Happy Day 5 of Vegan MoFo 2013! I am a bean lover. I'll proclaim it- I LOVE BEANS! That is why I have a copy of The Great Vegan Bean Book and cook from it weekly. The author, Kathy Hester, lives in Durham and was so kind to sign my copy. I feel lucky to get to see her weekly at a local vegan pop up restaurant. Her book has allowed me to carry out my bean habit even more. While this post is not about one of her recipes, I felt that the Queen of Vegan Beans needed to be mentioned.
Back to the bean. John and I try to have several meals a week that consist of the glorious bean. Beans are low in fat, while being high in fiber and protein. The thought of a Latin theme had me dreaming of being able to write many posts that included beans! I have not planned out the whole month just yet, but rest assured that this is not the only post with a bean inspired recipe.
If I had to pick a favorite bean, it would be the pinto bean. A close second is the chickpea, followed by the black bean and the cannellini bean. Refried beans turned me on to the pinto bean. It can be very hard to locate a Mexican restaurant that makes these beauties without lard, so oftentimes have to take matters into my own hands. I sometimes buy them from a can and other times I make them from a dry form of the bean. Appetite For Reduction has an awesome recipe that I enjoy making called Unrefried Beans. Lately, it has been a regular on our dinner dish.
When prepping for this blog post, I decided to soak and cook up a pot of dry pinto beans. I took some short cuts from my regular go to recipe because I had a busy evening of work ahead. I started by placing about 8 ounces of dry pintos in a pot and covered them with water. I boiled them for about an hour after they soaked for 2 hours in warm water. I then mashed the beans with tomato sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, cumin, cayenne pepper, and chili powder. Those beans became the protein and base of Mexican Lasagna.
You might of read the title of this recipe and thought to yourself "ok, now that is not authentic at all!" Now hold up there! I warned you that my posts would not be authentic Latin cuisine! :-) Authenticity aside, this was a delicious and filling dish. This recipe makes quite a bit and will serve us for lunch for several days. Serve this lasagna with salad or other cooked or raw veggies.
Now I'm curious. What are your favorite beans?
|Jalapenos from a friend|
- 20 corn tortillas
- 1 recipe of refried beans (unfried in my version)
- 10 jar of salsa, or homemade if you have access to good tomatoes
- 3 jalapenos, seeded and chopped small
- 4 cups of organic spinach
- 1 package of vegan cheese- cheddar or pepperjack
- 1 bunch of cilantro, chopped (less if you prefer)
|Example of the first layer: tortillas, beans, spinach, cheese and jalapenos|