June 24th, 2005

spinach and bean tacos

I'm currently addicted to these things. They'd probably taste really good with mushrooms added to the spinach/bean mixture, but I've yet to try that out.

1 tbsp canola/sunflower/safflower oil
1/2 white onion, chopped
salt and pepper
1 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp chile powder (I like to use a mix of different kinds... this time it was chipotle and cayenne. Ancho is really good, too.)
1 tsp sweet paprika
pinch of dried oregano

1 cup cooked black beans (or 1 can)
1 cup cooked chickpeas (or 1 can)
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups spinach, washed and chopped
water as needed

10 corn tortillas
canola/sunflower/safflower oil

2 ripe tomatoes, diced
1 ripe avocado, diced

Heat 1 tbsp oil in skillet, add first set of ingredients, and sautee until onions soften and begin releasing water. Add beans, garlic, and spinach, and cook until spinach has reduced fully in size but still is bright green, adding water as needed. Remove from heat. To make shells, heat enough oil to cover bottom of skillet 1/4" deep, and fry tortillas until they start to crisp. Remove from oil and fold in half, set aside to drain (you can re-use the oil to make something else). Assemble tacos with a layer of bean mixture topped by tomato and avocado.

Soy Cream?

Okay, so I got a bit excited the other day when I found a Planet Organic by my house. They carried everything I've been looking for for the past year -_-... anyways, i bought loads of soy cream and realized I don't have any recipes I can use them in. I would prefer not to have to cook as it has been absolutely roasting here, but any suggestions are welcome. Thanks!!!


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"kieran's favorite rice?"

hey, i'm on vacation so i don't have my cookbooks. i wanted to cook a meal for the people i'm staying with and i remembered "kieran's favorite rice" from "How it All Vegan" is always a huge hit.

could anybody be so kind as to post the recipe for me here--or just reply with a link to somewhere that the recipe is already posted online?

thank you!

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this could be a stupid question...but can you actually make BBQ seitan (or even tofu) on the grill? eveything I've seen so far calls for baking it in the oven.
I'm having a bithday bbq tomorrow, and I'd like to do these outside.

Any thoughts?

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I'm always interested in getting to like soy yogurt due to its health benefits, and now that vgnwtch has posted an inexpensive method for making it at home, I figure I can't use price as an excuse. However, all the yogurt I've ever tried--dairy when I was a lacto-ovo-veg and different soy brands now that I'm vegan--have all been much too tangy and off-putting. What can I do to the yogurt to make it milder?

full of questions today...cakes and frosting.

Another question: if I am making a multiple layer cake, and I only want one layer of each flavor without the cake being 2 feet high, can I halve cake recipes? Will I run into problems with this? Other ideas?

Also, this just dawned on me: is there a plain white cake recipe I could use (make and split into four bowls to vary additives) to make four different layers: white, strawberry, coconut, and chocolate?

Also: good white frosting recccommendations?

got milk?

So a few minutes ago I was scrambling though the kitchen looking for some milk to have my cereal with.
And I had a major need/craving for this cereal.

but alas, no milk was to be found!! soymilk? no! almond milk (my favorite)? no! perhaps a carton of unopened oatmilk in the pantry? no!

I cant drive yet, and no one else was willing to go and grab some for me and I needed to quench my craving fast, so with my super vegan powers I created my own milk!

I combined a scoop of my vanilla soy protein powder with some blanched almonds that I ground up in a coffee grinder, put them in a blender with some water and whizzed away. It tasted pretty icky at first, so I added a few globs of maple syrup, whizzed again, and created pure goodness. Mmmm, and its just right with my cereal too!

Just thought I'd share with you all in case you ever have a case of "got milk?"

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i noticed this community's gorgeous new layout, and i think it would be awesome to have a new community user picture.
i know everyone is busy, but i'm sure there could be some really nice ones made.

i don't know. i think it would be really great to tie it all together.

if this isn't appropriate, feel free to delete.
and if it is, post ideas here?

Ideas, please!

I'm having a vegan-friendly (but omnivorous) friend over for the evening, and, since we're both pretty poor, I'll need to provide dinner without going to the gorcery store.

I have:

pine nuts
1 small portabello cap
LOTS of green onions
white onion
potatoes
carrots
cauliflower
cucumber
broccoli slaw mix
1 pear
peaches
oranges
tortillas
pesto
every wine imaginable

everything else fits into the category of "standard pantry stuff"

If it might help for him, my parents have several cheeses in the fridge. (I know plenty of you, like me, cook for non-vegs sometimes, so you probably still have a decent idea of how to play around with things like cheese)

What can I make that's not boring or "too vegan"??? (I want to keep the friend vegan-friendly for the future)

rice pudding question

so i had an open thing of rice dream horchata--it was a little too sweet to drink on its own--so i thought i'd make rice puding w/it--so i took about 3 cup of cooked brown rice and poured in 3 cups of the horchata, added some raisins and a bit of maple syrup-- brought it to a boil and then simmered it til all the liquid was absorbed. it tastes like oatmeal. am i supposed to bake it now? it's SUPER boring. i was hoping to use this as a dessert tonight--but it seems like it would make a better breakfast food. any thoughts? anything i can do?
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Guacamole

I really want guacamole and I have plenty of avacados. The problem is I don't really have much else. Can someone help me with more than just mashed avacados for a dip? That, I guess would be fine, but I would like to add one more thing so it tastes more like a dip. I am not sure of my ingredients list and I would like to improvise. What kind of spices do they put in guac? I have like a bunch of different spices.

Marshmallows

I looked through the memories and didn't see anything about this. If there is a posting, please just direct me toward it and I will quietly wander off to read it.

Vegan marshmallows....how are they? Do they melt? I'm thinking about trying them when I go camping in a couple of weeks and I want to roast them and make s'mores but I've never tried them before. I want s'mores when I camp!

I would love reviews of them and what brands (if there are a few) everyone has tried.

Thanks lots! :)