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Rice has been my nemesis for years. I don’t know why something so simple can be so complicated. Probably because I keep checking under the lid to see if it’s done! This was back when I cooked only with white rice, once I added brown rice to the mix, my complications doubled. That’s why it has taken me so long to finally come up with a good recipe for vegan Mexican brown rice. Some people also refer to it as Spanish rice, but it is all the same. I’m happy to say the kids enjoy brown rice as much as white. I think they don’t really care as long as it’s rice. They eat so much of it, that and noodles.

The perfect vegan Mexican brown rice, made with a very traditional recipe. It has just the right texture and balance of tomato-garlic flavor.

We went on another hike a couple of weeks ago, it’s called Manoa Falls. It’s a pretty popular hike, but not as well known as Diamond Head. This time my hubby went with us and we had a really good time. It takes about 30 minutes to get to the waterfall, and it’s a beautiful sight. It wasn’t too crowded and I would say it is of moderate difficulty. (Just on a side note, if you are ever in Hawaii, the state recommends not to go into the waterfall because there can be bacteria in the water called leptospirosis.) There are still many more hikes to explore, but I have been focusing on getting the hang of homeschooling and trying to post recipes at the same time! It has been a true exercise in patience.

The perfect vegan Mexican brown rice, made with a very traditional recipe. It has just the right texture and balance of tomato-garlic flavor.

We have been here 5 months and I think I’m beginning to get island fever. I keep dreaming about going on a road trip and I don’t even like driving! Then I wake up and realize I can’t go anywhere. What we should really do is visit Maui, I hear it is very vegan friendly, or someone needs to come visit me.

The perfect vegan Mexican brown rice, made with a very traditional recipe. It has just the right texture and balance of tomato-garlic flavor.

The perfect vegan Mexican brown rice, made with a very traditional recipe. It has just the right texture and balance of tomato-garlic flavor.

The Recipe: Vegan Mexican Brown Rice

The problem I have had with brown rice before is that I could never get it tender enough, so I decided to soak it overnight this time and I really like the results. I dare say it’s almost fluffy. The other really important part of this recipe is toasting the rice. I did it without oil and it worked just fine. Simply add the rice to a medium pot set to medium heat and stir until the rice begins to brown. Careful though, it’s very easy to burn. The toasting ads an aromatic touch to the rice. Enjoy!

The perfect vegan Mexican brown rice, made with a very traditional recipe. It has just the right texture and balance of tomato-garlic flavor.

The perfect vegan Mexican brown rice, made with a very traditional recipe. It has just the right texture and balance of tomato-garlic flavor.

The Perfect Vegan Mexican Brown Rice

4.25 from 4 votes
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Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 3 servings
Author: Dora Stone

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Brown rice, long grain
  • ¼ Onion, white
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 1 ½ cups Tomato, diced
  • 1 tbsp. Tomato paste
  • 1 ½ cups Vegetable, stock or broth
  • ½ tsp. Salt, kosher
  • 1 cup Peas, frozen

Instructions

  • Soak the brown rice in cold water overnight.
  • Drain the rice. Set a medium pot to medium heat and add the rice. Stir often and let rice toast until golden brown, about 8-10 min.
  • Meanwhile blend the tomato, onion, garlic, and tomato paste until smooth. Strain. You should end up with 1 cup of puree. If you don’t, add enough veg stock to make it one cup.
  • Pour the tomato puree into the pot with the rice and let simmer for 2 minutes. Add the 1 ½ cups of vegetable stock. Add ½ tsp of salt and stir. Cover and turn heat down to a low simmer. Let cook for 35 – 40 minutes.
  • Remove pan from heat and let rest covered for 7 minutes.
  • Meanwhile drop peas in boiling water until tender, about 1 minute, drain.
  • Add peas to rice and fluff with fork.

Notes

If you forgot to soak the rice, don’t worry. It will take just a bit longer to cook.

 

These vegan potato adobo 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

Vegan tamales are delicious, and you can practically make them with any vegetable or green. If you need a little help in the tamales department, be sure to check out my ebook Vegan Tamales Unwrapped: The step-by-step guide to savory and sweet tamales. It has over 16 different vegan tamal recipes, and with picture and instructions on how to do every step so you can make tamales easily.

This vegan latino gift guide is inspired by our love of Latino culture, they are made or curated by Latino business owners and entrepreneurs.

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. Just don’t stress out about family gatherings this time of year. Bring a vegan dish to share and enjoy yourself, I know I will.

