Have you heard of Finding Vegan? It is a recipe sharing site started by Kathy Patalsky of HealthyHappyLife, and I just have to say that if you ever doubted that you could go vegan you need to visit this site. With this Finding Vegan Holiday recipe round-up, Kathy has been able to bring a huge community of vegan bloggers together to show the world that vegan can be delicious, easy, and cruelty-free. I’m honored to be a part of this.
Vegan Link Round-up!
There are some amazing vegan recipes, books, features and more out there on the internet, but it can be challenging to track down great content sometimes! That is where FindingVegan.com comes in. FV features recipes and more from the best vegan-friendly bloggers on the web! And this year, we FV asked some of its contributors to share their best content in a MEGA-amazing vegan round-up! Check out all that is going on in the vegan community!..
1. Kathy Patalsky, of HealthyHappyLife and founder on Finding Vegan is sharing:
* 12 Days of Vegan Christmas Giveaway + YouTube Series – $2700 grand prize!
* Kathy’s cookbook to kickstart a healthy New Year: 365 Vegan Smoothies
* Triple Chocolate Pumpkin Cake
*photo credit: Kathy Patalsky
*photo credit: RawHighLife
*photo credit: Kelly, the pretty bee
*photo credit: Natalie, feasting on fruit
6. Carolyn Murphy of PeaceMeal is sharing:
* Mulled Wine
* Salted Toffee Peanut Butter & Caramel Macchiato Cheesecake Cups
* Garlic and Sun Dried Tomato Cheese Ball
*photo credit: Trinity’s Kitchen
*photo credit: Ginny, vegan in the freezer
photo credit: Danielle Levy
*photo credit: Aurora, the indie broccoli
16. Clemence of The Vegan Cookie Fairy is sharing:
*Her ebook of Vegan Christmas recipes, The Vegan Cookie Fairy’s Christmas Recipes
* Her ebook of Vegan Chocolate recipes, The Vegan Cookie Fairy’s Little Book of Chocolate
* Gingerbread Pumpkin Cheesecake Squares with Chocolate Drizzle
photo credit: The Vegan Cookie Fairy
19. Sophia from VeggiesDontBite is sharing:
* Layered Pumpkin Caramel Pie in a Mason Jar: one of my most favorite desserts for this season!
* Frothy Pistachio Milk Hot Chocolate: Cozy up this winter with this indulgent treat.
* The new Veggies Don’t Bite Overnight Oats Jar: Breakfast just went from easy to easier. A healthy, quick and delicious way to start your day!
*photo credit: Sophia, veggies don’t bite
*photo credit: Jessica, TwoGreenPeas
*photo credit: Majda, BreadOlives
*photo credit: Vicky, MayIhaveThatRecipe
26. Dora of Dora’s Table is sharing:
* This is a recipe for Garabatos or scribble cookies. These cookies are very popular in Mexico city, and you will fall in love with them too. Who can resist two coconut shortbread cookies, sandwiched in a smooth chocolate filing, and drizzled with warm chocolate? The best part, they’re 100% vegan.
*photo credit: Dora’s Table
Bonus a few recipes I personally adore from FindingVegan contributors!..
29. Cara of Fork and Beans makes Healthy Reindeer Cookies
30. VeggieAndTheBeast Ginger Cutout Cookies
31. VeguKate’s Superfood Hot Cocoa
*photo credit: NamelyMarly
…and SO many more on FindingVegan.com. Sign up for the Finding Vegan Monthly Newsletter here.
I love mole, but it takes quite a while to make and it requires so many ingredients. What if I told you that you could make it in under 40 minutes? That’s right 40 minutes and vegan! This recipe for enmoladas de plátano macho, otherwise known as plantain mole enchiladas, combines the spiciness and richness of mole, with the sweetness of a garlic-plantain mash.
The secret to fast mole is my dear friend Doña Maria, she is quite something, as you can see in the picture above. I called Herdez, the company that manufactures Doña Maria, and they confirmed that there are no animal products used in this mole. There are some preservatives in it, so I usually try to make my own, but having an 8 month old that refuses to be put down does not make a good mole making partner. I make a couple of additions to this mole paste in order to bring out some of the flavors.
