Napole Kale Quinoa Haystack with Spicy Beans & Hummus

Napole Kale Quinoa Haystack with Spicy Beans & Hummus

oddly enough, my first Cooking Recipe and Food Blog post coincides with my turning vegan exactly two months ago.

and you know what? i feel fucking amazing.

i won’t go in to the reasons behind my dramatic lifestyle and diet change in this post, but i will share with you how i’ve found it to be so easy for me:

creativity in the kitchen

you see… i don’t follow recipes, i get inspired by them, and then create my own.

but not only that, i get inspired by what i see others eating, what i see in the market and what i find at different community’s grocery stores scattered around the city.

last weekend i went to a dinner party with the beautiful and incredibly talented Jennifer Picard Photography, and was introduced to a meal i’d never heard of before, Haystacks. it was kinda’ like a DIY make-it-yourself taco salad, built on each plate, layered and stacked from the bottom up.

so… for tonight’s dinner i decided to attempt a unique spin on this yummy and guilt-free protein-packed dish. here’s my step-by-step recipe, with pics as posted to Instagram.

 

recipe:

cactus (nopales) & kale quinoa haystack w/ spicy beans & hummus

 

Ingredients:

- 2 cactus (nopales) paddles

- 1 bunch of kale

- 1 medium onion

- garlic

- quinoa, cooked in vegetable broth

- pre-soaked beans

- tortilla chips

- hot salsa

- hummus

 

step 1

- prepare the napoles (cactus paddles).

Napole (Cactus) - Vegan Cooking

Napole (Cactus) – Vegan Cooking

 

step 2

- remove the prickles, peel the tough outer edges with a potato peeler, wash and dice.

Preparing the Napoles (Cactus)

Preparing the Napoles (Cactus)

 

step 3

- saute diced napoles with coconut oil, onions, garlic, salt & pepper.

Sauteing the Napoles (Cactus)

Sauteing the Napoles (Cactus)

 

step 4

- add chopped kale to the cactus mixture and add some olive oil at the end of cooking to moisten.

Sauteing the Napoles (Cactus) with Kale

Sauteing the Napoles (Cactus) with Kale

 

step 5

- add onion, garlic, dried chilis, salt & pepper to pre-soaked beans (i used kidney beans, but use whatever bean you like), simmer with a cup or two of water and mash.

Homemade Spicy Refried Beans

Homemade Spicy Refried Beans

 

step 6

- haystack layer one: add tortilla chips.

The beginning of the Haystack, a foundation layer of tortilla chips.

The beginning of the Haystack, a foundation layer of tortilla chips.

 

step 7

- haystack layer two: add cooked quinoa.

Adding Quinoa to the Haystack.

Adding Quinoa to the Haystack.

 

step 8

- haystack layer three: add cooked beans.

Adding Cooked Beans to the Haystack.

Adding Cooked Beans to the Haystack.

 

step 9

- final haystack layers: add cactus & kale mixture, top with spicy salsa and a generous dollop of fresh hummus.

Adding cactus & kale to the Haystack and topping with spicy salsa and a dollop of hummus.

Adding cactus & kale to the Haystack and topping with spicy salsa and a dollop of hummus.

 

step 10

Dinner is served!

Introducing, Napoles Kale Quinoa Haystack with Spicy Beans & Hummus.

Napole Kale Quinoa Haystack with Spicy Beans & Hummus

Napoles Kale Quinoa Haystack with Spicy Beans & Hummus

 

step 11

eat with a fork and fingers… get in there!

Dog Jealousy over Napoles Kale Quinoa Haystack with Spicy Beans & Hummus

Dog Jealousy over Napoles Kale Quinoa Haystack with Spicy Beans & Hummus

i hope this post has intrigued you to do something unique and creative for your next dinner. perhaps you’ve never eaten cactus before. if so, give it a go. it’s yummy, super easy to cook and it’s also a great accompaniment to salads too. but whatever you do…

don’t follow my recipe. be inspired by it.

let me know in the comments what you think of this crazy-ass Peruvian-meets-Mexican creation i’ve come up with.

happy eating.

bt

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One Response to i don’t follow recipes, i create them: Cactus & Kale Quinoa Haystack w/ Spicy Beans & Hummus #vegan

  1. Helen taylor says:

    Bri !!! So freakin awesome !!! Think it’s great that you’ve made the switch I have never felt better so many nutrients and so many delicious options , this recipe looks great I’m going to try it this week :)

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