I have discovered a new entrée that has become one of my favorite vegan dishes – zucchini tacos!A fellow vegan discovered a mexican restaurant in Evanston, Austin Tacos, and we were excited to see VEGAN TACOS on the menu. Now unlike many places that use some type of faux meat product filled with soy or wheat gluten, this play used all veggies. Awesome! They were quite tasty. In fact, I went a few weeks later to taste and see how I can make them my on. My zucchini tacos were quite different from Austin Tacos, but I think they taste even better because I made with just the ingredients I like. Here are a list of ingredients I used:
- red & green peppers
- black beans
- smoked corn salsa (left over from the Baked Mexican Pasta Dish)
- green onions
- corn tortillas
- cabbage slaw
I made the corn tortillas in my new special pan that I bought just for this purpose – I admit that I love tacos!
I like this pan because I do not have to make one tortilla at a time. Oh yeah! I then grilled the zucchini in my cast iron grill skillet by adding a little EVOO (extra virgin olive oil). This is where the goodness really starts.
While the zucchini was grilling. I combined some left over black beans, grilled onions & peppers, corn salsa and brown rice to add as a topping with diced jalapeno.
I like spicy food so I added some fresh diced jalapeno, I tossed in some fresh cilantro, added a little cabbage slaw and guacamole on the side for crunch. I had never tried this before, but I think this is one of the tastiest creations that I have tried thus far while transitioning to a vegan lifestyle.
This was way too much food for me to eat in one sitting!!! I am pleasantly pleased by how I am eating less and less now that I am eating better. It’s amazing how satisfied you feel when you give your body what it needs. If I had participated in the VIRTUAL VEGAN POTLUCK on May 12th, this is the dish that I intended to include. Be creative when you are making vegan dishes…..I’m learning that this is part of the fun (and motivation) for continuing on my journey no matter how many ups and downs I experience.
I mentioned on my dining page that I would be attending a raw vegan gathering at Arya Bhavan. There were actually 3 vegan/raw vegan groups that were there today – I decided to join all three. Hey, the support & personal information is exactly what I need. Interestingly, the Chef shared how the leaders of our group encouraged her to make raw vegan meals. They even gave her feedback, which she kindly accepted. So, if you are in an area that does not have vegan or raw vegan food restaurants, you should consider speaking up.
As for Arya Bhavan, I must say that I was in raw vegan Heaven because all of the items were so flavorful. I LOVE spicy food and so many things had a nice kick to it! Everyone that I met was friendly and so informative. There were lots of people there too – we literally packed this place from front to back. Arya Bhavan has a raw vegan buffet every Monday and I think I’ll be one of her faithful customers. She also had one cooked vegan dish and it is my new favorite. Gobi Aloo is one of my favorite Indian dishes, but this one was especially made by the Chef here so I will not find it any other place. I snapped just a few pics that I thought I would share. I tried a little bit of everything so may plate is full (and I still missed 1-2 items). The entire menu for this event & a link to Arya Bhavan’s website is listed on my Vegan Dining Page. In fact, I enjoyed this place & the Chef so much that I went back to sign-up for the monthly meal plan – 30 days of vegan meals for $150!!!! That is not a mistake – this price is insane & I love it!
Raw Vegans/Vegans packed this event
Presentation of our Indian Raw Food Buffet
Raw Pizza. I wasn’t too fond of the raw oat crust.
Dinner time! This is a little of every things & I think I had the least amount of food on my plate.