It has been a crazy two weeks. We went skiing for a couple of days and then helped some friends out by watching their 4 kids for the weekend! My husband is an avid skier and has been begging me for years to learn. I was reluctant, because I do not like the cold. Even with my hesitation I had a great time. I did fall on my butt a couple of times, but unfortunately we did not get a video of it.

This recipe for chickpea and spinach tacos is my go-to easy lunch. Serve on warm corn tortillas, topped with cherry tomatoes, avocado, salsa, and pepitas.

The first day was great, I took a lesson and found out that I wasn’t too bad of a beginner skier. I didn’t fall once. I kind of got a little cocky and began to think that skiing wasn’t so hard after all. The following day my husband made sure that I was brought down back to earth, quite literally. He, like myself, is an over achiever. However, I like to take my time and do things at my own pace. He would rather fall and try, try again, until he gets it. We did a green run and he was surprised that I didn’t suck, so he said we should do another green run, that was supposedly the same as the one we did before. It was not. I ended up curled up in a ball crying. It was steeper that he had thought and I couldn’t stop. I ended up falling and sliding several feet in the snow. I got pretty scared, but after a couple of minutes I put my big girl panties on, got up and tried it again. Nobody has ever pushed me as hard as he does, which is great and scary at the same time.

family

family

family

This recipe for chickpea and spinach tacos is my go-to easy lunch. Serve on warm corn tortillas, topped with cherry tomatoes, avocado, salsa, and pepitas.

The day ended with a soak in the hotel hot tub and dinner and drinks with friends. I liked it so much that I am going to start saving now, and maybe next year we can go to Jackson Hole.

This recipe for chickpea and spinach tacos is my go-to easy lunch. Serve on warm corn tortillas, topped with cherry tomatoes, avocado, salsa, and pepitas.

The Recipe: Chickpea and Spinach Tacos

I’m still on a bit of a taco kick and these tacos are my favorite go-to quick lunch recipe. I always have chickpeas on hand for making hummus, and spinach for smoothies so it seemed only natural to put them together in a tortilla. It’s so easy it’s kind of silly to post a recipe for it, just sauté the spinach and garlic and add the chickpeas. Just like I mentioned before the quality of your tortillas matters a lot. Right now my favorite are the Tortilla Land uncooked corn tortillas. Serve on warm corn tortillas and top with cherry tomatoes, avocado slices, your favorite salsa, and  toasted pepitas for some crunch. Enjoy!

This recipe for chickpea and spinach tacos is my go-to easy lunch. Serve on warm corn tortillas, topped with cherry tomatoes, avocado, salsa, and pepitas.

Chickpea and Spinach Tacos

5 from 2 votes
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Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 3 servings
Author: Dora Stone

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. Vegetable oil, optional
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 8 oz. Spinach, cleaned, 1 bag
  • 1/8 cup Vegetable stock
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) Chickpeas, drained, rinsed
  • 1 Avocado, sliced
  • 1 pint Cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • ½ cup Pepitas, toasted
  • 9 Corn tortillas

Instructions

  • Heat oil in a large sauté pan to medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes until the garlic begins to release its aroma.
  • Add the spinach and the 1/8 of a cup of vegetable stock. Cover and let cook for 3 – 4 minutes until the spinach has wilted and cooked down.
  • Add the chickpeas, stir, cook for 1 minute to ensure they are warm, and season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve with warm corn tortillas and top with cherry tomatoes, avocado slices, your favorite salsa, and toasted pepitas for some crunch.

 

I am going skiing for the first time! It’s not really my first time, but that one doesn’t count. I was thirteen, a tad pudgy, and not very balanced or graceful. For the life of me I could not figure out how to stop or slow down, and I kept knocking little kids over. This time might be better, I hope. I’m not looking forward to the cold though. Me and the cold are not friends. Give me a hot day, a margarita, some spicy zucchini and black bean tacos, a pool, and I’m set. I’ll try and get my husband to take a video of me falling on my butt, which I’m sure will happen, so you can laugh with me (at me).

These spicy zucchini and black bean tacos are delicious, protein packed, and very easy to make.

Next month I will be going to the We All Grow Summit, a latina blogger conference. I am really excited about it, and I’m hoping to learn a lot, so I can grow the blog. I’m a bit nervous though, I’m not so good with the small talk in large group situations. I have to really push myself to interact, but once I get comfortable you won’t get me to be quiet. Do you have any tips for me?

These spicy zucchini and black bean tacos are delicious, protein packed, and very easy to make.

