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Cookbook Countdown: 22 Days to Go: Mexican Dip

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Today I'm blogging about the Mexican Dip because it's a secret gem in my cookbook--meaning, it will probably get overlooked because of it's unoriginal name... but names are deceiving! This dip is unbelievable!

It cheesey--except it doesn't have an ounce vegan "cheese" in it. It's also allergen-free: no gluten, no soy, no corn and no sugar! (It's made from beans!)

Although I designed this dip with parties in mind -- it whips up so quickly that it's perfect during the week when you're feeling lazy, too tired or uninspired: simply throw all the ingredients into the blender and then heat. (Btw, this dip, like most other recipes in my cookbook, uses ingredients you always have on hand--like beans and spices, so it's a great "default" meal!).

As written, the recipe calls for baking it in the oven...though in a hurry this week I tried warming it on the stove instead. The result was an even thicker dip, almost like "nacho cheese" and for a fraction of the cooking time! I still think it's better to bake it--but it works on the stove top, too.

Cookbook Countdown: 23 Days to Go: Rajma Masala

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

We all have ingredients we lean on and for me that's chickpeas (with tofu licking it's heels). I always fall back to chickpeas when I'm creating recipes because they're basically the plant-based version of chicken. They can and do go with just about anything...

However, I didn't want chickpeas to be my crutch when I was writing my cookbook and above all else, I wanted to showcase every bean and legume--really encompass and embrace all the variety legumes offer. 

So, halfway through the writing process I made a list of every bean and lentil I could easily find at a supermarket -- a "to do list" if you will -- and then I put check marks next to each ingredient, noting how often they appeared in my cookbook... 

Kidney beans were by far the most unloved---I hadn't created a single recipe that used them. I knew I could have made a chili (and I eventually did, the Chili Sans Carne is fabulous!) but I had to believe that kidney beans were more than a one-hit wonder. Surely they too deserved the chance to shine... right?

I made an aromatic tomato-based masala (Indian cuisine is my other crutch), dumped some kidney beans in and then slapped myself. It was just that good.

Perhaps what I love most about this dish is that it uses only a handful of ingredients--all of which you have in your pantry right nowand it comes together in a flash--about 5 minutes if you're quick in the kitchen.

Mmm yes. Kidney beans, I will never forsake you again.

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Cookbook Countdown: 24 Days to Go: Cornbread

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Happy New Year! 

In honor of my husband's southern heritage, I whipped up one of my most cherished recipes in the cookbook: cornbread. 

Hoppin' Johnis "the" traditional New Years dish in the South, but cornbread is often served as a side and since I'm always up for an excuse to make this recipe... I indulged.

I can't even put it into words how obsessed my testers & I were with this bread. Now that I think about it, it's the only recipe that all 20+ testers tried. Usually each recipe was only tested by 3-4 people to keep things moving along our very tight deadline, but all bets were off with this recipe!

It uses just five ingredients: cornmeal, flour, baking powder, non-dairy milk and maple syrup (six if you count salt, I guess) and it's AWESOME. and did I mention it was also fat-free and whole-wheat too? 

You really could never tell--and no one ever does. I've served this cornbread to skeptical omnis, unsuspecting omnis and even a vegan friend who thinks I'm crazy for forsaking oil -- everyone goes bonkers for it...

p.s. You'll develop a love-hate relationship with it in no time.... you'll LOVE that it's so easy, quick, effortless and delicious---and then turn around and hate that it's so easy and that you can literally make it every day... But some addictions are worth their weight in gold..err golden corn.

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