Spicy + Sweet: The Ultimate Apple

Ingredients:

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  • Tuscan Bread (any sourdough bread works)
  • 1 apple, peeled and sliced
  • Jack-Pepper/Jalapeño cheese (any spicy cheese works)
  • 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp mustard (sauce)
  • 1/2 tsp agave syrup
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • salt and pepper (to taste)

Directions:

  1. Marinate the apple slices in agave syrup, olive oil, mustard, and lemon juice for at least 1/2 hour.
  2. Place the marinated apple slices on a piece of bread.
  3. Top the apple slices with any (spicy tastes better) cheese slices.
  4. Toast the bread slice in the oven until the cheese melts completely.

*Serve hot.

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Pinto Bean Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Pinto Beans (soaked overnight)
  • 1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 ½ teaspoon ground roasted cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 dried chili
  • sea salt (to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon Masa Harina (corn flour)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoon grated celery

Directions:

  1. Rinse the beans. Heat the oil in a pressure cooker.
  2. Add the oregano, coriander, chili, cumin, and celery. Cook for few minutes.
  3. Add beans with 2 cups of water and 1 teaspoon of salt.
  4. Close the lid and bring the pressure to high, wait for few seconds and slow the heat for half an hour.
  5. Puree beans, and return them to the pot. Add Masa Harina Flour and cook for another 5 minutes on slow heat.
  6. Taste for salt and black pepper.
  7. Add fresh cilantro and serve with some corn chips.

Lentil Chili Soup

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped finely
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 can diced tomato
  • 1 cup brown lentils

Directions:

  1. Pour broth in a large bowl over medium to high heat.
  2. Add onion, bell pepper, and garlic and cook for 8 minutes until pepper is tender.
  3. Stir in chili powder and cook for 1 more minute.
  4. Add lentils and tomatoes and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat to low to medium and simmer, partially covered for 30 minutes or until lentils are almost tender.
  6. Uncover and cook 10 more minutes. Sprinkle in cilantro, stir, and serve.

Papaya Salad

IMG_1856Ingredients:

  • 2 cups raw grated Papaya
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro
  • 1/4 cup grated carrots
  • 1/4 cup green onion chopped
  • 1/4 cup peanuts crushed (sweet or salty per taste)
  • 1 green chili chopped
  • 2 dry red chili crushed
  • salt (to taste)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp oil
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds

Directions:

  1. Head oil and add mustard seeds and red chili.
  2. Mix everything  (except peanuts) in a big bowl.
  3. Top with the peanuts.
  4. Let it sit for 5 minutes.
  5. Serve.

Romaine Salad with a Mexican twist.

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Salad:

  • 2 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • ½ cup fresh/frozen corn kernels
  • 1 cup tomato, chopped
  • ½ cup pinto beans, rinsed and drained

Dressing:

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • ¾ cup prepared salsa
  • ½ cup yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 drops Tabasco sauce (optional)
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste)
  • ¼ cup chopped green onion
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • about 20 crushed tortilla chips (optional)

Directions:

  1. Arrange all the salad in a bowl.
  2. Sprinkle the green onion and cilantro over the salad.
  3. Mash avocado in separate bowl and add salsa, yogurt, and lemon juice.
  4. Season with hot sauce (optional) and Salt and Pepper, if desired.
  5. Pour dressing over salad, toss well, and top with chips.