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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Recipe type: Soup
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!

 

Black Bean & Field Roast Enchiladas with Roasted Red Pepper Cashew Sauce

FREnchiladasCashewSauceOh yes, this is as delicious as it sounds and simple to make as well. Technically, they’re not really enchiladas, but more of an enchilada casserole. You can certainly roll the corn tortillas, but sometimes I find that they fall apart so easily and I didn’t want to lose my mind making dinner. Anyhow, I love using Field Roast (aside from the great taste) because they’re not made from strange ingredients; it’s all wheat, veggies and seasonings. And our omnivore friends also like it because it’s a satisfying meat sub that even they like.

INGREDIENTS:
1 to 2 Tbs olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 C red onion, diced
1 Field Roast sausage link, Chipotle flavor, broken into small chunks
1 medium zucchini, quartered, then sliced
1 15-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 C corn kernels
18 6″ corn tortillas
1 16-oz jar salsa verde
1 C cilantro, chopped
3/4 C green onion, sliced
1 tomato, diced
Roasted Red Pepper Cashew Sauce
1-1/2 C unsalted cashews
1 large clove of garlic
1 C water
2 Tbs lime juice
3/4 tsp salt
1 Tbs nutritional yeast
1 jarred roasted red pepper

DIRECTIONS:
To begin, place the cashews in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Let them soak while you prepare the enchiladas. Preheat oven to 375. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and garlic; add the red onion and cook until it begins to soften over medium heat. Add the Field Roast and cook about 3 minutes. Add the zucchini and saute until it begins to soften a bit—not too much—it will cook more in the oven. Stir in the black beans and corn and cook until heated through, 3-4 minutes.

20140609_164616Pour half of the salsa verde into a 9×13″ baking pan and spread it evenly on the bottom. Lay 6 corn tortillas on the bottom, overlapping them, but covering the entire pan. Place half of the black bean mixture on top and add another 6 tortillas. Finish up by layering on the rest of the veggies, topping them with the remaining 6 tortillas.
20140609_165423Pour the rest of the salsa verde on top and spread it around evenly to coat the tortillas. Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes. While that cooks, make the sauce. Drain the cashews and add them to the food processor, along with the garlic. Puree for a minute, scraping the bowl if necessary. While the machine is running, add the water, lime juice, salt, and nutritional yeast; blend until smooth, about 3 minutes. Add the roasted red pepper and puree until smooth.
20140609_171127Transfer to a medium sauce pan and heat over medium-low heat for 5-7 minutes, stirring often until hot.
20140609_171749Pour the cashew sauce over the enchiladas (I didn’t use all of the sauce—leftovers would be great for nachos)! and top with the cilantro, green onion and tomatoes. Slice and enjoy!
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Lime n’ Bean Tacos with Field Roast & Bell Peppers

Tri Bean tacosIt doesn’t get much easier than this! These tacos take so little time to prepare, but are packed with flavor. Feel free to use flour tortillas, if you prefer and load up on the toppings. I went with non dairy sour cream, veg cheese and tomatoes. Avocados would have been great, but until they’re less than $1.59 a piece, I’ll hold off. With or without the guac, these make a delicious meal in minutes.

INGREDIENTS:

1 Tbs olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 yellow onion, sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced thin, then halved
1 Field Roast sausage link, Chipotle flavor, broken into chunks
1 15-oz can tri-bean blend (pinto, kidney, black), drained and rinsed
2 Tbs lime juice
1/2 C cilantro, chopped
Optional toppings: tomato, avocado, sour cream, cheese, salsa
Taco shells, warmed

DIRECTIONS:

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and garlic over medium heat. Add the onions and bell pepper and cook for 5 minutes, or until they soften.
20140522_180254Add the Field Roast and cook another 5 minutes, or until it is heated through. Stir in the beans and cook until they are heated through. Stir in the lime and cilantro.
20140522_181421Scoop into the taco shells, add your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Black Bean and Chick’n Enchiladas

Black Bean & Chick'n EnchiladasSorry it’s been so long since my last post; been a busy bee, I guess. Sometimes, it just feels like a faux meat night and I was craving these enchiladas. They’re a breeze to prepare, but taste like you slaved away in the kitchen. This would also be a good meal to entice those meat-eating friends of yours to come to the table and give veganism a chance.

INGREDIENTS:

1 16-oz pkg. vegan chicken strips, defrosted (Morning Star, Simple Truth, or Gardein brands all make their own version)
1 15-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 14-oz can Rotel (tomatoes with diced green chilies), drained
1 16-oz jar 505 Brand green chile sauce
1 C Tofutti sour cream
4-oz Tofutti cream cheese
1/4 C almond milk
Optional: 1/4 to 1/2 C vegan pepper jack shreds
Optional: salsa, guacamole
7 flour tortillas

Green Chile Sauce

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 375. In a large bowl whisk together the sour cream, cream cheese, vegan pepper jack (if using) and milk. Stir in the Rotel, black beans and chick’n strips.

