Bean & Avocado Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Cashew Sauce

Bean and Avocado Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Cashew Sauce -- Epicurean VeganSummer is around the corner, which means fresher, lighter meals make a resurgence. Frankly, these are good any time. They come together in a snap, too. I paired these with the Avocado Bruschetta that’s always a hit.
Avocado Bruschetta -- Epicurean VeganI made these pretty mild, but feel free to chop up a jalapeno or add some hot sauce to the cashew sauce. Some iceberg lettuce would also add some nice crunch. Either way, I think you’ll enjoy these tasty, gluten-free tacos for lunch or dinner.

INGREDIENTS:
1 15-oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 15-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 large onion (any variety), diced
2 Tbs red wine vinegar
2 Tbs ground cumin
1 tsp oregano
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
2 Tbs lime juice
Cilantro-Lime Cashew Sauce
1 C raw, unsalted cashews
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 to 3/4 C cold water
3 Tbs lime juice
1 C fresh cilantro leaves
1 Tbs nutritional yeast
The rest
1 avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced
6-8 soft corn tortillas

DIRECTIONS:
When it comes to making a dish with a cashew sauce, I’ll usually start by pouring boiling water over the cashews and let them soak for at least two hours. Meanwhile, prepare the other ingredients. Combine the beans, bell pepper, and onion in a large bowl. In a small dish, combine the cumin, oregano, salt, black pepper, and garlic powder. Gently fold into the bean mixture along with the red wine vinegar and lime juice. Set aside.
Bean and Avocado Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Cashew SauceTo make the sauce, drain the cashews and add them to the food processor along with all of the ingredients. Go easy on the water at first and add more as you go in order to reach a desired sauce consistency. I use a funnel to transfer the sauce to a squeeze bottle.
Bean and Avocado Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Cashew SauceIf you’d like, warm the tortillas, or keep them room temperature. I squeezed on some sauce, spooned some filling inside, added an avocado slice, then topped with more sauce. Enjoy!
Bean and Avocado Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Cashew SauceWith leftovers, we changed it up a little by warming up the filling and using corn shells and adding lettuce and tomato. So good!

Bean and Avocado Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Cashew Sauce -- Epicurean Vegan

 

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Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 1 15-oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • ½ large onion (any variety), diced
  • 2 Tbs red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbs ground cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 Tbs lime juice
  • Cilantro-Lime Cashew Sauce
  • 1 C raw, unsalted cashews
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ to ¾ C cold water
  • 3 Tbs lime juice
  • 1 C fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 Tbs nutritional yeast
  • The rest
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced
  • 6-8 soft corn tortillas
Directions
  1. When it comes to making a dish with a cashew sauce, I'll usually start by pouring boiling water over the cashews and let them soak for at least two hours. Meanwhile, prepare the other ingredients.
  2. Combine the beans, bell pepper, and onion in a large bowl. In a small dish, combine the cumin, oregano, salt, black pepper, and garlic powder. Gently fold into the bean mixture along with the red wine vinegar and lime juice. Set aside.
  3. To make the sauce, drain the cashews and add them to the food processor along with all of the ingredients. Go easy on the water at first and add more as you go in order to reach a desired sauce consistency. I use a funnel to transfer the sauce to a squeeze bottle.
  4. If you'd like, warm the tortillas, or keep them room temperature. I squeezed on some sauce, spooned some filling inside, added an avocado slice, then topped with more sauce. Enjoy!

 

 

Loaded Baked Potatoes

Loaded Baked Potatoes -- Epicurean VeganThese loaded baked potatoes are new favorite at our house. They’re so easy to make and you can play with the toppings to change them up. I went pretty unconventional by topping these with kale chips and a delicious cilantro cashew cream that is to die for. I also topped them with a “Parmesan” from Oh She Glows, which is ideal for salads or pasta dishes, too. You can’t see them in the picture, but there’s diced tomato, green onion, and avocado on these as well. These make a great weekday meal when you don’t have a ton of time, although, they might become a weekend favorite, too!

