2 Cuisines, 2 Times The Beans!

Posted on February 13, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Recipe | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Today I’ve been traveling the globe with my eats. My first stop was a (late) lunch in Me-hi-co

Black Beans With Salsa And Avocado, Broccoli, Lime Nachos

I had 1/2 a can(or more) of black beans from Tuesday’s lunch to use up, so I heated those with some salsa, the last of the broccoli I had, and mashed avocado(you mean this is edible not in pudding form?!). I don’t know why I buy unsalted beans; I then just have to add loads of salt to make them appealing. But the real reason I had this meal was for the chips.

Lime Food Should Taste Good Nachos

I think I’ve mentioned this before, but it’s worth repeating: chips are my kryptonite! They’re my Achilles’ heal, to use a Classics term. I have no problem with sweets, chocolate, etc. But chips–they get me. And there’s really no nutritional way to back them up; they’re just emptiness, but so delicious. I keep a few(4 or 5) bags on hand because I’m not in to depriving myself in anyway, but I also look for different ways to satisfy those cravings with more wholesome foods. This time I took myself about 2/3rds of a serving of these to satisfy my chip tooth. And since I remembered that I reviewed these for the company a while back, I knew that they, too, need a sprinkling more salt to dance.

I took a trip to Vancouver, of course, through the television while visiting Ancient Rome and Greece through my books and internet texts. This afternoon was the speed skating; I love speed skating. If I had any ability on the ice whatsoever that’s what I’d like to do with it. I also love the Netherland’s uniforms. Spandex and bright orange–now that’s how to roll.

Snickerdoodle Soy Ice Cream, Coconut Oil Chocolate

My afternoon snack was inspired at breakfast. I liked the idea of a “sundae on Saturday”, so I scooped out 3/4 of a cup Snickerdoodle ice cream by So Delicious and then added 1/2 of a coconut oil chocolate bar. If you haven’t tried this ice cream yet, you must! It’s one of my absolute favorites. And it’s technically not even “ice cream” but rather “soy milk cream”, though I don’t think that rolls of the tongue. It’s full of gluten-free snickerdoodle cookie dough balls–yum! I was tweeting about them with So Delicious on Twitter ๐Ÿ˜€ They’re so fun to tweet with. They also must think all I eat are milk alternatives; dare they learn of my greek yogurt obsession?

Speaking of the coconut oil chocolate bar, it now has a recipe page! I was getting so many requests for that that even though it was far done on my to-do list in terms of siteย maintenanceย I figured it had to beย addressed. I tried to keep the recipe general, but it’s really something that benefits from owning a kitchen scale. That’s how you can control the flavor and get what you want.

Thai Red Curry Sauce

For dinner, I took a plane with Trader Joe-San to Thailand. The first time I used this sauce was absolutely months ago; I figured I needed to revisit it now that I have a coconutty obsession and this is coconut milk based! It also has a lot of other questionable ingredients I wouldn’t have thought to be Thai. Like egg yolks? And xanthan gum(which I own but can still give me the willies sometimes). Anyway, I steamed a good amount of organic tofu and then added steamed vegetables with the sauce and let that simmer for 5 minutes or so.

Tofu In Thai Curry Sauce, Mushrooms, Watercress, Snap Peas

Mmm, all this needed(besides natural light, but I don’t control the sun) was some salt and fresh basil(not like I had any) to pop. I love how much flavor store bought sauces can bring to dishes with minimal ingredients otherwise. And so often I forget that tofu is beans! The fact that it’s smooth and white makes me think it’s probably over processed, but I do love that funky tofu texture ๐Ÿ˜€ I usually buy the one labeled “soft” for the really great texture.

I should probably return to Greece via Plato’s Phaedo before I get sucked in to Vancouver. What country would decaf hazelnut coffee be in? Because I’m making a major pit stop there.

And wow would I love to win this blender for some raw goodness!

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23 Responses to “2 Cuisines, 2 Times The Beans!”

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Evan the goodies in your last post…OMG They look so good! I hear you on sweets vs. chips, that chips are 100% void of nutrition but so tasty ๐Ÿ™‚

Tofu In Thai Curry Sauce, Mushrooms, Watercress, Snap Peas. Make that peanut sauce I made yesterday and slather some of that on there. When you run out of the tj’s action if you want to make a pad thai ish kinda thing. As you said, yes, it would rock in pad thai!

