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Vegan Potato Adobo Tamales

I love Christmas. Yeah, I’m one of those people, and I don’t care about being politically correct. It’s so close! Can you feel it?  What’s not to like about Christmas? There’s family, good food, Christmas carols, cookies, and Jesus of course. Ok, ok, enough already.

One month from today our first e-book: Vegan Tamales Unwrapped will be available right here on Dora’s Table. It will only be $6.99!! It contains 18 different vegan tamal recipes. During the following weeks I will be sharing with you some of the recipes that are in the book, so you can start making tamales today. Unfortunately, my family is done with tamales for the rest of this year. During the process of making this book, there were at one point 480 tamales in my refrigerator! We gave some away, froze half of them, and ate as many as we could. Now my 6 yr. old thinks I can make tamales in the blink of an eye.

tamales in my freezer

The Recipe: Vegan Potato Adobo Tamales

These tamales that I am sharing with you today are filled with a mixture of potatoes and peas tossed in a spicy adobo sauce. The adobo is smoky, spicy, tangy, and has an earthy quality to it. The masa that surrounds it, is fluffy and light, and it’s all wrapped in a corn husk and steamed until tender. Enjoy!

Vegan potato adobo tamales. They are filled with a mixture of potatoes and peas tossed in a spicy adobo sauce. The adobo is smoky, spicy, tangy, and has an earthy quality to it. The masa that surrounds it, is fluffy and light

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Vegan Potato Adobo Tamales
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Vegan Potato Adobo Tamales

Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 18 tamales
Author Dora Stone

Ingredients

Dough

  • 1 ½ cups (8 oz.) Vegetable shortening
  • 4 cups (1 lb. 2 oz). Masa harina
  • 1 ½ tsp. Baking powder
  • 1 ½ tbsp. Salt
  • 4 cups Vegetable stock or broth, warm

Filling

  • 1 ½ lb. Potatoes, peeled, cut into small dice
  • 1 cup Peas, fresh or frozen
  • 3 Ancho chiles, dry, deseeded
  • 1 ½ Pasilla chiles, dry, deseeded
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • ¼ Onion, white
  • ½ tsp. Cumin, ground
  • ½ tsp. Oregano, dried
  • 1 Clove, whole
  • ¼ tsp. Cinnamon, ground
  • ½ cup Vinegar, white
  • ½ cup Chile soaking liquid
  • 30 Corn Husks

