June 12, 2012

Chocolate Covered Triple Berry Crisp


Sometimes I just get these ideas in my head for a recipe...and then I sort of fantasize about them until I find time to make them in my kitchen. That was the case with this dessert. I bought all these bags of frozen fruit the last time I saw them on sale and I was getting a little bored with smoothies. So I made some blueberry muffins - and they were good. I made some raw strawberry ice cream - and it was good. I really wanted something special though. The last time I made a new dessert was around Easter time, so I knew I was about due to make another.

Luckily I got the idea of this chocolate covered berry crisp. This dish kind of reminded me of these candies my Grandma would always bring home for me anytime she would go out to Seattle to visit her Mom. I was probably around 8 or 9 when she brought me home my first few bags of chocolate covered blueberries and cherries. I was hooked after that. I know I'm going to be making this dessert for years to come. It was absolutely delicious! I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did!

Filling Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen cherries
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Mix all the ingredients together and place in a greased baking dish.

Crumble Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.

Whisk together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Blend in the shortening with a pastry cutter or hand mixer. Add in the coconut oil and blend in. Pour the crumble in an even layer on top of the berry/chocolate mixture. 

Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 25-30 minutes until the berries have cooked through and crumble is golden brown.



June 9, 2012

My Review of PureFit Bars + Giveaway!


The really great people over at PureFit sent me some samples of their nutrition bars for me to try a couple of weeks ago. I remember having these a couple of years ago and remember enjoying them, but I seriously didn't remember them being this delicious. The first flavor I tried was the Berry Almond Crunch. I felt like I was eating a candy bar - without all the bad stuff! My second favorite had to have been the Peanut Butter Crunch one. I think we all know how obsessed I am with peanut butter though. SO So good! Those two were definitely my favorites, but all the flavors were amazing! They have five different varieties to fit everyone's taste:

  • Berry Almond Crunch
  • Almond Crunch
  • Chocolate Brownie
  • Peanut Butter Crunch
  • Granola Crunch

I really can't recommend these bars enough. They're much better than other nutritional energy bars that are chocolate based that melt in the heat. I know I've already had that problem this year. When I'm on a regular workout schedule, I try to have a nutritional bar that's high in protein every day - so I take them along with me in the car either on my way to the gym or to work. PureFit bars contain 18 grams of protein and a special energy blend to help give you that extra boost before a workout - and that's not the only great thing about these bars. These bars have a lot to brag about:

  • They're all natural
  • No Hydrogenated Oils
  • No Animal Products - 100% Vegan!
  • Non-GMO Soy Protein
  • Low on the Glycemic Index
  • No Cholesterol or Trans Fats
  • No Wheat or Gluten
  • No Artificial Sweeteners

If you guys want to give these bars a try - the people at PureFit have set up a special discount code just for my readers! Head on over to purefit.com and click "Shop Online". When checking out - enter the coupon code VHEARTLAND and save 25% off your order!

Here's my favorite part though! PureFit is going to giveaway a case of 15 bars to one of my lucky readers! To enter - follow the directions in the box below. There are 5 different ways to enter and you get a point for each entry! The contest ends on June 16th at 11:59 PM.

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June 7, 2012

Making Your Own Vegan Dog Food



I don't think it's a secret how much I adore my Yellow Lab, Keeva. I'm so lucky to have her in my life. Lately my thoughts have been steered toward her diet and how healthy her food actually is for her, the animals, and the planet. After doing a ton of research - I've decided to transition Keeva to a Vegan diet. I've tried feeding Keeva a vegan diet a couple of times before, but I was always so nervous as to whether or not she was getting all of the nutrients that her body needed. So after about a year and a half of researching (as evidenced in this post) I finally feel comfortable going forward. I know vegan dogs can be just as healthy as their meat-eating friends!

Check out Bramble, the Chocolate Lab from the U.K., who lived to the ripe old age of 27! She became one of the oldest living dogs on record by eating a diet of rice, lentils, and organic vegetables. She ate once a day and got plenty of exercise! Or check out the story of Piggy who was rescued from the streets of the Dominican Republic and nursed back to health by eating a vegan diet!

