Cinco de Mayo: Part II

While I was hunting for some more delicious Cinco de Mayo recipes, I came across a vegetarian tamale recipe that sounds amazing! I haven’t had a tamale since long before I became a vegetarian and I’ve never made them so I’m really looking forward to giving it a shot!

There are a lot of steps that go into making tamales but I can’t imagine that they would require that much work if they weren’t worth it. My plan for the evening is to make as many of these as I can manage. I know I’ll be making them a bit in advance since Cinco de Mayo is on Saturday but the glory of tamales is that you can freeze them!

Don’t they look absolutely delicious! I hope you all enjoy these!

Happy cooking!

Cinco de Mayo: Part I

With Cinco de Mayo quickly approaching, I realized that I had no recipes for the party that I’m planning that evening. My friends and I always get together to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and this year it’s my turn to host the party. As I’ve told you before, most of my friends aren’t vegetarians but I decided that I was going to cook an entirely vegetarian meal.

Salsa is absolutely amazing and I plan on making several different batches: hot, mild, black bean and corn, and salsa verde. Salsa Verde is a new one for me so I went on the hunt for a recipe that looked easy enough but that could also be made in large batches cost effectively, and I found one!

This salsa verde recipe by Food Network is so delicious! I tried to make a small serving of it and it was amazing! Any salsa lover is going to enjoy this recipe!

Happy cooking!

Vegan Barbeque Sauce

The weather is heating up and school is almost over! Summer time is almost here and with that comes grilling season… Luckily, just because you’re a vegetarian (or vegan) doesn’t mean that you have to miss out! When I started eating vegetarian, I thought I would really miss BBQ. I used to love grilled chicken coated in barbeque sauce. Obviously, chicken is no longer something that I eat and surprisingly, vegetarian barbeque sauce is a lot harder to find than you’d think. Because of this, I went in search for a homemade barbeque sauce recipe and found a great one!

This sauce is extremely easy to make and tastes good on everything! I’m really looking forward to breaking out the grill this weekend and making some delicious grilled tofu coated in BBQ sauce! Not only does this taste great on tofu but it tastes great on veggies as well. Even if you aren’t a vegetarian, this sauce is sure to please!

 

Happy grilling!

 

 

Homemade Veggie Burger

If you’re concerned about mad cow disease, I have a solution! If you’re craving a burger, make it a veggie burger! They are just as delicious if not more so and you won’t die from eating one! And to top it all off, I have a great veggie burger recipe that is so simple and super tasty!

I know veggie burgers scare a lot of people off but they are so delicious! I’m not the only one who thinks this particular recipe is great either! And the other person that approves of this burger isn’t even a vegetarian! So, give it a shot, you may find out that you like it just as much if not more as your regular old beef burger!

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Happy cooking!

Mad Cow Disease is Back

I found this really cool cite called Storify and I created my first story. I tried to embed it but it didn’t look right. I still think the story was a lot of fun and it’s totally worth checking out!

[View the story “Mad Cow Disease” on Storify]

Healing Foods

While I was browsing Vegetarian Times, I found another wonderful resource! I’ve shared the reasons to become a vegetarian, detox foods, and several other stories from Vegetarian Times with you but I found one that is even more interesting and helpful than the others!

There is not question that some foods harm your body while others heal your body. Luckily for us, Vegetarian Times takes some of the guesswork out of it! They released a list of healing foods that include:

  • Acai
  • Almonds
  • Avocados
  • Blueberries
  • Cabbage
  • Coffee
  • Cranberries
  • Garlic
  • Mushrooms
  • Soy
  • Walnuts

The list goes on and on. Included in the list is also what these healing foods help heal. Whether they help fight gum disease or help digestion, it’s all there!

Watercress Soup Recipe

The Vegetarian Times article that I posted earlier also says that watercress has a lot of detox value so, I made myself some watercress soup.

This is the first time that I’ve had watercress soup and I was pleasantly surprised! Watercress has a slightly spicy taste similar to that of a radish. It is a lot less bitter than a radish, however. The combination of the cream and the watercress tames the spice just slightly. This soup is amazing and perfect for a spring day!

Oh, and one other note about this soup… watercress smells amazing when it’s being cooked! I was extremely surprised by the pleasant aroma!

Happy cooking!

Asparagus with Orange Sauce

Okay, so I found a recipe that used the detox veggies that I absolutely love! I tried it this afternoon and fell in love! At first I was a little skeptical to try Asparagus with Orange Sauce because I was a little unsure of how the two flavors would work together. I didn’t think that asparagus would taste well with orange over it.

I was wrong! This dish is incredible! The orange gives this a very nice, light citrus flavor. I really liked the creamy sauce over the asparagus. Usually I just put some olive oil and pepper on my asparagus and call it good but I’m really happy that I gave this a try. I really enjoyed this recipe and I’m sure you will too!

Happy cooking!

 

Detox Veggies

Lately I’ve been feeling a little blah so I thought I’d do a detox. Some people choose to drink the detox drinks or fast for days at a time but I took the more natural approach.

Although all veggies are good for you, Vegetarian Times says these 8 veggies target key areas such as the liver and gallbladder and clean them out.

Not only did this article help point me in the right direction for my detox but it also provided delicious recipes for all of the foods that were listed! I’m off to try some now!

 

N & J Cafe

Yum, yum, yum! I was craving hummus yesterday so I decided to go to N & J Cafe in Wichita, KS for free hummus Mondays! Not only did I get my fill of hummus but I also had the falafel.

As of yesterday, I’ve tried all of the vegetarian dishes on their menu and it was all delicious with the exception of one dish. I had the baba ganoush a while back and I wasn’t a huge fan of it. I don’t know if it was because the eggplant was so strong or if it was the texture but I wasn’t a fan. With the exception of that, everything else is wonderful!

The service is always great at N & J and it always smells amazing! If you haven’t been there yet, you should give it a try. Whether you’re a vegetarian or a lover of meat, you’ll surely find something there that you love!
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