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O’Brien Refried Bean Quesadillas -Transformation Meal

Transformation Meal? What is that? A transformation meal is taking ingredients from another meal and making into something completely different. This is one of my favorite ways to cook.

I have brought to you different ways to do this before. For instance, I started with my Warm Spinach Artichoke Dip. Then I used the Warm Spinach Artichoke Dip to put on a baked potato for a lunch the next day. I still had some leftover and used as a filling for my Spinach Artichoke Lasagna. Finally used the remaining for an appetizer and made Roasted Baby Potatoes topped with Spinach Artichoke Dip. Lots of different meal ideas from one main starting dish. That is a tranformation meal.

Yesterday I made Refried Bean Tostadas. I have plenty of refried beans leftover so today I am going to make O’Brien Refried Bean Quesadillas.

  • 2 Food For Life – Brown Rice Tortillas
  • 1/2 c Refried Beans (from Refried Bean Tostadas), warmed
  • 2 tbsp chili-lime jackfruit
  • 3/4 c O’brien potatoes, frozen
  • vegetable broth, as needed to cook potatoes
  • 1/4 tsp Smokey Southwestern Seasoning
  • salsa, favorite, garnish

In a large skillet add potatoes and Smokey Southwestern Seasoning. Cook over medium to medium-high heat until potatoes have browned.. Transfer potatoes to a bowl and set aside.

Layer refried bean mixture, jackfruit and potatoes on a tortilla. Like making a sandwich place the remaining tortilla on the top.

Using the skillet that you browned the potatoes in, cook quesadilla to a golden brown. Turn quesadilla over to brown the other side. Transfer to a cutting board and cut with a pizza cutter.

Garnish with your favorite salsa.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

Note: I like to use O’Brien potatoes because they have peppers and onions already in the mix. The potatoes add a great texture to the quesadilla.

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Refried Bean Tostadas

These tostadas are quick and simple to make. They would also be great for appetizers or an after-school snack. I served ours with a sliced fresh peach for lunch. You can make them as simple or elaborate as you want. There really are not any rules for these. Let your imagination go wild.

  • 1 16 oz. can of fat free refried beans
  • 1/2 c salsa, favorite (I like Newman’s)
  • Corn tostada shells
  • 1/2 c chili-lime jackfruit, shredded
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 5 tomatoes, cherry, quartered

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium sauce pan add refried beans and salsa. Stir beans and salsa until well combined. Cook over medium heat, until bean mixture is heated thoroughly. Set aside.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Place tostada shells onto mat.

Spread bean mixture onto tostada shells. Layer jackfruit on top of the bean mixture. Scatter a few pieces of tomato on the top of the beans and jackfruit.

Bake in the oven for about 5 minutes. Remove from oven and top with chopped avocado.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

 

 

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Portabella Fajita Tostadas

This meal is a combination of two different southwestern favorites – tostadas and fajitas. The portabella mushrooms add a “meaty” bite. Then there is the freshness of the tomatoes, avocado, cilantro and the squeeze of lime.

These tostadas make a great light supper or they are perfect for lunch. Top with your favorite garnishes and enjoy.

  • 12 oz. Fajita Mix Veggies
  • 12 oz. Portabella Mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 tsp Smokey Southwestern Seasoning, divided, 1 tsp/2 tsp
  • vegetable broth, as needed
  • Tostada shells
  • 1 Avocado, cubed
  • 1 Tomato, diced
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • Cilantro, garnish, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place tostada shells onto baking sheet and warm shells in oven. this only takes a few minutes.

Remove shells from oven.

In a large pan over medium-high heat add fajita mix veggies and 1 tsp of Smokey Southwestern Seasoning. Add vegetable broth as needed to loosen veggies from pan.

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Cook veggie mix until they begin to soften.

Add mushrooms, Smokey Southwestern Seasoning, and garlic. Stir.

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Cook mushrooms until tender.

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Top tostado shells with portabella veggie mix, tomato, avocado, cilantro and a squeeze of lime.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

 

 

 

 

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Double Bean Burgers

This recipe came about because I forgot to check the pantry for certain ingredients before I went to the grocery. That is why there are two different beans in this burger. The accidental mistake turned out delicious, and now I have another burger recipe for you. My husband had a great idea for these – taco meat, Yum.

First Blend:

  • 2 c rolled oats
  • 1 c walnuts, pieces
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric

Add all ingredients into a food processor and blend until ingredients are well mixed and chopped.

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Second Blend:

  • 1 onion, large, diced
  • 2/3 c mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 15 oz can, black beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1 15 oz. can, chickpeas, drained, rinsed
  • 1/4 c tahini
  • 1/4 c nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp flaxseed
  • 2 tsp miso paste
  • 1 tbsp All-purpose Seasoning

Add remaining ingredients to the oat mixture.