I know a lot of people may be shocked that someone would choose to feed their dog a vegan diet, but it's actually not that extreme. Dogs are classified as a carnivore, but like humans, are technically omnivores. That means they can survive and thrive on a vegan diet just like we do! Although a dog's protein requirements are greater than humans - with a little careful planning you can be assured that your dog's diet will be healthy for them and gentle on the animals and the planet.

For the time being, I've decided to feed Keeva one homemade meal a day that includes the supplement Vegedog and have her other meal come from a high quality vegan dog kibble known as V-Dog. Vegedog is an amazing supplement that contains two essential nutrients that would be hard to find in a homemade vegan diet for you dog: taurine and vitamin B-12Deficiencies in these nutrients could be potentially dangerous. These nutrients are also found in her V-Dog kibble! I couldn't recommend these two products enough!

When switching your dog to a vegan diet, be sure to transition slowly. Any sudden change in diet may cause digestive upset in your furry friend. Make the transition gradually over 3-4 days.

Also - I'd like to state that I am not a veterinarian or a dog dietician. I'm only a concerned pet parent who has done their own research and came up with a way to feed my dog a vegan diet. If you have a question about your dog's specific nutritional or medical needs- please consult a veterinarian or dog nutritionist.

How Much To Feed Your Dog

Dogs come in all shapes and sizes so no one meal could possibly fit all. The general rule of thumb is to feed your dog 2%-3% of their total body weight. Puppies and more active dogs may need more while senior and less active dogs may need less.

To calculate, multiply your pup's weight, in pounds, by 16 to get his total body weight in ounces. Feed them 2-3% of that weight, daily. For example, Keeva weighs about 90 lbs...

90 lbs x 16oz = 1440 oz (her total body weight in ounces)

1440 oz x 2%= 28.8 oz or 3.6 cups (her total daily minimum food weight)

1440 oz x 3% = 43.2oz or 5.4 cups (her total maximum food weight)

Vegan food tends to be lower in calories than non-vegan food - so I feed Keeva 5 cups a day. That's 2 1/2 cups of food for each meal. She's a Yellow Lab with a voracious appetite and would probably eat 10 cups of food a day if I let her...Each dog is different so if you're dog is a finicky eater or tends to pack on the pounds more easily - then try feeding them on the lower end of the scale. You can always increase the amount you give them if you notice they're still hungry! Each meal should be comprised of beans/legumes, whole grains, vegetables, and healthy oils. Save fruit for a mid-day snack!

Before creating a meal for your dog please take a moment to read this list of food for humans that may be toxic to dogs. Never feed your animal these foods!

When creating a meal for your dog you should always start with a protein base. One half of your dog's meal should come from a high quality protein source. Beans and Legumes are the best source of protein you can find. When bought in bulk - they're super affordable too. When cooking beans and legumes make sure they're cooked well until very soft and then mash or puree them. Always be sure to alternate between different beans and legumes to make sure your dog is eating a varied diet and is getting all the vitamins and minerals they need.

  • Black BeansAre very high in fiber, folate, protein, and antioxidants, along with numerous other vitamins and minerals. Black beans also contain a wide variety of both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which combat cardiovascular disease. 
  • Chickpeas - Are high in fiber, protein, and important phytonutrients. 
  • Lentils Studies have found that those who eat high fiber legumes like lentils have a much reduced risk of heart disease. The high levels of folate and magnesium in lentils also go a long way in protecting the heart.  Lentils are a great source of B vitamins, most notably folate and niacin (B3). B vitamins are important for the healthy functioning of the nervous, digestive, and immune systems.
  • Other protein options include: Black Eyed Peas, Cannelini Beans, Great Northern Beans, Kidney Beans, Mung Beans, Pinto Beans, Split Peas
  • Feed sparingly: soybeans, tempeh, seitan, tofu, edamame, TVP

Whole Grains are a healthy source of protein and complex carbohydrates. They're also a great source of B-Vitamins. They also help with weight-maintenance for over-weight dogs.  One quarter of your dog's meal should consist of high quality grains. Always be sure to alternate between different grains to make sure your dog is eating a varied diet. Also - I tend to cook whole grains longer for Keeva so they're easier for her to digest. Just add twice as much water and cook the grains twice as long! I also run them through my mini food processor once they've been cooked. Anything to help the digestion process along!


