Baked Vegan Mexican Falafel: Healthy Mexican Recipe

Baked vegan Mexican falafel / MyBajaKitchen

Holiday Challenge: Make a Healthy Vegan Mexican Meal

I’ve been exploring the vegan and vegetarian dining options in Loreto, BCS as part of a travel advice series. It’s interesting because it’s difficult to find healthy options other than salads. The only vegetarian protein source I’ve reliably seen is cheese. Don’t get me wrong, I love cheese but it isn’t actually a healthy protein source in large quantities. Cheese is high in saturated fat and there are many healthier vegetarian fats available. If you take meat out of traditional Mexican food and replace it with dairy cheese you haven’t gained much health wise. Consider making your own vegetarian or vegan meal at home as part of this week’s challenge.

Healthier Fat Choices

Nuts, olives and avocados are high in healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.  Nuts are a good source of omega 3 fatty acids.  This is a good article about healthy fats.

Healthy Protein Sources

Healthy protein sources include nuts, legumes like soy beans, chickpeas, pintos and black beans and seeds like quinoa, pumpkin, chia and flax seeds.

Healthy Vegan Mexican Meal

Baked vegan Mexican falafel / MyBajaKitchen

Here’s the recipe for baked vegan Mexican falafel that uses healthy chickpeas, spicy jalapeños, cilantro and olive oil. Serve with more vegetables and grains, like quinoa, brown rice or corn, for a protein complete vegan meal.

 

Try this recipe for Quinoa Tabboleah With a Poblano and Lime Twist from What’s For Dinner Doc?

I served my falafel with cumin and smoked paprika seasoned roasted cauliflower with jalapeños and homemade yogurt tzatziki.  You can bake the falafel and the cauliflower at the same time. Toss cauliflower and slice jalapeños in olive oil and season with ground cumin, smoked paprika and sea salt. Roast for 20 minutes at 375F .

These baked vegan Mexican falafel will pair well with tahini and lemon sauce, hummus or tzatziki.

Buen provecho.

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Baked Vegan Mexican Falafel

Everything you love about baked vegan falafel with Mexican cilantro and jalapeño peppers. Spicy and easy to make at home. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Author TraceyDelaplain

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Cups Soaked chickpeas Do not substitute cooked or canned.
  • 1 Cup Chopped cilantro
  • 1 Cup Diced onion
  • 1 Cup Fresh cilantro
  • 2 Tablespoons Minced, seeded jalapeño
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking powder
  • 2 Teaspoons Ground cumin
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground black pepper
  • Tablespoon Lemon juice May substitute lime juice
  • 1/4 Cup Olive oil

Instructions

  1.  1.  Soak chickpeas 8-12 hours in filtered water. They should be soft enough to pull apart with your fingers.

    2.   Preheat oven to 375F.  Chop onions, garlic, jalapeño and cilantro and set aside. Combine chickpeas, baking powder, seasonings and lemon juice in a food processor or a mocajeta. Whorl or grind until finely chopped but not to paste. Add chopped onion, garlic, pepper and cilantro and whirl briefly to combine. 

    3.    Generously oil a baking sheet with olive oil. Shape 1/4 cup of falafel mixture into patties and place on baking sheet. Sprinkle more oil over each patty. Bake 20 minutes until lightly browned on the top and edges. 

    Serve with tahini and lemon sauce, hummus or tzatziki. 


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Easy Mexican Corn, Chic Pea Salad, Vegan

Easy Mexican Corn, Chic Pea Salad

Try this easy Mexican Corn, Chic Pea Salad as a vegan main course or a side dish to any meal. Perfect for #MeatlessMondays.

Healthy and inexpensive protein source.
I cook chic peas most weeks in Baja. I haven’t seen canned chic peas and I prefer the taste of home cooked anyway. I cook them in the crock pot or in the Instant Pot on the slow cooker setting for 6-8 hours on low, in water or broth. I keep them for quick inexpensive, soy free, vegetarian protein in salads, for hummus, vegan burgers and roasted with chili powder for a healthy snack. Chic peas are incredibly versatile, inexpensive, high in protein and fiber and adapt well to every cuisine.

You can use canned chic peas and canned or frozen corn for an easy quick lunch or dinner meal. This would be perfect for a camping trip without cooking facilities in Baja.

