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What’s In My Tortilla Today? Not Deja Vu All Over Again!

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It almost seems like deja vu all over again* sometimes, doesn’t it?  I mean, these tortillas often look the same, but if anyone is really paying attention, they will know they are all different.  I swear, they are!

So without further ado, here is today’s tasty tortilla:

Whole wheat tortilla, homemade garlic sweet potato hummus, onion, romaine lettuce, cucumber, avocado, carrot, raw sunflower seed, black pepper, hot sauce and the (if it’s not famous yet, soon to be famous) Phoney Baloney’s Coconut Bacon.  Hungry yet?  You should be!  I better be too because this tortilla is huge.  Oops!

Healthy Hypocrite Tip:  Did you know that onions fare better (that means, last longer and taste better) if you do not refrigerate them? That is, while they are still whole.  I do refrigerate them when I have a half left over, but not for very long.  I usually buy smaller sized onions if I know I won’t be using the whole onion in a recipe so I don’t have to refrigerate.

* I must credit the great Yogi Berra for this quote.  He also claims, “I didn’t really say everything I said.”

Where Has My Tortilla Been? Alive and Well, Really!

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I hadn’t realized that I’d been away from my blog for this long.  My apologies to anyone who may have missed me and my tortilla ramblings and such.  I will endeavor to do better in this new year.

I do have a tortilla in process right now and I’ll make every effort to take a photo and post it later today.

In the mean time, I’d like to share a special offer from the lovely folks at Vegan Cuts.  I don’t normally do this, but in this case, it’s an amazing offer and I’ve enjoyed my Vegan Snack Boxes from Vegan Cuts immensely and it’s worth sharing.

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It’s your last chance to save 90% off the @vegancuts Healthy Vegan Starter Kit http://mbsy.co/HdfhStart 2014 right!

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Am I the only one who just puts a straw (a re-usable glass one at that) into the blender jar and drinks their smoothie without bothering to put it into a glass?  I didn’t think so.  So that’s why there’s no photo.  I didn’t want to dirty a glass that I’d have to wash.

What is SBAAAMFO?  Strawberries (fresh frozen organic), Banana, Almond milk (vanilla unsweetened, if you must know), Almond butter, Aloe vera juice, Maple syrup (grade b organic), Flax (ground, of course) and Orange juice (just a tiny bit).

This is a good one.  Not that I’ll ever make the exact same smoothie ever again in this lifetime.  Oh well, that’s just how it is over here.  Enjoy the day!

Healthy Hypocrite Tip:  I grind whole flax seeds in the blender.  It’s less expensive than buying pre-ground and you don’t need a special grinder or super duper high speed blender to do it (well, in theory, of course, your results may vary).  I store it in a glass jar in the freezer and it keeps for a long time.

What’s In My Smoothie Today? SBAAAMFO!

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Since I’m out of tortillas and I don’t have time to make them from scratch, I decided to have a quick lunch of my easy vegan mac n’ cheese.  I had to make it with vanilla almond milk (at least it’s unsweetened) because that’s all I have in the fridge.  It still tastes great.  And I put Phoney Baloney’s Coconut Bacon on top!  Now, back to work for me.  Have a great day!

If you’d like me to post my basic mac n’ cheese recipe, let me know.  I do have a loaded version posted here.

What’s In My Tortilla Today? I’m Out! Vegan Mac N’ Cheese

What’s In My Tortilla Today? Cilantro Pesto and Spaghetti Squash!

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I know.  Seems like a crazy combo.  I do like to work with what I have on hand and I was handed the spaghetti squash by my kind neighbor.  I was at the store that day and saw a good deal on organic cilantro (3 oz. package for 99¢) so I grabbed it with a pesto in mind.  Here’s the low-down:

I washed the squash, cut it length-wise, scooped out the seeds, rubbed it with coconut oil, put into a glass baking dish cut side up and baked at 375º for about 50 minutes (you might want to check on it halfway through in case it seems dry and brush with a little more oil–I did not feel the need to do add more oil).  Let the squash cool enough to handle and then use a heavy fork to scrape the strands of squash from the skin.

Depending upon the size of the squash you may have a lot of “spaghetti” and that is why I’m on like my third meal and I still have more left.  Last night I served it over the bed of shredded baby romaine lettuce and topped with the pesto.

Today, of course I’m having it on a tortilla.

Here’s the rough recipe for the pesto.  Feel free to play with the ingredients and quantities as it’s pretty difficult to screw this up!

3/4-1 cup walnuts

1/4+ cup raw sunflower seeds

3 oz. (about a cup packed or so) fresh cilantro leaves (I removed the larger stems and left in some of the little ones)

1-2 (or more) handfuls of fresh parsley (this is all I had left and would’ve used more) or you can add fresh basil or a combination of these herbs

2 large cloves of garlic

Juice of 1/2 a lime (not those teeny limes, regular size)

Nutritional yeast (just a sprinkle)

Olive oil (I probably used between 2 tsp. and 2 Tbl. you may adjust for your own preference once you’ve mixed)

Coconut oil (I used around 2 tsp or so and again, adjust according to your preference or use all olive oil if you want)

1/3-1/2 cup Tropical Traditions Coconut Cream (this was a fun addition to this recipe and I highly recommend this product for lots of things.  It is not the same as canned coconut cream, trust me on this and make sure you click on the link to check it out as they have the best quality coconut products I’ve ever used).

