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These tortitas de camarón are without a doubt my favorite Mexican lent dish. There is a tradition of serving seafood-based dishes during lent in Mexico and this is just one of them. To make this vegan, I made my vegan tortitas de camaron with a mixture of chickpea flour, zucchini, spices, and ground up nori. They are served in a guajillo chile salsa roja with nopales (cactus).

Glass bowl with chickpea flour, zucchini, spices, and nori powder for vegan tortitas de camaron

Lent is supposed to be a time to abstain from meat as a means of sacrifice and repentance, but now that I’m vegan, this part of lent really no longer applies to my life. However, there are many Lenten dishes that I used to love like ceviche, Mexican shrimp cocktail, capirotada, sopa de habas, and chiles rellenos. I have of course veganized all of them!

pot filled with water and dried chile and tomatoes simmering

Tortitas de camaron are essentially shrimp patties made with dried ground shrimp and whipped egg whites. You can find them served with salsa roja, mole poblano, and pipian (pumpkin seed sauce). For this vegan version, I tested making the patties out of chickpea flour cooked almost like polenta, then letting it cool, and cutting it out into circles. The flavor was good, but the texture was wrong and it seemed like a lot of steps for something that could be quite simple.

nopales draining in a white colander

I finally settled on adding grated zucchini to the patties, and cooking them like you would pancakes, and I think you’re really going to like this! What are some of your favorite lent dishes??

vegan tortitas de camaron cooking on a saute pan

The Recipe: Vegan Tortitas de Camaron

  • To cook nopales, bring a large pot of water to a boil with salt and a cilantro sprig. Add nopales and cook until tender for about 8 minutes. Drain the nopales and rinse them immediately with cold water. Let them drain for a couple of minutes and now they are ready to use.
  • The patties will seem like they are too soft in the middle, but as they cool down they will firm up.

Vegan tortitas de camaron with nopales in a light blue saute pan

  • I only added 1 tsp. of nori powder, but if you want the patties to be very fishy you can add more. I made the nori powder by placing 3 sheets of nori (for sushi) in my blender and processing it into a coarse powder. You can also use dulse flakes.
  • I added chile de arbol, because I like mine spicy, but you can omit them or add more.

 

Vegan tortitas de camaron on a clay plate with nopales and a spoon taking a portion

 

Spoon dipping into Vegan tortitas de camaron on a clay plate

Vegan tortitas de camaron on a clay plate with nopales and a guajillo salsa roja

Vegan Tortitas de Camaron

Vegan Tortitas de Camaron (Mexicans shrimp patties) a classic Lenten dish gone vegan in a guajillo chile salsa roja.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: lent recipes, vegan mexican, vegan shrimp
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 135kcal
Author: Dora S.

Ingredients

To make the patties:

  • 2 cups Finely shredded zucchini
  • 1 tsp. Garlic powder
  • 2/3 cup Chickpea flour
  • 1/2 tsp. Smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. Ground mustard
  • 1 tsp. Nori powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt

Sauce:

  • 6 Guajillo chiles, dried stems, and seeds removed
  • 1-2 Chile de arbol, stems and seeds removed (optional)
  • 2 Roma tomatoes
  • 1/2 White onion, chopped
  • 2 Garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 Cilantro sprigs
  • 1 1/2 cups Chile soaking liquid
  • 2 ½ cups Chopped nopales, cooked (see note)

Instructions

To make the sauce

  • In a cast iron pan set to medium heat, toast the chiles for 20-30 seconds on each side. Be careful not to burn them, or the sauce will be bitter.
  • Bring a medium pot of water to a boil and drop in the chiles and the tomatoes. Lower heat and simmer for 15 min.
  • Remove chiles and tomatoes from the soaking liquid and place in the blender with garlic, onion, and 1 ½ cups of the chile soaking liquid. Season with salt and pepper, and process until smooth and strain. Set aside.

