Vegan Mexican Lasagna

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We’re finally doing it!!!!

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We are MOVING, people!!!

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Well, God willing. Until we’re in the giant truck on the road I won’t believe it’s happening.

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We’ve known we were moving to Colorado for over a year and have been anticipating it ever since. North Carolina has been a delight and all, but we are nomads in need of a change of scenery! We’ve literally been packing for months in the hopes we would get out of here sooner than later. I forget what it’s like to not have to shimmy around boxes to get around. I also have been wearing the same 6 outfits for a month, but I’m not sure if that’s because clothes are packed or I am lazy and only fit in 6 outfits right now.

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Also, I am ready to escape the suffocating heat and humidity. Ask me again in 6 months how I enjoy the snow.

 

Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 6-8 corn tortillas
  • 2 cups of brown rice, cooked
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed + drained
  • 1 can of pinto beans, rinsed + drained
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup of frozen corn
  • 1 can of diced green chiles
  • 1 cup of enchilada sauce
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 tsp. of chili powder
  • 1 tsp. of cumin
  • 1 tsp. of smoked paprika
  • S+P, to taste
  • Cilantro, for serving

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Heat oil a skillet over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add red pepper + jalapeno, cook another 2 minutes
  • Add chili powder + cumin + smoked paprika + S+P, cook another 1-2 minutes
  • Add the beans + tomatoes + corn + chiles, cook for 1-2 minutes
  • Add enchilada sauce + remove from heat
  • In a greased baking dish, lay a couple of tortillas, can rip them into shapes to cover the entire bottom
  • Add a big ole scoop of bean mix + spread evenly
  • Add rice evenly
  • Top with more bean mix
  • Top with rest of tortillas
  • Top with remaining bean mix
  • Bake for 25 minutes
  • Remove + serve warm with cilantro
  • Cut off a giant square + go to town on your carb fest

Homemade Black Beans + Rice

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Well, Topanga’s birthday party was a SMASHING success.

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No, literally, she smashed her pupcake and promptly fell asleep in her party dress.

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The real MVP of the party was Garrett, though.

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He spent two hours blowing up hot pink balloons and hanging doggy decorations. And he only complained like 2 times! It was all worth it, though. I’m sorry, I couldn’t NOT buy rose gold balloons that spelled “LETS PAWTY,” ya know? Then, Garr grilled all the meats and served dinner to our guests. He sat through SEVERAL rounds of What Do You Meme? and Catchphrase. If you didn’t know, Garr is a BIG game guy. NAHT. Then, I was feeling extra lazy and just wanted to lounge on the couch and gab with my pals, and that boy cleaned up the whole daggum kitchen, dishes and all. He’s basically my very own, perfect yenta.

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AND he brings home the bacon, best of both worlds!

 

 

Time: 3 hours (prep + cooking) | Serves: 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb. of black beans, soaked overnight + drained
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 1/2 a green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. of oregano
  • 1 tbsp. of cumin
  • 1 tbsp.
  • 1 28oz. can of whole, peeled tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups basmati rice
  • 2 cups of vegetable broth
  • 2 limes
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste
  • Cilantro, for serving

How to:

  • In a large stock pot, bring beans + 1/2 the onion + all the green pepper + 1 tbsp. of garlic + oregano + 1/2 the cumin + S+P + 4-6 cups of water, enough to cover everything, to a boil
  • Reduce heat, cover + cook for 2 hours, stirring often, until tender. Add more water as necessary to keep the beans covered
  • Meanwhile, place tomatoes + remaining onion in a food processor + blend until smooth
  • Transfer to a sauce pan + add broth + remaining cumin + S+P, bring to a boil
  • Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a bigger sauce pan over medium heat
  • Add rice + toast, stirring for about 5 minutes
  • Add remaining garlic + cook another minute
  • Pour boiling tomato mixture into rice pan, stir + cook until rice is tender, 30-40 minutes
  • When both rice + beans are tender, add the juice of a lime to each + some cilantro
  • To serve, put some rice in a bowl + top with beans, sprinkle with more cilantro + serve with lime wedges
  • Go to town on it + get ready for some mega toots tonight!

 

Adapted from here & here!

Vegan Hot Dish

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Tater tots hold a special place in my heart.

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And my gut.

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I’ve mentioned it before, but I used to be what some call a picky eater.

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Hot dogs and chicken nuggets were my main food groups. Growing up we dined out a lot. Probably because I threw a fit every time they tried to serve me pork chops and apple sauce or some crap. I frequented the local Sonic Drive-In regularly with my pops. By regularly, I mean weekly, I’m pretty sure. After two bites of whatever heinous dinner they tried to shove down my throat, I would kick and scream and Greg would drive us to the local Sonic for limeades and wait for it…… cheese tots. Your girl used to drown her adolescent sorrows all up in some cheesy tots. I just have the fondest memories of my dad introducing me to Conway Twitty and listening to the top 40 radio countdown shows (I have a vivid memory of Vitamin C’s “Graduation” being number 1 for a considerable amount of time and IT WAS MY JAM) while sitting in our spot at Sonic.

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I don’t eat cheese now, but I can tell you with absolute certainty I will have cheese tots again one day.

 

 

Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 2 red peppers, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed + drained
  • 1 can of corn, drained
  • 1 can of fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 package of cauliflower tater tots
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. of cumin
  • 1 tsp. of crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp. of smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. of chili powder
  • S+P, to taste
  • Cilantro, for serving

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add garlic, cook another minute
  • Add peppers + S+P, cook another 3-4 minutes
  • Add beans + corn + tomatoes + spices + S+P, bring to a simmer + cook 3-4 minutes
  • Turn off hot + top with tots
  • Bake 20 minutes
  • Broil for 2-3 minutes until tots get crispy
  • Serve warm with cilantro
  • Scoop a heaping helping of this into a bowl + go to daggum town on this grub