Slow Cooker Mexican Quinoa & Black Beans

Slow Cooker Mexican Quinoa and Black Beans -- Epicurean VeganThis has been a favorite at our house for some time now. I found the original recipe on Pinterest, but have just tweaked it a little here and there. I also double the recipe because it makes great leftovers. I like to serve this with some tortilla chips, cilantro, avocado and vegan sour cream, but we’ve also been known to scoop it into a warm flour or corn tortilla with all fixins’ like tomato, cilantro, avocado, etc. It’s so easy to make; just toss in a slow cooker and it’s ready in about 3 hours. (And it’s gluten-free!) You can sub in any other kind of bean, such as kidney or chili beans, but I also think some lentils would be perfect too. And why not throw in a diced red bell pepper? The possibilities are endless!

INGREDIENTS:
2 15-oz cans black beans, drained and rinsed
3 C vegetable broth
1-1/2 C tri-color quinoa
1 C salsa
2 bay leaves
3 tsp cumin
2 tsp salt
1-1/2 tsp garlic powder
Black pepper, to taste
Zest and juice from 1 lime
1-2 avocados, peeled, pitted and cubed
1 C fresh cilantro, chopped
Vegan sour cream
Corn tortilla chips
Optional: flour tortillas or corn taco shells

DIRECTIONS:
Combine the beans, broth, quinoa, salsa, bay leaves, cumin, salt, and garlic powder in a slow cooker. Cook on HIGH for 3 to 3-1/2 hours. If you can, stir it around once or twice. Once done, stir in the lime zest and juice. Season individual servings with pepper and top with avocado, cilantro and sour cream. Enjoy with tortilla chips.

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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 15-oz cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 C vegetable broth
  • 1-1/2 C tri-color quinoa
  • 1 C salsa
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1-1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • Zest and juice from 1 lime
  • 1-2 avocados, peeled, pitted and cubed
  • 1 C fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Vegan sour cream
  • Corn tortilla chips
  • Optional: flour tortillas or corn taco shells
Directions
  1. Combine the beans, broth, quinoa, salsa, bay leaves, cumin, salt, and garlic powder in a slow cooker. Cook on HIGH for 3 to 3-1/2 hours. If you can, stir it around once or twice.
  2. Once done, stir in the lime zest and juice.
  3. Season individual servings with pepper and top with avocado, cilantro and sour cream. Enjoy with tortilla chips.

 

 

Tempeh-Avocado Reuben Sandwich

Tempeh-Avocado Reuben Sandwich -- Epicurean VeganThis sandwich certainly isn’t for the dainty. Grab some napkins and don’t be afraid to let things get messy, but you probably won’t care, because the flavor is amazing. Sauerkraut, avocado and tempeh is a delicious combination, especially with the tangy dressing and toasted rye bread. This is also a quick meal; perfect when you don’t have a lot of time.

INGREDIENTS:
1 8-oz pkg. tempeh, cut into slices
1/2 C tamari
1 tsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
Dressing
1/2 C vegan mayo
1/4 C ketchup
2 Tbs relish
1/8 tsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbs nutritional yeast (I like to sneak this into sauces & dressings for some added B vitamins)
3/4 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
The rest
1 avocado
2-3 C jarred or canned sauerkraut
8 rye bread slices, toasted

DIRECTIONS:
Combine the tamari, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, salt and pepper in a medium zip bag. Add the tempeh, coat well and marinate for 1-3 hours in the refrigerator. To make the sauce, whisk together the mayo, ketchup, relish, Dijon, nutritional yeast, onion powder and garlic powder.

Tempeh-Avocado Reuben Sandwich -- Epicurean VeganIn a large skillet, over medium-low heat, add the marinade and tempeh. The marinade will burn if you cook it over too high of heat, so try to keep it between medium-low and cook the tempeh, turning once or twice, until the sides are crispy.
Tempeh-Avocado Reuben Sandwich -- Epicurean VeganTo assemble the sandwiches, I spread some dressing on one bread slice, placed a few pieces of tempeh on top, then some sauerkraut, avocado slices and some more dressing.
Tempeh-Avocado Reuben Sandwich -- Epicurean VeganCut in half and enjoy!
Tempeh-Avocado Reuben Sandwich -- Epicurean Vegan

 

 