DSC08093Scoop the chick’n mixture evenly into 6-7 flour tortillas and place into a 9×13 baking dish. Cover with the green chili sauce.

DSC08096Cover with foil and bake for 35-40 minutes. (Make sure the foil isn’t touching the tortillas too much, because it will stick to them). Enjoy with some guacamole and salsa!

Black Bean & Chick'n Enchiladas

Mexican Stuffed Shells

Mexican Stuffed Shells

I had been seeing recipes for this dish floating around and decided to try make my own vegan version. You might not think to combine pasta and Mexican food, but it’s not unlike my Mexican Pasta Casserole. Easy and delicious!

INGREDIENTS:

Lightlife Ground Crumbles

Filling:

1 Tbs olive oil
1 (12-oz) pkg. LightLife veggie crumbles (or other ground “meat” of your choice)
1 C onion, diced small
1/2 red bell pepper, diced small
1 packet taco seasoning
1/2 C cilantro, minced
2 Tbs lime juice

Sauce:

1 (15-oz) can tomato sauce
2 tsp Ancho chili powder (or other chili powder)
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
3 cloves garlic
2 jarred roasted red peppers
1 (4-oz) can diced green chilies

The rest:

1 box jumbo shells (approx 45 shells)
1/2 C green onions, sliced
1 (4-oz) can sliced black olives
Vegan shredded cheese
Optional: vegan sour cream, salsa

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 350.  In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and add the onions and bell pepper. Saute until they begin to soften and brown. Add the veggie crumbles and cook another 5-7 minutes. I mixed the taco seasoning with about a 1/2 C of water and poured it into the skillet and combined it with the veggie mixture. Stir in the cilantro and lime juice and remove from the heat. Let it cool.

DSC08060Meanwhile, boil the water for the shells and prepare the sauce. In a medium saucepan, whisk together the tomato sauce and seasonings. In a food processor, puree the garlic cloves and roasted red peppers. Add the puree to the sauce, along with the green chilies and cook over medium heat. Once the shells are ready, drain, rinse and place them on a large baking sheet. (It keeps them from sticking together).

DSC08061Place about a 1/4 C of the sauce on the bottom of a 15″ baking dish. Stuff each shell with about a tablespoon of filling; place in dish. I ended up with about 42 stuffed shells with a few leftover. Top with remaining sauce, green onions, olives, and cheese.

Vegan Mexican Stuffed ShellsCover and bake for 30 minutes. Enjoy!

Vegan Mexican Stuffed Shells

Vegan Oven Tacos

Vegan Oven Tacos -- Epicurean Vegan

 

Every week, when I’m writing up a grocery list, I always ask for dinner suggestions. It never fails. “Tacos.” It’s become a joke around here. When I saw this recipe on Pinterest for Oven Tacos, I knew my hegans would be very happy with a vegan version. These were definitely a hit. I had to laugh when the original recipe said that after the ground beef is cooked (yack!) “drain the liquid.” Oh, just say what it is! Grease! Melted animal fat! Ahhh . . . I love it; being vegan means never having to say, “drain the liquid/grease/fat.” Speaking of which, the Boca crumbles have zero fat, I use “no fat” refried beans, and there is no fat in the tomato sauce. Obviously, these aren’t totally fat free, but can you imagine the fat content alone in the original ones? Yikes! So, not only are these amazing, they’re actually healthy for you. I’ve discovered these great whole grain taco shells that really are delicious. Psst . . . by the way, this makes A LOT. I made 13 tacos and had some filling left over, so I recommend either serving these to a crowd, or freezing half the filling for the next taco night.

Vegan Oven Tacos -- Epicurean Vegan

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 bag Boca Crumbles
1/2 large onion, chopped
1 Tbs olive oil
1  15-oz can no fat refried beans
1 small can diced green chilies
1 packet taco seasoning
1  8-oz can tomato sauce
Daiya cheese shreds
13-14 taco shells

Toppings:

green onion, sliced
sliced black olives
fresh cilantro, chopped
diced tomatoes
guacamole or diced avocado
salsa

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 400. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the onion and saute until softened and beginning to brown. Add the Boca Crumbles and cook 4-5 minutes, or until they are heated through. (No need to drain any “liquid”)! In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine the seasoning mix with 1/2 to 3/4 C of water;  stir into the Boca mixture. Next, add the tomato sauce, green chilies, and beans. Combine well over medium-low heat.

Vegan Oven Tacos -- Epicurean Vegan

 

Fill the taco shells with the mixture. I wanted to leave plenty of room for toppings, so I filled them about a third of the way up, but feel free to use as little or as much as you want. Like I said, I made 13 tacos—enough to fill a 9×13 baking dish, so if you’re making more, you’ll want a larger dish. And be careful, they break easily with the thick filling inside (especially after they’re baked). Sprinkle with some Daiya cheese.

