Black Bean & Millet Salad

Ingredients:
1 cup millet, uncooked
3 cups water
2 cups black beans, drained and rinsed
2 large tomatoes, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium cucumber, sliced

Dressing
1/3 cup water
3 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
2 teaspoon garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt (optional)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon allspice

Directions:
In a pot add the water and millet, cook for 30 minutes and let cool. In a bowl combine millet, beans, tomato & onion. Chop cucumber and add to bowl.

Combine dressing ingredients, mix, pour over salad. Cover & refrigerate until chilled. Serve on lettuce leaves or stuff in pita.

Serving Size: 5 1/2-cup servings

Notes: I had to substitute the all spice since there was none in my pantry. I used a 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg (didn’t have any cloves either). It’s a filling salad, the onion seems a bit overbearing, I might make some adjustments to the dressing the next time I make this salad. 4/12/12

Source: My friend Jenniffer, who is masterful in the kitchen!

Dal Palak

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup lentils
10 oz. frozen, chopped spinach
1 onion, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
1 1 inch piece of ginger
1 teaspoon coriander powder
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 tablespoon garam masala
3/4 cup water

DIRECTIONS:

Wash and soak lentils in warm water for 45 minutes. Defrost spinach. Heat pan and saute the chopped onion until soft. Strain lentils and add to pan, along with spinach and the remainder of the spices. Add water. Over medium heat let the lentils cook until soft. Lightly smash the lentils into the spinach mixture.

NOTES: First time doing a dish like this and it probably came out a bit dry, based on images I saw on the Internet of this dish. I would probably add more water next time and modify the spices used, possibly adding a bit of lemon juice as well. Overall the flavor was good, much like a curry but I feel I could have used a chile pepper or a hot sauce to spice the dish up.

Sweet Potato Burritos

INGREDIENTS:Sweet Potato Burrito
1/2 onion, chopped
1-1/4 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups canned kidney beans (or black beans), drained
2/3 cup water or vegetable broth
1 tablespoon chili powder
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1-1/4 teaspoons prepared mustard
1 teaspoon Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce, or to taste (optional)
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
1 tablespoon Bragg’s Liquid Aminos or tamari (soy sauce)
1-1/2 cups cooked and mashed sweet potatoes
6 (10 inch) whole wheat tortillas, warmed
cheese sauce (optional)

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat a skillet, and saute onion and garlic until soft using a bit of water. Stir in beans and mash. Add the mashed sweet potato. Gradually stir in water, and heat until warm. Remove from heat, and stir in the chili sauce, chili powder, cumin, mustard, cayenne pepper and liquid aminos.

Divide bean and mashed sweet potatoes mixture down the center of a warm whole wheat tortilla. Spoon in cheese sauce. Fold up tortillas burrito style, and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 12 minutes in the preheated oven, and serve. This made 6 average size or 4 large burritos.

SERVING SIZE: 6

NUTRITIONAL FACTS:
Calories……….216
Total Fat……..4 g
Cholesterol….0 mg
Sodium………..576 mg
Potassium…..287 mg
Total Carbs…38 mg
Protein………..7g

NOTES:

SOURCE: AllRecipes.com, contributor Karena

Veggie Pizza

INGREDIENTS:
1 bag of Bob’s Red Mill Whole Wheat Gluten Free Pizza Crust
Tomato sauce (see spaghetti for sauce recipe)
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 cups spinach, chopped
1 zucchini, halved and sliced
2 cups broccoli, chopped
2 cups mushrooms, sliced and halved
2 tomatoes
cheese (optional, I used non-dairy Daiya)

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat the over to 425 degrees. In a bowl prepare the pizza crust flour as directed. After the dough is done rising roll it out on a pizza pan. I used a cookie sheet, which made for a nice 1/2 thick crust when baked.

Cover pizza dough with tomato sauce and top with a thin layer of cheese. Add red pepper, zucchini, mushrooms, onion, spinach and top with tomato. Bake in the over for 15-17 minutes.

Mexican Brown Rice with Pinto Beans

INGREDIENTS:
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
½ onion, diced fine
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 cup long-grain brown rice, rinsed and drained
1¾ to 2 cups water
1 tablespoons tomato paste or sauce (I used diced tomatoes)
3 cups cooked pinto beans

DIRECTIONS:
Heat a 2-quart pot. Add cumin and chili powder and sauté for a few seconds. Add onion and salt and continue cooking until onion is soft. Add rice and stir well to coat. Add water and tomato paste and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer, covered, until all of the water is absorbed (about 40 minutes). Serve warm, alongside the cooked pinto beans.

SOURCE: Culinate.com