For those of you that know me, you know that I don’t eat rice. I actually despise it. I always get asked the question, “How can you be an island girl and don’t eat rice?”
Well let me say this, I might not eat rice, but one of my popular vegan dishes is the jambalaya. I personally can’t brag to you about how delicious it is, but my guests can definitely attest to it.
As we know, traditional jambalaya includes sausage, chicken and shrimp. Obviously for the vegan version, we technically will not include the traditional meats. Technically??? Just follow along…
1 package Beyond hot sausage
3/4 cup of onions diced
3/4 cup peppers diced
1 cup of long grain rice
1/2 Firm tofu cut into cubes
1 packet of Creole seasoning or 2 tbsp of old bay seasoning
1 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
2 cups of vegetable broth
Slice all of the sausage. Turn on your frying pan to medium and add a little extra virgin olive oil. Put half of the sausage in the pan with 1/4 cup of the diced onion and 1/4 cup of the pepper. Sauté…
While the sausage is cooking, fill the pot with the vegetable broth and the extra virgin olive oil. Add the rice, the remaining sausage, peppers and onions. Now add the sliced tofu and seasoning. Mix the ingredients, cover the pot and bring to a boil. Once boil, turn the heat down to low and simmer for 20-25 mins or until the liquid is absorbed. Make sure you stir occasionally so the rice doesn’t begin to stick.
Once you plate the jambalaya, top it off with the sausage, onion and peppers that you sautéed. Enjoy 😋
Happy Cinco de Mayo to those of you that are celebrating. In honor of this day, I wanted to make a mexican style dish or two. The twist is that it is vegan.
I love empanadas, but I don’t eat beef and didn’t want to make a vegetable empanada.
Here is my take on a beef and cheese empanada:
Vegan cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In pan add a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil and turn heat to medium. Add the beefless ground, tablespoon of water and taco seasoning. Once cooked, turn off the heat and add in the vegan cheese and jalepeno peppers.
Now it’s time to start getting that dough ready to fill. Add some flour to the board and rolling pin. Roll the dough enough to cut into four squares.
Happy National Grilled Cheese Day! Yes, you read right. Who doesn’t love a great grilled cheese sandwich…well maybe those that don’t eat cheese because they’re vegan or dare I say it…lactose intolerant.
I absolutely love cheese and one reasons I always said I couldn’t commit myself to a vegan lifestyle is because I would miss it too much.
But guess what, you no longer have to miss out on certain meals, such as a grilled cheese sandwich. Just to put it out there…
Of course there will never be a 100% substitute for cheese, but there are products that come real close.
So to celebrate this day, I wanted to create one of my favorite ways to make a grilled cheese sandwich and it’s vegan. Your probably scratching your head and wondering how is this really going to taste. Will it give that same ooey gooey effect? Trust me…
I don’t need to tell you how to make a grilled cheese sandwich. I will say that I don’t use a ton of butter when making my grilled cheese sandwich. There’s just no need. I lightly butter the outside of the bread with the almond plant-based butter. No need to butter the inside, as we want to keep this somewhat healthy and thus the reason for adding the baby spinach. I like a little kick to my sandwich, so I cut my jalapeños into pieces and spread throughout the sandwich.
One of the reasons I love Violife cheddar cheese is the fact that it melts (and this is not sponsored by the way).
Whether you are vegan or not, I guarantee that you will love this. I’m curious to know if you’re not plant-based and decided to try this. Please let me know what you thought about it.