July 25, 2012

Haystacks - aka Adventist Taco Salad

For all of you vegetarian and vegan Adventists, here's a post from Ann, on an Adventist staple!

So, this summer has been especially lazy.  Just takin' it easy, going to the pool, late nights watching The Walking Dead.

Truly the most perfect summer.

Motivation to prepare new recipes has been the furthest thing from my mind.  I've been going with modifications of previous recipes, the easier the better.  And happy to say my resistant child has really started to warm up to some of the recipes.  I tell her she has to try something 47 times before she can say she doesn't like it. 

The things we tell our children.

With little time in the evenings when we have our "family" time, I don't want to spend hours in the kitchen cooking anything..... it has been way too hot for that!  So I've been thinking about veganizing some gold standard Adventist staples (our family is Seventh Day Adventists for those that don't know)....... like, The Haystack. 

This actually wasn't very difficult, a mere two substitutions to make it vegan.  I grew up loving haystack day at school, and as an adult, haystack day at work (LOVE working for Adventist healthcare!).  

Now we all know that Adventists kinda have a strong hold in the health department, promoting vegetarianism and a holistic focus on body, spirit and mind.  In fact, on average, Adventists live 7 years longer than non-adventists (check out the documentary "The Adventists").

But I digress..... there is NOTHING easier than The Haystack (except maybe Ali's Baked Ziti).  It takes approximately 5 minutes from start to finish.  So it's perfect when you have better things to do than cook. AND it's even more perfect when you have picky eaters in the family, because every ingredient is OPTIONAL!  Pick and choose what you want to eat!

I have listed the things I use to make mine.  This is actually wonderful if you're planning on having several random people over and are not sure what they're going to like or not like because it takes the guess work right out of it.  Everything is served family style and they can take what they want!

So next I'm off to brainstorm how to veganize the amazing "Ketchup Loaf" while I'm on this Adventist staple kick.  Any suggestions welcome.

Love and laziness,

Vegan Haystack
(Serves 4-6)

  • 1 can of Loma Linda Vegeburger (this brand is vegan as opposed to the Worthington brand which I grew up with.  Alternatively, you could heat up a minimal ingredient veggie burger and crumble this instead, or just use more beans and mash them up with walnuts for a "taco meat" texture)
  • 1 - 15oz can kidney beans
  • 2 tbsp taco seasoning of choice (or make your own quick seasoning - recipe here)
  • 1/2 head of lettuce
  • Handful of spinach 
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1 can sliced olives 
  • 1/2 cup Daiya cheddar or pepperjack cheese 
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 cups tortilla chips
  • Salsa
  • Tofutti sour cream 

  • I heat the vegeburger, taco seasoning and kidney beans together over low heat in a pan, but it doesn't actually require heating.   Technically, you could just eat it out of the can like my husband does. Everything else is separate. The recommended order of layering (because I'm relatively traditional and resistant to change) is 

  1. Chips
  2. Vegeburger/beans
  3. Daiya cheese
  4. Lettuce/spinach
  5. Tomatoes 
  6. Onion 
  7. Black olives and 
  8. Garnish with Tofutti sour cream and salsa! 



Chop stuff up, throw in separate bowls!



  1. Hey I love your blog and especially this post! Keep posting the things you love!