Tortilla and Black Bean Pie

 

 

 

4 flour tortillas (10 inches)
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 large onion, diced
1 jalapeno chile, minced (remove seeds and ribs for less heat)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
2 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, drained and rinsed
12 ounces beer, or 1 1/2 cups water
1 package (10 ounces) frozen corn
4 scallions, thinly sliced, plus more for garnish
8 ounces non-dairy cheddar cheese, shredded (2 1/2 cups)

Preheat oven to 400°

With a paring knife, trim tortillas to fit a 9-inch springform pan.
Use the bottom of the pan as a guide. Set aside.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
Add onion, jalapeño, garlic, and cumin; season with salt and pepper.
Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 5 to 7 minutes.
Add beans and beer, and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to medium; simmer until liquid has almost evaporated, 8 to 10 minutes.
Stir in corn and scallions, and remove from heat. Taste and adjust for seasoning.
Fit a trimmed tortilla in bottom of springform pan; layer with 1/4 of the beans and 1/2 cup of cheese.
Repeat three times, using 1 cup cheese on top layer.
Bake until cheese melts, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove side of pan; sprinkle pie with scallions.
To serve, slice into wedges.

Serves 6

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Portobello mushroom caps, sliced
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Organic No-Salt seasoning blend
Lime or lemon to squeeze over mushrooms while grilling
Salt
Salsa (store bought or See Note)
Flour tortillas
Radishes, thinly sliced,
Leftover grilled vegetables (if desired)

Fire up the grill.
Toss mushroom slices in oil and seasoning blend.
Place mushroom slices on grill pan.
Grill 3 minutes.
Squeeze lime or lemon over slices.
Sprinkle with salt.
Turn slices over.
Grill another 1 to 2 minutes.
Squeeze more lime or lemon juice over slices.
Sprinkle with salt.
Heat tortillas on grill while mushrooms are finishing grilling, until warm.
Remove tortillas from grill.
Place some mushroom slices, leftover grilled vegetables (if desired) on tortilla.
Top with salsa and sliced radishes.
Serve immediately.

Serves 2 generously

Note: Spicy Tomato Salsa

 

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3 cups vegetable broth
2 cups water
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 ripe tomatoes, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves
3 mini-sweet peppers, seeded and chopped
1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
10 corn tortillas, cut into lengthwise strips
1/2 cup orzo pasta
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
juice of two limes
diced avocado for garnish

Preheat oven to 400°

Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
Add olive oil, tomatoes, onion, garlic cloves and mini-sweet peppers.
Toss to combine.
Roast for 40 minutes, or until tomatoes are lightly browned, turning once.
In a soup pot, combine vegetable broth and water.
Bring to a boil.
Add orzo pasta and corn tortilla strips.
Simmer 5-7 minutes, or until pasta is al dente.
Add roasted tomato mixture and cilantro.
Stir in salt, black pepper, chili powder and cumin.
Simmer for an additional 10 minutes, or until heated through.
Garnish with diced avocado and fresh lime juice.

Serves 6

1 green pepper, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 – 2 yellow and/or green squash, chopped
1 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, diced
1 jalapeño pepper, diced
1 cup cooked brown rice
15 ounce can organic refried beans
Vegetarian ground beef, optional
2 tablespoons olive oil
6 – 8 tortillas – whole wheat, gluten-free, rice, or corn

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Sauté the vegetables in olive oil on medium heat until soft. Mix in the brown rice, refried beans and “smart ground” until mixture is hot. Place some of the mixture in each of the tortillas. Roll them up and place them in a baking pan and cook them until brown, about 15 minutes. Top with your favorite toppings.

Yield approximately 6-8 burritos

Note: Leftover filling can be stored in the refrigerator. When ready to use, place mixture on a fresh tortilla, roll it up and microwave until hot.

3 cups fresh corn kernels
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
1 large green bell pepper, seeded and diced
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
Salt and pepper
1 pound plum tomatoes, chopped
2 cups chopped red onion
1 ¾ cups cooked black beans (or 15 ounce can, drained and rinsed)
½ cup chopped cilantro
5 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
8 corn tortillas

Set broiler rack 5 inches from the broiling element. Spray or use a nonstick roasting pan. Spread out corn, jalapeno pepper, and green pepper in the pan. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Broil 3 minutes, stir, broil 3 minutes more. Transfer to bowl. Using the same pan, spread out tomatoes and red onion. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Broil 4 minutes, stir, broil 4 more minutes. Add to the other vegetables. Add black beans, cilantro and lime juice to the vegetable mixture. Heat the corn tortillas (until warm but pliable or crisp). Place tortillas on the plate, spoon the vegetable mixture on top.

Serves 4

1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon chili powder
Pinch cayenne pepper
12 small flour tortillas
1 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Combine the oil, chili powder and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. Brush each tortilla with the oil mixture and stack one on top of another to lightly oil the backside. Cut into wedges, and arrange in a single layer on baking sheets, fitted with parchment paper. Sprinkle with salt. Bake until crisp and golden brown, 8-10 minutes.

Serves 8

Note: Serve warm from the oven alongside your favorite salsa or dip.

8 ounces button or portobella mushrooms, grilled/roasted
1 red bell pepper, grilled/roasted and cut in pieces
1/2 large eggplant, peeled, cut in chunks and grilled/roasted
1 bunch green onions, grilled/roasted
16 mixed Mediterranean olives, pitted, optional
1 – 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
1/8 teaspoon each salt and pepper, or to taste
4 whole wheat tortillas or flatbreads
4 large lettuce leaves

Roughly chop mushrooms, peppers, eggplant, green onions and olives.
Toss them in a large bowl with the lemon juice, goat cheese, salt and pepper.
Line tortillas with lettuce. Spoon vegetable-goat cheese mixture on top. Wrap tightly, tucking in the ends burrito-style and serve.

Serves 4

Note: Can use leftover grilled/roasted vegetables to prepare these wraps. Great for a summer supper or a packed lunch.