INGREDIENTS:
6 large russet potatoes
1-2 large avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
1-2 large tomato, diced
1 C green onion, sliced
Tofutti sour cream (optional)
5 C kale, torn into pieces
Olive oil
Salt
Cilantro-Cashew Cream
1 C unsalted cashews
3/4 C cold water
1 garlic clove
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 C fresh cilantro
3/4 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
Nut and Seed Parmesan (from Oh She Glows)
1/4 cup raw cashews
1 tablespoon raw sesame seeds
2 tablespoons hulled hemp seeds
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast (optional)
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
fine grain sea salt, to taste

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 425. I prepared everything and then nuked the potatoes because it just seemed easiest that way. First, place the cashews in a bowl and pour boiling water over them; set aside. (You’ll prepare the rest of the sauce last). To make the Parmesan, place all of the ingredients in a food processor and grind to a fine crumble. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
Nut and Seed ParmesanNext, to prepare the kale chips, place the kale in a medium bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Using your hands, massage the oil onto the kale leaves. Transfer to a baking dish and set aside.
Kale ChipsI then microwaved the potatoes. Stick each one several times with a fork first, then nuke. (I used the potato setting), so about 5 minutes, then turn and another 5 minutes. During the first five minutes, prepare the cashew sauce: Drain the cashews and place in a food processor along with all of the other ingredients; puree 2-3 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl a few times.
Loaded Baked Potatoes, Cilantro-Cashew Cream -- Epicurean VeganUsing a funnel, I poured the sauce into a squeeze bottle.
During the last five minutes of potato cooking, place the kale chips in the preheated oven. Keep an eye on them so they don’t turn black—they’ll shrivel up, but still have bright green spots. Let them bake 4-5 minutes, remove from the oven and sprinkle with salt.

To assemble, cut each potato in half and top with sour cream (if using), tomato, avocado, green onion, cilantro-cashew cream, crumbled kale chips, and finally, the nut and seed Parmesan mixture. So good! Enjoy!

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Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 6 large russet potatoes
  • 1-2 large avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 1-2 large tomato, diced
  • 1 C green onion, sliced
  • Tofutti sour cream (optional)
  • 5 C kale, torn into pieces
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
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  • Cilantro-Cashew Cream
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  • 1 C unsalted cashews
  • ¾ C cold water
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ C fresh cilantro
  • ¾ tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
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  • Nut and Seed Parmesan (from Oh She Glows)1/4 cup raw cashews
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  • 1 tablespoon raw sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons hulled hemp seeds
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • fine grain sea salt, to taste
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 425. I prepared everything and then nuked the potatoes because it just seemed easiest that way. First, place the cashews in a bowl and pour boiling water over them; set aside. (You'll prepare the rest of the sauce last).
  2. To make the Parmesan, place all of the ingredients in a food processor and grind to a fine crumble. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  3. Next, to prepare the kale chips, place the kale in a medium bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Using your hands, massage the oil onto the kale leaves. Transfer to a baking dish and set aside.
  4. I then microwaved the potatoes. Stick each one several times with a fork first, then nuke. (I used the potato setting), so about 5 minutes, then turn and another 5 minutes.
  5. During the first five minutes, prepare the cashew sauce: Drain the cashews and place in a food processor with the garlic. Puree for 30 seconds. Add all of the other ingredients and puree 2-3 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl a few times.Using a funnel, I poured the sauce into a squeeze bottle.
  6. During the last five minutes of potato cooking, place the kale chips in the preheated oven. Keep an eye on them so they don't turn black---they'll shrivel up, but still have bright green spots. Let them bake 4-5 minutes, remove from the oven and sprinkle with salt.
  7. To assemble, cut each potato in half and top with sour cream (if using), tomato, avocado, green onion, cilantro-cashew cream, crumbled kale chips, and finally, the nut and seed Parmesan mixture. So good! Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

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!

Slow Cooker Tortilla Soup
 
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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!

 

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

Tofu-Avocado Bowl with Cilantro-Ginger Cashew Sauce
 
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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
  • ⅓ C packed cilantro leaves
  • 2 Tbs lime juice
  • 1 large clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbs fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ C water
  • ¼ 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
  • ¾ C green onion, sliced
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • Shallot salt (or regular salt)
  • 1-2 avocados, sliced
  • Cooking spray
Directions
  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. Spray 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.
  4. Once the tofu is done, transfer to a cutting board and cut each slab into 3 long pieces, then again in half.
  5. Add 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.
  6. To 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!

 

Gluten-Free Burrito Bowls with Avocado-Lime Rice

Gluten-Free Burrito Bowls with Avocado-Lime Rice -- Epicurean VeganThis is my new favorite versatile meal. I saw this recipe for the avocado rice, where they also suggested making burrito bowls using it. Obviously, I wasn’t keen on their meat and dairy version, so I made my own, healthier ones. I also made some changes to the rice recipe by using this awesome rice from Lundberg. The guys tend to be white rice kind of men, but there were no complaints! It’s a blend of sweet brown rice, short grain brown rice, long grain brown rice, whole grain Wehani (brand) rice, whole grain black Japonica (brand) rice.

