Things are getting busy around here. Halloween is right around the corner, and so is the Day of the Dead. This has become one of our favorite family traditions, and so every year we make vegan sugar skulls, and pan de muerto for our altar. The skulls are very easy to do, and the kids really enjoy making them (the adults do too!)

Making vegan sugar skulls for the Day of the Dead is one of our favorite family traditions. The kids love it, and the adults too!!!

Last year I perfected the recipe for the vegan version of the sugar skulls, and I couldn’t be happier. Usually, the preparation requires meringue powder or egg whites, but I am using aquafaba with great results. It is definitely more affordable than using meringue powder, and you can make hummus with the chickpeas.

Making vegan sugar skulls for the Day of the Dead is one of our favorite family traditions. The kids love it, and the adults too!!!

This year I have been very conflicted. As you probably already know, el Día de los Muertos is going mainstream. I don’t know how I feel about that. A part of me is excited that more people can get to know Mexican culture, but another part of me wants to scream, ” No, this is cultural appropriation!” I don’t know, what do you think? I guess all I can do, is do my part in helping others understand the beauty of the tradition. Last year I invited some friends over to make the sugar skulls, and then we read the book The Day of the Dead by Bob Barner.

Ok, so let’s get down to business. I recorded a small video for you with the whole process.

The Recipe: Day of the Dead Vegan Sugar Skulls

We don’t usually eat the sugar skulls, but you can if you want to. We use them for decoration. I purchased my molds from mexicansugarskulls.com, way back when nobody else was selling them, but now you can easily find them on Amazon. If you live in a humid climate the sugar skulls will take longer to dry, and you will most likely have to add less aquafaba.

Making vegan sugar skulls for the Day of the Dead is one of our favorite family traditions. The kids love it, and the adults too!!!

Making vegan sugar skulls for the Day of the Dead is one of our favorite family traditions. The kids love it, and the adults too!!!

Day of the Dead Vegan Sugar Skulls

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: day of the dead, vegan sugar skulls
Total Time: 2 days
Servings: 5 people
Author: Dora S.

Ingredients

Skulls:

  • 6 cups Sugar, granulated
  • 4 tbsp. Aquafaba, (liquid from can of chickpeas)

Royal Icing:

  • 3 floz. (1/3 cup + 1 tbsp.) Aquafaba
  • 4-5 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 4 Food coloring of choice

Equipment:

  • 2 Sugar skull molds- front and back
  • 5 Card board squares 4.5 X 4.5 inches
  • 4 Disposable pastry bags
  • Sequins

Instructions

Sugar Skulls

  • In a large bowl, lightly beat the aquafaba until it starts to bubble.
  • Pour in the sugar, and use your hand to mix well and incorporate the sugar and the aquafaba. It should have the consistency of wet sand, almost like you are going to build a sand castle.
  • Make sure your mold is clean and dry. Press the sugar mix into the mold. Use a spoon to scoop out some of the sugar from the back of the skull. This will make the skull less heavy.
  • Press the cardboard square against the mold and flip the mold, to have the skull facing you. Lift the mold, and carefully place the cardboard with the skull on it on a sheet tray.
  • Repeat this process with the rest of the sugar. If you want to make a complete sugar skull use both the skull molds.
  • Leave to dry for at least 24 hours.

Royal Icing

  • The next day, in a large bowl, lightly beat the aquafaba until it starts to bubble. Add 4 cups of the powdered sugar and mix well. Test the consistency of the icing on a plate. It should be thick enough that it doesn’t slide down the plate easily. If it seems too thin, add 1 more cup of powdered sugar. The consistency should be considerably thicker than the icing used to decorate cookies.
  • Separate the icing into 4 small bowls. Add your food coloring of choice and mix well.
  • Pour each bowl of icing into a disposable piping bag. Secure with a rubber band, and cut a tiny bit off of the tip of the bag. Test the amount of icing that comes out before decorating your skull.
  • Decorate your skull however you desire. I like to use sequins for the eyes. Let dry 24 hours.

Making a complete skull

  • If you are making complete skulls, leave some of the royal icing white, and use it to glue the front and back of the skull, after it has dried for the initial 24 hours. After you have glued it together, let dry a bit before decorating it.

Video

Notes

If you live in a humid climate the sugar skulls will take longer to dry, and you will most likely have to add less aquafaba. The longer you let the skulls dry the better. The sugar skulls are not meant to be eaten. They are for decoration. Royal icing recipe adapted from The Blenderist.

How did I not know this book existed until now! Decolonize your Diet by Luz Calvo and Catriona Rueda Esquivel is part manifesto, part cookbook, and part love story. It is a book that hopes to impulse a movement to help others heal their bodies, reclaim the culture of their ancestors, and revolt against the colonial systems that aim to suppress indigenous traditions.

Pipian Rojo Over Rice recipe is perfect for the coming fall and winter months. The sauce is very hearty and made with roasted pumpkin seeds.

It all begins when Luz is diagnosed with breast cancer. This forces her to reexamine not only what she had been feeding her body, but to come up with a plan to survive the cancer. This led to her doing extensive research on breast cancer in Latino communities and what she found began a whole new way of life for both Luz and Catriona.