Slow Cooker Tortilla Soup

Slow Cooker Tortilla Soup -- Epicurean VeganYep, it’s still August. And yes, I know using a slow cooker in the summer isn’t necessarily the norm, but I’ve got my reasons. First, our summer here in Colorado has been interesting; lots of cloudy days and rain. Second, the guys were coming back from a three-night backpacking/camping trip and would be arriving home around dinnertime. I didn’t have time in the afternoon to cook, so I threw together this soup in the slow cooker and voila, dinner was made. Sure, they were glad to see me when they got home, but I also think the savory aroma of the soup lured them inside. You certainly don’t need to use a slow cooker for this recipe,  a regular soup pot would do. I chose this method based on the time I had and the fact that it could just simmer away until the backpackers arrived home—whenever that was going to be. The soft avocado and crunchy tortilla strips are great toppers for this soup—the best of both worlds (texture-wise). The Field Roast has all the seasoning, so there’s no need for a long list of spices, however, if you choose to sub in another meat alternative, I suggest adding chili powder and oregano in addition to the cumin. The cilantro and dollop of sour cream completed this spicy, savory soup.

INGREDIENTS:
1 large onion, chopped
1 Tbs olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Field Roast sausage links, Chipotle flavor
2 14-oz cans (or 1 28-oz can) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 6-oz can tomato paste
1 15-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
2-3 jarred roasted red peppers, chopped
4 C vegetable broth
2 Tbs lime juice
1 Tbs agave
1 tsp cumin
Salt and pepper, to taste
Toppings: chopped avocado, fresh cilantro, vegan sour cream, tortilla strips

DIRECTIONS:
In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic, onion and Field Roast. Saute until browned.
Slow Cooker Tortilla Soup -- Epicurean VeganAdd everything, including the Field Roast mixture into the slow cooker and combine well. Cook on low for about 5-6 hours.
Slow Cooker Tortilla Soup -- Epicurean VeganTop individual servings with avocado, cilantro, sour cream and tortilla strips. Enjoy!

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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Field Roast sausage links, Chipotle flavor
  • 2 14-oz cans (or 1 28-oz can) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 6-oz can tomato paste
  • 1 15-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2-3 jarred roasted red peppers, chopped
  • 4 C vegetable broth
  • 2 Tbs lime juice
  • 1 Tbs agave
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Toppings: chopped avocado, fresh cilantro, vegan sour cream, tortilla strips
Directions
  1. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic, onion and Field Roast. Saute until browned.
  2. Add everything, including the Field Roast mixture into the slow cooker and combine well. Cook on low for about 5-6 hours.
  3. Top individual servings with avocado, cilantro, sour cream and tortilla strips. Enjoy!

 

Marinated Field Roast Sandwiches with Cashew-Horseradish Sauce and Avocado

Marinated Field Roast Sandwiches with Cashew-Horseradish Sauce and Avocado -- Epicurean VeganWhen the Husband says, “Good God, woman, these are amazing,” I can’t help but grin smugly. As I’m sure you’ve gathered by now, I like Field Roast. I like their products because 1.) they taste delicious. And 2.) They aren’t made with strange ingredients. See for yourself. They really do make a healthy meat alternative that even my meat-eating friends and family like. The gyros I make using the Field Roast Celebration Roast are pretty damn good, so I decided to try my hand at another sandwich using the roast. I also made a cashew-horseradish spread that goes perfectly with the sandwiches and the avocado and sauteed onion make it all come together nicely. (And this makes plenty of sandwiches for the week)!

INGREDIENTS:
1 Field Roast Celebration Roast, cut into about 11 slices
1 onion, cut into large pieces
1 avocado, peeled, pitted & sliced thin
Sandwich rolls
Marinade
1 C tamari
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 Tbs red miso
1 Tbs brown sugar
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
Cashew-Horseradish Sauce
3/4 C raw, unsalted cashews, soaked for an hour or two
1/4 C water
1 clove garlic
2 tsp prepared horseradish sauce
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp lemon juice

DIRECTIONS:
To prepare the marinade, whisk together the marinade ingredients in a medium bowl. Place the Field Roast and onions in a large resealable bag and pour the marinade inside. Seal and coat the contents thoroughly. Chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours, turning once halfway through.