Preparation

  1. Soak the corn husks in hot water, in a large pot or in your kitchen sink. Place a plate over them to weigh them down so they are completely submerged. Let them soak for at least an hour.
  2. To make the filling, place the diced potatoes in a medium pot with salted cold water. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 6 min. or until the potatoes are slightly tender. When the potatoes are cooked, remove from the heat and pour the cup of peas into the water with the potatoes and let sit for 30 sec. Drain and set aside.
  3. To make the adobo, bring a small pot of water to a boil. Remove the stems and seeds from the chiles and drop them into the water. Turn heat down to the lowest setting and let the chiles sit in the water for 10 min. Remove the chiles from the water and place in blender. Reserve ½ cup of the chile soaking liquid. Add the garlic, onion, oregano, cumin, cloves, cinnamon, white vinegar, and ½ cup of soaking liquid to the blender and process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Pour the adobo on the cooked potatoes and peas, adjust seasoning, and mix well.
  5. To make the dough, beat the vegetable shortening, on medium-high speed, with an electric mixer, until it has doubled in size and is nice and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the baking powder, salt, and beat for 1 minute to incorporate into the shortening.
  6. Add half of the masa harina then add half of the vegetable stock. After it is completely incorporated, add the other half of masa harina and vegetable stock. Beat at low speed, until thoroughly mixed. It should have the consistency of a thick cake batter. If necessary add more vegetable stock until you reach that consistency. Taste the dough, and add more salt if necessary. It should be a little bit salty.
  7. For lighter and fluffier tamales, let the dough rest for an hour in the refrigerator. Remove the dough from the fridge and rebeat it, adding enough liquid to get it to the consistency it had before.
  8. Remove the corn husks from the water and set on paper towels. Reserve the largest husks to wrap the tamales and the small ones to line the steamer.
  9. To set up your steamer, fill the bottom with water making sure the water is not touching the steamer rack. Line the rack and sides of the steamer pot with corn husks. Set aside.
  10. Pull 24 pencil thin strips off of the corn husks and set aside. Take a husk and dry off the excess water with a paper towel. Place the husk in your hand with the tapered side away from you and the smooth side up. Using a spoon, spread 2-3 tbsp. of the dough (¼ inch thick) onto the corn husk, forming a 3 – 4 inch square. Leave a border of at least 3/4 inch on each side of the square.
  11. Place 1 ½ tbsp. of the filling in the center of the dough. Bring the two long sides of the corn husk together, this will cause the masa to surround the filling, and roll them in the same direction around the tamal. (If the husk is too small, fold one of the long sides towards the center, and then fold the other long side on top.) Fold down the empty tapered section of the corn husk, forming a closed bottom. This will leave the top of the tamal open. Tie with a corn husk strip to secure the bottom of the tamal.
  12. Place the tamal in the steamer vertically leaning against the side of the pot, with the folded part of the tamal on the bottom. Repeat this process until you run out of dough and all the tamales are in the steamer. Cover them with a layer of corn husks. If the steamer is not full, fill the empty spaces with more corn husks. Cover the pot and bring the water to a boil. Turn heat down to medium and cook for 40 minutes. Check the tamales, when they separate easily from the corn husk it means they are done. If they are not done, steam for 10 more minutes and check again.
  13. Remove steamer from the heat and let sit covered for 10 minutes. Uncover and let cool for at least an hour. Don’t be alarmed if the tamales seem really soft. As they cool, they will firm up.

Chef's Notes

If you would like to make these with fresh masa, replace the masa harina with 2 lbs. of fresh masa. To substitute the vegetable shortening, you can use 8 oz. of coconut oil. For tamales without fat, use 8 oz of cooked, unsweetened pumpkin.

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Vegan Chorizo Torta

Summer is quickly coming to an end, or has come to an end for some of you. The heat is escalating quickly and hot summer days will soon be hot school days, where we spend our days lugging our kids from one place to another and rushing home to do homework. I’m not looking forward to the rushing around, but I am looking forward to quiet mornings and maybe more time to blog.

vegan chorizo torta

My favorite part of the summer was definitely the visit from my nieces and all the fun things we did. The worst part of the summer was Dylan breaking his arm doing Jiu Jitsu, which put an end to all of our water filled summer activities. What was the best part of your summer?

broken arm

Before I forget, I have to tell you about a new recipe site called Yummly. You can search for recipes by season, ingredient, tastes, techniques, cuisine, courses, sources, and brands.  You can also add recipes from around the web to your recipe box. Yummly is also working with other bloggers to include as many recipes from around the web as possible. You should definitely go check it out.

vegan chorizo torta

The Recipe: Vegan Chorizo Torta

This vegan chorizo torta is going to knock your socks off! I was already in love with the chorizo recipe, but this torta is something else. What is a torta anyway? It is basically the Mexican version of a sandwich. A bolillo, french- style roll, is spread with refried beans and creamy avocado, and filled with a spicy chorizo center, tomato, and a couple of slices of onion. The whole thing is then toasted on a griddle, kind of like a panini. Serve with pickled jalapeños for an extra kick. Enjoy!

vegan chorizo torta

vegan chorizo torta
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Vegan Chorizo Torta

Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Dora Stone

Ingredients

  • 4 Bolillos or French rolls
  • 1 can (15.5 oz.) Black beans
  • 2 Avocadoes
  • 1 Onion, white, sliced thinly
  • 2 Tomatoes, large, sliced
  • ½ - 1 lb. Homemade vegan chorizo (see note)

Preparation

  1. Heat a large sauté pan to medium heat. Add 1 tbsp. of oil or water (if you are oil-free). Add chorizo and cook for 5-6 minutes or until it begins to slightly brown. Remove from heat and set aside.