Pipian Rojo Over Rice recipe is perfect for the coming fall and winter months. The sauce is very hearty and made with roasted pumpkin seeds.

In her research it was clear that immigrant Latinos had significantly lower breast cancer rates than those born in the US. Primarily, because immigrants led a diet closer to that of their ancestors, based on beans, corn, squash, wild greens, nopales, fresh fruit, nuts, and seeds. After this discovery, Luz and Catriona began to decolonize their diet.

Pipian Rojo Over Rice recipe is perfect for the coming fall and winter months. The sauce is very hearty and made with roasted pumpkin seeds.

The book also touches on how decolonizing your diet fits in perfectly with the Chicana/o movement, in that it aims to preserve our indigenous cooking traditions. This part in particular pulled at my heart strings. I am technically not a chicana myself, because I was born in Mexico, though I have been living in this country for 13 years. My children however are chicanos, and as a mom it feels like every day is a fight against a culture that is not my own. I speak only Spanish to them, I cook Mexican food at home, and we continue traditions that my mother taught me, and her mother taught her. I want them to be proud of their heritage and a big part of that is food. Just like Luz and Catriona say in their book, food is a nexus connecting generations.

Pipian Rojo Over Rice recipe is perfect for the coming fall and winter months. The sauce is very hearty and made with roasted pumpkin seeds.

There are over 120 recipes in this book, not all of them are vegan, but most of them include a vegan option. The recipes are wonderfully researched, the cooking techniques explained in detail, and there’s even a section with menu ideas. My favorite ones so far are Verdolagas & Nectarine Summer Salad, Chipotle Pumpkin Soup, and the Tlacoyos con Quelites.

Pipian Rojo Over Rice recipe is perfect for the coming fall and winter months. The sauce is very hearty and made with roasted pumpkin seeds.

Thank you, Luz and Catriona, for the inspiring me to continue to publish plant-based recipes that honor Mexican culture and traditions. I hope to meet you guys some day and maybe share a meal that honors our ancestors!

You can purchase Decolonize Your Diet on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Indibound.

The Recipe: Pipian Rojo Over Rice

I have chosen this Pipian Rojo Over Rice recipe to share with you, because it is perfect for the coming fall and winter months. The sauce is a hearty, stick to your ribs kind of sauce, made with roasted pumpkin seeds, roasted tomato, and dried pasilla, arbol, and ancho chiles. The sauce is served over potatoes, green beans, and chayote. You can serve this over a bed of rice with a green salad. Enjoy!

Pipian Rojo Over Rice recipe is perfect for the coming fall and winter months. The sauce is very hearty and made with roasted pumpkin seeds.

Pipian Rojo Over Rice

Recipe from the book Decolonize Your Diet by Luz Calvo and Catriona Rueda Esquibel. Recipe used with permission from author. 
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Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings

Ingredients

Sauce

  • 2 Corn tortillas
  • 3 Guajillo chiles, dried, deseeded
  • 5 Pasilla chiles, dried, deseeded
  • 1 Chile de Arbol, dried, deseeded
  • 1 White onion, peeled, and quartered
  • 2 Garlic, whole, unpeeled
  • 2 Medium tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup Pumpkin seeds, raw, hulled (pepitas)
  • 8 Allspice berries, whole
  • 6 Peppercorns
  • 1 tsp. Achiote, ground
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Pepper

Stew

  • 5 Purple potatoes, medium-sized, scrubbed
  • 1/2 lb. Green beans, ends removed
  • 1 Chayote, peeled
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 3 tbsp. Olive oil (optional)
  • 4 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 2 tbsp. Pumpkin seed oil (optional)
  • 2 cups Cooked rice (white or brown)
  • 1/4 cup Pumpkin seeds, raw, hulled, for garnish
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro, leaves only

Instructions

To make sauce

  • On a griddle on medium high-heat, toast corn tortillas until crispy and slightly charred. Set aside. On the same griddle, toast dried chiles for 1 minute on each side, taking care not to burn. Put chiles in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Use a small plate to keep chiles submerged for 30 minutes.
  • On same hot griddle, slightly char onions and garlic, about 4 minutes. Peel garlic and place it with onions in blender. Put whole tomatoes on griddle and turn often to char on several sides, then add to blender. When chiles have finished soaking, drain, and add to blender.
  • On same hot griddle, toast pumpkin seeds until they begin to puff up. Reserve 1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds for garnish, and add the rest to the blender. On griddle, toast allspice and peppercorns for a few seconds and add to blender wth achiote, salt, and pepper. 
  • Break charred tortillas into quarters and add to blender. Purée until ingredients form a smooth sauce. If necessary, work in batches or add a small amount of water to blender to process smoothly. Sauce should have the consistency of a tomato sauce or just a little bit chunkier. 

To make stew:

  • Coarsley chop potatoes, green beans, and chayote into hearty, bite-sized chunks and set aside. In a large pot on medium heat, sauté onions in olive oil for 5 minutes. Add garlic and stir until fragrant. Add potatoes, green beans, and chayote and stir to combine. 
  • Season vegetables with salt. Add just enough water to cover vegetables and bring to a boil. Stir in pipian sauce. Lower heat to medium simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes or until vegetables are fork-tender. Adjust seasonings.
  • Divide rice between bowls and serve pipian over rice. Garnish each serving with a drizzle of pumpkin seed oil, pumpkin seeds, and cilantro leaves.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book to complete this review. 

