Thursday, January 28, 2010

7 Layer Supreme Burrito Pie

Simply Beautiful 7-layer Supreme Burrito Pie
4-6 Servings

    2 (15-oz) cans of Vegetarian refried beans
    2 (15-oz) of your favorite salsa (or Homemade)
    1-2 tomatoes, diced
    2 Avocados, piled, pitted and diced
    2 cups slice romaine heart lettuce (or your favorite lettuce)
    2 oz of black olives
    Tofutti Sour cream 
    4 tortillas (flour or wheat)

Place one tortilla on the bottom of a 7 to 9 inch round casserole dish.  This will help keep all the ingredients together when serving.  Use about 3/8 of the refried beans on this bottom layer.

Place another tortilla on top of that. Mix the rest of your refried beans with an equal or larger amount of salsa, depending on the size of your pan and how thick you want it.  Spread just enough to cover the tortilla.  Continue process to the fourth tortilla(which also has the beans/salsa on it).

Now slice the romaine hearts into thin slices by pulling the knife back over them horizontally.  Garnish the top layer with the lettuce first in a circle around the edge. (You may want to wait for this until after you bake, as the lettuce may burn)

Spread Tofutti sour cream on the top follow with dice tomatoes, dice avocado's and finally in the very center, add a large amount of black olives.  Bake in the oven at 450 degrees for about 20 minutes.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Easy Vegan Substitutes

Before your begin your new journey on finding vegan substitutes, it's important to manage your expectations. Just as you would not expect a banana to taste like a lentil, you should not expect vegan foods, like soy milk, for example, to taste like cow's milk. All foods are their own separate entities with their own special tastes. It's important to learn to appreciate them for what they are. Have a open mind as you sample new tastes, textures and flavors. Before you know it your vegan substitutes become your favorite!

To substitute milk, simply replace cow's milk with soy milk, rice milk or almond milk. Try several different brands until you find one you like. Vanilla soy and rice milk tend to taste more like cow's milk than the plain varieties. Soy milk now comes in an variety of flavors including eggnog, chai and chocolate. Many egg substitutes exist. The easiest, when baking, is to substitute 1 heaping tablespoon of flour and 1 tablespoon of water for each egg. Soy flour infuses baked goods with a moist, dense texture. Other substitutes for 1 egg include 1/2 banana; 1/4 cup soy yogurt or soy sour cream; 1/4 cup of silken tofu, blended well; and 1 tablespoon of flax seeds plus 3 tablespoons of water. You can also purchase a ready-made egg replacer called Ener-G is in most health food stores.

Here is a list of  basic " Vegan Substitutes" and a few of my favorite things I can't live without!
  • Earth Balance- Non Diary, Vegan margarine 
  • Tofutti makes a great cream cheese, sour cream and ice cream in variety of flavors
  • So Delicious ice creams and ice cream cookies
  • Silk Yogurt in a variety of flavors
  • Veganese "follow your heart" mayo and dressing replacement
  • Rice Milk- Original and vanilla flavor.  Chocolate Hemp and Almond is amazing too
  • Agar Nectar- honey and sweetener replacement
  • Meat replacements- Tofu, Seitan, Tempeh, or Textured soy protein (T.V.P)
  • Yves meatless beef grounds and burgers
  • Boca Burgers- Vegan original , roasted garlic or roasted onion
  • Boca Chik'n Patties- original, spicy or nuggets
  • Amy's Kitchen- All American burger, Bistro burger, California veggie burger, Quarter-pond veggie burger and Texas burger
Got a sweet tooth, not to worry you can have the following treats:
  • Any Dark Chocolate
  • Dots, Jujubees, smarties, gummy bears, skittles, Big League Chew Gum and Blow pops just to name a few.