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Cuban Beer-Infused Black Beans & Cookbook Giveaway

Posted in Book Review, Favourites, Mains (Vegetarian), Sides by Janet M on March 4, 2014

Cuban Beer-Infused Black Beans

Vegan cookbook lovers rejoice! Today is a great day for vegan cookbooks. I counted at least 3 different vegan cookbooks being published today.

For my deluge of cauliflower recipes, I really appreciated Eileen’s comment about food trends. Basically, she said seeing an ingredient repeatedly can actually be quite boring. So in that vein, instead of reviewing the more popular vegan options, I thought I’d share a hidden gem: Meatless All Day.

Meatless All Day Cover

At first, I was hesitant to review it because it is not a vegan-only cookbook. Instead, there is a mix of vegan and vegetarian options. Vegan options are clearly marked but in the rest of the cookbook, some recipes use eggs and cheese (and sometimes butter, but that is an easily solvable problem). However, the recipes are inventive and even if you are vegan, you can gain inspiration from different combinations of ingredients or the gorgeous photography. I am itching to try the Miso-Glazed Tofu which was inspired by Nobu’s Miso-Glazed Black Cod (which I loved in my pre-vegan days).

In truth, the real reason I wanted to touch bases with the publisher was because I desperately wanted to share this recipe. Because I know my beans recipes, and this was possibly one of my favourite bean dishes to date.

Black beans are simmered with a Farmhouse ale, cumin, tomatoes, a touch of coconut milk and lime juice and if you ask me, the best part was using the roasted hatch chiles. They are a fairly mild chile but add a lot of flavour which melded so well with the rest of this dish. The dish hit all the markers: sweet, salty, spicy and bitter perfectly.

Shiner FM 966 Ale

For the beer haters in the audience (that’s me!), you cannot taste the bitter hoppiness (thank goodness!) but it adds a different dimension to the beans. If you are a beer hater and unsure what to make with the rest of your can of beer, may I suggest beer-soaked fries?

A side of roasted plantain chips would be great too. The original recipe was actually a Cuban Black Bean Stew with plantain chips, but I simmered away the stock until it became a caramelized thick coating instead. Delicious. And easier to transport as lunch leftovers, too. Do I know why it is considered Cuban? Not at all..

Thankfully, the publisher allowed me to share the recipe (with my modifications, of course) AND giveaway the cookbook to a reader ANYWHERE in the world! BOOYAH!  To be entered in the random draw for the cookbook, please leave a comment below telling me about your favourite meatless meal. The winner will be selected at random on March 15, 2014. Good luck!

Cuban Beer-Infused Black Beans

PS. This is my submission to this month’s My Legume Love Affair.

Cuban Beer-Infused Black Beans 
Adapted from Meatless All Day 

1 tbsp coconut oil, or oil of choice
1 small onion, diced
1 medium finely chopped red bell pepper (~1 cup)
2 tbsp roasted hatch chiles (I used the canned ones from Trader Joe’s)
3 large garlic cloves, minced or pressed
1/4 tsp ground cumin
2 tbsp tomato paste
1/3 cup mild beer (the recipe recommended a lager but we used Shiner’s Farmhouse Ale)
3 cups cooked black beans (or 2 x 15 oz cans of black beans), rinsed and drained (I used Rancho Gordo’s Negro de Arbol beans)
3/4 cup light coconut milk
1/2 cup water (or vegetable broth)
1 tsp nutritional yeast (if not using broth)
1/4 tsp no salt seasoning (ie, TJ’s 21-Spice Salute)
3 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tbsp low-sodium tamari
salt, to taste
chopped cilantro, for garnish

1. In a medium-sized pot over medium-high heat, heat oil. Once hot, add the onions and red bell pepper. Saute until softened, around 5 minutes. Add roasted chiles, garlic and cumin and saute until the garlic is fragrant, around 1-2 minutes more. Add tomato paste and cook until slightly browned. Deglaze with the beer and simmer for a minute. Stir in the beans, coconut milk, water/broth, nutritional yeast, no salt seasoning, lime juice and tamari. Simmer until the sauce is slightly thickened and the flavours meld, around 15 minutes. Season with additional salt, if desired. Top with cilantro.

