Vegetarian Gallo Pinto

Vegetarian Gallo Pinto - You need a good breakfast full of protein to start your day!  Try this Costa Rican version of Vegetarian Gallo Pinto to get your day off to the right start.

 

Kayaking in Costa Rica

 

I love trying out breakfasts in different countries.   It’s nice to have something more filling than toast, cereal, or oatmeal.   As a vegetarian we need to have protein, especially when we will be going all day. One of my favourites was Vegetarian Gallo Pinto, which I had with my dad in the morning for breakfasts in Costa Rica.  My dad and I went on kayaking trips together and when you spend 4-8 hours a day paddling on a river you NEED to have a good breakfast to give you the energy to tackle the day.

 

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Perfect breakfast for traveling!

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This is a super easy breakfast to make, it is even delicious for lunches and dinners.  It requires mostly ingredients you probably already have on hand. For non-meat eaters protein is always a consideration so luckily Vegetarian Gallo Pinto has lots of protein for anyone to eat.  My kids also loved eating this from a very early age as it is baby and toddler friendly.

 

 

 

 

 

What’s your favourite breakfast memory from your travels?  Where were you and what was it?

 

 

 

Vegetarian Gallo Pinto - You need a good breakfast full of protein to start your day!  Try this Costa Rican version of Vegetarian Gallo Pinto to get your day off to the right start.




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Vegetarian Gallo Pinto

Recipe Type: Vegetarian

Cuisine: Costa Rican

Author: Hil

Ingredients

  • Diced Onion
  • Finely Diced Jalapeno (or regular pepper)
  • Olive Oil
  • Cooked Rice
  • Black Beans
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Poached Eggs
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Set your rice to cook (microwave or stove depending on your preference).
  2. Boil water for poaching your eggs.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large pan (even as large as a stir fry pan or wok). Cook olive oil until translucent, add jalapeno to cook for another 3 minutes. Add black beans and cook for another five minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Once rice is cooked add to the bean mixture. Cook for a few more minutes and stir well to combine.
  5. When water is boiling poach eggs (usually 2-3 minutes in boiling water for me).
  6. For serving, add a scoop of rice and beans mixture to each plate, sprinkle some shredded cheese on top and finish with a poached egg.
  7. Voila! Enjoy your amazingly filling Costa Rican breakfast!

 

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Scottish Breakfast

In celebration of Robbie Burns Day I wanted to do a post in celebration of Scotland, and my favourite meal, Scottish Breakfast.  I’m a few months late, but still wanted to share anyway.  My hubby and I went to Scotland for our honeymoon and stayed predominantly in Bed & Breakfasts, we were pleasantly surprised at their Scottish Breakfasts every morning, as vegetarians it is not always easy to find food but everyday we had an AMAZING breakfast, full of protein and delicious. Scottish Breakfast has become a staple in our house, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  My kids eat it and love it, my hubby demolishes it, and there are never leftovers.

Scotland will always have a special place in our heart, it is a magical country, from visiting the ruins of castles (by traipsing through sheep fields), to visiting standing stone circles, and my husband’s favourite, distillery tours and sampling all the amazing scotch.  Enjoying this breakfast brings back memories of a simpler time, before kids, when it was just the two of us and we were so in love on or honeymoon, and all we had to worry about was delicious food, where we were hiking to that day, and attempting to drive on the wrong side of the road without being squashed by a truck or running over a sheep.

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Robbie Burns is a Scottish poet.  Robbie Burns suppers are popular everywhere, usually celebrated with haggis, cheese plates, soup, and lots of scotch, maybe some Highland Dancing and bagpipe music.  The bringing in of the haggis is a solemn and very serious event at a Burns day supper, there is a address to the haggis and pomp and ceremony bringing it in.  They recite Robbie Burn’s poetry, graces, and general merriment.  Robbie Burns supper celebrations have been held on or around his birthday since five years after his death, starting in 1803.

Here is an easy way to celebrate Robbie Burns day in your house with a delicious Scottish Breakfast full of protein and vegetarian friendly for dinner, lunch, or the typical breakfast.

Scottish Breakfast
 
Author:
Recipe type: Vegetarian
Cuisine: Scottish
Ingredients
  • Baked Beans
  • Hashbrowns
  • baked tomatoes
  • fried mushrooms
  • fried egg
Instructions
  1. Pretty much however is your easiest way to make it, I go the easy way and buy the frozen hash browns, cans of vegetarian baked beans in tomato sauce, then bake the tomatoes in the oven with some salt and pepper, fry the mushrooms, and lastly a fried egg. Assemble it all on a plate and serve with ketchup, watch your family demolish their favourites and savour the fact that they ate so many vegetables and protein in one meal and it didn't even take a lot of effort!

Do you celebrate Robbie Burns day?  What do you do to celebrate?

