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Vegan Empanada Dough

March 2, 2015

Empenadas are a classic Mexican snack, and with our Vegan empanada recipe you’ll be able to make this Mexican dish, filled with the filling of your choice! Empenadas are perfect for snacks, parties and picnics, everyone loves them!

Don’t forget to make a dipping sauce too, sweet chili sauces are my favorite for this!

Vegan Refried Black Beans (frijoles negros)

March 2, 2015
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Here’s a quick method to making refried black beans for those of you who don’t have the time to soak beans over night and stew them all day.  Of course, that IS the best way, but who has time for that mess?  This method will give you the same satisfaction, and you can have them ready to eat in less than 1 hour!

Vegan Mexican Rice

March 2, 2015
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This tasty vegan recipe is more of a guide, as I cannot give you exact measurements to make your rice the same way I do.  Normally, what I do is saute some veg for my rice in a separate saute pan first, such as, carrots (I cut them into little cubes, about pea size), garlic, minced onion, minced bell peppers, peas, and maybe a small jalapeno.  Set that aside.  Then, prepare the water you are going to boil your rice in.  Usually, you would want to use 3 times the amount of rice for your water measurement.  So if you are boiling 1 cup of rice, you’d need 2 1/2 – 3 cups of liquid.  I mix in some low sodium veggie broth (or you can use veg stock if you have it!  Dilute 2 cups of veg broth with 1 cup water, or it gets really thick!) and let that start getting hot.  Then, I add about 2 teaspoons dark chili powder, 1 teaspoon ground cumin, salt, pepper, and a few drops of tabasco.  Then put the rice in and stir until it boils.  Then, cover and simmer until the rice has soaked up all of the liquid and is fully cooked.  Once that is done, add your veg and season with salt and pepper!  Easy stuff!

Vegan Onion Bhaji

March 2, 2015
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This is my favorite thing to order when I go for Indian food.  They are sinfully delicious and suprisingly easy to make! Vegan Onion Bhajis are the perfect accompaniment to any Indian style meal you cook!

Seasonal Couscous

March 2, 2015

A few years ago I was to the point where every time I thought of the word “salad”, I thought I was going to shoot myself.  When I first went vegan, I ate nothing but salad for the first 6 months because I had no idea what to eat.  However, I started getting creative and realized there are endless possibilities when it comes to salad…and they don’t all have to have the leafy green stuff in them!  Here is a great recipe for an autumn-style couscous salad that is perfect for all seasons.  Serve it cold or at room temp, any time of year.  Its also a great side dish to take to a party because its got a little something for everyone in it!