Just gave a raw vegan food presentation to a bunch of yogis and the first dude opens his mouth and says, why would i want to do the raw vegan thing..takes too much time and too expensive and for 2 bucks i can get all the mcdonalds i need to stay full for 4 hrs. I would love for a guy like you to knock some sense into a guy like that. Hair pulling moment for me ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Vday! Cuddle up with your sweetheart tonite. Which may or may not be a raw coconut oil choc bar. ๐Ÿ™‚

yay speed skating. goooooo apolo!!

Have you tried sweet potato chips? They’re still not great, as they’re a fried snack, but the sweet potato is better than corn or potato chips. I also find that I don’t tend to want more than 1 serving of sweet potato chips.

I also have a weekness with those salty styrofoam like snacks (Cheese-doodles, Funyons, and such), for a replacement I get Snapeas. They’re the same consistency, but they’re made of peas. Still not great, but better than Funyons! ๐Ÿ˜€

I love speed skating too, but I don’t have a place to! The skating rinks are always WAY too crowded…and there are so many kids falling all over the place, and I’m sooo afraid I might slice through their little fingers…ooh-er!

i do need to pick up some of that TJ’s sauce. how can it be bad?!

This post has made me seriously hungry for some Thai food!

look at you! quite the jet-setter ๐Ÿ˜‰

i almost bought that ice cream today but didn’t bc i wasn’t sure if it’d be good, but with your vote of confidence i will! love your title. beans are gooood

Dairy-free Snickerdoodle ice cream? Coconut chocolate bar? I must be dreaming!!!

I haven’t tried that flavor yet. I’ll pick some up next time I am at WF!

The coconut oil chocolate sounds great! My achilles heel is chocolate/really good desserts. I have no interest in chips/fries/pizza/salty stuff. But I love good sweet foods. Mmmmm.

My college dining hall had Sundae Sundays where every Sunday night they would serve ice cream sundaes… so delicious + such a good idea ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m loving the olympics too!! Your international eats look so good, and I want Thai now!

I’m loving your world class eats today! Aren’t the “Food Should Taste Good” chips terrific? I’m currently working my way through a bag of their Jalapeno chips.

Oooh, I’m so excited to learn about the Trader Joe’s Red Curry sauce – I’d like to try more of their sauces, so I’m putting this one at the top of my list now! Thank you for the scoop! ๐Ÿ™‚ Mmmm, and snickerdoodle soy ice cream sounds like the best thing ever!!!

I used that Thai Curry Sauce tonight as well! ๐Ÿ™‚ It was my first time trying it and really enjoyed it – especially mixed with some Thai Chile sauce as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

Enjoy your reading!

I just tried these today and OMG I think I almost died. SO GOOD and healthy. http://www.falafelchips.com/

I really don’t get the deal with regular crisps…I like vegetable crisps but that’s it ๐Ÿ˜ฆ haha I’m so boring! My downfall is nuts I think lol – if they’re there, I’ll eat them!

Hmmm… tofu seems to be one of the only foods that actually gains some nutrition, in a micronutrients way- if the soy milk is coagulated with calcium salts, it usually has stellar amounts of calcium in it- good for all your running wear and tear?! I figure its not really that ‘processed’ anyway, as South East Asian people have been doing it for thousands of years and they’re one of the healthiest peoples around…. Have you tried using a thai curry paste, then adding coconut milk in lieu of the xanthany gum ready made thai sauce? Now that is super salty and cheap! I love the figure skating, but don’t get to see much of it here. And I have 2 left feet and no sense of balance on an ice rink ;(

Oh my gosh, I’m seeing thai food everywhere right now! Yum! Your dinner looks wonderful. ๐Ÿ˜€

I was in Mexico for lunch yesterday, too! Yum, yum..I love traveling with food!

Oh goodness, chips are my kryptonite as well. Popchips, sunchips, tortilla chips. I love them all!

Yum, that looks like a great lunch! Chips are also my biggest weakness. I can go through an entire bag to myself if I’m not careful. ๐Ÿ™‚

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