Marinated Field Roast Sandwiches with Cashew-Horseradish Sauce and Avocado -- Epicurean Vegan To prepare the Cashew-Horseradish Sauce, place the garlic clove, salt and black pepper in the food processor and process until the garlic is minced well. Add the cashews, water, horseradish and lemon juice. Blend until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to use.
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Spray a grill pan or regular skillet with oil. Over medium heat, saute the onions. (Using tongs, I just removed the Field Roast from the bag and set aside on a plate). Saute until softened and browned. Remove from the pan and add the Field Roast slices; discard the excess marinade. Cook over medium heat for about 4-5 minutes per side.
Marinated Field Roast Sandwiches with Cashew-Horseradish Sauce and Avocado -- Epicurean VeganOnce you’ve turn them, return the onions to the pan to reheat them. To assemble, spread some Cashew Sauce on the buns, add a slice of Field Roast, some onion (and maybe even another Field Roast slice), some avocado and some more Cashew Sauce. Enjoy!
Marinated Field Roast Sandwiches with Cashew-Horseradish Sauce and Avocado --Epicurean Vegan

Marinated Field Roast Sandwiches with Cashew-Horseradish Sauce and Avocado
 
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Serves: 5-10
Ingredients
  • 1 Field Roast Celebration Roast, cut into about 11 slices
  • 1 onion, cut into large pieces
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted & sliced thin
  • Sandwich rolls
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  • Marinade
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  • 1 C tamari
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbs red miso
  • 1 Tbs brown sugar
  • ½ tsp lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
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  • Cashew-Horseradish Sauce
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  • ¾ C raw, unsalted cashews, soaked for an hour or two
  • ¼ C water
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tsp prepared horseradish sauce
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp lemon juice
Directions
  1. To prepare the marinade, whisk together the marinade ingredients in a medium bowl. Place the Field Roast and onions in a large resealable bag and pour the marinade inside. Seal and coat the contents thoroughly. Chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours, turning once halfway through.
  2. To prepare the Cashew-Horseradish Sauce, place the garlic clove, salt and black pepper in the food processor and process until the garlic is minced well. Add the cashews, water, horseradish and lemon juice. Blend until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. Spray a grill pan or regular skillet with oil. Over medium heat, saute the onions. (Using tongs, I just removed the Field Roast from the bag and set aside on a plate). Saute until softened and browned. Remove from the pan and add the Field Roast slices; discard the excess marinade. Cook over medium heat for about 4-5 minutes per side.
  4. Once you've turn them, return the onions to the pan to reheat them. To assemble, spread some Cashew Sauce on the buns, add a slice of Field Roast, some onion (and maybe even another Field Roast slice), some avocado and maybe some more Cashew Sauce. Enjoy!

 

 

BBQ Cauliflower Salad

BBQ Cauliflower Salad -- Epicurean VeganI never used to like cauliflower, mostly because I never really knew a tasty way to prepare it. Then, I discovered it makes great “chicken wings.” So why not “chicken wing” salad? This is salad is no joke. It’s also easier than you might think to make. The cauliflower takes very little time to prepare and the rest is chop-chop.

BBQ Cauliflower Salad -- Epicurean VeganI used OrganicVille BBQ sauce and Follow Your Heart Vegan Ranch Dressing
CondimentsPre-roasted cauliflower . . .

BBQ Cauliflower Salad -- Epicurean Vegan

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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 head of cauliflower florets
  • 6-7 oz BBQ sauce (I used half of a 13.5 oz bottle)
  • 1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp black pepper
  • ⅛ tsp cayenne
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 6 C lettuce, chopped
  • 1 C red onion, diced
  • 2 avocados, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 C green onion, sliced
  • Vegan ranch dressing
  • Optional ingredients: cilantro, vegan cheese, corn
Directions
  1. To prepare the cauliflower, preheat oven to 350.
  2. Line a large baking sheet with foil. Place the cauliflower florets on the baking sheet. I tried to keep the cauliflower pieces around the same size so that they cook evenly. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until they begin to soften.
  3. Pour the BBQ sauce over the cauliflower and stir well to coat. Bake another 10 minutes.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the black beans with the garlic powder, salt, pepper, cayenne, cumin and lime juice.
  5. To assemble, start with a bed of lettuce, then add the beans. Top with the rest of the veggies and drizzle on some vegan ranch dressing. Enjoy!




 

Tofu-Avocado Bowl with Cilantro-Ginger Cashew Sauce

Tofu Avocado Bowl with Cilantro-Ginger Cashew Sauce -- Epicurean VeganIt’s been a busy spring, but I hope to get back to posting more regularly very, very soon. I’m excited to bring you this new recipe that is a “smorgasbord of flavors,” as The Husband called it. (That’s a good thing, I found out). This weekend, we went to WaterCourse Foods in Denver where I thoroughly enjoyed their Street Tacos that had a cilantro cream sauce. I have no idea how they made theirs, but it inspired me to make my own. Then came the veggies, rice and tofu and an incredible meal was born! (Sorry, a little dramatic). But I think you’ll really love this easy to make meal (no judgment here if you lick the bowl).

