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Meatless Monday : Cinco de Mayo Recipes

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We eat a lot of Mexican-style food year-round. For a vegetarian, the possibilities are vast. True, there are many non-vegetarian options as well, but so much of what my love for Mexican food centers around is the flavors. The complexities of heat, taste, depth, spices, and balance of each separate element. This year I’m planning a serve yourself taco menu featuring staples like beans, rice, cheese, guacamole, crema, perhaps a guajillo salsa, a roasted tomatillo salsa, baked tofu “fish,” and homemade corn tortillas. There shall be margaritas, because they’re an essential part of the menu. And Mondays.

Any thoughts on what you’re making or eating this evening? If you’re in need of some entirely vegetarian Cinco de Mayo recipes, here’s a quick round-up of some ideas:

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Frychos make a great appetizer or full course on their own.

Some other easy side dishes:

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Spanish Red Rice

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Cheesy Anaheim and Poblano Pepper Rice

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Slow Cooked Black Beans

Some sauces and salsas that can easily accompany any Mexican meal:

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Ancho Chili and Pepita Mole

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Avocado Green Tomato Salsa

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Green Chile and Tomatillo Enchilada Sauce

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Roasted Poblano Guacamole

Looking for some main dish ideas? Here are some recipes:

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Roasted Poblano Chilaquiles with Fried Eggs (great for breakfast or anytime!)

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Crispy Tofu Tacos with Creamy Roasted Poblano Sauce and Grilled Cotija Cheese

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Chorizo and Cheese Enchiladas

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Seitan Carnitas

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Jalapeño Cheese Tamales

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Tamale Casserole

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Tofu and Cheese Enchiladas

A couple beverage ideas to round things out:

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Classic Margarita

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Horchata

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Mangorita

Happy celebrating!

Best of 2013: Your Favorites

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Alright, friends. 2013 is coming to a close and the year has been filled with foods of all varieties. I decided to do a roundup of your reader-favorite recipes from the last year. I enjoyed revisiting some of these recipes I sort of forgot about.. Thanks for sticking around for the last twelve months. This blog certainly wouldn’t be as enjoyable without each of you readers! I am excited about where this little blog space will go in the next year, as I have some ideas for new content and certainly look forward to more cooking!

Without further ado, here are your favorite recipes from 2013:

1. Double Herb and Cheese Stuffed Crust Veggie Pot Pie

2. Vegetable Chow Mein with Tofu

3. Baked Barbecue Panko Tofu

4. Energy Boost Juice

5. No Orange-Orange Juice

6. Panko Crusted Tempura Shrimp

7. Jalapeño Cheese Tamales

8. Leo’s Limoncello

9. Homemade Banana Pancakes

10. Slow Cooked Black Beans

11. Cheesy Herb Pull-Apart Bread

12. Creamy Jalapeño Mac and Cheese

13. Malted Waffles

14. Ginger Apple Plum Jam

15. Glazed Blueberry, Meyer Lemon and Vanilla Bean Pull-Apart Bread

A Vegetarian Thanksgiving

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Alright, we’ve arrived at Thanksgiving week. First things first – where the heck has this year gone? Are we really getting back into the swing of the holiday season? Okay, the shock is wearing off…

While growing up, to my family, Thanksgiving included an all day cooking affair for my parents. The kitchen would be bustling and crowded from early morning hours up until the dinner table was set. We were a family of six, often extended to nine or ten with my Uncle Ronnie and some family friends. The meal most usually consisted of the familiar cast of Thanksgiving dishes: roasted turkey, turkey pan gravy, sometimes oven roasted ham as well, stuffing, mashed potatoes, rice (because what meal in Hawaii doesn’t include rice?!), dinner rolls, green bean casserole with crispy fried onions, a fresh green salad, cranberry sauce (you know, the kind that comes in the shape of the can, grooved lines included), sweet potato casserole, pumpkin pie, pumpkin crunch…

These days, Thanksgiving dinner has taken a different route for me. We don’t roast a turkey since meat isn’t a staple for us. My favorite parts of this particular meal has more to do with the side dishes than the actual main dish, anyway, so that’s where my focus usually diverts to. The thing is, when people think of a vegetarian Thanksgiving meal, it seems their attention usually goes to what will be missing rather than the potential for an equally enjoyable feast. I decided to research a vast number of recipes to put together a list of vegetarian dishes that would make up a great Thanksgiving meal, or at least offer some options for including vegetarian dishes in your traditional Thanksgiving plans.

