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Red Beans and Cauliflower “Rice”– Vegan, Gluten-Free, and So Easy to Make!

Sometimes, you want to whip up a delicious, filling vegan meal without a lot of fuss and expense. Maybe you have less than an hour to prepare a dish that your whole family — or table of friends — will love. Never fear! This stellar red bean-based dish utilizes cauliflower “rice.” In other words, the finely shredded cauliflower looks like rice, and its texture is quite similar. You and your guests will be amazed! The whole process is much easier than you might think. Here’s how:

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons olive oil
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped green, red, or yellow bell pepper
1 large head cauliflower, chopped
3 15-ounce cans of red beans, drained and rinsed
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
Optional garnishes: chopped cilantro, avocado, sliced jalapenos, chopped arugula, chopped tomatoes, salsa, diced scallions, etc.

INSTRUCTIONS

Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan and add chopped onions. Fry onions on medium heat for about five minutes until they become translucent. Add chopped pepper and celery and continue frying for 5-10 minutes until vegetables are cooked through. The aroma will be heavenly! Meanwhile, place cauliflower chunks in food processor and grind them until they attain a granulated, slightly powdery consistency. You won’t believe they aren’t actually rice! Add the cauliflower “rice” to vegetables, along with the red beans and spices. Fry for another 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently. You can adjust the seasoning level according to your individual tastes. We like ours spicy, but you may feel differently. Experiment and enjoy!

This delightful dish pairs well with gluten-free corn tortillas and an almost endless variety of toppings. We garnished ours with sliced avocados, chopped cilantro, and thin slices of jalapenos and were delighted with the results. Other topping choices include chopped tomato, scallions, salsa (homemade is best) and chopped arugula. Use your imagination! You can also enjoy this dish with gluten-free, vegan beer or wine (check www.barnivore.com to see if your beverage is vegan).

Your simple, but scrumptious meal will serve 4-6 hungry people. You can store it in your refrigerator, reheat the leftovers, and enjoy them for a couple of days. They will taste just as delicious as before! The dish is amazingly filling and satisfying, and your guests will be delighted by its robust flavor. You’ll want to make it again and again! Be sure to save room for dessert.

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Vegan Gluten-Free Garbanzo Pancakes—Good for Any Time of Day!

INGREDIENTS
1 finely chopped green onion (both the white and green parts)
¼ cup finely chopped red pepper
½ cup garbanzo flour (try Bob’s Red Mill)
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon baking powder
½ cup water

OPTIONAL TOPPINGS
½ sliced avocado
Fresh salsa
Non-dairy yogurt (try coconut-based for a flavor thrill!)
Hummus
Black beans

INSTRUCTIONS
Chop pepper and green onion and set aside. Combine flour, garlic powder, sea salt, black pepper, and baking powder in medium-sized bowl. Stir thoroughly until combined. Add water and continue stirring until all lumps are gone. Your mixture should have a batter-like consistency, not too watery or think. Add red pepper and green onion and continue stirring until small bubbles appear in the batter.

Heat a frying pan (cast iron is best) on stove top and smear with olive oil. Pour batter directly into pan and fry at medium heat for about 6 minutes on each side. Don’t get impatient—this pancake will take much longer to cook than the conventional variety. You may have to add more olive oil to the pan, as the batter absorbs a lot of it. Be careful flipping the pancake, because the process is tricky! It may fall apart, at least a bit. If the pancake doesn’t look perfect when you’re done, don’t despair. It will still taste just as good!

You can top your pancake with an endless variety of garnishes. We used sliced avocado, fresh salsa, and plain coconut yogurt and were wowed by the results. You can also try hummus, black beans, baba ganoush, etc. Use your imagination! This recipe makes one pancake, but you can repeat the instructions indefinitely, depending on your number of guests.

Serve by itself (very filling) or with a side salad, coffee, some gluten-free beer or red wine. Check www.barnivore.com to make sure your alcoholic beverage is vegan. We hope you enjoy this delightful, light but filling meal! Thank goodness spring is just around the corner.

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Gnocchi Fajitas—An Exciting, Vegan Fusion of Italy and Mexico

For many years, we had no idea what to do with gnocchi. These little nuggets of potato-based pasta are usually served with butter and/or cheese. However, there is far more to gnocchi than we ever suspected, and this vegan, gluten-free meal showcases its versatility. Our recipe features an exciting fusion of Mexican and Italian cuisine. The result is a hearty and satisfying entree, perfect for a cold winter evening. It’s inexpensive and easy to prepare. Try it, we think you’ll agree.

