Vegan Black Bean Chowder with Yogurt-Cilantro Relish

adapted from the Pioneer Woman

1 32-ounce package dried black beans, soaked overnight, rinsed, and cooked. (Do not discard the cooking liquid!)
2 onions, chopped
8 cloves garlic, minced
Olive oil
2 4-oz can diced green chilies
4 cups water or stock
4 cups soy milk
2 cups Daiya Pepper Jack or other vegan cheese
4 tablespoons brown rice flour
1 teaspoon Liquid Smoke
2 tablespoons ancho chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste

1 cup unsweetened plain soy yogurt
2 cups chopped English cucumber
1 cup chopped cilantro
1/2 teaspoon salt

The next morning, prepare the relish by mixing all the ingredients together, then place in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Then drain the beans and rinse them well.

In an 8-quart pot, heat the olive oil and sauté the onions, garlic, and diced green chiles. Place beans back in the Dutch oven and add water/stock, chili powder, cumin, curry powder, cayenne, and salt and pepper. Stir well and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for one hour, stirring occasionally.

Next, soy milk and simmer another 30 minutes. Place the shredded vegan cheese in a large bowl and add the rice flour, toss to coat the cheese with the flour. Bring the chowder to a boil and stir in the cheese. Boil while stirring constantly until the chowder thickens to your desired consistency. Ladle chowder into bowls and top with the yogurt-cilantro relish.

Quick BBQ Tofu Salad

This is a salad of awesome: bbq tofu, mushrooms, broccoli, black beans, greens, guacamole!

For the tofu:
1/2 block firm tofu (we use sprouted tofu), cubed
8 oz mushrooms, quartered
1 tsp chipotle chili powder
3 TBL ketchup
2 TBL apple cider vinegar
1 TBL Braggs or soy sauce
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp olive oil

Heat olive oil in a dutch oven, saute tofu until golden on all sides. Add mushrooms, cook 1-2 more minutes. Add remaining ingredients and stir well. Cook about 10 minutes on low until the tofu absorbs most of the sauce.

Black Bean Chilaquiles

This week hasn’t been too good for health. When one of us gets sick, it’s likely that the other will fall sooner or later. This was a quick and easy meal using up ingredients we had on hand. No running out to the store today!

Adapted from Not Eating Out in NY and The Art of Eating In.

1 can black beans, drained
2 cubes dried chipotle chilies (these were leftover from very long time ago occasion)
3 cups packed beet greens, chopped
4-5 oz pepper jack Daiya
2 large leftover (homemade!) corn tortillas (about 5 oz.)
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/2 cup chopped red onion (about half of a medium red onion, save the other half for the topping)
1 jalapeno pepper, chopped
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp turbinado sugar
salt to taste
1/2 tsp oregano
1 TBL olive oil
1 cup canned tomatoes
2 cups water
1/2 cup tomatoes chopped (canned or fresh)
1/2 cup sliced red onion for topping (reserved)

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Sautee red onion, jalepeno, and garlic on medium heat for about 5 minutes. Add the chipotle cubes, water, and 1 cup of tomatoes, bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer. Add salt, oregano, turbinado, and vinegar. Turn off heat and let cool. Then blend in a blender or food processor.

In a 9 x 13 baking dish place a layer of half of the tortilla strips on the bottom. Add about 1/3 of the sauce evenly on top. Add a layer of half the beet greens. Add about 1/3 of the Daiya, then about half of the beans. Add another layer of tortillas, more sauce, the rest of the greens, more cheeze and the rest of the beans. Top with the rest of the sauce, then the rest of the cheeze. Top with extra tomatoes (canned or fresh) and sliced red onion.

Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Cool five minutes before serving.

Black Bean and Beet Greens Enchiladas

Homemade tortillas are the devil. The filling is beet greens sauteed in garlic and olive oil with a can of drained black beans. For the sauce: blend together 1/2 cup cilantro (stems included), 1 clove garlic, 1/2 cup chopped red onion, 2 TBL lemon juice, 1 TBL Braggs (or soy sauce), 1 Roma tomato, 1 jalapeno (or 2 depending on the heat), and a dash of olive oil.

Roll enchiladas and top with sauce and pepper jack Daiya. Bake covered with foil, 10-15 minutes at 400 F.

Serve with a side of jicama slaw (grated jicama, carrots, red onion, lime juice, and black pepper).

Sweet Potato-Black Bean-Kale Tacos

With homemade tortillas!

Aside from the tortillas, this was a super lazyass meal that involved:

  • cutting a sweet potato into chunks and microwaving it for 5 minutes
  • whipping the sweet potato with unsweetened, plain soygurt
  • steaming kale in the microwave
  • and heating up black beans with jarred salsa.

For a gourmet touch, we added some pepper jack Daiya.

Mexican Torta Sliders for Banana and Coffee Iron Chef Challenge

This is our first Iron Chef challenge, so yay! The challenge was to use bananas and coffee in an unexpected way and without the help of a standard recipe.

For the beans:
1/2 cup very strong coffee
1 can black beans, drained
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 shallot, minced
1 jalapeno, sliced
1 tsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

In a small pot, saute garlic, shallot, and jalapeno in olive oil for 2-3 minutes, then add beans and coffee. Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium and add spices. Cook 15 minutes or until most of the liquid has been absorbed. Mash the beans and continue to cook another 5 minutes, or until the beans are thickened to your liking. Taste for salt and pepper.

For the banana-cilantro mayo:
1/2 medium banana
2 TBL tahini
1 tsp garlic
2 TBL apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
black pepper

Blend ingredients together until smooth and whipped.

Put it all together:

Additional ingredients: mozzarella Daiya, sliced black olives, romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes

On a baguette or other sandwich roll type bread, spread banana mayo on one side and add lettuce and tomato. On the other half, add coffee-black beans, black olives, and Daiya. Carefully put sandwich halves together.

Serve with sweet potato fries!