To make the patties:

  • In a large bowl combine the zucchini, garlic powder, smoked paprika, chickpea flour, ground mustard, nori powder, and salt. Mix well with your hand and let sit for 5 min. Mix again.
  • Grease with preferred cooking oil (optional) then scoop out 1/4 cup of the zucchini mixture at a time into the pan. Cook for about 3 minutes on each side, until light golden brown. Set aside.
  • Set a large saute pan to medium heat and pour in the sauce. Add cilantro sprig and let it simmer for 5-6 minutes. Add cooked nopales, stir, and adjust seasoning. Add the patties into the sauce and serve with rice.

Notes

  • To cook nopales, bring a large pot of water to a boil with salt and a cilantro sprig. Add nopales and cook until tender for about 8 minutes. Drain the nopales and rinse them immediately with cold water. Let them drain for a couple of minutes and now they are ready to use.
  • The patties will seem like they are too soft in the middle, but as they cool down they will firm up.
  • I only added 1 tsp. of nori powder, but if you want the patties to be very fishy you can add more. I made the nori powder by placing 3 sheets of nori (for sushi) in my blender and processing it into a coarse powder. You can also use dulse flakes.
  • I added chile de arbol, because I like mine spicy, but you can omit them or add more.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 277mg | Potassium: 689mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 2485IU | Vitamin C: 24.3mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 2.1mg

I didn’t think it was possible, but it is. You can make vegan Mexican meatball soup! I happened upon an instagram account @vegan_mexican and they kept posting pictures of vegan Mexican meatball soup. I almost lost it right there and then. My grandma used to make this soup for me growing up and I have very fond memories of this. So naturally, I contacted the account to see if they wanted to share the recipe with you and they said yes! Here is a small interview with the author of the recipe and instagram account, Brianna García.

This vegan Mexican meatball soup is a hearty soup filled with carrots, potatoes, celery, and amazingly tender meatballs.

1.  Tell us more about yourself where you are from, and how you became vegan. 

My name is Brianna García and I’m from California. I reside in the Los Angeles/ Anaheim area. I became vegan after becoming interested in organic/natural living and knew that veganism was for me. I had previously gone vegetarian in my teens and had always wished I was vegetarian again didn’t think it was possible to go vegan until I made the plunge and I’ll never look back! I also love the animal and environmentally friendly impact veganism has.

2.  What do you think is your biggest challenge as a vegan?

The biggest challenge I would say is convenience. It’s not difficult being vegan. There are so many vegan options. I just wish there was vegan restaurants and vegan grocery stores on every corner like there is with a McDonalds.

This vegan Mexican meatball soup is a hearty soup filled with carrots, potatoes, celery, and amazingly tender meatballs.

3.  The recipe is your moms. Is your mom vegan? How about the rest of your family?

The non-vegan recipe is my mothers. I asked her to show me how she made albondigas so that I could do my vegan take on it. I wanted it to be authentic as possible, but vegan. She isn’t vegan. However, I have helped her implement a lot more vegan/organic things into her diet. Nobody but my partner is vegan.

4.  What are some of your favorite go-to vegan recipes?

My favorite go-to vegan recipes are the ones that are quick to make when I’m lazy and hungry. I seriously love vegan potato tacos, and they’re so easy to make. All I had to substitute was the cheese for a vegan one. I usually make Gardein dinners quite often too. I also used to make organic vegan fruit smoothies a lot for breakfast. It’s amazing how delicious fruit tastes with no added terrible ingredients.

This vegan Mexican meatball soup is a hearty soup filled with carrots, potatoes, celery, and amazingly tender meatballs.

5.  Where can people find you and your recipes?

On my Instagram account at @vegan_mexican. 

Thank you Brianna for sharing your amazing recipe with us. My family really enjoyed it and it brought back sooo many memories.

This vegan Mexican meatball soup is a hearty soup filled with carrots, potatoes, celery, and amazingly tender meatballs.

