Black Bean Mix

by Maggie on February 25, 2013

 

fresh cookbook

One of my favorite restaurants is Fresh Restaurants in Toronto, Canada. I’ve been going there for about ten years – they’re a vegetarian restaurant, but they cater to vegans, gluten-freebies, juice-lovers, and anyone who loves an amazing meal. Their dishes will leave you feeling completely satisfied, a little full, and eager to plan your next visit.

The founder of Fresh is Ruth Tal – a generous and inspirational woman who you can find on twitter and instagram. Ruth and her business partner, Jennifer Houston, recently published their fourth cookbook Fresh: New Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes from the Award-winning Fresh Restaurants .

We are in love with this cookbook (we already have Fresh at Home). It’s packed with over 200 food and juice recipes (I clearly need to get a juicer) – many of which are naturally gluten-free, or can be easily adapted to be so.

Some of our favorites so far are: the Avocado Banana Spinach Smoothie, the Magnum espresso shake (oh yeah baby), Grilled Tofu Steaks, and the Lemon Blueberry Pancakes.

But our number one fave (it was hard to pick just one) is the Black Bean Mix. It’s also one of our favorite dishes at the restaurant – even Callum loves it! We served ours in gluten-free tortillas and over basmati rice with a side of roasted sweet potatoes. So filling and so nutritious!

 

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Black Bean Mix

Reprinted from Fresh: New Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes from the Award-winning Fresh Restaurants with thanks to Ruth Tal.

  • 1 cup diced onions
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil (I used coconut oil)
  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds, ground
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon Mexican chili powder
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup chopped fresh or canned tomatoes
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon diced canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed (or 2 cups cooked black beans)

1. Saute onions in oil until softened.
2. Add coriander, chili, and garlic powders, oregano, sea salt, and pepper.
3. Cook for 1 or 2 minutes, stirring often.
4. Add garlic, tomatoes, water, cilantro, tomato paste, and chipotle. Stir to incorporate, then bring to a boil.
5. Stir in black beans.
6. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. 

To enter to win a copy of the latest Fresh cookbook, simply do ONE of the following. Just leave A SEPARATE COMMENT for each thing that you do so that you can earn an entry for each.

1. Tell me your favorite gluten-free friendly restaurant.

2. Follow She Let Them Eat Cake on Facebook OR Pinterest (or tell me if you already do).

The contest will end on Monday, March 4th at midnight CST. The winners will be contacted by email. You must be at least 18 years old to enter.  Winners must live within the continental US and Canada.

 


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Megan@BlueStarVermont.com February 26, 2013 at 6:25 pm

I follow you 0n Pinterest & Facebook and love every drop you put on there!

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April February 26, 2013 at 8:00 pm

I’ve never had the luxury of going to a gluten free restaurant, but I hope to someday! Thanks!

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April February 26, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Already following!

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Erin February 26, 2013 at 8:11 pm

My favourite gluten-free restaurant is also Fresh! It’s always such a treat to have so many options at a restaurant!

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Erin February 26, 2013 at 8:12 pm

I follow you on Facebook and Pinterest :)

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Cathy February 26, 2013 at 8:26 pm

Hi Maggie,

I follow you on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
My favourite gluten free restaurant is LIVE food bar in Toronto!

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Smruti February 26, 2013 at 8:37 pm

I follow you on Pinterest. thanks and can’t wait to try the Black bean mix recipe!

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Ashley February 26, 2013 at 9:22 pm

I love Founding Farmers for gluten free food!

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Ashley February 26, 2013 at 9:22 pm

Follow on Pinterest!

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Jessica February 26, 2013 at 10:03 pm

I have two favourite gluten free restaurants here on Vancouver Island – Rawmbas and Power House. Both amazing!

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Jessica February 26, 2013 at 10:03 pm

I already follow you on facebook – love your posts and recipes!

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Chrys February 26, 2013 at 10:10 pm

My favorite gluten-free restaurant is Stack’d in Milwaukee, WI. I can eat a cheeseburger and fries and feel completely fine due to their separate gluten-free fryer and dairy-free cheese.

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Dee Fedor February 27, 2013 at 8:55 am

The only gluten-free (ish) restaurant we have been to in S.W. MI is called Green Restaurant. They have great g-free bread.

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Dee Fedor February 27, 2013 at 8:57 am

I am following you on Pinterest

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Dee Fedor February 27, 2013 at 9:00 am

I am following you on Facebook.

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stephanie eastman February 27, 2013 at 10:14 am

i just liked you on FB and followed all your boards on pintrest! i hope to win the FRESH cookbook and I love your blog!

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Katie February 27, 2013 at 11:06 am

I’m following you on Facebook :)

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Kelli Schulenberg February 27, 2013 at 11:17 am

Following on Facebook.

