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Spanish Rice and Enchiladas

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Spanish Rice and Enchiladas


Ĺ cup dry brown rice
1 cup of water
3 cans of tomato sauce
Ĺ to 1 cup hot sauce
Corn tortillas
Vegan cheese
1 can refried beans (or black beans) with some spices
Green and red pepper


Boil the brown rice in a cup of water(more if you need it) for a half hour. Mix the tomato sauce with the hot sauce, this is what I call the tomato sauce. Cut up all the veggies and line them up.

In a pan spread out some tomato sauce ( then put corn tortillas in the pan, on the tortillas, spread some beans, some of all the veggies, some vegan cheese, some tomato sauce, repeat this in layers (I think I did 2 layers) then on the top I put tortilla, tomato sauce (I put quite a bit of sauce) and cheese. This makes the Enchiladas. Put the Enchiladas in the oven for around 20 minutes. (Oh the oven on 350 degrees)

When the half hour is up on the brown rice I put in some tomato sauce, onion, green pepper and some spices and stir until mixed together and cook for around 10 more minutes.


I donít measure anything so everything is a guess. I usually get one of the bigger can and the medium size can of tomato sauce (I donít know the ozs. of the cans) and I always have some left over.

I use a taco seasoning packet (not the whole thing), chille powder, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder.

You can use wheat tortillas (I started using corn tortillas cause the wheat tortillas have soy in them and now I like them better cause they donít seem soggy)

If youíre a vegetarian you can use cheddar cheese (I used to use lots of cheese). And you donít have to put any cheese or vegan cheese also.
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MJK0430 11/4/2011 10:36AM

    WOW! This really looks delicious. What kind of vegan cheese do you use? I haven't found any that I actually like yet.

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SPIRITSEEKER2 9/25/2011 7:47PM

    thanks.. I will subscribe to your blogs..:0)

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FLORIDASUN 9/6/2011 8:43AM

    Hummm I think I'll give this a try...sounds super yummy!

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HIKINGSD 9/4/2011 6:44PM

    Sounds yummy!

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ATHENA130 9/2/2011 9:32AM

    Thanks for sharing - sounds yummy!

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SHADY36 9/1/2011 9:43PM

    Look at you go with the cooking of the YUMMY Vegan food!
See, I knew you had it in you!!!

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 9/1/2011 8:01PM

    I make a mean Spanish Rice, but it's one flaw is that I use Spam in it. Really wonderful dish though.

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SUNNYH99 8/31/2011 12:53PM

    Thanks! I just copied and printed this and will try making them. I might substitute canned enchilada sauce for all or some of the tomato sauce.

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KSTYLEFITNESS 8/31/2011 8:51AM

    This looks good!

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    YUM....a dinner my husband would love!!! Thanks!!

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LORENVER 8/31/2011 6:02AM

    Thank you for posting this. I love easy and yummy recipes that real people make :)

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WATERDIAMONDS 8/31/2011 5:11AM

    You know, when you put on your status the other day that you had made this, I thought, "Geez, that sounds good, I wish she'd post the recipe."

And VOILA!!! Here you are! Thank you. This sounds just delicious.


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    Sounds delicious! THANKS for sharing.


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RORYLYONS 8/31/2011 2:27AM


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Veggie Chili

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Veggie Chili


1/2 cup onion
2-3 carrots
1/2 red and green pepper (or more)
1/2 cup mushrooms chopped
big pile of chopped up greens
1/2 cup of water or veggie broth
1 small can of tomato sauce (or paste)
2 cans of beans(I used Red Kidney and Pinto)
1 can of pumpkin
1 can of tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, chili powder, cumin, veggie spice


Saute the onion, green and red pepper and carrots in a large pot with some water over veggie broth.

Add mushrooms, all the spices, tomato sauce, pumpkin and stir.

Add beans, tomatoes, and more water or broth if needed. Stir.

Cover and heat on medium to low for around 30 minutes.

Add greens at the end and stir in.


These measurements are just estimates because I didÔŅĹt measure anything.

The pumpkin may sound weird but it makes it thick and a little sweet without adding fats and sugar.

I just got all these ideas from various recipes and put the different ingredients together.

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    Stopping by to friend you in return (thank you!) and sign up for your blogs. I really look forward to working with you through this journey.

