Salad, Tex-mex

Vegetarian nachos platter

A vegetarian version of a classic dish! Feel free to make more cheese gratinated nachos than in the recipe and eat as a snack, it’s dangerously good!

Serves 4

1 batch of fried black beans (see recipe under Corn tortillas with fried beans and guacamole)
130 g tortilla chips
100 g cheese, e.g. cheddar, grated
2 dl sour cream
100 g salsa sauce
2 tomatoes, finely chopped
2 bell peppers, finely chopped
1 red onion, finely chopped
200 g corn

Preheat the oven to 225 °C. Spread the tortilla chips on a baking sheet and sprinkle with the grated cheese. Gratinate in the oven until the cheese bubbles, about 5 minutes. Prepare the fried black beans according to the recipe earlier in the blog. Mix the chopped vegetables and corn. Serve the cheese gratinated nachos with vegetables, fried black beans, a dollop of sour cream and salsa sauce.

Asian, Wok

Tofu and cabbage wok

This is a very tasty and healthy wok which saturates well, with fresh flavors of ginger and lemon. (The recipe is inspired by a recipe from Fredrik Paulún’s webpage www.isodieten.se.)

Serves 6

1 kg firm tofu, diced
1 leeks, sliced
4 carrots, finely sliced
1 cabbage head, shredded
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 red chillies, finely chopped
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh ginger
230 g cooked black beans (drained weight)
180 g fresh mungbean sprouts
0.5 dl sesame seeds
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 dl soy
0.5 dl lemon juice
Oil for frying

Heat oil in a wok. Fry the sesame seeds for a couple of minutes. Add the leeks and carrots and stir-fry for 4-5 minutes. Add the cabbage, garlic, chilli and ginger and stir-fry for another couple of minutes. Stir in tofu, bean sprouts, black beans, sesame oil, soy sauce and lemon juice and mix until everything has become warm. Serve.

Salad, South American

Quinoa with black beans and cumin

This is an easily prepared and tasty dish which also saturates very well. Stir-fried broccoli is such a tasty side dish, it’s like candy! (The recipe is inspired by the recipe “Quinoa with Black Beans and Cumin” from www.allrecipes.co.uk.)

Serves 4

2 dl quinoa, rinsed
460 g cooked black beans (drained weight)
200 g corn
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1.5 tsp ground cumin
1 pinch of cayenne pepper
1 tsp herb salt
0.5 tsp ground black pepper
Oil for frying

Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onion for a couple of minutes. Include the garlic the last half-minute. Add spices, quinoa and water as directed on the quinoa package and cook according to the designated cooking time. Stir in the cooked beans and corn. Serve with stir-fried broccoli!

Fusion, Indian, Thai, Wraps

Wraps with curry beans, banana, peanuts and coconut

Curry, banana, peanuts and coconut. An unbeatable combo!

Serves 4

700 g cooked black beans (drained weight)
0.5 dl of tomato purée
2.5 dl crème fraiche
1 tsp herb salt
1 tsp ground chilli pepper
1 tsp ground paprika
1 tsp yellow curry powder
0.5 tsp ground black pepper
4 bananas, sliced
8 leaves romaine lettuce
8 tortilla breads
Peanuts (at will)
Grated coconut (at will)

Mix the beans, tomato paste, crème fraiche and spices in a pot. Heat and let simmer for a couple of minutes. Make wraps by putting a lettuce in a tortilla bread and top it with the spiced beans, sliced banana, peanuts and coconut. Roll up the wrap and eat!

Italian, Pasta

Spaghetti with red sunflower seed pesto, olives and black beans

Pesto in any variety is so good! Here comes a red version with sunflower seeds which is very tasty. The olives adds a nice flavor to the dish and the beans makes it more fulfilling.

Serves 6

400 g spaghetti
460 g cooked black beans (drained weight)
130 g mixed olives
150 g sun-dried tomatoes
2 dl sunflower seeds
10 sprigs of basil
2 dl olive oil (use the oil which the dried tomatoes were in and add olive oil so it will be 2 dl in total)
75 g Parmesan cheese, grated
2 garlic cloves
Oil for frying

Cook the spaghetti according to the instructions on the package. Fry the sunflower seeds in oil until they become golden brown. Blend basil, dried tomatoes, sunflower seeds, parmesan, garlic and olive oil in a food processor to a paste. Mix the red pesto with the spaghetti and stir in the olives and beans.

Soup, Thai

Red curry soup with black beans and peppers

Recently I ate a really good soup at Naked Juice, with black beans, bell peppers, coconut milk and red curry. Here is my regeneration of the recipe for that soup. It does not look like much but it is very tasty! In addition, it is very easy to prepare.

Serves 5

700 g cooked black beans (drained weight)
2 red bell peppers, roughly chopped
1 onion, roughly chopped
8 dl coconut milk
1.5 tbsp red curry paste
Oil for frying

Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onion for a couple of minutes. Add bell peppers, coconut milk and red curry paste. Blend the soup smooth with a hand blender. Serve it with good bread!