The Recipe: Vegan Mexican Meatball Soup

Brianna did an excellent job at making this recipe very detailed, so you shouldn’t have a problem at all following along. The recipe calls for two things that no matter what, you cannot substitute. Those are gardein beefless ground and the new follow your heart vegan egg. (This is not an ad. No monetary compensation is being provided by gardein or follow your heart.) If you don’t use these, your meatballs might fall apart while cooking, like mine, did the first time I made this soup. This vegan Mexican meatball soup is a hearty soup filled with carrots, potatoes, celery, and amazingly tender meatballs. Enjoy!

This vegan Mexican meatball soup is a hearty soup filled with carrots, potatoes, celery, and amazingly tender meatballs.

This vegan Mexican meatball soup is a hearty soup filled with carrots, potatoes, celery, and amazingly tender meatballs.

Vegan Mexican Meatball Soup

This vegan Mexican meatball soup is a hearty soup filled with carrots, potatoes, celery, and amazingly tender meatballs.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: albondigas, meatball soup, vegan meatballs, vegan mexican
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 Tomato, diced medium
  • 1/4 White or yellow onion, diced
  • 2 Carrots, medium
  • 1-2 Celery stalks
  • 2-3 Caloro yellow peppers
  • 3 Potatoes, small, cut into quarters
  • 1 Mexican zucchini, small
  • 3 sprigs Cilantro
  • 6-8 Mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp. Avocado oil, (Any cooking oil is fine)
  • 1 package Gardein ground beef crumbles, defrosted (see note)
  • 1 package Follow Your Heart vegan egg package (You need about "2 eggs")
  • 1/3 cup White rice, long grain, raw
  • 1 tsp. Black pepper
  • 1 tsp. Garlic salt ( or 1/2 tsp. garlic powder + 1/2 tsp. salt)
  • 2 tbsp. Better than bouillon no-chicken base (or 2 no-chicken bouillon cubes + 2 vegetable bouillon cubes)

Instructions

To make the broth:

  • Set a large soup pot to medium heat. Add 1 tbsp. of oil and add onion to the pot. Let onion cook for 2-3 minutes or until soft and translucent. Add tomato and cook for 3 minutes more. 
  • Pour enough water into the pot to fill it 1/2 way. Bring to a simmer. Add Better than Bouillon No-Chicken base, and salt and pepper to taste (pepper is optional).

Making the meatballs

  • In a large bowl, combine the package of Gardein beef crumbles, 1 tsp. black pepper, 1 tsp. garlic salt, 1/3 cup of white rice, and chopped mint. Mix well.
  • Follow the instructions on the package of the vegan eggs and make about 2 vegan eggs. Add half of the egg mixture to the meatball mix and mix well. Make sure the mix is eggy enough to shape the meatballs. If necessary, add more of the vegan egg mixture until you get the desired consistency.
  • Form 8- 10 meatballs with your hands. Add them to the simmering broth.
  • It's crucial not to stir the meatballs too much or they'll fall apart. Cook for 15 minutes or so.
  • While the meatballs are cooking, chop the carrots, celery, and zucchini into small dice. Do quarter cuts for the potato.
  • Add the cut up carrots, celery, zucchini, potato and yellow peppers (do not cut) to the pot. Lower heat to medium-low until vegetables are cooked. Cover pot and let it thoroughly cook together for about 15 minutes. 
  • Add cilantro for finishing touch and let cook for a few minutes and you should have vegan albondigas! Don't forget the warm tortillas! Or even avocado slices!

Notes

The recipe calls for two things that no matter what, you cannot substitute. Those are gardein beefless ground and the new follow your heart vegan egg.If you don't use these, your meatballs might fall apart while cooking
 
 

 

Whenever I’m coming down with a cold, all I want is a caldo Tlalpeño. In this vegan caldo Tlalpeño recipe zucchini, potatoes carrots, and rice simmer in a chipotle vegetable broth. It is a comforting traditional home cooked meal.

Caldo Tlalpeño is one of my favorite comfort dishes. My mom, to this day, still makes a version of it whenever anyone one of us is sick. After moving to the U.S. I searched high and low for a restaurant that would serve a good caldo Tlalpeño, but none of them measured up. Until finally, duh, I realized that I should just make it at home. It is super easy to make and it’s another one of those dishes that kids love.