These vegan chiles en nogada will transport you to the city of Puebla in the fall. This dish is one of the stars of Mexican cuisine, because it perfectly embodies why Mexican cuisine was declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2010. It is painstakingly laborious, but don’t worry I have adapted it so you can make it at home in less than an hour. A roasted poblano chile is stuffed with a picadillo of pork (lentils in this version), sautéed in onion, garlic, and tomato puree with almonds, apples, olives, plantain, pear, capers, and raisins. It is bathed in a walnut cream sauce and sprinkled with pomegranate seeds.

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The earliest versions of this dish can be found in cookbooks as early as 1817, and there are several theories or legends as to where it originated. Some say that the Agustinian Recollects of the Convent of St. Monica  created the dish in honor of the emperor Agustin Iturbide who was in town and had played an important role in the recently won war for Mexican independence. The dish was meant to symbolize the three colors of the Mexican flag green, white, and red.

Another version says that three soldiers of Agustin’s regiment were returning home to Puebla after the war was won, and their girlfriends wanted to prepare a special dish for them. They each found an ingredient that represented the colors of the Mexican flag and said a prayer to our Lady of the Rosary and St. Paschal Baylon, thus chiles en nogada were born.

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Regardless of their true origin, chiles en nogada today is a very popular dish only available in the fall, since it uses completely seasonal ingredients found in Puebla. Chiles in nogada season is highly anticipated in Mexico as it is a reflection of our national pride and the celebration of Mexico’s independence which is celebrated on September 16. Mexican cuisine is deeply integrated into the history, culture, and the community identity of the Mexican people, and this dish is only one example of the beauty and richness of it all.

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The Recipe: Vegan Chiles en Nogada

You can add peach to the picadillo, but I prefer to leave it out. Traditionally the walnuts are peeled, but this takes insanely long, so instead I have just soaked them the night before. Instead of lentils you could use beefless crumbles, TVP or jackfruit. ¡Enjoy!

Vegan Chiles en Nogada, roasted poblano chile is stuffed with an aromatic picadillo, covered in walnut cream sauce and pomegranate seeds.

Vegan Chiles en Nogada

Vegan Chiles en Nogada, roasted poblano chile is stuffed with an aromatic picadillo, covered in walnut cream sauce and pomegranate seeds.
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chiles en nogada, chiles rellenos, vegan mexican recipes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 446kcal
Author: Dora S.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups lentils dry
  • ½ Onion, large
  • 2 Garlic cloves, peeled, smashed
  • 2 Large tomatoes, (see note)
  • 4 Poblano peppers, roasted, peeled, seeds removed

Lentil picadillo:

  • ¼ cup Water
  • ½ Onion, minced (1 cup)
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup Pear, diced
  • ¼ cup Apple, diced
  • ¾ cup Peeled, diced green plantain
  • ¼ cup Slivered almonds
  • 2 ½ tbsp. Raisins
  • 8 Manzanilla olives, quartered
  • 1 tbsp. Chopped capers
  • 1/4 tsp. Clove, ground
  • 1/8 tsp. Cinnamon, ground
  • 1/8 tsp. Ground black pepper

Sauce:

  • 1 cup Walnuts, soaked in water the night before, drained
  • 1 cup Almond milk, unsweetened
  • 1 cup Baguette or bolillo, cut crust off, cut bread into cubes
  • 1 tsp. Sugar or sweetener of choice
  • 1 tsp. White wine
  • Salt to taste

Garnish:

  • 1 Pomegranate, cut, peeled, and seeds removed
  • 1/4 cup Chopped parsley

Instructions

  • Fill a medium pot with water and add lentils, ½ of an onion, and 2 smashed garlic cloves. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook until tender, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • While the lentils are cooking, place the two tomatoes and the poblano peppers on a sheet tray. Turn your oven broiler to high and place sheet tray on the top rack of the oven. Let them cook for a couple of minutes on each side until the tomato and the chiles begin to soften and have black spots all over. Remove from heat. Place the tomates and chiles in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rest 5 minutes.
  • Drain the lentils, reserve 1 cup of the lentil cooking liquid, and using a potato masher, mash them to break them up.
  • Peel the poblano peppers, make 1 cut lengthwise with a knife, and remove the seeds. Set aside.
  • Remove half of the skin off of the tomatoes, and using a blender process them into a puree. Set aside.
  • Set a large pot to medium heat, add ¼ cup of water, and add onion. Cook for 4-5 minutes until onion begins to soften and look translucent.
  • Add garlic and cook for 2 more minutes.
  • Add cooked lentils, mix well, and pour in tomato puree. Let cook for 3-4 minutes or until the puree begins to bubble and change to a darker red color.
  • Add clove, cinnamon, black pepper, plantain, apple, pear, almonds, olives, capers, and raisins. Stir mixture.
  • Add 1 cup of the liquid you reserved from the lentils, and simmer for 20 min or until the plantain is cooke through. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • While the picadillo is cooking, soak the cut bread in the cup of almond milk for 5 minutes.
  • In a blender, place the soaked bread and milk, previously soaked and drained walnuts, sugar, and white wine, blend until smooth. Season to taste with salt. It should have the consistency of a cream sauce. If it is too thick, add more almond milk. Set aside.
  • Stuff the chiles rellenos with the lentil picadillo. Place the chiles seam side down on a plate. Pour walnut sauce over them, and sprinkle with pomegranate seeds and chopped parsley.

