Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Chipotle Bourbon Sweet Potato Quesadillas and Thanksgiving Tips for Vegans
As promised, Thanksgiving quesadillas! While sweet potato casserole is nice, making spicy quesadillas out of it is even better.
What are your plans for Thanksgiving? We're getting ready for our cross country trip to visit family, and I can't help but recall my trip home from college for Thanksgiving, ahem, a while back, when I first became vegetarian. (Which is probably why I had Fettucine Alfredo on the brain earlier, reflecting on our college days! So weird how the brain works.) I became vegetarian about a week before Thanksgiving that year, and read excerpts from Animal Liberation to MD during the drive home for the holiday. Once again, I'm faced with a significant first at Thanksgiving, this year being my first vegan Thanksgiving. Luckily, my family is supportive and doesn't make my diet a source of debate.
However, holidays can be stressful for vegans for a variety of reasons. The links below offer recipes, support, and advice for a happy vegan Thanksgiving or eating with non-vegans. Thanks to The Vegan Treehouse for a couple of these links, a blog I visit regularly for vegan news, humor, and Austin dining info. (You gotta check out Stella's post with the Erykah Badu video!)
A Recipe for a Family Fight
10 Survival Tips and Tactics for Eating Veg in a Non-Veg World
Chipotle Bourbon Sweet Potato Quesadillas
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup corn kernels
2 teaspoons chipotle chile powder (or 1 tsp if you prefer milder)
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup vegetable broth
1 1/2 cups sweet potatoes with Wild Turkey
1/4 teaspoon salt
whole wheat tortillas
olive oil in a mister or cooking spray
Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Saute onion for about 4 minutes. Add garlic, corn, and chipotle powder. Saute about 1 minute. Add beans, broth, sweet potato mixture, and salt. Combine, mashing the beans a little to mix well. Cook until heated through.
Take a tortilla and spritz both sides with olive oil or cooking spray. Spread enough sweet potato mixture to your liking on half of the tortilla and place in skillet over medium heat. Warm until tortilla is soft enough to fold over in half. Continue cooking, flipping periodically, until heated through and browned on both sides.
Now that's how to enjoy Wild Turkey at Thanksgiving! If you celebrate the holiday, hope you have a great one. Spend some time with positive people and your dogs and cats. See you back here after December 1st.