Saturday, April 26, 2014

Turkey Sliders with Curried Guacamole

Turkey Sliders
(Spilling the Beans Cookbook)

1 C cooked chickpeas, 19 oz can, rinsed and drained
1/8 tsp rosemary
1/8 tsp thyme
pinch fennel
1/2-1 lb ground turkey
1 large egg
1/4 C dried bread crumbs or panko
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated
1 green onion, minced
pinch cayenne
1/4 tsp salt

Tomato, slider buns, curried guacamole (recipe below)

Coarsely mash the chickpeas, not to a paste.
Crush the herbs between your fingers or with a mortar pestle.
Combine all ingredients in a bowl with your hands.

Make into patties, 2 1/2 inches by 3/4 inches.

Fry in some olive oil in batches in a frying pan.

Serve on buns with tomato slices and curried guacamole, ketchup, mustard or lettuce.

Curried Guacamole
(Super Natural Everyday Cookbook)

2 ripe avocados
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
scant 1/2 tsp fine salt
1/2 C coarsely chopped cilantro, optional
1 Tbsp butter or EV coconut oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 small yellow onion, minced
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp curry powder
1 pinch chili flakes

Mash peeled avocados in a bowl, add lemon juice, salt and most of the cilantro, if using.
Set aside.
Heat butter or coconut oil in a skillet over med-high heat. When hot, add mustard seeds.  Keep a lid handy if for when the seeds start to pop.  After a minute, add onion and saute about 3 minutes or until onions are translucent.  Stir in garlic, curry powder and chili.
Count to 10 and remove from heat.

Stir into avocado mixture and top with remaining cilantro.
Serve warm on top of burgers or with chips or pitas.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Spicy Avocado Toasts

Mom and I had this for lunch the other day and loved it.

Its very simple but filling.

Spicy Avocado Toast 
(Martha Stewart)

1 ripe avocado
2 slices of toast
butter or coconut butter
a few pinches salt and pepper (I used flaky sea salt)
a few pinches red pepper flakes
lemon wedges

Peel and slice the avocado.
Toast and butter the bread.
Place sliced avocado on the bread and mash (or leave whole).
Top with salt, red pepper flakes and lemon juice.

BBQ Pulled Pork and Beans

This is a really easy recipe that my kids just love.

The substitute of beans for half of the meat makes this a cheap meal too.

Its simmers in the oven for several hours and gets served over rice or on a bun.

I usually make a coleslaw to go with it.

BBQ Pulled Pork and Beans 
(recipe from Spilling the Beans Cookbook)

olive oil, for cooking
1-2 lb pork tenderloin
2 C cooked red kidney beans (or a 19 oz can), rinsed and drained
2 C cooked navy beans or white kidney beans (19 oz can), rinsed and drained
1/2 C ketchup (I used 1/4C chili sauce, 1/4C ketchup)
1/4 C maple syrup
1/4C cider vinegar (red or balsamic works too)
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp dijon or yellow mustard
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
a few shots of hot sauce

1/4 cup a favourite BBQ sauce, optional

In a dutch oven, brown pork on all sides (in a little oil, if the meat is lean.)
Add all other ingredients except the BBQ sauce and mix it up in the pan.  (You may need to lift the pork up so all the sauce ingredients blend well.)
Cover and cook in a 300 degree F oven.  Cook for 3-4 hours.
You can also do this in a slow cooker on low for 6-8 hours.

Skim any fat off the surface and shred pork with two forks.
Stir in BBQ sauce, if using.
Serve over rice or on a bun, sloppy joe style.