Monday, September 7, 2015

Quick Rice & Chickenless Strips With Avocado Cream

Bright color is all the rage today.
Getting back on the Vegan Mofo track, we're catching up to the third prompt: something quick and simple. I love Seeds of Change convenient heat and go packs-- which are on sale 2/$5 at WHole Foods Market. Their two serving rice meals take 90 microwavable seconds and a hungry person is good to go.
On the heels of an easy meal, let's eat up the colorful palette of women painter Amy Sherald, one of my contemporary influences. She is a young woman (with an adorable curly blond fro) hailing from Baltimore, Maryland, realistically painting subdued figures stripped of colorism identity, but costumed in ridiculous attire that she purposely chooses for her models. Her eccentric, large scale portraits seem inviting and humorous, but shed a darker context meant to arouse and intimidate all we know about perception. Here's a short clip of Sherald discussing painting, technique, and living each day with fortuitous optimism: BRIGHT.

"The Rabbit in the Hat," oil on canvas, "54"x 43," 2009.
Rice and chicken is another favorite blend. When in a hurry to satisfy a starving stomach, to keep the "hangry" pangs at bay, I thank my lucky stars for Seeds of Change and Beyond Meat for being instantly gratifying lifesavers. 

Rice & Chickenless Strips With Avocado Cream Ingredients and Preparation

2 tablespoon olive oil (or water)
Seeds of Change's Quinoa & Brown Rice (or any similar easy rice you find)
1/4 cup Daiya Mozzarella
2 tablespoon almond milk (or any dairy free milk)
6 Beyond Meat Chickenless Strips
1 avocado
pinch of lime juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

In a skillet, set to medium heat, open Seeds of Change Rice pouch and pour out contents into olive oil or water. Let cook for 3-5 minutes.
Add Daiya and almond milk.
Stir in Beyond Meat Chickenless Strips. Turn off heat.
In a food processor or blender, mix avocado, lime juice, salt, and black pepper.
Top avocado cream on plated rice and strips.

No fussy work involved.
If feeling in a more guacamole mood, add diced tomatoes and chopped cilantro.
Enjoying meat free, lightly "cheesed" simplicity.

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