A healthy versatile salad/taco filling/side dish.

Adjust the heat in this Mexican corn, chic pea salad by increasing or decreasing the chili. Leave it out completely if you wish. Feel free to add any other vegetables available; shredded carrot, celery, or jicama would go well in this salad. Vegetarians might like to add feta cheese for a Mediterranean twist. I serve this over arugula or spinach but it would be great in a tortilla or a pita. Add avocado and salsa for a perfect vegan taco base.

Easy Mexican Corn, Chic Pea Salad

Easy Mexican Corn, Chic Pea Salad, Vegan
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Easy Mexican Corn, Chic Pea Salad, Vegan and Healthy

An easy Mexican vegan salad with chic peas, corn, black olives and peppers. Perfect as a main course or side dish. 

Course Main Course
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Author TraceyDelaplain

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chic peas cooked, canned are fine
  • 1/2 cup green onions sliced
  • 1/2 cup sliced black olives
  • 1/2 cup red, orange or yellow bell pepper chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Serrano chili minced, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 cup corn kernels raw or steamed .
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes optional

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How to Make Fresh Killer Salsas, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Baja Salsas

Anyone can make fresh killer salsas with a few mix and match ingredients from the market. Pick one or two ingredients from each category, chop, dice, mix and adjust seasonings. You’ll have a fresh salsa on the table in 15 minutes. Serve with anything or everything.

Use the freshest local produce and experiment with the peppers, they range from mild to killer hot. Even the soiciness of onions vary by location. The red onions we buy in Loreto are as hot as jalapeños some weeks. Tomatoes vary in juiciness and flavor. Try any tropical fruit, they seem to pair well with peppers of all kinds. I prefer the citrus punch of cilantro but basil and parsley work as well. I’m taking my salsa to Angie’s Fiesta Friday virtual potluck where you can find amazing recipes from around the world.

 

Start with peppers and onions

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Mild to Hot – Bell peppers<Jalapeño<Serrano<Habanero

Onions – heat varies by region, try them all.   I prefer spicy red Loreto onions but try any variety: maui sweet, yellow, write, scallions. Sometimes I add garlic, to savory salsas.

Pick a fruit

 

 

Tomato is a classic but try mango, pineapple, watermelon, peaches, strawberries.

 

Add more vegetables

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Cucumber, tomatillo, zucchini, pickled carrots, jicama, avocado, corn, or black beans

Herbs are critical

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Cilantro is a classic but try Thai basil, parsley, lovage, ginger or lemon verbena

 

Give it a squeeze of juice

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Lime is a classic but surprise your palate with orange or lemon

Mix and Match to Make Hundreds of Killer Salsas

Dice and chop any combination of fresh ingredients and then mix and match to make hundreds of fruit and vegetable salsas. Serve with tacos, salads, side dishes, burrito bowls, over tamales or with tortilla chips of course.

The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

Now chop, chop and get a fresh killer salsa on the table tonight. Which combinations did I miss? Please share your favorite salsas or follow my Pinterest board at MyBajaKitchen. Just follow my board and I’ll add you as a collaborator. Let’s make salsa together. I’ll bring the margaritas.

 

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No Cook Meals for Burning Man, Healthy Recipes

Easy Mexican Corn, Chic Pea Salad

Don’t show up in the Black Rock desert empty handed, impress your friends with these no cook meals for Burning Man. No need for fire or refrigeration.

Pack your tu tu, feather boa, a festive burner bike, lots of H2O, adult beverages, everything on this list and something to barter with.

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Yes, I need all of these things for Burning Man. Bahaha

Burn baby, burn.  You can’t live on love alone so pack three days of healthy meals until you can barter for  fancy meals at another camp.

Find your tribe.

Enough about my costume, let’s make some healthy food.

No Cook Meals for Burning Man, Healthy and No Refrigeration is Needed

These meals were inspired by Mexican dry camping trips and I originally wrote this post for a surfer girl who plans surf and yoga retreats in Baja Sur, Mexico so you might have already seen these recipes. Check out her Women’s Surf Yoga Retreat in Baja Sur. I want to go!

They are easily made vegan, just use legumes instead of canned meats and fish. Of course if you stock up in Reno on your way to Burning Man then you have a zillion expensive packaged food options, think Trader Joes or REI but let’s assume that you’re a Burner on a budget. These meals are inexpensive and healthy, which leaves more money for your costumes!!!

