Bean & Cheese Enchiladas

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Bean & Cheese Enchiladas ~ From Vegetate, Vegan Cooking & Food Blog

“The whole enchilada.” Slang: the entirety of something, especially something impressive or outstanding.

Can I tell you how much I love warm, cheesy, melty, spicy enchiladas? These tangy, cheesy enchiladas grandes were chock full of Daiya vegan cheese, black beans, corn, onions, and spinach, and topped with home made enchilada sauce. They were simple to make, too. We soaked and cooked our own black beans in advance instead of using canned, which was extra tasty and nutritious.

From Betty Goes Vegan, page 263. Served with braised greens.

Enchilada Fact: Enchilada is the past participle of Spanish enchilar, “to add chile pepper to”, literally to “season (or decorate) with chile.”

Breakfast for Two?

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Potato, Tempeh, & Tofu Scramble ~ From Vegetate, Vegan Cooking & Food Blog

“And now leave me in peace for a bit! I don’t want to answer a string of questions while I am eating. I want to think!” “Good Heavens!” said Pippin. “At breakfast?” ― The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkein

Hot and hearty Potato, Tempeh, & Tofu Scramble, from Betty Goes Vegan, page 33. I love this breakfast because everything’s in one dish, so it’s easy to prepare. The tofu, red potatoes, tempeh bacon, bell peppers, green onions, and spices are all whipped into a truly yummy scramble that takes about 10 minutes to cook. Served with English muffins, fresh strawberries, and ketchup.

This breakfast is Kitchen Kitty approved!

The MVP Avocado Sandwich w/Classic Deli Potato Salad

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The MVP Avocado Sandwich w/Classic Deli Potato Salad ~ From Vegetate, Vegan Cooking & Food Blog

“But, you know, it’s still a drag to get your picture taken when you’re eating a sandwich. It’s a downer.”Keanu Reeves

This MVP Avocado sandwich recipe from Betty Goes Vegan (page 83) is a stroke of genius! Served on a toasted baguette with melted dairy-free cheese, avocado, and an herb vinaigrette, this delicious little number will make you very happy. 😉 We added some heirloom tomato slices and butter lettuce to ours because we had some that we needed to use up.

Served with tasty, tasty Classic Deli Potato Salad, also from Betty Goes Vegan, page 114.

Sandwich Fact: It is named after the man credited with creating the first sandwich, John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich. Legend has it that he was unwilling to free up both hands during a 24 hour gambling event in order to eat. Instead, he asked his servant to put the meat from his meal between two slices of bread so he could hold it in one hand and continue gambling.

Vegan Chicken Chow Mein

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Vegan Chicken Chow Mein ~ From Vegetate, Vegan Cooking & Food Blog

“Enjoy yourself. It’s later than you think.” — Chinese proverb

I regularly crave chow mein and this great recipe from Betty Goes Vegan, page 256, definitely satisfies that craving.

This recipe is made using vegan chicken and a plethora of veggies, and the sauce is rich and thick. You can serve it over rice or noodles. We used udon noodles, which was delicious, and we served it with a side of store-bought spring rolls and kombucha.

Chow Mein Fact: Chow mein literally means “fried noodles.”

Gingerbread Cookies

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Gingerbread Cookies ~ From Vegetate, Vegan Cooking & Food Blog

“And I had but one penny in the world. Thou should’st have it to buy gingerbread.” — William Shakespeare, Love’s Labours Lost

These little ginger gems are from the incredible new cookbook Betty Goes Vegan, by Annie & Dan Shannon, page 260.

This recipe conjures up dozens of soft, chewy gingerbread cookies that are so spicy and delicious you seriously cannot stop eating them once you start. Iced with Apple Vanilla Glaze, page 398.

We cut ours into stars, iced them, and added sugar sparkles. Then we wrapped them (some of them, heh!) up in compostable baggies, tied them with some vintage ribbon and gave them to friends.

Gingerbread Facts: Queen Elizabeth I is believed to be responsible for the first gingerbread man as she had them made to resemble visiting dignitaries and then presented them to the dignitaries as a gift.