Within this post, you’ll find some ideas for appetizers or small courses, stuffing recipes, side dishes of various sorts, fresh cranberry sauces, main courses that don’t include the word Tofurky, dinner rolls, desserts, and cocktails. Hopefully something for everyone, as every one of these recipes would be a great addition to any meal.

With that, here’s to a season of being reminded of everything we have to be thankful for… happy cooking and eating, folks.

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Appetizers + Small Bites
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1. Roasted Grapes with Thyme and Fresh Ricotta by Alexandra’s Kitchen
2. Roasted Garlic Sage Pesto Pumpkin Soup by Half Baked Harvest
3. Wild Rice Salad with Pomegranate and Pine Nuts by Earthy Feast
4. Baked Artichoke Squares by Shutterbean
5. Moroccan Carrot Dip by A Thought For Food
6. Butternut Squash Ricotta and Sage Crostini by Shutterbean

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Stuffing + Dressing
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1. Wild Mushroom, Leek and Filbert Dressing by Martha Stewart (use vegetable broth)
2. Pumpkin Bread and Tempeh Stuffing by Vegan Richa
3. Poblano Cornbread Stuffing by Love and Lemons
4. Vegetarian Shiitake Leek Stuffing
5. Southwest Cornbread Stuffing with Corn and Green Chilies by Bon Appétit
6. Apple and Herb Stuffing by Smitten Kitchen

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Veggie Side Dishes
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1. Coconut Creamed Spinach by Love and Lemons
2. Coconut Roasted Carrot Salad by Healthy Green Kitchen
3. Scalloped Yam Casserole
4. Goat Cheese Basil Mashed Potatoes by High Heels to Hot Wheels
5. Apple Cider Glazed Sweet Potatoes by Oh My Veggies
6. Rice Stuffed Tomatoes by Smitten Kitchen
7. Vegetarian Mushroom Gravy
8. Golden Broccoli Gratin by Williams Sonoma
9. Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Garlic and Balsamic Vinegar

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Cranberry Sauce
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1. Cranberry Apple Pear Sauce
2. Cranberry Ginger Chutney by Saveur
3. Bourbon Maple Cardamom Cranberry Compote by Ginger and Toasted Sesame
4. Mary Bogue’s Outrageous Cranberries in Cabernet Sauvignon by Foodista
5. Ginger Orange Cranberry Sauce by Oh My Veggies
6. Caberet Cranberry and Blueberry Sauce by Averie Cooks

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Rolls + Breads
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1. Cheesy Herb Pull-Apart Bread
2. Wheat Germ and Honey Dinner Rolls by Vegetarian Times
3. Soft Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls
4. Sweet Corn Cheddar Spoonbread by The Bojon Gourmet
5. Sweet Honey Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread Biscuits by Half Baked Harvest
6. Sweet Potato Biscuits by Kate Ramos at Chow.com

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Main Dishes
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1. Butternut Squash Lasagna
2. Mushroom + Stout Pot Pies with Sweet Potato Crusts by The First Mess
3. Glazed Lentil Walnut Apple Loaf by Oh She Glows
4. Seitan Roulade with Oyster Mushroom Stuffing by VegNews Magazine
5. Double Herb and Cheese Stuffed Crust Veggie Pot Pie
6. Vegetable Wellington Redux by Vegetarian Times

