Friday, August 28, 2009

Taco-Flavored Kisses

Last night I was totally craving tacos. I have a Mexican dinner scheduled with Marie and Kendra tonight, but I couldn't wait!

I set out some frozen spinach and sweet corn to thaw, then headed over to Dominick's to pick up the other ingredients. I found a package of 12 corn tortillas for $0.39! And you might think such a great deal would be sub-par with nasty ingredients, but these tortillas are seriously authentic and have only three ingredients: corn, water, and lime. Unbelievable.

The beauty of tacos, besides their tastiness, is their simplicity: gather your favorite Mexican-ish foods and put them in a warm tasty tortilla envelope. I layered Amy's Organic Refried Black Beans, the spinach and corn in a tortilla, heated it all in the microwave* and topped it off with some Tofutti Sour Supreme. (I bought zucchini too for these, but I had too many ingredients and the tacos were in danger of developing into full-blown burritos.) Next time I might try to add some Teese or salsa, but really these tacos had enough variety of flavors and textures, so anything else could be overkill. The beans, by the way, were fantastic, and not overly spicy. I had never had these before. Usually I am conflicted on whether to use refried beans or black beans in Mexican dishes, but this product solved that dilemma.

Looking forward to more vegan Mexican food tonight, con muchas margaritas.

Product of the Day: As if you couldn't guess, I'm loving Amy's Organic Refried Black Beans.

*I am quite afraid of the microwave oven, but I am able to use it occasionally as long as I don't think about it too much.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Big Weekend/Monday for Vegecagoans!

Unless you live under the proverbial rock, you know that this weekend our great city is hosting Lollapalooza. As if copious amounts of great music isn't enough, this year Chicago Soydairy returns to bring us their Temptation Vegan Ice Cream to enjoy at the festival. According to their blog, they will be selling cones of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Fair Trade Chocolate, Vanilla and Mint Chocolate Chip in the north food court. CC cookie dough all the way! This is the same delicious vegan ice cream that Chicago Diner uses in their shakes. Could this weekend get any better?

No. And to top it off, Ian's Pizza on Clark Street is making this upcoming Monday downright bearable. It's vegan pizza night people! They will be using Teese (also from Chicago Soydairy!) and Upton's Naturals and Yves faux meats on the pizzas, in addition to the veggies. Check out the menu and take time out of your Lolla weekend to place your order before Monday.

I have a large backlog of posts, and I will definitely blog after Lollapalooza for those of you still paying attention. Enjoy the weekend!