Lundberg Rice And I have to mention the quite ingenious Velcro re-closeable bag!

DSC07545This is such a fresh, simple, and healthy meal where everyone in the family can create their own with their favorite fresh ingredients. Now, my new favorite ingredient . . . is this tri-bean blend. Organic and on sale for $1 a can! Love these. Packed with protein and fiber.

Tri-Bean BlendSo, on to the recipe!

INGREDIENTS: (Makes 6 bowls)
Rice:
3-1/2 C water
2 C Lundberg Jubilee rice
2 avocados, mashed
1/2 C cilantro, chopped
zest and juice from one lime
The beans:
3 cans tri-bean blend (black bean, pinto, and kidney)
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp Ancho Chili pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 C water
The rest (toppings):
Green onion, sliced
Tomato, diced
Daiya cheese
Sour cream
Lettuce, chopped
Salsa
Corn tortilla crunchies/chips

DIRECTIONS:
The rice will take 35-40 minutes, so you’ll want to get that started first. Bring the 3-1/2 cups of water to a boil, add the rice, stir, cover, and reduce heat to low. Check after 30 minutes.

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DSC07549When the rice is done, stir in the mashed avocados, cilantro, lime zest, and lime juice.

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Avocado-Lime Rice -- Epicurean Vegan . . . layer on some beans and toppings and enjoy!

Gluten-Free Burrito Bowls with Avocado-Lime Bowls

Gluten-Free Burrito Bowls with Avocado-Lime Rice
 
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Serves: 3
Ingredients
  • Rice:
  • 3-1/2 C water
  • 2 C Lundberg Jubilee rice
  • 2 avocados, mashed
  • ½ C cilantro, chopped
  • zest and juice from one lime
  • The beans:
  • 3 cans tri-bean blend (black bean, pinto, and kidney)
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp Ancho Chili pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ⅓ C water
  • The rest (toppings):
  • Green onion, sliced
  • Tomato, diced
  • Daiya cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Lettuce, chopped
  • Salsa
  • Corn tortilla crunchies/chips
Directions
  1. The rice will take 35-40 minutes, so you'll want to get that started first. Bring the 3-1/2 cups of water to a boil, add the rice, stir, cover, and reduce heat to low. Check after 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small to medium saucepan, add the beans, seasonings, and water. Heat on low to medium heat, stirring occasionally, until heated through.
  3. When the rice is done, stir in the mashed avocados, cilantro, lime zest, and lime juice.
  4. Fill a bowl with about 1 to 1-1/2 cups of the avocado rice and layer on some beans and toppings and enjoy!

Quinoa with Dried Apricots and Black Beans

Quinoa with Dried Apricots & Black Beans -- Epicurean Vegan

The next time someone asks you, “Where do you get your protein?” you can (politely) point out this dish as one of numerous options. Quinoa is a complete protein, meaning it contains all 9 amino acids essential to human health. It offers up roughly 8 grams of protein per cup and also passes along calcium, iron, folate, manganese, and other vitamins. Black beans also carry nearly 15 grams of protein per cup, so add some veggies and you have healthy lunch!

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 C red quinoa, rinsed and drained
1/2 C regular quinoa, rinsed and drained
1 tsp Better than Bouillon paste
1-1/2 C water
1 C fresh cilantro, chopped
1 C green onions, sliced
1 C dried apricots, chopped
1/3 C pepitas (toasted pumpkin seeds)
1 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp lime juice
2 Tbs red wine vinegar
2 Tbs olive oil

DIRECTIONS:

In a medium sauce pan, whisk together the bouillon and water; bring to a boil. Stir in the quinoa, cover and cook on low for 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the cilantro, green onion, apricots, pepita seeds, salt, lime juice, red wine vinegar, and olive oil.

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Once the quinoa is finished, add it, along with the black beans to the bowl.

Quinoa with Dried Apricots & Black Beans -- Epicurean Vegan

Combine well and enjoy! (You can also chill it in a covered dish and serve cold).

Spicy Empanadas

Spicy Empanadas -- Epicurean Vegan

Happy New Year!

We spent our New Year’s Eve with friends and I brought these empanadas. I’ve made similar ones before and I noticed that I had written 5-6 jalapenos for that recipe. Those must have been some pretty mild peppers, because I used one in this recipe and they were plenty zippy! I changed these up a little and they turned out great. I think adding a chipotle-flavored Field Roast sausage link would also be great for the filling. I’m going to have to figure out how to keep them from opening up during the baking process, but it didn’t seem to make a difference in taste—they were gone in minutes!

