Saturday, January 5, 2008

picadillo with white rice, avocado tomato black bean and corn salad

Yes, more Spanish food. This time I made some Cuban inspired picadillo with white rice, which is an adaptation of picadillo my step mom makes. I started with sweating a sweet onion and green bell pepper in olive oil. I added tomato sauce, tomato paste, tofu crumbles and a touch of vegan Worcestershire sauce. Once that heated through, I added about a third of a cup of raisins and a couple tablespoons of pimento stuffed green olives . . . YES, I know, two things on my list of foods I dislike but part of my new year's resolutions is to eat more of the foods I think I don't care for. I'm not completely sold on raisins or green olives, but these are traditional ingredients in picadillo and I can't mess with tradition. I also splashed in a bit of red wine vinegar at the last minute.
I decided to make picadillo because my step mom emailed me about a avocado tomato salad she made that she added corn to. I decided, in honor of her picadillo, to also make a version of the salad she emailed me about. My salad started with lime juice, red wine vinegar, black pepper, sea salt and natural sugar, chopped avocado, diced tomatoes and diced sweet onion. I then drained and rinsed a can of black beans and a can of sweet corn and added them to the salad along with a glug or two of olive oil. Perfection!
I plated the dish with the picadillo on white rice and the salad separate, but I decided to mix the picadillo and white rice with the salad and it was even better! THANKS FOR THE IDEA DELIA!
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10 comments:

Delia said...

Looks delicious! I am going to try your version of the avocado salad.

pavotrouge said...

yum! the picadillo looks great. I adore pimento stuffed olives and am always looking for recipes using them.

VeggieGirl said...

so glad that this dish convinced you to try two of your food dislikes - I ADORE raisins, so I hope you learn to love them too; and I'm totally with you on not liking green olives - ick :0)

Theresa said...

Yum, that avo salad looks amazing. We've been on a mexican kick lately, so maybe we'll transition to spanish with some of your recipes...

Melody Polakow said...

Looks delicious. I haven't cooked a lot of spanish foods... this post is inspiring me to start.

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

That looks soooo good! Have you tried anything with Jackfruit yet?

the pleasantly plump vegan said...

melisser- i dont think i have even heard of a jack fruit and if i have heard of it, i don't recall what it is or what it taste like or how to cook and/or eat it! fill me in?

Vegan_Noodle said...

Ha! I have been trying to eat foods on my "don't touch" list for the new year too... celery!! Ahhhh!! Looks yum (I'm not a fan of olives either, but maybe I should give them a shot too!)

Sally Parrott Ashbrook said...

That looks really delicious.

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