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?
It’s easy to enjoy sushi without fish. Vegan sushi tastes
amazing and it’s super easy to make. It’s a great way to use your leftover rice
and vegetables for a quick lunch.
You don’t need any fancy equipment for this recipe. I just
roll the sushi on a cutting board carefully with steady hands. You’ll have the
best results if you use sticky rice (although I used regular rice the first
time, and it still ended up nicely)
What to do:
Place a sheet of seaweed paper on your cutting board and add
two tbsp. of rice on top and then mash it down with a spoon. Place your filling
at the bottom, closer to where you are standing (be careful not to add too
much!). Then carefully roll the seaweed paper into a roll – the trick is to be
slow and careful!
I like to make two different kinds; one with cucumber,
avocado, and vegan crème cheese and the other with cucumber, avocado, carrot
and spinach. You can add any veggies you like!
I dip mine in a soy sauce/wasabi mixture.
I hope this recipe will inspire you to start making your own
I grew up being told that pasta is junk food and should only be eaten rarely. Fortunately, research has shown that moderate amounts are still healthy and can be consumed while losing weight. Nothing beats treating myself to lunch with a bowl of whole grain pasta with veggies.
Nutritional Yeast is a great cheese substitute as it has a cheesy flavour and melts easily. AND it contains B-12, which is an important supplement to take as a vegan