  • Brown Rice - Is a great source of fiber, protein, manganese, selenium and other important phytonutrients. Brown rice is a good source of magnesium, a mineral that is essential to bone health. Just one cup of brown rice contains 21 percent of the recommended daily value of magnesium.
  • Oats - Contain a special type of fiber that amps up the immune system and helps fight bacterial infections. It also contains a special antioxidant that protects the heart from free radicals and helps reduce the risk of type-2 diabetes.
  • Quinoa - Is one of the highest quality proteins on the planet. Technically a seed , it contains all nine essential amino acids and has a similar nutrient profile to milk. Quinoa is high in iron and calcium, and is a good source of manganese, magnesium and copper, as well as fiber.
  • Other grain options include: Barley, Buckwheat, Kamut, Millet, Rye Berries/Flakes, Sorghum, Teff, Wild Rice
  • Feed sparingly: Cornmeal/Polenta, Wheat Berries, Whole Grain Pasta, White rice

Not only do vegetables add healthy antioxidants to your dog’s diet, they also are a significant source of soluble fiber and roughage which can promote intestinal health in your dog. Dark, leafy green vegetables are the preferred choice, but almost all vegetables are super healthy for your dog. One quarter of your dog's meal should consist of finely chopped, shredded, or blended vegetables that are part green vegetables and part red or yellow vegetables (listed below) Each vegetable contains a different set of special vitamins and minerals - so be sure to alternate between a wide variety of different vegetables. 


  • Asparagus - One of Keeva's favorite vegetables! Asparagus is high in potassium which helps detoxify the body and is also high in folate, which helps fight against cancer and helps reduce pain and inflammation. Asparagus is also high in Vitamin K which aids in bone formation and repair.
  • Broccoli One cup of broccoli contains the recommended daily value of vitamin C, an antioxidant necessary for fighting against free radicals. Like other leafy green vegetables - broccoli is high in calcium and Vitamin K which is important for bone health. Keeva can't get enough of her broccoli!
  • Green BeansTechnically a legume, green beans are high in protein and fiber and aid in digestion health.  They also contain considerable amounts of folate, iron, magnesium, and potassium. Green beans are also known for helping overweight dogs shed some pounds. If your dog needs to lose a little bit of weight - try replacing green beans for some their kibble to help them feeling fuller while feeding them less of the high calorie foods.
  • Kale - It's antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities work together to prevent and even combat cancer. With over 192% of the recommended daily value of vitamin A, one cup of kale is an effective antioxidant, boosts immunity, maintains healthy bones and teeth, and prevents urinary stones. Keeva loves to eat kale stems for a snack! Try adding them chopped to your dog's dinner!
  • Other options include: Beets, Bok Choy, Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Lettuce, Parsnips, Fresh or Frozen Peas, Pea Pods, Rutabaga, Spinach, Turnips, Zuchini
  • Feed Sparingly: Fresh or Frozen Corn, Potatoes

Orange or red colored fruits and veggies are excellent sources of different vitamins and minerals such as beta carotene. Beta carotene, a vitamin the body converts into vitamin A, is a powerful antioxidant that has been celebrated for its possible ability to fight cancer. Beta carotene is also thought to play a role in protecting cells and boosting the immune system. One quarter of your dog's meal should be from vegetables - half of which should be from an orange or red veggie!


  • Carrots - Are the richest source of beta-carotene, a precursor to Vitamin A, which is essential for good vision, especially night vision and helps prevent macular degeneration. They're also an excellent source of antioxidants and phytonutrients that help protect the heart and prevent cancer.
  • Canned or Fresh Pumpkin The oils in pumpkin's flesh and seeds are believed to support urinary health. They are also an excellent source of Vitamin A, beta-carotene, potassium and iron, and may even reduce the likelihood your pet will develop cancer. Not only is pumpkin full of vitamins and minerals, but can also help your furry friend with constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, and an upset stomach.
  • Sweet Potatoes - One of nature's most perfect foods - it's super high in vitamins A, C, and B6 as well as a potent antioxidant that helps fight degenerative diseases like cancer and fights against the effects of aging.
  • Other Options Include: Red/Orange/Yellow Bell Peppers, Squash (Acorn, Butternut, Spaghetti, etc.), Yams, Yellow Summer Squash

Dogs can enjoy Fruit in small amounts - preferably as a small snack. Just make sure that you don’t feed your dog fruit too close to a high-protein meal. The enzymes are different and can cause digestive discomfort. One thing to be very careful of when feeding your dogs fruit is to make sure they are never fed seeds from fruit. Many of them contain cyanide and when fed over a long period of time will have harmful side effects. Some dogs may not take to every fruit you give them to try, but keep experimenting to find ones they like.

