Meaty Ayocote Beans (Meat Replacement)

My favorite place ever to get beans is at the Rancho Gordo market. (You can order online, but in person is so much more inspiring.) You look around and there is a sea of white, yellow, purple, red, black, so many varieties of beans, all different sizes and colors. They have definitely used their canvas…

Veggie Biryani

This is my veganized version of iraqi biryani. My best friend’s husband is iraqi, so when i go to visit her, sometimes i get to try iraqi dishes and they are amazing!  I remember when my friend first shared this dish with me. It’s comfort food. It reminds me of home, friends and happy times…

Black Bean Puree

Ok, you got me, im very excited about healthy food, but I LOVE fat, healthy fat, yes, but fat! I could drink olive oil and eat more than one avocado in a sitting. (Just ask my hubby to tell u the story of how i ended up taking sole possesion of the community Guacamole bowl…

Sage Spiced White Beans

2 cups cooked cannellini or great northern beans 2 tbsp robust EVOO (i like koreniki- delish) 2 tsp garlic paste (approx 5 cloves smashed with 1/2-2/3 tsp himalayan sea salt, to taste) 3 pinch cayenne 3/4 cup parsley, chopped  1 tsp fresh sage, chopped (approx 10 leaves), you can also use 1/8 tsp dry, but…

Quick and Easy Garbanzo salad

This is a good go-to when you need a quick, protein rich dinner and you want to make sure you get ur greens and veggies. It has a little bite to it from the balsamic vinegar and coarse ground pepper. I make it all the time. Enjoy! 😉 Ingredients 3 cups cooked garbanzo* 2 cups…

garbanzo soup

One day i wanted to make the traditional lebanese “shorabit aadis” ( lentil soup), but we had just eaten lentils the night before, so i decided to make it with garbanzo beans  and add some butternut squash. I must say, it was super tasty – even my 18 month old neice couldn’t get enough of…

Homey Mild Flavored Soup

I made this when my hubby and I weren’t feeling so great. My tummy was feeling a little sick and I only wanted hominy, for some reason. 🙂 It’s mildly flavored, but comforting. Good stand in for chicken noodle for the vegan crowd when you’re not feeling great. 🙂 Ingredients: 28 oz. can hominy, drained…

Mjaddara with Brown Rice (Arabic Lentils and Rice with Onion)

This is the Arabic version of rice and beans. It’s quick, simple, cheap and filling. 🙂 Ingredients: 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 1/2 large white onions, chopped (about 3 cups) 3/4 cups basmati brown rice 1 cup brown lentils 4 1/2 cups water 1/2 tsp sea salt (more to taste) Directions: 1) Heat…

Refried beans

1 lb of beans made into “frijoles de la olla”. See recipe at this link: A little less than 1/2 of white or yellow onion Dash salt 1garlic clove smashed 1/3 cup canola oil 1-2 serrano peppers A little shy of 1 cup of cooking liquid from frijoles a la olla (reserve more for reheating…

Frijoles de la olla

1 lb dried flor de junio (silvia) beans or pinto* 1 serrano pepper 5-6 garlic cloves, smashed just to remove outside husk, but not demolished 2/3-1 chopped medium whute or yellow onion 2 large bay leaves Water Pressure cooker If using for refried beans: 1. Pick thru dry beans and remove any that are cracked,…