This article is about inexpensive healthy no cook meals for Burning Man but the same strategy will work if you a kitchen or a campfire.

Be flexible and shop wisely

Most of the ingredients for these healthy no cook meals are available at the local grocery store. You don’t need to spend a fortune at specialty stores.

No cook meals for Burning Man, #Burning Man, #healthy camping meals

 

Start with tortillas, flour tortillas seem to be the most versatile without needing to be cooked.  Look for shelf stable protein sources for example: canned tuna, chicken, shrimp and beans. Nuts are usually available, especially peanuts. Peanut butter should be on your list for quick breakfasts and lunches. Honey or jams can be used to sweeten any meal and you won’t need to refrigerate them.

Buy easy to prepare fruits and veggies that you can quickly wash or peel, and can be eaten raw, for example: carrots, cucumber, onions, zucchini, peppers, jicama, avocados, limes, cherry tomatoes, mangos, melons, bananas, oranges. Buy the freshest fruits and vegetables that you can find because they are the nutritional stars in these no cook meals. Canned fruits and veggies can be used in a pinch but avoid the high salt and sugar versions.

 

Skip the lettuces, chard and other dirty vegetables that take lost of time and water to clean. You should conserve water in the desert and besides you have Burning Man things to see and do. Pre-washed lettuces are an option for the first night but they’ll need refrigeration.

 

3 Day Sample Menu

No Cook Healthy Meals

Easy Breakfasts

  • Peanut butter and banana tortilla wraps or sandwiches
  • Almond milk overnight oats with nuts and fruit:  Combine quick cooking oats, non-dairy milk, a drizzle of honey or jam in a ziplock and let sit overnight. Add fruit and nuts in the morning and breakfast is ready.
  • Breakfast burritos: Spread pinto bean frijoles in a tortilla with salsa and red pepper strips.

Healthy Lunches

Easy Mexican Corn and Chic Pea Salad

  • Tuna fish wraps: Buy oil packed tuna, drain and flake, combine with thin slices of cucumber, carrot and red pepper and wrap in a tortilla or eat as a salad. Add a squeeze of lime. A few jalapeño slices would give you a spicy tuna wrap.
  • “Waldorf” fruit salad: Combine rough chopped walnuts, celery, and apples. Make a dressing with olive oil, orange juice, honey and lime juice. Serve with a hummus wrap and remaining vegetables.
  • Hummus wraps: Smash cooked garbanzo beans with a fork, add a tablespoon of olive oil, a squeeze of lime, and thinly sliced onion and zucchini. Use in a wrap or as a dip for other vegetables or tortilla chips.

 

Satisfying Dinners

Vegan Chorizo Burrito Bowl, Make it Mexican

  • Canned chicken, honey lime chipotle salad: Combine 1 tablespoon of peanut butter, 1 teaspoon of minced jalapeño or to taste, a teaspoon of honey, squeeze of lime and whip with a fork. Combine canned chicken, 1/4 cup of chopped peanuts, 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, diced mango and serve in halved red pepper cups for a gourmet touch.
  • Baja shrimp wraps: Rinse canned shrimp. Mix with garbanzo beans, olives, diced celery and tomatoes, olive oil, lime, and any combination of peppers. Wrap in a tortilla.
  • Burritos bowls: Combine drained and rinsed black or pinto beans, canned corn, diced red or green pepper, olives sliced, sliced avocado and chunky red salsa.

 

Healthy No Cook Meals Shopping List:

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Grilled Sweet Potatoes and Peppers and The Big Green Egg

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Grilled sweet potatoes, poblano and red peppers are amazing together and easy to cook. You will love this sweet, smoky, caramelized side dish to serve with grilled meat or fish. Allow at least 20 extra minutes to  roast the sweet potatoes before you grill the meat. I microwave the sweet potatoes for 5 minutes to reduce the grilling time. A drizzle of crema or yogurt will make the flavors pop.

I’m taking these festive Mexican sweet potatoes to Fiesta Friday where you can find recipes from all over the world.