My favorite gluten free friendly restaurant is Beau Jo’s, an awesome pizza place
with locations in the Ft. Collins, Boulder, Denver area, as well as Rapid City. Very tasty gluten free selections.

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Heidi February 27, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Nebo in Boston has a great gluten-free menu! Such fresh dishes.

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Heidi February 27, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Also following on Pintrest :)

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Bridget February 27, 2013 at 9:08 pm

I follow you on facebook

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Bridget February 27, 2013 at 9:08 pm

I follow you on pinterest

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The Peace Patch February 27, 2013 at 9:46 pm

Maharaja…fabulous Indian food!

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Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen February 28, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Pinterest following!

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Joyce March 1, 2013 at 9:04 am

My daughter just told me about Fresh. It’s her favourite restaurant and I hear they’re opening one at Yonge and Eglinton — very excited about this. We’re both celiacs — diagnosed about a year ago. Who knew this experience would turn us into health conscious foodies! If you’re in Toronto, we also love Riz on Bayview Avenue — great gluten free menu – our family is addicted to the crispy beef. ….. Just started following you on Pinterest!

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Maggie March 1, 2013 at 6:37 pm

They sure are Joyce! I’m pretty excited about that location too, it’s a little closer to us :)

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Mae March 1, 2013 at 6:48 pm

I follow you on FB but my favorite gf restaurant is Yum-Yum’s Gluten Free Bakery and Cafe.

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Sarah March 1, 2013 at 6:56 pm

My favourite restaurant that caters to our family’s dietary needs is Blue Plate Diner in Edmonton. We live in Northern BC, so the offerings are slim. :(

Thanks for the opportunity to bring some Toronto to our home. :)

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Sarah March 1, 2013 at 6:58 pm

Follow you on FB and Pinterest

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Lisa Bender March 1, 2013 at 7:01 pm

I follow you on facebook and some boards on pinterest. I love Fresh and also love Cafe Nervosa in Yorkville!

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Angie Brunet March 1, 2013 at 9:05 pm

I follow you on Facebook, thank you for all the great recipes

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Angie Brunet March 1, 2013 at 9:09 pm

I also recently started following you on Pinterest.love Pinterest!! Once again thanks for all the recipes, they have really helpful.

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Anna March 2, 2013 at 7:32 am

My favorite gluten free restaurant is Prasad in Portland, OR. Great people, great food! :)
I follow you on Facebook, but I am not on Pinterest yet..

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Theresa March 3, 2013 at 2:31 pm

I’m following you on Facebook and glad to have found you and your tasty recipes! Thanks for the giveaway too – I’d love to have that cookbook on my shelf! My daughter recently introduced me to the wonders of a gluten-free life and coconut products, and I’m hooked!

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Lois French March 4, 2013 at 10:21 am

I live in the country about an hour from Winnipeg, so have not had the opportunity to enjoy a real vegan wheat-free restaurant. I would absolutely love the cookbook though!

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Lois French March 4, 2013 at 10:25 am

also following on Pinterest and check you website regularly for recipes!

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chantell March 4, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Our restaurants are sparce on this island. We have never had the opportunity to visit a gluten free restaurant :(

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chantell March 4, 2013 at 12:09 pm

I already follow you on facebook.

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Vicky March 4, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Can I enter on behalf of my son who lives in Canada? If so, my favourite gluten free friendly restaurant has to be Raw Aura, Lakeshore Road E in Mississauga – wonderful everything!!! In fact AMAZING everything!

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Maggie March 4, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Absolutely Vicki :)

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Vicky March 4, 2013 at 1:05 pm

I already follow you on FB and Pinterest!

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marina March 4, 2013 at 1:48 pm

a local called the Texican is my favorite and I just followed you on Facebook!

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Amanda March 4, 2013 at 2:07 pm

The Silly Yak bakery in Madison, WI :)

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Erin R. March 4, 2013 at 2:20 pm

I already like you on Facebook!

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Erin R. March 4, 2013 at 2:21 pm

I’m following you on Pinterest!

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Erin R. March 4, 2013 at 2:22 pm

My favorite GF restaurant here is called True Food Kitchen. They even make juices with Kale to accompany their gluten free choices! So yummy!

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Rebecca Oosterhuis March 4, 2013 at 3:38 pm

I follow you on Facebook!!

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Rebecca Oosterhuis March 4, 2013 at 3:39 pm

My favourite gluten-free friendly restaurant is Belmonte Raw and Tori’s Bakeshop in Toronto. Both are delicious, healthy, and leave you feeling great!

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Maggie March 4, 2013 at 7:09 pm

Rebecca I am envious – you’ve been to two spots in Toronto that I am dying to get to!

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Katriona March 5, 2013 at 5:57 am

Love the recipes. We’re new to the world of egg free, dairy free and gluten free so we haven’t found a restaurant that meets my 4 year olds approval. I do follow you on Facebook. Thanks!

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