Sausage Stuffed Poblano Peppers with Spicy Cashew Queso

Sausage Stuffed Poblano Peppers with Spicy Cashew Queso

When I was a kid in the early ’80s, my parents used to take my brother and me to a Mexican restaurant in Kansas City called Manny’s. This restaurant helped form my palate as a child, with rich spices, flavorful and savory foods. It’s on my bucket list next time I go home! First, though, I always call ahead and speak with the chef about vegan options. It’s easier for everyone when a restaurant has a heads-up. You’re also guaranteed a much better dish when they’ve had a minute to think. 

Fortunately, back then, my dad spoke pretty good Spanish, so we could successfully order! I think now they have English speaking service, but back then…! I’m pretty confident my love for Mexican food comes from these early memories. One of my favorite dishes was the Chili Relleno. I loved them. This recipe isn’t quite that, mainly because Relleno’s are stuffed with gooey cheese, beef, and then deep-fried.

Thankfully, the world of plant-based meats has come a long way, baby. The options are endless these days, and most of them are good. They are also very expensive and can easily be replaced with our good friend, the mushroom! Back in the ’90s, I would have used Texturized Vegetable Protein, or TVP, or in my early vegetarian life. TVP is easy to use, loves to absorb flavor, and is super inexpensive. Today, I would prefer to use the mighty minced fungi.

Happy Summer to all of you! Nos vemos pronto. Cuídate!

Try and find poblanos that are large and uniformly shaped. Slice evenly down the one of the center lines.

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Sausage Stuffed Poblano Peppers with Spicy Cashew Queso

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 peppers 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

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  • 46 poblano peppers slices in half length wise (remove seeds and ribs)
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil, or 1/4 cup water if no oil
  • 1 (12 oz.) package of plant-based sausage, or (12 oz) of minced cremini mushrooms
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped 
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 1 (15oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 roasted red pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced 
  • 1 tsp chili powder 
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano 
  • ¾ cup cooked rice, quinoa, or amaranth
  • ½ cup of fresh/frozen corn kernels 
  • 1 (4 oz.) can of diced green chilies
  • 1 cup of Queso Blanco, or other vegan cheese of choice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease, or line, a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange halved poblano peppers in a single layer on the baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. When ready, add oil and when oil is shimmering, add the sausage or mushrooms, onion, garlic, and jalapeño. Sauté until sausage is cooked through, use a spoon or spatula to break up sausage as it cooks.
  3. Add the spices and grain of choice to the pan, and stir well. Next, add red peppers and green chilies, mix well. Finally, add the black beans and corn, stir. Cook for 5-7 minutes, or until sauce has reduced a bit. Remove from heat and let cool. 
  4. Spoon mixture into the peppers, drizzle with queso, and return to oven for another 10-15 minutes or until peppers are tender and cheese is melted. Allow peppers to cool slightly before serving. Serve with minced cilantro and salsa.

Jackfruit Asada Nachos

Jackfruit Asada Nachos

It’s Cinco de Mayo, and I don’t have a lot of time to waste! I was in the middle of a lesson plan with my kiddos when I remembered this culinary holiest of holidays! Anytime I get a chance to eat Mexican food, I do! I also do it with extreme vigor, hence, these nachos! Served with my Queso Blanco, these babies will have you dancing in your kitchen! Why do you ask, are they so good?

Because the “jackfruit carnitas” is the star of the show. Not going to lie. I can be found eating it fresh out of the oven while it’s still on the baking sheet! I love this recipe and find that finishing it in the oven is why it goes from good…to out of this world! Even your hardcore meat-eating friends will LOVE these nachos!

Don’t be scared of the number of ingredients. They are primarily spices. If you don’t want to make the spice mix, you can always grab a premed Mexican spice mix at the grocery store. You can also make the carnitas in advance, then slow-warmed in a 350° F oven. Just sprinkle the jackfruit with 2 tbsp of water, and stir well. Add to a prepared baking sheet and warm in the oven for 20 minutes! ¡Ahí lo tienes!


