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Vegan MoFo- Taco Town

Austin Texas is famous for a lot of reasons and it is a great city to live in. Not only is it beautiful and filled with lots of fun outdoor activities but it is also a really fun city, has the countries best movie theater, an awesome music scene, multiple great festivals, and a lot of friendly people. All of these are great reasons to enjoy living here but there is one aspect that I could never live without—the breakfast taco.

If you have only had a bad experience with these (maybe a McDonald’s burrito) I implore you to come to Austin and try them out for yourself. Nearly every place in town has the standard variety- the bacon egg and cheese- but you can often find vegan versions as well, like black bean and potato. The key to a great taco is in the tortilla and having a good salsa or fresh pico de gallo.

My favorite vegan versions in Austin are Mr. Natural, Bouldin Creek, and Polvos, they all have multiple options and plentiful combinations. However, when it comes to vegan breakfast tacos nothing beats Whole Foods. Whole Foods actually started as an Austin company so the store at corporate headquarters can blow your mind (an your wallet) they even have guided audio tours through the store! It is massive and their are numerous little islands throughout the store that you can dine at. There is a sushi stand, a raw vegan table, even a chocolate island with a chocolate fountain. But the thing that brings me to whole foods again and again is the breakfast tacos. They are only open from 7 to 11 and the line can get pretty long but the wait is worth it because for just two dollars you get your choice of flour, corn, wheat or spelt tortillas warmed up and filled with any combination of
tofu scamble
fried potatoes
black beans
roasted vegetables
cilantro rice
or vegan sausage
they you can top it all off with salsa, pico, jalapeños, and cilantro if you wish. They are only 2 bucks and always huge. You can make your own at home pretty easy but nothing beats the whole foods taco in my world. I love them and when I go out of town I crave them.

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VeganMoFo: Caribbean Jambalaya

This is one of my most favorite meals of all time. It is an adaptation of my friend Carrie’s recipe and it is so tasty, spicy, sweet and filling that I want to encourage you to try it.

2 spicy sausage links (I use Isa’s recipe)

1 large onion, diced

6 cloves garlic, chopped

1 large red pepper, seeded and chopped

2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped

1 can crushed pineapple

1/2 tsp curry powder

1/2 tsp cumin

1 mango, diced

2 cups mango juice

1 handful of cilantro, chopped

salt & pepper to taste

This is a dish that I usually do the prep while I am cooking (I chop the onion while cooking the sausage  and do the peppers while the onion is going) so times are not exact.  Make or buy the sausage ahead of time and start the rice or other whole grain first.

Fry sausage in 1/2 tablespoon olive oil until brown.  Remove from pan. Saute the onion on medium high heat in the same pan you used for the sausage for about two minutes. Add red pepper, jalapeno and then garlic and sautee for two more minutes. Add two cups of juice (and the juice from the canned pineapple).  Reduce for 5 minutes. Add sausage back in.  Cook for 3 minutes. Add pineapple and cumin, and curry powder.  cook for 5 minutes. Add mango, cilantro, and salt.  Cook for 1 minute and taste for seasonings. Serve over rice.