Saturday, January 23, 2010
Red Chile Vegan Chicken and Rice with Black Beans
I love cookbooks but hardly ever buy non-vegan ones. One exception is Mexican Everyday by Rick Bayless. This book is full of gorgeous photographs and includes helpful information on common ingredients in Mexican cooking. Recipe categories include dressings, salads, salsas, tacos, and soups, just to name a few. Recipes that aren't vegetarian or vegan often include a vegetarian "riff". Even without these riffs, many recipes are amenable to adaptation by subbing vegan ingredients. For example, I easily veganized the Red Chile Chicken and Rice with Black Beans by using chicken-style seitan and vegetable broth. Ground ancho chile powder coats the seitan, rice, and beans for a super flavorful dish with a little heat. My rice turned out a tad crunchy, so I'll try an additional half cup of vegetable broth next time. The original recipe has been posted online here.