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Jackfruit Asada Nachos

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch

Ingredients

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  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium white onion, diced
  •  4 garlic cloves thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp smoked cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp chili powder, to taste
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp cloves, or to taste
  •  2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 ( 20 oz) cans young green jackfruit in water
  •  1/4 cup soy sauce
  •  3 Tbsp maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp pepper 
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp liquid smoke
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 2 large oranges, juiced (or 3/4 cup natural orange juice)
  • 1 Tbsp cider vinegar

Accoutrements:

  • Quality corn tortilla chips  (I use Late July Organic)
  • Vegan sour cream (I use Tofrutti)
  • Chives, or my favorite, pickled red onions
  • Diced jalapeños, raw or pickled
  • Diced avocado, optional
  • Diced tomato, optional
  • Lime wedges
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Vegan Queso Blanco

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425° F. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  2. Drain jackfruit in a colander and use your fingers, and shred jackfruit into pieces. (I generally pick out the seed pods and toss them). Set aside.
  3. Heat a medium skillet (I use cast-iron) over medium heat. When the pan is warmed, add oil. Add onion and cook until softened, translucent, and lightly caramelized, about 7-8 minutes. Add sliced garlic and cook until soft and fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. 
  4. Add spices. Mix well and sauté for 30 seconds to a minute.
  5. Add tomato paste and stir well. 
  6. Add prepared jackfruit and soy sauce, maple syrup, liquid smoke, citrus juices, and cider vinegar. Stir well—season with salt and pepper. Simmer the mixture gently for another 10-15 minutes. Carefully remove from pan and add to prepared baking sheet. Add to the oven, and slow roast jackfruit for 20 minutes, or until edges begin to crisp and brown. While the jackfruit is in the oven, prep your toppings. 
  7. Chop avocados, green onions, and tomatoes. Shred the lettuce. 
  8. Remove jackfruit from the oven and immediately season jackfruit with fresh lime juice, 1/2 tsp smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. (Mix spices together in a small bowl and sprinkle over the top). 
  9. Assemble nachos, add your favorite ingredients, and enjoy! 

Cilantro Lime Rice

Cilantro Lime Rice

I love this rice dish! It’s super simple to make and goes with just about everything! My daughter loves the cilantro rice at Qdoba, so I decided to make a homemade version just for her! I prefer brown basmati for general use, but for this dish, I opted for white basmati. With a high protein content and very low GI ranking, brown basmati rice can be a healthy option if you use grains. I have not tried this with cauliflower rice, but I would imagine it would be an easy swap!

I like to toast my rice before boiling it. Toasting grains before cooking can enhance the nutty depth of the grains, lending an extra layer of flavor to a final dish! This dish pairs well with my BBQ Tofu Bowl!

Enjoy!


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Cilantro Lime Rice

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch

Description

Easy rice dish packed with flavor! 


Ingredients

  • 3 tsp extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 1/2 cups basmati long grain white rice

  •  2 1/4 cups water

  •  1 clove garlic, minced

  •  1 tsp salt

  •  1 tsp lime zest

  • 3 Tbsp lime juice

  • 1 cup lightly packed cilantro, leaves and stems, finely chopped

  •  Pinch red pepper flakes (optional)


Instructions

  1. Warm a medium size saucepan over medium-high heat.  When warm add oil.  
  2. When oil begins to shimmer, add uncooked rice and stir well.  Stir occasionally until the rice has started to brown— About 2 minutes. 
  3. Add the garlic and cook for one minute more.  
  4. Add water, salt and lime zest.  Bring to a boil.  When boiling, cover pan and reduce to low heat.  
  5. Simmer for 13-15 minutes (check your rice package instructions).   Remove from heat and let sit undisturbed for 5 minutes.  Fluff rice with a fork.
  6. Transfer to a serving bowl.  Stir in lime juice and toss with cilantro and add red pepper flakes, if using.  

Enchiladas Rancheras

Enchiladas Rancheras

If you’ve been around me for a while, you know that I love Mexican food. It is hands down my greatest joy and my greatest weakness. We were in Colorado on vacation a few years ago, and we had Mexican food 9 out of 11 days! These enchiladas are an homage to my grandma, whose enchiladas were (next to her biscuits and gravy) my most favorite meal. 

Grandma’s enchiladas were pretty basic—ground beef, diced onion, and tomato sauce with cheese. They were simple but divine. These are a little bit more complex but equally delicious. These are a staple in our house and one of my daughter’s favorite foods! I like to dice a little extra sweet onion and use it as a garnish and avocado, sour cream, and salsa. I’m getting hungry just thinking about them. 