 

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Chickpea & “Ground Round” Taco’s

Chick Pea & "Ground Round" Taco's - Liven up Meatless Monday or Taco Tuesday with Chickpea & "Ground Round" Taco's.  A great vegetarian staple to add in to your family's meal roster.

As a vegetarian I have always loved Mexican food.  I discovered Chickpea & “Ground Round” Taco’s as a way to get more protein into my kids and also help us adults not be hungry an hour later. It is so easy to make vegetarian and lot of protein options mean it is filling for longer and healthier.  Taco’s in particular are great since you can customize them to your specific tastes meaning it is likely to please everyone come meal time.  And the best part of it, usually not a lot of effort!  You need fresh ingredients, but otherwise it is a quick dinner. My kids love chickpeas so this recipe of Chickpea & “ground round” Taco’s is a great way to get them gobbling up chickpeas.

Chick Pea & "Ground Round" Taco's - Liven up Meatless Monday or Taco Tuesday with Chickpea & "Ground Round" Taco's.  A great vegetarian staple to add in to your family's meal roster.

Need an easy family dinner?

I am not going to lie, the first time I made this for my kids my three-and-a-half year old daughter cried, “I don’t like my chickpeas cooked”, “It looks yucky”, “I don’t want to eat it”, well we are firm believers in the one bite rule, and I don’t make extra meals so she eats or she goes hungry.  After pointing out that it had all her favourite ingredients in it she decided to give it a try, both she and my almost two-year-old son ate TWO WHOLE TACO’s!!!  Craziness!  I can’t believe they both ate that much, so even with the apprehension, it was a success and I think I will be adding it to my family’s meal roster.  But, I need two packs of taco’s for my family, if my kids each eat two that leaves three each for my hubby and me and he is a big guy and tends to skip lunch at work since he is so busy so he needs a bigger dinner, and three taco’s just won’t cut it!

Ingredients Needed:

Ingredients needed for Veggie chick pea & ground round tacos

Chickpea & "Ground Round" Taco's
 
Author:
Recipe type: Vegetarian
Cuisine: Mexican
Ingredients
  • Can of chick peas
  • Pack of veggie ground round (I use Yves)
  • Diced onion
  • Taco seasoning
  • Salsa
  • Grated cheese
  • Sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • Diced avocado
  • Lettuce
  • Green onions
  • Taco Shells
  • Hot sauce (if desired)
  • Taco sauce (if desired)
Instructions
  1. Fry the diced onion in oil until translucent (a few minutes), then add the ground round, breaking it up with a spatula. Next add the chick peas and taco seasoning. Cook until soft. Add in salsa if desired.
  2. To serve put everything out in bowls and let people go nuts filling their tacos.
  3. For kids, I find it easier to mix it all in a small bowl and load their taco already mixed. Tastes good that way for adults too!

How to cook veggie ground round

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Try me out in leftovers!

It also takes great as leftovers!!  I made a dip with it, mixed in avocado’s, sour cream and cheese, mix it together and my daughter and I DEMOLISHED it during nap time/snack time.

 

How many taco’s do you normally eat in a taco night?  What are your favourite ingredients to include in it?  Do you do meatless Mondays?  Comment below!

 

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Vegetarian French Onion Soup

Vegetarian French Onion Soup - French Onion Soup is delicious on a crisp fall day. Melted cheese, baguette, what's not to like? Even better if it is a Vegetarian alternative!

I LOVE French onion soup!  Maybe it’s the massive amounts of onion or the melted cheese or the bread, it all comes together to make one delicious dish. Unfortunately being a vegetarian I cannot have it when we go out.  I have yet to find a vegetarian French onion soup at a restaurant so I had to make up my own recipe.

Vegetarian French Onion Soup - French Onion Soup is delicious on a crisp fall day. Melted cheese, baguette, what's not to like? Even better if it is a Vegetarian alternative!

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Vegetarian French Onion Soup
 
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Ingredients
  • 4-5 onions sliced
  • Veggie stock/broth (or a packet to add to water)
  • Onion soup mix
  • Butter (about ¼ c)
  • Swiss cheese
  • Baguette
Instructions
  1. Slice all the onions and put in a crockpot on high with the butter. Let it cook for a few hours until caramelized (usually about 2-3 hours).
  2. Once onions are caramelized add in the onion soup mix and veggie broth. I try to fill most of the crockpot, so usually about 4-6 cups of broth. Let this simmer for as many hours as you can. The longer it simmers the more flavourful the broth. You can do this all after lunch, but it won't taste as good. Better to start in the morning if you can.
  3. Turn the oven on broil to heat up.
  4. When it's dinnertime slice some swiss cheese and baguette, place a few pieces of both in a bowl, pour some soup overtop and place it in the oven so it can melt/brown for about 5-10 minutes.
  5. Use oven mitts to get the bowl out and place on a plate so it does not burn your table.
  6. Enjoy your delicious Vegetarian French Onion Soup!

