Veggin’ Out

Every few weeks my friend and I get together for a low-key, week night dinner. Cooking for this particular friend is always a no-brainer, as she likes and eats just about everything.

That was until recently when she started dabbling in the world of Veganism.

As I began to plan tonight’s dinner, I realized how difficult it is to assemble a meal with absolutely NO animal products; vegetarian is one thing, but vegan is a whole new challenge.

I turned to vegan recipe blog Healthy Happy Life for guidance on a meat-free/dairy-free meal. I was led to Vegan Burritos and Vegan Banana Peanut Butter Pudding for dessert. The burrito was hardy, satisfying and had tons of bold flavors with the cilantro and lime. The tofu-based banana peanut butter pudding provided the perfect sweet-tooth fix.

Although a vegan meal seemed somewhat daunting at first, having a reason to think and cook outside of my comfort zone was fun, refreshing, and tasty.

Burrito fixings, before rolling

Vegan Burrito

Served with cucumber, tomato, green pepper, corn and cilantro salad

And now for dessert….

All ingredients in the food processor

Blending

Peanut Butter Banana Pudding

Vegan Burrito

Yield: 2 burritos

Source: Happy Healthy Life

What You Need

  • 2 whole wheat tortillas - XL size
  • 1/2 avocado, diced and tossed in lime juice
  • 1/2 small white onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup chunky salsa
  • 1 can vegan pinto beans, drained
  • 1/4 cup vegan cheese
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/8 cup lime juice, plus zest of one lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1 cup leafy greens - chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt to taste

What To Do

  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions. Once cooked, fold in lime juice, garlic powder, chipotle powder and salt to taste. Set aside.
  2. Heat the canned beans. Fold in cheese and set aside.
  3. Chop avocado and onion. Set aside.
  4. Combine greens and cilantro and toss with cider vinegar and olive oil.
  5. Warm tortillas before assembling.
  6. Assemble the burritos by adding beans, quinoa, onion, avocado, greens and a drizzle of salsa.
  7. Fold tortilla and serve with lime slices and salsa on the side.
http://glorioffood.com/2011/10/11/veggin-out/

Peanut Butter Banana Pudding

What You Need

  • 1 lb. silken tofu, drained
  • 2 large ripe bananas
  • 3-4 tablespoons peanut butter, chunky/salted (I used creamy because that is what I had)
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

What To Do

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor.
  2. Blend. Taste test. If needed, add salt.
  3. Pour into serving dishes or small bowls. Chill until thick.
http://glorioffood.com/2011/10/11/veggin-out/

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