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Jicama, Avocado and Radish Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

I’m so happy to have Rika from vegan miam on the blog, here today! It’s not her first rodeo, and I’m so glad that she has joined us again. This jicama salad looks like the perfect segway into Spring from Winter and is insanely refreshing. After taking a look at this beautiful dish, make sure to check out the awesome food and travel photos over on her site! :)

Jicama, Avocado and Radish Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

Bonjour my lovely Vegan Yack Attack readers!!! First off, a massive thanks to beautiful Jackie from Vegan Yack Attack for inviting me to be today’s guest blogger. Her amazing vegan food blog makes me (aka culinary adventurer) crave her food more, and subsequently eat more of it whilst traveling. In January of 2013, I wrote my first guest post for her blog about vegan & raw eats in Phuket, Thailand. So this is my second guest post for Vegan Yack Attack!

For those of you who don’t know me or my blog, let me give you a quick explanation of who I am. I’m Rika, I run a vegan food and travel blog vegan miam, with my photographer and partner Doni, covering vegan food, products, recipes, air travel and eateries around the world. In late 2011, I initially started my blog to share our experiences as vegan travelers but quickly found that our experiences abroad motivated us to craft dishes inspired by our travels. There is nothing more rewarding than bringing food back, both figuratively and literally, from our travels. While traveling, Doni and I love to craft local dishes using locally sourced ingredients but we also enjoy bringing concepts and dishes back from our travels to veganize at home. Please check out our travel schedule to see our current location.

Jicama, Avocado and Radish Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

Prior to heading down South to Mexico City (DF), the lovely people at Frieda’s Inc. sent me a few of their January specialty items including dried bird’s-eye chili. Just in time to get me in the mood for DF, they included a massive Jicama – and Jicama reminds me of all the fresh, bright, raw vegetable dishes we loved on our first trip to DF two years ago. We love Jicama raw, thinly sliced or julienned in salads and slaws or atop a taco.

Jicama (pronounced ‘hee-ka-ma’) is a popular root vegetable in Mexico and eaten as a raw snack with chili and lime (con chile y limón). According to Frieda’s Inc., Jicama can be substituted for fresh water chestnuts. Underneath the fibrous exterior, Jicama is wonderfully crunchy and juicy. While mild in actual flavor – it is earthy with a faint sweetness – Jicama absorbs dressings especially well, making it a great component for salads.

Jicama, Avocado and Radish Salad with Lime VinaigretteSelection + Storage:
Look for firm, smooth, roots. The skin often has a scarred or scabby appearance, but does not affect flavor. Do not refrigerate Jicama before using. Whole, uncut Jicama should be stored like a potato – in a cool, dry, dark place. Once cut, wrap in plastic and refrigerate up to 1 week. Learn more about Jicama here.

Explore this brilliant delicacy in a healthy way with this Jicama, Avocado and Radish Salad with Lime Vinaigrette. This recipe incorporates julienned Jicama, earthy and peppery sliced radishes, creamy diced avocado, chopped cilantro and of course, the roasted and ground dried Bird’s-eye chili. Top it off with a tangy lime vinaigrette. Simply serve the salad atop taco or eat on its own!

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Roasted Tofu Kale Tacos

Happy National Taco Day! Yes, there is such a thing, and I have totally taken advantage of it. Not to mention, I had an insanely gorgeous bunch of purple kale that I wanted to use. Great timing, if I do say so myself. Before I say anything about this delicious dish, I wanted to let everyone know that I’m working on an eBook of my own, this month. I’m not even going to hint at it, I’m just going to flat-out tell you that it’s ALL about pumpkin recipes. Woohoo!

Ok, now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s talk tacos. This recipe is incredibly easy to make, especially if you don’t make your own tortillas. Funny thing about why I ended up doing that, is because I didn’t want to go to the store and buy some mini tortillas. Weird how being lazy makes you do more work, right? :D

Overall, the tortillas were so worth it, and they were inspired by this recipe for whole wheat tortillas from Health Seeker’s Kitchen. Like I said before, though, if you don’t make your own taco-filling holders your efforts will be cut in half and I really like the sound of that. Top these bad boys with your favorite salsa, or too much Sriracha which is what I like to do, and serve!

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Mexican Mac Burrito with Red Sauce

It’s pretty well-known that there is an existing Mac ‘n’ Cheese burrito in the Mecca of vegan food aka Portland. But, I wanted to go a very different route from the BBQ-style wrapped up goodness and put a Southern Californian twist on it. This almost always means that it’s going to be a Mexican-inspired recipe. ;)

With the help of my friend Trevor (cutting up and sorting out my Mise en Place), I made a delicious fork and knife-style wet burrito covered in a homemade, spicy enchilada sauce. ¡Muy bueno!

I may have taken a short cut on the cheese sauce and used my favorite variety of Teese, their Nacho Teese sauce, since the rest of the burrito requires a little more time than your average mac ‘n’ cheese. But, I assure you, it is SO worth it. Especially the red sauce, which is my first try at it, and deemed very successful.

Also, I’d like to apologize, as I meant for you to have this recipe yesterday. When I went to Corey’s house to work on it, I forgot my recipe notebook at home. Doh! Better late than never, no?

Use up the last of those plump Summer tomatoes (because unlike other people, I know that it’s still Summer), and add a little flair to your burrito night at home. Another option for this recipe would be to omit the tortilla altogether (BLASPHEMY!) and drizzle the red sauce straight onto your mac ‘n’ cheese. Mmm…

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Chili Fiesta Mac ‘n’ Cheese

A couple of weeks ago, I went to a pretty cool showcase/luau put on by Follow Your Heart, to show off their new cheese shreds. To be honest, I had already tried them at Expo West, in March, and was totally enamored. So, it only took a little convincing to get me to make that 54-mile one way trip.

The day of was a warm one, a lot like today has been; but in Chatsworth near Canoga Park, it was 102ºF. Talk about hot! When I showed up at their factory, the event was held outside (!!!),  but they provided plenty of libations to keep people hydrated and cool. Plus, there were some beers from Angel City Brewery and the Vegan Vine, both of which were very good.

There were tons of bite-sized treats served, ranging from the cutest mini-tacos to grilled cheese bites, to baked mac and cheese. Not to mention, they were relentless with the trays of food. I had to abstain from eating for a bit because I was getting full off of these mini-meals! Don’t get me wrong, that is not a complaint, it’s more of a surprise; especially since a different event that I went to the week before left me hungry, and I had to go eat afterward. FYH, you’re doing it right!

Since I had brought my friend Jess, from The Vedge App, to the part-ay, we joined the second group from a tour around the facility. This meant seeing their supplies, distribution center and walk-in refrigerators (which were very welcoming to all of us sweaty vegans). It was at the event that I found out about a crazy recipe contest that they’re doing on their site, where you can win some awesome prizes.

Obviously, this recipe was destiny, because duh, it’s Born to Mac MoFo and delicious cheese shreds need to be used! So, I went to my nearest WholeFoods and got their Fiesta Shreds, which are very much like pepperjack. To be honest, I like them better than the Daiya ones (GASP!), even straight out of the bag they have a better texture.

Now I have this hearty, flavorful mac ‘n’ cheese/chili mash-up dish that will be great for the cooler temps coming around. I added a good amount of veggies into this chili so that it’s not SUPER heavy and because it tastes great, obviously. ;)

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