Soup, Tex-mex

Bean soup with cheese gratinated tortilla chips

This bean soup is similar to the spicy bean soup recently posted on the blog, but this one has milder spiciness, sweetness from the corn and dangerously tasty cheese gratinated tortilla chips!

Serves 7

2 dl each of three kind of dried beans, e.g. kidney, black and borlotti beans
350 g corn
2 onions, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 celery stalks, sliced
800 g crushed tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato purée
4 dl broth from boiling the beans
1 tsp herb salt
0.75 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground chilli pepper
2 tsp oregano
200 g nachos
100 g cheddar cheese, grated
Yoghurt or sour cream for serving
Oil for frying

Cook the beans according to the instructions on the packages. Save 4 dl of the broth from boiling the beans. Heat the oven to 200 °C. Heat oil in a pan and fry the onion and celery for one minute. Add garlic and fry another half a minute. Add the chopped tomatoes, beans, broth from the beans, tomato purée and all the spices and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Spread the tortilla chips on a baking sheet and spread cheese over them. Gratinate in oven for 5 minutes. Serve the soup with a dollop of yogurt or sour cream and the cheese-gratinated tortilla chips.

Soup, Tex-mex

Spicy bean soup with guacamole

This is a rich and spicy bean soup with guacamole as icing on the cake!

Serves 7

1 batch of guacamole (see recipe under Corn tortillas with fried beans and guacamole, but preferably omit the tomato, red onion and chilli since they are anyway included in the soup)
2 dl each of three kinds of dried beans (e.g. black, kidney and borlotti beans)
2 red onions, chopped
2 green peppers, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 kg crushed tomatoes
4 dl broth from boiling the beans
0.5 dl tomato purée
0.5 tsp herb salt
0.5 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
2 tsp ground chilli peppers
2 tsp oregano
1 bunch of coriander sprigs, chopped
Oil for frying

Soak the beans and cook them according to the instructions on the packaging (it works fine to cook them in the same pot, just use the longest cooking time). Save 4 dl of broth from boiling the beans. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onion for one minute. Add garlic and fry for another minute. Add the peppers, crushed tomatoes, broth from the beans, tomato purée and all the dry spices and let simmer for 5-10 minutes. Stir at last in the chopped coriander sprigs. Serve the bean soup with a large dollop of guacamole, prepared according to the recipe earlier in the blog.

Tex-mex, Wraps

Quesadillas with black beans, jalapeno and mozzarella

This is dangerously good! Crispy tortillas, tex-mex seasoned vegetables with heat from jalapeno and melting mozzarella … Mmm… (The recipe is inspired by a recipe in the “New Vegetarian Kitchen” by Nicola Graimes.)

Serves 4-5

460 g of cooked black beans (drained weight)
200 g mozzarella, cut into smaller pieces
2 red peppers, cut into short sticks
1 red onion, chopped
1 jalapeno, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 tsp ground cumin
0.5 tsp herb salt
0.5 tsp ground black pepper
8 small wheat tortilla breads
Oil for brushing
1 batch guacamole, according to the recipe under Corn tortillas with fried beans and guacamole

Heat the oven to 200 °C. Prepare the guacamole according to the recipe earlier in the blog. Stir together all ingredients and spices and spread it on 4 tortilla breads on a baking tray. Add a tortilla on top of each filling and brush it with oil. Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes or until the bread has become golden brown. Serve with guacamole.

Fusion, Indian, Mediterranean, Patties and burgers, Salad

Carrot and sunflower seed patties with potatoes, curry yoghurt and bean salad

This is a real feast! The dish has a wild mix of flavors; Indian tastes from the curry yoghurt, Mediterranean from the bean salad and Swedish from the boiled potatoes. They all go very well together. (The recipe for the bean salad is inspired from a recipe on the back of the package for Zetas organic black beans and the carrot patties were inspired from www.vegetariskt.com.)

Serves 5

Carrot patties with sunflower seeds

500 g carrots, roughly grated
2 onions, roughly grated
2 dl sunflower seeds
2 eggs
1 dl wheat flour
1 garlic cloves, crushed
1.5 tsp herb salt
1.5 tsp black pepper
Oil for frying

Mix all ingredients and shape the mxture into patties. Fry them on medium heat until they become browned on both sides. Serve them with bean salad, curry yogurt (recipes below) and boiled potatoes.

Bean salad with rocket, parmesan and lemon

460 g cooked black beans (drained weight)
65 g rocket salad, coarsely chopped
50 g parmesan, grated
1 garlic clove, crushed
0.5 dl olive oil
2 tbsp lemon juice
0.5 tsp herbal salt
0.5 tsp ground black pepper

Mix all ingredients in a bowl.

Curry Youghurt

5 dl thick yoghurt
1 garlic clove, crushed
1.5 tsp yellow curry powder

Mix.