Saturday, January 8, 2011

Black Bean Croquettes with Avocado/Tomato Salsa

Let's start with the ingredients:

·                     1 dash(es) cooking spray
·                     1 can black beans
·                     1 teaspoon cumin, ground
·                     1 cup(s) corn, whole kernel frozen
·                     1/4 cup(s) bread crumbs, fine, dry
·                     1/3 cup(s) panka bread crumbs, dry
·                     2 cup(s) tomato(es)
·                     2 medium scallion(s) (green onions)
·                     1/4 of a red bell pepper
·                     1/2 white onion
·                     1/4 cup(s) cilantro, fresh
·                     1 teaspoon chili powder
·                     1 teaspoon lemon juice
·                     1/4 teaspoon salt
·                     1 tablespoon oil, olive, extra virgin
·                     1 medium avocado

1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.

2. Mash black beans and cumin with a fork in a large bowl. Stir in corn and 1/4 cup breadcrumbs.

3. Combine tomatoes, scallions, cilantro, bell pepper, white onion, lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon chili powder and salt in a medium bowl. Stir 1 cup of the tomato mixture into the black bean mixture.

4. Mix the remaining 1/3 cup breadcrumbs, oil and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon chili powder in a small bowl until the breadcrumbs are coated with oil. Divide the bean mixture into 8 scant 1/2-cup balls. Lightly press each bean ball into the breadcrumb mixture, turning to coat (I like to use panka Japanese bread crumbs). Place on the prepared baking sheet.

5. Bake the croquettes until heated through and the breadcrumbs are golden brown, about 20 minutes. Stir avocado into the remaining tomato mixture. Serve the salsa with the croquettes.

Tuna and Artichoke Salad

A striking recipe with rich Mediterranean flavor. 

Let's start with the ingredients:

  • 2 cans chunk light tuna, drained
  • 1 cup chopped canned artichoke hearts
  • 1 cup chopped olives (black)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 whole tomato
  • 1/3 white onion
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano, or 1/2 teaspoon dried

1.  Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. 

2.  Serve over lettuce or French bread.


Saturday, January 1, 2011

cookbook cover

Which cookbook cover do you like better? I'm having a difficult time deciding!