Thursday, October 31, 2013

Vegan Enchiladas

I know, it looks gross, but it tastes great.

Okay, this is nowhere near authentic. I tried to make authentic enchilada sauce and it was a horrific failure. So here's my version. Note, the chipotle pepper in adobo sauce is what gives this sauce the right flavour. It will be spicy. I don't know how to avoid this. If you like spicy, then add more peppers!


  • 1 can kidney beans, drained
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • a bit of cooking oil
  • 1 can whole tomatoes (diced and crushed are inferior quality. A guy who used to work in a tomato canning factory told me!)
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, with some sauce 
  • 1/2 onion, chopped roughly
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 4-6 small corn or flour tortillas
  • shredded vegan cheese (I used Daiya mozzarella)

Let's do it!

Refried Beans:

  1. Heat the cooking oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the kidney beans and cumin and stir to coat the beans. 
  2. Mash the beans with a potato masher and add some water to make it more of a paste. I add water several times during this process as it gets absorbed by the beans. You want it to be thick, but not so thick that you can't spread it on something easily. I added more water and simmered this on low while I made the sauce.


  1. Drain the can of whole tomatoes into a blender. 
  2. Deseed the tomatoes. I do this by submerging them in a bowl of water, opening each tomato and scraping the seeds out with my fingers under the water.
  3. Put the tomatoes, onion, garlic, chipotle pepper and about 2 teaspoons of the adobo sauce into the blender. 
  4. Blend until it's all blended nicely together.
  5. Let this mixture simmer in a small soup pot for about 30 minutes, or until you no longer taste raw onions.

Put it together!

  1. Warm up the tortillas in the microwave under a damp paper towel. You want them to be pliable so they don't break when you try to roll them. Like mine did.
  2. In an oven safe casserole dish, ladle a thin layer of sauce.
  3. Take your tortilla, put a line of beans in the middle, then some shredded cheese. Roll it up and put it cut side down into the dish.
  4. Repeat until you fill the dish.
  5. Top with more cheese, then a generous helping of sauce.
  6. Broil in the oven until the cheese is melted!

Lunch it up!

This lunch is a hot mess when it's cooked. It's also a meal unto itself, so I just stuck it in a lunch container and heated it up at work. Also, the husband can eat real cheese and prefers flour tortillas to corn, so I made a separate dish for him.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Vegan Shepherd's Pie

Fluffy potatoes, stewy stuff, what's not to love?
Note, I use real butter in this recipe, but it's easy to substitute with vegan margarine.


  • 1/4 cup carrot, diced
  • 1/4 cup celery, diced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • about 10 mushrooms, chopped small (I used white button mushrooms)
  • 1 can brown lentils, drained
  • 4 red skinned potatoes
  • 1/4 cup or so vegan cheese, shredded
  • butter
  • soy milk
  • salt

Let's do it!

  1. Scrub the potatoes, pierce them and put them in a microwavable dish with some water in it. Microwave them until they're cooked (all microwaves are different, mine took about 14 minutes). If you don't like microwaves, you can boil them, too. Or roast them, but that takes FOREVER.
  2. Mash them up, adding butter, soy milk and salt until you reach a creamy, easily spreadable consistency.
  3. Mix in vegan cheese.


  1. In a pot, melt butter on medium heat. 
  2. Add carrots, celery and onion, stir until onion is translucent.
  3. Add garlic and mushrooms and stir until it looks cooked.
  4. Add lentils and cook until the flavours have melded well. 
  5. Add salt to taste.

Put it together:

  1. Put the filling in a high casserole dish (mine was about 12" x 7" and 4" high). Spread flat.
  2. Top with potatoes and spread flat.
  3. Place in the oven on a high broil and watch it until it turns golden brown. I wouldn't walking away, as you don't want to burn the thing.
  4. Let cool a bit before handling.

That's it!

Lunch it up!
Put it in the fridge overnight and slice it up into portions the next day when it's cold and sticks together better. I suppose you could serve this with a salad, but I just brought about 3 servings with me to eat throughout the day at work. Wheee!!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Stolen recipe

Okay, stolen's a strong word. But I recently tried out a great recipe that I need to share with the world.

Roasted Brussel Sprouts - Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas and Pomegranate Seeds.

This is not my recipe, which is why there's a link to it. I substituted mixed beans for chickpeas, though.

It's absolutely delicious. If you think you don't like brussel sprouts, try roasting them in the oven.

If you want a tip on how to deseed a pomegranate, use the tips in this video:

And there it is, my laziest post ever. No photo, no recipe. I realize I haven't posted anything new since July, but there are so many great recipes out there, you just can't invent something new every day.