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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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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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Black Bean Party Burgers

First off, I hope that everyone had a great Memorial day weekend and that you had some great food and a lot of fun. The weather here in Southern California was sunny, breezy and just about perfect for grilling. I’m not trying to brag or anything, I just want to set the scene for you: clear skies, a slight breeze, mid-70s outside, chilled drinks and party burgers. All in all, I can’t complain!

So, let me share with you these delightful black bean party burgers. I’ve made black bean burgers a couple of times previously and I feel that when I winged it this past weekend, they turned out to be some of the best that I’ve made at home. They baked up perfectly, were definitely grillable (although I had veggie kabobs taking up my grill space), and full of great flavors.

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Black Bean Party Burgers

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Serves: 5-6

Easy-to-make Black Bean Party Burgers that create a party on your plate!
Ingredients
  • 2½ Cups Cooked Black Beans
  • 1 Cup Kale, Chopped
  • 1 Cup White Onion, Diced
  • 1 Cup Red Bell Pepper, Chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. Fresh Lime Juice
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1½ Tbsp. Liquid Aminos
  • 1 tsp. Ground Cumin
  • 1 tsp. Chili Powder
  • ¾ tsp. Smoked Paprika
  • ½ tsp. Garlic Powder
  • ¼ tsp. Cayenne Pepper
  • ⅔ Cup Sliced Black Olives
  • ½ Cup Rolled Oats
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients, with the exception of the black olives, oats, salt & pepper, into a food processor. Pulse mixture until it is chunky, and not too finely pureed.
  2. Fold the olives and rolled oats into the mixture until evenly mixed throughout. Season with salt & pepper to taste, and let the burger mix sit for 10 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 360°F. Prep a baking sheet by coating it with a very thin layer of coconut oil or non-stick spray.
  4. Next, take roughly ½-3/4 Cup of the black bean mixture and gently place it on the baking sheet. Spread it out using your fingers or the back of a spoon until it is ½" thick and about 4" in diameter.
  5. Repeat the burger forming step until you have run out of mix; you will have 5-6 burger patties depending on how large you make them.
  6. Bake them on one side for 15 min., flip over carefully and bake for an additional 15 minutes. If you would like vegan cheese on top, melt it on the patty for the last 5 minutes of baking.
  7. If you want a bit of grilling flavor, bake it only 10 minutes on each side, then grill it for 2-3 minutes on each side at medium heat (flipping carefully).

Top this delicious patty with some guacamole, grilled onions and mushrooms, or even a spicy salsa. It is easily customizable, so enjoy it however you please!

What are some of your favorite burger toppings?

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