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

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

Huevos a la Mexicana

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Huevos a la Mexicana are simple to make.  The traditional recipe calls for eggs, tomatoes, onions and jalapenos, scrambled together.  Nothing fancy just a hearty and fresh breakfast dish.  However, I decided to take it up a notch.  Incorporate a little more veg and a lot more flavor.  For starters I added some red bell pepper for sweetness and green chilies for tanginess.  Then I added some salsa to give it an extra kick.  Finally my secret weapon: always add spices to the beaten eggs.  Always.  The spices always make eggs taste better.  Not much to it and quick to make as well. Continue reading

Sopa de Azteca (Aztec Soup)

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Sopa de Azteca, or Aztec Soup, is a very easy and tasty version of tortilla soup.  A simple tomato-based soup is topped with tortillas, avocado and a sprinkling of cheese.  All there is to it. The key is to have a well seasoned, tomatoey base for flavor.  Lots and lots of flavor.  The rest is pretty straightforward.  Nice, crispy tortilla chips (homemade or high-quality store-bought are best) add a good bite, the cool, creamy avocado lends this great flavor and brightness to the soup and of course the cotija cheese does what cotija cheese does best-gives the soup a tangy pop of flavor.  Yum yum. Continue reading

Frijoles Charros

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Frijoles Charros roughly translates to cowboy beans.  These yummy beans originated out on ranches as a way for cowboys to make a hearty, warm pot of beans.  Glad someone thought to do this because they are yum-my.  The key ingredient to frijoles charros (aside from the beans) is good old fashioned bacon.  It helps give it a smoky zing.  I have substituted it with vegetarian bacon but the salty smoky flavor is still there.  Add some onions, tomatoes and chilies and you got yourself one filling bowl of beans. Continue reading

Black Bean & Mushroom Chile Rellenos

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Chile Rellenos are about traditional as Mexican cooking gets. Who knew stuffed peppers could be, not only delicious, but filling as well. Spicy. Saucy. Cheesy. What is not to like about them? There are many variations as to how to make chile rellenos and what to stuff them with but most recipes call for roasting the peppers, to bring out the most flavor, and using some sort of cheese. This recipes calls for earthy flavors, like black beans and mushrooms, and sweet onions to balance it out. A generous sprinkling of creamy cheese finishes the peppers off. Add a tangy tomato sauce to the plate and goodness has been reached. Yum, yum. Continue reading

Spicy Tofu Gorditas

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Gorditas, the Mexican brother of Salvadorian Pupusas, are pretty easy to make and can be enjoyed anytime of the day. Fillings for gorditas differ and there are definitely no set rules as to what you can use to fill these little corn pockets of joy. For this recipe I have marinated tofu in a spicy tomato sauce then sautéed with onions and peppers to create a great filling. The warm, steamy pockets get filled to the brim with the tofu filling and topped with cheese and lettuce. So simple yet so delicious Continue reading

Vegan Fideo Seco

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Fideo Seco is the not-so-famous cousin of Sopa de Fideo, or vermicelli soup. Fideo Seco has virtually the same flavor profile as the soup version but is normally a side dish rather than an actual soup. The end result creamy, almost risotto like, noodles bathed in spicy tomatoness, intermingled with tons of veggies. Continue reading

Peruvian Quinoa Soup

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Quinoa.  What is there to not love about it?  It tastes delicious; it is full of protein, fiber and minerals.  It has a great nutty texture and can be placed in just about any recipe out there.  Sure, in recent years it has seen a surge in popularity but to South Americans quinoa has been a tried and true staple for centuries.  And for good reason. Continue reading