Indianish lentils

One of my favs when we go to indian restaurants is the dahl. So many layers of flavor and such a hominess. The flavors always transport me to another world; I can imagine myself far away heavy in the stifling heat, enthralled by glistening silk saris and bangles, with the smell of spices and freshly…

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…

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…

Guapa’s Guac – Guacamole 😋

Ingredients 1 large haas avocado 2 tsp lime juice (make sure you squeeze it yourself) 2 tbsp minced yellow onion (this will make a very mild guac, if it’s not quite bold enough, try another tbsp) 1-1 1/2 chopped, deseeded and deveined serrano pepper(s) ( if you like things kind of spicy, try 1 1/2;…

Picadillo-ish Quinoa (Vegan Cuban Style Picadillo)

Ingredients  2 1/3 cups cooked Quinoa Mix cooked in veggie broth 1/3 cup raisin 1 1/2 tbsp tomato paste 2 tsp caper, chopped 1 1/2 vine ripened tomato, chopped (or 2 roma) 1 1/5 cup chopped onion 10 manzanilla olives (green olives w red pimiento), chopped 2 cloves smashed garlic 1/4 tsp fenugreek 1/4 tsp…

Mildly Spiced Quinoa for Quinoa Salad

This is great eaten hot or cold. I prefer cold. 🙂 It is very mildly spiced, just so the salad isn’t served on a plain base. Ingredients: 1 tbsp canola 1/2 clove 8 whole peppercorns 2 cloves garlic, smashed 1 1/2 cup quinoa 3 cups veggie broth Scant 1/4 tsp whole cumin seeds Directions: 1….

Blackened Corn

Note: I made this on a grill pan in the kitchen and nearly asphyxiated myself; if you can do it outside, I would recommend using a barbecue if you have one. If you wish to do this inside, please cover corn with heavy duty tin foil, put oven fan on high n open a window…

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…

Salsa

1/2 yellow onion, cut in half with skin on. 6 cloves garlic, husk removed 3 vine ripened tomatoes 3/8-5/8 tsp salt, to taste 2 serrano peppers (1 deseeded, or 1 1/2 deseeded, if you want it extra mild) Optional variation:  2 limes, juiced (This will make a brighter flavored salsa. It is good both ways…

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,…

Zucchini Taco Filling

Ingredients For taco filling 4 zucchini (Also known as Italian Squash) (about 1 3/4 lbs) 4 garlic cloves 1 tsp whole cumin seeds 1/4tsp sea salt 1/2 whole clove 6 whole black peppercorns 1 lime 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1. Wash zucchini, cut off ends and slice vertically into 1/4″ slabs. Place in…