You can use a store-bought enchilada sauce if you’re in a hurry or don’t want to make it. But I have to warn you it will not be as good! I like to double it and then refrigerate the remainder. It’s good on tofu eggs, burritos, tacos, nachos, and of course, these enchiladas! I like the addition of the Impossible Meat because it reminds me of my Grandma’s recipe. You can easily skip it if you are avoiding plant-based meats. I would, however, add another can of beans. These enchiladas also freeze well. Just assemble them and then freeze. Enjoy! 

If you make them, please tag me on Instagram and let me know how you like them!


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Enchiladas Rancheras

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 1216 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

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Enchilada Filling:

  • 1 medium sweet onion, diced
  • 1 medium jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1 package plant-based meat (optional) **See note
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (4 oz) can diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt & pepper, each
  • 16 corn tortillas, or 10 whole wheat tortillas 
  • Vegan Cheese Shredded *See Notes

Ranchero Sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons flour (I used brown rice flour for a GF sauce)
  • 16 oz vegetable broth
  • 1 (6oz) can tomato paste 
  • 3 Tbsp cilantro, finely chopped
  • 3 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp cumin 
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 lime juiced

Toppings:

  • Daiya Cheddar Cheese block, grated
  • Diced Avocado
  • Salsa
  • Vegan Sour Cream
  • Minced Cilantro

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350° F. 

Ranchero Sauce:

  1. In a small bowl, mix flour, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, smoked paprika, oregano, salt & pepper, and cinnamon.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring 1/2 cup vegetable stock to a boil. Slowly, add dry spice and constantly whisk until the mixture is smooth and fragrant for about one minute. Add tomato paste and stir well until combined. Slowly add broth and whisk until smooth. Add lime juice and cilantro. Stir to combine. Remove from heat and set aside. 

Enchilada Filling:

  1. Warm a large skillet over medium heat. When warm, add onion and sauté until translucent—about 7 minutes. (If the onions begin to stick, add 2 tablespoons of water and stir).
  2. Add garlic and jalapeño and cook until fragrant, 1-2 minutes. 
  3. Add plant-based meat if using: Cook for about 5 minutes or until lightly browned. 
  4. Add black beans and stir well to incorporate. 
  5. Add canned tomatoes, spices, and add 1/2 cup of enchilada sauce. Stir well and cook for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat. 

Assembly:

  1. Wrap tortillas in a wet cloth or paper towel. Put on a microwave-safe plate and warm in the microwave for one minute. Keep tortillas wrapped while assembling. 
  2. Add ranchero sauce to a pie pan or other deep bottomed plate. 
  3. Add one cup of ranchero sauce to the bottom of a 9 x 12 pan, coating the pan evenly. 
  4. Remove one tortilla and dip it in the ranchero sauce. Place tortilla in 9 x 12 pan.
  5. Add about 1/4-1/3 cup of filling (depending on your shells’ size, you may want to add more or less). 
  6. Add 2 tablespoons of Daiya cheese. 
  7. Carefully roll the tortilla and place seam side down. 
  8. Repeat with remaining tortillas if you run out of space using another pan. I fit 8 to a pan (6 side by side and then two end to end at the bottom of the pan). I used a smaller 8×8 pan to fit the rest. I covered them with wrap and froze them for later. 
  9. When you have finished assembling the enchiladas, pour the rest of the ranchero sauce over them and sprinkle with shredded cheese. 
  10. Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes. 
  11. Carefully remove foil. Turn oven to broil and cook for 2 minutes or until cheese is bubbling. DO NOT WALK AWAY! 
  12. Remove from oven and serve with avocado, salsa, cilantro, and sour cream! 
  13. Enjoy! 

Notes

*I like Daiya block style cheddar and grate it myself.  I NEVER use pre-shredded vegan cheese because they add an anti-caking ingredient that simply ruins the taste of the cheese. 

**I used Impossible Meat because it has a great texture and flavor.  You can also use Gardein beef crumbles, or Hungry Planet beef.  You can also skip the meat if you’re not a fan of meat substitutes, but you may want to add an additional can of beans. I would add a can of pinto beans with my black beans for variety. 

These freeze well.  When I know I’m going to use them I remove them from the freezer and refrigerate overnight.  Always be careful putting a frozen, or super cold glass pan in the oven.  They can break. 

Keywords: Black Bean Enchilada, Vegan Enchiladas

Asada Mushroom Tacos

Asada Mushroom Tacos

I have an obsession with tacos, and my love for them is deep. Before I became a vegan, my absolute favorite taco was a simple Carne Asada taco with cilantro and white onion. A traditional Asada is made with flank steak. But alas, with those meat-eating days behind me, I’ve searched long and hard for a reasonable substitute. Enter the mighty portobello mushroom.

