Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Layered Bean Dip

Stone-ground corn chips for lunch today with a layered bean dip made with refried beans, avocado, salsa, vegan sour cream, and black olives. On the side are slices of watermelon and jicama. Beverage: Rice Dream Horchata (cinnamon rice milk).
Verdict: It must have been quite a while since we last had horchata. When I told him it was in his lunch today he said, "Oh YUM! I don't remember what that tastes like." A good lunch, easy to throw together and very well received. 5 stars.
P.S. No lunch tomorrow, see you Thursday!
P.P.S. Gee, if I'd been thinking at all I would have saved this lunch for Friday -- Cinco de Mayo!! Oh well, I guess I posted it early so now you all can make it for Friday!

43 comments:

EatPeacePlease said...

I like the bean dips you do. Shmoo's funny, because I remember you having horchata in the lunchbox what seems like yesterday! Funny that he said Yum, but then that he couldn't remember!!!

Great lunch and I like the fruit combo.

Marnie said...

Wow, Shmoo must have been the envy of the school today with a fun lunch like that. Great idea!

Sharyn Morrow said...

Schmoo's enthusiasm is adorable.

goya123 said...

I was so happy the first time a tried jicama.

I randomly picked up this odd vegetable at the grocery store and was pleasantly surprised to find its clean, white flesh so sweet and crunchy.

My dad introduced me to exciting/exotic foods when I was young. I'm so glad he did; food aventures are such fun. I'm sure your son is just as appreciative.

Megan the Vegan said...

Ohhh...this is one of my favourite Shmoo lunches.

Calla said...

Oh weird - I just logged on to check shmoo's lunch as I was eating my dinner - tortilla chips with layered bean dip!!! Shmoo's looks better than mine though as I was out of avocado. how funny!

College Vegan Athlete said...

This is perfect- I just came back from Trader Joes and had bought refried jalepeno black beans (my all time fave kind) that I was planning on using for dinner tonight. But now instead of having them plain I have your lovely dip to make, eat and enjoy. Now if only I had sour cream- luckly little Shmoo!

Twilight said...

what does jicama taste like? i don't think i have ever tried it - i've noticed lots of people discussing it/using it in recipes.

vegegriff said...

I want to thank you so much for this site. I was so excited to find it. I have been slowly inching towards veganism for a while [I've been a vegetarian for 6 years] and I happened upon your site yesterday. I spent several wonderful hours reading through your archives, and got so excited with all the vegan possibilities. I thought to myself, "I can do this."
The past couple months I've gotten really into vegan cooking, and now I am tripley enthusiastic about it.
Today I must have checked your site 15 times to see if there was an update. Very excited for more shmoofood.
Thanks for all the great vegan ideas. I can't wait for your cookbook. Any information on converting completely to veganism is very helpful.

Suzanne MacNeil said...

mmmm bean dip *drool*

Hi jennifer! Great blog you have here, I just love checking up on what's in the lunchbox every weekday.
As a vegan university student living at home with mom and dad, it saves me so much money to pack a lunch each day, yet I was always stumped when it came to packing substantial nutritious lunches for myself. I recently discovered The Vegan Lunchbox (after the school term ended for the summer, what a pity), so now I'll have plenty of lunchbox inspiration for when classes resume in september! My mom just loves the bright and cheerful array of healthy goodies shmoo gets everyday.
~Suz.

Laine said...

mmm I love your layered bean dip! this just reminded me of a way to use up the leftover silken tofu that's been sitting in the fridge for.. quite a few days :S (blended tofu + a couple other ingredients= my favorite sour cream substitute at the moment)

alice said...

Hey! I'm a long-time reader, but I've never commented...I was just wondering what your horchata recipe was. I've made it myself, soaking the rice, blending it, straining it, etc. I didn't even think about making it with Rice Dream, that's so obvious it's genius! So do you just add cinnamon, or is there anything else you do?

Thanks for keeping up the good work, by the way--this is one of my absolute favorite blogs!

VLyandra said...

Watermelon! I was so happy to see big bins of watermelon at the market the other day.

I had a time where I drank horchata alllll the time. It's so good!

NightOwl said...

I LOVE horchata, grew up drinking it. Alice, Rice Dream actually makes Horchata, so all you have to do is buy the brik of it! YUM!
As always, great looking lunch Jennifer!

Laura said...

Wow, that is one tasty looking lunch! :) You've inspired me to go out and find Horchata.

Maegen said...

my mouth seriously watered lookin at that one! lol

R2K said...

Mmm layers are fun. You can pick the amount of each layer you want.

R2K

the vegan vulcan said...

This looks fantastic! I can't wait to get my lunchbox, so I can blatantly imitate your fantastic lunches. It will be exciting to try out all the neat combinations of things! I don't have room (or appropriate tupperware) to do this kind of thing right now. . .

Vegetarian Cooker said...

I have to try it!!! I like bean layers.

Yammy recipe: Yogurt Bars

Sadie said...

Twilight,

Jicama tastes like a cross between an apple and a potato. I just bought some last week to try - my 4 youngest kids loved it, I didn't care for it. The 2 big guys in the house haven't tried it yet. It's crunchy, has a texture similar to a pithy apple, and has a slight appley taste. They ate it along with organic baby carrots, cucumber spears, and their favorite veggie dip (non-vegan: peanut butter & plain yogurt mixed together).

