Friday, February 24, 2012

Southwestern Skillet

I've never actually had a traditional Southwestern skillet before, vegan or otherwise. I'm not a huge fan of spicy foods, Tex-Mex-style food, and I never ate eggs prior to being vegan. My friends wanted to try and make this for a brunch, so behold the Southwestern Skillet.

Southwestern Skillet

* Prep Time: 15-20 minutes
* Cook Time: 30 minutes
* Ingredients (for potatoes):
  • 5-6 red potatoes, cleaned and cubed
  • 1/2 medium red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 medium green pepper, diced
  • 1/2 medium white onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp parley
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • olive oil, to coat entire bottom of skillet
* Ingredients (for scramble):
  • 1 package (16 oz.) firm tofu, water pressed out
  • 1/2 medium white onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/8 tsp tumeric
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup vegan cheddar cheese, shredded*
  • 1 tbsp olive oil 
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
* Ingredients (for sausage):
  • 1 box (8 oz.) vegan sausage crumbles*
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
* Recipe (for potatoes):
  1. Heat oil over medium heat in large skillet. Add onion, garlic, and peppers, and sautee for 1 minute.
  2. Add potatoes and seasonings. Cook until brown and tender.
* Recipe (for scramble):
  1. Heat oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Sautee onions until soft.
  2. Add garlic, crumble tofu into skillet, and add spices.
  3. Slightly brown tofu and add diced tomatoes. Sautree for 3-5 minutes or until tomatoes are cooked.
  4. Top with cheese and cover with lid to melt.
* Recipe (for sausage):
  1. In a medium skillet over medium heat, add the sausage crumbles with olive oil and cook until brown.
* Recipe (for assembly):
  1. Assemble by layering potatoes on the bottom of a plate then the sausage and "scrambled egg" and cheese.
  2. Top with salsa and chili peppers if you like spice. Serve with a side of toast. Perfect for brunch for two or as hangover food!
* Note: For cheese, I used Daiya cheddar shreds. One could shred other brands by hand. The sausage crumbles were Upton's Natural's brand that I chopped up fine. One could use Boca crumbles, Yves, or Lightlife Gimme Lean Sausage in replacement. Lastly, feel free to add some veggie bacon to this too such as Yves Canadian Bacon or Lightlife Smart Bacon.  

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