Mushrooms work great in this Asada because they love to soak up the flavor of a marinade. And flavor they shall have! My first version of this recipe used a whole chipotle pepper that I minced and added to the marinade. As a girl who likes her food spicy, I have to say the heat overshadows the mushrooms’ delicious umami flavor. So I cut back on the heat and kept it simple. This recipe goes down as one of my all-time favorite taco recipes using fresh cilantro leaves, freshly squeezed orange and lime juice, cumin, and chili powder.

If you don’t like cilantro, no worries, you can use epazote, another aromatic herb with notes of oregano, anise, citrus, and mint. You can find it at most Hispanic grocery stores or, of course, on Amazon! You can use a steak portobello mushrooms or I just used some sliced Cremini mushrooms that I already had. I will make these again when the weather warms up and throw some marinated portobellos on the grill! Enjoy!


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Asada Mushroom Tacos

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 Tacos 1x

Description

Yummy Mushroom Asada tacos!   I used a pineapple jalapeño salsa as a topper and it was divine! 


Ingredients

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  • 16 oz sliced portobello mushroom caps, or cremini mushrooms, stemmed and cleaned
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves, or epazote
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Tamari, or liquid aminos
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

Marinade:

  • Whisk cilantro, orange juice, lime juice, aminos, olive oil, garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper in a large bowl or shallow dish to combine.
  • Add the mushrooms and gently toss until they’re fully coated. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to an hour. (These can be made up to 24 hours ahead). Give the mushrooms a good toss every 10 to 15 minutes.
  • With a slotted spoon, remove mushrooms and reserve 1 cup of the marinade.
  • Heat a cast-iron or other large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. When the pan is heated, add olive oil. Once the oil is shimmering, place the mushrooms in an even layer and cook, making sure not to touch them until most of the moisture has cooked out of them, about 10 minutes.
  • While the mushrooms are sautéing, warm the tortillas on a comal or other small non-stick skillet on the stovetop. Once tortillas are warmed and slightly browned, cover with a paper towel and place on a baking sheet in a low oven, or use the “warm hold” feature on the microwave. 
  • When most of the moisture has evaporated, add 1/2 cup of the marinade and stir. Continue to cook and repeat with remaining marinade, stirring often for another 5 to 10 minutes. The mushrooms should be caramelized and slightly crisped around the edges.
  • Serve on warm tortillas and top with salsa, cilantro. 

Raw Walnut Collard Tacos with Spicy Cashew Queso

Raw Walnut Collard Tacos with Spicy Cashew Queso

I love tacos. I could eat them every day, and in every way you could imagine—cauliflower tacos, jackfruit tacos, portobello tacos, black bean tacos, refried bean tacos…you feelin’ me? But my favorite may be these Raw Walnut Tacos. They are super easy to make and super healthy. They are also great because you probably already have everything you need to make them. If you don’t have walnuts or want to be nut-free, don’t worry. You can also use sunflower seeds. I like to use this taco meat for my Hot Tamale Pie as well!

The cashew queso is also a favorite. It’s a concentrate, so you can take 1/4 cup of the cheese sauce, add 1 cup of water, and voila! Heat it in 30-second increments, and this recipe will make a total of 4 cups of cheese sauce!


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Raw Walnut Collard Tacos with Spicy Cashew Queso

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Total Time: 20
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

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Soak sun-dried tomatoes in warm water for 15 minutes, then drain. 

Taco Meat:

  • 2 cups raw walnuts
  • 1/2 cup dry packed sun-dried tomatoes, soaked, then minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon tamari, or liquid aminos

Cashew Queso:

  • 1 1/2 cups raw unsalted cashews
  • 8 oz. water
  • 1 chipotle chili in adobo
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Tacos:

  • Collard greens, washed**  (see note)
  • Avocados, quartered lengthwise, pit removed, skins removed, and thinly sliced
  • Tomatoes, small diced
  • Onion, minced
  • Jalapeños, sliced (optional)

Instructions

Taco Meat:

  1. In a food processor, add walnuts, garlic, and spices.  Pulse until walnuts have broken down into small pieces, careful not to over process. 
  2. Add tamari and lemon juice, and soaked sun-dried tomatoes. Pulse until combined.  
  3. Taste for seasoning.  

