Cinco de Mayo Pinto Bean Soup with Jicama Salsa

Cinco de Mayo Pinto Bean Soup with Jicama Salsa

Looking to feed a hungry crowd tomorrow, on Cinco de Mayo? Here’s a festive, colorful dish that’s simple to cook, uses one pot (Hello!!?!! ONE pot!!! That’s hardly any dishes at all.), and is bursting with crunchy jicama, cilantro and grilled citrus. Ingredients Pinto Bean Soup 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 small onion, small dice 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 stalks celery, small dice 3 small carrots, peeled and small dice 1/2 tsp sea salt 1 tsp chili powder 1/4 tsp ground cloves 4 c vegetable broth 1 15-ounce can fire roasted tomatoes 3 dried California Chile Peppers (also known as Anaheim), stems and seeds removed 1 tsp dried oregano 3 c cooked pinto beans 1 corn tortilla, torn into small pieces 1 tsp honey, optional, and to taste to balance acidity of tomatoes. May also sub in a vegan sweetener. Salt and pepper to taste 1 avocado, sliced for garnish, optional Cilantro, minced for garnish, optional Jicama Salsa 1 bell pepper, small dice 1 jalapeno, minced 1 small jicama, peeled and small diced 1 lime, cut in half salt and pepper to taste Cilantro to garnish, optional Directions Soup 1. In a large saucepot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Then add onion, garlic, celery and carrots. Add chili powder, sea salt and cloves. Stir well. Saute until vegetables are soft. 2. Add vegetable broth, fire roasted tomatoes and dried California Chiles to the saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and allow soup to simmer 15 minutes, or until the chilies have softened. Then, carefully transfer the soup to a blender and blend until smooth. 3. Return...
Five Ways to Spice up Breakfast

Five Ways to Spice up Breakfast

Are you bored with your breakfast routine? Stuck in a cereal rut? Do you run out the door late and end up eating a doughnut at the office? Looking to eat more protein in the morning? Here are a few simple ideas to spice up your morning. 1. Looking for more protein? Cook up some Love-Lies-Bleeding. Amaranth, also known as love-lies-bleeding, is a seed that transforms into a powerhouse breakfast to help you meet your day head-on. One cup cooked of this wee seed provides you with half your daily protein needs. When compared to cows milk, amaranth is higher in protein and calcium, cup for cup. It’s also a rich source of magnesium, iron and zinc. So shelf that dairy and cook up an amaranth porridge with some almond milk and berries. 2. Bored? Try Some New Spices. While we all love cinnamon, sometimes it’s time to branch out a bit. Take a trip to your local Spice Shop and sniff around until you sneeze find something delectable. Maybe even a blend? Some ideas to get you started – Chinese Five Spice, Pumpkin Pie Spice, or this Baking Spice. Sprinkle atop your next warm bowl of morning oats (or amaranth) and enjoy as your morning bursts into flavors you never imagined were possible. 3. In a rush? Make it the Night Before. Whip up some chia seed pudding just before hitting the sack – and by the crack of dawn it will be waiting for you to devour. As a general rule, you can mix together 1 cup of non-dairy milk with 1/4 cup chia seeds. Add a pinch of sea salt,...