Sadie said...

Here's some more info on it:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jicama

Jennifershmoo said...

Hi, Alice! Actually, I bought Rice Dream Horchata. It's sold in boxes on the shelf with the nondairy milks at my grocery/health food store. I haven't tried making my own yet, but would like to someday.

Deeann said...

Hi Jennifer!

I live in Vancouver, BC and I just wanted to tell you how much I love your site and that your website was featured in one of our monthly health magazines here. It's called Shared Vision and your website was talked about and given kudos as a great one to visit.
Vancouverites are mad on health so you'll be getting lots of visits!
Thanks so much for being so inspiring.
Deeann
:)

MacroGal said...

Jennifer, what kind of vegan sour cream do you use? I've tried one or 2 and found them - well, kinda gross. Help!

*Noellica said...

I have been playing around with some recipes and I was wondering if you had ever made a vegan tortilla? Since you are my "go-to" genius whenever I need a recipe
(either that or I go to veggieboards.com) I was wondering if you had any ideas to make them vegan and healthier than versions that are fried. Sorry, layered bean dip always makes me crave a tortilla.

HaileySqueek said...

I never thought about putting a bean dip in my lunch. Great idea! Thanks!

Taleia said...

My family has been using the "Tofutti" brand for all our milk product replacement stuff (sour cream, cream cheese, etc) but I still feel like I'm eating dairy products that have 'turned', lol. Slightly off-putting. If anyone could recommend a better brand, I'd love them!

Jane M said...

I made that layered bean dip for my own lunch once. It was really good and filling too! Only problem was my co-workers kept looking over and wanting some...yeah ok...but just one chips worth..and no double dipping!

Miss Kitty said...

Hey! Now I know what to make for dinner tonight! I was wandering around wondering what new and satisfying dish I could make...LOVE those refried beans! Thanks a million, Jennifer.

Colton said...

Be my mom? Please?

Sonya said...

I teach pre-school and am doing our Cinco de Mayo party on Friday. The kids are mostly non-vegetarian (several kids are, but most of them eat very healthily or follow mostly organic diets), but I am, and it's my party, so we are eating all vegan! I am making them baked plantains with a bit of Sucanat and cinnamon, and we're having guacamole with baked corn tortillas. I hadn't thought of the jicama, but I'm going to try it! I love jicama, so if worse comes to worse and my picky 3 and 4-year olds don't eat it, I'll have lots of leftovers for me to sprinkle lime juice and cayenne for me and my fiance.

Elizabeth said...

Wildwood sour cream is very good. I'm not even vegan (was just vegan for Lent) but I enjoyed it a lot! We also tried the Tofutti and thought it was fine, but not as good as Wildwood. I really like their tofu, too, which I use even when I'm not being vegan for Lent. :-)

Elizabeth said...

Vegan tortillas are easy!

Mix together 2 cups of flour (white or whole wheat or any combo), 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1 teaspoon of baking powder. Cut in 1/4 cup vegetable shortening. Stir about 3/4 cup warm water, to make a soft dough.

Take off blobs of dough and roll them out on a floured surface. Cook on a hot griddle on both sides. Try to fend off family until you can get them to the table. :-)

Beth Miriam said...

I really like the sour cream recipe from The Voluptuous Vegan. It's tofu based and very easy and quite adaptable.

Jacki said...

If you can find vegan soft tortillas, baking them is quite easy and healthy. I just mist or lightly brush each tortilla with oil (canola or olive) that has a few drops of lime juice in it. Bake at 400 degrees ~5min, until lightly browned. You can also put salt or whatever you like on top. A good compromise between easy and homemade!!

jo said...

thank you for all the inspiration, you rock!
jicama is my favourite snack, but i don't experiment too much, just slice and eat!

Katie said...

Wow Jennifer, that looks and sounds unbelievably delicious. I think I'm going to skip doing it for lunch and do it for dinner instead!

You really have a gift for presentation. Schmoo's lunches just cry out for you to taste them. If getting non-vegans to just try vegan food is the challenge, Schmoo's lunches may be the solution.

DDawnC said...

Jennifer- As I was cutting up mango to put in my hubby's lunch this morning, I thought of you. (I always get very self-congratulatory whenever I take the time to mess around with mangoes.) Then, I ducked into the fridge for some strawberries because I thought how nice they would look (and taste) together. Uh, can you see where this is leading? You are becoming my Julia Childs! :) Thanks for keeping the healthy, creative lunches coming!

Johanna said...

I love your blog! I hope when I have kids I make them lunches like yours! They look so yummy.

appifanie said...

it's 11:15pm, i'm pregnant, i'm hungry, and i want that lunch now!!!! :D all of it!! i wish i could find horchata :(

i first had jicama at the cali pizza kitchen in their bbq chopped chicken salad (they sub avocado for chicken!!). i wasn't vegan then, so i had the dressing that came with and it was fab.

La Principessa said...

Where on earth do you find Rice Dream Horchata? I've never even seen it before, but it sounds fantastic!

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