A Southwestern Supper
Burritos, literally meaning “little donkeys,” are a staple of basic Southwestern cuisine. These easy burritos, filled with beans and vegan cheese, are delicious and filling. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→
Steel-cut oats mimic the mouthfeel of vegan crumbles while being completely free of processed ingredients. They also add heartiness to the veggie and bean mixture. This is the perfect way to sneak in some veggies for the picky eaters in your house. This is gluten-free, soy-free, oil-free. From OATrageous Oatmeals by Kathy Hester; photos by Kate Lewis. Reprinted with permission of Page Street Publishing, ©2014.
These simple, light vegan mushroom and bell pepper quesadillas are good served with a hearty grain pilaf or a bean dish. They also make a nice accompaniment to a well-seasoned chili. Photos by Evan Atlas.
Chilaquiles is a classic Southwestern casserole that layers soft corn tortillas with beans and cheese (vegan in this case). Adding zucchini and chiles adds to the lively flavors. This makes for a nice change-of-pace holiday main dish, but this is also easy enough to make for weeknight meals. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. Adapted from The Vegetarian Family Cookbook. more→
I lived in Fort Worth, Texas for eleven years, and while I lived there, I had some of the best BBQ I’ve ever eaten. This taco is an ode to my second home. It’s basically a BBQ sandwich served inside a flour tortilla. It’s messy, a bit decadent, but oh-so-tasty. If you want to up the heat level, add some minced serrano chiles to the top. From Vegan Tacos: Authentic & Inspired Recipes for Mexico’s Favorite Street Food* by Jason Wyrick, © 2014. Reprinted by permission from Vegan Heritage Press.
A tostada is a crisp tortilla piled generously with any variety of toppings, often including beans, crisp lettuce, and salsa. Good accompaniments include: baked potatoes or sweet potatoes; or fresh corn on the cob. Add a salad and/or a simple steamed veggies, you’ve got an easy weeknight meal or fun quick fare to serve company. Recipe from Plant Power: Transform Your Kitchen, Plate, and Life with More Than 150 Fresh and Flavorful Vegan Recipes by Nava Atlas. ©2014, published by HarperOne, reprinted by permission. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→
If you can lift a bag of masa harina, you can make homemade corn tortillas and enjoy soft, toasty, corny goodness tonight! Homemade tortillas are best kept simple with basic toppings such as a strip of grilled tempeh or a spoonful of guacamole. Or serve with beans or a hearty Mexican posole. The key is to keep fresh off-the-grill tortillas well covered, to keep them warm and pliable until it’s time to eat. This recipe isn’t really too different from what’s on the bag of masa, but I see it as a way to inspire making homemade tortillas in the event you’ve never tried! Delicious with chili and other Southwestern stews, such as Quick Red Posole with Beans. Recipe from Viva Vegan!: 200 Authentic and Fabulous Recipes for Latin Food Lovers* by Terry Hope Romero. Reprinted courtesy of Da Capo Lifelong Books.
Easy and tasty are the names of the game here, and these tacos are both (even if using bottled BBQ sauce and dressing and pre-made corn tortillas) and incredibly versatile. You can dress them up fancy or just take them as is and dig in. Oh, and did I mention they’re mad economical? If you have some of these ingredients on hand, this whole meal will cost you around $12 bucks, which is about the going rate for a top-shelf margarita in Chicago. Recipe and photos contributed by Ashlee Piper from her blog The Little Foxes.