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Your Very Own Black Beans! and Quesadillas Sin Queso

7 Feb

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Song of the Post – Lust for Life by Girls

Hello diligent readers – I hope you are having a fantastic week so far!

So I’ve made a few tasty dishes this week, and I’ve made sure to make tons so there are leftovers aplenty. My first endevour involved dried black beans. Buying these babies in bulk is so much more economical than in cans. I put my best foot forward and set out to be a money saver! It ended up being an excellent choice that resulted in a mountain of flavorful black beans, yum.

This recipe comes from Budget Bytes – and requires the use of a crock pot. Leave your beans and veggie mix for 4 hours and voila! Magic occurs and you’re left with something extraordinary (and cheap). [Take note: the recipe says not to add salt to the crock pot mix. When I reheat the beans, I make sure to add either salt or sriracha sauce, otherwise the beans seem a little bland.]

Now comes the real fun: cooking with black beans. With the beginning of the semester in full force, I haven’t had much time to get creative with my meals. But I did find an intriguing idea for an avocado quesadilla – minus the queso. What a great way to enjoy latin inspired food without the costly vegan cheese! The other really awesome thing about this meal is it’s simplicity. In 2 minutes this “avo-dilla” is ready. Bon appétit!

Best,

Lauren

Crock Pot Black Beans

  • 2 cups dry black beans
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 can diced tomatos
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin
  • 1 jalepeno, diced

Sort through your beans to remove any stones or damaged beans. Rinse the beans well to remove any dust. Place the beans in the slow cooker.

Also add to the slow cooker: diced tomatoes, garlic (smashed or roughly chopped), one jalapeno, and chopped veggies. Do not add salt at this point. Add 5 cups of water, secure the lid and set the heat to high.

After four hours open the slow cooker and check the beans to make sure they are tender. They should be fully cooked at this point but if they aren’t, simply cook them longer and check again after a couple hours.

Either serve the beans immediately or divide up and freeze in single or double serving sized portions.

Additional options: red pepper flakes, bay leaves (1 or 2) or low sodium chicken stock in place of water.

Avo-dillas

(recipe adapted from Healthy Happy Life)

  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1 whole wheat tortilla
  • 1 tbsp vegan butter
  • few spoonfuls of black beans (optional)

Melt the vegan butter in a very hot skillet.  Add the tortilla. Toss it around in the melted butter a bit to wet all sides.

Lay “butter-tossed” tortilla flat in the pan and quickly add the avocado+black beans. Mash the avocado a bit into the tortilla and fold over one side – just as you would a quesadilla. Note: you can also sear the avocado a bit in the hot pan if you’d like a warmer – softer avocado filling texture.

Flip the tortilla so that both sides brown. If a few ago slices spill out, just open the wrap and slide them back in. Transfer to plate and munch!

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excuse the poor quality of this photo! Check out Happy Healthy Life for more scrumptious pics 🙂

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all done!

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Day 11 – Tortilla Casserole & Almond Cheeze

16 Jan

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Song of the Post – Municipality by Real Estate

Happy MLK Day!

Martin Luther King day has a special place in my heart.  My brother’s birthday is January 15th, and it was so unbelievably cool to have the Monday following his birthday off from school.  So now, a decade or so later, I still think of being so psyched to play in the snow with my little brother.

With those cozy thoughts in mind, let us dive into a warm and toasty meal!

My original aspiration for dinner night with the guys was lofty.  I’ve been craving a big juicy burger ever since day 1 of this vegan challenge, so I suggested homemade veggie burgers.  Upon realizing I had absolutely none of the ingredients necessary, I switched to a much more low-key recipe: Tortilla Casserole.  Also, when I showed up with to the guys’ house I couldn’t find the recipe online – it was bookmarked on my laptop but nowhere to be found on the world wide web!  Overall, it’s pretty difficult to mess up a black bean/tex mex casserole.  It turned out excellent, without the dang recipe!

So, this is the original recipe from VegKitchen.com.  I added sautéed onions and mushrooms to the mix.  The result was a fantastic, low maintenance casserole perfect for any spontaneous get-together.  Also, when the fellas were dressing up the casserole with cheese, Stephen surprised me with a stash of almond cheez!  My meal was indeed vegan, and I lived happily ever after!

We all enjoyed this dish very much, and I hope you do too!

Best,

Lauren

Super Easy Tortilla Casserole

  • One 16-ounce can pinto or pink beans, drained and rinsed
  • One 16-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • One 16-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • One 4-ounce can chopped mild green chilies (optional)
    or 1 to 2 small hot fresh chilis, seeded and minced
  • 2 cups frozen corn kernels, thawed
  • 1 cup crimini mushrooms, diced small
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 scallions, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 10 corn tortillas
  • 1 1/2 cups grated nondairy Monterey Jack, cheddar, or jalapeño cheese
  • Salsa for topping
  • Vegan sour cream for topping, optional

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Sautee onions and mushrooms until soft.

Combine both kinds of beans, tomatoes, chilies, corn, scallions, cumin, and oregano in a mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly.

Lightly oil a wide, 2-quart casserole dish and layer as follows: 5 tortillas, overlapping one another; half of the bean mixture; half of the cheese. Repeat layer, adding the onion mushroom mixture on top.

Bake the casserole for 15 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly. Let stand for a minute or two, then cut into wedges or squares to serve. Pass around salsa and optional vegan sour cream to top each serving.

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Do not be alarmed!  The white cheese is provolone, and the carrot-looking stuff is actually almond cheez.  It didn’t taste like much, but I was happy to be included in the cheese gang!