Mexicans can make a taco out of anything. Tacos are very near and dear to our hearts and they have nothing to do with ground beef, taco seasoning, and a crispy shell. I will say, there are some weird tacos out there, like these ant larvae and egg tacos. I don’t think we are going to get to that level of weird here, but I definitely need more taco recipes.

The Recipe: Spicy Zucchini and Black Bean Tacos

These spicy zucchini and black bean tacos are delicious, protein packed, and very easy to make. Simply sauté onion and garlic, then add the zucchini and the black beans. They are topped with a chile de arbol almond sauce, which gives this dish a decadent and creamy touch. Serve on warm corn tortillas. Enjoy!

These spicy zucchini and black bean tacos are delicious, protein packed, and very easy to make.

These spicy zucchini and black bean tacos are delicious, protein packed, and very easy to make.

Spicy Zucchini and Black Bean Tacos

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Dora Stone

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. Vegetable oil, optional
  • ½ White Onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 Mexican zucchini, large, diced
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) Black beans, drained

Chile de Arbol Sauce:

  • 2 - 4 Chile de Arbol, dried
  • 1 cup Almonds, raw
  • ½ Onion, white, large
  • 3 cloves Garlic, unpeeled
  • 1 ½ cups Vegetable Stock, Warm
  • 2 tsp. White or champagne vinegar

Instructions

  • Heat vegetable oil to medium heat in a large sauté pan. Add onion and sweat for 2-3 minutes or until the onion is tender and translucent.
  • Add the garlic cloves and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the zucchini and cook until tender, about 3-4 minutes. Add the black beans and mix well. Let cook for 1 minute more. Season with salt and pepper.
  • To make the sauce: heat a griddle, comal, or cast iron pan to medium-high heat. Toast chiles on each side until lightly toasted, about 30 seconds on each side. Remove from pan and set aside.
  • Add the almonds to the pan and toast until golden, about 2 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.
  • Toast the onion, and the garlic until slightly charred, about 4 minutes on each side.
  • Place the almonds, onion, garlic, and chiles in the blender. Add the warm vegetable stock and 2 tsp. of vinegar. Process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Sauce should be thick and creamy.

Notes

Chile de Arbol Sauce recipe adapted from Gran Cocina Latina

 

 

I’m still recovering from the Christmas and New Year celebrations. I can’t seem to catch up with the kid’s school work or any of my work for that matter. We spent almost 3 weeks in Mexico with my family, and it was incredible, as always. The kids were spoiled rotten by their grandparents and so was I. Since I didn’t have to cook, clean or do laundry while I was there, we spent many hours sitting around in our pijamas, sipping hot tea and chatting, while the kids ran amok like wild animals.

vegan potato and chorizo tacos. Serve the crispy bits of spicy chorizo mixed with the slightly golden potatoes on a warm tortilla and top with salsa.

The hubby and I were even able to get away for a couple of days and go to Austin. It had been 6 years since we had been without the kids for more than a day! We kind of fell in love with Austin a little bit. It’s a pretty cool town. Once we got back to California I was so sad. It hurts to be so far away from family, it’s not right. I miss them terribly.

Vegan potato and chorizo tacos. Serve the crispy bits of spicy chorizo mixed with the slightly golden potatoes on a warm tortilla and top with salsa.

Vegan potato and chorizo tacos. Serve the crispy bits of spicy chorizo mixed with the slightly golden potatoes on a warm tortilla and top with salsa.

However, I did return with a renewed mission or purpose for this blog. My mother (the reason I started this blog) has continued to have health problems. This is motivating me to keep going and to keep creating delicious vegan Mexican recipes that my mom would like to eat, in the hope that maintaining a vegan (plant-based) diet can help improve her health. Just like my mom and I, there are many others who would like to continue eating the foods they love and grew up with without sacrificing their health or the lives of animals. I hope this blog and these recipes can help other Latino families make the transition to a vegan (plant-based) way of life.

My crazy family

my crazy family

The Recipe: Vegan Potato and Chorizo Tacos

This is where these potato and chorizo tacos come in. Potatoes and chorizo or chorizo con papas is traditionally a breakfast dish, but I see no reason why this couldn’t be a good lunch or dinner option. You can use store-bought vegan chorizo or you could make the homemade version. Either way, as soon as you mix the chorizo with the potatoes you will understand why this is such a popular dish in Mexico. Serve the crispy bits of spicy chorizo mixed with the slightly golden potatoes on a warm tortilla and top with salsa. Make sure you have good tortillas though. My favorite tortillas right now are the Tortilla Land uncooked corn tortillas. It really is like eating your tortillas recién hechas (just made). Enjoy!

