Friday, January 31, 2014

Spicy Rice & Beans

Tucson, AZ

A delicious, easy, healthy, and spicy one pot meal. 

RVegan Spicy Rice & Beans
serves 2
gluten free, vegan

1 Tbsp olive oil
1 yellow onion chopped
1 tsp minced habanero pepper (substitute chile pepper of your preference)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup beans, drained and rinsed (i used black and kidney mixed)
¼ cup chopped tempeh (optional)
2 plum tomatoes, chopped
1 cup cooked rice
1 lime
handful of fresh cilantro
generous pinch of the following: chili powder, smoked paprika, paprika, oregano, cumin, cumin seed, salt

Cook the onion and habanero in the oil 5 min over medium high, lower temp to meduim & add everything else, except rice, lime, and cilantro. Cook 10 more minutes. Stir in cooked rice. Squeeze juice of 1 lime over top and stir. Serve hot. Garnish with fresh cilantro.

Bloody Maria

Tucson, AZ

My all time favorite cocktail, the Bloody Mary, just took a southwestern vacation!  Hola, Bloody Maria!

RVegan Bloody Maria

Bloody Maria mix
serves 4

32oz tomato juice (I use Knudson organic tomato juice, it's the best!)
2 Tbsp grated fresh horseradish
¼ cup worcestershire (I use Whole Foods brand, its vegan & organic.  Always check labels)
½ tsp habanero hot sauce (Spicy Hot! Substitute with any hot sauce of your choice, or omit for mild)
½ tsp ground chipotle powder (Spicy! Omit for mild)
½ tsp onion powder
1 Tbsp BBQ sauce OR 1 tsp liquid smoke
Juice of 1 lime + more for garnish
salt & pepper to taste

Combine and mix well.

4 shots Tequila

Fill 4 glasses with ice.  1 shot of tequila each glass.  Pour Bloody Maria mix over iced tequila.  Stir.  Garnish with a wedge of lime, olives, hot peppers, cilantro, or all of the above!

Creamy Buffalo Wing Spread

Dip EVERYTHING in it.  Great for parties!

Creamy Buffalo Wing Spread 
gluten free, soy free, vegan, paleo

½ cup hot sauce
1 cup sunflower seeds
2 Tbsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic
¼ cup water
1Tbsp lemon juice

Process sunflower seeds to a fine powder, add remaining ingredients. Process until smooth.