Black Bean Soup Recipe

From: https://therecipecritic.com/20-minute-black-bean-soup/

INGREDIENTS
1 small onion, diced
1/2 tsp minced garlic (Costco sells this in a bottle)
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes (I use red gold brand)
2 (15 ounce cans) black beans, (drained and rinsed)
2 cups water
1 (4 ounce can) diced green chilies (I use old el paso, because they are super mild but flavorful)
1 can corn, drained (I use Del Monte)
1/2 teaspoons cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder (I use kashmiri chili powder)

Garnish:
1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lime juice
fresh chopped cilantro for serving, if desired

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Dump all of the above ingredients (except the garnish) into a pot (I use a cast iron enameled dutch oven) and let boil until flavors meld and taste is as you like it.
  2. I let it boil first on medium high for about a half hour, then let it simmer on low heat with the lid slightly off so it would not overflow for another half hour (or basically until I was done cooking and could serve the soup warm).

Entree I served it with: CF Tamale Cakes

Dessert I served it with: Tembleque (which can be made the night before, or at minimum four hours ahead because it has to refrigerate, like jello)[I made mine in a corningware glass pie plate, it worked super well][you can top with cinnamon, or nutmeg, or fresh fruit like raspberries, blueberries or strawberries for serving).

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Cheesecake Factory Tamale cakes

Original Recipe here: http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/sweet-corn-tamale-cakes-the-cheesecake-factory-by-todd-wilbur-207220

Ingredients:

Herdez Salsa Verde

Whole Foods Pico de Gallo

Southwestern Sauce:

1/2 c just mayo
1 tsp white vinegar
1 tsp water
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp paprika
1 pinch onion powder
1 dash salt
1 dash garlic powder

Tamale Cakes:

1.5 c frozen sweet corn
1/2 c earth balance butter (vegan) OR corn oil
1/2 c masa harina
2 tbsp gluten free all purpose flour OR gram flour (besan)
3 tbsp sugar
1 dash salt

Garnish:

1/2 avocado, chopped
2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped

Directions:

Cook the tamale cakes on the stove like you would pancakes.

 

Egg Salad

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons Just Mayo
1 tbsp cream cheese [optional]
1-1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon lemon juice [a squeeze of fresh lemon juice]
6 hard-boiled eggs, coarsely chopped
2 scallions, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1/4 c chopped dill (a small handful)
5 chopped olives (or pimientos) [optional]
1 tsp sweet relish [optional]
1 tsp chopped parsley [optional]

To serve:

bread, lettuce, sliced radishes

Directions:

Mix well.

NOTE1: Some people separate the yolks and mix with the mayo.

 

Tofu Salad Dressing

INGREDIENTS:

2 ounces cubed Parmesan
2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
11/2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
11/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Pinch kosher salt
Pinch freshly ground black pepper
1 cup silken soft tofu
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice

DIRECTIONS:

Starting on the lowest speed, chop the cheese cubes in the blender jar until it settles into the bottom of the jar, gradually increasing the speed. Add the garlic down the chute and chop until minced.

Next, add the mustard, white wine vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper, and tofu to the blender and blend until smooth. While the blender is running, drizzle olive oil down the middle of the vortex that has formed. Add more or less of the olive oil and blend until it reaches salad dressing consistency.  Add in the lemon juice.

NOTE: For vegan, omit parmesan.

NOTE2: Vegetarian/vegan worcestershire sauce is available.

Salsa Roja

This is a boiled salsa. It is super easy and so yum. I bottled mine after boiling to enjoy at a later date.

Ingredients
6 pounds roma (plum) tomatoes
1/4 pound roma (plum) tomatoes, chopped
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon ground cayenne pepper

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 red onion, chopped
1 white onion, chopped
1 yellow onion, chopped
1/2 pound jalapeno peppers, chopped [optional]
1/3 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped

Directions
Bring a large saucepan of water to boil. Briefly place 6 pounds tomatoes into water to loosen skins and set color. Drain, peel and crush.
Mix chopped tomatoes, garlic powder, lemon juice, salt, cayenne pepper and cumin into the saucepan with crushed tomatoes. Whip to desired thickness. Bring to a boil. Mix in red onion, white onion, yellow onion, jalapeno peppers and cilantro. Continue boiling until vegetables are soft and mixture has reached desired consistency. Remove from heat. Refrigerate until serving.

Tembleque (Puerto Rican)

From: http://www.tastingpuertorico.com/tembleque

Tembleque Recipe

This is the Puerto Rican Christmas Cake. It has the consistency of Flan, but no eggs.  It is a completely vegan recipe. And it’s so yum. Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cans (13.5 oz. each) Coconut Milk (Goya Brand)
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup corn starch
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • Toasted coconut (optional for garnish)
  • Ground cinnamon (for garnish)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In saucepan over medium-high heat, combine 1.5 cans of the coconut milk with sugar and salt, stirring occasionally until the mixture starts to boil
  2. In a separate bowl dissolve the cornstarch with the remaining 0.5 can of Coconut milk, making sure that the cornstarch has no lumps
  3. Add this cornstarch and coconut mixture to the pan and stir until the mixture starts to thicken (about 5 mins)
  4. Next pour through a strainer(optional) into individual serving dishes or one large bowl then cover to prevent a thick skin from forming on the top as the dessert cools.Allow to cool and place into the refrigerator for at least 2-3 hours or longer
  5. If you are using individual serving dishes, sprinkle the top of the tembleque with ground cinnamon before serving
  6. If you have used a large bowl, then run a thin knife around the edge of the pudding, carefully invert the bowl onto a serving plate. Sprinkle the top with ground cinnamon before serving

Shredded Sweet Potato Fritters

Note: These also make terrific veggie burger patties.
One bowl recipe.
Adapted from Simply South.

Ingredients:

400 g peeled shredded sweet potato (about 4)(about 1 3/4 c)
1/2 ground dry roasted peanuts (or honey roasted peanuts)
1 c unsweetened ground coconut
1 tsp fennel seeds
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper or paprika
1/4 c gram flour
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 sprig curry leaves
2 tbsp coriander leaves, chopped
1 tsp salt
oil for deep frying

Directions:

  1. Mix well.
  2. Roll into balls, 1.5 in diameter.
  3. Deep fry for around a minute. Will brown.
  4. Take out and drain on dish with paper towel on it.
  5. Enjoy!