What if I told you that these jalapeño poppers were not only SUPER delicious, but also healthy, gluten-free, protein-filled and easy-to-make? Basically, this recipe is a dream come true! I was inspired by an assignment that I currently have, where I have to come up with 10 great quinoa recipes, but lucky for you guys the publisher wasn’t super into this idea. Now, we win because I get to post it on the internet for everyone to enjoy. 😉
Maybe you’re wondering how something so magnificent-looking is also nutritionally well-rounded? The creamy filling is made of a mixture of cooked quinoa and silken tofu, plus a little coconut oil and some seasonings. These ingredients mean that there is a fair amount of protein (instead of just fatty cream cheese), and you have all of your essential amino acids from the quinoa. At this point, the coconut bacon on top is a flavorful bonus!
Speaking of coconut bacon, I used Phoney Baloney’s Chipotle BBQ flavor, but you can definitely make your own like I have in the past for these Mexican Twice Baked Potatoes! It gives the right amount of savory, smoky, crunchiness to the creamy popper. I’m serving these at a potluck tomorrow and so far have had good feedback from the interns (my omnivore folks), but I can’t wait to hear what a bunch of vegan bloggers have to say about them!
In other popper-unrelated news: the book contract has been SIGNED! Wheeeee! The due date for my manuscript is September 1st with photos due sometime in September. I feel like this year is going to be gone and over before I know it, but what a good problem to have in this case. From what I was told, the book will come out sometime in 2016! Before then, I will put out a calling for recipe testers, but I don’t need all y’all awesome people just yet. 😀
Now, back to popper-heaven AKA the recipe!
I have to say, most recipes on this site aren’t made over and over and over again for quality assurance. If I make something once and it turns out exactly how I want it to, I’ll share it with everyone; but occasionally there are recipes that need a little finessing and fine-tuning, this delectable burger being one of them.
Originally, I made these for a Vegan Mexican Food Potluck with some friends, up in Hollywood. The potluck was at a friend’s house, one that you may have heard of. It wasn’t until I got there that I realized that I had seen this place before! It’s the awesome Farmhouse of Hollywood with an incredible backyard and humongous avocado tree, where great things happen.
This place is so charming that I just had to take a couple of photos of it, even then they fall short as far as showing you just how much personality the estate has (I should have taken more!). It’s always fun for me to gather with new people, especially over delicious vegan food. Thank you, Anneke, for sharing your space with us and for the avocados, it made for a good time!
Anyway, I made the first edition of these soyrizo burgers for the potluck and they tasted great, but were a bit too crumbly. The second version was awesome and is where I came up with the idea to roast the jalapeños for the guacamole, but do soyrizo AND tofu really need to be in the same burger? Probably not. So, I have for you the third and final edition of the Spicy Soyrizo Guacamole Burger.
Can I get a hell yeah?
I’m flying! Okay, let me explain. I’m in an airplane right now, heading to Portland for Vida Vegan Con and am super excited. I will say that I’m not a humongous fan of flying (especially in very small planes), so I’ll be even happier when I’ve landed safely in the rain. You’ll know about it because the plane doesn’t have wi-fi, so I can’t post the blog up here. 😉
What’s even more awesome is that I am not coming home until almost a week from now! So, I’m basically expecting to gain a few pounds, be totally inspired and meet amazing vegan bloggers. Sometimes, I really don’t regret parting ways with the design industry.
I bought a new point and shoot camera for this trip, so that I wouldn’t have to lug around my fancy camera and worry about it getting damaged or hurting my neck. I’ll make sure to take plenty of pictures to share with everyone, next week!
While I’ll be busy doing bloggy things this weekend, most everyone else is celebrating Memorial Day. And people, do I have the perfect beverage for you. This ain’t your average lemonade; it has fresh ingredients, plus a kick from jalapeno and vodka.
This beverage is fantastic because you can make large batches of it and place it into a dispenser for easy refilling. Of course, you can tone down the jalapeno if it’s going to be made the night before a party, as it may be a little too spicy. Also, keep the mixture cold, because the warmer it gets, the hotter it tastes!
Here is my warning to you: This dip in insanely addictive and not for the faint of heart. This is not a healthy dip, although it could be much worse; but it is absolutely perfect for parties, get-togethers and any other occasion in which you would need an awesome appetizer. I know first hand that this dip pairs well with Mexican lagers and margaritas!
I will say, this was not a completely original idea from myself. This started with my mother and her crazy bean dip that she’s made for at least the past 10 years. Ever since I went vegan, I was smell the dip and get a tad bitter that I didn’t want to eat any. This past week, I figured it was time for my own (vegan) version, and my parents and I agree that this is definitely a good match! Not to mention it was gone within a night between 4 people. Oops.
Melted Daiya Pepperjack shreds paired with the salty, well-seasoned soyrizo and an added kick from some pickled jalapeños means that this filling dip packs a punch when it comes to flavor. The TVP and black beans add some texture and protein to the mix, and (vegetarian) refried beans make up another part of the base. This dip is super easy to make, so it’s great for a last-minute dish to bring to a party; maybe one of the Super Bowl variety, since that’s tomorrow?? 😉