Colombian Brekkie Made Vegan

I have always felt extremely lucky and proud of being hispanic, specifically Colombian, because I have been able to live and experience such an amazing culture every day. Living in South Florida you get to see everyone’s diversity manifest itself in so many awesome ways and of course food is at the top of the list! This was the main reason I thought for so long that a vegan life-style would not work for me. I would miss out on this cultural gift that I’d known my whole life. So I’d continue every day convincing myself that being a carnivore was necessary because it was all I knew….

Well ladies and gents, I am here to say I eventually and thankfully called BULLLLL SHIT on myself LOL! My mission from the beginning of my veg journey has been to continue enjoying the same foods I know but substituting the animal-based ingredients for the vegan alternatives. Guess what? It is not as crazy difficult as it seems!

Since I can remember my family has always had the same breakfast meal every Sunday morning: “Huevos Pericos” (tomato and onion omelet), “Arepas de Queso” (corn-flour patties filled with cheese), and Colombian hot chocolate.

Today I am sharing with you how easy it is to make this meal vegan and it even looks and tastes almost identical!

Colombian Breakfast (2) (1 of 1)

 

Arepas

Usually the family dynamic is that my dad makes the eggs, my sister and I help my grandma make the arepas, and my mom makes the hot chocolate. But if its just one person making it all I would recommend making the arepas first because they take the longest to cook through.

Ingredients:             5 SERVINGS

Directions:

  1. Pour water into a mixing bowl
  2. Add salt and corn meal gradually
  3. Knead until a smooth dough is formed and let sit for 3 minutes
  4. Separate dough into 5 portions
  5. Take one portion in your hands and shape into a ball
  6. With thumbs create a crater and continue pressing dough to the sides to make hole wider
  7. Cut each slice of cheese into smaller pieces and place inside the arepa dough crater
  8. Fold sides of the dough inward to close the arepa so that the cheese is inside, not to be seen
  9. press with palms to form a large patty shape
  10. Spread about a teaspoon of vegan butter onto a frying pan between low and medium heat
  11. When melted make sure the entire pan is coated and place arepas in frying pan
  12. Cook for 5-7 minutes on each side or until golden-brown

Arepas (1 of 1)

 

Huevos Pericos

While the arepas are cooking you can get started on the “eggs” so that everything is ready at the same time.

Ingredients:          5 SERVINGS

  • 6 Tbsp Follow Your Heart VeganEgg powder
  • 1 ½ Cup ice-cold water
  • 2 Long green onions, minced
  • 1 Large tomato, minced
  • 1 Tsp olive oil

If you haven’t tried Follow Your VeganEgg, you must go to the store and purchase it immediately! It is honestly mind-blowing how close to real scrambled eggs it not only looks like but tastes like as well.

Follow Your Heart VeganEgg (1 of 1)

Directions:

  1. Pour olive oil on skillet over medium heat
  2. Add onion and tomato
  3. Let simmer over medium heat for 2-3 minutes
  4. Whisk VeganEgg powder and water until smooth
  5. Pour mixture into skillet and immediately begin to scramble with tomato and onion
  6. Scramble frequently and evenly with spatula for 6-8 minutes or until eggs are firm

 

Hot Chocolate

Colombians drink this hot chocolate year-round for breakfast, or as a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack! This might seem like a strange combination but hot chocolate is the perfect sweet touch to this delicious breakfast combination. Although there are a couple of brands available in the U.S. our favorite is the Corona brand. The chocolate comes in a hard bar form and melts into liquid when combined with water or milk.

Ingredients:          5 SERVINGS

  • 5 bars of Corona Chocolate (TIP: can break off against an edge of a table or counter)
  • 5 Cups of soy milk (TIP: always use soy milk because almond milk burns if boiled)

Directions:

  1. Place chocolate bars in a medium sized sauce pan. We use something called an “olleta” which in Colombia is specifically used to prepare hot chocolate or other hot beverages (Pictured below)
  2. Pour soy milk into sauce pan and stir rapidly as the chocolate melts so that it does not stay/stick to the bottom
  3. Let sit over medium heat for 5-10 minutes while hot chocolate reaches boiling point
  4. Note: ALWAYS keep an eye on the hot chocolate because once it reaches its boiling point it rises very quickly and will probably spill over the edge of the sauce pan
  5. Once it boils, serve

 

At this point the three parts to this typical Colombian breakfast are warm and ready to be enjoyed by yourself or by your family. My family can spend hours around a table munching on this meal while telling stories, jokes, or even having a bit of banter HAHAHA! Although extremely cliché, this tradition always brings the family together on Sunday mornings. Perhaps next week you all can give it a go. Let me know how it turns out!

Colombian Breakfast (3) (1 of 1)

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veganturnedon

Hello internet world! My name is Jess and I welcome you to my experimental, hopefully long-lasting and successful vegan food blog! Eleven months ago (September 2016), I made the decision to discontinue my carnivorous ways and change to a mostly plant-based diet. As a month or so past, I figured why not try this whole "vegan" thing and completely cut out not only flesh, but dairy, eggs, and any other animal bi-products from my diet and lifestyle. I am now coming up on a year since my journey began and I feel better than ever! This lifestyle choice is extremely beneficial for so many reasons including personal health, the environment and of course loving instead of eating and mistreating our fellow earthlings. Prior to making my positively life-changing decision I had always had the thought of doing it in the back of my mind. Coming from a Hispanic family and culture where multiple forms of meat are crucial to every meal, I never thought I could actually really commit to it long-term. Once I dove in to this challenge I realized it really wasn't even a massive challenge and every day after a delicious meal I thought to myself, "Hey this isn't bad at all!" The purpose of this blog is to highlight the abundance of vegan-friendly products that are out there and how I included them in my every day, easy to make meals during my transition and even now. I've always been a food lover and am eager to indulge in tasteful meals, snacks and desserts. So whether you are vegan already, interested in becoming one but don't know where to start, or you are just curious to experience the awesomeness of vegan foods, TURN ON your vegan self and check out these amazing options that are just waiting to be made by YOU!

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