Video

Notes

To save time you can buy pre-cooked lentils, and substitute the tomatoes with 1 cup of pureed roasted diced tomatoes (canned). Do not heat up the walnut sauce. Instead of lentils you could use TVP, beefless crumbles or jackfruit.

Nutrition

Serving: 1chile en nogada | Calories: 446kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 374mg | Potassium: 1279mg | Fiber: 17g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 1630IU | Vitamin C: 127.7mg | Calcium: 198mg | Iron: 5.5mg
Nutrition Facts
Vegan Chiles en Nogada
Amount Per Serving (1 chile en nogada)
Calories 446 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 374mg16%
Potassium 1279mg37%
Carbohydrates 70g23%
Fiber 17g71%
Sugar 24g27%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 1630IU33%
Vitamin C 127.7mg155%
Calcium 198mg20%
Iron 5.5mg31%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

I have fallen in love with sweet potatoes. I actually used to dislike them, but during my pregnancy I craved them and now I can’t get enough of them. These sweet potato and carrot tinga tacos are one of the many ways you can use sweet potatoes. The shredded carrots and sweet potatoes are stewed with onion, garlic, and a tomato-chipotle sauce. The sweet potatoes make this dish just a bit sweet, the chipotle-tomato sauce adds a tanginess that will keep you coming back for more, and the avocado gives it a luscious creaminess. Serve on warm tortillas for tacos or on tostadas smothered with beans.

Sweet potato and carrot tinga tacos are a bit sweet, the chipotle-tomato sauce adds a tanginess and spiciness that will keep you coming back.

Traditionally, tinga is a shredded pork dish that originates from Puebla. It is also commonly made with chicken or beef. For another vegan option you could use jackfruit or hearts of palm. The best thing about this recipe though is that it’s super easy to make and only requires a couple of ingredients. I make a less spicy version for my kids and they love it!

Sweet potato and carrot tinga tacos are a bit sweet, the chipotle-tomato sauce adds a tanginess and spiciness that will keep you coming back.

Our baby is now 2 months old, and I’m trying to get back into the rythm of things, testing recipes, posting, and recording videos. I am planning on finally launching a youtube channel in the next couple of weeks, but I have to say it makes me really nervous. If you have any suggestions, words of encouragement, or recipe requests I am all ears. Enjoy!!

Sweet potato and carrot tinga tacos are a bit sweet, the chipotle-tomato sauce adds a tanginess and spiciness that will keep you coming back.

The Recipe: Sweet Potato and Carrot Tinga Tacos

Make sure to cook the tinga until the sweet potatoes and carrots are tender. The texture should not be crunchy. Enjoy!

Sweet potato and carrot tinga tacos are a bit sweet, the chipotle-tomato sauce adds a tanginess and spiciness that will keep you coming back.

Sweet Potato and Carrot Tinga Tacos

Sweet potato and carrot tinga tacos are a bit sweet, the chipotle-tomato sauce adds a tanginess and spiciness that will keep you coming back.
4.5 from 4 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: carrot tinga, vegan mexican recipes, vegan tacos
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 304kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1 cup Thinly sliced white onion
  • 3 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 1/2 cups Grated sweet potato
  • 1 cup Grated carrot
  • 1 can (14 oz.) Diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp. Mexican oregano (optional)
  • 2 Chipotle peppers in adobo
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable stock
  • 1 Avocado, sliced
  • 8 Tortillas corn or flour

Instructions

  • In a large sauté pan over medium-heat, add water and onion, cook for 3 -4 minutes, until the onion is translucent and soft. Add the garlic and continue to cook, stirring for 1 minute.
  • Add sweet potato and carrot to the pan and cook for 5 min stirring often.

Sauce:

  • Place the diced tomatoes, vegetable stock, oregano, and chipotle peppers in the blender and process until smooth.
  • Add chipotle-tomato sauce to the pan and cook for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sweet potatoes and carrot are cooked through. If necessary add more vegetable stock to the pan. 
  • Serve on warm tortillas and top with avocado slices.

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Notes

Increase or decrease spiciness by adding or removing some of the chipotle peppers. You can also serve on tostadas smothered with refried beans. 

Nutrition

Serving: 2tacos | Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 340mg | Potassium: 820mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 17425IU | Vitamin C: 13.3mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 2.2mg
Nutrition Facts
Sweet Potato and Carrot Tinga Tacos
Amount Per Serving (2 tacos)
Calories 304 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 340mg15%
Potassium 820mg23%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 11g46%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 17425IU349%
Vitamin C 13.3mg16%
Calcium 117mg12%
Iron 2.2mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This week this recipe for agua de melon has been generously provided by Douglas Cullen of the blog Mexican Food Journal. Douglas has lived in Mexico for over 20 yrs. and he brings his knowledge of Mexican food to his blog. His blog is not vegan, but you will find some very good vegan recipes on there like this Roasted Chile Poblano Soup. 