  2. Cut the avocadoes in half, remove the pits, and scoop out the flesh with a spoon into a bowl. Mash with a fork and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  3. Drain the black beans, but reserve 2-3 tbsp. of the liquid. Mash the beans with a fork or a potato masher until they reach the consistency of refried beans. (You can, of course, use real refried beans instead.) I like to add 2 tbsp. of salsa instead of the canned bean liquid.

  4. Slice the rolls in half, lengthwise and scoop out some of the soft interior. Spread 2 tbsp. or more of the avocado on the top half of the bread, and top with 2 slices of onion.

  5. Spread 2 tbsp. or more of the beans on the bottom half of the bread. Divide the chorizo mixture between the bottom half of the 4 rolls. Top with 2-3 slices of tomato, and cover with top half of bread.
  6. Heat a griddle or cast iron pan over medium heat. Once hot, place the tortas on it and cook for about 5 min, on each side. You can place a heavy sauté pan on top of the tortas while they are cooking to give it a panini effect, or just use a panini press.
  7. Serve with pickled jalapeños.

Chef's Notes

You can find the recipe for Homemade Vegan Chorizo here or you can buy your own.

 

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Vegan Chilaquiles Rojos

” Mom, why can’t we just have the regular meatballs? I just want the regular ones ok,” said 5 yr. old Dylan as he suffered through another attempt at mom’s vegan meatballs in tomato-chipotle sauce. I’m in the process of writing a free e-book for you guys and I’ve been testing recipes, but for some reason I decided to try and make a vegan meatball. Oh the irony, even as I’m typing it now it seems so wrong. Let’s just say Dylan has not been a fan of this cooking experiment. I think it might be time to give up and come up with a new dish for the e-book. Sigh. In the meantime here is a recipe for vegan chilaquiles rojos.

This recipe for vegan chilaquiles rojos is a great way to have a hearty and healthy breakfast. They are spicy, rich, and a bit creamy.

Breakfast is one of the hardest things when you first decide to go vegan or switch to a plant-based diet. Believe me, you get tired of oatmeal pretty fast, and sometimes you just want something hearty and savory. I haven’t been brave enough yet to try a tofu scramble, but I know plenty of people who enjoy a good one. That’s where these veggie chilaquiles come in. They are crunchy, spicy, and just the right amount of creamy.

This recipe for vegan chilaquiles rojos is a great way to have a hearty and healthy breakfast. They are spicy, rich, and a bit creamy.

The Recipe: Vegan Chilaquiles Rojos

I’ve used an almond crema to off-set the heat in the dish. Why an almond crema? I’m going to tell you a little secret. I don’t like cashew cream, gasp! I know, I’m a pretty bad vegan, but it’s just too sweet for me. I don’t think it goes very well with Mexican food, that’s why I’ve come up with my own version of crema. You can adapt this recipe and add tofu, eggs, cheese, or chicken for a richer version or keep it light with just the veggies and almond crema. Enjoy!

Veggie chilaquiles. Spicy, rich, and creamy. A vegan recipe.
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Vegan Chilaquiles Rojos

Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Dora Stone

Ingredients

Vegetable Sauté

  • 1 tbsp. Vegetable oil
  • 2 Zucchini, diced
  • ½ hd. Broccoli florets
  • 2 Tomatoes, diced
  • 2 Garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup Vegetable broth or water
  • ½ cup Black beans, canned or home-made
  • 1 cup Spinach, chopped

Sauce

  • 4 Chile guajillo, devained and seeded
  • 2 cans (14.5 oz) Diced tomatoes
  • 1 Onion, white, chopped
  • 4 Garlic, cloves
  • 4 Serrano chiles, chopped
  • 24 Corn tortillas, cut into triangles, 12ths
  • 1 cup Vegetable oil
  • 1 Avocado sliced
  • 1/4 cup Chopped cilantro