INGREDIENTS
1 large (16 ounce) package of gluten-free gnocchi (check labels, make sure there are no eggs or added wheat flour)
½ thinly sliced red pepper
½ thinly sliced green pepper
½ red onion, cut into strips
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
Olive oil
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground pepper

SALSA INGREDIENTS
1 large avocado, mashed
1 Roma tomato, diced
2 tablespoons chopped onion
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1 clove garlic, minced
Juice of one lime
Salt to taste

Your favorite, gluten-free tortillas

INSTRUCTIONS

Heat olive oil in a large skillet (we recommend cast iron) and fry gnocchi lightly for 5-10 minutes. Remove gnocchi from pan and set aside. Pour onions, red and green peppers, and a pinch or two of salt into the pan and fry until onions are translucent and peppers are almost cooked through. Add gnocchi, black beans, and spices to your mixture and cook on low heat for another 5-10 minutes. If you like your dish spicy, feel free to add more spices.

Meanwhile, prepare the salsa. Mash an avocado in medium-sized bowl and squeeze in the juice of one lime. Add chopped tomato and onion, minced garlic, cilantro, and salt. Stir thoroughly until mixture is thoroughly combined. The texture should be thick but creamy.

Ladle the gnocchi mixture onto a large plate and spoon a couple of dollops of salsa on top. Serve with tortillas (this dish is also perfect on its own, without tortillas). It will be colorful and tantalizing, and you’ll want to spend a while admiring its beauty. But don’t wait too long. Dig in and enjoy!

Serves 3-4 people. The portions can be adjusted, depending on the size of your party. This succulent meal pairs well with vegan red wine or gluten-free beer. For an additional kick, top with shredded vegan cheese and/or sour cream. Your guests will love this dish, and you’ll want to make it again and again.

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Spaghetti Squash Burrito Bowls

It’s both easy to make, and colorful! Just the zest we need for these chilly, late-autumn evenings.

INGREDIENTS FOR SLAW
1 cup purple cabbage, sliced into thin ribbons and then cut into 1-2-inch strips
½ can black beans, rinsed and drained
¼ cup chopped green onions
½ red bell pepper, diced
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
½ teaspoon olive oil
Pinches of salt and pepper

SALSA VERDE INGREDIENTS
¾ cup fresh salsa (hot or mild to taste)
1 avocado, diced
1/3 cup fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1-2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

Slice medium-sized spaghetti squash in half (lengthwise) and coat inside with thin layer of olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and place squash halves upside down in medium-sized pan. Bake for 45-55 minutes at 400 degrees until pulp is soft. You should be able to insert a fork into it without difficulty.

Meanwhile, prepare the slaw in a large mixing bowl. You’ll be wowed by its beauty. After you have squeezed in the lime juice, set mixture aside to marinate.

Place avocado, salsa, garlic, cilantro and lime juice into blender or food processor and combine until your mixture is smooth and slightly frothy. Scoop the slaw into squash halves and fill to overflowing, then spoon a liberal dollop of salsa verde over the top. Finally, garnish your masterpiece with extra cilantro, salsa, toasted pepitas, or any other topping of your choice. Feel free to get creative!

This amazing creation serves 2-3 people, but feel free to double the recipe if you have more guests. Serve by itself (it’s filling!) or with wine, beer, cider and/or a side of gluten-free garlic bread. Of course, any leftovers will keep just fine in the refrigerator for several days. But they definitely won’t last that long.

Your friends will be begging you for the recipe, and you’ll want to make this meal again and again. With its vibrant, red and green hues, the dish is a great, festive lead-up to the holiday season.
Try it, we’re certain you’ll agree. Bon Appetit, and happy, stress-free holidays!

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The Easiest, Most Delicious Vegan and Gluten Free Fire-Roasted Salsa You’ll Ever Make

Naturally vegan and gluten-free, this salsa is so delicious, and quick to make. It’s great to stock up on cans of the below organic tomatoes to keep around the house, so that you can make salsa whenever the mood strikes. It keeps for weeks in the refrigerator when tightly stored.

The Easiest, Most Delicious Vegan and Gluten Free Fire-Roasted Salsa You’ll Ever Make

1 14.5 oz can Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies
1 28 oz can Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes
1 14.5 oz can Diced Tomatoes with Garlic and Onion
1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped (optional, if you like a little extra heat)
Organic agave syrup or sugar, to taste
Sea salt, to taste

Put all of the ingredients, except the salt and sugar, in a food processor and process for 15-20 seconds, until well blended. Add a little salt and sugar (or agave) at a time, until flavored to your liking. Transfer to an air-tight container and refrigerate.

The best part about the salsa is that the longer it sits, the better it tastes.

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