Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Vegan Red Beans and Rice

This vegan version of a Louisiana Creole classic uses liquid smoke (available in most grocery stores near the barbecue sauces) and smoked paprika to give replace the meaty flavor of ham.

Caveat: I notoriously do not measure my oil or my spices, ergo no measurements are given here. When sauteing, I put in enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan, and in rice, I put in a splash. In terms of seasoning, the seasoning for this dish is somewhat individual based on how salty and how spicy you prefer your food to be. Being a dancer, I usually count to 8 while sprinkling seasoning! In my version I used only a tiny dash of cayenne pepper, as I am not partial to spicy foods. Use your eyes, nose, and tastebuds to figure out the best amounts for you!

Vegan Red Beans and Rice

2 cups red beans, soaked overnight and boiled/pressure cooked til soft
Half a red onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
Olive oil
1 c vegetable broth (recommend Better Than Boullion)
1 capful liquid smoke
Sea salt
Black pepper
Red pepper
Onion powder
Garlic powder
Smoked paprika
Cayenne pepper

1 c brown basmati rice, soaked
Olive oil
Sea salt
Black pepper
Onion powder
Garlic powder
2 c water

For the beans:
Heat olive oil in a medium-sized pot. Saute onions and garlic about 2 min, add all seasoning, stir and mix well, saute another 5 min, add peppers and celery, saute another 2-3 min.
Add beans, stir until coated. Add veg broth and liquid smoke, stir, simmer on low uncovered about 30-40 min til liquid thickens, stirring occasionally.

For the rice:
Combine all ingredients in a pot, stir, bring to a boil, reduce heat, cook on lowest heat setting until water is absorbed and rice is fluffy (about 40 min.)

Let sit for ten min to settle, then ladle the beans and sauce over the rice and enjoy! My non-veg partner enjoyed it very much with a small piece of chicken on the side and did not miss the ham in the beans.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Two Delicious Pancake Toppers

Hey yall... after a very long hiatus I am back, with my healthy vegan food blog for the lazy!!

Some of you already know about my Best Vegan Pancakes but today, short on syrup and Earth Balance, I made the following to go with the pancakes:

Strawberry Rhubarb Compote

Put the following in a saucepan:

1 pint strawberries, halved and topped
6 stalks rhubarb, diced into 1/4-inch strips
1/4 c raw sugar (can substitute 1/4 c agave)
1/4 c water

Bring to a boil, lower heat, simmer til all is mushy and juicy-- about 10 min

Caramelized Bananas

Chop 2 medium-ripe bananas into bite-sized pieces
Heat 2 tbsps coconut oil in a heavy pan
Add bananas to oil once hot
Saute, turning frequently, until bananas are browned/caramelized-- about 10 min