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Guacamole Potato Skins with Ranch Dressing

These guacamole potato skins are perfect to snack on for Meatless Monday Night Football.  


  • 5-6 small Russet potatoes, about 3″ long
  • 2-3 tablespoons Earth Balance (vegan butter), melted
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper


  • 3 ripe avocados, halved, seeded, and flesh scooped out
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne
  • ½ medium onion, diced
  • ½ jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 green onions, sliced thin
  • 1 jalapeño, sliced thin, optional, for garnish
  • fresh cilantro, chopped, optional, for garnish

Ranch dressing

  • ¼ teaspoon lemon juice
  • about ¼ cup unsweetened unflavored Silk almond milk
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, peeled, smashed, and minced
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
  • 1 cup Just Mayo (vegan mayonnaise)
  • ½ cup Follow Your Heart Vegan Sour Cream
  • A couple drops of white vinegar
  • Fresh dill, to taste, optional
  • Cayenne pepper, to taste, optional
  • Paprika, to taste, optional
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


    Make the Ranch Dressing

    1. Make the “buttermilk”by pouring lemon juice into a measuring cup then filling to ¼ cup level with almond milk. Set aside and allow to curdle, about 10 minutes.
    2. On a cutting board, sprinkle some kosher salt on the minced garlic cloves and then, with the back of a fork, begin to smush and mash the garlic and salt into a paste. 
    3. Combine garlic-salt paste, parsley, chives, vegan mayonnaise, and nondairy sour cream in a medium bowl; whisk until smooth. 
    4. Add “buttermilk” mixture, as necessary to thin to desired consistency. When desired consistency is reached, add a couple drops of white vinegar and any other additional ingredients, as desired. Taste and adjust the seasonings, adding more salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. 
    5. Chill in the refrigerator and allow flavors to meld while you make the potato skins.

    Make the Potato Skins: 

    1. Preheat oven to 400ºF. 
    2. Wash potatoes well and pierce all over with fork. 
    3. Place potatoes directly on middle oven rack and bake until skins are crisp and a knife or fork pierces the potatoes easily, about 50 minutes. 
    4. Let the potatoes cool for about 10-15 minutes, until they are cool enough to handle.

    Make the Guacamole:

    1. In a large bowl combine the avocado meat and lime juice and toss to coat. 
    2. Drain the lime juice off and reserve in a small bowl. 
    3. Add smoked paprika, salt, cumin, and cayenne and mash with a potato masher, leaving some chunks for texture. 
    4. Fold in the onions, jalapeño, tomatoes, cilantro, garlic, and 1 tablespoon of the reserved lime juice. 
    5. Set aside while you…finish the potatoes 

    Finish the Potatoes:

    1. Once the potatoes are ready, remove and let cool about 10 minutes on a wire rack, or until the potatoes can be handled. 
    2. Set oven to broil.
    3. Slice each potato in half, lengthwise and use a spoon to scoop out the flesh, leaving about ¼” of the flesh intact. 
    4. Using a pastry brush, brush the insides of the potatoes with the melted, nondairy butter and season well with salt and pepper. 
    5. Turn the potatoes over and brush the skin sides with butter, and again season well with salt and pepper. 
    6. Place potato halves skin-side up on a baking sheet and broil them until the skin begin to brown and crisp, about 2 – 3 minutes (watch carefully so they don’t burn). 
    7. Flip skins over and broil another 2 – 3 minutes, or until beginning to brown and crisp.
    8. Remove potato skins from oven and place on serving platter. Spoon dollops of guacamole on the potato skins and garnish with sliced green onions, sliced jalapeños, and chopped cilantro. 
    9. Serve with ranch dressing immediately.

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    Recipe adapted from 40 Aprons


      Meatless Monday: Spicy (Vegan) Jambalaya

      Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, Carnival—whatever you want to call it, February 17th is a day dedicated to living it up! While traditionally Mardi Gras was celebrated as a way to satisfy indulgences prior to Lent, it has evolved in America as a day to wash down Cajun and Creole cooking with a healthy pint of beer. Whether taking to the street for festivities and parades in New Orleans or planning a Mardi Gras party all your own, this meatless recipe is sure to satisfy your taste buds!

      Spicy (Vegan) Jambalaya
      Servings: 3-4


      3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
      1 large yellow onion, diced
      3 cloves garlic, chopped
      4 large stalks celery, diced
      1 heaping Tbsp. diced jalapeño (use more or less depending on how spicy you like things – 1 Tbsp. gives it a nice kick)
      4 cups diced fresh tomatoes
      2 cups uncooked brown rice
      4.5 cups vegetable stock
      2 teaspoons vegan worcestershire sauce (you can find some good vegan varieties at your local Whole Foods Marketplace)
      3 bay leaves
      1 teaspoon smoked paprika
      2 teaspoons hot sauce (I use Sriracha)
      Salt and pepper to taste
      1.5 cups chopped cilantro, plus extra for garnish

      1. Heat oil in a large skillet or saucepan (use one that has a tight-fitting lid).

      2. Add onion, garlic, celery, and jalapeño to the oil and sauté until onions are translucent, about 3 minutes.

      3. Add tomatoes and cook an additional minute or two to soften them up.

      4. Add rice, vegetable stock, worcestershire sauce, bay leaves, paprika, hot sauce, salt, and pepper to pan and stir to combine. Cover and bring mixture to a simmer. Let it cook for 20-40 minutes, until the rice has absorbed all the liquid and cooked through.

      IMG_52505. Stir in fresh cilantro and serve immediately. Garnish with extra cilantro and enjoy!

      IMG_5252-0 Recipe adapted from lifeasastrawberry.com