Almond Crema

  • ½ cup Almonds, whole, raw
  • ¼ cup Vegetable oil or almond milk
  • 1 Garlic clove
  • ¾ cup Water
  • 1 tbsp. Lemon juice, fresh

Preparation

  1. Vegetable Saute: Heat 1 tbsp. of oil in a large sauté pan to medium-high heat. Once oil is hot, add zucchini and cook for 2 minutes, stirring often. Add the tomato, and garlic, and let cook for 1 minute more. Add broccoli and ¼ cup of water and cover. Lower heat to medium and cook for 1-2 minutes or until broccoli starts to get tender. Add black beans and spinach. Stir. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  2. Sauce: Boil water in a small pot. Place the dried guajillo chiles in the water and simmer for 5 min. Drain and place in the blender with the tomato, onion, garlic, and Serrano chiles. Blend until smooth. Strain. Pour finished sauce into a large pot and simmer for 5 min. Set aside.
  3. Pour vegetable oil into a heavy-bottomed pot , enough to cover about 2 inches of the bottom. Heat to about 350F at medium-high heat. Fry the tortilla triangles in batches until golden brown. Place the fried tortillas on a paper towel lined tray and let cool.
  4. Crema: Put the almonds, oil, garlic, lemon juice, and water and blend on high until the mixture has thickened and is smooth. About 2 min. Set aside.
  5. Assemble: Toss the tortilla chips with the tomato sauce in the large pot where it was simmered. The tortillas will begin to soften, but we don’t want them completely soft, so plate the tortillas and sauce immediately. Top with ½ cup of the veggie mixture, chopped cilantro, avocado slices, and drizzle with the crema.

Chef's Notes

For a healthier version bake the tortilla chips in the oven at 350F for 30 min. or until crispy and golden brown.

 

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Potato Gorditas

I have a confession to make. This is kind of embarrassing, but I’m going to tell you anyway. I have a huge culinary crush on Rick Bayless. Why am I telling you this? Well, because to make these potato gorditas I didn’t make my own salsas.

I bought the tomatillo salsa and the double roasted tomato salsa. The Frontera brand is named after Rick Bayless’s restaurant in Chicago. When I graduated school I applied for a job at his restaurants, but there were no positions available. Then a couple of years later, Thomas and I went to the James Beard Awards in NY and he was there!

This vegan recipe for potato gorditas is easy to make! Gorditas are a type of corn griddle cakes that you can stuff with almost anything.

 

Oh my gosh I can’t believe I’m going to tell you the next part, but here it goes. I wanted to go up to him and just introduce myself and say thank you for everything he’s done for Mexican cuisine in this country, but I didn’t want to be lame. The people at the James Beard Awards are mostly all restaurant professionals, it’s not the kind of party where you ask people for autographs. So instead I just kind of followed him around for a little bit, at a distance of course, while I gathered enough courage to do the grown-up thing and casually introduce myself. I couldn’t do it. Maybe next time, Rick Bayless, maybe next time.

This vegan recipe for potato gorditas is easy to make! Gorditas are a type of corn griddle cakes that you can stuff with almost anything.

The Recipe: Potato Gorditas

Anyway, the salsas are really good and he also has some other products as well. Back to the recipe. Sheesh! These gorditas are the real deal. They’re easy to make and they’re gluten-free. I love my gorditas with cheese, but in this case we’ve filled them with potatoes in salsa verde and salsa roja. Gorditas are actually my go-to easy family dinner. Whatever you do, do not go to Taco Bell and try their gorditas, just don’t. Serve these with more salsa and guacamole. Enjoy!

This vegan recipe for potato gorditas is easy to make! Gorditas are a type of corn griddle cakes that you can stuff with almost anything.

