Portobello Fajitas

These are a really simple and delicious option for a quick dinner. They’re healthy, full of flavor, and have the same taste of traditional fajitas. I love using portobellos as a meat replacement because they’re hearty and can take on the same flavors and texture. They have protein and are great for you! You just…

Black Bean Tortilla Soup

I didn’t use to love soups, I didn’t even really like them. I’m not sure why this year I’m all about the soups! I want to try a lot more in the upcoming cold months, so I decided to try this black bean tortilla soup. I basically look at pictures of recipes on sites and…

Loaded Mexican Rice Bake

Rice-a-licious! Well, my friend requested something with rice and guacamole so I came up with this! It’s a Mexican rice dish packed with extra yumminess to make it a complete meal. It was Josh’s 3rd time eating Mexican this weekend, and I think he would continue to eat it daily if guac is involved. This…

Crispy Cauliflower Burrito Bowl

Burrito bowls are pretty much a weekly occurrence at our house, partly because they’re easy and delicious, and partly to distract Josh from going to Chipotle every chance he can (it doesn’t work.)  Even though they’re so good, anything that’s a weekly meal needs a little change to spice it up now and then. I…

Meal Planning 9.1.18 & Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Serves 2 1 cup quick cook oats 1 cup almond milk, 3/4 cup water 1 ripe mashed banana 1 tsp cinnamon Splash of vanilla 1/4 tsp nutmeg 1/4 honeycrisp apple, diced 2 tsp brown sugar for topping Rest of the apple diced for topping – combine oats, almond milk, water, banana, spices,…

Mexican Stuffed Bell Peppers

Guess what? Before going vegan I was never a fan of peppers, corn, beans, or really even rice. My how your taste buds can change! I’m glad they did because all of those things came together to make these tasty stuffed peppers and it added something new that I’ve never made before to my repertoire….

Sofritas-esque Burrito Bowls

Josh is obsessed with Chipotle, I mean get it every day he’s off obsessed. It’s always a sofritas burrito bowl with black beans, fajita veggies, lettuce, corn pico, and guacamole. Chipotle is semi healthy without all the cheese, sour cream, and meat, but still has lots of oil and salt. I wanted to recreate something…

Expanding my blog following…

In order to expand my blog following, I’m going to be making my Instagram public and post more vegan cooking videos and pictures relaying followers back to my blog. If you’d like to follow what I’m making on Instagram, you can follow me on charmingchickpea and if you have any questions you can email my…

Meal Planning 7.23.18

After a glorious two weeks of endless white carbs (bread, pasta, bruschetta, pizza, bread, pasta, repeat) I’m ready to get back on my high carb low fat lifestyle. I know I usually eat a lot of carbs, 80% of my daily intake in fact, but complex carbs affect me so differently. After a few days…

Refried Bean and Rice Burrito

  Well, this is the clearest picture I could get of this ah-mazing burrito! I had to make this one a little smaller for a picture because the first two were so messy when I attempted to roll them up, I might need bigger tortillas? These are the perfect quick dinner idea that can fill…

Crunchy Quinoa Tacos

Taco Friday!!! A little early for Cinco de Mayo (which we’re still celebrating today) but you just can’t have too many tacos. There’s so many fillings to add to tacos, and this was something I would never have made before but it was really great! Josh was so tired from 3 finals in two days…

Mexican Brown Rice Taco Salad

I’ve posted recipes very similar to this before, but this was an easy way to have a bowl full of deliciousness in not a lot of time. I also made Mexican rice for the first time in my rice cooker and it made it that more yummy! It’s an easy way to add another layer…

Super Bowl Food

Well it wasn’t the yummiest assortment I’ve ever made, but I tried to come up with some oil free Super Bowl foods that would fit within the starch solution guidelines. Chili was something simple that is healthy and can be made without oil, but I just threw a bunch of beans and diced tomatoes in…

Portobello Fajita Tostadas

It’s a Mexican mashup! I’m not the biggest corn tortilla fan, but I know they’re better for you so I keep trying. My cousin Allison suggested making tostadas with them because having them crunchy makes them hold up and she was right! Their texture was much better and I could have eaten many of them…

Stuffed Burrito Bowls

Burrito bowls are one of our most favorite and frequent meals in our house because they’re so versatile, filling, tasty, and healthy. You can pretty much top rice and black beans with any vegetables you have on hand and top with some salsa and cilantro. This time I packed them with veggies that I had…

Black Bean and Veggie Tacos and Homemade Chips

This was an attempt at the recreation of the delicious veggie tacos I had at our neighborhood mexican restaurant, and while they were good, they didn’t taste as tasty as theirs. I’m guessing it’s because they used a tad (ton) of canola oil and salt in their version and I used a spray of olive…

Mexican Black Beans and Rice

I wanted to come up with something new to add to my easy weeknight Mexican repertoire besides burrito bowls or taco salad then I saw a recipe for a Mexican rice dish, so I decided to make something based on that with what I had. We usually have all of these ingredients on hand so…

Josh’s 30th Surprise Fiesta!

Last night we had a surprise fiesta for my husband’s 30th birthday. We had about 25 people come to our house and he was shocked! I wanted to make it a fiesta since Mexican is his favorite cuisine, and his birthday is so close to Christmas I wanted it to be something non-Christmasy. We made…

Portobello Fajitas

We LOVE Mexican (or do we love chips and salsa and margaritas….maybe all?) I think Mexican and Asian are the two easiest cuisines to veganize so we eat a lot of them, also because Josh’s favorite is Mexican and mine is Asian. This is a delicious way to have veggie fajitas. Portobellos are so meaty…

Black Bean Taco Salad

This is everything you want in a salad. It’s filling enough to make you feel satisfied, and it has so many colors and flavors to appeal to all of your senses. We’ve been trying to incorporate more salads into our weekly meals and still feel like we can have something yummy at the end of…