Black-eyed Pea Habanero Mango Salsa + Our Family Favorites Winner!

Black-eyed Pea Habanero Mango Salsa + Our Family Favorites Winner!

How much spicy Mexican food can one Welsh-Irish, D. C. girl eat in a week?  Lots. My Mom is from Arizona.  Growing up, she always made us a gigantic Mexican flavored meal a couple of times a year that was just to die for.  Literally…. Greasy tamales.  Fried tortillas that dripped with fat as you picked up a pile.  Cheese drenched enchiladas. You get the picture.  Wonderful flavors.  Not so wonderful for your body.  And as I got out on my own, I surely did learn quickly how to mix up a big pan full of taco meat, drenched in grease, fried chips and of course, lots of cheese. Ahhh, those were the carefree days of not giving  a s___ about my body, my health or my World.   I’ve changed. And this lovely bowl of spicy salsa is what I crave these days.  No guilt.  No grease.  But it still packs on the heat folks! Pile it on top of a guacamole taco.  Use it as a side or on top of salads.  Or just scoop it with your favorite chip or vegetables. I only used 1 Habanero pepper in this batch.  The heat was minimal by our standards…

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Super Simple Super Bowl Cucumber Avocado Jalapeño Gazpacho from ‘FullyRaw.com’

Super Simple Super Bowl Cucumber Avocado Jalapeño Gazpacho from ‘FullyRaw.com’

5 minutes …tops, to mix up this fresh, healthy, spicy dip from Kristina @FullyRaw.com for your Super Bowl Party. Everything gets dropped into a blender or food processor so there’s no dicing or shredding…just chop, chop, chop, eat! Check it out!   I’ve been a huge fan of Kristina’s for years now.  Her life is an inspiration to all those who care about their bodies.  Who care about animals.  Who care about the earth.  She gets my juices for healthy living flowing each and every time I see one of her fabulous videos or scroll through her fabulously healthy and delicious recipes.  I’m sharing today her latest in a long list of my favorites. Whether you’re a football fan or not be sure to click HERE to check out Kristina’s Super Bowl Party Snacks today! Thanks Kristina for all the hope and inspiration you share.  

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Mexican Lentil Soup with Spiced Chickpea Garnish

Mexican Lentil Soup with Spiced Chickpea Garnish

I’m on my own here for a few days and it’s just turned cold and rainy here in D. C. for the first time in months so… Soup’s on!!     I made this pot of soup after cooking up some lentils for my salads next week.  I already had some baked spicy Chickpeas for snacking along with some cooked quinoa so those got thrown into the pot as well.  Throw in what ever your favorites are but keep the spices and the lentils in for this scrumptious cold weather supper.  

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Vegan Labor Day Party Fresh Spicy Cucumber Nectarine Salsa

Vegan Labor Day Party Fresh Spicy Cucumber Nectarine Salsa

Collard Green Tacos with @BeyondMeat Fiesta flavor crumbles and Cucumber Carrot Nectarine Salsa.  A few years ago, Bob and I wondered into a Mexican restaurant in the old town section of  Frederick MD.  For once, we didn’t have a coupon which is normally our habit for trying out new places.  But we’re glad we found this spot.  The most memorable part of the meal was a simple, spicy salsa on each table that used cucumbers for the base.  It also had tomato and onion but the cucumbers were definitely the dominant flavor and texture.  It took a few chip scoops to get used to that background but we ended up loving the difference they made.  A few bowls later, I told myself I’d have to try making this one at home soon.    Well, it’s been at least 2 years now but I’m finally getting around to making my own version of the cucumber salsa from that day. I love the flavor contrast you find in ‘peach’ salsas.  This version today uses fresh, summer nectarines for a similar fruity sweet background for the spices in the dip.  I like the mildness of the sweet and how it blends with the…

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Mango Salsa from Jason Wyrick – ‘Vegan Tacos’ & a Giveaway!

Mango Salsa from Jason Wyrick – ‘Vegan Tacos’ & a Giveaway!

