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RECIPE: Cowboy Caviar

When it's hotter than Satan's taint and the last thing you want to do is "cook" anything, here's something to make at home that's healthy, easy to make and really satisfying!

You need:

  • 1 can black-eyed peas, drained & rinsed
  • 1 can Cannelini beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 can Garbanzo beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 2 cups frozen corn, thawed
  • fresh grape or cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 3-4 TBSP olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • drizzle of honey
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cilantro as garnish

Mix all ingredients together in a big bowl. Eat with tortilla chips or warmed corn tortillas.

Indian-Spiced Turkey Burgers

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This recipe is one of my most successful experiences of fearlessness in the kitchen. I had no plan. I had no idea what I was doing. And the results ROCKED!!!!

Indian-Spiced Turkey Burgers over Portabella "Buns" with Kale and Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Chips (did I mention the homemade ginger/apple/raisin chutney?)

Ferociously good.

for the chips:

6 cups kale, removed from stem and finely chopped 1 REALLY large sweet potato, sliced very thin (1/8 in. thick) 3 Tbsp coconut oil or butter 3-4 Portabella caps (one per person)

for the burgers:

2 lbs freshly ground turkey 1 tsp coriander 1 tsp cardamom 1 tsp curry 1 tsp cumin 1 pinch nutmeg 1/4 tsp chili powder

for the chutney:

1 medium apple, sliced 1/4 ginger root, sliced thin 1 cup water 2 tsp cane sugar 1 Tbsp raisins

Instructions

START AT LEAST AN HOUR BEFORE MEAL PREP

1) Preheat over to 425.

2) In a small saucepan, combine all the chutney ingredients except raisins. Simmer over low low/med heat until ingredients are reduced to a thick sauce and ginger is softened. Stir often. Add more water as needed as it boils off. Add raisins when finished and stir in.

3) In a large mixing bowl, combine spices. Add turkey meat and knead the spices and meat together, incorporating the spices throughout. Form into small patties, about 1/2 inch thick and 3 inches wide. Set aside.

4) Cover  a cookie sheet with a sheet of parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl, add 2 Tbsp (melted) coconut oil or butter and toss with sliced sweet potatoes. Line cookie sheet with potato slices. Bake in oven until browned and crispy (check and turn after 10 mins).

5) In a saute pan over medium heat, add turkey burgers and cook until browned. Turn and repeat. Remove and place on a plate. Add more oil to pan and cook mushroom caps until they are soft and dark.

6) Melt 1 Tbsp coconut oil or butter in saute pan over medium heat. Add kale and cook to taste.

 

The timing to coordinate this meal may take some practice. I got lucky. Use your judgment with cooking times.