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.

Harvest Dinner of Champions

Nothing says fall like some harvest dinner goodness.

Like cheddar cheese and crackers and some squash and apple soup? And don't forget the kale, of course.

Get a feeling of groundedness from the squash (it grows in the ground, get it?) and the sweetness of the roasted butternut plus the apple will totally satisfy your sweet tooth. Choose locally-made cheddar if possible. Making this meal definitely made me miss living in Vermont where I was this time last year but I'm grateful for all the good memories.

Here's a fall-tastic meal that's easy, convenient and delicious. What more can you ask for?

Harvest Dinner of Champions

Harvest Dinner of Champions Dillan DiGiovanni

Roasted butternut squash and apple soup:

  • 1 large butternut squash
  • 1 medium apple (like Honeycrisp or Pink Lady), chopped
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 TBSP butter
  • 2 tsp olive oil

1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2) Use parchment paper to line a baking dish or cookie sheet.

3) Add butternut squash cut lengthwise into quarters. Remove seeds and rub exposed squash flesh with extra virgin olive oil (oh my!)

4) Bake in the oven for 35-50 minutes or until tender when poked with a fork. Cut into cubes and keep the skin on.

5) In a large pot, melt 1 TBSP butter over low heat and brown onion.

6) Add chopped apple and cook 2 mins. Add 1 cup water. Add cubed squash.

7) Add 1/2 cup more water if needed and cook contents down until soft. Add small pinch of salt. USe hand blender to combine all ingredients until smooth. Serve warm in a bowl.

 

Sauteed kale with sliced garlic:

  • 3-4 big kale leaves, trimmed off stem and chopped fine
  • 1 large garlic clove, sliced very thin
  • 1 TBSP coconut or olive oil

1) Warm oil in a frying pan over medium heat

2) Add garlic and cook 3 minutes until it begins to brown

3) Add chopped kale and cook down until soft

4) Serve hot and sprinkle with pinch of sea salt

 

Cheese and crackers

Buy good quality cheese and crackers to complement this meal. I enjoy CABOT Cheddar and Carr's Crackers.

 

I'd love to hear comments if you make this! What is your favorite part? I can't choose, I love every aspect. That's why I posted it as a package deal.

 

 

Tofu Breakfast Scramble (with something better than Nutella)

Ever get tired of eggs?

Or maybe you're vegan or you don't eat them for other reasons like maybe allergies? Or maybe you just don't LIKE them.

Well, have you ever tried tofu scramble? When spiced nicely and cooked well, mashed tofu can simulate the egg experience or just be its own protein-packed nutritious breakfast all on its own without trying to be like anything else. ;) 

Here's a simple recipe that takes just a few minutes and leaves you feeling satisfied for hours. I suggest matching it with a small side salad and/or multigrain toast with a full fat spread and/or natural sweetener. When you eat a tasty breakfast like this, shitty donuts will have no power over you mid-morning.

(PS you can also eat this for lunch or dinner)

Give this a try and let me know what you think in the comment below!

TOFU BREAKFAST SCRAMBLE

1 package extra firm tofu, rinsed, drained and cut into quarters

1/8 tsp each curry powder, garam masala, garlic powder, all-purpose seasoning 

1/8 tsp coconut oil or olive oil

Warm oil in a small pan on the stovetop. Place 1 or 2 quarters of tofu into pan. Mash with a fork. Bring heat to low or medium low. Add spices and mix well. Cook over low heat for 2-5 minutes until tofu is lightly browned.

 

 These are better (for your body) than Nutella. With cleaner ingredients they taste just as good!

These are better (for your body) than Nutella. With cleaner ingredients they taste just as good!