Vegan potato and chorizo tacos. Serve the crispy bits of spicy chorizo mixed with the slightly golden potatoes on a warm tortilla and top with salsa.

Potato and chorizo tacos. Serve the crispy bits of spicy chorizo mixed with the slightly golden potatoes on a warm tortilla and top with salsa.

Potato and Chorizo Tacos

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Dora Stone

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. Vegetable oil, optional
  • 1 cup Onion, white, minced
  • 3 cups Potato, peeled, diced
  • 1 cup Vegan chorizo, cooked (see note)
  • 12 Corn tortillas
  • 1 cup Your favorite salsa

Instructions

  • Heat 1 tbsp. of oil in a large sauté pan at medium-low heat. Add onions and cook until soft and translucent, about 10 min. It’s ok if they brown a little bit.
  • While the onions are cooking, place your cut potatoes in a small saucepot with salted water. Bring the water up to a simmer at high heat. Lower heat to medium and let the potatoes cook for 5 minutes.
  • Drain the potatoes and add them to the pan with the onion. Turn heat up to medium-high. Cook potatoes and onions for 5 minutes or until the potatoes begin to brown. Add more oil if necessary.
  • Add cooked chorizo to the pan and mix well. Cook for one more minute.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve with warm tortillas and the salsa of your choice.

Notes

You can buy vegan chorizo or try this homemade vegan version. 

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3/12/12:   We’re going on a date tomorrow!! A real date. We will be joining the ranks of civilized people who eat without having to wrangle a 2 yr old while trying to enjoy a decent meal. We haven’t had a real date in months. The last time we tried to spend some time alone we ended up dropping the munchkin off at the sitters and coming back home to watch TV. You can hardly call that a date. There is only one problem. I’m still not eating any kind of animal product. How will I be able to resist the cheese?? The soft and pungent  Robiola or the nutty Pecorino.

Eating out on a plant based diet hasn’t been difficult yet. In the past two weeks we have eaten twice at Native Foods in Aliso Viejo. Native Foods is a cafe that serves vegan food made from scratch. If it wasn’t for this lenten experiment that we’re conducting we would’ve never given Native Foods the time of day. Remember how I said I was going to try away from “fake” foods like vegan cheese and anything that slightly resembled a “real” food. Well, this restaurant has proved me wrong. They make an excellent seitan meatball sandwich, and their burger is not bad, not bad at all.

mushroom fajitas

 

We also ate at Seabirds food truck, which basically serves vegan street food. I had a fried avocado taco, with a garlic aioli, and cole slaw. Their sweet potato fries were good, but the kale, apple, and currant salad was the best. Even though a fried avocado taco isn’t exactly healthy it was a nice treat. Who knew vegans could be unhealthy as well??

 

This week we made:

  1. Falafel, Cucumber, Lettuce & Tahini Pita Pockets
  2. Spicy Red Lentil Daal and Brown Basmati Rice
  3. Ribollita
  4. Krispy Kale, Coconut, Tofu & Brown Rice in a Sesame Soy Dressing 
  5. Cocoa Peanut Vegan Cookies

I have been looking for good vegan recipe sites or blogs and I came across HealthyHappyLife. The pictures are beautiful and the recipes I’ve tried so far have been excellent. They have a huge vegan recipe index with everything from breakfast to dessert.

3/14:  Dinnner last night was great. I was weak and ended up eating all kinds of deliciousness. It was worth it.

mushroom fajitas

mushroom fajitas

Mushroom Fajitas

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. Oil (optional)
  • 1 lb. Button mushrooms, sliced 1/4 in. thick
  • 1 lb. Portobello mushrooms, sliced 1/4 in. thick
  • 1 Yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 5 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 1/2 tbsp. Soy sauce

Instructions

  • Set a large sauté pan to medium-high heat. Pour in oil. Add mushrooms when pan is hot and cook for about 3-5 min, until all the liquid released by the mushrooms has evaporated and they are golden brown
  • Remove mushrooms from pan.
  • Add onion into the pan and cook for 2-3 min. until slightly browned. Add garlic and peppers. Cook for 3-4 min. more or until the peppers are tender.
  • Place mushrooms back in the pan. Pour in soy sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for 1-2 min.
  • Serve with tortillas, guacamole and roasted tomato salsa.

Notes

Feel free to add any variety of mushrooms or make your own combination.