  • Apples - Many dogs enjoy the crunchy texture of apples, but that's not the only good thing about them. They're loaded with phytonutrients that help boost the immune system and aid in preventing certain forms of cancer.
  • Blueberries - Blueberries are rich in natural antioxidants which play a role fighting the effects of aging on the brain! Not only do antioxidants help slow the aging process they protect against cancer, cardiovascular disease and other chronic degenerative conditions and aid in combating skin allergies.
  • Cranberries - Cranberries are a special addition to any dog's diet. They're rich in cancer fighting antioxidants like other berries, but they also help promote urinary tract health. Since a vegan diet alkalizes the body - cranberries (or a cranberry supplement) will help maintain a healthy urinary pH.  Recent research also suggests that cranberries may also help by removing harmful bacteria from the teeth, slowing the formation of plaque and reducing the incidence of gum disease.
  • WatermelonWatermelon is filled with vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B-1 and B-6, potassium and magnesium and is also a source of the potent carotenoid antioxidant, lycopene. Watermelon is actually packed with some of the most important antioxidants in nature!
  • Other Options Include: Apricots, Bananas, Blackberries, Cantaloupe,  Honeydew Melon, Mangoes, Peaches, Pears, Raspberries, Strawberries

Adding Healthy Oils to a dog's diet will ensure they're getting all the required fats in their daily meals. The basis of each meal should be beans/legumes, grains, and vegetables, but oil plays just as important of a role. Keeva gets 1 tablespoon of oil at each meal. For dogs smaller than Keeva (90 lbs) try giving them 1 teaspoon - 1 tablespoon at every meal. Without healthy fats - your dog's skin and coat will become dry and flaky. Some oils also contain high levels of healthy Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids that aid in heart and joint health.

  • Unrefined Coconut Oil The lauric acid found in coconut oil has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. Coconut oil also improves the look of dog's skin and coat, improves digestion, and reduces allergic reactions.
  • Flax seed Oil Low levels of Omega-3s can lead to skin and coat problems related to allergies, which are common in many dog breeds. Flax seed’s Omega-3s not only improve skin health in dogs, they help promote a shiny, soft coat. A more concentrated form of flaxseed without the fiber, flaxseed oil is especially recommended for dogs’ skin and coat health. It also aids in improved immunity, increased bone strength, and joint health.
  • Hemp seed Oil Hemp Seed Oil is a balanced source of Essential Fatty Acids that are required for optimum health. Omega-6 and Omega-3 and Gamma Linolenic Acid are often lacking in animal diets, resulting in a deficiency of these important nutrients. Hemp seed oil helps reduce inflammation and promotes joint function, cardiovascular health, digestive health, and will give your dog healthy coat!
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil - One of the more affordable options for your dog - olive oil is just as healthy for dogs as it is for humans. Not only will it give your dog a healthy skin and coat, but it also supports a healthy heart.
  • Other Options Include: Pumpkin Seed Oil, Safflower Oil, Sunflower Oil, Sesame Oil
  • Feed Sparingly: Canola Oil

Seeds are a great source of healthy fats for both humans and dogs. They're a great substitute for oils or are a great addition to any meal. Too much fat in the diet will cause your dog to gain weight and may cause an upset stomach - so don't give them too much oils and seeds together. Some seeds have better or different nutritional values than others - so make sure you're rotating seeds in their diet for optimum nutrition.