Corn gorditas stuffed with potatoes in tomato and tomatillo salsas. A vegan recipe.
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Potato Gorditas

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 gorditas
Author Dora Stone

Ingredients

  • 4 Russet potatoes, peeled, cut into small dice
  • 2 cups Maseca* corn masa flour.
  • ¼ tsp. Salt, kosher
  • ¼ tsp. Baking powder
  • 2 ¼ cups Warm water
  • 1 cup Salsa Verde, or your salsa of choice
  • 1 cup Salsa Roja, or your salsa of choice
  • 1 tbsp. Vegetable oil Optional

Preparation

  1. Place potatoes in a pan with cold salted water, bring to a boil and immediately turn heat down to a simmer. Cook potatoes until fork tender, about 15 min. Drain potatoes and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine the masa flour, salt, and baking powder. Pour in 1 ¾ cups of warm water. Mix with your hand. The dough should be the consistency of soft playdough. If it is too dry add more water, until you reach the desired consistency. Cover with a moist paper towel and let rest 5 min.
  3. Set a large sauté pan to medium heat and add 1 cup of salsa verde. Bring to a simmer and add half of the potatoes. Stir to coat potatoes with sauce. Season and remove from heat. Repeat these steps with a different pan, the rest of the potatoes, and the salsa roja.
  4. Uncover your dough and divide it into 2oz. balls. You will be able to make about 12ea. Place on a surface covered with plastic wrap. Flatten the balls with your hands to make a round patty about 1/3 in. thick. Continue this process with the rest of the balls.
  5. Set a large cast-iron pan, comal or griddle to medium-high heat. Add 1 tbsp. of oil (optional). Once the oil is hot add the masa rounds and let cook for 3 min. and then flip. Let cook for 3 -4 min more until brown spots appear on the gordita and it is hard to the touch.
  6. Repeat with the rest of the rounds. Then, using a sharp serrated knife cut a slit in the edge about half-way around its circumference, making a sort of pocket. Fill each gordita with the desired potato mixture. Serve with sliced avocado or guacamole.

Chef's Notes

These gorditas can also be fried in a shallow pan with oil at 350F. Fry 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown, then cut, and fill.

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Plantain Mole Enchiladas

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.

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Lentil Picadillo

Picadillo is one of those dishes that is a staple in every Mexican household. It is super easy to make and kids tend to love it. It was one of my favorites growing up. In northern Mexico it is traditionally made with ground beef, onions, garlic, chiles, and potatoes. In southern and central Mexico they add raisins, olives, and even fruit. You can also find picadillo in other Latin American countries. Perhaps the most famous is the Cuban version, which consists of ground or shredded beef, onions, peppers, potatoes, olives, and capers.

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Espagueti Verde Recipe – Vegan

I thought we could start off this new chapter of Dora’s Table with this vegan poblano cream sauce pasta, which is a modification of an espagueti verde recipe. My family usually makes it for Christmas, along with turkey, tamales, pozole, and buñuelos. This of course, is the dairy free version.

Where have I been in the last month? Where do I even begin? First of all, welcome to the new Dora’s Table. We have made a full transition to vegan Mexican recipes. However, you will still be able to find some of the vegan recipes published in the last 3 years that are not necessarily Mexican. Be patient with me while I’m figuring out all the kinks of running a self-hosted blog. All feedback and comments are appreciated.

This vegan espagueti verde recipe is creamy, spicy and rich. It is perfect for those craving a decadent sauce without all the added fat.

In other news, we have moved back to CA! It has been a crazy month, you can’t even imagine. We are all settled in now and I’m ready to get back to blogging. Our little baby Karina is growing like crazy and Dylan is pretty happy about kindergarten, and so is this mama. We love it here. We always did. I’m also getting excited about cooking all over again with the wide array of ingredients available here. It’s funny how quickly you can take things for granted. They are so many farms in CA and fresh produce is readily available. This differs greatly with the rest of the country.  Read more

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Spiced Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger

I dislike veggie burgers. They’re not burgers!!! Inevitably though, you will find yourself eating one, because they are commonly the only vegetarian-vegan options available at casual restaurants. Why make them at home then? Well, this recipe for spiced sweet potato black bean burger is pretty good, if I do say so myself. I usually make a big batch and freeze them. This way when I’m too lazy, tired, or out late doing stuff, I just pull some out of the freezer and make dinner, voila!

