vegetarian chorizo

Pasta Yia-Yia

This is a really fast, simple, satisfying recipe that tastes like it should take a lot more effort and ingredients than it does! The one caveat is that it’s not great for leftovers because the butter kinda congeals - but it’s pretty hard to not just eat it all anyway. I don’t have any precise measurements because I’ve never actually seen a recipe for it - my mother got it from a friend who got it from his grandma, but it’s pretty easy to judge quantities.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Pasta of your choice (I find smaller shapes like fusili or conchiglie work best)
  • Butter
  • Garlic
  • Powdered cinnamon
  • Feta (or similar style) cheese

METHOD:

  • Cook the pasta in lightly salted water, as you usually would.
  • While the pasta is cooking, chop the garlic roughly, and melt the butter over a low heat in a small saucepan. Add the garlic and let it cook, making sure not to let it burn.
  • Drain the pasta, take the garlic butter off the heat and add a small spoonful of cinnamon to it.
  • Pour the garlic butter/cinnamon mixture over the pasta, crumble feta cheese into it and stir through. 

It’s that simple! The savory cinnamon thing sounds a little weird but it works so well. It’s also a really adaptable recipe -  I’ve subbed the feta for blue cheese before, and it also works fine with rice instead of pasta for a gluten free alternative or if your cupboard is a little bare. Powdered garlic works if you can’t do chopping but it won’t need to cook - I’d add it at the same time as the cinnamon. While it’s certainly not the most balanced meal by itself it’s also really easy to work greens and protein in: just cook a few chunks of frozen baby spinach in the butter, and I’ve found throwing in some chopped vegetarian chorizo (I imagine the real thing works too) tastes great while making it a little more substantial. 

Wow this is really delicious. Super flavorful.

Brazilian Black Bean Stew (got it on allrecipes.com)

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • ¼ lb chorizo
  • 1/3 lb chopped ham
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 chile pepper, diced (seeds and pith removed)
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 cans (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 2 cans (14.5 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 mango, peeled, and chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • ¼ tsp salt

Heat the canola oil; add in the chorizo and ham.  Cook for a few minutes until the chorizo is browned.  Retain the chorizo oil.  Add the onions and garlic, cook until onions are tender.  Add the peppers, sweet potatoes, water and tomatoes.  Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are tender.

Add the black beans, cilantro, mango and salt.  Stir and heat until warmed.

I’m not a fan of cilantro as a rule, but I put it in because hey, I always like to go by the recipe the first time I make something.  It tastes pretty awesome.

It’s amazing that there are NO SPICES added.  The spice in the chorizo and the heat of the pepper is plenty.  A little salt to punch things up and the cilantro and you’re good to go.

If I had it to do over I’d add more mango.  The mango I bought was a little soft and didn’t give me much flesh.  You could make it vegetarian by eliminating the chorizo and ham, but I think you’d need to add in some spice to make up for the lack of chorizo - cayenne and cumin, probably.

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Hey everyone!

Even though I have a job that gives me decent hours, I’m still finding that after bills and such I’m coming up short on food money at the end of the month. c’: Corie and I are scraping by on basically eggs and dollar store vegetarian chorizo for protein after our second paychecks are gobbled up by rent and utilities. I’d sign up for food stamps but my promotion bumped me over the maximum for wages. Moving to SoCal put a lot of strain on my credit cards and two of them are basically maxed out, so on top of paying rent, utilities, and car payment, I also have several thousand dollars of card debt I’m trying to pay down whose minimum payments have gone up. Also things like gas for my car, food, and other necessities. I make just barely enough to not qualify for food stamps and it’s pretty awful cause I still can’t afford to keep good food on my table. I’m not even paying for my phone or my car insurance yet; my parents are incredibly gracious people and are taking care of those bills until I can afford it myself.

SO I’m offering commissions!

I’d love to have enough money at the end of the month to be able to make another trip to the store to buy more than just a carton of eggs and some chorizo and beans sob. It doesn’t need to be a full grocery trip but.

Please help me orz

Drawing is the only thing I’m good at and I’m even going to stream the process of your commission so you can come watch me do it and tell me if something’s not to your liking as it’s made!

Thanks a million and signal boost if you would! <3

-Aly