  • Chia Seeds - Chia seeds are a true super food. Not only do they contain Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, they're also high in protein, calcium, and boron, which aids in absorbing calcium into the bones.
  • Pumpkin Seeds - Pumpkin Seeds are a natural source of unsaturated fatty acids, antioxidants, carbohydrates, amino acids and vitamins C, D, E, K and most Vitamin-B's. They also contain calcium, phosphorous and potassium.
  • Unhulled Sesame Seeds - Always buy unhulled sesame seeds! They're an amazing source of calcium and also offer manganese, copper, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc and dietary fiber.
  • Other Options Include:  Flax Seed Meal, Hemp Seeds, Peanut Butter, Sunflower Seeds, Sunflower Butter, Tahini

People choose to consume different Herbs and Spices for taste or for medicinal purposes and dogs are no different. When creating recipes for your canine friend, try adding small amounts of herbs and spices to enhance flavor or to add special nutrients.

  • Cinnamon - Not only does cinnamon smell and taste great, it has many health benefits, as well. An anti-inflammatory, cinnamon is great for senior dogs struggling with arthritis. Don't feed them too much though. Excess consumption of cinnamon can cause liver damage in both dogs and humans.
  • Mint Mint is effective for indigestion, dog bad breath, canine flatulence and dog motion sickness. Never use extracts though. Only the fresh herb.
  • Parsley - Parsley freshens dog breath in addition to providing some great phytochemicals. It also contains Vitamin C, Vitamin K, B vitamins, iron and something called limonene (an oil that kills bad mouth bacteria).
  • Other Options Include: Cilantro, Rosemary, Sage, Turmeric
  • NEVER Feed: Ground Pepper, Chives, Cocoa, Mace, Nutmeg, Onions/Onion Powder, Paprika, Added Salt

These next few things are fun Extras to occasionally add to a dog's meal to boost flavor and nutritional value.

  • Ginger  In small amounts, ginger can help prevent heart disease, colitis, bronchitis, and can also help your dog with motion sickness (car sickness), nausea, and inflammation problems like arthritis.
  • Kelp - an excellent source of minerals such as calcium, phosphorous, iodine, selenium, and iron. Kelp helps strengthen the immune system, reduce arthritis pain, and fight infections.
  • Nutritional Yeast - adds a cheesy taste to meals and treats while adding additional B-vitamins.
  • Unsweetened Plain Vegan Yogurt - Active cultures known as probiotics help keep the bad bacteria away! Fortified vegan yogurt may improve gut function and contains a number of nutrients including calcium.
  • Wheat Germ -  Wheat germ contains high levels of B complex, which can boosts a dog's immunity. It is also high in vitamin E, which can help prevent against heart disease and cancer.
  • Wheat Grass - Wheatgrass contains enzymes that help digestion in dogs. These enzymes also help to metabolize nutrients. In addition, wheatgrass can also help prevent tumors from forming in dogs' digestive tract.

Some people choose to give their dogs certain Supplements to ensure they're receive all the vitamins and minerals they need. While the only supplement I give Keeva is Vegedog - I've listed some other great options that you might be interested in trying for your dogs.

  • Vegedog -  Vegedog is an amazing supplement that contains three essential nutrients that would be hard to find in a homemade vegan diet for you dog: taurineL-carnatine, and vitamin B-12. I would never make homemade food without this supplement!
  • Cranimals -  Cranimals is a whole-food anti-oxidant supplement for dogs that's made from organic cranberries, which contain proanthocyanidins which inhibit the bacteria Escherichia coli that is responsible for 80-90% of urinary tract infections. PAC’s may also support dental health by discouraging the growth of plaque on teeth and gums as well.
  • Digestive Enzyemes - Digestive enzymes increase the absorption of vital nutrients, including essential fatty acids, by up to 71%. This increased absorption provides natural relief for skin problems, digestive disorders, joint difficulties, allergies, bloating, lethargy, flatulence, coprophagia, immune disorders, dry or scaly hair and coat, excessive shedding, hairballs, and wound healing.
  • Green Mush -  Green Mush is unlike traditional multi-vitamin/mineral products as it is exceptionally absorbable and contains thousands of phytonutrients, protein, and amino acids.

Here's how an average meal for Keeva looks!

