Once upon a time there were 3 young actresses who moved to Los Angeles to pursue the seemingly impossible dream, although they trailed from 3 very different places Brighton, (UK) Bourne End, (UK) and Perth (Australia) they soon found each other as “valley girls” residing in the community of Sherman Oaks.
They quickly learned that late night acting classes led to late night snacks at the many Mexican restaurants in L.A, for the class of out of work actors a place where there was free chips and dip and cheap margaritas suited just fine!
Having 2 vegetarians in our party the menu was to suit, but as one transitioned to vegan the menu got a lot smaller; and chips and dip were the only option and not just by cheap default.
I love Mexican food, but it can be unhealthy if always eaten out. I find it’s become quite a staple for me in my vegan diet as rice and beans is an instant complete protein, so I’ve tried to make healthier options while retaining the flavour and Mexican feel.
So here is one of my ideas I have used when I feel like I want to add a bit of spice to my life and feel the nostalgia of late night L.A talks about acting, annoying people in class and how we shouldn’t be eating the chips because we’d been at bootcamp all week and wanted to keep our “bootcamp bods” intact. -but that conversation is for another post…
So this is one of the healthier and simple options for Mexican….
Beans, Rice, salsa, veggies and guac!
Burrito Bowl …
– As a base I use kale or spinach (slightly steamed)
– cooked Rice and/or Quinoa -add paprika, garlic powder
– Steamed Black or Kidney beans
– Steamed Corn
– Homemade Guacamole – mash an Avocado with a fork, add fresh finely diced clove of garlic, finely diced 1/4 of a red onion & (diced tomato, jalapeños, salt & pepper -optional)
– Homemade Salsa – tinned diced tomatoes, add paprika, Mexican chilli powder, garlic powder (to taste)…can add real chilli if you like it hot 🔥 (I use this because store bought salsas etc have a lot of added sugar …I save my sugar for chocolate 😜🍫) (can add tomato paste if you want it thicker)
– Cashew Cream Aioli (recipe click on link) https://luxuryveganstyle.wordpress.com/2016/07/12/cashew-cream-4-flavours/
– Melted Vegan Cheese (optional – bio cheese is best)
This recipe is low sugar, is a complete protein, has magnesium and iron, aswel as other benefits; and you can have some cheeky chips to scoop it up aswel if wanted!
Shout out 🙌🏻 to Casa Vega 💃 and El Torito🌯 in Sherman Oaks – the restaurants we frequented whilst living in L.A.🌮
More Mexican to come…
**watch this space**