  So who’s Jason Wyrick?  Chef Jason Wyrick is the executive chef of The Vegan Taste, a cooking instructor, caterer, a former diabetic, and founder of the world’s first vegan food magazine, The Vegan Culinary Experience.  Jason was the first vegan culinary instructor in the world-famous Le Cordon Bleu program through Scottsdale Culinary Institute, and has catered for many corporations.  Jason has taught hundreds of vegan cooking classes around the world.  His work as been featured in the New York Times, Vegetarian News, and on both local and national television.  Not to mention, he’s a darn good photographer, providing all the pictures in the book including those shown in this posting.   Check out Jason’s website too:  thevegantaste.com .   I really love all the fresh ingredients that Jason’s recipes use.  Mexican food can be made a thousand different ways.  Some good, some not so good.  But Jason takes it to a new level of healthy deliciousness with such a wide range of ideas for meals.  He gives us the basics like salsas, tortillas and tacos of course.  Then you can venture into toppings, sides or drinks even, all with a vegan twist to keep them healthier than most traditional Mexican…

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Southwestern BBQ Vegetable Hash with @BeyondMeat Crumbles

Southwestern BBQ Vegetable Hash with @BeyondMeat Crumbles

    My first attempt at using Beyond Meat products went so well yesterday.  I can’t wait now to try out all their other non-meat products in my recipes.  It was kinda weird using ‘meat’ again?  The taste in this hash was spot on.  I originally planned on mixing up just a simple vegetable spicy hash with potatoes, onion and some yellow squash I needed to use.  This turned out much more tasty with red beets, celery, Southwestern seasonings, a tiny touch of liquid smoke, and of course, the Beyond Meat Feisty Crumbles.  I purchased this 11 oz. bag at Whole Foods Grocery.  They were on sale for $4.99 which made them comparable to what a package of lean ground beef would have been for the recipe anyway.  11 grams of protein per serving.  The product’s main component is pea protein.  Who’d a thought?  A very tasty alternative to meat I’d say.  I can’t wait to use this ‘Feisty’ Beyond Meat in chili and Sloppy Joes.  And if I had known the southwestern flavors would be so good, I most likely would have picked up some chips to scoop up my hash with.  It really is a perfect Mexican dish as…

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Vegan Spicy Tortilla Soup

Vegan Spicy Tortilla Soup

Well since Mother Nature is not letting go of winter quiet yet here in Washington, D. C.  Another 10 inches of the white stuff fell to start off our week so its time again for another cold weather yummy soup…..  This one is far from being ‘heavy’ and will warm you up without dragging you down afterward.  A nice blend of spice and fresh tomato flavors with the crunchy contrasting tortillas to top things off.  I love having leftover soups to store in the freezer like this one for just those occasions when you really need a quick healthy meal but don’t want to spend any time on it. You’ll never miss the chicken in this version……….. Enjoy!

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Carrot Salsa

Carrot Salsa

grind… dip… enjoy. drink! Print Carrot Salsa Author: Angela @ Canned-Time.com Recipe type: Condiments Cuisine: Mexican   Ingredients 1 ripe Mango, diced 6 Scallions, diced 1 cup Cilantro, chopped 1 cup sliced cherry tomatoes 2 cups baby carrots, small diced in food processor 2 garlic cloves, chopped ⅓ cup fresh lime juice ⅓ cup pickled jalepenos or fresh for more heat hot sauce to taste salt and pepper to taste (about ½ tsp. each) Instructions Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Taste for seasoning. Refrigerate in a sealed container at least 1 hour – overnight preferred. Serve with chips or veggies. 3.2.1284 Have a safe weekend everyone ♥

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Spicy Red Chili Sauce

Spicy Red Chili Sauce

This VERY hot sauce is a bounce off of Barefeet In The Kitchen’s version, New Mexico Red Chili Sauce. My version helped me use up some Sanaam Dried Chili Peppers that I purchased over the summer from Penzey’s. They are plenty hot and I was glad to incorporate them into a sauce that will mix with food and balance out the heat. Spicy Red Chili Sauce 20 Dried Red Pepper Pods 2 Cups of filtered Water 1/8th Cup Apple Cider Vinegar 1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder 1/2 tsp. Sea Salt 1 small packet of Powdered Stevia (optional) 1 tsp. Ground Cumin Break apart the dried chilies and dump out the seeds.  (discard the seeds) Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover and cook peppers for 20 minutes.  Remove from heat, keeping covered, and let pot sit for 30 min. Transfer the mixture to a food processor and blend several minutes until the sauce is blended and smooth.  Store in a sealed container in the fridge for a week or more or freeze sauce in smaller batches to thaw out when needed.  Goes well with chips or Mexican dishes. I’m on…

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