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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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Tofu Scramble Breakfast Sandwiches

If I were to rate meals in order of desirability for me, it would go something like this: Breakfast, Dessert, Dinner, and Lunch. What is unfortunate for most vegans is that if you’re looking to dine out for breakfast, it’s probably going to be a little hellacious. That’s why I really enjoy making hearty, delicious breakfast dishes at home.

I think that most people, at some time or another, have eaten an egg sandwich from some sort of fast food establishment. While this sandwich is not one of those, I can tell you that it tastes a lot better and is better for you. Of course, you don’t have to use the bun/English muffin at all; you can just serve it as an awesome scramble!

On a side note, I can’t believe that I forgot to mention the eBook that I just did! I worked with the great team at Vegan Cuts to create recipes for and design their Summer Bash eBook. More importantly, IT’S FREE! So, you basically have no excuse to not check it out. It has been so much fun hearing good feedback on the recipes, and I’m feeling a little proud of how it turned out. Maybe it’s time that I put one out for myself.. ;)

Oh! Did I say that there was coconut bacon involved in this recipe? No? Well, there is, and it’s delicious.

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Vegan Ceviche

Phew, let me tell you, it is so weird to be home again. But, definitely a relief. After a month of working my butt off in the windy, hot desert that is Coachella Valley, and not blogging at all, it is nice to be sitting comfortably at my desk and hanging out with my pups. I won’t lie, though, being forced to have a break from the internet was actually a good thing and eventually I just had to live with the fact that I would have no time to blog, etc. Before April, I was already having a hard enough time juggling my work with my personal life, and now I have to really re-access what my priorities are, but still reach my goals. Such is life!

Here are a few photos from my trip!

Pre-Coachella Show Day

Dust Storm Hellish-ness Weekend 1

About to watch Local Natives

Messin’ around in the Boutique Photo Booth

Some of our Inventory team on the last day!

One of the recipes that I made before I left, is something that I’m really excited about; especially since Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner! I had ceviche a few times in my life before I went vegan, and only once after that. The vegan version that I had was weird and involved fake shrimp which always gives me the heebie-jeebies, so I decided that I would make my own recipe!

This dish is more of a side, but may just steal the spotlight with how refreshing it is and its great flavors. Plus, it is REALLY easy to make. Once of the sneaky ingredients in it are oyster mushrooms, they have a slightly fishy scent/taste which makes this a well-rounded vegan ceviche. You can bring it to a party, serve it with a meal, make it whenever! I prefer to eat it with some salted tortilla chips and a beer. ;)

I can’t forget to mention that my mom loved this so much that she brought it to a get together with some of her quilting friends; and they all enjoyed it, too!

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Fiesta Lettuce Wraps

I thought that by making this dish the Wednesday before Expo West that I’d be able to post it in a timely manner and not leave you hanging for a week. Clearly, this is not the case. I’ve already been caught up in the Expo, along with finishing some Easter Brunch recipe for a VegNews web feature (!!!). I CANNOT wait to share both of those with you, as there are a lot of really awesome new, vegan products debuting at the Expo this year; and the brunch recipes that I’m making are SO good. (If I don’t say so myself ;))

Basically, this all came together when the lovely Jill from Vegan Cuts came into town and stayed with me for a night, before heading off to Anaheim. She was starving, but wanted something healthy to eat, especially after indulging at the New York Veg Fest (I’m not jealous, oh wait, yes I am). I’ve been wanting to make some lettuce wraps, but wasn’t sure if I wanted to make them more Asian or Mexican-inspired. This problem was quickly solved after I spotted a can of black beans and my mind began racing.

These wraps are great because they’re totally plant-based, oil-free, and flavorful! Not to mention, a good amount of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. What more could you ask for? Maybe dessert. :D Here we have your black beans, your quinoa, some plantains, bell peppers, spinach and more. Plus, when you ditch the tortilla for lettuce, you drop the empty calories and extra carbs.

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