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Blend until all the ingredients form a paste like consistency. Check the texture to see if the mixture holds together. I added 2 tbsp of water at this point so the patties would hold together. If the mixture is too wet, add a little more oats.

Form patties. Place patties onto a prepared sheet pan. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. this helps the patties to solidify and hold their shape.

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Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake burger for 30-35 minutes, until they are brown. Turn patties over about halfway through the baking time.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Forbidden Rice Salad Spring Rolls

The last Spring Roll recipe I brought to you was made with Quinoa. This new recipe uses Forbidden Rice or Black Rice. Forbidden has a wonderful unique flavor. I also used the Forbidden Rice on a salad. Anyway you serve it it is delicious.

These are easy to assemble once you get the feel of the rice paper wraps, and you do not over soak or fill them. Spring Rolls are a favorite in my house. Once you try these I think they will be in yours too.

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  • Rice paper wraps
  • Baby Spinach leaves
  • Forbidden Rice Salad
  • 1 yellow squash, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 carrot, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 mango, cubed
  • Asian Dressing, one recipe, for dipping

Lay out your ingredients for easy assembly of Spring Rolls.

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Soak each rice paper for about 15-20 seconds (just so that the rice paper is pliable) as you make each spring roll.

Lay out spring roll unto work surface. Layer ingredients.

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Fold sides inward (like the sides of an envelope).

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Start from the bottom, tuck and roll ingredients, making a tube. Set aside. Repeat.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Black Bean Burgers

I have been wanting to make some veggie burgers for some time. Most of the ones I have had seem to have a predominant Southwestern flavor, which is okay, yet I like a little variety in flavor. Also, they always seem to fall apart. These burgers are perfect. They have a wonderful flavor and they do not crumble like most veggie burgers.

These would be great to make up in a double batch and freeze some patties for later use. That is my plan.

This recipe was inspired by the How Not to Die Cookbook. If you use Dr. Greger’s app to check off your nutrients this recipe will give you 6 checkmarks, which goes to show you this is a very nutritious veggie burger.

“I would eat these again”, that is a quote from my omnivore husband. A happy dance is going on in my head right now.

Note: This recipe makes 4 generous veggie burger patties.

First Blend:

  • 1 c rolled oats
  • 1/2 c walnuts, pieces
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric

Add all ingredients into a food processor and blend until ingredients are well mixed and chopped.

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Second Blend:

Add the remaining ingredients to the oat mixture.

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Blend until all the ingredients form a paste like consistency. Check the texture to see if the mixture holds together. I added 1 tbsp of water at this point so the patties would hold together (If the mixture is too wet add a little more oats).

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Form patties. Place patties onto a prepared sheet pan. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. This helps the patties to solidify and hold their shape.

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Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake burgers for 25 minutes, until they are brown. Turn patties over about halfway through the baking time.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Jackfruit Tacos

We tried Jackfruit for the first time about a week ago and I forgot to document with pictures and the recipe. I am making them again today so I can give you all the details.

Funny saying by my husband, “This fake meat tastes good.” That made me laugh. Jackfruit is starting to become one of my favorite vegan items. It is so versatile. I bumped up the nutritional value and flavor with some add-ins. Also, another plus is that it was an under 30 minute meal.

Make this into a taco bar, and let everyone make their own tacos. They can even help with the slicing and dicing.

Note: I had some filling leftovers, so I decided to make some enchiladas for another time. The recipe will follow soon in another post.

  • Jackfruit – Tex Mex flavor
  • 1 can black beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1 c corn kernels, frozen
  • 1 c salsa, favorite brand (we like Newman’s)
  • 1 tbsp Smokey Southwestern Seasoning
  • Vegan Cheese Shreds
  • Lettuce, shredded
  • Tomatoes (I used cherry, quartered)
  • Corn taco shells
  • avocado, garnish
  • lime, garnish
  • cilantro, garnish

In a large dutch oven over medium heat add: jackfruit, beans, corn, salsa and Smokey Southwestern Seasoning.

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Cook until jackfruit mixture is heated thoroughly.

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Cook shells according to package directions.

Assemble tacos.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Chick(en)pea Salad Nests

Recently I have read a few Chickpea Salad recipes. They were mostly mock tuna salad recipes. To be honest tuna salad was never my favorite, but chicken salad that is a whole different story. I have to admit I was a little intrigued. How can you get the same flavor and mouth feel with chickpeas??? I was on a quest…

I have to admit I am doing a happy dance right now because I did it. I am really amazed at how this Chickpea Salad turned out, and on the first try. This will be a weekly staple in my house from now on. It actually took less time (10 minutes max.) to make then when I made chicken salad. I love WFPB eating.