Vegan Oven Tacos -- Epicurean Vegan

 

Bake for 10 minutes. The bottom portion of the shell (that has the Boca filling) will have the awesomeness of a soft taco, but the flavor of corn. THEN, the top half is crunchy—best of both worlds!

Vegan Oven Tacos -- Epicurean Vegan

Load them up with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Vegan Oven Tacos

Vegan Baked Jalapeno Poppers

Vegan Baked Jalapeno Poppers -- Epicurean Vegan

The Eighth Grader and I have been wanting to try making these for a while, but we kept forgetting. We were to bring an appetizer to a dinner the other night and finally! I remembered these. Not only that, our friends love jalapenos, so these were ideal. They were literally gone in about 5 minutes. They were so easy to make, too, so I’ll be bringing them to the next get together.

INGREDIENTS:

10 jalapeno peppers

Filling:

6-oz vegan cream cheese
1/2 C Daiya cheese shreds (I used a mixture of cheddar and mozzarella)
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
2-3  Tbs vegan bacon bits

Coating:

Egg-replacer powder + water
almond milk

Breading:

3/4 C flour (any variety)
4 Tbs nutritional yeast
1 to 1-1/2 C panko

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 375. To make the filling, combine all of the ingredients, except the bacon bits, in a mixer. Once well incorporated, fold in the bacon bits; set aside. To prepare the peppers, cut the tops off and slice the peppers in half, length-wise. Clean out the insides, reserving any seeds you may want to keep (for heat).

Vegan Baked Jalapeno Poppers -- Epicurean Vegan

To prepare the coating, I didn’t measure out the egg-replacer powder and water .  .  . sorry. But I can tell you, I used about 1/3 C of Ener-G Egg Replacer and created a thick, meringue-like consistency by whisking in some water. I then combined it with about 1/2 to 3/4 C of almond milk.  Next, combine the flour and nutritional yeast in a shallow bowl.

Vegan Baked Jalapeno Poppers -- Epicurean Vegan

In another shallow bowl, pour in the panko. So here’s the process:

Fill the pepper halves with some cream cheese filling, roll it in the milk, then the flour filling, then the panko. Place onto a lightly greased baking sheet.

Vegan Baked Jalapeno Poppers -- Epicurean Vegan

Repeat with remaining peppers. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the tops begin to brown. I threw them under the broiler for about 2 minutes. Enjoy!

Vegan Baked Jalapeno Poppers -- Epicurean Vegan

And guess what . . .  it’s snowing! Again! I’m so over it.

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Luckily, the veggies we planted in March are doing fine. Of course, we had to cover them again last night, but we should only be getting 3 inches at the most.  I suppose the good thing is that this will help with this summer’s fire danger. But still . . . why can’t it just rain?!

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.

DSC07551Meanwhile, in a small to medium saucepan, add the beans, seasonings, and water. Heat on low to medium heat, stirring occasionally, until heated through.

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

DSC07552Fill a bowl with about 1 to 1-1/2 cups of the avocado rice . . .

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

Gluten-Free Burrito Bowls with Avocado-Lime Bowls

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

 

Mexican Pasta Casserole

Mexican Pasta Casserole -- Epicurean VeganI’ve made a similar casserole, but I didn’t have all of the ingredients. I changed things up given what I had to work with. I love how easy and delicious these kinds of casseroles are—they make for the perfect winter meal.

INGREDIENTS:

Sauce:

1  14.5 oz can diced tomatoes (or a can of Rotel with green chilies), undrained
1/2 C Tofutti sour cream + any extra for serving on top
1/4 C nutritional yeast
1 packet of seasoning mix (taco, burrito or fajita)
1/2 C shredded  Daiya pepper jack cheese
1/4 C almond milk
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

The rest:

2 C uncooked pasta (any variety—I had a mixture of ziti and elbow mac)
1 Tbs olive oil (I used chipotle-flavored)
2 cloves garlic, crushed or minced
1/2 of a bell pepper (any variety—I used orange), chopped
1/2 C onion, chopped
1-1/2 to 2 C mushrooms, chopped or sliced
1  15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
4-5 green onions, sliced
1 C cilantro leaves
Optional ingredients: black olives, diced avocados or guacamole

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 375. While cooking the pasta, heat the olive oil and garlic in a large skillet. Over medium heat, saute the bell pepper and onions until they begin to soften, then add the black beans.

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Cook for another 3-4 minutes, then add the mushrooms.

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Cook until the mushroom cook down a little—just a couple of minutes.

In a medium bowl, combine all of the sauce ingredients and mix well. Drain the pasta and add it to the skillet, along with the sauce; blend well. Transfer to a 13×9″ baking dish.

Mexican Pasta Casserole -- Epicurean Vegan

Cover and bake for 20-25 minutes. Top servings with some green onions and cilantro and any other optional ingredients. Enjoy!