INGREDIENTS:
Cilantro-Ginger Cashew Sauce:
1 C raw, unsalted cashews, soaked for at least an hour in hot water
1 Tbs white or yellow miso
1/3 C packed cilantro leaves
2 Tbs lime juice
1 large clove of garlic, minced
1 Tbs fresh ginger
1 tsp salt
1/4 C water
1/4 C unsweetened, unflavored almond milk

The rest:
1-3/4 C vegetable broth
1 C wild rice (I used Lundberg Jubilee variety)
14-oz extra firm tofu, drained and pressed, cut into 6-7 slabs
1-1/2 C snowpeas, ends trimmed and cut in half
3/4 C green onion, sliced
2 carrots, grated
Shallot salt (or regular salt)
1-2 avocados, sliced
Cooking spray

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DIRECTIONS:
Start with preparing the rice. Combine the broth and rice in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cover for 40 minutes. Meanwhile, to make the amazing sauce, drain the cashews and transfer them to the food processor. Add the other ingredients and puree. Scrape the bowl a few times and process until completely smooth.

Tofu-Avocado Bowl with Cilantro-Ginger Cashew Sauce -- Epicurean VeganSpray a large skillet with cooking spray and place over medium-high heat. Place the tofu slabs in the skillet, season with shallot salt. Turn the tofu once one side is browned. Season once again with shallot salt.
Tofu-Avocado Bowl with Cilantro-Ginger Cashew Sauce -- Epicurean VeganOnce the tofu is done, transfer to a cutting board and cut each slab into 3 long pieces, then again in half.
Tofu-Avocado Bowl with Cilantro-Ginger Cashew Sauce -- Epicurean VeganAdd the snowpeas and green onion to the same skillet. Over medium heat, saute the veggies for just a few minutes; enough to soften them a little. If need be, spray the skillet again with cooking spray. Stir in the carrot and cook another few minutes. Season with a little shallot salt, if you’d like.
Tofu-Avocado Bowl with Cilantro-Ginger Cashew Sauce -- Epicurean VeganTo assemble, start with rice, top with the vegetable mixture, then add the tofu and avocado. Drizzle, drop or dump some sauce on top. Then . . . mix it all together and enjoy!
Tofu-Avocado Bowl with Cilantro-Ginger Cashew Sauce -- Epicurean Vegan

 

Grilled Veggie Sandwiches with Hummus & Avocado

Grilled Veggie Sandwiches with Hummus and Avocado -- Epicurean VeganAll right. I have two confessions. First, these aren’t technically grilled, nor do they have avocado on them. *GASP* I know, I’m sorry. But let me explain. So, it’s very early spring here in Colorado and the outdoor grill, much like my legs, are still winterized. But, I do have the spray tan of grills . . .
 Grilled Veggie Sandwiches with Hummus and Avocado -- Epicurean VeganNow, about that avocado. I’ve had 4 avocados sitting in a paper bag on my counter for about 5 days and they are still rock solid. I made the mistake of trying to cut into one and it was like stabbing a butternut squash. And if that wasn’t enough, I tried a second avocado and ended up with the same results. In fact, I couldn’t even get the halves apart! I was all ready to place the beautiful slices of avocado next to the fresh basil . . .

Grilled Veggie Sandwiches with Hummus and Avocado -- Epicurean VeganIn spite of these culinary catastrophes, I assure you, the “grilling” process worked beautifully, and the avocado would be a grand addition to these sandwiches.

INGREDIENTS:
Marinade
1/2 C balsamic vinegar
1/2 C red wine
1/4 C olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
The rest
2 small zucchini, sliced length-wise
1 red bell pepper, cut into wide strips
1 eggplant, sliced length-wise, then again length-wise
1/2 large onion, cut into wide strips
1 avocado (preferably real and not imaginary), sliced
1 C fresh basil leaves
1/2 C hummus, homemade (easy) or store bought (even easier)
6 French rolls, or other sandwich bread

DIRECTIONS:
Combine the marinade ingredients in a large zip bag. Add the veggies and let them marinate in the frige for about an hour. Turn the bag over halfway through. Spray the grill pan with a small amount of cooking spray and heat pan over medium heat. Using tongs, place the veggies in the pan. I recommend putting as many slices of bell pepper on as you can because they’ll take the longest to cook. I also suggest flattening them out a little so that you can turn them over to cook both sides. The zucchini and eggplant will take about 3-4 minutes per side.