Cashew Queso:

  1. Add cashews* and all other ingredients to blender and blend on high speed until the nuts are completely broken down, about 2 minutes. 

Tacos:

  1. Wash collard green leaves cut off the large stems at the base. Carefully use a knife to thinly shave the stem at the base.
  2. Layer taco meat on top of collard, add avocados, onions, tomatoes, jalapeños, if using, and cashew queso.  
  3. Give each taco a squeeze of lime juice. 
  4. Enjoy! 
  5.  

 


Notes

*If you do not have a high-speed blender like a Vitamix, be sure to either boil the cashews for about 10 minutes and drain, or soak cashews for at least 6-8 hours, preferably over night. 

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T-Kat’s Chile Verde

The other day my friend Kathy asked for a Chile Verde recipe. The truth is, I’d never made it before. Strange, I know, considering Mexican food is my all time number one favorite food. After several hours of watching YouTube videos of mostly non-english speaking women, I set out to make this delectable dish.

Do you know the difference is between “chili” and”chile”? In American English, “chili” is the most common spelling for the spicy peppers and the stew. In British English the preferred spelling is “chilli.” In Spanish speaking countries and regions of the US, “chile” is the most common variant. Because I spent several hours watching YouTube videos of Spanish speaking ladies making this authentic and delectable dish, we are going to call it chile!

A traditional Chile Verde is made with pork shoulder and potatoes simmered in a spicy green chili sauce. Aside from the obvious, there were several traditional elements that I found muy importante in making this recipe. The first being the use of the molcajete, or the Mexican mortar and pestle. If you don’t have one, don’t worry. You can simply cut your ingredients into thin slices, then give them a good smashing with the underside of your favorite coffee mug (the heavier the mug, the better), or add the ingredients to a ziplock bag and use a rolling pin.

I slow simmered browned soy curls and potatoes in the green verde sauce, which is made from garlic, onion, cilantro, four kinds of peppers, and roasted tomatillo’s. Ahhhmaaazing! Here ya are, Miss Kathy!


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T-Kat’s Chile Verde

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 68 cups 1x

Description

Vegan version of Chile Verdes!   Even your pork loving friends will be amazed at this deliciously savory and hearty dish! 


Ingredients

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For Verde Sauce:

  • 1 1/2 pounds of tomatillos (about 8 or 9), husks removed
  • 4 cups organic vegetable broth
  • 2 serrano peppers
  • 2 jalapeno peppers
  • 2 poblano peppers 
  • 1 1/2 cups cilantro, stemmed
  • 1/4 onion
  • 1 1/2 cloves of whole fresh garlic, peeled
  • 1 additional clove of whole fresh garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 onion julienned

For Chile:

  • 2 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cubed into bite size pieces
  • 1 bag of Butler brand soy curls
  • 1/2 onion, julienned
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 2 teaspoons fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons flour (I used a gf brown rice flour)

Instructions

Sauce:

Preheat oven to 475°.

  1. Add tomatillos to a lined baking sheet and roast for 15-20 minutes, or until browned. Remove from oven to cool.  When cooled slice in half. 
  2. White tomatillos are in the oven; add broth, whole peppers, 1/4 onion, and 1 1/2 cloves of garlic to a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer on medium for about 15 minutes. 
  3. Remove vegetables, and immediately add them to a prepared ice bath, making sure to cover them adequately.
  4. Drain cooking stock into a large mixing bowl or another large vessel, BUT DO NOT DISCARD. 
  5. Once vegetables have cooled, and ice has melted, remove vegetables from the ice bath (do not discard that water either).
  6. In a mortar, add boiled garlic and one additional clove of fresh garlic (not boiled) with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Using the pestle, grind garlic into a fine paste. 
  7. Seed all peppers and cut them into thin strips. Add to blender. Slice boiled onion and add to blender with cilantro. Add garlic paste and blend until smooth. (I needed to add just a bit of my stock water to thin out).  If there is room, begin to add tomatillos, and blend.  If not, blend tomatillos separately and then add to blended pepper mixture. 