This spiced sweet potato black bean burger, is packed full of veggies and protein. Garam-masala and serrano pepper give it an extra kick

 

This spiced sweet potato black bean burger, is packed full of veggies and protein. Garam-masala and serrano pepper give it an extra kick

 

This spiced sweet potato black bean burger, is packed full of veggies and protein. Garam-masala and serrano pepper give it an extra kick

This spiced sweet potato black bean burger, is packed full of veggies and protein. Garam-masala and serrano pepper give it an extra kick

This spiced sweet potato black bean burger, is packed full of veggies and protein. Garam-masala and serrano pepper give it an extra kick

The addition of garam masala gives it a unique flavor and they are packed with veggies. The munchkin loves them. I do have to warn you, they are definitely not burgers. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them on their own with a salad or in a whole wheat wrap. Alright lovely readers, it’s late, have a sweet night.

This spiced sweet potato black bean burger, is packed full of veggies and protein. Garam-masala and serrano pepper give it an extra kick

The Recipe: Spiced Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger

This burger is packed full of veggies and protein. I have added garam-masala and serrano pepper for an extra kick. I usually make these when I have leftover brown rice and quinoa. Enjoy!

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Spiced Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger

Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 9 servings
Author Dora Stone

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Diced yellow onion
  • 4 Garlic, cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup Carrots, peeled, diced
  • 1/4 cup Celery, diced
  • 1/2 Serrano, diced
  • 1/3 cup Corn kernels, fresh or canned
  • 1 cup Sweet potato, cooked, peeled, mashed
  • 1 tbsp. Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp. Paprika
  • 1/3 cup Maseca, corn flour
  • 1 cup Black Beans, drained, canned
  • 1 cup Brown rice, cooked
  • 1 cup Quinoa, cooked
  • 1/4 cup Chopped parslet
  • To taste Salt kosher
  • To taste Black pepper ground

Preparation

  1. In the bowl of a food processor add onion, garlic, carrots, celery, serrano, and corn kernels and process until the vegetables are chopped finely but not pureed.
  2. In a large pan, set to medium-low heat, sauté vegetable mixture until all of the liquid has evaporated, about 5 – 7 minutes. Set aside and let cool for 5 min.
  3. In a large bowl combine brown rice, quinoa, beans, sweet potato, garam masala, paprika, corn flour, parsley, vegetable mixture, salt, and pepper.
  4. Place half of the mixture back into the food processor and pulse 3 times. Return mixture to bowl and mix well.
  5. Form into patties. Refrigerate for at least an hour before cooking.
  6. To cook, sauté in 1 tbsp. of oil for 2 -3 min. on each side until golden brown.
  7. Serve.

Chef's Notes

If the mixture still seems too wet, you can adjust the quantity of quinoa and brown rice accordingly.

 

 

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Vegan Chile Relleno Zucchini and Quinoa

In May, I wrote about wanting to quit blogging, so it might come as a surprise to you that I started a new blog! Unfortunately, for all you English speaking readers it’s in Spanish. I was born and raised in Mexico, which means Spanish is my primary language. I came to the U.S. as an international student in order to go to The Culinary Institute of America, thus the majority of my culinary education was imparted in English. I’m a embarrassed to say this, but I’m a bit more comfortable writing about food in English. However, my parents and a big chunk of my extended family do not speak English, and they have voiced their complains about not being able to understand anything I write. Oops!

This recipe for vegan chile relleno stuffed with zucchini and quinoa is an adaptation of a Mexican classic. It is bursting with flavor!