Himalayan pink salt and black pepper to taste

Process in food processor and adjust oils to desired thickness.  I process very thoroughly and like my pesto thicker so I can spread it.  Serve warm or cold.  I went with cold yesterday as I was serving over lettuce but today, I heated the tortilla with the pesto for a few minutes in the toaster oven.

Today’s tortilla is a whole wheat variety and I spread the pesto on it, added a layer of the spaghetti squash, some red onion, a bit of avocado and some hot sauce.  I just might have another one of these!

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Healthy Hypocrite Tip:  If you don’t want to use a lot of oil in your pesto, you can experiment with other liquids such as coconut milk (plain, of course), almond milk or other nut milks.  You could even use low sodium vegetable broth.  I’ve done this in the past and added more nutritional yeast too (takes the place of the cheese that is in typical, non-vegan pesto).

What’s In My Tortilla Today? Vegan Tofu Scramble! Product Review Alert!

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The kind folks at Phoney Baloneys sent me a pack of Kyle Domer’s Rations with my last order for their coconut bacon.  So I guess this is kind of like a semi-solicited review, but I didn’t order this from them, so who knows or cares?

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Okay, so this product is a spice packet for seasoning tofu for a tofu scramble.  This is not something I eat frequently, but from time to time I do buy organic, non-gmo tofu.  At first I thought there wasn’t enough in the packet to season a full block of tofu.  I was pleasantly surprised that it did provide enough flavor for the block of extra firm tofu as well as the add-ins I put in with it.  The seasonings are a little spicy, which I am partial to.   I did notice an aroma when I first added it to the tofu in the skillet that seemed kind of “eggy” like real eggs which for a vegan, is a major turn off.  This “eggy” scent did not carry over into the flavor so no worries.  I added red onion, orange bell pepper, fresh parsley and baby spinach to the skillet when I sauteed the tofu and again, there was enough flavor to cover all of this too.  I did add a little sprinkle of nutritional yeast as I can’t resist adding stuff.  I was going to add some of my secret no-salt seasoning but I managed to resist the urge out of a desire to taste this seasoning as it is  This dish would’ve been fined served just like this on a plate, but you know me, I’ve got to put it into a tortilla.  I used a Trader Joe’s Organic Brown Rice Tortilla (gluten free, baby!) which I warmed slightly in the toaster oven. I also added some avocado, raw sunflower seeds and Trader Jose’s Jalapeno Hot Sauce.

In review, this is a nicely flavored seasoning for tofu scramble worth trying for the ease of just throwing it into the skillet with the tofu for a quick and tasty meal.

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Healthy Hypocrite Tip:  Get to know your local health food store, especially one with bulk bins.  I regularly buy many of my nuts, seeds, beans and grains in bulk when they are on sale.  My local Sprouts Farmers Market store (within walking distance, lucky me!) has a weekly flyer in the mail so I usually look it over to see what produce is in season and on sale along with bulk items.  Items I almost always have on hand are sunflower seeds, almonds, cashews, black beans, garbanzo beans, raisins, dried cranberries, onion, oatmeal, flax seeds, chia seeds, popcorn (great air-popped), lentils, quinoa, nutritional yeast (yay bulk bins!).  I know you might be thinking, what about the farmer’s market?  I do advocate shopping there as well, but you need to have a price baseline so the local store is a good gauge.

Another bonus photo for your viewing pleasure:

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What’s In My Tortilla Today? Gorgeous, Green & Grand!

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It’s like a perfect spring day here in sunny San Diego.  I’m feeling pretty good and I’ve got things to do today, so, I’ll keep this brief.

Here’s what I threw together today for lunch, enjoy!

Trader Joe’s Brown Rice Tortilla (gluten free)

Leftover homemade (yes, from scratch) potato leek soup (this stuff IS thick after being refrigerated!)

White Onion

Kale

Baby Spinach

Zucchini

Black Olive

Avocado (almost didn’t make the cut today, but was added at the last minute)

Raw Pepitas (aka, pumpkin seeds, yes raw IS better)

My Secret No-Salt Seasoning

Cayenne Pepper

Black Pepper

Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (no kitchen should be without this stuff!)

Nutritional Yeast

Lemon Juice

 

Healthy Hypocrite Tip:  This tip has absolutely nothing to do with anything in my tortilla today.  So there.  An excellent natural (and inexpensive and long-lasting) breath freshener is whole clove.  You can keep a whole clove in your mouth and it will become softer and you just give it a little bite to get a burst of clove.  I keep them in a small container in my purse and sometimes keep a few in my pocket just in case (make sure to not launder them in light colored clothing).