To make Curls:

  1. Add the ice water used to cool the pepper mixture to a sauté pan and add soy curls. Boil until curls have softened, about 5-8 minutes. Do not overcook. Drain soy curls. 
  2. Heat a dutch oven over medium heat and add oil. When the oil is warmed, add julienned onion and soy curls (you may need to do this in batches). Cook until onions and curls have browned. About 5-7 minutes.
  3. When browned, remove curl/onion mix from dutch oven and toss in 2 tablespoons of flour. (I wanted a gluten-free version, so I used brown rice flour). Set aside. 
  4. In the same pan, reduce heat  to medium and add the sauce from the blender. 
  5. Add 3 cups of reserved cooking stock, oregano, garlic powder, salt and pepper, and diced potatoes. 
  6. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Cook until potatoes have softened, about 20 minutes. 
  7. Add soy curls, and cook until warmed through and chile has thickened.  Taste for seasoning and serve. 
  8. Garnish with pickled red onion, fresh cilantro, and plain vegan yogurt. 
  9. Serve with very lightly fried corn tortillas. Enjoy! 

Vegan Queso Blanco

Vegan Queso Blanco

Sweet dreams are made of cheese! I think I’ve mentioned this a few times, but the most challenging part of being a vegan was giving up the cheese. I even went so far as to create and teach a vegan cheese class! I adore this vegan Queso Blanco! It is so yummy and so easy to make. I put it on everything from my enchiladas to making a delicious mac-n-cheese. Mostly, I stand around with a plate of warm tortilla chips and dip until my heart’s content! I hope you love it as much as I do!

The other great thing about this recipe is that it is cholesterol-free, yep 100% plant-based, and no oil! Serve this dip piping hot, and don’t be surprised when it disappears quickly! Easy to re-heat with just a tablespoon or two plant-based milk and microwave on medium heat for 30 seconds. Stir, and add 30 seconds as needed until warm!

Vegan Queso Blanco

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Vegan Queso Blanco

  • Author: Stephanie Bosch
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x
  • Category: Vegan Cheese
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This oil-free vegan queso is ready in less than 15 minutes! So yummy, you can add as much or as little heat as you want by skipping the jalapeños or doubling them up! Enjoy!

 


Ingredients

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  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight, if not using high powered blender
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 1 cup plant-based milk (I use Oatly oat milk)
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp tapioca starch (for a gooey consistency)
  • 12 tsp salt
  • 1 (4 oz) can pickled jalapeños with juice
  • 1 can tomatoes with green chili’s, like Rotel
  • Dash turmeric for color, if desired

Instructions

  1. Warm a medium-size skillet over medium heat. Add 2 tbsp vegetable stock and onions. Sauté onions until done and translucent, about 7-8 minutes. Remove onions from pan, and add to blender. Add all remaining ingredients except the Rotel tomatoes, if using. Blend until very smooth. If using a Vitamix, about 45 seconds on high.
  2. Transfer to a saucepan and put on the stove over medium-low heat. Heat until desired consistency, continually stirring so as not to burn the bottom. 
  3. Taste and add extra salt if desired. Pour vegan queso into a serving bowl and stir in the 1/4 cup chopped pickled jalapeños and drained can of Rotel if using. Garnish and serve.
  4.  

Notes

Keep leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge about 5 days. When reheating, add additional unsweetened plant-based milk, if desired, to thin to desired consistency.

You can use chicken broth instead of vegetable if you’re not vegan.

I use a Vitamix and love it.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 12
  • Calories: 101
  • Fat: 7g
  • Protein: 3g

Keywords: Vegan Queso Blanco

Vegan Breakfast Slider

Vegan Breakfast Slider

St. Louis is known for many things: the Arch, Budweiser Beer, Chuck Berry, Bob Costas, and Joe and Jack Buck.  We are second only to the New York Yankees for the most World Series wins, we are the current Stanley Cup winners (Go Blues!), and former home to the Super Bowl Champion, St. Louis Rams. Yo, Kurt Warner! And we eat things that nobody else has ever heard of outside of St. Louis, like toasted ravioli, gooey butter cake, and the slinger.  

The area in the Lou famously referred to as “The Hill” is home to baseball greats Yogi Berra and Joe Garagiola. It is also home to our beloved toasted ravioli. As the story goes, a fresh ravioli fell into the fryer at a place called Mama Campisi’s on a day when Joe Garagiola was there. After this fateful event, these little pieces of fried heaven allegedly began appearing on menus around town. Served with a warm marinara sauce, all I can say is, sono così deliziosi!

The Gooey Buttercake, another St. Louis favorite, also came about by accident. Although nothing like a traditional cake, this chewy goodness is part coffeecake and part gooey custard. And if you’ve ever had a piece, you know how sinfully delicious it is. Some say that in the 1930s a baker mistakenly mixed up their ingredients for a traditional coffee cake and voila. Accident, or fate? You be the judge! 

