Monday, February 23, 2015

Vegetarian Cassoulet w/ a Mexican Twist?


You can call this baked beans, or you can call this a vegetarian cassoulet.
I have no clue, I just call it good.

I wanted a hearty dish without pork or meat or chicken for a change.

I've been reading a lot about eating for your blood type, and since I am A-, the experts say I should have a plant based diet, and very little meat. Fish is ok, and dairy is fine (thank GOD!), however, my blood type does not process animal proteins well.

I'm not sure if there is any truth to this theory, but why wouldn't I try it?
It makes sense to me.

Before ever reading about this, I have felt this way.

I like meat, but I never feel great after eating it. It's hard for my body to digest, and I just feel better eating more of a vegetable based diet.

It doesn't mean that I am going to become a vegetarian, or stop taking a few bites from my husband's bacon cheeseburger, cause I'm not, but when I can, I will choose the healthier option.

By the way, the books says that 0 blood types should have heavier diets rich in meats, since they were the first blood type, and were predators back in cave man times.

ok.

Click here for WebMd info on eating for your blood type.

Don't worry, I will still be posting plenty of recipes using beef & pork.

Back to this dish.

I thought I would give this dish a Mexican twist by using hatch chiles (which I love), and top it with cotija cheese and breadcrumbs.

Make it healthy by adding chopped spinach.

Though this dish was delicious, I do feel it missed the flavor of the sausage, bacon and duck fat.
However, if I didn't call it a "cassoulet", then maybe I wouldn't have missed the meat!

My husband DEFINITELY missed the pork here, so I fried up some chorizo for him and all was right with the world.


Vegetarian Cassoulet? with a Mexican Twist? (Yeah, why not?)

2 cans of white beans, rinsed and drained (I use Goya cannellini)
1 can of fire roasted tomatoes
1/2 small can or 2 tbsp of diced hatch chiles (found at Trader Joe's)
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
hot pepper flakes
olive oil
kosher salt & pepper
16 oz. frozen chopped spinach, drained (you can use fresh spinach that has been blanched)
dried breadcrumbs (seasoned or panko)
1/2 cup of crumbled cotija cheese (or Parmigiano Reggiano)

In a large skillet, cook the garlic and onion on medium heat until translucent.

Add the canned tomatoes, beans, hatch chilis and spinach and cook together for a minute or two.
I also added in some fresh cherry tomatoes.


Season w/ salt & pepper.

Spread the breadcrumbs and cheese over the top and drizzle with some olive oil.


Bake for 25 minutes in a 425F hot oven.


Serve with a side of sausage or bacon (wink wink).

;)

6 comments:

Bebe said...

Type O here. Would never make it as a vegetarian. But this predator also likes fish and chicken!

Natalia B said...

I too am an A- blood type. I love one-pot meals such as this one, although I could definitely see this with ground turkey as well.

Anonymous said...

I'm A+ - but you knew THAT already! My natural preferences also lead me to very little meat. And the older I get, the harder it is to digest. I love a good burger, but it's quite a workout to process at this point. Just another fun part of being an old bag who can't wear cute cat tights anymore! Gotta run - time to call my psychic to ask what I should eat for lunch. Ciao crazy! :^O

Proud Italian Cook said...

This looks delicious, I don't need the meat at all!

Denise said...

So interesting that we are the same blood type as I recently told my sister that there seems to be nothing that you don't post that I don't either prepare or want to prepare. Not often does one find someone who has such similar preferences in food. Santé!

And, of course, we both love Paris.

vanessa said...

I would love to see lots of plant-based meals here!