Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Case of Chilli

Like the vegetarian 60's flower-child wanna-be that I am, I'm thinking Chilli.


1 cup water
3 rounded tsps (for 3 cups) vegetable bouillon powder
14-oz-can kidney beans, rinsed
14-oz-can black beans, rinsed
14-oz-can tomato sauce
14-oz-can diced tomatoes
1 orange pepper, chopped
1 yellow pepper, chopped
1 onion, chopped
3 chillis, seeded and minced (don't touch your eyes, and wash your hands well afterwards)
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 rounded tsp cocoa
1 pack Yves Original Veggie Ground Round
4 tortillas
olive oil

Simmer all the ingredients except for the veggie ground round, salt, tortillas and olive oil in a covered pot for 50 min. Add the veggie ground round, and salt the Chilli to taste. Continue to simmer until the Chilli is serving temperature. Lightly brush the tortillas with olive oil, slice with a pizza cutter into wedges, and brown under the broiler. Flip the wedges and repeat. Accompany the Chilli with the homemade tortilla chips. Serves 4.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

#27 The Case of Brownies

1 cup butter
3 oz unsweetened chocolate
2-1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
3 eggs, beaten
1 tablespoon vanilla
1-1/2 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
icing sugar

Preheat oven to 350ºF.

Melt together the butter and chocolate in a large oven-safe pot in the preheating oven. Stir occasionally and remember to use oven mitts when handling the pot.

Line a 9" X 13" baking pan with parchment paper. To hold the paper in place, attach the sides with binder clips. Brush the paper with a little melted butter (from the butter you're melting above if you get to it before stirring with the chocolate).

Remove the melted butter and chocolate from oven and stir in the sugar and cocoa.

Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth.

Fold in the flour and salt.

Fill the prepared baking pan. Smooth the top of the batter and bake for 40 min. Do not check with a toothpick because the typical method of checking the "doneness" of cake will not work here.


Flip the baking pan over on a cutting board, turn out the dessert, peel off the parchment paper and, while the dessert is upside-down, cut into 16 Brownies. Turn each Brownie upside-right and sift icing sugar on top.

Store the Brownies covered in the fridge.

Makes 16 large and completely irresistible Brownies.


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

#26 The Case of Piña Colada Smoothie

Inspired by a glorious trip to Puerto Plata.

1/2 cup pineapple, chopped
1 banana

1/3 cup light coconut milk
2 tablespoons Sunwarrior raw vegan protein powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 tablespoon orange juice
1/2 tablespoon lime juice
4 ice cubes

Add all the ingredients to a high-speed blender, in the order given, and blend.

Serves 1 (or divide into 3 cocktail glasses).