites-with-vegetarian-option.html


Here is what you need to make 24 bites:

3/4 cup flour

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 cup milk

1 egg

4 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)

4 ounces turkey pepperoni, chopped

1/2 cup pizza sauce

2 Tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil

My Super Awesome Vegan Version:

Ingredients


3/4 cup flour

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 cup plain soymilk or hemp milk (I always use organic)

1/4 cup olive oil 

4 oz. Daiya “mozzarella cheese”

One package of Yves pepperoni or LightLife’s Smart Pepperoni (both are GMO free)

1/2 cup pizza sauce (I used Wild Organics Tomato Basil spaghetti sauce)

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil (I got this from my organic herb garden)


Directions


1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees


2. Grease a 24 cup mini muffin pan (I use olive oil and brush it on lightly or you could use Earth Balance butter)


3. In a large bowl, mix together the flour and baking powder, whisk in the milk and the olive oil 


4. Next, stir in the mozzarella 


5. Stir in the pepperoni and mix well. Let stand for 7-10 minutes.


6. Divide batter among the mini-muffin cups. Bake until puffed and golden, 20 to 25 minutes.


7. While waiting for the bites to bake, you can microwave the pizza sauce, however I recommend to avoid microwaving since it zaps out the nutrients in food. I heated mine up on the stove in a little sauce pan. Stir in 1 Tablespoon of your fresh basil.  

8. Sprinkle the puffs with the remaining 1 Tablespoon basil.  Serve the puffs with the pizza sauce for dipping. Voila! 

So easy and tasty!