Showing posts with label beans. Show all posts
Showing posts with label beans. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Dinner in a flash: Enchilada Lasagna

Enchilada Lasagna. This was one of those dinner creations that came together with a bunch of hodge podge ingredients, trying to make something delicious with what was on hand and also using up a pack of corn tortillas that had been hanging around in my freezer for a few decades.

I love Latin food, but I think we can all agree that this is nothing authentic. Letting that go, we can be very flexible with the vegetables included here. I think that summer squash would be tasty, as would some leafy greens such as kale or spinach. Use what you have and pack those veggies in!

  • 1 tablespoon canola or olive oil
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced (optional)
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 1 16-oz can fat free refried beans - I used black beans, pinto would also be delicious
  • 12-15 small corn tortillas
  • 2-4 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 16 ounces salsa
  • 4 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  • Guacamole, for garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. Warm saute pan over medium high heat and add oil. Cook vegetables for a few minutes or until softened. Add beans and taco seasons and heat until bubbly; stir to prevent sticking. 
  3. In the bottom of an 8 or 9 in square pan pour half of salsa and spread evenly over the bottom. 
  4. Using whole and half tortillas, make a layer on top of the salsa. It helps to pretend you're playing Tetris. Spread 1/3 of bean mixture on top. Repeat with tortillas and beans three more times, ending on tortillas. 
  5. Pour remaining salsa on top tortilla. Sprinkle cheese on top and pop the pan into your oven.
  6. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until bubbly and hot. Let rest for a few minutes and then cut into wedges. Garnish with guacamole.



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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Recipe ReDux: Vintage Side Dishes - Thanksgiving Hummus


Thanksgiving is upon us and at the Recipe ReDux, we're celebrating with vintage side dishes!

Stuffing is so simple, but boy oh boy does it hit the spot on Thanksgiving! Since I have been having fun coming up with interesting hummus dips (pizza? Pad Thai? Balsamic Black Bean? , I thought, "why not stuffing flavored?".

Turns out it is pretty tasty! I did a trial run at my friend's 8th annual fabulous Friend-giving celebration this weekend and it was a hit!

Thanksgiving Hummus
Easily doubled if serving a crowd
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced (about 1 small onion)
  • 3/4 cup celery, diced (use the leaves too, no need to toss)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • Fresh or dried parsley, if you have it
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2-3 tablespoons water
  1. In a medium saute pan, melt butter and saute veggies until tender. Add garlic, herbs, salt and pepper and stir for another minute or so or until your kitchen smell heavenly. Remove from heat.
  2. In your food processor (or very powerful blender) add chickpeas, olive oil and veggies and blend until smooth. Add water, one tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached. As it cools, or after refrigeration, the dip will thicken. 
  3. Serve with fresh veggies to dip or whole grain crackers.
Happy Thanksgiving!


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Monday, September 24, 2012

Black bean and corn veggie burgers

My sister has been raving about this burger recipe and she and her boyfriend (neither of whom are vegetarian) make it often. It is filling and satisfying. I made is for a few friends and it got rave reviews. The original recipe is adapted from from Eat Live Run but I tweaked it to make it my own. 

Black bean and corn super veggie burgers
Makes 8-10 burgers
  • 2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds  mixed with  6 tablespoons water (or substitute two whole eggs)
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and roughly chopped
  • 1 small onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (or substitute 1/2 cooked rice for gluten-free option)
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup corn (fresh or frozen and defrosted)
  • avocado, cheddar cheese and BBQ sauce, for topping
  • olive oil (or canola oil)  for frying burgers
  1. Place jalapeno and onion in a food processor (or high speed blender) and mince finely.
  2. Add one can of beans to the jalapeno/garlic mixture and pulse to combine. Add cumin and salt and pulse until mixture resembles chunky black bean dip.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the ground flax and water. Let sit for five minutes.
  4. To the large bowl, add the mixture from the food processor and stir in the bread crumbs, tomato paste, corn and remaining black beans.
  5. Heat a little olive oil in a skillet on medium high heat. Form black bean mixture into patties and fry for about 4 minutes per side, until golden and crusty brown.
  6. Serve burgers with avocado slices, cheddar and BBQ.

Use food processor to quickly mince onion and jalapeno
Add one can of black beans and seasonings and pulse food processor
Pulse food processor until black beans are blended, but not quite smooth
In a large mixing bowl, mix ground flax with water and let sit five minutes. Add pureed black bean mixture, whole black beans, bread crumbs and corn and mix well.
Form into patties and cook 4-5 minutes per side
Serve with cheddar, avocado and BBQ (or ketchup, or hot sauce) - I had this salad on the side. Yum!


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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Decadent Dip: roasted carrot hummus a l'orange

Decadent Dip: roasted carrot hummus

Watch out folks; hummus is putting on his fancy pants. His orange fancy pants! 

I am a huge fan of hummus; I love making it at home even more becuase it costs a fraction of store bought and you can experiment with flavors. You also cut out some of the packaging. Triple win.

This is a recipe that I am especially proud of! It is just so delicious and the bright orange color is really beautiful too. I hope you'll try it; I bet you'll love it (almost) as much as I do.
Garnish with an orange wedge for some extra flair


Roasted Carrot Hummus a l'Orange

  • 1 16-ounce can chickpeas (aka garbonzo beans) drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup roasted carrots
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • juice and zest from one orange
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic (1 clove or so)
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin (or more, to taste)
  • black pepper and salt, so taste
1. Roast carrots until tender and nicely browned.
2. Place all ingredients in a food processor or kick-butt blender and puree until very smooth. Taste (try not to get weak in the knees) and adjust seasonings as needed
3. Try this fabulous spread on crackers, raw veggies, spread on toast and by the spoonful!Mais oui!

Gather your ingredients
Roast your carrots; no need to peel
Plop everything in the food processor et voila!
So pretty...are you licking the screen?


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