The reason I was hesitant to start a blog in Spanish was for the same reasons I was considering quitting this blog, it’s a lot of work! However, after receiving support and encouraging comments from a couple of readers, I am once again motivated to continue sharing recipes with you. Of course, it also really helps that the munchkin is in school full time:)

This recipe for vegan chile relleno stuffed with zucchini and quinoa is an adaptation of a Mexican classic. It is bursting with flavor!

 

This recipe for vegan chile relleno stuffed with zucchini and quinoa is an adaptation of a Mexican classic. It is bursting with flavor!

This recipe for vegan chile relleno stuffed with zucchini and quinoa is an adaptation of a Mexican classic. It is bursting with flavor!

 

This recipe for vegan chile relleno stuffed with zucchini and quinoa is an adaptation of a Mexican classic. It is bursting with flavor!

Monday is Mexico’s Independence Day, so in honor of a wonderful country, an amazing group of people, and one of the best cuisines in the world ( I might be a little bit biased here) is a recipe for chiles rellenos that is not traditional, but has all the flavor and complexity of Mexican cuisine.

The Recipe: Vegan Chile Relleno with Zucchini and Quinoa

Roasted poblano peppers are stuffed with a sauté of zucchini , corn , tomato, onion, garlic, and quinoa. They are slathered in a creamy chipotle sauce or you can use whatever salsa you like. If quinoa is not easily accessible to you, feel free to use rice instead. Enjoy!

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Vegan Chile Relleno with Zucchini and Quinoa

Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Dora Stone

Ingredients

Zucchini Sauté (Calabacitas)

  • 1 tbsp. Grapeseed oil (optional)
  • 1 cup Onion, white, finely diced
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 Ears of corn, cut into kernels
  • 1/4 cup Vegetable stock or water
  • 3 Zucchini, cut into large dice
  • 2 cups Tomato, fresh or canned, diced

Stuffed Peppers

  • 8 Poblano peppers, roasted, peeled, seeded 8 ea.
  • 3 cups Quinoa, cooked
  • Zucchini sauté, Recipe above
  • Creamy Chipotle Sauce (see note)

Preparation

  1. In a large heavy bottomed pot, set to medium heat; sweat the onion in 1 tbsp. of oil for 2 to 3 minutes until onion is translucent.
  2. Add corn and ¼ cup of water or veg stock, cover and let steam until corn is tender, about 3 – 4 minutes.
  3. Uncover, add zucchini and cook for 3-4 minutes, until it begins to soften.
  4. Add tomato and cook for 2 minutes more.
  5. Season and reserve for later use.
  6. Stuff the bottom of the chiles with quinoa and top with zucchini mixture. Pour chipotle sauce on top and serve.

Chef's Notes

If you can’t find quinoa or don’t like it, you can use rice. You can find the recipe for the creamy chipotle sauce here. 

 

 

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Southern Vegan Grits

The first day of school is only eleven days away. It will mark the end of what seems to be an endless summer. The munchkin and I really need to meet some people. We are starting to get bored and that can only lead to trouble.

These creamy southern vegan grits are topped with a spicy charred okra, tomato, onion, garlic, and corn sauté. No dairy needed!

We have been living in Bluffton, SC for almost two months and so far we have been unimpressed with the food scene here and in Hilton Head Island. At first we were kind of disappointed, but then decided that we should just cook more at home. However, last week we took a day trip to Charleston and were pretty happy to eat some good food and enjoy some drinks while the munchkin played at Play Garden. (Drop-in childcare is the best! I’m baffled at why every city doesn’t have this, it’s genius.)

These creamy southern vegan grits are topped with a spicy charred okra, tomato, onion, garlic, and corn sauté. No dairy needed!

These creamy southern vegan grits are topped with a spicy charred okra, tomato, onion, garlic, and corn sauté. No dairy needed!

These creamy southern vegan grits are topped with a spicy charred okra, tomato, onion, garlic, and corn sauté. No dairy needed!