Vegetarian French Onion Soup - French Onion Soup is delicious on a crisp fall day. Melted cheese, baguette, what's not to like? Even better if it is a Vegetarian alternative!

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Vegetarian Stuffing

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With Thanksgiving coming up (at least for us Canadians) I thought I would share my favourite recipe for a holiday meal.  Being a vegetarian I got tired of just eating veggies and potatoes at holidays and I missed the stuffing, but since it was made inside the turkey and had meat in it I could not have any.  Therefore, I made my own recipe for stuffing and started making that on Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.

Vegetarian Stuffing ingredients

5.0 from 2 reviews
Vegetarian Stuffing
 
Author:
Recipe type: Vegetarian
Ingredients
  • 5 Potatoes
  • 1 Onion
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 1 Red Pepper
  • ⅓ c Peas
  • ½-3/4 c Cheese
  • 2 Eggs
  • ¼ c. Breadcrumbs
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Thyme
  • Sage
Instructions
  1. Cut and boil the potatoes then mash them. While that is cooking cut and lightly sauté the onions, garlic and pepper. Grate the cheese and add the potatoes and veggies together in a bowl. Mix well then add the cheese and spices. A lot of this is based on tastes and preferences. I used ¼ tsp of thyme and sage but do it to your tastes. Next add in the eggs and breadcrumbs. Stir well, it should be not too dry, a little moist so it sticks together though.
  2. Place in a well-greased pan, (either a loaf or one used for squares) and bake in the oven for about 40 minutes at 375.

 

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Stuffing’s are completely personal to make.  Each time I make it the taste is unique and I do something slightly different.  I have added cranberries, broccoli, sweet potato, corn, played around with the spices, whatever is available at the time and easy to throw in.

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What are your favourite dishes to have at Thanksgiving?  What do you like to put in stuffing?

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Crockpot Tofurkey

Tofurkey is one of my family’s favourite things to eat for a special occasion, I guess like regular meat-eaters turkey or more like a roast.  We have it on Christmas, Thanksgiving, Ostara, Easter, Mabon, and any other time we feel like.  We usually roast it in the oven with potatoes, carrots, onions, make gravy, have fresh bread on the side or pan fried mushrooms if we feel like putting in the extra effort.  For those who have never eaten a tofurkey or have no idea what it is, it is a soy product, simulated to be like a roast or turkey but vegan/vegetarian friendly.  I am not a big fan of simulated meat (I did not like meat to begin with, which is one of the reasons I became a vegetarian) so this really was an acquired taste for me, my husband (then boyfriend) introduced it to me and I now love it as does our toddler, there are no leftovers at this house after eating this meal!

Crockpot Tofurkey- Tofurkey is a great meat-alternative to a roast or turkey, perfect for a holiday dinner, or just a special weekday meal. Making it in the crockpot means it is even less work so you don't have to worry about it throughout the day.

Working even part-time with two kids means I have a lot less time to cook and no time to hover near the oven for three hours while it cooks.  I have discovered crock-pot and freezer cooking lately to make my life easier so thought I would try cooking my tofurkey in the crockpot.

I tried this last week and we all loved it, it is very different from roasting it, my husband missed the crispy outside, but still thought it was good and liked how juicy it tasted.

Tofurkey Collage

Crockpot Tofurkey
 
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Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Recipe type: Vegetarian
Cuisine: Crockpot
Ingredients
  • Crockpot Tofurkey
  • 1 frozen Tofurkey - You can find it in natural food stores, or at Loblaws/Canadian Superstore where they keep the freezer specialty foods like gluten free, dairy free, other vegetarian and vegan foods, etc.
  • Veggie broth - I put in way too much, probably close to two cups, I would put in less than one cup next time, I used boiled water from the kettle and mixed it with a veggie stock pouch.
  • Can of condensed mushroom soup
  • Envelope of dry onion soup mix
  • Potatoes - I added regular potatoes and a sweet potato this time
  • Onions
  • Carrots
  • (or whatever veggie you want in there).
Instructions
  1. I added my frozen tofurkey to the crockpot.
  2. Next surround it by cut up potatoes, carrots and onions.
  3. I mixed boiled water, veg stock, mushroom and onion soup together in a bowl, then poured the whole thing in there.
  4. I cooked it on low for 7 hours.
  5. I made some packaged gravy on the side and voila, a delicious meal everyone loved with not a lot of effort!

Have you tried Tofurkey?  What are your favourite ways to eat it? Please comment below!

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Crockpot Tofurkey- Tofurkey is a great meat-alternative to a roast or turkey, perfect for a holiday dinner, or just a special weekday meal. Making it in the crockpot means it is even less work so you don't have to worry about it throughout the day. Follow Raising Fairies and Knights’s board Vegetarian Yummys on Pinterest.

UPDATED May 2016

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