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COOKWITHME65 6/13/2011 11:44AM

    Just came across your post thru a friends feed. I love trying new recipes. Never cooked with pumpkin before. I'm gonna give this a try. Cant wait to check out your page!

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FLORIDASUN 6/13/2011 11:39AM

    Hey...this recipie couldn't have come at a better time! I just opened a can of pumpkin (long story..for our fussy eating cat that is losing weight and won't eat ANYTHING) I had read that pumpkin was good for them. Of course...he turned his nose up at it as well and I didn't want to throw the whole can away...so I'm going to use it in your recipe...ask and you SHALL receive right? Thanks a bunch this sounds really GOOD! emoticon

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JANSIEMOO 5/30/2011 12:08PM

  Thanks for posting this, it sounds perfect for my meat-lovin' hubby to eat with me. I've put pumpkin in a pasta dish once, went really well. It adds such a nice thickness and touch of sweet...and all that fiber!

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SUPER_ME 5/28/2011 12:16PM

    Sounds tasty! I'm excited to give it a try!

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PATTK1220 5/9/2011 12:29PM

    Yum! Sounds delicious!


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DIANA_IS_BACK 5/9/2011 8:55AM

    I thought I was the only person who used pumpkin! So glad to see someone else who thinks outside the box with it. I have also used pureed carrots in a pinch. They are also good. (hint: I used them in my spaghetti sauce too)

Thanks for sharing this recipe, I am going to try it.

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IDLETYME 5/9/2011 8:45AM

    Sounds yummy! Will give it to my Vegan daughter and son-in-law! Thanks!
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LAMOURA 5/9/2011 12:54AM

    Yummie thanks for sharing! But again I would add my sea salt love my soduim lol...its a great mineral emoticon

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BURRITAELITA 5/8/2011 7:39PM

    I made a big chili this weekend. I like the idea of carrots and mushroom that you mentioned. I liked to put a touch of crushed fennel in the chili. That also sweetens up the acidic tomato base. Also cumin, oregano, and chili powder.

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JAZZID 5/8/2011 5:44PM

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KSTYLEFITNESS 5/8/2011 11:20AM

    Yeah, I don't know about the pumpkin, but everything else sounds cool. I like my chili SPICY so I would add some heat.

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THEWINNER33 5/8/2011 1:57AM

    This sounds like a keeper. Can't wait to try it. Thanks.

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Sauteed Veggies and Beans

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Sauteed Veggies and Beans


Some water

Various types of veggies:
broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, peas, snow peas, peas in a pod, carrots, eggplant, tomatoes, artichokes, red pepper, green beans, corn, mushrooms, zucchini, spinach, kale, bok choy, swiss chard, collard greens, ect. (I just use a combination of what I have, itís a great way to use up what you have)

lentils (I like this one because they are small), kidney beans, pinto beans, lima beans, edmmen(soy) beans, garbanzo beans, great northern beans, black beans, ect. (I usually use only one type of beans but you could use several types)

Various types of spices:
onion powder, garlic powder, Mrs. Dash, spike. lemon juice, vinegar, liquid aminos, ect.(I just use what I have)


Start chopping up the veggies into small pieces.

Heat up a big pan with some water.

When the water is bubbling add all the veggies (except the greens) and the beans in the pan.

Keep stirring to make sure all the veggies are covered in the water.

Start to add some spices to taste.

Turn the heat off and add the greens, stirring until all the greens are covered.


This recipe never turns out the same because I never measure anything and I always have something different to add to the recipes.

I use fresh, raw, frozen, cooked and canned veggies and beans.

You could add some whole grains too.

This is my fast and easy meal when I need to cook something in the evening.

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WILD4STARS 7/28/2011 4:36AM

    We cook alike. I call it "Clean out the fridge" soup! Never the same thing twice. I like to throw in a can of Fire Roasted tomatoes. Adds a great flavor.

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LAMOURA 5/9/2011 12:53AM

    Yum...but I would add sea salt lol emoticon

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    So simple and I LOVE beans!

