Mushroom Tofu Enchiladas

This recipe goes out to the hermetically sealed silken tofu that’s been living in my pantry for a year. It’s dutifully sat on the shelf ready for action. There’s a number of vegan silken tofu recipes that this bad boy could have been used in (creamy polenta, cheesy grits, Greek spinach pie, etc), but it was time to think of something new. This vegan tofu … Continue reading Mushroom Tofu Enchiladas

Vegan Smashed Potatoes with Scallions and Cilantro

Smashed potatoes are steamed whole potatoes that you smash with a large spoon and then, you stir in some delicious seasonings, herbs, etc. They’re rustic and easy. This vegan smashed potatoes recipe uses Yukon Gold potatoes, but I have also used red potatoes with success in the past. Then, the steamed smashed potatoes are dressed in vegan butter, scallions, cilantro, smoked paprika, ground cumin, garlic … Continue reading Vegan Smashed Potatoes with Scallions and Cilantro

Beet Chorizo Burgers

Chorizo is a pork sausage that’s popular in Europe and Latin America. It varies in preparation based on the region. Years ago, I used to frequent a Mexican restaurant in San Jose, California that offered soy chorizo as a taco filling. Maybe they made their own, but I have a feeling they used good ol’ Frieda’s Soyrizo. That stuff is addictive, salty goodness. With warm … Continue reading Beet Chorizo Burgers

Vegan Fiesta Rice

When I was a kid, we would eat Rice-A-Roni® Spanish Rice. My mom would add a can or two of beans and frozen corn. Sometimes, we would add shredded cheese to the mix. It was a quick, frugal meal for a working mom to serve her family, and it got the job done. This vegan black beans and brown rice recipe doesn’t taste like Rice-A-Roni®, … Continue reading Vegan Fiesta Rice

Vegan Tortilla Soup

This vegan tortilla soup recipe is all about the corn flavor. Corn tortillas are cut into strips, fried, simmered in the soup’s broth, and then, completely pulverized by a blender. The result is an intense corn flavor that announces, “This is tortilla soup!” Because tortilla soup often involves chicken, replacing it with soy curls was a no brainer. Soy curls basically taste like nothing. Their … Continue reading Vegan Tortilla Soup

Black Bean Salsa with Avocado

This vegan black bean salsa recipe with avocado is… the perfect answer for “lunch?” A crowd-pleasing homemade addition to a potluck. An awesome topping to a baked sweet potato. A delicious filling for a tortilla wrap. A tasty topping to a Southwestern-themed green salad. Over and over, this recipe is my go-to, whether it is the meal, a snack, or a condiment. It’s all delicious! … Continue reading Black Bean Salsa with Avocado

Slow Cooker Vegan Chile Verde

When I bought the ingredients for this recipe, the cashier at the grocery store commented, “Now, that’s what I call the right ratio of chiles to tomatillos.” I told him, “If you’re gonna do it, then do it.” He probably didn’t realize that I was going to cook up a recipe for vegan chile verde inspired by the Northern Mexican classic. Nevertheless, this is one … Continue reading Slow Cooker Vegan Chile Verde

Vegan Al Pastor

Al pastor blends the Lebanese technique for making shawarma with Mexican cuisine—chilies, pork, and pineapple. Traditionally, marinaded pork is grilled on a vertical spit, thinly sliced, and served on tacos, burritos, gringas, tortas and more. For this vegan al pastor recipe, there had to be some creativity involved, because there isn’t anything in the vegan world (as of the writing of this post) that can … Continue reading Vegan Al Pastor

Vegan Black Bean Burritos with Avocado Mango Salsa

This easy vegan bean burrito recipe is simple, fast and delicious. Lime, fresh mango, cilantro, avocado and fire-roasted green chiles create a fresh sweet-sour salsa. Stewed black beans with ground cumin and smoked paprika provide a savory, hearty counterbalance. Enjoy wrapped in a tortilla, and yum! This recipe makes ~4 burritos. These simple vegan burritos taste fantastic on their own or serve along with a … Continue reading Vegan Black Bean Burritos with Avocado Mango Salsa

Chipotle Lime Jackfruit

This vegan chipotle jackfruit recipe is quick, easy and super tasty. It’s got the perfect balance of acid, sweetness, savory flavors and smokiness.  And best of all, this simple vegan recipe for jackfruit can be used in a variety of easy, comfort food classics, whether it’s on nachos, inside tacos, burritos or enchiladas, or even as a vegan pizza topping!   For this recipe, I … Continue reading Chipotle Lime Jackfruit

Seitan Pozole Rojo

Pozole.  A delicious brothy soup accompanied by piles of fresh garnishes.  Traditionally, it’s made with chicken or pork and hominy.  And usually, it’s a food of celebration.  And it’s easy to understand why, it’s beautiful and tasty! Years back, I had a bowl of vegan pozole rojo at a restaurant in Santa Cruz, California.  And while it was not a bad bowl of soup, it … Continue reading Seitan Pozole Rojo

Soy Curl Dish

Vegan Street Corn Skillet with Soy Curls

This vegan skillet recipe with soy curls is inspired by Mexican street corn. While there are many preparations of street corn, many Americans think of it as grilled corn slathered in a delicious, creamy sauce. With sweet corn, red potatoes, and soy curls, this is one hearty vegan skillet meal. Topping this skillet with chipotle mayo, brings the flavors all together. It’s creamy, smoky and … Continue reading Vegan Street Corn Skillet with Soy Curls

Vegan Ceviche Hearts of Palm

Hearts of Palm Ceviche

Eaten all across Latin America and the Caribbean, ceviche is a popular seafood appetizer.  It often involves raw fish, citrus, cilantro and chiles. It is commonly enjoyed on its own or with tortilla chips. But there are culture differences in ingredients and preparation. While there are some vegan seafood products on the U.S. market, they tend to veer towards being breaded and frozen.  When you … Continue reading Hearts of Palm Ceviche

Vegan Slow Cooker Soy Curl Carnitas

Carnitas is a traditional Mexican dish, which translates as “little meats” in English.  It is generally made from braising pork for three to four hours.  Towards the end of cooking, the heat is turned up and the outside of the meat is crisped.  It is then shredded and served with tortillas or rice. Because this is a vegan soy curl taco meat recipe and not … Continue reading Vegan Slow Cooker Soy Curl Carnitas

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Enchilada Casserole

After almost 6 months out there, I decided to revise this recipe.  I’ve made some changes–eliminated the almond ricotta and substituted a cilantro-scallion infused tofu ricotta.  And I’ve gotten rid of the potatoes, and added in spinach.  And even though I don’t love vegan cheese, I added more to this version.  All-in-all, I prefer this version to the original, and feel like it’s a home … Continue reading Slow Cooker Pumpkin Enchilada Casserole