Spicy Mexican Hot Chocolate

Photo: Randy Graham, Valley Vegetarian

According to the Mission Chocolate and Desserts website:

Mexican chocolate is a style of drinking chocolate. The Aztecs and the Maya of these regions were the first peoples to make and drink chocolate for thousands of years before it was discovered by the old world. The origin of the word chocolate comes from xocolatl (bitter water), from the ancient Aztec language, Náhuatl. Another important word in this region is xocola’j, which means to drink chocolate together. Continue reading

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Sweet and Spicy Tofu Bowl

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This is an easy recipe that explodes with flavor. It takes a little over 30 minutes of prep time but the effort is well worth it. The tofu cubes soak up their initial flavor in a subtle tamari/Sriracha marinade. Then, when stir-fried with fresh broccoli, they are coated with a fresh ginger/chili sauce. Two nice layers of flavor that your palate will remember for a long time. Sweet and spicy. What could be better? Continue reading

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Roasted Cherry Tomato Galette

This appetizer combines a super-flaky crust with mouth-watering roasted cherry tomatoes. ‘Nuff said! Continue reading

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Mushroom Stroganoff

My vegetarian take on traditional Beef Stroganoff. Simple, tasty, and fresh. When served with rice or noodles, this recipe serves four to six hungry adults. Continue reading

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Grilled Japanese Eggplant

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This is a vegan and gluten-free side dish. It’s easy to prepare, easy to cook and easy on the eyes when served. It features Japanese eggplant, which should just now be appearing at our farmers’ markets. Continue reading

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Sausage and Mushroom Lasagna

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This recipe makes enough lasagna for six hungry adults. It takes about an hour and a half to prep and get into the oven, and then another 40 minutes or so to bake, but it is worth it! Although I make this with a vegetarian sausage, any Italian sausage will do. Continue reading

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Labor Day Vegetable-Tofu Kabobs

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The combination of potatoes, eggplant, bell peppers, and red onion makes this a complete and tasty meal. I like to serve this with coleslaw or a garden-fresh green salad. Continue reading

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