This vegan caldo tlalpeño recipe will keep you coming back for more. Zucchini, potatoes carrots and rice simmer in a chipotle vegetable broth

There’s a legend behind this special dish. It is said that Mexican president Santa Ana (you know, the one that signed away 1/4 of Mexico to the U.S.,) was very hung over after 3 nights of partying and was looking for a quick remedy. He happened to be in Tlalpan, the largest borough of Mexico City. The cook gave him a chicken soup and when the president asked what the name of the soup was, she said caldo Tlalpeño.

This vegan caldo tlalpeño recipe will keep you coming back for more. Zucchini, potatoes carrots and rice simmer in a chipotle vegetable broth

Homeschooling is going well so far. There has been a bit of whining and tears, but I already expected that. It’s actually kind of nice to not have to wake up at 6am and rush out the door to drop kids off at school. On the other hand, by 3 pm mommy is desperate for some alone time. Thank goodness for naps and TV!

I want to say a special thank you to all of you that took the time to respond to my email about the recipes you would like to see on the site. Apparently all of you really like chile rellenos and miss them terribly, so I will be working on that. If there’s any other dish you guys would like to see send me an email or respond to this post. I read every single one!

The Recipe: Vegan Caldo Tlalpeño

  • You can add whatever veggies you like. Chayote would also go really well with this.
  • When I make this for the kids I leave out the chipotle and add it as a condiment at the end for the adults.
  • Baked tofu would be a good addition to this soup as a garnish.

Vegan Caldo Tlalpeño Recipe

This vegan caldo tlalpeño recipe will keep you coming back for more. Zucchini, potatoes carrots and rice simmer in a chipotle vegetable broth
4.5 from 2 votes
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: caldotlalpeno, vegancaldo
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Dora Stone

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Diced, white onion
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 10 cups Vegetable Stock
  • 2 sprigs Cilantro, fresh
  • 1/4 cup Rice, long grain
  • 1 cup Potatoes, diced
  • 3/4 cup Carrots, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups Zucchini, diced
  • 1 cup Chickpeas, canned, drained
  • 1 ea. Chipotle chile, adobo, chopped
  • 1/2 Avocado, cut into cubes
  • 1 Lime, cut onto quarters

Instructions

  • Heat a large pot to medium-low heat. Add 1/4 of water (or 1 tbsp. oil), add onions and sweat for 3-4 minutes until tender and translucent. Add garlic and let cook for 1 more minute
  • Pour in vegetable stock and cilantro sprigs in a large pot, and bring to a simmer.
  • Add rice and simmer for 4 minutes.
  • Add potatoes and simmer for 4 minutes.
  • Add carrots and simmer for 4 minutes.
  • Add chipotle in adobo and zucchini and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add chickpeas and simmer for 6-7 minutes or until all the vegetables and rice are tender. 
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve with avocado cubes and lime wedges.

Notes

To serve, garnish with avocado slices and a splash of lime juice. You can add baked tofu cubes to it for a more protein packed meal.

 

During the summer I probably make these calabacitas tacos once or twice a week. (Every mom in Mexico makes calabacitas, it is one of the most common side dishes.) They are super easy to make and they utilize all the wonderful summer produce available at the local farmer’s market. Tender zucchini, ripe tomatoes, sweet corn, and garlic stew together to make a satisfying, finger licking taco.

Traditionally calabacitas tacos are topped with crema and cheese. However, this time I have chosen to use avocado instead, but feel free to use my recipe for almond crema and macadamia nut cheese, or top with your favorite vegan cheese. If you would like to make this a heartier meal you can add baked tofu or your favorite beans.

Calabacitas tacos are tender zucchini, ripe tomatoes, sweet corn, and garlic stewed together to make a satisfying, finger licking taco.

