When you are latinx, vegan can really seem like a daunting word. Your mind immediately goes to ALL the amazing foods you will no longer be able to eat and you become unsure about the commitment. Well, I am here to tell you, do not fret my friend! Latinx cuisine is actually very easy to veganize since a lot of it is already plant-based to begin. For all my Dominicans and Puerto Ricans…this one’s for you: vegan mofongo. Yes, you heard me right, VEGAN MOFONGO!
Growing up I always loved going to the mall for two reasons: obviously shopping, but also the food court! My favorite were the Asian-fusion spots where you got at styrofoam box filled to the brim with yummy food! I’m not going to lie, I sometimes get cravings but thankfully that has only ever inspired me to create my own veganized version.
Whether you are Colombian, Puerto Rican, Mexican, or from any other Latin country, we all have one thing in common…Flan! It’s the go-to dessert for any occasion and there are so many varieties to chose from. The two basic ingredients are milk and eggs, but here you can learn to make the cruelty-free version without giving up the traditional flavor or creamy texture.
If there are two things I think pretty much everyone can get on board with, they are avocado and pesto! Okay, maybe not everyone, but if you are that one percent, please just…go away LOL! Regardless of that statistic, avocado-pesto linguini is one of the yummiest and easiest recipes to make and yes, it can be made 100% vegan!
Something I had not experimented much with is veganizing fish-based meals. It hasn’t been an issue because I didn’t think I really enjoyed seafood that much anyway. One visit to a farmer’s market in South Florida and I realized I was wrong. The ceviche stands, shrimp skewers and fish and chip tents had me salivating and got me thinking. How can I make this vegan? This question is really more of a challenge and in my experience, it makes herbivores super excited! By the way, I did NOT give in to my craving at the farmer’s market; instead, I got an acai bowl (just in case you were wondering)!
It’s already the end of February which means 2018 is flying by! All the “new year, new me” buzz is settling down but have you stayed on track with your goals or new years’ resolutions? Hopefully, you are but also remember to cut yourself some slack once in a while and splurge on a sweet (yet still healthy) treat! If that is exactly what you are looking for you have come to the right place!