Vegan Fiesta Bowl
First off..... HELLO! Oh my goodness. I'm just realizing how it's almost been a whole year since I posted a recipe on here. Lets just say- I took a break. (Ha). I have had an off an on kinda year. I've been really trying to find myself- And I started losing balance with almost all of it. What I think I'm realizing now, is that it's not a question of having balance or not having it. I think we are always seeking it. And it's not something you just get. At least for me. To quote "Eat, Pray,Love" as I always do... lol. "Losing balance for love- is part of living balanced life.". I think it's constant work. And I think part of last year I kinda gave up on putting in the work. And lost my balance. Quite a bit. But I am back at it- and going to try my hardest from here on out. I think part of the reason I felt resistant to post on my website- is because, I know I started this in 2012, as a mainly vegan blog. And yes, for the most part- I do only eat vegan. But I thought if I were to ever mention the fact that I don't always eat vegan- I'm a pescatarian if you want to start using labels.
But I've started to realize- I do love creating recipes- I do love sharing them with you. I shouldn't feel bad about the fact that just because I'm not completely vegan 100 % of the time, that I should feel ashamed of that. I am who I am. And for now- this is what I think is right for myself. I think it's great we are all our own selves. We get to chose what we want to eat, who we want to be in this world. Etc.
So I'll hope you'll accept me for who I am. And I will continue to share all the recipes I can with you- cause I sure do love cooking !
SO any who! I'm glad to be back. Here is a recipe for ya! :) Eat yo KALE!
Fiesta Bowl :
-Tempeh Taco Meat
-Cashew Sour Cream
-Pico de gallo
+Optional - Avocado/ Guacamole (Would be extra good on there!)
Tempeh Taco Meat //
Cut tempeh into strips- place in sauté pan with about 1 cup of water. Simmer for about 10 minutes. This allows the tempeh to become more soft and tender. After it's simmered in the water- drain the excess liquid if there is any. Now in the same pan, add in all of your seasonings. This is where I go to town. I add more than what I put is called for above- so if you feel you love seasonings, you can add a bit more :) I break apart the tempeh while cooking it with those seasonings. I spray a little coconut oil in there as its cooking on a low heat. And there ya have it! Tempeh taco meat! This is much better than buying pre packaged taco meat- there is a TON OF salt in those and I really try to avoid it as much as I can. Their nice sometimes- but for the most part. Make as much homemade food as you can :)
Preheat oven to 350. In a bowl, mix all of the above ingredients. Line a pan with parchment paper.
Pour the coconut flakes on the paper. Make sure they are evenly distributed on the pan. Bake for 7 minutes. Keep an eye on them. (trust me- these babies are delicate and I have burned them- many a time :'( ) I cook them for about 12 minutes. But it truly depends on your oven. Cause I know how all ovens cook differently. So just keep an eye. You don't want them to be crispy when their done. Take them out of the oven when they have turned a little bit tan. They will crisp up after you have taken them out of the oven- and let them cool. Enjoy!
Cashew Sour Cream//
Again. Go nuts with the seasonings- if you feel you like a lot of flavor. Otherwise. Keep it chill. :)
Blend all of the above in a food processor. Add in water little by little. I end up adding about a 1/4 cup of water in the end. But go little by little if this is your first time making it. I like mine a bit creamy- but you can add more water if you like- to reach or more dressing consistency. But be careful. A little water goes a long way. So my advice is to go little by little.
*The rest of this dish is pretty self explanatory. I made quinoa- steamed kale- I made beans- I made pico de gallo. Etc. Etc. Add in whatever else you'd like! To make the spicy pepitas- I just spray a little pan with coconut oil and add in a few pinches of pumpkin seeds with chipotle powder. I cook them until they get a little bit crisped up :-) Ya'll enjoy!