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Here are some of the vegan or easily veganized recipes you can find on Mexican Food Journal:

How to use Mole Paste 

Fresh Tomatillo Salsa Verde

Traditional Sopa de Fideo

Spearmint Lime Cucumber Water

Watermelon Agua Fresca

Habanero Salsa

Mushroom Soup

Mexican Red Rice

Tamarind Water

Spicy Pineapple Salad

Ensalada de Calabaza y Chayote

………and many more.

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When it’s scorching hot outside the best way to cool down is with an agua fresca, which is basically fruit, water, and a sweetener. The flavors are as abundant as you can imagine. My favorites are agua de tamarindo, pineapple, and watermelon. Traditionally they are sweetened with sugar, but they can also be sweetened with agave syrup or maple syrup.

Enjoy this refreshing agua de melon, which is easy to prepare, delicious and the prefect treat for a super hot day.

At home we drink water with our meals, but every once in a while as a special treat we make aguas frescas. Our 8 yr. old is going back to school next week, and all of us are looking forward to getting back into a routine and to start making some friends. Our little newborn is doing very well, growing like crazy, and keeping us up at night.

Enjoy this refreshing agua de melon, which is easy to prepare, delicious and the prefect treat for a super hot day.

I have started doing instagram stories everyday, just kind of showing what we cook everyday and sharing recipes. You can follow me at https://instagram.com/dorastable.

The Recipe: Refreshing Agua de Melón

Enjoy this agua de melon, or “melon water” prepared with ripe cantaloupe. A refreshing drink on a warm summer day. Traditionally, an agua prepared with seasonal fruit is the drink of choice to accompany the mid-day meal in Mexico. You can substitute the sugar with agave or maple syrup.

 

Enjoy this refreshing agua de melon, which is easy to prepare, delicious and the prefect treat for a super hot day.

Agua de Melon

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Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Caneloupe
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 6 cups Water

Instructions

  • Remove the rind and seeds from the cantaloupe.
  • Cut the cantaloupe into 2” chunks.
  • Add the cantaloupe, sugar and 2 cups of water to your blender. Blend for 30 seconds. 
  • Add 1 more cup of water and blend for another 30 seconds.
  • Pour the blended cantaloupe into a serving pitcher. Add the remaining water and stir well.
  • Serve lightly chilled. Stir again just before serving.

Notes

Honeydew melon is a delicious substitute for the cantaloupe. If you prefer a sweeter drink, you can add an additional 1/2 cup of sugar. You can substitute the sugar with agave or maple syrup.

Sometimes all you want on a blistering hot day is creamy banana pecan paletas. These banana popsicles have only 3 ingredients. are vegan, super easy to make, have no refined sugar, and are so deliciously creamy you will keep coming back for more.

These creamy banana pecan paletas (banana pecan popsicles) have only 3 ingredients, are vegan, and refined-sugar free!!

This year I’m participating in #paletaweek hosted by Lola’s Cocina, which is a Mexican recipe blog. It is not vegan, but Lola has a huge selection of agua fresca and paleta recipes that are almost all vegan. There are so many possibilities with paletas, the options are endless. Paletas in Mexico are usually made with fresh fruits that are in season. The paletas themselves have tons of fruit pieces and are just the right amount of sweet. Vendors sell them on the street in small refrigerated carts, and the flavors can range from classic strawberry to the unconventional sweet corn flavor.  My absolute favorite is coconut, and in second place mango con chamoy.

These creamy banana pecan paletas (banana pecan popsicles) have only 3 ingredients, are vegan, and refined-sugar free!!

One of my favorite ice creams is butter pecan or just plain pecan. When I set out to make these paletas I wanted them to be pecan flavored, but I didn’t want to add a ton of refined sugar to them. So I decided to use bananas instead of a plant-milk. The result surpassed my expectations! The banana gives this paleta its sweetness, but at the same time the pecan flavor doesn’t get lost in the mix. The heat here in San Antonio has been pretty intense, and testing these paletas several times this week definitely made things better.

These creamy banana pecan paletas (banana pecan popsicles) have only 3 ingredients, are vegan, and refined-sugar free!!

The Recipe: Creamy Banana Pecan Paletas

Make sure you freeze the bananas before hand, otherwise your paletas will turn a sad grayish-brown color. Feel free to add a bit more almond milk if your blender is having trouble processing the bananas. You can also roast the pecans in the oven for a more intense pecan flavor.

 

These creamy banana pecan paletas (banana pecan popsicles) have only 3 ingredients, are vegan, and refined-sugar free!!

Creamy Banana Pecan Paletas

These creamy banana pecan paletas (banana pecan popsicles) have only 3 ingredients, are vegan, and refined-sugar free!!
5 from 1 vote
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 Paletas

Ingredients

  • 5 Bananas, ripe, peeled, cut into rounds, and frozen overnight
  • 1/2 cup Almond milk, vanilla, unsweetened
  • 1/3 cup Chopped pecans

Instructions

  • Freeze peeled and cut bananas overnight in a Ziploc bag.
  • The following day place the bananas and almond milk in a blender or food processor and process until smooth.
  • If the mixture is too thick you can add some more almond milk. 
  • You must work quickly otherwise your bananas will start to turn brown.
  • Pour the banana-almond milk mixture into a cold bowl. 
  • Add half of the chopped pecans and mix well with a spatula. 
  • Scoop the banana mixture into your popsicle molds and top with a generous sprinkle of chopped pecans.
  • Insert popsicle sticks and freeze overnight. 

