Tuesday, March 09, 2010

What Vegans Eat

I've been posting the occasional link over the past few months to recipes on Mike K's Vegan for the People food blog. I've especially been spending a lot of time ogling his posts since the beginning of January, when he began participating in something called E.A.T. World, where bloggers "travel the world" by sharing recipes and food-related posts from around the globe. It's really worth checking out what he's posted so far, including his most recent recipe for Feijoada. I'd posted a recipe for a variation on this popular Brazilian dish back in March of 2008.

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Cookbook author Robin Robertson recently shared a recipe that caught my attention on her Vegan Planet blog, mostly because I've been looking for a vegan recipe for Jewish Apple Cake. Robertson's is indeed an
Apple Cake, but I'm not quite sure that it even vaguely resembles the finished product of my significant other's mother's recipe, which is the sort of beloved nostalgic childhood foodstuff that's best left either reproduced accurately or not at all. I'm posting about Robertson's recipe anyway because it looks really yummy! (Oh, and if anyone has a good recipe for a vegan version of traditional Jewish Apple Cake to share, I'd really appreciate it!)

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So I leave you with that and with a favourite recipe of mine I'd initially posted on My Face Is on Fire back in January of 2008. It's for Spicy Sweet Potato and Bean Burritos. They're simply amazing. I usually make them using black beans and don't always add avocado. The recipe is very roughly adapted from a couple of different recipes found online over the years. It's a hybrid that's taken on a taste of its own. Enjoy!

Spicy Sweet Potato and Bean Burritos

1-2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
3 cups of kidney beans or black beans, canned
1 cup of water (or leftover bean liquid)
1Tbs chili powder, heaping
1 tsp cumin, heaping
2 Tbs soy sauce
4-10 inch soft whole wheat tortillas
2 cups mashed cooked sweet potatoes (with an optional dab of margarine)
1/4 cup green onions, chopped
1 avocado, chopped
1/4 cup salsa
chopped jalapeno peppers (optional)
vegan cheese shreds (optional)

Cook in advance enough sweet potatoes to make two cups (I usually bake a couple of small ones or a really big one). Set aside.

Heat the oil in saucepan over medium heat. Sautée onion in oil until transparent. add garlic and stir. Add beans, water, chili powder and cumin. Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Cover, reduce head to low. Simmer until beans are very soft, about 10-15 minutes. Stir in soy sauce.

Mash beans in the pot with a potato masher or large fork. Simmer over medium-low heat to cook away any excess liquid, about 20-25 minutes (watch it really closely, though). Taste and add more seasoning if warranted or desired. If you like things REALLY spicy add some chopped jalapenos at this point.

Preheat the oven to 375F. Spread about 2/3 of a cup of the bean mixture down the middle of a tortilla and top with a 1/2 cup of mashed sweet potatoes. Sprinkle with some green onions. Roll up the burrito and place it seam side down (to keep it from opening) on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with vegetable cooking spray (alternately, you can brush on a bit of oil). Repeat with the remaining tortillas.

Bake for 15 minutes or until burritos are crisp and turning slightly golden. Top burritos with avocado and salsa.

Optional: Sprinkle some vegan cheese on top (I rarely bother, 'cause it's really unnecessary).

Makes 4 servings.

3 comments:

jessy said...

i want to say i've seen Mike's site, but i haven't visited in forever. i'm gonna have to check out what he's been cooking up. i've been enjoying all the E.A.T. World posts, too. they're all so awesome! and speaking of awesome, your spicy sweet potato and bean burritos sound gloriously good, Mylene. dan and i will have to try them out. i love kidney beans and sweet potatoes, but i never thought to combine the two. mmmmmmmm!

Philip Steir said...

Those look/sound/read/ amazing...Gotta have the avocado though!
I'm making these for lunch tomorrow...for sure! They will be spicy!!

Thank you,

Philip

Mylène Ouellet said...

Jessy, his and your own are a handful of the must-read food blogs I I constantly check out for interesting new ideas--great food, great recipes, great writing over and above it. :-)

Philip, the avocado and salsa are definitely awesome on these. The shredded cheese is what I generally don't bother with, although some folks prefer it. The nice thing about the recipe is that it's also so easy to tweak, to adjust ingredient ratios and seasonings to your liking. It's simple, inexpensive and no-fail.