Viva Vegan was another awesome cookbook I've had since it was published and had not made a damn thing out of. That HAD to change. First up was salads, because, you know, I gotta.
This is Spinach-Brazil Nut salad (it was supposed to be served with gazpacho dressing but I was hungry and unprepared and just threw tomatoes in there and hoped it'd be okay. It was.) Also in the salad are hearts of palm, black beans, and sliced onion. A nice change. Hearts of palm are kinda creepy, though, no? Just me?
This is the gazpacho dressing, once I finally got around to not being lazy. Really pretty pink color.
It's been hella hot recently but I braved the oven and made Quick Red Posole with Beans:
Garnished with sliced radishes and avocado, both of which were incredible additions texturally. Looking forward to eating the rest of this soup later this week. It was my first time ever eating or buying hominy. That stuff is bizarre.
I later rewarded the sweating in the kitchen with Real Brown Sugar Limeade (Agua de Papelon.)
So perfect! I added sliced jalapenos, inspired by Jackie's post here. I think it's worth noting that although my corner bodega does not sell pickles or unscented cat litter, they do sell papelon.
Today it cooled down a little, so I cooked Swiss Chard with Raisins and Capers, apparently a classic Spanish combination, and paired it with Zesty Orange Mojo Baked Tofu, based on Cuban flavors.
I kinda overbaked the tofu, but both dishes were really delicious.
I had underestimated how warm the kitchen would get, though, so I was lucky to have saved uhh...two of the Pacifico six-pack. They went to good use in a Michelada, a spicy, salty beer. I had never had one but Terry writes they are "especially suited for fans of beer, Bloody Marys, or salted margaritas." Yes, yes, and yes, thank you!
All these dishes were awesome successes and it was cool to get a taste of Latin veganism. I have a ton more recipes from Viva Vegan highlighted, including the Coconut Tres Leches cake, but that needs a serious celebration, like a wedding or something.
That said, Latin food is pretty heavy and not really my normal food preference. I'll probably skip the entire empanada section due to the insane oil usage and the tamale section because I'm lazy. I really, really wanted to make tostones because plantains are awesome but I can't justify frying. My loss, I know. The Micheladas, though, that I can do. Ya gotta pick yr vices.
This definitely reminds me I still want to pick up Vegan Eats World. Anyone have that and want to recommend certain dishes?