June 4, 2012

Spicy Peanut Noodles


I love, love, LOVE these noodles. For as much as I love peanut butter, I'm a little shocked that I haven't tried using it in a savory recipe before. This is one of my favorite dishes they make at a local deli that I eat at often. I did my best at re-creating the recipe at home by only reading the ingredient label and I think I did pretty well! This dish is so creamy and delicious with just a little kick of spice from the red pepper flakes!

I'm actually not much of a spicy foods lover. I'm a little boring in that way, but there's something about these noodles that I just love. The deli makes them a little too spicy for my liking - so I adjusted the recipe for less red pepper flakes. If spice is your thing - feel free to add more! Also, I tried this recipe with white pasta and whole wheat pasta. I almost always eat whole wheat pasta, but it didn't soak up the dressing as well as the white pasta. I think if I'm going to be serving this dish anytime soon - I'll be using the white pasta!

I'm so glad to be back in the kitchen cooking up all sorts of things for you guys. I've gotten most of my things unpacked and you better believe I unpacked my kitchen first. I had around 20 boxes just for my kitchen. It was a little insane. I was able to cook a few things yesterday and I have more cooking planned for today! I can't wait to share them with you!

Ingredients:
  • 1 16oz bag/box of spaghetti or fettuccine
  • 1 cup of shredded carrots
  • 1/2 bunch of green onions - chopped
  • 1 small red bell pepper -  julienne
  • 1/4 bunch of cilantro - chopped
  • Sesame seeds to garnish
Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup tamari
  • 3 tbsp brown rice vinegar
  • 3 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp agave nectar
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • 1/2 tbsp crushed red pepper flakes

Cook the noodles according to the package directions. Cut the vegetables and set aside.

In a bowl whisk together the sauce ingredients until well combined. You could also place the ingredients in your food processor or blender for easier mixing! Once the pasta is done cooking, drain, and allow to cool.

Add the noodles to the sauce and mix well. Add in the vegetables and toss together. Refrigerate for 3 hours before serving. Garnish with sesame seeds.

June 1, 2012

Mexican Lasagna with Galaxy's New Vegan Cheese Shreds!


One of the great things about having this blog is that these amazing companies are kind enough to send me some samples of these really great products to try. One of those amazing companies is Galaxy Nutritional Foods. Recently they sent me a package with one of their newest creations - their Mexican Style Vegan Shreds!

The new Galaxy Nutritional Foods Vegan Shreds are dairy and casein free and come in two delicious flavors - Mozzarella and Mexican. The new great tasting line of Vegan shreds is also soy, gluten, lactose, preservative free and made from Non-GMO ingredients! The shreds also have no added sugars, no saturated or hydrogenated fats, and are cholesterol free!

I'm not sure if the people over at Galaxy are psychic or not, but I was really craving some nachos when the package arrived. Luckily I had two bags to play with - so after I melted some on top of some tortilla chips for some truly delicious nachos, I decided to make one of my all time favorite recipes. My Mexican Lasagna! It turned out better than I could have imagined! The new Galaxy cheese was so creamy, gooey, and delicious! You guys have got to try this cheese!


Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp light oil
  • 2 cups of Ground Crumbles (Boca is my favorite!)
  • 1/2 medium sized red onion - diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic - minced
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp hot sauce (a few dashes)
  • 1 25 oz can of Black Beans
  • 1 14.5 oz can of Fire Roasted Tomatoes
  • 1 cup Frozen Corn
  • 4 or 5 tortillas (you could use corn or flour tortillas)
  • 1 cup of taco or enchilada sauce
  • 2 cups of Galaxy Mexican Style Shreds
  • 2 Scallions - finely chopped

Preheat the oven to 425F.

Preheat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add 2 tbsp light oil. Add the ground crumbles and season with the chili powder, cumin, pepper, and hot sauce. Add in the onion and garlic - cook for 5 minutes. Then add the canned fire roasted tomatoes. Stir and add the beans and corn. Heat the mixture through for 2-3 minutes.

Coat a shallow baking dish with the taco/enchilada sauce. Cut tortillas in to strips with a pizza cutter to make them easy to layer. Layer the crumbles/bean mixture, tortillas, more sauce, and cheese. Repeat until the baking dish is full. Make sure the top layer is cheese. Bake for 12-15 minutes until the cheese melts. You may need to set the oven to broil in order to melt the cheese. Top with scallions and serve!