Grilled Veggie Sandwiches with Hummus and Avocado -- Epicurean VeganI continued cooking all of the zucchini and eggplant, transferring the cooked slices to a large sheet of foil and sealing it up while everything else cooked. Everything stayed nice and hot. I then added the onions while the peppers continued to cook.
Grilled Veggie Sandwiches with Hummus and Avocado -- Epicurean VeganOnce the vegetables are cooked, start assembling your sandwiches! (You can toast the bread first, if you’d like). Spread on some hummus, add the veggies, basil and of course, a few beautiful slices of avocado. Enjoy!

 

Ultimate Green Protein Smoothie

Ultimate Green Smoothie -- Epicurean VeganA friend gave me this recipe over the weekend and I’ve made 3 of these so far! I added a tablespoon of chia seeds because of their amazing health benefits, but you can leave them out if you’d like. Please note, you don’t have to use peanut butter AND protein powder, but if you omit the protein powder, I suggest using vanilla almond milk or a vanilla flavoring for taste. Bottoms up!

INGREDIENTS: (1-16 oz smoothie)
1-1/2 C unsweetened almond milk
1 handful of fresh spinach
1/2 a ripe avocado
1 Tbs peanut butter
1 scoop vegan vanilla protein powder
1 Tbs chia seeds
2-3 ice cubes

DIRECTIONS:
Blend 2-3 minutes in a blender until smooth. Enjoy!

Rainy Day Tofu Scramble

Rainy Day Tofu Scramble -- Epicurean VeganSo Mother Nature has not been happy with us. A couple of weeks ago, we were having extreme heat that schools actually closed down for a day. Now, Denver and Northern Colorado is having extreme rain and flooding. (And we can’t forget about the snowstorm in May!) Fort Collins is shutting down bridges and closing up shop. Other cities, like Lyons are being completely evacuated. Many of the mountain towns have no water, electricity and gas! We’re fortunately doing fine where we’re at, but other neighborhoods in Fort Collins are gearing up for some serious flooding.

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This is between Lyons and Estes Park. Image from Estes Park News.

Yikes! I hope everyone stays safe and that this rain gives us a break!

So while we wait it out, might as well eat, right? Here’s a quick, easy, and versatile breakfast that will be ready in minutes.

INGREDIENTS:
1 Tbs olive oil
1 14-oz tub extra firm tofu, drained, pressed and crumbled
6 mushrooms, sliced
1/2 C green onions, sliced
1/2 C black olives
A few dashes of turmeric
A few dashes of cumin
A couple dashes of garlic salt
A couple of dashes of black pepper
1/4 C salsa
1 tomato, diced
1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and diced
Daiya cheese shreds
Flour tortillas, optional

DIRECTIONS:
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the mushrooms and green onion and saute over medium, heat for 5 minutes, or until the mushrooms cook down a little. Add the turmeric, cumin, garlic salt, and pepper. Next, add the tofu and black olives and saute 5 minutes, then stir in the salsa. Cook for a few minutes until everything is hot. Serve either in a bowl, or tortilla along with some Daiya, tomatoes, and avocado. Enjoy!

Field Roast and Avocado Burritos

Field Roast and Avocado Burritos -- Epicurean VeganYikes, it’s been a while. I have so many new recipes on my list to make, but I’ve been so busy with various different projects, that throwing together a simple favorite has been all I’ve had time for. I’ll get back into the swing of things. I can’t tell you how happy I am to be emerging from the cold and depressing days of winter! We even got our garden started this weekend. (I’ll be bringing you Garden Watch soon). In the meantime, here’s a fast and simple meal that is ready in less than 30 minutes.

INGREDIENTS:

1 Tbs chipotle-flavored olive oil (or regular)
1/2 C yellow or white onion, chopped
1/2 C red onion, chopped
4 Field Roast Sausages, Italian Seasoning flavor, crumbled
2 avocados, peeled, pitted and sliced
4 Flour tortillas
Other (optional) burrito fillings: vegan sour cream, salsa, cilantro, diced tomatoes, Daiya cheese

 

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DIRECTIONS:

Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat and add the onions. Cook 5-7 minutes, or until they soften. Add the Field Roast and cook over medium heat until heated through, again, for 5-7 minutes.

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On a warmed tortilla, layer on some sour cream, Field Roast mixture, avocados, and any other burrito fillings you want. Roll up and enjoy! (See, I told you it was easy)!

Field Roast and Avocado Burritos -- Epicurean Vegan