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August 1, 2014 | Posted in:Dinner, Gluten-Free, Lunch

In Florida, it’s unfortunate, and a little surprising, that vegan and/or raw food restaurants are hard to come by. Cities give you more options, but finding a vegan restaurant in a little town? Fa getta bout it.

When I go to visit my parents in South Florida, it’s a miracle that we have Christopher’s Kitchen in Palm Beach Gardens. It’s a raw vegan restaurant with modern cuisine that my whole family loves. My sister and I always order the Iron Man smoothie, which inspired me to start adding cinnamon to my smoothies with yellow & orange fruit in it! (Seriously, try it.) Matt has a wide selection of gluten-free options, too. It’s just a fantastic restaurant.

When I bought my Prius back in March, we decided to try Christopher’s to celebrate and/or gorge ourselves afterward. For anyone who has bought a car from a dealership before, it’s a guarantee that you’re starving by the time you leave. Thus, we went a little crazy when we went to the restaurant.

We ordered an appetizer called the Fiesta Potatoes, and we fell in love. With Matt being gluten-free and me being vegan, he’s oddly obsessed with potatoes, and I’m oddly obsessed with avocados, so this side dish satisfies both weaknesses. We’ve been copying the recipe ever since!

 

Fiesta Potatoes

Prep Time: 10-15 minutes (can be done during cook time)

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 4 sides

 

Ingredients:

  • Petite red potatoes, quartered into 3 cups
  • 2-3 tbs olive oil
  • 3 ripe avocados, mashed
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • 1/3 cup grape tomatoes, diced
  • 1/3 cup red onion, diced
  • 2 tbs lime juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • hot sauce (optional)

 

Step 1: Wash, cut, and bake your potatoes.

Use the olive oil on the baking pan, put the cut pieces of potato on top, and move the potatoes around the dish with your fingers until every potato is coated with olive oil. Bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes.

Potatoes before cooking

Potatoes before cooking

Potatoes after cooking

Potatoes after cooking

 

Step 2: Make the guacamole.

You have plenty of time to make the guacamole AND clean up the kitchen afterward!

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Once the fruits and veggies are cut, put all remaining ingredients in a large bowl. I love chunky avocados in guacamole on any given day, but for this side dish, you’ll want keep your guacamole mashed and on the creamier side. It’ll help your guacamole bind to the potatoes. Therefore, I’ll use my potato masher if I have to.

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When completed, set aside or put in the fridge until potatoes are finished.

 

Step 3: Mix potatoes in with guacamole.

Once the potatoes have finished cooking, dump the potatoes in your guacamole bowl, mix, and serve!

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Only three steps for a recipe?! That might be a This Vegan Girl record low!

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I love to pair this side dish with my Quesadillas with Monterey Jack Cashew Cheese! Click here to see the recipe.

If you make any of my dishes, take a picture and tag me on Instagram using #thisvegangirl to let me know how it went!

 

Happy cooking,

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2 Comments

  1. The Vegan 8
    August 8, 2014

    Looks so amazing and delicious. Never combined guacamole with potatoes before, but man that sounds good! This is my kind of recipe too…I eat potatoes and avocados practically daily!

    • This Vegan Girl
      August 8, 2014

      If you’re going to be making both, you might at well just mash them together, right? Thanks for the compliment! 🙂