Thursday, June 23, 2011

Taco Cabana Vegan Items

I just received this e-mail back from Taco Cabana:

TACO CABANA® Vegan Diet Items 

Items which do not contain animal protein or fat 
 (According to ingredient suppliers and food sources) 
Black Beans 
Burrito & Quesadilla Flour Tortillas only 
Corn Tortillas – includes Shells and Chips* 
Crispy Cabana Shell* 
Fresh Produce 
Salsa Bar (except Salsa Ranch) 
Menu Suggestions: 
Black Bean Burrito 
Black Bean Taco on Corn Tortilla(instead of flour tortilla) 
Cabana Bowl with Crispy Cabana Shell, Black Beans, Salad Blend, Pico de Gallo 
Chips and Salsa 
The flour tortilla products in our restaurants are produced with 100%
vegetable shortening, and all products are fried in 100% vegetable 
oil.  All salsas are made fresh daily in each restaurant using fresh 
produce and no preservatives. 
* Taco Cabana uses a common fryer. 

05/2011 ks

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Spinach Artichoke Dip on a Soap Box

Since my four month old is allergic (maybe) to milk, I'm back to being vegan. But I will say, even if I was still vegetarian from the pregnancy, I would make this spinach artichoke dip, instead of one with real cheese...5 more pounds of baby weight to go, and no guilt! Plus, something about breast feeding makes me feel sorry for cows, who have their youngins snatched away, and are pumped dry every day for entities that are not even their babies. Plus, if you have ever used a breast pump...OK, this is not turning out the way I intended it. Let me post the recipe. :)

This is from Vegan Celebrations by Alicia C. Simpson

12 ounces silken tofu
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 cup nooch (nutritional yeast)
1 tsp sea salt
2 garlic cloves
Fresh ground blk pepper
1/4 cup vegan Parmesan (walnuts, nooch and Spike)
10 ounce, frozen, chopped spinach-thawed and with water pressed out
14 ounce jarred artichoke hearts, drained and chopped

tortilla chips or whatever for dippin'

Preheat to 375
Lightly grease 2 quart casserole dish
Puree tofu, garlic, onion powder, nooch, salt and oil
Transfer tofu mix to medium bowl and stir in pepper, Parm, spinach and artichokes. Transfer all this to prepared, oiled, casserole dish and bake for 20 min. or till it's bubbling. Scarf down dip.

Crushed red pepper might also be good in this recipe, but it was great w/o it.

*This book also has great recipe for Classic White Cake, but my kiddo is frustrated with my one-handed typing and needs some attention.