Our love of junk food is strong in the Valdez household, but in moderation of course. Here are a few favorites that we veganized for ourselves at home. Most of the time, I fly by the seat of my pants when I’m creating something in the kitchen, so if you would like a recipe for something that looks worth trying, send me a message and I will try my best to help.
Disclaimer: Most of these junk food concoctions are fried, but that’s what makes them extra yummy. We just recently purchased an air fryer and it has not been a disappointment as an alternative for traditional frying.
Fish Tacos: These crunchy, lemony, chipotle mayo slathered “fish” tacos are actually eggplant. I slice the eggplant to a desired size, dip them in my favorite batter, then fry. We top them with chipotle mayo, onion, cilantro, and lemon juice. NOM NOM NOM. That crunchy disc on the pate is a fried tortilla drizzled with apple honey, cinnamon, and sugar.
Corn Dogs &/or Mini Corn Dogs: We use LightLife Veggie Dogs, then dip them in our favorite batter, and fry. I was never really into hot dogs before going vegan, but I did love a good corn dog every once in a while. These are a delicious alternative to the real thing! We serve them with ketchup and homemade vegan ranch.
Soyrizo con papas: Throw your favorite soyrizo in a pan with onions and peppers (Trader Joe’s has a delicious soyrizo!), cut and boil a few large papas, chop green onion, then mix it all up for a delicious plate of soyrizo con papas! We usually enjoy this dish with warm tortillas or tortilla chips.
Banana Ice Cream: Freeze a few bananas over night then blend in a food processor the next day for a delicious sweet treat. I usually keep cookie dough on hand in the freezer so that we have something to top our ice cream with.
Tip: don’t blend it too much in the food processor or it will melt quickly, then you’ll have banana soup.
Nachos: We make nachos 800 different ways so just throw your favorite ingredients on top of tortilla chips and enjoy. I like to pile them with vegan beef crumbles, mashed pinto beans, homemade nacho cheeze, lettuce, tomatoes, green onions, and sour cream.
Cauliflower Bites: Chopped cauliflower, dipped in batter (of course), then fried (of course). After the nuggets are fried, we toss them in our favorite sauce and enjoy with veggies and homemade ranch. We did try making these in our air fryer and they turned out SO MUCH BETTER than frying them in a pan with oil.
Chocolate Chip Cookies: These are like little bits of stars gracing your taste buds. That is all. Okay fine, I will share my recipe for our favorite chocolate chip cookies…
Rice Krispie Treats: These are made exactly the same as the traditional way, just with vegan butter and vegan marshmallows. They do stay much stickier and softer than the traditional treat, but who’s complaining?
Empanadas: I made these once with the best recipe ever. Sadly, I can’t find the same recipe that I used to create these delicious pockets of potatoes and soyrizo. If I ever find it again, I will definitely share the magic.