Monday, June 14, 2010


I made tamales last night for dinner. It was 9 pm when they were finally done, so the pictures I took were very dim, which is why I copied one from google. They were tasty though! For the masa dough, you just have to follow how to make it on the package. The only change I make is to substitue vegan margarine for the shortening. You can pretty much add whatever you want as the filling for tamales.
A few good combos are:

Chick'n strips & Daiya cheese
Black beans & sweet corn

Yam or sweet potato & black beans

Plantain & black beans

Coconut milk, shredded coconut, & raisins (for a sweet variety)

With all of these, except the sweet one, you can add garlic, onions, green chilies, cilantro, pepper, corn, cumin & goya adobo. Once your tamales are put together and wrapped in your corn husks or banana leaves, then steam for about an hour.

Check out my homemade bird feeder! I needed something to get the birds attention away from my tomatoes. I just look a large plastic bottle and made holes big enough for the finches who live in the tree next to me to fit in. Then I put chopsticks through for perches. It's not much to look at, but it is recycling at its finest.

Oh, on a side random note, I made peanut butter shakes yesterday, and they were awesome! So easy and filling!

Peanut Butter Shake

1 cup to 1 1/2 cups Almond Milk

Peanut butter -lots! As much as you want, to taste.

1 Tbsp Cacao Nibs

1 Apple banana

5 cubes of Ice


  1. Those look delicious! Will have to give that recipe a try. We'd have to use black beans as there is very little in the fake meat department in Australia. Love the bird feeder too. We made one this weekend as well. Thanks for dropping by! xo m.

  2. I used black beans and corn in my recipe also. I thought that the fake chick'n with the daiya would be a good combo for next time, because my husband and little brother are both meat eaters. I am the only vegan in the family :) Thanks for checking out my blog!

  3. These tamales look sooo yummyyyy! I've always wanted to try making them but never had....I am probably going to HAVE to now. :)

  4. You have to try Candice! It's actually super easy! It's easier than making homemade bread because you don't have to wait for it to rise or anything :)

  5. Great blog! Thanks for commenting on mine. I have yet to make tamales but we love them and they are on my list of things to make. I just received a copy of Viva Vegan and it has some wonderful recipes for all types of latin food and tamales are in there as well. Your tamales sound very tasty.
    Great idea for the bird feeder!

  6. Dreaminitvegan- Thanks for stopping by mine as well! I do love tamales and they are so easy to make. A lot easier than I thought. I have been wanting to get a copy of Viva Vegan as well!

  7. Your tamales look soooooo good! I love tamales!

  8. Morgan , me too! Especially homemade ones!

  9. Your tamales look fantastic! I bet they were delicious too :)

  10. Your tamales are wonderful. I had tamales made that way once in my life. I have never attempted themmyself, simply ecause its not so easy to get the wrappers here.

    Alos, love the bird feeder - great way to distract the birdies from the growing veggies and fruit!

  11. Mangocheeks- Are you able to get banana leaves where you are? Back in Guam where I am from, that is what we would use to make tamales.


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