Appetizer

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Appetizer

Vegan Roasted Tomato and Pasilla Tortilla Soup

March 1, 2015
Cuisine
Course

Brrr!  Winter is cold.  We all know it and there’s nothing we can do about it.  But even on those harsh winter days we can snuggle up by the fire and have a big bowl of hot Mexican soup.  This recipe is straight from Garrido’s, one of my favorite eateries in Austin, Texas.  Give it a try and let us know how you like it!

Roasted Shallot Hummus

February 28, 2015
Prep time
15m
Cook Time
30m

This easy vegan recipe adds a great twist to a well loved favorite!  The yummy taste of the roasted shallots really gives this classic recipe a kick in the balls – in a good way.  Plus, it can be made in 15 minutes!

This is perfect when you are looking for a vegan taste of the Mediterranean at home, or at a party.   Serve with Vegan Rustic Herb Crackers or fresh pita bread from a local bakery (make sure its vegan)!

Vegan Rustic Herb Crackers

February 28, 2015
Cuisine
Serves 8 Crackers
Prep time
10m
Cook Time
20m

These crackers are great with hummus, mushroom pate, or any other tasty dip/spread that you can come up with!  Great as a gift with some tasty vegan wine – or just a nice staple item to have in the kitchen for when cravings come calling.

Vegan Tofu Jerky

February 28, 2015
Cuisine

Vegan Tofu Jerky is a great way to enjoy tofu no matter where you are. These snacks are a great picnic food idea and perfect for a true vegan picnic.  There’s a lot of similar recipes out there for vegan picnic ideas, but most of them are very bland. Dips, sandwiches, etc.  This vegan tofu jerky recipe is a simple and unique way to bring something unique to your next vegan picnic!

Vegan Vietnamese Summer Rolls

February 28, 2015
Serves 8 Rolls
Prep time
15m
Cook Time
10m

The heat is just starting to set in here in Austin, so I have been testing out some recipes for vegan Vietnamese summer rolls.  These delicious snacks are great as a side, and appetizer or a snack, and will help refresh you during the upcoming summer heat, especially if you happen to be here in Texas 😉

These are also great for parties, make a few of these and you’ll be amazed at how quickly these vegan summer rolls disappear!

To make these you will also want some sauce, you can buy it, but it’s always better if you make it yourself!

Here’a what you will need.

Patacones – a Delicious Vegan Treat

February 28, 2015
Serves 8 Patacones
Equipment
Pan
Stove
Prep time
5m
Cook Time
10m

We visited Panama last week and had an amazing time, but one thing that really caught our attention was the patacones, double fried unripe plantains that are a favorite snack and side in Central America and the Caribbean.

The best part about this is that Patacones are incredibly easy to make, so easy that I even hesitate to call this a ‘recipe’.

You will generally get four patacones from each plantain, so when you are making these, use this as a guide for how many unripe plantains you need. By unripe plantain, you are looking for plantains that are still green.

They key to creating your own perfect patacones is experimentation.  People cook these very much to taste, so the thickness of the plantain chunks and the length of the first and second fry can have a  huge effect on the crispness, the chunkiness and the flavor.