A friend from an old job is leaving her position as manager, moving into Houston and starting nursing school. I wish her the best of luck, and am glad she is moving on to bigger and better things. For her going away party, I made mini black bean empanadas, and chocolate chip crispy rice treats.
The empanadas were inspired by the mini peanut butter empanadas at Mr. Natural. I made the best ever empanada dough, filled with chipotle black bean filling, which I added liquid smoke and a little ketchup to. Tiny and cute, with a nice kick. Quite a hit at the party. Now that I am confident in my empanada making skillz, I want to try my hand at other variations, like caramel apple.
Yummy, chewy, crispy rice treats. My first attempt at making these, vegan or not. I used half regular crispy rice cereal, and half Envirokidz Koala Crisp cereal, with Vegan Sweets Marshmallows, and chocolate chips. I followed the recipe on the back of the marshmallow bag. Very simple, plus sweet and crunchy..just like I remember.
Heres the whole spread. As you can see it was an eclectic mix. Thankfully I brought something both sweet and savory to enjoy. My girlfriend made a pan of Grecian party squares, which she veganized. There was also guac, with chips, and raw veggies and fruits.
A few hours after the party, a bunch of us drove to a karaoke bar in a hotel somewhere in Channelview and partied some more. Here is a new dance the girls learned.
I made quesadillas with the leftover empanada filling. Nice and smoky/spicy, perfect with a side salad with cool avocado.