Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Easy Vegan Dinners

I concocted a few quick dinners this week, and the results were great.  I love when that happens.

Sweet Potato Black Bean Burrito

Ingredients
2 sweet potatoes
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 white onion, diced
1 tablespoon cumin
2 large cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
spinach, tomatoes, and avocado for toppings
whole wheat wrap

Directions
This is a no-frills wrap.  Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.  Peel the sweet potatoes and cube.  Drizzle with olive oil and spread on a baking sheet or a 9 inch Pyrex dish.  Roast for 40 minutes.  While the potatoes are in the oven, heat the diced onion and garlic in a frying pan with olive oil.  Cook until the onions are translucent.  Rinse and drain the black beans and throw that into the pan as well.  Add the cumin.  Once the potatoes and bean mixture are done, spoon some onto a wrap and add your favorite toppings.  Yum.



Diced Veggies and Quinoa

Ingredients
1 cup red quinoa
2 cups vegetable broth
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 white onion, diced
3 large garlic cloves, diced
1 yellow squash, diced
1 green squash, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 teaspoon dried basil
2 scallions, choppped

Directions
This meal took 30 minutes to prepare, total.  If you have a vegetable dicer, it makes things very quick.  First, get the quinoa cooking, substituting the vegetable broth for water.  While that pot is on the stove, you can prepare the rest of the meal.  Dice the onions and garlic and saute in olive oil in a large frying pan.  Once the onions are translucent, add in the two types of squash, bell pepper, scallions, and basil.  Stir frequently on medium.  Add the black beans after 5 minutes.  Cook until vegetables are tender and heated through.  Serve the vegetables over the quinoa.  Tastes great with a glass of wine.



I'm currently in an airport and, evil of evils, I packed my headphones in the bag I checked, so no soundtrack for today, aside from the variety of conversations I'm listening to here at Gate B26. 




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