  • 1 can of chick peas/garbanzo beans, drained (reserve liquid – aquafaba), rinsed
  • 2/3 c vegan mayo, divided, more for creamier texture
  • 1/2 c dried cranberries, divided
  • 1 tsp all-purpose seasoning
  • 1 tbsp onion, dried, minced
  • 1 tsp spicy brown mustard
  • 1/8 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 c celery, diced
  • 1 head of iceberg lettuce, broken into little nests

In a food processor combine: half the chick peas, half the vegan mayo, half the dried cranberries, all-purpose seasoning, dried onion, mustard and turmeric. Pulse about 5 times to combine the ingredients, yet it is still chunky.

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Add remaining chickpeas and pulse about 3 times. Check for desired consistency. Transfer mixture to a sealable container. Mix in remaining ingredients and stir well. Taste for seasoning. Chill for at least 30 minutes.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Note: Why save the aquafaba? It is great for baking. I made some blueberry muffins with this and it is amazing. It adds an incredible lightness, height and doming to your muffins. Check out the recipe on my blog. I promise you will not be disappointed.

Note 2: I used turmeric in this recipe, it gives you that hint of a curry flavor. To be honest I usually make my chicken salad, now, chick pea salad without. Both are delicious.

 

 

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Quinoa and Veggie Spring Rolls

This was the first time I have made Spring Rolls. By the time I finished I surprisingly got pretty good at rolling these out. I have always liked spring rolls. They always seem to be a bite of freshness to me. Especially, since these are not fried. They are light yet fairly filling.

I made these with quinoa cooked in vegetable broth. I like to think I am adding nutrients and more flavor to the quinoa by cooking it in vegetable broth. The reason for the quinoa is that I wanted to pack in more protein into the Spring Rolls. I also add edamame, for the same reason as the quinoa – protein. Then some greens and crunchy vegetables. You cannot forget the mango for a sweet little bite. These Spring Rolls are packed with a nutritious nibble of delectable goodness. By combining all of these ingredients you get your, sweet, crunchy and a little heat all in one bite.

  • 1 package of Spring Roll Wrappers
  • 1 c baby greens, stems removed
  • 1 c cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 c edamame, shelled
  • 1/2 c carrots, shredded
  • 1/2 c red pepper, julienned
  • 1/2 c mango, diced
  •  Sweet Chili Sauce, for dipping

Note: Use a large bowl/pan to dip the wrappers. Just dip them long enough to make them slightly pliable. They tend to continue to soften. If you soak them too long they will tear and fall apart. There is no need to warm the water, room temperature works just fine.

Also, dipping your fingers in the water helps to work with the wrappers.

Make sure you have all your ingredients in place ready to assemble your spring rolls.

I made my Spring Rolls on a cutting board. Sprinkle some water onto the cutting board.

Soak one Spring Roll Wrapper at a time, as you assemble each Spring Roll. Remember it only takes about 5-10 seconds, just enough so they are pliable. Lay out flat onto the work surface.

Layer some leaves of the greens into the center of the wrapper.

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Spoon quinoa on top of the greens.

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Layer carrot shredded, pepper, edamame, and mango.

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Fold sides into center of wrapper.

Fold bottom of the wrapper over the filling. The wrapper should overlap onto top of wrapper. Roll as tight as you can so that it looks like a stuffed tube. This takes some practice.  It is okay if they are not perfect, they taste great and they will be gone in a flash.

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Serve with some Sweet Chili Sauce. The first bite we dipped into the sauce, then we would spoon the sauce into the roll so it dripped into the filling – Yum!

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Southwestern Bean and Rice Quesadilla

I had some of the Southwestern Bean and Rice Casserole leftover. I really did not want to eat it the same way. So I changed it up and made it into a cheesy gooey quesadilla with little effort.

Top the quesadilla triangles with some guacamole, almond/coconut yogurt, or salsa. I do not know, I might try all three toppings. They all sound good to me. I am thinking some fresh grapes to go along with these little bites – Yum.

Note: These are so easy to prepare. You could make these ahead and let the kiddos take them for lunch. Just wrap in foil, and use a little container for the condiments. This would be a nice change from the usual.

Make a sandwich with the wraps. Wrap – Southwestern Bean and Rice Casserole – Wrap

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Grease large skillet over medium heat. Place Quesadilla into pan and cook until golden on the bottom.

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Turn over quesadilla and cook other side until golden.

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Transfer quesadilla to a cutting board. Let set for a couple of minutes to cool. This makes it easier to cut. Cut into triangles with knife or pizza cutter.

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Serve with your favorite condiments. Eat. Enjoy.

Note: These would be great for Any Game Day.