2. Serve warm, with a side of beer-soaked fries or roasted plantain chips.

Serves 4.

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  1. Ellen Lederman said, on March 4, 2014 at 7:13 AM

    Beer and coconut milk? I’m in! Been craving beans and lentils lately (not a bad thing to crave!).

    Not sure about the plantains. Every time I have them, I always have to admit that I find bananas more delicious.

  2. Susan Edelman said, on March 4, 2014 at 7:23 AM

    We LOVE cuban black beans at our house! I have an old recipe somewhere around here! But I love this recipe. My husband is a beer nut, so we’ll definitely give this a try. I’m fine with vegetarian cookbooks too, as it’s often easy to veganize things. Let’s see…my favorite dish lately is your Lentil Marinara Sauce over Spaghetti Squash, which I just blogged about today! I was trying to make things easy for my friend Amy, who is interested in learning about vegan food. She works all day, and it’s hard for her to get over that learning curve and chopping veggies!

  3. Laura said, on March 4, 2014 at 8:33 AM

    That chili looks amazing! I actually don’t like the taste of beer at all, but love it in recipes! Winning this cookbook would awesome!

  4. dianaveggienextdoor said, on March 4, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    A perfect pot of beans (with rice & veggies) is one of my favorite vegan meals but one I haven’t mastered yet. I am looking forward to trying your recipe!

  5. Jessica Eagle said, on March 4, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Ohhh yeahh !!! Another wonderful giveaway Janet. Thanks again :)

    Heuuu…my favorite meatless meal ?! I know this will sound boring, but soup, soup, soup and soup…hi hi !!! I adore all ind of vegetable soup. Also, I enjoy marinated and grilled tempeh and tofu. Ohhhh and a huge salad full of vegetables, black olive, artichoke and chickpea :)

    Your recipe looks really yummy !!! Thanks again :)

  6. Bill said, on March 4, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    The links are set correctly. I can’t get to this post.

  7. Sandra said, on March 4, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    That sounds and looks yum! I’ll definitely give this recipe a try.

    My favourite meatless meal? Hmm, too many to choose from but I think I’ll go with…vegan feijoada – I just love black beans. But I’m also a big fan of most vegetable curries, my favourites currently being spinach and lentil curry and any chickpea carrot such as cauliflower chickpea or carrot chickpea.

    And now I’m getting hungry…LOL!

  8. ladycoop said, on March 4, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    YUM! Adding it to my grocery list/meal plan for this coming week.

  9. Lizzie said, on March 4, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    While the Cuban Beans look fantastic, whatever is going on there on the cover of the book has got me drooling even more! I’m very close to perfecting my vegan tater tot hot dish recipe, so that may be my favorite meatless dish currently. :)

  10. Cee said, on March 4, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    My favorite meatless meal is probably scrambled tofu with baked herbed fries, but I also enjoy a good chickpea curry! Tonight, I’m making seitan “chicken” cutlets with biscuits and nutritional yeast gravy.

  11. Danielle said, on March 4, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    I love beans lately and this recipe sounds perfect. Will definitely try it.
    My perfect meal in the moment is Tortillas with chipotle tempeh and avocado. Yum!

  12. Brandon said, on March 4, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    My favorite meatless meal to eat/make is Oaxaca Tacos from Cafe Flora. The recipe is available online, google it :). Hope I win your cookbook!

  13. Jackie Lehr said, on March 4, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Escarole sautéed in garlic and olive oil with red pepper flakes, with white beans. Sometimes with tomato sauce. Always with crusty Italian bread.

  14. Hannah said, on March 4, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    At the moment, beetroot risotto.

  15. Amy Beinfest said, on March 4, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    Three sisters stew with cornmeal dumplings!

  16. Kristofer Prepelica said, on March 4, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Can’t get enough of the Korean seasoned tofu dish known as yangnyom dobu (양념 두부)!

