Monday, January 31, 2011

Ropa Vieja

( #Cuban, #RopaVieja )

This is one of my all time favorite Cuban meals...

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 pounds beef flank steak
1 cup beef broth
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 small onion, sliced
1 green bell pepper, seeded and sliced into strips
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon white vinegar

1. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the flank steak on each side, about 4 minutes per side.

2. Transfer beef to a slow cooker. Pour in the beef broth and tomato sauce, then add the onion, bell pepper, garlic, tomato paste, cumin, olive oil and vinegar. Stir until well blended. Cover, and cook on High for 4 hours, or on Low for up to 10 hours.

3. When ready to serve, shred meat and serve with tortillas or rice.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Korean Seitan Burrito

CREDIT: Living on the Vedge

1 container of Ray's Seitan, drained and rinsed
1 batch of Korean BBQ sauce (like Koji)
1 cucumber, cut into strips lengthwise
1 onion, diced
1 orange pepper, cut into strips
1 bunch of cilantro
1 bunch of mung bean sprouts (find at local Asian market)
4 tortillas
kimchi, or shredded cabbage if kimchi is not available

1. Coat seitan in BBQ sauce and let marinate.
2. Saute onion and pepper in oil over medium high heat for 3 minutes.
3. Add seitan and cook for 5 minutes, stirring through.
4. Assemble burrito by layering tortilla with seitan mixture, kimchi, cucumber, cilantro, and salsa.

Top with sprouts and roll.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Best Hot Chocolate Ever

Credit: Cooks Country

Makes about 20 servings

3 cups nonfat dry milk
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 1/2 cups Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
1/4 teaspoon Salt

1. Combine ingredients in large bowl. Working in two batches, pulse ingredients in food processor until chocolate is finely ground.
2. Store in airtight container for up to 3 months.
3. To make hot cocoa, stir 1/3 cup of this mix into 1 cup of hot milk.

Top with whipped cream or mini marshmallows.