I love tamales. I don't get to eat them often but I do love them. I have been wanting to make tamales for years now but just never seemed to come around to it. This is the first time we will be hosting my family for Christmas so I decided I wanted to make tamales for our Christmas Eve dinner. I also wanted to make them healthier so I opted to use light olive oil instead of lard and chose lighter fillings. Since they are for Christmas Eve I wanted them to be festive. I made 2 flavors - (green) roasted verde chicken and (red) vegan red adobo bean and "cheese". I could not be any happier with how they turned out. I even made sure to make more the next day following my directions to make sure I had it down. I randomly decided to add another flavor ((green + red) vegan spinach, sun-dried tomato and "cheese", not added in recipes). They are perfect! My favorite are the bean ones but the chicken ones are a close second.
My mom also sent me some spicy red sauce and green sauce from New Mexico that we will drizzle over the tamales when we eat them. I plan to serve them with a Mexican Charcuterie tray (tortilla chips, red and green bell peppers, and a few different dips). Don't be too intimidated to make these! Change up the fillings if you want something different but just make sure they aren't too wet. These tamales are moist and light, you definitely won't be missing the lard.
Watch the videos and look at the pictures at the bottom to see how the dough should look, how to assemble and what the tamales will look like when you are done! Get ready for the best tamales ever!!!
Total Time: 3 hours (1 hour to cook the chicken and make the bean fillings, 40 minutes to make the dough and assemble the tamales, 1 hr 20 minutes to steam)
Roasted Verde Chicken
Vegan Red Adobo Beans and "Cheese"
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I am a food loving, activity seeking health coach who resides in Franklin, TN with my husband and two sweet dogs (Lola & Penny).
I believe everyone should eat balanced and not cut food groups if you don't medically need to. All foods can fit in a healthy diet. Unfortunately, I have to avoid gluten and also limit myself with dairy, so my goal is to provide healthy, gluten-free/dairy-free recipes so EVERYONE can enjoy all foods, even if you do have to cut out certain food groups. My recipes are encouraged for everyone to eat, not just for those with sensitivities/allergies! Most of my recipes can be easily converted by using real dairy and whole-wheat in place of my allergy-free substitutes.
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