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Make These : Easiest Black Bean Tacos Ever.

24 Nov


I am obsessed with this ‘I can’t believe it’s not a real recipe’ for black bean tacos. I don’t really like beans but I adore black beans and in this recipe they make the perfect ground beef replacement.

This recipe I just kind of made up, it makes about 6 tacos which serves 2 hungry adults. I get all my supplies for this recipe from Trader Joe’s because they have organic taco shells and organic black beans at really great prices and their taco seasoning mix is spicy which I love and their salsa is chunky.

For well under $10 you can have this amazingly healthy and tasty dinner in about 15 minutes.


1 Package of taco shells

1 Jar of salsa

1 Packet of taco seasoning mix

1 Can of black beans


Open beans, drain out the liquid and dump them into a pot which will be simmering over med heat

Open salsa and drain out excess liquid, add to beans in the pot.

Open taco seasoning mix, use about .5 the package, mix into pot then adjust to your taste preference.

Simmer over medium heat for about 10-15 minutes.

Toast the taco shells for 2 minutes in an oven set to 350.

Remove taco shells, fill with the goodness and then enjoy the easiest black bean tacos ever.

Stay Chizzle,


Taco Shells


Recipe Time: Mushroom And Pinto Bean Veggie Burgers.

17 Dec

People love using mushrooms as a meat replacement because once they are cooked they provide a similar a taste and texture. This recipe uses mushrooms and pinto beans as the base of the burger and all can be said and done in 30 minutes or less. There are 200 calories per veggie burger, 8 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber, they are gluten- free and vegan as well.

Enjoy 🙂

Mushroom And Pinto Bean Veggie Burgers.


1/2 Onion, Diced.

1/2 Clove Garlic, Minced.

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

1 1/2 Green Onions, Diced.

1 Teaspoon Cumin.

1/4 Cup Fresh Mushrooms, Diced.

1 Cup Pinto Beans.

1/2 Teaspoon Parsley.

Salt And Pepper To Taste.

4 Tablespoons Of Olive Oil For Frying.


– Saute the onions and garlic in olive oil for 3-5 minutes, until the onions are soft.

– Add the green onions, cumin and mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes, until mushrooms are cooked. Set aside.

– Drain the beans and mash them with a fork or process in a food processor until well mashed.

– Add the mushrooms to the beans as well as the parsley, salt and pepper. Stir until well combined.

– Shape the mixture into 2 patties and heat the olive oil in a non stick skillet.

– Cook each side for 3-4 minutes and serve immediately.

Restaurant Review: Strong Hearts Cafe.

23 Nov

Strong Hearts Cafe in Syracuse, New York is one of those places that just makes you feel good, before you even get to the food. It is comfortable, comforting and staffed by a crew of truly awesome people. Both times I have been there, everyone was so cool and so helpful. The vibe is low-key and laid back, this is a college town after all and Strong Hearts reflects that in it’s menu options and pricing. Did I mention they serve breakfast, all day as well?

With a menu chock full of rather healthy vegan comfort foods, Strong Hearts brings it on. Grilled Cheese, Toasted PB and J, Milk Shakes and Desserts galore. Teas, coffees and soups are also available. Strong Hearts serves up a side of Eco-Friendly with it’s vegan deliciousness. They do not use styrofoams or plastics, all food waste is composted and the packaging they use is 100% biodegradable and compostable.  Add to that, they use locally grown produce, organic and fair trade coffees and teas. When it comes to their food they off up all natural, organic when available, cholesterol free, with no hfcs,  artificial sweeteners or trans fats.

Their food is awesome, I have tried a several of the things they serve up and cannot say what I like best. I am a breakfast, all day everyday type of chick so right there, I was sold on this place. If you are into milkshakes then this is your spot, I mean the list goes on and on for days. If you are into healthy fare such as a salad or a wrap then you are covered at Strong Hearts as well. Almost anything you want from mock chicken salad, bbq tempeh, seitan sandwiches and tofurky, are available on their menu.

Strong Hearts is vegan owned and is active in the cruelty-free community and lifestyle. Eating at places like this is not only good for you and the animals but for the planet and the greater cause of it all. It is nice to support those who ‘get it’ if you know what I mean 😉

Strong Hearts Cafe. 719 E. Genesee St. Syracuse, NY. 13210. 315-478-0000. Hours: Monday-Thursday 8am-12am. Friday 8am-1am. Saturday and Sunday 9am-1am

http://www.strongheartscafe.com/ Strong Hearts Cafe Homepage.

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Four Turkey Alternatives To Give Thanks For.

20 Nov

Since this Thanksgiving I know ALL of you are going veg, I figured I would toss out some delicious turkey alternatives that will make you, your family and all the turkey’s of the world, very happy. Here are the most popular turkey alternatives I know about. Also keep this in mind, many vegetarian restaurants offer a faux turkey meal situation that you can pick up on Thanksgiving or even the day before. I know here in NJ, Loving Hut in Ledgewood and all 3 Veggie Heaven locations are baking up faux birds for the masses. Just some food for thought 🙂

First off, we have the classic Tofurky. Tofurky is a soy alternative to eating a dead bird. Besides the basic Tofurky, they also offer a whole vegetarian spread which includes 1 Tofurkey roast made with non-gmo soy, Savory Giblet Gravy, Wild Rice, Whole Wheat Bread Crumb Stuffing, Tofurky® Jurky Wishstix, Organic Chocolate Cake from Amy’s Kitchen (this is a new addition) and Happy Tofurky Day card & coupons. Each feast is 100% vegan, cooks in about an hour and serves 6.

http://www.tofurky.com/tofurkyproducts/holiday_products.html Tofurky Vegan Feast.

