Monday, May 5, 2008

mOle!

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, I made my first mole sauce! I used the recipe for the Chile Chocolate Mole from V-con. Then I just sauteed some lightlife chikn strips (my first time trying these as well), onion, and zuchinni and topped with plenty of the mole. This sauce is amazing, and if you haven't had a chance to make it yet, go do it! It's not one I've seen much of on other blogs, so I just thought I would give it a little plug. On the side we had a salad with grape tomatoes, crushed blue corn chips, mango salsa, and guacamole. And yes, that's tequila in the background. A perfect way to celebrate this Mexican holiday. Ole!

I know I have been slacking on the posts lately. I've got several lined up that I need to get to.... battle vegan cheese, a vegan restaurant opening/Go Vegan Texas celebration, and some other random stuff. My excuse? Lots of art car painting. And cake decorating. Both of which you will see in upcoming posts as well!

25 comments:

Theresa said...

Yum! I had a mole sauced meal on quatro de mayo. I think chocolate and chilli is a vastly underutilised combination!

romina said...

Happy Cinco de Mayo!!
I've never tried mole, it looks so yummy though!

aTxVegn said...

We love mole, but I've never used it on anything other than enchiladas. I love the way you used it and I'll check out the recipe tonight.

I feel bad I ate lentils and broccoli tonight. Oh, well, we can eat Mexican food anytime...

Ricki said...

Sounds terrific--I love a spicy mole. Looking forward to those other posts, too!

the little one said...

I'm interested to know what you thought of the chikn strips. I like them for quick meals.

LizzyQ ~ Vegan Mother said...

Happy Cinco De Mayo!!!
That looks yummy! I totally forgot to make something Mexican today, but I had some Coronas last night so I guess that counts!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Ooh, yum yum! I wanted to make the mole, but Ryan is just not interested.

The Voracious Vegan said...

Oooh! Your meal looks delicious as always. I just might have to try that mole sauce. I'm very interested to hear more about your vegan art car!

Jennifer said...

That sounds like the perfect Cinco de Mayo meal. I've been working to create a recipe for Mole Poblano (the Oaxacan term for chocolate mole), but have been nervous to try it out. My ingredients list is like 20 items long!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Well I'm glad one of us remembered to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, even if it wasn't me (I had some peach salsa... does that count?).

Ooh I'm so excited to see your cake-decorating pictures!!!!

VeggieGirl said...

FABULOUS Cinco de Mayo meal, Amanda - yum!

Good luck with your "things to do" lineup!! :0)

Bianca said...

Yum! I've never tried homemade mole sauce! Looks tasty though! And I love those LightLife chicken strips. I'll have to bookmark that one in my V-Con.

Animal-Friendly said...

That meal looks unbelievably delicious!! (I think I'm really in the mood for Mexican food right now!)

I've never had mole before, but I can see that I need to try it sometime! Oh, and I love the salad with guacamole :)

Ruby Red Vegan said...

The last and only time I tried mole sauce, I was so disappointed because I couldn't taste the chocolate! I'm glad you reminded me about the recipe in V-con, and I'm excited about your posts-to-come as well. This meal makes me sad that I didn't have any Mexican food on the Cinco de Mayo. What's wrong with me?!

Mihl said...

Happy Cinco de Mayo! I wish we had this holiday too!
Can't wait to see the photos of your next projects, especially the car painting part!

shellyfish said...

I'm such a slacker...I fully intended on making a mexican cuisine fiesta to celebrate cinco de mayo (which I have celebrated faithfully for 10 years now), but it was a Monday...and an extremely busy one...
but I will redeem myself this weekend (I hope) with some mole sauce- thanks for the inspiration!

Vicki's Vegan Vice said...

what a CUTE new profile pic!!! great looking mole, too ~ as if I'd know, I've never eaten or cooked it before ~ now I'm inspired. Sounds like you've been busy ~ can't wait to see the decorated car & cake! OLE!

Happy Herbivore! said...

i have never made mole out of fear I'd screw it up..but you are so inspiring... i think this was the exact nudge i needed. beautiful food as always!

Sheltie Girl said...

You did a wonderful job on your mole sauce. I can't wait to see your art car painting and cake decorating pictures.

Natalie @ Gluten a Go Go

Chef Erik said...

Oh yum! Looks great. Very nice. You should submit this to my Veg Head carnival :)

Kristen's Raw said...

Congrats on your mole sauce :) Booh yah!!!

Great blog, too.

bazu said...

oooh, that looks fabulous. It's only 9 a.m. and you have me wanting tequila!

andrew said...

Oh, this looks delicious! I love Mole, but rarely make it. Maybe this weekend for Mother's day!

Hannah said...

I totally missed out on Cinco de Mayo, thanks to a ridiculous migraine that destroyed the whole day, but this sounds like a great meal for any day of the year too. I should make Mexican food more often!

LisaRene said...

I'm quite impressed at your commitment to a cruelty free vegan lifestyle, way to go! The paint job on the car is very well done and exudes, happiness, peace, positivity, earth, animals and spirit.

Now that I own the V-con book I will be certain to look up this recipe, it sounds wonderful and looks delicious!