INGREDIENTS:
Dough:
3 C flour + some for kneading
3 tsp Ener-G Egg Replacer + 4 Tbs water
12 Tbs Earth Balance (1-1/2 sticks)
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbs white vinegar
1/3 to 1/2 C water
Filling:
8-oz non-dairy cream cheese
2 Tbs lime juice
1 Tbs almond milk + some for brushing
1 tsp shallot salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 C fresh cilantro, chopped
1/2 C vegan pepper jack, shredded
1 tsp cumin
1 jalapeno, chopped fine
1/3 C red bell pepper, chopped small
1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped small
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 Tbs olive oil

DIRECTIONS:
To make the dough, combine the egg replacer with the water and process until foamy.

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Add the flour, Earth Balance, salt, vinegar, and water. Process until well combine.

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Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead for about 3 minutes. Wrap with plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil and garlic in a medium skillet. Add the onions, jalapeno, and bell pepper. Season with cumin and saute 5-7 minutes, then remove from the heat.

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Using a mixer, combine the cream cheese, lime juice, almond milk, shallot salt, and garlic powder. Stir in the cilantro, cheese, and pepper mixture.

Spicy Empanadas -- Epicurean Vegan

Preheat oven to 400. Roll out the dough and using a disk, bowl or cup, cut out 4″ circles.

Spicy Empanadas -- Epicurean Vegan

Place about a tablespoon of the filling in the middle of dough circle. Fold over and you can either use a fork to seal the edges closed, or a pastry wheel cutter, then place onto a large baking sheet.

Spicy Empanadas -- Epicurean Vegan

Bake for 15 minutes, then brush the tops with almond milk. Bake another 5-7 minutes, or until the tops brown. Enjoy!

(Makes around 28)

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Ingredients
  • Dough:
  • 3 C flour + some for kneading
  • 3 tsp Ener-G Egg Replacer + 4 Tbs water
  • 12 Tbs Earth Balance (1-1/2 sticks)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 Tbs white vinegar
  • ⅓ to ½ C water
  • Filling:
  • 8-oz non-dairy cream cheese
  • 2 Tbs lime juice
  • 1 Tbs almond milk + some for brushing
  • 1 tsp shallot salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 C fresh cilantro, chopped
  • ½ C vegan pepper jack, shredded
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped fine
  • ⅓ C red bell pepper, chopped small
  • ½ medium yellow onion, chopped small
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
Directions
  1. To make the dough, combine the egg replacer with the water and process until foamy.
  2. Add the flour, Earth Balance, salt, vinegar, and water. Process until well combine.
  3. Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead for about 3 minutes. Wrap with plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil and garlic in a medium skillet. Add the onions, jalapeno, and bell pepper. Season with cumin and saute 5-7 minutes, then remove from the heat.
  5. Using a mixer, combine the cream cheese, lime juice, almond milk, shallot salt, and garlic powder. Stir in the cilantro, cheese, and pepper mixture.
  6. Preheat oven to 400.
  7. Roll out the dough and using a disk, bowl or cup, cut out 4" circles.
  8. Place about a tablespoon of the filling in the middle of dough circle. Fold over and you can either use a fork to seal the edges closed, or a pastry wheel cutter, then place onto a large baking sheet.
  9. Bake for 15 minutes, then brush the tops with almond milk.
  10. Bake another 5-7 minutes, or until the tops brown. Enjoy!
  11. Makes around 28.

Cinnamon-Soaked Wheat Berry Salad

Cinnamon-Soaked Wheat Berry Salad -- Epicurean Vegan

I’ve never had anything with wheat berries in it . . . at least I don’t think so. I had bought a bag a while ago for another recipe (that I can’t even remember now) and so when I saw this recipe in Vegetarian Times, I decided to give it a try. Wheat berries refer to the entire kernel, or whole grain form of the wheat. They’re a great source of fiber and are used in breads, pilaf mixes, stir-fry . . . you name it. It usually needs to be soaked for several hours ahead of time, so keep that in mind, otherwise, they’ll take forever to cook! This salad is delicious warm or cold and was great as a side dish for Thanksgiving.

INGREDIENTS:
Salad
1 C wheat berries
1 2″ cinnamon stick
1/4 tsp salt
3 med carrots, peeled and cut into 1/4″ dice
1 heaping cup thinly sliced apricots
1/2 C toasted slivered almonds
6 Tbs chopped cilantro
Dressing
3 Tbs apple cider vinegar
3 Tbs olive oil
1 Tbs lemon juice
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp maple syrup
1/4 tsp cinnamon

Cinnamon-Soaked Wheat Berry Salad -- Epicurean Vegan

DIRECTIONS:
Soak the wheat berries and cinnamon stick in 3 cups of water for 8 hours or overnight. I didn’t have any cinnamon sticks, so I added a dash or two of cinnamon later on. Transfer the wheat berries and water to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. (This is where I added the cinnamon.)

Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for an hour. Drain any leftover liquid and remove cinnamon stick. In a small saucepan, blanch the carrots, then drain. Toss the carrots with the wheat berries, apricots, almonds, and cilantro.

For the dressing, blend all of the ingredients until creamy and season with salt and pepper. Stir into the salad, cover, and chill for about an hour. Enjoy!

Cinnamon-Soaked Wheat Berry Salad
 
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Ingredients
  • Salad
  • 1 C wheat berries
  • 1 2" cinnamon stick
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 3 med carrots, peeled and cut into ¼" dice
  • 1 heaping cup thinly sliced apricots
  • ½ C toasted slivered almonds
  • 6 Tbs chopped cilantro
  • Dressing
  • 3 Tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 Tbs lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
Directions
  1. Soak the wheat berries and cinnamon stick in 3 cups of water for 8 hours or overnight. I didn't have any cinnamon sticks, so I added a dash or two of cinnamon later on. Transfer the wheat berries and water to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. (This is where I added the cinnamon.)
  2. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for an hour. Drain any leftover liquid and remove cinnamon stick.
  3. In a small saucepan, blanch the carrots, then drain. Toss the carrots with the wheat berries, apricots, almonds, and cilantro.
  4. For the dressing, blend all of the ingredients until creamy and season with salt and pepper. Stir into the salad, cover, and chill for about an hour. Enjoy!

Lime and Veggie Fajitas

Lime and Veggie Fajitas -- Epicurean Vegan

These colorful fajitas are so quick and easy to make. If you’re like me and tired of the same old fajita seasoning packets, I think you’ll love this change up.

INGREDIENTS:
1 Tbs olive oil (I used chipotle-flavored)
1 large yellow bell pepper, sliced
1 large red bell pepper, sliced
2 C mushrooms, sliced
1 large onion, sliced
1 C fresh cilantro, chopped
Flour tortillas
Seasoning:
1/2 C lime juice
1 tsp black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/8 tsp cumin

DIRECTIONS:
Combine the seasoning ingredients and set aside.

Lime and Veggie Fajitas -- Epicurean Vegan

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the onions and cook 5-7 minutes, or until slightly tender.

Lime and Veggie Fajitas -- Epicurean Vegan

Add the bell peppers and cook another 12-15 minutes, or until they are softened.

Lime and Veggie Fajitas -- Epicurean Vegan

Stir in the mushrooms. These will cook fast, about 3-4 minutes.

Lime and Veggie Fajitas -- Epicurean Vegan

Stir in the cilantro and lime juice mixture and combine thoroughly. Cook until the sauce is heated through.

Lime and Veggie Fajitas -- Epicurean Vegan

Scoop onto the tortillas and if you’d like, add some Daiya cheese and/or Tofutti sour cream. Enjoy!

Chili Stew

Chili Stew -- Epicurean VeganThe weather has been a bit cold and windy these days, and last night was no exception. On nights like that, a hearty soup or stew hits the spot. I threw in tons of different things in this chili and I think this one is my favorite version so far. It’s also great to scoop onto tortilla chips. I had three avocados I planned on dicing up to top the chili, but each one was bad! Total bummer. Crash Test Vegetarian used olives and roasted red peppers in her chili recipe, so I owe her a big thanks for the idea!

INGREDIENTS:
1 large onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbs olive oil
2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced (1/2 C of barley is a good substitute)
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 28-oz can diced tomatoes, drained
4 C low-sodium vegetable broth
2 C water
1 6-oz can black olives, sliced
1 small can tomato paste|
3 jarred roasted red peppers, diced
1/8 C lime juice|
2-3 Tbs Ancho chili powder
1-1/2 Tbs cumin
1 tsp oregano
Salt and pepper, to taste
4-5 green onions, sliced
Fresh cilantro, chopped
Optional: Daiya cheese, diced avocado, Tofutti sour cream

DIRECTIONS:
Heat the olive oil and garlic in a large soup pot. Add the onion and cook for 7-8 minutes, or until tender. Add the broth, water, potatoes, tomatoes, black beans, and tomato paste. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are slightly tender, about 20 minutes. Add the seasonings, roasted red peppers, olives, and lime juice. Simmer another 15-20 minutes and stir in the lime juice. Sprinkle servings with green onion, cilantro, cheese, and sour cream, if desired. Enjoy!