This week we went back to the Dole pineapple plantation to ride the train. The plantation has a little train that takes you on a tour of the plantation fields. The kids were more than happy to ride around on the train and spend time with their dad, and the view was amazingly beautiful. While at the plantation my husband and I were commenting that we were so ready for the summer to be over. There are so many tourists, everywhere, all the time. More than 8 million people visit Hawaii every year! It can get kind of crowded. I expect that around September or October things will slow down a bit, and we can enjoy some quiet time at the beach. Look at me sounding like a local!

Calabacitas tacos are tender zucchini, ripe tomatoes, sweet corn, and garlic stewed together to make a satisfying, finger licking taco.

Calabacitas tacos are tender zucchini, ripe tomatoes, sweet corn, and garlic stewed together to make a satisfying, finger licking taco.

Calabacitas tacos are tender zucchini, ripe tomatoes, sweet corn, and garlic stewed together to make a satisfying, finger licking taco.

I am in the process of planning the recipes for the next couple of months, and I want to know what YOU would like to see on the blog. There are many wonderful Mexican recipes that still need to be veganized, so tell me about your favorite Mexican dish or food memory and I will try my best to make it vegan and healthy-ish.

The Recipe: Summer Calabacitas Tacos

This has always been one of my favorite recipes and it is great in tacos, or served over rice with lentil picadillo. Enjoy!

Calabacitas tacos are tender zucchini, ripe tomatoes, sweet corn, and garlic stewed together to make a satisfying, finger licking taco.

Calabacitas tacos are tender zucchini, ripe tomatoes, sweet corn, and garlic stewed together to make a satisfying, finger licking taco.

Summer Calabacitas Tacos

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Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Dora S.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Vegetable broth
  • 1 cup Onion, white, finely diced
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 ears Corn, large, cut into kernels
  • ¼ cup Vegetable stock or water
  • 2 Zucchini, large, cut into dice
  • 2 cups Tomato, diced (fresh or canned)
  • 10 Corn tortillas
  • 1 Avocado, sliced
  • 1 cup Favorite Salsa

Instructions

  • In a large heavy bottomed pot, set to medium heat; sweat the onion in 1/4 cup of vegetable broth for 2 to 3 minutes until onion is translucent.
  • Add corn and garlic and pour in remaining ¼ cup of vegetable broth, cover and let steam until corn is tender, about 3 – 4 minutes.
  • Uncover, add zucchini and cook for 3-4 minutes, until it begins to soften.
  • Add tomato and cook for 5 minutes more, or until all the vegetables are tender.
  • Season to taste, and serve on warm tortillas with avocado slices and salsa.

Notes

During the summer I probably make these calabacitas tacos once or twice a week. (Every mom in Mexico makes calabacitas, it is one of the most common side dishes.) They are super easy to make and they utilize all the wonderful summer produce available at the local farmer's market. Tender zucchini, ripe tomatoes, sweet corn, and garlic stew together to make a satisfying, finger licking taco.
Traditionally calabacitas tacos are topped with crema and cheese. However, this time I have chosen to use avocado instead, but feel free to use my recipe for almond crema and macadamia nut cheese, or top with your favorite vegan cheese. If you would like to make this a heartier meal you can add baked tofu or your favorite beans.

 

 

 

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

 

 

” 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.

Vegan Chilaquiles Rojos

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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

Instructions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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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!

Vegan Chile Relleno with Zucchini and Quinoa

5 from 1 vote
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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)

Instructions

  • 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.
  • Add corn and ¼ cup of water or veg stock, cover and let steam until corn is tender, about 3 – 4 minutes.
  • Uncover, add zucchini and cook for 3-4 minutes, until it begins to soften.
  • Add tomato and cook for 2 minutes more.
  • Season and reserve for later use.
  • Stuff the bottom of the chiles with quinoa and top with zucchini mixture. Pour chipotle sauce on top and serve.

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. 

 

 

FoodArts is my guilty pleasure. I check the mail so often, surely the mail man thinks I’m stalking him! FoodArts is an industry magazine that has news, recipes, and the latest innovations in food and equipment happening now. Ok so maybe it’s not for everyone, but I really enjoy it. I usually pore over the pages and marvel at how quickly the industry changes, I try to find old classmates in the ” deep dish” section, and wish I could recreate the amazing recipes at home. Sigh.

