Mexican Rice {Super Simple, Preservative Free}

I made a taco casserole for dinner last night and was really craving some plain ol’ mexican rice to go alongside, then I realized I’d never made a vegan version before. Now that I know it’s super simple and delicious made with plain, fresh vegetable broth instead of an innocent little chicken’s life (aww, no :[ ) I’ll be making it more often. It’s a nice, easy addition to any mexican meal, and is a great filling meal stretching dish. I don’t know why it took me so long to make this… nom nom.

 

 

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Red Pepper Hummus

When it comes to hummus I’m not a star vegan child. I honestly don’t like plain ol’ hummus and my mom doesn’t either, so maybe she gave me the trait. I once stumbled upon this group of wild vegans (I’m looking at you, Reddit) and apparently they eat hummus daily, for a pleasurable snack. I felt like I was an outcast for not liking it. For a snack I go for some pecans, peanuts or a chunk of dark chocolate, granola, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, flax muffins, natural fig bars you know, toothy foods. So I got butt-hurt and decided I needed to at least try and be a better vegan example. I actually decided upon a hummus I like. Its got a typical hummus base, hit with a spike of smoky peppers. I enjoy it with carrot sticks, bell pepper slices and cauliflower.

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Mexican Style Breakfast Burrito

I used to not be a breakfast person at all. It was a sad time. Over the last year I’ve made it a point to try and eat at least a few bites of something between 8 and 9 am. Okay, sometimes 10 am. So, I bought a few frozen breakfast burritos to try out the idea of something spicy and savory for breakfast. I loved it and ended up buying a few more. Well, that got expensive quick. Naturally I decided I would get arrogant and make my own. This is what I came up with, and to me they not only taste great, but honestly.. I think they taste better. Give it a try, I included a few extra pictures to guide you in the “rolling process” and it’s actually quite fun.

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Eggplant Patties

Before the idea of becoming vegan came true, I never ate eggplant. I thought it was too complicated and bitter. Well, I cooked it once and fell in love. You can do a whole menu of tasty eggplant dishes, and most of them are super easy. That said, I made this simple recipe two nights ago when I made some coconut curry, and it paired so well I’ll probably make it again next week.

 

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Quinoa Stuffed Poblano or Bell Peppers

I had never tried poblano peppers before I made this. Isn’t that nuts? I don’t like messing with peppers very often, do to the simple fact that you can easily burn the hell out of yourself if you get the juice or seeds under your nails and on your hands. I am always very cautious with this, and please do yourself a favor and be very aware. The result is delicious and fresh tasting whether you choose to use bell peppers or poblano.

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Chili Smothered Baked Potato

Yesterday, I unexpectedly had to take my cat to the vet. He has cut his paw and apparently licked it raw. It got worse overnight and the quickest they could get me in was around 5pm. I was in a panic trying to get him cleaned up, giving him a bath, making sure he was comfortable, putting his crate together and making sure he wasn’t getting his paw dirty. Unfortunately, this meant I was slacking on cooking dinner. When I left at 5 pm I realized I probably would not be able to cook until much later, and was behind on laundry and cleaning the dishes. By the time I got home it was around 7 pm. I went to the pet store to get a neck cone for the poor little dude, and ended up cooking around 8:30. I had no idea what I was going to make. I had a few canned beans, some corn, a bell pepper, some potatoes and some canned tomatoes. The answer was clear… chili. The best part is that while it cooked I did some laundry, nursed my kitty and did some dishes.


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