The first thing you need is to have the right dried chiles and chocolate. (I’m thinking of doing an ingredients page, with pictures of the ingredients, a small description, and where you can find it. Would that be something you would like to see?) The chiles are ancho and guajillo and you definitely need to make sure you use Mexican chocolate, some brands commonly available are Ibarra and Abuelita. The rest is pretty easy.
We just got back from watching Big Hero 6 and I loved it! Dylan, who is 5, is obsessed with angry birds. Who was the genius that downloaded it to the phone? Me, of course. He can’t stop talking about angry birds, angry birds Star Wars, angry birds transformers, etc. We keep telling him over and over again that he can’t play with the phone too much, because his brain will shrink and get smaller and smaller. That instead he needs to read and play so his brain will grow and he will get smarter and smarter. That’s why it was refreshing to see an animated movie that made being smart look cool. It also had really strong female characters. Go Disney! Christmas is coming up soon and I’m hoping to get some good recipes on here. In the mean time go and enjoy your enmoladas.
- 1 ea. Chile ancho, seeded
- 1 ea. Chile guajillo, seeded
- 2 tsp. Sesame seed
- ½ in. Mexican Cinnamon stick
- 1 ea. Clove, whole
- ¼ ea. Onion, white
- 1 ea. Garlic clove
- 1 ea. Bay leaf
- 5 cups Vegetable stock
- 1 piece Mexican chocolate *
- 1 jar (8.25 oz.) Doña Maria mole paste
- 1 tbsp. Peanut butter, unsweetened
- 12 ea. Corn tortillas
- 2 ea. Plantains, green, peeled and cut into 1 in. slices
- 4 ea. Garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tbsp. Olive oil or vegetable oil
- 1 cup Vegetable stock
- For the mole: Boil water in a small pot.
- Set a comal or cast iron pan to medium-high heat and toast the chiles, sesame seed, onion, and garlic for 2 – 3 min, and set aside. (We do not want to burn them.)
- Place the chiles in boiling hot water and let simmer for 10 min. Drain.
- In the blender, process the soaked chiles, sesame seed, onion, garlic, cinnamon stick, bay leaf, and 1 cup of vegetable stock, until smooth.
- Add the chocolate, mole paste, peanut butter, and 2 cups of vegetable stock to the chile mixture and blend until smooth. Strain and set aside.
- Add the mole to a large pot set to medium heat and bring to a simmer. Add 1 or 2 cups of vegetable stock to adjust consistency to your liking. Simmer for 7 minutes. Stir often. Season to taste.
- For the plantain mash: Boil water in a small pot. Add plantain slices, and boil for 20 min. or until fork tender.
- Remove from pot and mash with a fork, set aside.
- Heat 1 tbsp. of oil in a small sauté pan to medium heat. Add minced garlic and cook for 1 min. Add mashed plantains and stir into the garlic.
- Gradually add 1 cup of vegetable stock to the plantains. You can continue to mash them or stir them vigorously with a wooden spoon. Add enough liquid so that they reach the consistency of mashed potatoes. Season to taste. Set aside.
- Assembly: Wrap the tortillas in a moist paper towel and cook in the microwave for 1 min. or until they become flexible and you are able to fold them.
- Fold tortillas in half and fill them with plantain mash. Place a spoonful of sauce on plate and place the filled tortillas in a row slightly overlapping each other. Pour enough sauce on top to coat them and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
- * Mexican chocolate comes in round tablets that are divided into triangles. For this recipe use 1 triangle. Use hot vegetable stock to adjust the consistency of the mole.
Prickly pear juice in the winter? I apologize to all of you who are freezing your butts off right now, but here in sunny California prickly pear is in season and the weather is looking like it’s going to be sunny and about 73F. Prickly pear cactus fruit can be found in your local hispanic markets in red or green varieties. It is also known as cactus fig. You can use it in salads, margaritas, syrup, or candy. I made this while baby Karina was napping, hoping that the blender wasn’t going to wake her up. Luckily it didn’t, and it seems I got better lighting for the photos than other days.
My body is screaming for more than two hours of sleep in a row. Baby girl has been sick and especially needy these past few weeks and I’m quickly losing my sanity. I really need to sleep. I take comfort in knowing that she will eventually go back to sleeping on a schedule soon. Hang in there first time moms!