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Dessert
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1. Pumpkin Tiramisu by Foodie Crush
2. Dad’s Perfect Sweet Potato Pie by Joy the Baker
3. Pumpkin Roll with Cream Cheese Filling
4. Spiced Apple Cranberry Pie
5. Salted Honey Pie by A Sweet Spoonful
6. Hawaii Style Pumpkin Crunch from Ai Love Baking

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Cocktails + Beverages
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1. Vanilla Bean and Pear Vodka Cocktails
2. Hot Bourbon Apple Cider by Pastry Affair
3. Honeycrisp Apple Sangria by Nutmeg Nanny
4. Winter Sun Cocktails by Two-Tarts
5. Honey Sage Gin Fizz by How Sweet It Is
6. Fall Spiced Pear Sangria by Stephen Phillips at HGTV

Cinco de Mayo Favorites

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Somehow it’s already the first weekend of May. My brain tries to wrap itself around how quickly time flies, but in the midst of doing so, all I can really think about is big fat veggie burritos or tacos laden with freshly cooked beans, melted cheese and spicy sauces of every type imaginable. Then there’s the beverage aspect of the whole ordeal, where I imagine beautiful combinations of fresh fruit juice – or fresh fruit juice within a vast array of adult cocktails. Ultimately I begin to think about how swiftly summer seems to be approaching. Of course that leads me back to thoughts of tacos and margaritas, within the sunshine, of course.

Before we get too far into May, there’s always Cinco de Mayo to celebrate. Some folks need an excuse to devour Mexican food. I’m not in that category of folks; nor is our family. We eat Mexican-inspired dishes weekly. The following is a list of recipes both tried and very much wanting to be tried. Should you find yourself invited to a Cinco de Mayo themed potluck party, left without a clue as to what you can bring, may these recipes motivate you to try them.

 

Small Bites

Eggplant Parmesan Nachos from Climbing Grier Mountain – nontraditional, but amazing looking and sounding!
Mexican Street Fair Corn  from Food52 – I love the look of this fresh sweet corn.
Chile Lime Tequila Popcorn  from 101 Cookbooks
Molletes  from Leite’s Culinaria

 

Sauces

Roasted Tomatillo and Green Olive Salsa from Foodie Crush

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Avocado Green Tomato Salsa


Roasted Poblano Guacamole
Green Chile and Tomatillo Enchilada Sauce
Goat Cheese and Roasted Corn Guacamole from Joy the Baker – I’m certain I could eat this by the spoonful, standing at the kitchen counter… 

 

Sides

Cheesy Potato Gratin with Chiles and Corn
Toasted Coconut, Cilantro and Lime Rice
Cheesy Anaheim and Poblano Pepper Rice

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Main Dishes

Tamale Casserole

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Chorizo and Cheese Enchiladas
Spicy Citrus Fish Tacos with Creamy Avocado Sauce
Black Bean and Sweet Potato Tacos from Joy the Baker
Charred Asparagus Tacos with Creamy Adobo and Pickled Red Onions from Serious Eats – a great vegetarian spin on tacos!
Chile Rellenos with Brebis Blanche and Tomatillo Salsa from Alana Chernia of Eating From the Ground Up

Drinks

Mango and Blackberry Mint Margaritas

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Homemade Horchata

Blood Orange Margaritas from Alex Thomopoulos – this drink is gorgeous in color and I love the addition of mint.
Roasted Blueberry Basil Margarita from How Sweet It Is
Tequila and Campari with Tangerine from Serious Eats – a larger, pitcher option if you’re hosting dinner for folks… or feel the need for a pitcher-sized drink.
Watermelon-Ginger Agua Fresca from Bon Appetit – for a delicious non-alcoholic beverage option.

Desserts

Margarita Tarts from A Couple Cooks
Homemade Churros from Or Whatever You Do
Horchata Ice Cream from The Bojon Gourmet – I cannot wait to make this… YUM.

 

Happy celebrating!