Next up, the Gardein Holiday Roast. This veg roast serves 8 and is a soy and wheat gluten based protein. Vegan friendly, it also comes with home style gravy and a wild rice, cranberry stuffing. Gardein also does not use gmo-soy and their feast is also all natural.

http://www.gardein.com/products.php?t=frozen&p=67 Gardein Holiday Roast

Now for something totally soy free, we have the Field Roast which is a grain ‘meat’. This alternative is also all natural, stuffed with Field Roast ‘sausage’, crystallized ginger, cranberries and apples all wrapped in a savory puff pastry.

http://www.fieldroast.com/products/retail/hazelnut-cranberry-roast-en-croute/ Field Roast, Stuffed Grain Roast.

We also have a ‘Celebration Roast’ that too comes from Field Roast. This grain based roast has sausage-style stuffing made from Field Roast grain meat, fresh cut butternut squash, mushrooms and granny smith apples seasoned with a blend of rosemary, thyme and sage. We then surround the stuffing with our most luxuriant grain meat seasoned with rubbed sage, garlic and lemon juice.

http://www.fieldroast.com/products/retail/celebration-roast/ Field Roast Celebration Roast.

Read This: Vegan For The Holidays; Celebration Feasts for Thanksgiving Through New Year’s Day

16 Nov

Since it is that time of year, I figured we all may as well get vegan with it. In with the plant-based holiday goodies and out with the dead animals, is the new motto. So what better book for us to be indulging in now than, Zel Allen’s ‘Vegan For The Holidays: Celebration Feasts For Thanksgiving Through New Years’.

Jam packed with so many amazing recipes, you can rest assure you nor your guests and/or family will not miss the meat. At all. Vegan For The Holidays offers up appetizers, desserts, side dishes and main courses, most without added fat and all full of flavor. A recipe for vegan pie crust? Check. Vegan Mac and Cheese? Check. Yummy salad dressings? Check. This book is literally a one stop shop for all your holiday cooking needs.

This book is adored by the masses, hence its 5 star review rating on Amazon. Get it below…


Lightlife Kickin’ Black Bean Burgers.

7 Sep

I have recently started seeing these joints in the freezer section of Shop Rite so I figured I owed them a try. Since Lightlife has yet to let me down, I knew I was going to like what they had in store for me. These frozen patties come 4 to a bag and are vegetarian not vegan since they do have egg whites and some cheese in them. The rest of the ingredients are black beans, onions, bell peppers, barley flakes and soy protein isolate to name a few. All natural made with non-gmo soy, there are only 180 calories in each burger and 14 grams of protein as well as 6 grams of fiber.

These burgers are a bit bigger then the standard veggie burger one comes across in the freezer section. They are also of better quality and taste better, these are just an all around good addition to what is currently available in the stores. The burger itself is ‘meaty’ without tasting like meat, it definitely is filling and it holds up well to cooking. I rocked it stove top so I cannot attest to its microwave or grilling capabilities.

Check ’em out below…

http://www.lightlife.com/Vegan-Food-Vegetarian-Diet/Vegetarian-Burgers/Black-Bean-Burgers Lightlife Kickin’ Black Bean Burgers

Recipe Time: Easiest Crispy Fried Tofu Ever.

17 Aug

Fried tofu is simple and amazing yet finding the perfect recipe seems to be a bit tricky. This recipe skips all the drama and takes us to the point, crispy tofu. For best results use extra firm tofu and press it for 15-30 minutes before cooking. I pressed for 30 minutes between plates and was good to go. If you like your tofu firm through out or if you are picky with your tofu (as I am) then cut the pieces even smaller than suggested and take it from there. This recipe is for a whole block of tofu but unless you have a few kids to feed, you will have plenty of left overs to make an easy stir fry or some veggie fried rice the next day. You can even eat it cold because yes, it is that good 🙂

Easiest Crispy Fried Tofu Ever.


–  1 Block Extra Firm Organic Tofu.

–  4 Tablespoons Of Flour.

–  4 Tablespoons Of Planko Bread Crumbs.

– 3 Teaspoons Of Garlic Powder.

– 1/2 Teaspoon Of Salt.

– 1 Teaspoon Of Pepper.

– 4 Tablespoons Of Olive Oil.


– Press Your Tofu As Recommended Above And The Cut Into 1/2 in. Cubes.

– In A Bowl Combine Cut Tofu And All Ingredients Except The Oil.

– Toss To Coat Tofu With The Mixture. You Can Also Toss It All In A Ziplock Bag And Shake It. You Want The Tofu Coated Well.

– Heat The Oil On Medium Heat In A Large Skillet, Add The Tofu And Cook For About 6-8 Minutes Until Light Brown And Crispy.


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