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.

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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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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What to Serve a Vegetarian at Christmas Dinner

So you have invited a vegetarian over for dinner.  How sweet of you to include them and volunteer to feed them something with no meat and fish in it.  Cue the panic setting in.  What the heck do I feed this person?  I don’t know what to give them that is vegetarian!  Don’t panic, I have some easy ideas you can incorporate into your holiday table with little to no extra work from you.

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One important thing to know:  are they vegetarian or vegan?  Vegetarian is no meat or fish (or by products) but vegan’s are also no dairy, no butter, no honey, no eggs, big difference between the two.  Ask up front what they do and do not eat to make it easier on you for planning.

First up, vegetarian doesn’t mean it has to be something really weird, we eat normal food too!  The key thing is protein, that is really important to serve a vegetarian, otherwise they will not get full and still be super hungry.   I’ll touch more on this below.

What to Serve a Vegetarian at Christmas Dinner - If you are hosting a vegetarian for dinner here are some great ideas on meals and tips to make things easier.

Easy sides you can have at your Holiday meal that everyone can enjoy:

  • Mashed potatoes
  • Roasted sweet potatoes
  • Squash
  • Asperagus
  • Corn
  • Sauteed mushrooms
  • Sweet potato pie
  • Peas
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Stuffed Squash (Recipe down below for this awesome dish).
A plate of great SIDES, I was starving an hour after eating this as there is no protein on it.

A plate of great SIDES, I was starving an hour after eating this as there is no protein on it.

One thing to note:  read the ingredients on everything before you serve it to a vegetarian.  Although it might seem like it contains no meat, it may.  For example, Vegetable soup usually has a beef broth base, which obviously is not vegetarian.   Look for beef and/or chicken stock, bacon, anchovies, etc. in everything before you serve it to a vegetarian.  Lard is in a lot of pastry, so if you are serving pie or anything like that make sure you check the ingredients and use vegetable shortening instead of lard.

For the protein, this is really important to serve.  Give me a plate or two of the above mentioned veggies, awesome I will appreciate it and it will be delicious, BUT I will be starving in an hour unless I have something more substantial with protein.  Things you can serve with protein:

  • Lentil soup
  • Tofurkey (I have a easy recipe below you can make in the crock pot so it doesn’t clog up the actual turkey’s precious oven space).
  • Veggie stuffing (containing eggs and cheese).
  • Anything with beans, chick peas, tofu, soy, etc. in it.

tofurky-feast2428003_jpg_thumb_420_420_marginIf all this is out of your comfort zone you can buy some pre-packaged stuff at the grocery store (fake chicken breasts, fake meat balls, vegetarian roasts) and just pop them in the oven.  Check out the specialty section or ask an employee, even Wal-Mart carries veggie meat alternatives.  Even scrambled eggs are extra protein and appreciated.

150886You can buy packaged mushroom or onion 136603gravy (in can or envelope format where you add water) and it is super easy to make for vegetarians and a great treat to have on the table, again check ingredients to ensure it is in fact vegetarian.

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Other things to note if a vegetarian is around:

  • We get really grossed out if our food so much as touches meat, so that means, make sure you use separate utensils for cooking meat and vegetables, have a separate spatula, wooden spoon etc.
  • If BBQing have a designated veggie side (try to clean it of the meat as well as you can) and use a separate spatula to the meat.
  • Same goes for serving utensils, make sure there are separate serving utensils for the meat and the vegetarian items.
  • Do NOT combine vegetarian food and meat-containing food on the same plate.  Yuck.  I will not touch that food if it has touched meat.
  • As the host you want to ensure that your vegetarian guest actually eats, so it is great if you pay attention to other guests and ensure that the vegetarian gets their pick of vegetables first before they are all gone, take care that other guests are not mixing up the meat and vegetarian serving utensils, and not serving meat OVER the vegetarian dishes, thus dropping meat juice all over the vegetable stuff (had this happen to me too).

It can be really easy to host a vegetarian and not a lot of extra work if you plan and serve them enough of the right kinds of food.  My whole family (husband, toddler, and baby/almost toddler) are vegetarian and we do not eat at other people’s house a lot because we hate to impose on other people.  We sincerely appreciate it when someone does go out of their way to host us and feed us though and since it is almost Christmas I thought a few tips would be handy for anyone going out on a limb and hosting a vegetarian too.

Here are a few recipes to make for vegetarians:

Baked Acorn Squash STUFFING - Dress up your holiday table with this delicious Baked Acorn Squash Stuffing, perfect for any vegetarian and super easy to make.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.Vegetarian Stuffing - TW1

For those vegetarians reading this, any other tips I missed?  What are your favourite dishes to have at holiday meals?  Has anyone gone out of their way for you while hosting to accommodate you?  Please comment below and let me know.

Are any of you hosting a vegetarian this season?  Any tips of your own from the meat-eaters perspective?  Please share below.

What to Serve a Vegetarian at Christmas Dinner - If you are hosting a vegetarian for dinner here are some great ideas on meals and tips to make things easier.

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Quinoa Taco Salad

To go along with the camping/travel theme this is my favourite recipe to make while camping or away on vacation (if you have kitchen facilities obviously).  It is so easy and everyone can add in what they like.  They even make a version of it at Girl Guide camps (called salad in a bag).  Even babies and toddlers love this!


Quinoa Taco Salad

Quinoa Taco Salad
 
A package of quinoa (can be made in advance and stashed in the cooler), I like this as it adds extra protein and is easy for little's to eat but not necessary to the dish. Grated cheese (again I do it before we leave) Cut up veggies - I like red pepper, tomatoes and green onion Black beans (or for you carnivores ground beef can be added as well or instead of) Lettuce Salsa Sour cream Guacamole or avocado Individual bags of Doritos (any flavour) Hot sauce for hubby and my dad To make: Set it up buffet-style, give everyone a bag of chips, crunch it up a little, open it and add in your favourite fillings.  Eat it in the bag with a fork and then less dishes to wash!  Unless you want to be more sophisticated and use a plate and just a big bag of Doritos instead of the individual ones.
Author:
Recipe type: Vegetaraian
Cuisine: Mexican
Ingredients
  • A package of quinoa (can be made in advance and stashed in the cooler), I like this as it adds extra protein and is easy for little's to eat but not necessary to the dish.
  • Grated cheese (again I do it before we leave)
  • Cut up veggies - I like red pepper, tomatoes and green onion
  • Black beans (or for you carnivores ground beef can be added as well or instead of)
  • Lettuce
  • Salsa
  • Sour cream
  • Guacamole or avocado
  • Individual bags of Doritos (any flavour)
  • Hot sauce for hubby and my dad
Instructions
  1. Set it up buffet-style, give everyone a bag of chips, crunch it up a little, open it and add in your favourite fillings. Eat it in the bag with a fork and then less dishes to wash! Unless you want to be more sophisticated and use a plate and just a big bag of Doritos instead of the individual ones.

 

 

For toddlers and baby I put it in a bowl and let them eat it with a spoon.  Bee mostly loves the quinoa, black beans, cheese, with a little salsa and sour cream mixed in.  Her favourite part is the Doritos we let her have though.

 

 

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