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Spinach and Red Pepper Hummus

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Spinach and Red Pepper Hummus

1 Can Chick Peas
Bunch of Spinach
Ĺ Can Roasted Red Pepper
A little Chopped up Onion, Zucchini, Tomato
1Tablespoon of Tahini
1Teaspoon of Lemon Juice, Vinegar (any type)
Ĺ Teaspoon of Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Spike Seasoning, Mrs. Dash

Put one can (drained and rinsed) on chick peas in the food processor and process.

Start to add the spinach, roasted red pepper, onion, zucchini, tomato and keep processing, then add some lemon juice, vinegar (to taste) and the tahini and process a little more.

Then add all the spices until you like the taste.

Note: I didnít measure any ingredients so they are just approximant. I just added ingredients I had and I got ideas from different recipes and this is what I came up with.
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BOOKWORM27S 8/24/2011 11:45AM


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JAZZID 5/14/2011 12:07AM

    Thanks for sharing... I will have to try this. I have been eating Sabra Roasted red pepper hummus, but it cost 3.99. I would love to be able to make my own.

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BUELLRIDER 4/25/2011 12:30PM

    This really sounds good - a little kick to the regular recipe.

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    SOUNDS GREAT...Hummus is my fav...I haven't thought of putting spinach in it though...that sounds AMAZINGGGGGGGGGGG :)

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BANJO_13 4/23/2011 10:34AM

    Ooh. I'm going to add this of my list of recipes for the week. I just made some plain hummus this morning! Are you starting to enjoy cooking?

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55WALKER 4/23/2011 6:02AM

    yum! emoticon

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DAVENALEE 4/23/2011 5:38AM

    I love hummus and have wanted to make my own, but still haven't gotten around to it. emoticon Thanks for the recipe; I will let you know when I actually DO make some. LOL! Blessings!

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Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cookies

Friday, April 15, 2011

Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cookies

3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup sugar
6 tbsp. unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup canned pure pumpkin
1/4 cup flax seed meal and water (let set for a while)
2 1/2 tbsp. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tbsp. brown sugar, not packed
3/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. salt
6 tbsp. cocoa

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients except for the chocolate chips (flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt). Mix well. In a separate bowl, mix together all wet ingredients (applesauce, pumpkin, flax seed meal and water, and vanilla extract). Add this mixture to the dry ingredients, and stir until completely blended. Then, fold in the chocolate chips. Spray a large baking pan with nonstick spray, and spoon batter into 8 evenly spaced circles. Place pan in the oven for about 10 minutes (until cookies appear done and feel firm). Remove pan from the oven and allow cookies to cool slightly. For best results, enjoy while the cookies are still warm and the chips are still melty! MAKES 8 SERVINGS

What is nice about this cookies is that they only make one pan and there is not alot of sugar in them and you have fruit in the cookies instead of fat.

You can use half white whole wheat flour and 100% whole wheat flour if you want it more softer cookie.

You can use different sugars if you want. I have used Sucanat, Turbinado, stevia blend and sugar. I just use the brown sugar because you donít use a lot and Iím not sure what to use.

I have used banana in place of pumpkin (I couldnít find can pumpkin)

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PATTK1220 2/15/2014 11:31AM

    These sound divine! Maybe I'll make them tomorrow.


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BUELLRIDER 2/15/2014 1:48AM

    I have to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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2014TODAY 2/14/2014 3:16PM

    Sounds good! Thank you!

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HAPPYMOM8 11/14/2013 2:16PM

    Now that could satisfy my daily chocolate cravings in a healthier way :)
Thanks, Pat

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KIMPAINTS 5/4/2013 7:46PM

    emoticon Sound yummy Kim!!

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MICKEYH 4/18/2013 11:24PM

    Sounds so yummy!! How did it turned out when you use banana instead of pumpkin ?
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PHRASER 1/26/2012 1:40AM

    How much flax and how much water? Is it 1/4 cup flax and 1/4 cup water? Or 1/4 cup total (in which case how much of each to make up the 1/4 cup)?

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LORENVER 8/4/2011 6:29AM

    Those sound like they could be good. Thanks for posting!

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BANJO_13 4/21/2011 6:26PM

    mmmmmm...Thanks for sharing! I want some NOW!!

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LAMOURA 4/21/2011 1:10AM

    YUMMIE! emoticon emoticonlol but I would use white flour...shame on me teehee!

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