Latest edition of FoodArts

Some of the recipes are simple and can be recreated; others have ingredients not available to the home cook like gum arabic and gellan gum; some use techniques like sous-vide cooking and pressure cooking that require special equipment; but mostly the recipes are just time consuming. The magazine is not geared to the home cook, so none of this should come as a surprise. I just can’t really justify spending 3 days on a dish when I know for sure that both the hubby and the munchkin would be happy with pasta, tomato sauce, and cheese. Oh wait! We’re not eating cheese right now so I guess just pasta and sauce.

Yes, we’re still doing the vegan thing, except for one day a week. The one day a week has really helped us to not get frustrated, and we usually try not to go overboard and pig out. With the exception of this week, when we ate at Trattoria Neapolis in Pasadena. The chef, Bryant Wigger, is a friend of ours and we couldn’t resist working our way through the menu. It has taken me the rest of the week to recover from my food coma.

 

Tagine cooking.

This recipe for Moroccan Vegetable Tagine is one of the best plant-based recipes we have tried yet. The flavors are intense and perfectly balanced. You can find the original recipe in the FoodArts issue of September 2012. It was created by Chef Laurence Jossel of Nopa in San Francisco. I have adapted it to fit my current needs and to make it more accessible to the home cook.

The Recipe: Moroccan Vegetable Tagine

moroccan vegetable tagine

Moroccan Vegetable Tagine

4.41 from 5 votes
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Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Dora Stone

Ingredients

Spice Mix

  • 1 tbsp. Cumin, seeds
  • 1 tbsp. Fennel, Seeds
  • 1/4 tsp. Crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tbsp. Salt, kosher
  • 1/2 tbsp. Black Pepper, ground

Tagine

  • 2 cups Chickpeas, canned, drained
  • 1 can (14 oz.) Tomatoes, diced, canned
  • 4 cups Vegetable broth
  • 1 Orange, zest removed in wide strips
  • 1 Lemon, zest removed in wide strips
  • 1 Bay leaf, dried
  • 5 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 Red onion, sliced
  • 2 Fennel bulb, sliced thick
  • 1/8 tsp. Saffron
  • 4 Carrots, large, cut into ½ in. chunks
  • 2 Garlic, cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp. Thyme fresh, chopped
  • 1 lb. Yukon gold or fingerling potatoes halved
  • 1 head Cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 head Broccoli, cut into florets, blanched
  • 2 Zucchini, cut into ½ in. rounds
  • 1 cup Corn kernels, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup Green beans, blanched

Garnish

  • 2 cups Green olives
  • 1 cup Almonds, toasted, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro, fresh, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Mint, fresh, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Harissa sauce,
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt. (Optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Combine vegetable broth, chickpeas, lemon and orange zests, can of tomatoes, and bay leaf in a large pot. Set aside.
  • Combine spice mix in a small sauté pan set over medium heat and toast. Remove spices from pan and set aside. Once cool, grind in spice grinder.
  • In a large bowl, combine red onion, fennel, 2 tbsp. of oil, half the spice mixture, saffron, and toss. Place on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and roast in oven for 20 min. Remove from oven and place in the pot with the chickpeas.
  • In the same bowl, combine potatoes, thyme, 1 tbsp. of olive oil and second half of the spice mixture. Place on a sheet pan with parchment paper and roast in oven for 35 min. Add to pot with chickpeas.
  • In the same bowl, combine carrots, garlic cloves, and 1 tbsp. of olive oil. Place on a sheet pan with parchment paper. Place cut zucchini and cauliflower separately in the same sheet pan as the carrots, drizzle with 1 tbsp. of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast in oven for 30 min. Add to pot with chickpeas.
  • Add blanched broccoli, blanched green beans, and corn to the pot. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Bring ingredients in the pot to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 min. or until vegetables are cooked through.
  • Serve in bowls with couscous and garnish with almonds, harissa, yogurt, olives, mint, and cilantro.

Notes

Serve with whole wheat or plain couscous or rice