Pastel Azteca (Mexican Lasagna)

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Pastel Azteca is the Mexican answer to the lasagna.  Layers of tortillas, sauce, cheese and delicious fillings are placed in a casserole dish, then baked to golden yumminess is achieved. The tortillas soak up the sauce creating a soft, almost velvety texture. It is super easy to make and very satisfying. Continue reading

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Vegan Spinach Corn Arepas

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Arepas, the South American cousin of the Salvadorian pupusa and Mexican gordita, is a thick corn patty that is a staple of Venezuelan and Colombian cooking.  My sources tell me the difference between a Venezuelan arepa and a Colombian arepa is that a Venezuelan arepa is stuffed with yummy fillings while the Colombian one is used more as accompaniment (like a tortilla or dinner roll would be used).  Either way this little corn patty sure is delicious. Continue reading

Milanesa (Breaded “Steak”)

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OG milanesa consists of thinly sliced steak breaded and fried to perfection.  Nothing fancy.  Just simple ingredients placed together to form a simple meal.  So how does a vegetarian or vegan get to partake in milanesa?  Enter seitan, a wheat gluten meat substitute.  Although there are different varieties of seitan sold in markets (some come flavored, others come in chunks or even as a whole block) I used sliced seitan for this recipe. Continue reading

Vegan Kale and Chorizo Empanadas

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You know, whoever decided to stuff dough with delicious fillings should really be honored.  And I mean a statue in the park, face on a stamp, day of acknowledgement kind of honored because bready dough wrapped around flavorful fixings is hard to beat.  It is tasty, easy to eat and-did I mention tasty? Continue reading

Yucca al Mojo de Ajo (Yucca in Garlic Sauce)

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Yucca, or cassava, is a cousin of the potato.  More commonly used in tropical cooking, yucca is very versatile and can be used in numerous preparations.  Just because yucca does not get as much attention as the almighty potato does not mean it is not as delicious.  Trust me.

This Cuban recipe takes yucca from yummy veggie to extraordinary side dish.  This garlic sauce makes it.  The sweet garlic flavor complements the rich olive oil.  The addition of the lime cuts through the sauce and helps balance it out.  The end result:  Creamy yucca and a sweet garlicky sauce with a hint of citrus.  Yes, please. Continue reading

Molletes

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Looking for a quick and easy breakfast idea?  Molletes are the answer.  They are fast, simple and delicious.  You are basically looking at bread, beans, cheese and salsa heated through to make one scrumptious and portable meal.  Yes, breakfast (or lunch or dinner or snack time) can be this easy.  Slice a roll in half, slather some garlicky beans, top with cheese, watch it become gooey then spoon some salsa on top.  Pretty easy!  Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum. Continue reading

“Huevos” Revueltos

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Huevos revueltos, or scrambled eggs, make for a quick and easy breakfast meal.  Usually huevos revueltos are kept simple with eggs and some salt and pepper.  But why stop there?  I say add some veggies for flavor and color.  And while we are on the subject of flavor, chipotle peppers add a ton of flavor.

This recipe turns scrambled eggs into a vegan-friendly, spice-filled dish.  Skip the eggs and make it with tofu instead.  Add peppers, onions and tomatoes to really kick it up a notch.  So filling, so tasty, so incredible.  Patting myself on the back now. Continue reading

Vegan Pozole

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When the weather turns chilly the best way to fill up on is with a nice, steaming bowl of soup. It warms you up from the inside out.  When looking a great vegan soup I think pozole is a good way to go.  Traditionally, pozole is a pork and hominy soup with a spicy chile base but it is just as easy to nix the pork and still have a delicious bowl to fill up on.  As a bonus, the vegan version is ready to serve in less than an hour.

This recipe keeps the heat level on the mild side.  Ancho chiles tend to have a bite to them without being too hot.  If you feel the need to bump it up a notch you can always add guajillo or dried chipotle peppers.

In addition the garnishes play just as much a role in the soup as the soup itself so don’t skimp on them.  I like mine with a lot of lemon, lettuce, onion and a few slices of radishes. Plus I always crush up tortilla chips into the bowl and let them soak up the spice-filled broth. Continue reading

Chipotle Tempeh Sopes

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Tempeh is a patty made of fermented soybeans and sometimes additions like barley, millet and rice.  It has a slight sour taste due to the fermentation.  Tempeh has a great crunchy texture which makes it a great choice as a ground meat substitute.

Sopes are thick fried masa cakes with a raised edge (to keep all the toppings on bay). Commonly sopes are topped with beans, meat, lettuce, tomato and cheese or sour cream. Yum, yum.

For this recipe I have made a spiced-filled chipotle tempeh filling.  A little heat, a little spice and some good crunch from the tempeh.  A simple mash to some pinto beans creates the perfect base for the tempeh filling.  Top with some crisp lettuce and cool tomatoes and you have a great combo of flavors. Continue reading

Spicy Red Chilaquiles

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Sometimes the least complex dishes tend to be the tastiest.  A few simple, delicious ingredients is all it takes to make a great dish packed with flavor come to life.

Chilaquiles are a breakfast staple.  Smothered tortillas and eggs topped with cheese make for a scrumptious and hearty meal.  Sometimes a tangy green sauce is used but this time I am using a quick red tomato and chipotle sauce to soak the crispy tortillas in. Continue reading