On the way there we stopped by the Carolina Cider Company. Their store is located on the side of the highway between Savannah and Charleston. It is an unadorned white house with a couple of signs advertising cider and free samples. We almost drove right past it! Its shelves are lined with jams, jellies, preserves, pickles and relishes. There are also homemade pies and sweet cherry, peach, and muscadine cider. We happily enjoyed a cold glass of cider on the porch. It was a welcome rest from driving.

These creamy southern vegan grits are topped with a spicy charred okra, tomato, onion, garlic, and corn sauté. No dairy needed!

We didn’t get to see much of Charleston. Since we only had couple of hours to ourselves we were not looking to do the tourist thing, we just wanted to eat.  We had appetizers at The Macintosh, drinks at the The Cocktail Club, and even more drinks at The Gin Joint. I have to say that I’m really enjoying this whole cocktail resurgence movement. Classic cocktails made with fresh ingredients are making a comeback, goodbye sour mix, hello handcrafted bitters, soda, and vermouth. We had some pretty great cocktails, but I especially enjoyed the butcher plate at Macintosh. The silky foie gras parfait, the glistening lardo, and the rich pork rillette paired perfectly with the homemade pickles and coarse mustard.

These creamy southern vegan grits are topped with a spicy charred okra, tomato, onion, garlic, and corn sauté. No dairy needed!

We were pleasantly surprised at what Charleston had to offer. All of the bartenders and servers we spoke to were very knowledgeable and professional. You could tell they had a real passion and respect for the craft. We are definitely going back! Inspired by our visit the hubby recreated a 100 yr. old punch recipe at home and I made charred okra and grits.

These creamy southern vegan grits are topped with a spicy charred okra, tomato, onion, garlic, and corn sauté. No dairy needed!

These creamy southern vegan grits are topped with a spicy charred okra, tomato, onion, garlic, and corn sauté. No dairy needed!

These creamy southern vegan grits are topped with a spicy charred okra, tomato, onion, garlic, and corn sauté. No dairy needed!

These creamy southern vegan grits are topped with a spicy charred okra, tomato, onion, garlic, and corn sauté. No dairy needed!

The Recipe: Southern Vegan Grits

Charred okra, sautéed with corn, tomato, green bell pepper, garlic, and onion top a plate of creamy grits. This dish is inspired by the classic shrimp and grits. Enjoy!

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Southern Vegan Grits

Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Dora Stone

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Grits, white or yellow, coarse grind
  • 4 + 1/4 cup Vegetable Broth
  • 1 tbsp. Vegetable oil
  • 1 lb. Okra, cut into ½ in. pieces
  • 1 Onion, yellow, diced
  • 1 Ear of corn, cut into kernels
  • 3 Garlic, cloves, minced
  • 1 Green bell pepper, seeded, diced
  • 1 Tomato, large, diced
  • 1/4 cup Green onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp. Red pepper flakes
  • To taste Salt kosher
  • To Taste Black pepper ground

Preparation

  1. In a large heavy bottomed pot, bring 4 cups of broth to a boil. Add the grits in gradually while stirring constantly.
  2. Lower heat to a simmer and cover. Stir constantly every five minutes to prevent grits from sticking.
  3. Cook for 20 to 25 min. or until grits are tender. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper.
  4. While the grits are cooking, set a large sauté pan to high heat and add 1 tbsp. of oil.
  5. When the pan is hot, add the okra and cook for 5 – 6 minutes. Shake the pan every two minutes to let the okra brown evenly. Remove the okra from the pan and set aside.
  6. Using the same pan, turn heat down to low and add the onion and sweat for 2 -3 min. until translucent.
  7. Add corn and ¼ cup of vegetable broth. Cover and cook for 5 min. or until corn is tender and the liquid is close to evaporating.
  8. Add garlic and green bell peppers. Cook for 2 min. then add tomatoes, green onion, and red pepper flakes.
  9. Cook for 5 more minutes, until the tomatoes have begun to soften. Add okra back into the pan. Season with salt and pepper and serve over grits.

Chef's Notes

The okra is cooked at a high heat to prevent it from getting slimy. Make sure your pan is hot!