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…

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….

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,…

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…