Updated: May 19
I wanted to share a few recipes with some staple food items that you’ll hopefully have around your house! If you’ve followed me for long, you know I hardly ever follow recipes by the letter. I will list the basic ingredients below, but just know that even these can be substituted or adapted! Use what you have, and get creative! I happened to find plantains at Whole Foods, but the meal is still delicious without!
Basic ingredients: ground beef
can of tomatoes- fire roasted is even better
garlic- if fresh is sold out (a real tragedy) use garlic salt
If you don’t like to wing recipes as much as I do, don’t hesitate to reach out and ask about substitutions or changes! Happy to help.
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Spicy Ground Beef and Black Beans
1 Tbsp Avocado oil
1 lb ground beef
¼ onion diced
4 garlic cloves, crushed (I’ve heard fresh garlic is sold out a lot of places, so substitute ~1 tsp of garlic powder if you don’t have fresh)
1 15oz can of diced or crushed tomatoes (I love fire roasted for a little bit more punch)
1 tsp cumin*
½ tsp cayenne
¼ tsp salt
*If you don’t use fire roasted tomatoes, you may have to increase/adjust the spices just a bit!
-Heat up saute pan to medium high heat and add oil
-Add ground beef and brown for ~10 minutes
-Add onions and garlic, and cook for ~2 mins
-Add can of tomatoes and seasonings and let cook for ~10 minutes you- want most of the liquid to cook down
-Once the tomatoes have cooked down a little bit, take off heat and serve!
2 15 oz cans of black beans*
¼ onion diced
4 garlic cloves (I’ve heard fresh garlic is sold out at a lot of places, so substitute ~1 tsp of garlic powder if you don’t have fresh)
2 tsp hot sauce (I used cholula)
1 bay leaf
½ tsp cumin
¾ tsp salt
Pepper to taste
-Heat small pot to medium heat
-Add beans in liquid to pot
-Add rest of ingredients except salt, and turn to medium high
-Cover and let simmer for at least 30 minutes
-As the beans release more liquid, take lid off and let simmer uncovered for ~30 minutes, continuously stirring
-Add salt and pepper
-When the liquid has cooked down a bit, take off heat and serve!
*If you have dried black beans, you can still make this recipe, just follow instructions for properly soaking them first, and then continue with these seasonings.
Cilantro lime rice
1 cup rice (I used white rice)
1 ½ cups of broth or water
1 tbsp butter
Juice of 1 lime
Dash of salt
Add rice, broth, butter, and salt to a small pot (heat pot ~ med high)
Bring to a boil and let cook for ~2 mins
Decrease heat to low and let simmer for ~20 mins
Juice lime into rice and continue simmering for ~10 mins
When liquid is reduced, remove from heat and add chopped cilantro
These are all completely optional! If you have the ingredients, great! If not, you’re completely fine to skip.
2 Plantains (sliced in ~ 1 in rounds)
2 Tbsp butter
-Heat saute pan to medium and add butter
-Add plantains to pan and cook ~5 mins on one side until they have a nice golden brown color
-Flip plantains and cook on the other side
-If the slices are thick, use your fork to add pressure and flatten them a little so the centers cook
-Cook for ~3-4 more minutes until plantains are soft and cooked through. Enjoy!
Pickled Red Onions
1 large red onion, sliced thin
3 limes, juiced
~1 cup of white vinegar
1 Tbsp salt
-Add sliced onions large mason jar (I use a 24 oz jar)
-Add lime juice and salt to the jar and shake up the jar a bit
-Add ~ 1 cup of vinegar (enough to cover the top of the onions)
-Shake up jar and refrigerate for ~ 4 hours before serving