Notes

Make sure you freeze the bananas before hand, otherwise your paletas will turn a sad grayish-brown color. Feel free to add a bit more almond milk if your blender is having trouble processing the bananas. You can also roast the pecans in the oven for a more intense pecan flavor.

This Bionico Mexican Fruit Salad is a refreshing, satisfying, and perfectly sweet and creamy breakfast or special treat. Sweet papaya, pineapple and orange chunks are layered with an almond banana yogurt, and topped with granola and coconut.

This Bionico Mexican Fruit Salad is a refreshing, satisfying, and perfectly sweet and creamy breakfast or special treat

The bionico is thought to have originated in the early 90’s in Guadalajara, Jalisco. It is a very popular breakfast item and is usually sold in the juguerias (juice bars). Traditionally it is made with crema and condensed milk, but this is a lighter vegan version served with a homemade, no-fuss, almond-banana yogurt. You can use whatever fruit you wish, but you can will most likely find it made through out Mexico with cantaloupe, apple, papaya, bananas, and strawberries. The toppings vary, but are usually granola, raisins, nuts, coconut flakes, and even chocolate chips.

This Bionico Mexican Fruit Salad is a refreshing, satisfying, and perfectly sweet and creamy breakfast or special treat

The last two weeks have been pretty hectic, but I’m happy to report that we have now moved in to our San Antonio home! This is a big change for us, not because of the actual move (this is our 7th move), but because this is the closest we have ever lived to family. My parents and sisters live a 3 hour drive away, and I have two first cousins who live here in San Antonio. With baby number 3 on the way this will be a great help.

This Bionico Mexican Fruit Salad is a refreshing, satisfying, and perfectly sweet and creamy breakfast or special treat

As a matter of fact something unprecedented happened. Two of my sisters and a close family friend drove to San Antonio to help unpack. We were unpacked in less than a day!! I just couldn’t believe it, usually moves are so stressful and demanding, it’s amazing what a little help can do. The kids and I have been busy exploring San Antonio visiting parks, museums, and libraries. Do you have any recommendations on where we should go next?

The Recipe: Bionico Mexican Fruit Salad

Feel free to use cashews instead of almonds for the yogurt. If you do not have a high powered blender I would recommend soaking the nuts overnight in water. Use whatever fruits and toppings you prefer (try this oil-free granola). The possibilities are endless. Enjoy!

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This Bionico Mexican Fruit Salad is a refreshing, satisfying, and perfectly sweet and creamy breakfast or special treat

Bionico Mexican Fruit Salad (Vegan)

This Bionico Mexican Fruit Salad is a refreshing, satisfying, and perfectly sweet and creamy breakfast or special treat
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Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Dora S.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Pineapple, peeled, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup Papapaya, peeled, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup Orange, peeled, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup Granola, oil-free
  • 1 tbsp. Coconut, shredded, unsweetened

Almond Yogurt

  • 1/2 cup Almonds, blanched
  • 1/4 cup Almond milk, unsweetened
  • 1/2 cup Banana, ripe, sliced into rounds
  • 1/3 cup Water
  • 1 tbsp. Maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. Lemon juice

Instructions

  • Place all of the ingredients for the yogurt in the blender. Process until completely smooth. Pour into a container, set aside and refrigerate for 15 minutes. (It will thicken slightly in the refrigerator.)
  • Begin layering your fruit into a cup or bowl, by alternating with 1 tbsp. of almond yogurt, until you have filled your cup ¾ of the way.
  • Top the fruit and yogurt with granola and shredded coconut.

Notes

Feel free to use cashews instead of almonds for the yogurt. If you do not have a high powered blender I would recommend soaking the nuts overnight in water. Use whatever fruits and toppings you prefer (try this oil-free granola). Some options include nuts, raisins or chocolate chips. The possibilities are endless. Enjoy!

 

There’s nothing like a refreshing margarita on a blistering hot summer day. This pineapple chile margarita on the rocks is exactly that, refreshing, slightly sweet, tart, and a bit spicy. The combination of fresh pineapple, pineapple juice, tequila, triple sec, lime juice and chile powder make it hard to have just one. I am happy to be participating in margarita week hosted by holajalapeno.com with this recipe. Click on the link to discover many other margarita recipes that you can test out on your friends this 5 de Mayo.

This pineapple chile margarita on the rocks is refreshing, slightly sweet, tart, and a bit spicy. It's hard to have just one!

I first had this margarita on my honeymoon, of course I was no stranger to the combination of pineapple and chile, but to have it incorporated in one of my favorite drinks was a delightful surprise. It could have been my newlywed bliss, the amazing Four Seasons Punta Mita with its views, beach and service, or even the especially hot sun on that day that made this drink so particularly enchanting. Over the years I have made this pineapple chile margarita over and over again and I figured it’s finally time to share with you.

