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.
cactus (nopales) & kale quinoa haystack w/ spicy beans & hummus
- 2 cactus (nopales) paddles
- 1 bunch of kale
- 1 medium onion
- quinoa, cooked in vegetable broth
- pre-soaked beans
- tortilla chips
- hot salsa
- prepare the napoles (cactus paddles).
- remove the prickles, peel the tough outer edges with a potato peeler, wash and dice.
- saute diced napoles with coconut oil, onions, garlic, salt & pepper.
- add chopped kale to the cactus mixture and add some olive oil at the end of cooking to moisten.
- 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.
- haystack layer one: add tortilla chips.
- haystack layer two: add cooked quinoa.
- haystack layer three: add cooked beans.
- final haystack layers: add cactus & kale mixture, top with spicy salsa and a generous dollop of fresh hummus.
Dinner is served!
Introducing, Napoles Kale Quinoa Haystack with Spicy Beans & Hummus.
eat with a fork and fingers… get in there!
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.
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