Recently, a client brought packages of black bean and soybean noodles for me to try. I had never heard of bean noodles, nor did I know what to do with them. However, after reading the nutrition facts and discovering they had a whopping 23 grams of protein and 11 grams of fiber per serving, I knew I had to come up with a recipe for them. This sauce recipe was designed to compliment the black bean flavor while also providing rich nutrients and some extra protein and calcium. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Black Bean Noodles, Corn Salad, and a Creamy Chipotle Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
- 1 cup frozen or fresh hello corn
- 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, cut in half
- 1/2 of a small red onion, diced
- 1/8 cup of cilantro, roughly chopped
- 1/2 lime, juiced
Creamy Chipotle Roasted Pepper Sauce
- 3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 poblano pepper
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp white vinegar
- 1 tsp honey
- 1/2 lime, juiced
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- Mix all of the corn salsa ingredients together. Cover and store in fridge until ready to serve.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line baking sheet with foil. Lay the bell pepper, poblano pepper, and garlic clove on their sides. Place the tray into the oven and roast for 20 minutes. Using tongs, flip the peppers and garlic and roast for another 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Once cool, remove the stems and seeds from the peppers.
- In a blender, combine all sauce ingredients and blend until smooth.
- Cook the black bean noodles as the package instructs.
- In a separate sauce pan, gently heat the sauce until warm but not boiling.
- Plate the pasta, add sauce, and top with corn salsa. Garnish with avocado. Recommend serving with carne asada.
Tonight I am planning to meet with some wonderful friends and watch the first episode of the long-awaited season 5 of Game of Thrones. This time last year, quite soon after I began dating my boyfriend, I was graciously welcomed in to this viewing group. I remember being so excited to meet these friends for the first time that I decided to make this Daenerys TARTgaryen for the event. (I am still so very proud of this creation).
In the weeks following, we would continue to meet up, catch up on life, bond over delicious GOT inspired food, and be mesmerized by George R. R. Martin’s storyline. This year we continue the tradition. New recipe ideas are already brewing! Get ready for some tasty treats in the weeks to come!
WINTER IS CUMIN (Roasted Chickpeas)
These chickpeas are a great snack (or appetizer) with high amounts of fiber and protein.
Crunchy, spicy, and satisfying!
While there are a number of different recipes for roasted chickpeas, I wanted to use something with cumin (obviously).
I opened a can of chickpeas, drained the liquid and rinsed the chickpeas in a colander under cold water for about 1 minute. I then tossed the chickpeas into a bowl with olive oil and spices, and then mixed well.
Spread the chickpeas on a foiled lined baking sheet and place in a 300 degree F pre-heated oven for 60 minutes. Make sure to stir the chickpeas around after about halfway through baking.
Once the timer has gone off remove the pan from the oven and let cool for about 5-10 minutes.
Let me know what you think! Happy Game of Thrones day!
As always, Happy Cooking!
Spicy Roasted Chickpeas
- 2 15oz cans of organic garbanzo beans (rinsed and drained)
- 1 1/2 Tbsp chili powder
- 1 Tbsp cumin
- 2 tsp cayenne powder
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
- Line a baking sheet with foil
- Mix all ingredients together and spread on foil
- Bake for 30 minutes, stir gently, and then bake for another 20-30 minutes until hard and crunchy.