This pineapple chile margarita on the rocks is refreshing, slightly sweet, tart, and a bit spicy. It's hard to have just one!

I am a bit of a margarita snob. I’m pretty sure all bartenders hate me, because I always specify the quantities and ingredients I would like in my margarita. It goes something like this: ” I would like a margarita please, 2 oz of Don Julio reposado, 1 oz. of triple sec, and 1 oz of fresh lime juice, but please make sure it’s FRESH lime juice, and on the rocks with salt.” After a sure eye roll from the server, and my husband’s stare of embarrassment (or maybe it’s pride), most of the time I get the exact margarita I want. I just cannot swallow another taste of margaritas made with sour mix or fake lime juice. I told you I was a snob!

This pineapple chile margarita on the rocks is refreshing, slightly sweet, tart, and a bit spicy. It's hard to have just one!

The Recipe: Pineapple Chile Margarita on the Rocks

I prefer my margaritas with a salt rim and on the rocks, but if you would like to make this frozen, just blend the whole think up. Enjoy!

This pineapple chile margarita on the rocks is refreshing, slightly sweet, tart, and a bit spicy. It's hard to have just one!

Pineapple Chile Margarita on the Rocks

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 drinks
Author: Dora S.

Ingredients

  • 1 Lime, cut into quarters
  • 1/2 cup (4 fl oz.) Tequila of your choice, ( I like Corralejo)
  • 1/4 cup (2 fl oz.) Cointreau or triple sec
  • 1/4 cup (2 fl oz.) Lime juice, fresh
  • 1/2 cup (4 fl oz.) Pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup Chopped pinapple, fresh
  • 1 tsp. + 1/4 cup Tajín chile powder (see note)
  • 2 cups Ice cubes or crushed ice

Instructions

  • Place the ¼ of a cup of Tajín chile powder on a small flat plate. 
  • Take one quarter of a lime and rub it along the edges of the two glasses you will be serving your margarita in. Immediately place the rims of the glasses on the plate with the chile and twist to coat. 
  • Combine the tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, pineapple juice, chopped pineapple, 1 tsp. of Tajín chile powder, and 1 cup of ice. Stir to blend well.
  • Divide the remaining one cup of ice between the two glasses and pour margarita mixture over. 
  • You can garnish with a wedge of pineapple dipped in chile powder

Notes

You can find Tajín chile powder at your local grocery store or at the nearest Mexican market.

Vegan tuna salad was one of those things I refused to try for a long time. It sounded so unappetizing, I don’t think I was a fan of real tuna salad to begin, with so trying a vegan version seemed almost illogical. When I finally did, I realized I was sooo wrong. I may not have liked tuna, but I certainly do like chickpeas! This vegan chickpea tuna salad has mashed chickpeas, tomato, onion, serrano pepper, vegan mayo, olives, and capers. It is just the right amount of spicy and it is stuffed into a roasted poblano pepper.

This vegan chickpea tuna salad of mashed chickpeas, tomato, onion, serrano pepper, mayo, olives, and capers is stuffed into a poblano pepper.

This is another one of those Mexican lent dishes I was talking about last week. It is meant to be eaten cold, like a salad, but if you like it can be eaten warm. If you choose to eat it warm, I recommend serving it with this chipotle tomato sauce.  Another way to eat this vegan chickpea tuna salad is in a sandwich, tostadas or with crackers. It is perfect for an on-the-go lunch and it is full of protein. I made it just a couple of days ago to photograph it, and my dad asked if he could try it. I was a little nervous since my dad is definitely NOT VEGAN, but he really enjoyed it!

This vegan chickpea tuna salad of mashed chickpeas, tomato, onion, serrano pepper, mayo, olives, and capers is stuffed into a poblano pepper.

If you are looking for other recipes with poblano peppers you can try this traditional chile relleno filled with vegan cheese and fried until golden brown, or this roasted poblano pepper filled with quinoa and calabacitas and topped with a creamy vegan chipotle sauce. 

This vegan chickpea tuna salad of mashed chickpeas, tomato, onion, serrano pepper, mayo, olives, and capers is stuffed into a poblano pepper.

The Recipe: Vegan Chickpea Tuna Salad Stuffed Poblano

I usually try and find a brand of chickpeas that are very tender and soft. Some are more firm than others, or you can always cook them yourself. The more tender your chickpeas are, the creamier your tuna salad will be. If you can’t find vegan mayo or you are a no-oil vegan, you can substitute the mayo with mashed avocado or this oil-free vegan mayo. Enjoy!

This vegan chickpea tuna salad of mashed chickpeas, tomato, onion, serrano pepper, mayo, olives, and capers is stuffed into a poblano pepper.

Vegan Chickpea Tuna Salad Stuffed Poblano Peppers

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Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 2 Large chiles
Author: Dora S.

