Meatless Monday – Pan Am & Parapan Am Games

In a few days, the athletic representatives of 41 countries in the Americas and the Caribbean will descend upon Toronto to compete in the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. Today Meatless Monday touches upon possibilities for a themed tail gate party.

In a gathering of international tastes, food can help bring people together or keep them apart. I suspect that vegetarians/vegans are regarded with disdain at a dinner table of traditional Latin cuisine. The Caribbean is a little friendlier with an abundance of ‘exotic’ fruits and vegetables and less meat-centric leanings. Canada and the US definitely offer a haven for those with all manner of meat-free dietary preferences.

Countries in the Pan Am Games

Following are some suggestions to please the taste buds of the vegetarian/vegan.

Listing of Vegetarian/Vegan restaurants in Toronto on Happy Cow

Caribbean-spiced plantain chips:

Photo by Kimberley (c)2014
Photo by Kimberley (c)2014

Roasted corn
Spray a light coating of  coconut oil on corn cobs. Roast on cast-iron grill pan until corn turns brown; this means the sugar has caramelized making for a sweeter taste. Roll hot roasted corn in a bath of lime juice and cashew cream. Sprinkle with nutritional yeast, salt and pepper.

Guacamole-inspired salad – Viva Mexico!

Vegetables
Chop a few small tomatoes, 1 avocado and red and green sweet pepper into bite-size chunks. If you can get your hands on some jicama, chop it up and add it too. Throw in some of the roasted corn too (if there is any leftover!) Slice some green onions and mix with the rest of the vegetables.

Seasonings
Make seasoning mix: a sprinkling of ground coriander, ground cumin, oregano flakes, garlic powder and a dash of cayenne and chipotle powder if you have them. Add a little salt and pepper as well to taste.
Make vinaigrette by whisking together 1 part lime juice to 3 parts oil (an avocado or pumpkin seed oil would be lovely!) Add in the seasoning mix and pour over the prepared vegetables.

Extras
Throw in some pumpkin seeds (aka pepitas) and add a light sprinkle of grated dark chocolate (yes chocolate!)

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