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

“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

Locro de Papa (Potato Cheese Soup)

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It is soup season.  Time to whip up a hearty, satisfying soup to help keep the cold at bay. What a better way to heat up those tummies then with some potato soup.  Creamy goodness is just a few minutes away.

Ecuadorian Locro de Papa is a rich soup made of potato, cheese and corn.  Meant to keep you warm while in the Andes, this soup screams comfort food.  It is creamy, starchy, cheesy and full of flavor.  The soup is usually garnished with avocado which makes it even more decadent.  All I can say is be prepared to be blown away. Continue reading

Mexican Cauliflower “Rice”

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For some time now I have seen several recipes for turning cauliflower into “rice”.  It seemed pretty simple and looked quite delicious so I decided to give it a try.  Good thing I did.  The method works best for turning any type of fried rice recipe rice-free (i.e. using cauliflower to make steam rice may not such a great idea).  As a bonus the cauliflower gives the rice dish more flavor and a better texture.  Plus it is ready to go a lot sooner than traditional rice.  I took a true and tried Mexican rice recipe, nixed the rice and brought in the cauliflower.  The end result is a bit spicy, a bit sweet from the bell pepper and a whole lot of yuminess. Continue reading

Potato Soup

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Potatoes-Can they do no harm?  They are tasty, hearty, cheap, filling and did I mention tasty?  Although there are many dishes that include potatoes I think one of my favorite ways to prepare them is in a simple soup.  A warm bowl of soup.  A steamy pot of earthy goodness. It is just really simple but really delicious.  Just some potatoes and tomatoes.  A few spices and voila!  A masterpiece is created. Continue reading

Chorizo and Bean Mexican Torta

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Picture this: a fresh, warm, crusty roll slathered with spicy chorizo and warm beans.  Crisp lettuce, sweet tomatoes, coooool avocado and creamy melt-in your-mouth cheese.  Oh yum. Summer just got better and it is all thanks to the mighty torta-the Mexican answer to the sandwich.  Tortas are not only yummy but versatile as well.  They can be served hot or cold and filled with just about any type of protein and veggies you have on hand.

For this recipe I took an authentic torta filling and turned it vegetarian (or vegan).  Most meat-free chorizo tastes just like the traditional beef or pork chorizo (a spice-filled sausage). I smashed it up with some beans to create a fantastic, flavorful filling (try saying that 5 times fast!).  With a well-seasoned filling it is best to keep the veggies simple.  Just a little lettuce, tomato, avocado and cheese to help cut through the spice and voila!  Lunch/dinner-heck even breakfast is served.  Don’t worry about any leftovers either.  The filling makes for killer tacos. Continue reading

Stacked Veggie Enchilada

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So the assumption is enchiladas are always tortilla rolls filled with cheese and heavy fillings. Not always true though.  Enter the stacked enchilada.  These bad boys are light, fresh and definitely not rolled.  Simply sauté some summer veggies and through them in the middle of some tortillas with a bit of cheese and sauce.  You can make a stack as tall as you like.  Then you just dig in and cut through, kinda like a pizza.  Once you make stacked enchiladas you will never want another rolled one again. Continue reading

Caraotas Negras (Venezuelan Black Beans)

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Venezuelans know how to make a good pot of black beans.  Mmmm, nothing like a pot of sweet, smoky, salty, hearty black beans simmering on the stovetop.  Caraotas Negras are very versatile as they can be served as a side dish, over rice or stuffed into cornmeal arepas.
And when black beans are this delicious and this easy to make then they are a must in my book.  Just a little chopping and a little spice and boom-tasty black beans! Continue reading

Porotos Guisado (Argentinean Bean and Vegetable Stew)

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Hearty vegetables will always yield a delicious meal and this stew is no exception.  Good stick to your ribs veggies like potatoes, sweet potatoes and zucchini are simmered with a little sofrito (tomatoes, onions, garlic, spices).  Then beans and peas are added to the stew to create the ultimate in one-pot meals.  Did I mention the creation only takes about thirty minutes to make?  Can’t go wrong. Continue reading

Arroz con Tofu

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Arroz con Pollo is a pretty traditional Cuban dish.  It is a simple, one-pot meal of seasoned rice and sautéed chicken.  The dish is flavor, flavor, flavor.  The way I see it why does chicken get to have all the fun?  Tofu wants in on some of that action.

For this recipe tofu is seasoned lightly before being sautéed.  Then the rice gets royal treatment in the form of cumin, turmeric, salt and a little sofrito, which is a combo of onion, garlic and bell pepper.  The whole dish is topped with some olives and boom!  Arroz con tofu is created.  Tomatoey, salty, spice-filled goodness.  And the aroma…man the kitchen will smell delicious for hours after you are done.  Take that chicken! Continue reading