Cauliflower & Bean Salad!

Cauliflower & Bean Salad
(Serves 4-8) ~ Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free

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Whew, the cupboards are getting bare…and the fridge too! When we’re low on product or if I want to use up some remaining produce that may be on its way out typically my ‘go to’ is always soup. Now that I think of it, today would have been a great soup day!? But I always make soup at this stage and wanted to do something a little different for a change. [Ah!…fingers snap with a sigh] That’s not it at all, now I remember why I didn’t make soup, I’m low out of salt. You know what they say when you’re out of salt…
Well, maybe tomorrow I’ll have two nickels to rub together and will venture out to the grocery store, maybe I’ll get some salt too! Lol, but for now – how about something different for a change. A salad instead of soup. 🙂
This was yesterday’s side; today I made some damn amazing cornbread! – I’ll have to share that recipe too. Made also with pantry items, it’s amazing what I find in there sometimes and even more amazing what creations are thrown together. I love turning nothing into something.

Ingredients:
1 Red Pepper, minced
1 Green Pepper, minced
1 Head of Cauliflower, chopped
1 handful Fresh Parsley, chopped
1 (15.5oz can) Chickpeas (Garbanzo beans), drained/rinsed
1 (15oz can) Red Kidney Beans, drained/rinsed
1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
¼ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
¼ Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
½ Tbsp Sugar
1 Tsp dried Oregano Salt/Pepper

Directions:
-In a large bowl whisk together Dijon, Olive Oil, Vinegar, Sugar, Oregano and Salt/Pepper to combine.
-Toss remaining ingredients in the bowl to combine. (I chop the peppers in small pieces almost minced).
-Note: This salad is great warm too! – You can steam the cauliflower before tossing in remaining ingredients – I find the dressing adheres nicely also. Enjoy!

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Oven Roasted Chickpeas

Oven Roasted Spiced Chickpeas
(Makes about 3 Cups) – Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free
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There I was Sunday with the house all to myself, everybody was out all day. I seized the moment to blog a little, enjoy some good music and read a GOOD book. The book was the main task of the day, so no distractions. I’ve been reading Seth’s next book, I’m helping him make edits before he sends it off to be published. No spoiler alerts here…you’ll have to wait and see! I will say that it is intense, honest and explicit…this is a mad world we live in.
Reading and Editing…Reading and Editing…I worked up a mini appetite. I needed a snack and we were out of hummus. So I opened the pantry – well I had chickpeas and tahini, I could make more…. but no distractions I told myself! As simple as hummus is to make, I decided to go a simpler route and make roasted chickpeas. Just toss them in some seasonings and then toss them in the oven and back to work, what could be easier. You can make them spicier or mild, whichever you decide.

Ingredients:
2 (15 oz) Cans Chickpeas (Garbanzo beans)
2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
½ Tsp Wasabi Powder (Horseradish, Spirulina, Turmeric)
½ Tsp Smoked Paprika
½ Tsp Salt
¼ Tsp course Ground Black Pepper
(Note: Wasabi and Smoked Paprika can be adjusted from ¼ to 1 Tsp depending on preference).

Directions:
-Preheat oven 400 degrees.
-Drain and rinse chickpeas. Remove any skin that is visible from chickpeas. I put them in a bowl and feel through, removing that outer layer of skin as I go. Get as much as you can, it’s okay if there are some left.
-Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
-Place chickpeas on baking sheet (be sure the baking sheet has a lip on it 1-2 inches, they like to roll).
-Bake for 40 minutes. – Shake pan during cooking to toss chickpeas for even cooking (about 3 times during cooking process, abt 13-15 mins or so). Enjoy!

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Curried Chickpeas with Potatoes & Carrots

Curried Chickpeas with Potatoes/Carrots (Serves 4-6)

Vegan/Gluten-Free

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This curry chickpea recipe is truly simple and fragrant; I served it over basmati rice. The addition of potatoes, sweet potatoes and carrots make this a hearty and flavorful dish. You can swap or add ingredients; this really is a versatile dish, throw in some kale or spinach for example. Monday was one of those days coming in from work I needed to make something quick; this is roughly a 30-minute meal. Enjoy and fill your kitchen with the aroma of curry.

Ingredients:
3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Shallot, chopped
1 Sweet Potato, diced
1 Quart (32oz) Vegetable Broth, divided
2 (15.5 oz can) Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans), drained/rinsed
5 small Gold Potatoes, chopped/quartered-smaller ones
2 Carrots, diced
½ Tbsp Curry powder
1 Tsp Garlic Powder
Salt/Pepper to taste (Abt 1 ½ Tsp Salt and ½ Tsp Pepper)

Directions:
-Heat olive oil over medium heat and sauté shallots for 2-3 minutes until softened.

-Add Sweet Potatoes and continue sautéing for another 2-3 minutes. Then add ½ of the vegetable broth. Bring broth to simmer – low boil, cook sweet potatoes for about 5 minutes.

-Add remaining ingredients: Chickpeas, Potatoes, Carrots, Seasonings and remaining broth. Heat to boil – then reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes – potatoes and carrots should be fork tender.

-Serve over Basmati Rice – click here for recipe. Enjoy!