May 31st, 2007

spicy black bean burgers.

this is a pretty quick and easy meal, but very filling and delicious. enjoy!

spicy black bean burgers.

2 15oz cans black beans, rinsed, drained
2/3 cup red onions, chopped
1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs
4 tbsp chunky salsa
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp cayenne pepper (or more to taste)
1 tsp hot sauce
vegetable oil spray

1.) preheat broiler (you can also use a grill if desired).
2.) mash the black beans in a large bowl with a potato masher or a fork.
3.) mix in onion, breadcrumbs, salsa, cumin, cayenne and hot sauce.
4.) shape bean mixture into 6 patties and place on a lightly oiled pan (if broiling).
5.) broil/grill burgers until heated through, about 3 minutes per side.
6.) throw a burger on some buns and top with your fixings or freeze for a later time.

Israeli Couscous with Dried Apricots and Olives

I made this for a potluck last night. It was super easy. I combined a couple of recipes I had and the result was delicious - a nice combo of sweet and savory. I think toasted almonds would be really good in place of the pine nuts, too, if you prefer. enjoy!

2 cups Israeli Couscous
4 cups vegetable broth
1 cup dried apricots, diced
¾ cup kalamata olives
¾ cup toasted pine nuts
zest of 1 lemon
juice of ½ a lemon
¼ cup olive oil
½ tsp cayenne pepper (or however much you want)
4 scallions

Toast the couscous in a pan with oil for a few minutes. Bring the broth to a boil. Add the couscous. Cover and simmer for 8-10 minutes.

Meanwhile, toast the pine nuts to release their fragrance. Dice the apricots and olives. Put them in a bowl with the pine nuts. When the couscous is al dente, strain it and add it to the bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk the lemon juice, zest, olive oil, cayenne, salt, and pepper. Pour over couscous mixture. Chop the scallions; add and stir.

yogurt sauce - indian food

i have onathose big ol tubs of plain soy yogurt and i want to use as much of it as i can before it goes bad.

i was thinking of maybe trying out an indian dish that has a yogurt sauce?
does anyone have any experience with substituting dairy yogurt for soy yogurt in an indian dish?

Also, and more importantly, does anyone have any suggestions for a nummy recipe that i should try?

thanks in advance you crazy veg heads you

Chickpeas and cabbage

I'm trying to come up with some sort of chickpeas and cabbage salad recipe. What kind of dressings and spices would work on both chickpeas and cabbage? No fake mayo or fake yogurt or fake cheese. I will be the only vegan at the event and I don't want to have the carnivores eating and not appreciating the expensive replacement foods. I'm sort of leaning towards Indian flavors. Any ideas? Has anyone ever made a chickpea and cabbage salad?


Beans/Rice centered recipes?

My boyfriend and I just recently acquired 35lbs of dried beans and 40lbs of dried rice. That's a lot of beans and rice. What are some of your favorite recipes that include beans (any variety, and if you typically use canned beans I'm pretty sure I can substitute dried beans and some of the soaking water), rice, or both beans and rice. I also have a surplus of dried pasta and frozen veggies.

I'm open for anything - soups, casseroles, breads, dishes of any kind! My boyfriend and I are new to veganism, but not new to being poor hah, but I'm kind of at a loss as to what to do with all these dried goods. All of my recipe books involve some sort of meat, and my vegan/vegetarian cookbook calls for a lot of exotic spices and foods I just can't find or can't afford. If anyone can recommend some decent spices to invest in I'd be very very grateful. I have the typical stock of kitchen spices, but it's geared more towards baking than cooking.

Thank You!