May 3, 2012

Mexican Pizza & Save the Date!

Long time, no blog!  Everyone still with us out there!?!?  Still moving towards plant-based rock stardom???  I hope so!

As for me, I've been a busy, busy vegan bee over here.  I went down to Mississippi (yes I sang the song while I typed the state name) to surprise my cousin for her birthday.  It was really great to see family that I don't get to see that often.  And even though it was "small town America," those people can party!!  It was a great time.

Food wise, a slightly different story.  It was like my trip to Texas, except without the city hippies that offer vegetarian and vegan options.  So I was in the thick of "meat and potatoes" country, without a big city to help a vegan sista' out!  I mean, my cousin's husband even wore his T-shirt from the local BBQ restaurant that read, "We didn't climb to the top of the food chain to eat vegetables!!" - in my honor.  Thanks Brad!

I had a feeling I wouldn't be able to eat much, so I packed a crapload of Larabars, lots of fruit, and lots of energy balls.  I ended up sustaining myself on the following:  a vegetarian pizza with no cheese, sides of red potatoes and corn-on-the-cob, vegetable fried rice with no egg, chips & salsa, pasta salad, oatmeal, and fruit.  For fast food, we only stopped twice - once, at Hot Head Burritos (a plant-based rockstar's dream fast food joint) and once at Wendy's.

Yes you heard me right.  I said WENDY'S!

You're not going to believe it, but I actually got a great fast food meal there!!  I had a plain baked potato, broccoli, and a freaking sweet potato.  Yeah, I didn't know Wendy's had sweet potatoes either!!  My mom and I were in heaven.  We also felt like it was a sign that maybe fast food places will offer more and more healthy and vegetarian options.  Burger King has a vegetarian burger, McDonald's offers apple slices, and now Wendy's has sweet potatoes.

We're getting there.

So after all the craziness of the past week, I wanted to make a simple, home cooked meal.  Mexican Pizza it was.



I really love this black bean dip mixture - it's super versatile - you can use it on the pizzas, in a burrito, even as a warm dip for tortilla chips!  Plus, you can top the pizza with whatever you're feeling (or whatever you have on hand), so it's very easy.  Oh, and it freaking tastes amazing too.

SAVE THE DATE!
Along with Jackie Zofkie of Juice Plus+, we're co-sponsoring a great event:
 "Smoothies & A Movie"
Thursday, May 24th, 6:30-8:30pm
Centerville, OH  

What do garlic, flip flops and sex toys have in common?  For those of you that are in our area, come find out as we will be viewing the documentary, "Ingredients," and drinking some fabulous, healthy smoothies!  It will be informative, restorative, and a ton of fun!  There will also be healthy appetizers, door prizes and giveaways!
If you'd like to join us, please RSVP to Jackie Zofkie - or leave your RSVP in a comment below.  I'll email you with the directions.  Hope to see some of you Project Kale rockstars there!

Love & Kale,
Ali

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Mexican Pizza
Serves:  6-8

Print here.

Ingredients:

  • 8-10 small corn tortillas
  • 2 -15oz cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (or half a large onion)
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (less if you don't like it too spicy)
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 2 oranges, juiced
  • Salt to taste
  • Toppings of your choice: Daiya Pepperjack Cheese, avocado, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, olives, jalepeno peppers, Tofutti sour cream, cilantro, etc.
Instructions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Saute onions and garlic over medium heat, with a little water, about 5-10 minutes until onions are tender. 
  2. Add cumin, coriander and cayenne pepper and cook for another minute.  Add the beans and mash with a potato masher, or back of a large spoon.  Stir in the tomatoes and orange juice.  Reduce heat to low, cover pan, and simmer, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes.  Add salt to taste.
  3. Place your tortillas onto a baking sheet and top with about 1/3 cup or so of the black bean dip.  Top with a little cheese, if using.  Bake for about 10 minutes.
  4. Remove pizzas and add your toppings of choice.  Cut into wedges and serve!  ENJOY!
Ingredients

Saute onions and garlic

Add spices, saute another minute

Add beans

Mash the crap out of them
Cut up oranges and juice them into the mixture

Add the tomatoes and orange juice


Simmer for a while until it's looking like this!

Top tortillas with a little bean mixture, and cheese, if using

After - yummy

Creamy and delicious

Hubby had jalepenos and olives on his - served with mexican rice and corn 

I had avocado on mine - so, so yum




1 comment:

  1. Sounds like you had a blast for your cousins birthday. lol I've seen that t-shirt my "carnivore" friends love to point it out to me :P BTW pizza looks great I love black beans and avocado can never go wrong with those two =)

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