The Recipe: Vegan Potato Adobo Tamales

You can use vegetable shortening or olive oil in this recipe instead of coconut oil. If you prefer to make tamales without fat you can substitute the coconut oil with unsweetened pumpkin puré. Letting the masa rest is key to light and fluffy tamales. 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

 

Vegan Potato Adobo Tamales

Vegan Potato Adobo Tamales

Vegan Potato Adobo Tamales, tender tamales stuffed with potatoes and peas in a spicy adobo sauce.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: adobo, potatoes, vegan tamales
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings: 18 tamales
Author: Dora Stone

Ingredients

Dough

  • 1 cup (8 oz.) Coconut oil
  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Pour the adobo on the cooked potatoes and peas, adjust seasoning, and mix well.
  • To make the dough, beat the coconut oil, on medium-high speed, with an electric mixer, about 3 minutes. Add the baking powder, salt, and beat for 1 minute to incorporate into the oil.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Video

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.

Overwhelmed, is the only word I can use to describe what I feel right now. After Karina’s 1st birthday, Easter celebrations, a cold that hit almost all of us and doesn’t seem to go away, and spring break. I’m done. All I want to do is curl up in my bed and watch TV. Which is of course wishful thinking, because life doesn’t stop because mom feels overwhelmed and tired. So the show must go on, but now that Dylan is back in school we can get back to our weekly routine and this little neglected blog. These spring vegetable and hummus tostadas are a quick easy lunch for those days when you are feeling overwhelmed.

This vegan recipe for spring vegetable and hummus tostadas is a refreshing vegetable sauté with chopped mint and lemon zest on top of hummus

Even though it’s been a busy couple of weeks we are greatly enjoying spring. The weather doesn’t change much here, but the vegetables, oh the vegetables! Peas, pea shoots, asparagus, fava beans, spring garlic, artichokes….. I could go on and on. I get all of the vegetables I can get my hands on during this time, they’re so tender and fresh you can eat them with anything, yes, even tostadas.

Spring also brings back memories of working the line and having to shell thousands of peas and fava beans, prepping baby artichokes, and trimming fiddle head ferns for the spring menu. Believe me it was not our favorite task or season in the kitchen.

This vegan recipe for spring vegetable and hummus tostadas is a refreshing vegetable sauté with chopped mint and lemon zest on top of hummus

The Recipe: Spring Vegetable and Hummus Tostadas

Don’t you just love tostadas? I can top a  tostada with almost anything. Hummus is one of my favorite toppings because it’s so easy and doesn’t require heating up. I’ve done hummus and sliced cucumbers, hummus and roasted peppers, mashed avocado and salsa, and of course the classic refried beans.  In this case I’ve blanched and shocked spring vegetables then sautéed them with garlic, lemon zest, and some chiffonade mint. The tostada itself is a brand called Sanissimo, they are oven baked without oil. They are one of my favorite foods ever. So much, that every time I go to Mexico I mail a big box of tostadas to last me several months. I haven’t been able to find them in Orange County, but I know in other states like Texas they may be more readily available. You can get them online but for a huge price increase. The hummus can be home-made or store bought, and you can choose whatever type of hummus you prefer. Enjoy!

spring vegetable and hummus tostadas

Spring Vegetable and Hummus Tostadas

5 from 1 vote
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Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 tostadas
Author: Dora Stone

Ingredients

  • 1 bu. Asparagus, stems, peeled
  • 1 lb. Fava beans, shelled
  • 1 cup Peas, frozen
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp. Lemon zest
  • ½ tsp. Fresh mint , finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp. Olive oil, optional
  • 8 tbsp. Hummus
  • 4 Tostadas

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Cut the tops off of the asparagus and cut the stems into ¼ inch rounds.
  • Fill a large bowl with ice and water.
  • Drop the asparagus into the boiling water for 3 min. Remove with a strainer into the bowl with icy water. Once the asparagus is cold remove from ice water and set aside.
  • Refill ice bowl and drop the peas into the boiling water and immediately take them out with a strainer into the icy water. Once the peas are cold, remove from ice water and set aside.
  • Refill ice bowl, and drop the fava beans into the boiling water for 2 min. Remove with a strainer into the bowl with the icy water. Once the fava beans cool down remove from ice water and peel to remove the whitish skin covering them.
  • In a large sauté pan over medium-heat, add the olive oil and heat. Add the garlic and sauté, stirring for 1 minute. Add all of the vegetables until they are coated with the oil and are warm.
  • Add the lemon zest and mint and stir. Remove from the heat.
  • Spread 2 tbsp. of hummus on each tostada and top with a generous amount of spring vegetables. Serve immediately.

Notes

I like to top my tostadas with salsa.