Monday, February 9, 2015

Spicy Black Bean & Salsa Tartare with Guacamole


Spicy Black Bean & Salsa Tartare with Guacamole


One night, my boyfriend and I went out for dinner to a tapas restaurant. We both love trying new dishes. There was a new restaurant that had opened in Norwalk, and we decided to give it a try! One of the four plates we ordered was tuna tartare. I usually don't meat fish or meat at home, but I've been trying different things when I go out. I loved the tuna tartare, it was delicious! So about a week later, I went home and I tried to create a vegetarian version of it. I used black bean and mixed veggies that is almost like a home-made black bean burger patty, but without the burger bun/bread because I was trying to avoid extra carbs. I had it with guacamole, some rice, salsa, and some tortilla chips.

Here's the recipe:
2 avocados
1-2 tsp olive oil
1 tbsp. taco seasoning
Salsa
1 green chili
1/2 lemon
1 can black beans
1 red bell pepper, cubed
1 small can whole corn kernels
cilantro
1 tomato, cubed
1 onion, cubed
1 cup rice, cooked
few tortilla chips






 Black Bean Patty:

Take the black beans out of the can. Drain excess water and rinse the beans. Let dry for a couple minutes.

In a mixing bowl, mash the black beans. Add the onions, bell pepper, corn, tomato, cilantro and keep mixing.

Add salt to taste, taco seasoning, could even add a jalapeno pepper if you like spicy food.

Set aside.



       

       Guacamole:

In a separate bowl, add avocados, a tsp of olive oil, little pieces of green chili/crushed red peppers, freshly squeezed lemon juice, cilantro, and salt to taste.

Mix the ingredients well. Set aside.
Rice:

       


Plating:
I first put a layer of the guacamole on the plate.

Then, using a measuring cup, I scooped the mixture to plate like shown in the picture above.

I added some rice & crumbled tortilla chips on top, with salsa on the side!






Spiced Pea Soup





Last night I felt like making a home-made meal because its been a while since I have cooked something. I wanted to try cooking something new. I skimmed through many recipes on pinterest, but there was a slight problem. I didn't have a lot of ingredients at home and I was too lazy to drive to the grocery store. I had plenty of frozen sweet peas, mixed vegetables, and fresh baby spinach. I thought of the time when one of my friends had made a chilled pea soup, which was absolutely delicious. I thought i use up the 4 oz. bag of peas I had in the freezer and turn it into a hearty soup. I also had some stale bread so I made croutons! Here's the recipe:

1 bag frozen sweet peas (~14 oz)
1-2 tsp olive oil
1/8 tsp. ground all spice
2 cups water
2-3 cups stock
1 red onion, diced
1-2 garlic cloves, minced
1 celery stalk, diced (optional)
salt to taste
Servings: 2-3




Simply, add olive oil in a pan. First, put in the garlic and once golden brown, add the onions and celery. Cook for 1-2 minutes.

Add 2 cups of water and the peas. Bring to a boil.

Add the stock.

Add all spice and salt to taste.

Stir occasionally and cooking for about 5 minutes. Add the contents into a blender.


To finish it up, I baked some fresh butter croutons!