And finally, our favorite of the three, “The Slider.” A meal best appreciated and usually served between the hours of midnight and 3:00 AM, at places like the “Eat Rite” diner near Busch stadium, the Slider is essentially anything you want it to be. Yep, it’s that post-drinking, pre-pass out frankenfood that has become a right of passage for those who dare tread in our waters. The basic version is hash browns, eggs, and a hamburger patty smothered in chili, then topped with cheese and chopped onions, and it will leave you feeling a bit dizzy and crying fire in the hole the next day! But the best part of any slinger is it can be any combination of your favorite foods slapped on top of each other and consumed in relatively short order. We prefer to make a healthier vegan version that will not only leave you feeling satisfied,  it’s also a great way to finish off all of those leftovers!      

Our slinger begins with a basic Tofu Scramble from The Minimalist Baker, which we cook for about 8 minutes before adding a half pack of Trader Joe’s Vegan Chorizo. Made from soy and only a few other natural ingredients, their chorizo tastes just like its traditional counterpart, but without all of the disgusting greasiness. We layer scramble with hashbrowns or roasted potatoes, and then garnish with salsa, avocados, cilantro, hot sauce, 1/4 cup of vegan gravy, or my favorite Cashew Queso! In this picture, I also added a delicious vegan Chili Colorado.   You’re welcome.  

 

Deconstructed Burrito Bowl

Deconstructed Burrito Bowl

We love bowls! It’s one of our favorite go-to meals and makes for a quick dinner. Most times we just use various ingredients we have on hand. Be warned they are suuuuper filling! You can be super creative with your bowls or just keep them simple. The basic bowl is this: One part grain, vegetables, one part protein (we use beans, tofu, or tempeh), and top with some kind of sauce. In a pinch, I have used hummus that has been thinned out as a drizzle! Top with your choice of onions, herbs, nuts, or seeds.

Deconstructed Burrito Bowl

  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled, cubed
  • 2 medium russet potatoes washed, cubed
  • 1 medium onion sliced into ¼ ” wide slices
  • 1 red pepper sliced into ¼” thin slices
  • 1 15 oz. can pinto beans (or, bean of choice)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ c water
  • 1-2 ripe avocados, sliced, or diced
  • 1-cup brown organic basmati rice (any brown rice will do)
  • 1-cup Pico de Gallo (store bought is easiest)
  • 1-cup cashew queso, thinned (see recipe below)
  • Green onions, diced on bias (optional)
  • Cilantro, minced (optional) 
  • Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 400°.  

Make rice.  I add two cups of water to 2 cups of basmati rice to my Instapot and cook for 15 minutes.    Otherwise, follow package directions.   (You will have leftovers.  You can freeze extra cooked rice in ziplock bag.)

Peel and dice squash into bite-size pieces.  I use pre-diced store bought and cut larger pieces into 1” cubes.   Wash potatoes and cut into 1” cubes leaving the skins on.  Wash and slice red pepper into ¼” long slices.  Peel and slice onion and in half, cut into ¼” slices.   Add potatoes, squash, red pepper, and onions to a large mixing bowl.  Add 1-2 Tbsp of olive oil and toss vegetables with salt and pepper to coat. Add vegetables to a parchment paper lined baking sheet.   Bake, turning once, for 25-30 minutes, or until vegetables are fork tender. 

While veggies are cooking, add one can of drained pinto beans to a small pot, add cumin, garlic powder, and salt.  Add ¼ cup water, cover, and simmer until warmed through.   Keep warm. 

Make Cashew Queso:  

  • 1 ½ cup raw, unsalted cashews
  • 8 oz of water
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 chipotle chili pepper in adobo (or, cut in half if too spicy)
  • 3 TBSP Nutritional Yeast (I use Bragg’s, but you can use any)

Add all of the ingredients to a high-speed blender.   Blend until smooth.  In my Vitamix it takes about 45 seconds on high speed, stopping once to scrape down the sides.   ***It is very important that queso is completely smooth.  Add more water 1 Tbsp at a time, if needed and continue to blend until smooth. 

When vegetables are done remove from oven.   Assemble Buddha bowls.  Add up to 1-cup rice per bowl.  Top bowls with the roasted vegetables, beans, Pico de Gallo, avocado, drizzle with cashew queso, and finish with cilantro and green onions, if using.  

Enjoy!