Ingredients

  • 2 Large poblano peppers, roasted
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) Chickpeas, drained, rinsed
  • 1 cup Diced tomatoes, fresh
  • 1/4 cup White onion, finely chopped
  • 1 Serrano chile, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp. Chopped Manzanilla olives
  • 1 tbsp. Chopped capers
  • 1-2 tsp. Vegan mayo (see note)
  • 1/2 -1 tbsp. Liquid from pickled jalapeños, or lime juice

Instructions

  • Roast, peel, and deseeded the poblano peppers. Set aside. 
  • Place chickpeas in a shallow bowl and use a fork to mash them up. 
  • Add tomatoes. onion, serrano, olives, capers and mix well. 
  • Add the vegan mayo and 1/2 tbsp. of pickled jalapeño liquid or lime juice. Mix well.
  • Season with salt and pepper and taste. If necessary, add remaining 1/2 tbsp. of pickled jalapeño liquid or lime juice.
  • Place salad in fridge for 15 to 20 min. (optional)
  • Stuff the poblano peppers with the chickpea salad and serve. 

Notes

 If you can't find vegan mayo or you are a no-oil vegan, you can substitute the mayo with mashed avocado or this oil-free vegan mayo. You can also add 1 tbsp. of nori flakes to make the salad more “fishy”. Here is a small tutorial on how to roast poblano peppers. This dish is meant to be eaten cold, like a salad, but if you like, it can be eaten warm. If you choose to eat it warm, I recommend serving it with this chipotle tomato sauce.  
 

 

 

 

 

What?? A vegan Mexican shrimp cocktail, how is that even possible? Well it is my friend, with a little creativity I was able to recreate my favorite cóctel de camarón. A mixture of artichoke hearts, onion, diced cucumber, avocado, and cilantro are tossed with a spicy lime tomato sauce. You can serve it with saltines or chips and it would be perfect with a light refreshing beer.

Vegan Mexican shrimp cocktail is a mixture of artichoke hearts, onion, cucumber, avocado, and cilantro tossed with a spicy lime tomato sauce.

Last week was the start of lent, and in Mexico this also means the start of the lenten season food. Almost like when you know it’s lent because everyone starts selling fish fillet sandwiches, but way better. Many of the lenten dishes are vegetarian, but most of them are seafood based. I am very excited about trying to veganize a lot of my favorite ones. In the mean time you can try these tempura cauliflower bites, cauliflower ceviche, hearts of palm aguachile, and this very traditional capirotada. 

Vegan Mexican shrimp cocktail is a mixture of artichoke hearts, onion, cucumber, avocado, and cilantro tossed with a spicy lime tomato sauce.

I was supposed to post this last week, but I got so busy with preparing my class and speech for the #weallgrow conference which was amazing by the way! I will be posting a recap of the whole experience soon. I’m still taking it all in. I have returned with renewed sense of purpose and I am very motivated to keep sharing recipes and helping spread the word about the vegan lifestyle.

Vegan Mexican shrimp cocktail is a mixture of artichoke hearts, onion, cucumber, avocado, and cilantro tossed with a spicy lime tomato sauce.

As far as my pregnancy goes, I am around 5 months along and I am hungry all the time!! All the time! It’s hard not to spend the whole day eating. The good thing it’s that I’m trying to avoid all the vegan junk food and focus more on whole foods. My blood tests have been completely normal, which is great, even though my mom keeps insisting I need more protein.

Vegan Mexican shrimp cocktail is a mixture of artichoke hearts, onion, cucumber, avocado, and cilantro tossed with a spicy lime tomato sauce.

The Recipe: Vegan Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

I used artichoke hearts, because I couldn’t find any hearts of palm and I was happy with the results. Ideally I think a combination of both would work better. To add a bit of fishiness to the recipe I chopped up some roasted seaweed and added that to the cocktail. This is completely optional, but a good choice if you are yearning for a seafood taste. Serve up your vegan Mexican shrimp cocktail with a light beer like Pacífico. Enjoy!

Vegan Mexican shrimp cocktail is a mixture of artichoke hearts, onion, cucumber, avocado, and cilantro tossed with a spicy lime tomato sauce.

Vegan Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cans (14 oz.) Artichoke hearts, packed in water, drained
  • 1/2 cup Diced white onion
  • 1 cup Diced cucumber
  • 1 cup Diced avocado
  • 2 tbsp. Chopped cilantro
  • 1 tbsp. Chopped roasted seaweed (nori), (optional)

Sauce

  • 1 1/2 cups Tomato purée
  • 1/3 cup Ketchup
  • 1/2 cup Orange juice
  • 1 tbsp. Soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. Vegan Worcestershire
  • 1 - 2 tsp. Hot sauce (Valentina)
  • 1/4 cup Lime juice, fresh

Instructions

  • Cut off the bottom part of the artichoke hearts, if they are tough, and then chop the rest into chunks or medium cubes.
  • In a large bowl, combine the artichokes, onion, cucumber, avocado, cilantro, and chopped seaweed
  • In a separate bowl combine the tomato purée, ketchup, orange juice, soy sauce, vegan Worcestershire, hot sauce, and lime juice. Whisk together until incorporated
  • Pour the sauce over the mix of vegetables and mix well. 
  • Let sit in the fridge for at least 30 min. before serving
  • Serve with saltine crackers, chips, or baked tostadas.

Notes

You can substitute the artichoke hearts for hearts of palm or use a combination of both. I was not able to find seaweed powder so I improvised by chopping my own seaweed. If you can’t find tomato purée, you can make some yourself by blending a can of diced tomato.