Much of Latin-American cooking is admittedly not vegetarian or vegan-friendly. Alas, before I moved south I purchased a vegan cookbook, entitled “Viva Vegan”. It took me about half a year to make anything beyond just a classic red sauce to pour over rice and beans (which is heavenly, and worth the book purchase alone!).
Many of her recipes require forethought (such as, I would like to make ___, so I should buy those ingredients today, do the first step of the recipe tomorrow, let it refrigerate according to instructions, and finish it on the third day). I am the type of person that wants to make what I want to make when I want to make it. BUT….I finally ventured out and made fake meat from gluten, seitan, and stuffed it along with other delicious veggies into vegan empanadas. I’m not a huge fan of fake meat (heck, I hardly like meat in the first place…why would I want to imitate it?!), so I don’t think I will bother making the seitan again. Instead, I’ll just plan on increasing the amount of veggies to replace it. I made a double empanada recipe (after all…with that much work going into it, I didn’t want to have to do it again very soon!), and the end result was a gorgeous medley of flavors.
Many were eaten within days, and then some went into the freezer for later. Viva Vegan, you are one of my heroes!! Now if only I can motivate myself to try some more recipes…
Whether you’re vegan or not, or perhaps you’re just wanting to eat healthier…you should give some of these recipes a try. Maybe you can find her book in a library? Or check out Terry Hope Romero’s amaaazing book here:
(If you buy it, I’ll get rewarded from Amazon. If you don’t buy it…well…you’re missing out!)