Now, let’s party! Join Fiesta Friday #186 by adding your link. Don’t forget to link your post to FiestaFriday.net and the co-hosts’ blogs, so we can feature you. Your cohosts this week are Colleen @ Faith, Hope, Love & Luck and Alex @ Turks Who Eat

Have you heard of the Big Green Egg?
I think I need one. Continue reading “Grilled Sweet Potatoes and Peppers and The Big Green Egg”

Vegetarian Mushroom Tamales, Swiss Chard Wrapped

Vegetarian mushroom parmasen filled tamales, wrapped in Swiss chard leaves

Make these vegetarian mushroom parmesan cheese filled tamales wrapped in Swiss chard leaves without corn husks for a special occasion or weekend meal with friends.

 

Corn husks are readily available in every Baja market and they are traditionally used to make Mexican tamales. They lend an earthy (dusty) corn flavor to tamales which I did not miss with these flavorful Baja Mediterranean tamales. The mushroom parmesan filling is reminiscent of mushroom ravioli with a Baja twist. I can find parmesan cheese in Baja but it is a specialty item and can be expensive. A substitute would be aged cotija Mexican cheese. The filling would be great in empanadas, quesadillas or on baguette slices at a tapas party.

“I like to cook with wine and sometimes I even put it in the dish.”
Pair a hearty Mexican red wine, vino tinto, with these mushroom parmesan tamales and remember to save a glass for your guests. You can easily make them vegan by substituting minced walnuts or vegan cheese for the parmesan. Continue reading “Vegetarian Mushroom Tamales, Swiss Chard Wrapped”

Vegan Chorizo Black Bean Burrito Bowl, Make it Mexican

#MeatlessMonday: Make it Mexican

Vegan Mexican style chorizo burrito bowls are an easy healthy weeknight one bowl meal. For best results make the mushroom walnut chorizo a day in advance so the spicy chorizo seasonings can develop. Save leftover chorizo for tacos, stuffed sweet potatoes or tostadas. You can purchase soy chorizo but I prefer making my own without soy. I’m sensitive to soy so I try to avoid it. I’ve seen lentil and quinoa taco meat recipes which would also work well.

I used black beans but any legume would be fabulous in this burrito bowl. I prefer to cook my own beans besides you don’t find many canned beans in rural Mexico. Dried pinto and back beans are a great vegan protein source and they are readily available and so inexpensive. Many homes keep a pot of pinto beans stewing on the stove all week long for quick snacks or meals. I make vegetarian pinto beans in my crockpot almost every week. If you are a vegan and you eat out in Mexico you shouldn’t assume that the beans are animal free. I suspect lard is added to most frijoles so make your own and be certain. If I want refried frijoles, I use olive oil.

Sauté any vegetables for your burrito bowl. I had bell peppers, onions, avocado, jalapeño and fresh tomatoes. I occasionally make a large batch of brown or white rice to have ready for weeknight meals.

I’m not sure that this warrants a recipe card but here it is Google search engine. 🤔

 

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Mushroom Walnut Vegan Chorizo – Turn up the heat and make it Mexican

Mushroom walnut filling

 

Try this vegan chorizo, made with walnuts and mushrooms in any Mexican recipe for tacos, tostadas or tamales. I think it would be great in stuffed poblano, Baja zucchini boats or red bell peppers. I let the mixture rest in the refrigerator for a day and the flavor was even more delicious.

I topped tiny grilled flour tortillas with my spicy soy free, vegan chorizo, arugula, peperoncinis, red onion and tomatoes. This plant based mixture is reminiscent of chorizo and is sure to please any guest and keep the vegans nourished. Mushrooms are rich in Vitamin D and walnuts are a great source of protein, fiber and healthy fat. Your guests might appreciate a side serving of black or pinto beans, salsa and a bit of salty cheese for the lacto vegetarians or omnivores.

There are several inspiring recipes for mushroom and walnut fillings, both raw and cooked versions. The combination seems like a natural for bold Mexican spices, different fresh peppers, and dried chilies. Think what you could do with Italian or Indian spices!

Try them all. Here’s a few that I found after I thought I invented it. My inspiration came from my leftover chorizo seasoning and a produce bin full of mushrooms needing to be eaten.  I believe that there are no original stories or recipes in the world but always give credit when ever you find inspiration.

Vega:

Kyle:

Rawmazing:

I shared this at Meat Free Mondays
Mushroom walnut arugula tacos

 

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