Vegan Mexican-style Appetizer

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My mother recently hosted a friend for the weekend and, as she always does when we have guests, made a smorgasbord of her delicious cooking. I was tasked with making an appetizer plate of Mexican tapas to be served before the main course. I came up with this simple recipe using vegan minced meat, an avocado, taco bowls, store bought salsa, and a packet of taco seasoning. 

I started by heating the taco bowls in the oven at 170c (340f). As they warmed, I fried the faux minced meat in a pan and added the taco seasoning. After filling the bowls with the meat, I simply topped each one with a few avocado slices and salsa.

These turned out to be extremely popular at our table and they disappeared quickly. I’m not a huge fan of meat substitutes but in small quantities they can really hit the spot. They’re also a great way to hook non-vegans and give them a peak behind the curtain of a cruelty-free lifestyle that doesn’t sacrifice taste. 

This 10 minute recipe is a must for those having company over. Who said impressing people requires slaving away in the kitchen for hours?

My Favorite Vegan Soup // Potato – Carrot Soup

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Vegan potato carrot soup
Potato soup with bread and vegetables

I could eat this soup for days on end. This is one of my go-to recipes that I serve whenever I cook for friends and/or family. I discovered it when visiting a non-vegan friend, as it was the only plant-based recipe she knew. I stole the recipe after learning how cheap, healthy, and easy to make it is!

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Serve with sautéed mushrooms, oven baked chickpeas, a baguette, or sauté all of your leftover vegetables in soy sauce!  

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Veganism for Dummies // The Importance of B-12

Veganism

The only vitamin you can’t get from a vegan diet is B-12; many people use that as an excuse to not go vegan. B-12 is found in meat, dairy, and eggs because animals consume dirt in their feed and produce B-12 in their intestines.  As most of us don’t eat dirt or un-washed vegetables (humans didn’t used to be as stringent about washing as we are today), we need to get the vitamin from a supplement.

A lack of B-12 can result in lower red blood cell counts and in some cases, chronic nerve disease. Those are serious health concerns, so make sure you play it safe and take a supplement.

I have struggled accepting the necessity of taking a B-12 supplement. I didn’t take vitamins growing up and therefore never saw it as something I needed when I switched to a plant based diet. Unfortunately, the consequences of being un-informed caught up with me and I frequently found myself feeling ill or dizzy. It took fainting twice (something I’d never done before) to finally realise that something was wrong. I didn’t go to the doctor (because I’m a lazy procrastinator- ALWAYS GO TO THE DOCTOR), but I did do a little of my own research. After a few hours of medical sleuthing, I concluded that since I was getting enough sleep, consuming a healthy diet, and exercising, I must have been lacking in B-12. I went to a health store, bought a years worth of supply, and haven’t fainted since. 

B-12 can be bought at pharmacies, health stores, or right here (international link/affiliate link) or here (danish link/affiliate link) It can also be found in Alpro’s soy yoghurt and nutritional yeast.

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