Sunday, April 29, 2012

Hummus and Avocado Pita

Maybe this isn't the most innovative recipe, I mean avocado, hummus, pita, some veggies, but sometimes it's the simplest things that are so delicious.  This is without a doubt one of my favorite sandwiches. 

 Most important, get a good hummus. Whatever your favorite one is but a creamy one works best, not so thick it's like a paste. I love The Perfect Pita hummus (sold at Whole Foods). It's local to the DC area. If you're elsewhere check out local Mediterranean or Middle Eastern restaurants or eateries that might sell their hummus. You'll get the best quality and most authentic. 

A match made in heaven - hummus and avocado.

Hummus and Avocado Pita Recipe


1 pita pocket


Carefully slice your pita in half so you have to half circles.  Some pita are stuck together so to open the pocket, take each half and very carefully and slowly pry and peel open.  You can also use a knife.  Next put them in the toaster for a minute or two.  Don't let them burn or get too crisp.  Take them out and let the steam out of the pocket and let them rest a minute.  

Now, thinly slice your tomato, onion, cucumber (however much you want to use).  Slice or lightly mash some avocado (I use about half an avocado).  I like to sprinkly some sea salt on the sliced veggies but that's up to you.

Take some hummus and slather all inside both pita halves.  Don't skimp on the hummus.  Now layer your toppings in there and go to town.  It's messy deliciousness at it's best.

Mmmmmm...this is delicous.  Messy but oh so delicious.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Vegan Chocolate Mousse

Smooth and creamy chocolate mousse made vegan by using silken tofu as the base.  I like to think that since the tofu has protein it makes this even a bit healthy! 

For the ingredients I recommend almond or soy milk.  Skip some of the others like rice milk which is too watery.  If you're doing this totally vegan, look for vegan chocolate chips.  Regular semi-sweet chocolate chips typically contain some milk.  Most importantly, the best tofu is Mori-Nu silken tofu in firm or extra-firm (also comes in Lite).  This is the shelf stable silken tofu found with the Asian foods.  If you can't find this there is sometimes a refrigerated silken tofu with all the other kinds of tofu but the package is bigger so the other ingredients need to be adjusted accordingly.

Now for the super easy recipe...

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Makes 4-5 servings


1 package Mori-Nu Firm or Extra-Firm Silken Tofu
3/4 cup Almond Milk
1 cup Chocolate Chips
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract


Place almond milk and chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and heat about 1 minute depending on your microwave.  Stir together until chocolate chips are dissolving in milk, you should now have a rich chocolate milk.  If necessary, heat a bit a longer.  Let the mixutre cool for a few minutes.

Add chocolate mixture, tofu, and vanilla to a food processor or blender and process until pureed.  This is important: taste the mixture to make sure you don't a have a tofu taste since all brands are different.  If it's not chocolaty enough you can melt some more chocolate chips and add it but don't add any more milk or it won't set properly.

Pour into 4-5 ramekins or small dishes.  It will set better this way than if it's in one big bowl.  Chill 2-3 hours and it's ready to eat!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Chipotle Ranch Bean Burrito

This is not your average, boring bean burrito.  This bad boy packs a punch with chipotle pepper that is not only spicy, but also smoky.  Add in the cool ranch dressing and you've got one hell of a flavor combo.  Just don't under estimate the heat of the chipotle pepper.  Add a little, give a stir and add a little more if you want.  Also note that the sauce the peppers come in has a great flavor but not as much heat as the peppers themselves.

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Makes 2 burritos


1 clove garlic, grated on a microplane (or finely chopped)
1/3 cup diced onion
1/2 can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1-2 tsp. finely chopped canned chipotle pepper
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup water

Shredded lettuce
diced tomatoes
ranch dressing (For a vegan ranch try Organicville.  It's pretty tasty.)

Tortillas (about 10 inches), warmed


Spray a skillet with cooking spray or drizzle a little oil.  Add garlic and onion, cook 2 minutes over medium-heat.  Add beans, chipotle peppers, salt and water.  Cook 3 minutes, giving it a few stirs.  If needed, more water can be added 1 tablespoon at a time. Remove from heat. Now coarsely mash the bean mixture.  You can do this right in the skillet.  Just make sure to use a utensil that won't scratch your pan.  A wooden spoon works well.  Lastly, give it a taste and add more peppers or some of the sauce if desired.

Mix your toppings, including dressing, all together.  Now put some beans in your tortilla, add the toppings and wrap that sucker up and eat!