a bag of insecurities (bizwac) wrote in vegancooking,
a bag of insecurities

South American cuisine

I'm going to a party that asks guests to bring a South American dish. My partner and I will be the only vegans there so I definitely need to bring something.

I'm not quite sure what kinds of dishes are South American, and when I have looked, they seem very meaty. I was thinking of something with quinoa because it's tasty and probably no-one at the party will have heard of it, so they will be intrigued. I'd prefer something that can be whacked in one bowl and taken, as I will be travelling a fair way (so nothing make-it-yourself that needs lots of separate things in separate containers)

I'm in Australia, so it isn't very easy to get South American stuff like adobo or chipotle peppers etc, so simpler ingredients would be good. It is also winter here, so warmish meals would be nice.

Any help is appreciated

For those interested, I ended up making a Bolivian Quinoa Salad found here

1 cup red kidney beans or black beans, cooked
1 cup quinoa
2 corn on the cob, kernels removed
400 g pumpkin, cubed
1 large red capsicum, diced
1 large tomato, diced
1 red onion, diced
1 bunch coriander, chopped
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon ground cumin
sea salt
black pepper
1 lemon

1. Take a pot, combine quinoa, pumpkin, red kidney beans and corn kernels.
2. Boil until the quinoa is cooked and the pumpkin is soft (but not mushy).
3. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a fry pan, and combine the cumin, Onion and capsicum and fry until fragrant.
4. Add the Onion mixture to the quinoa mixture, season with salt, pepper and add the lemon juice.
5. Stir to combine, and serve.

And I also made gluten free mini mexican chilli chocolate cupcakes (gluten free mainly so I could use quinoa flour :P, and I figured chilli chocolate was kinda in theme).

They were both a hit!
Tags: ethnic food-latin american
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