Coconut milk, bean and vegetable stew

This week, we’re blogging out of order. I’ve been craving our local Ethiopian restaurant all week, so had been on the look out for interesting recipes from all parts of Africa. When I saw this recipe for Maharagwe, a Kenyan style stew with coconut milk and turmeric,  I had to try it immediately.

1 can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1 can white beans, rinsed and drained

2 medium white or yellow onions, chopped

2 cups kale, chopped

1 TBL olive oil

1 green pepper, chopped

5 habanero peppers, minced

1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes

1 can of light coconut milk

2 tsp turmeric

3-4 cardamom pods, slightly crushed

4 cloves of garlic, minced

salt and black pepper, to taste

In a pot, fry the onions in olive oil until lightly browned. Add garlic, green pepper, and habanero pepper, fry for another few minutes. Add the remaining ingredients (EXCEPT KALE), to the pot and simmer until everything is tender and the flavors have come together. Taste for seasoning and adjust salt accordingly. Stir in kale and cook about 2-3 minutes, until kale is slightly wilted. Serve with rice.

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Black bean burgers, success!

burger 1

The burgers turned out even better than I hoped! It’s hard to tell in the picture, but we topped them with veggie bacon, vegan mozzarella, sauteed mushrooms, chard, tomatoes, ketchup, and spicy mustard.

2 c. TVP, pulsed in a food processor until fine
1.25 c. water
1 onion
2 jalapenos
1/2 can black beans, drained well
4 garlic cloves
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
1 TBL soy sauce
2 TBL ketchup
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. oregano
1.5 TBL parsley
1/2 c. vital wheat gluten (or other glutenous flour of your choice)
3 TBL nutritional yeast

Preheat oven to 400.

Pulse TVP in a food processor until it’s a fine powder. Pour into a large mixing bowl with water. Cover with plastic wrap and let it hydrate for 10-15 minutes. Set aside. In the food processor, pulse onions, garlic, and jalapenos until they are diced (do not grind them too finely). In a small bowl, mix together spices, soy sauce, and ketchup. When the TVP is hydrated, stir in spices and onion mixture. Stir well, or use your hands to combine. Add nutritional yeast and black beans, stir to blend. Finally, add wheat gluten and stir well.

Oil a baking sheet with olive oil, or oil of your choice. Form mixture into patties about 2.5 inches in diameter. Place patties on the baking sheet and drizzle a little oil on top of each, then flip over all the patties. Bake approximately 15 minutes, then flip all patties, bake an additional 15 minutes.

Makes 12.
burger 2