Vegan Mexican Meal: Enfrijoladas & Nopalitos (cactus leaves)

Today I’m going to show you how you can modify some meals’ ingredients to fit a vegan diet!

Wether it’s for ethical or health reasons or you just want to try having a vegan meal once in a while, there are ways to do it.

A couple of tips:

– Substitute mayo, spreads, cheeses and creams with avocado. It adds a creamy texture with much less saturated fat and more nutritional value. (This is also a good way to cut fat and useless calories from your diet, wether or not you’re trying a vegan lifestyle).

– To make sure you get all the complete proteins you need, always combine grains and legumes. They complement each other to form the complex proteins that meats have in them. For example (like in this recipe) beans and tortillas, whole grain toast and peanut butter (yes, peanuts are legumes, not nuts), rice and beans, etc… Look up grains and legumes and come up with your own combination!

– Some think that just by going vegan or vegetarian, you are automatically healthier… Well, you’re not if you fry everything and add tons of oils to meals or overeat. Fill up mostly on fruits and veggies and limit the fats! That goes for vegans and omnivores alike!

 

INGREDIENTS:

Enfrijoladas:

– 1 can fat free refried beans                                                – 6 tortillas

(or 1 cup home made refried beans w/out oil)             – 1 tbsp oil to brown tortillas

– salt, pepper, cumin and/or other spices                       – water to dilute beans

 

Nopalitos:

– 1 lb cactus leaves, washed and sliced                            – 1/2 onion, chopped medium

– 2 roma tomatoes chopped medium                                – 1 cup chopped cilantro

– 2 cups button mushrooms, sliced                                   – 2 tbsp oil

 

Makes 2 servings.

Prep time 5 mins. Cook time: 15 mins.

 CALORIES:

Meal: 560 cals/ serving

Enfrijoladas: 478 cals/ serving

Nopalitos: 83 cals/ serving

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Berry Mousse Recipe

A sweet, non-fat recipe for a delicious dessert.

Ingredients:
– 2 cups strawberries
– 1 cup raspberries
– 4 egg whites
– 1 can fat free condensed milk

Tools:
– whisk or hand mixer
– blender

Serves: 6 – 8

Prep time: apron. 10 mins

Keep in freezer for:

As cream dessert: 30 mins
Ice cream: at least 1 hour (2hrs if one large container)

CALORIES: 126 cals/serving

VEGGIE SUBSTITUTES: If you wan to make this vegan, just substitute the condensed milk for coconut cream and skip the eggwhites. It’ll be more of a sorbet, but still vey yummy! The substitute for egg whites is full of starches and baking soda and other things that have no place in a healthy dessert. If you do substitute for coconut cream, it won’t be fat free anymore. It comes up to about 2.6 grs of fat/ serving -not too much at all- but it is the most saturated kind of fat, so don’t have it too often!