Sunday, November 27, 2011

Daddy-O Dawg's Ticket to Ride on the Vegan Train

After many years, of his wife nagging the big bad Daddy-O Dawg, to hop on the Vegan Train, all it took was one YouTube video of Hot Chick Jenna Marbles talking about her vegan diet, to convince him to get his boarding pass.
So thrilled with her husband's change of thought on the whole subject, Amy came up with an inventive creation for tonight's dinner.

Empanada del Pastor----- (That would be Shepherd's Pie, with a vegan, gluten- free take on the matter)
2 TBS. Oil
1 yellow bell pepper- finely diced
1 red bell pepper- finely diced
1 jalapeno pepper- minced, including seeds
1 onion- finely diced
kernels from 3 ears of fresh corn, or 1 can organic corn, drained
2 cans black beans
1 can diced tomatoes
2 cloves garlic minced
3 TBS ground Cumin
1 TBS black pepper
1/2 c. chopped cilantro
salt to taste

6 C. Prepared Polenta

In a skillet Saute peppers, onions, and fresh corn in oil on medium heat
Add Beans and tomatoes,garlic,cumin, and black pepper, raise temperature to medium high and cook till all liquid is gone.
add salt to flavor.
Remove from heat, stir in cilantro.
Pour into 3 quart Casserole dish.
Smooth out surface of bean mixture.
Top with prepared polenta, smooth polenta with back of spoon.
Broil on Low, 4-5 minutes, till top crisps, and just begins to brown

To Prepare Polenta:
Bring 6 cups water, 1 tsp salt, 4 TBS Earth Balance (vegan margarine) to a boil.
Add 2 cups yellow corn meal.
Whisk, reduce heat to low, whisking occasionally until thick.
Approx. 5-8 minutes.

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