  17. Eileen said, on March 4, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Aw, thanks for the shout-out! It’s actually pretty funny because today I went out and made pancakes, just like half the blogosphere, for pancake day…but then I did get to eat pancakes, so hey. :) Anyway, this cookbook sounds fantastic–thanks for the giveaway opportunity! A lot of my favorite meatless meals are Indian–dals of all kinds, cashew milk curries, baigan bhartha, and what have you, all served with a flavorful rice or hot naan. SO good.

  18. ashley said, on March 4, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Obsession of the moment, warm butternut squash salad with lemon tahini dressing from Smitten Kitchen: http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2009/01/warm-butternut-squash-and-chickpea-salad/

  19. Sarah said, on March 4, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    I love a hearty bowl of oatmeal- for any meal!

  20. Aileen Sharma said, on March 4, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Those beans look super yum ! I love making vegan Ethiopian dishes :))

  21. Linda Adams said, on March 4, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    This page has been down the past couple days; hope all is well with you. Linda

  22. Anat said, on March 4, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    All of my meals are meatless, but my favorite meal this winter has been ziti with cauliflower and raisins, it also hits all the marks like chewy, sweet, salty, sour (capers and red wine vinegar) and vegetal that I love so much!

  23. Melissa said, on March 5, 2014 at 1:07 AM

    I love a good quesadilla with sautéed veggies & avocado!

  24. Meghan said, on March 5, 2014 at 5:56 AM

    In the winter, I love kale and white beans and polenta (often with a fried egg or a little cheese, since I’m not vegan).

  25. flickingthevs said, on March 5, 2014 at 6:03 AM

    While normally I’d be hesitant to put beer in my cookbook when I could be putting it down my neck, I’m pretty sure I’d make an exception for these beans.

    As for favourite meatfree meal, I can’t get enough of dumpling soup at the moment.

  26. mostlyok said, on March 5, 2014 at 7:21 AM

    Ooh, I don’t know, this might be my new favorite recipe!

  27. patti said, on March 5, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    Rancho Gordo’s Christmas Limas with olive oil sauteed leeks, garlic, and lots of crimini mushrooms

  28. Joe Silberlicht said, on March 5, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Best meatless meal? General Tso’s (not) Chicken! It’s vegan and you can make your own or pick up ready-to-eat at WHole Foods!

  29. cookeasyvegan said, on March 5, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    Thanks for getting permission to print the recipe — it sounds so savory and delicious. All my meals are meat-free and it’s hard to think of a favorite, but at the moment I’m loving anything with lima beans. It’s funny, because limas used to be the one bean I didn’t like!

  30. Marsha said, on March 5, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    my favorite meatless meal is veggie Korma.

  31. Gabby @ the veggie nook said, on March 5, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    See now I loooove beer but find if I drink it, I get digestive upset (sad face). So this is just perfect for me!

    My favourite meatless meal? Well that is an entirely too difficult of a question Janet! I have really loved a couple vegan lasagnas I have made in the past with tofu ricotta though so I’ll choose that ;)

  32. Johanna GGG said, on March 5, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    oh that looks so amazing – I love beer if it is for cooking (not so keen on drinking it) and this combination looks delicious – however I am not sure I could find hatch chillis so would probably go for plain old boring chilli – and maybe a bit of liquid smoke (love any excuse to add smoky flavour to beans and that would take care of the roasted flavour wouldn’t it?)

    • Johanna GGG said, on March 5, 2014 at 7:16 PM

      and I did want to enter the giveaway but favourite meatless meal is pretty tough – lasagnes and tacos are definitely high on the list but I think I might just say a roast dinner with a good hearty nut roast, crispy roast potatoes, cauliflower cheese and greens. You can’t go past a plate of nostalgia!

  33. carogonza said, on March 5, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    I make a curry stew with potatoes and garbanzo beans. It is so good.

  34. stephanie said, on March 5, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    rice and beans are usually my fav

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  36. Michelle said, on March 6, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    This looks delicious, I love main dishes with beans!

  37. Bill said, on March 6, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    It is hard for me to give a favorite meatless meal. Like many people here, all mine are meatless and there are so many good recipes we make at home. I will give this one though: Bibimbap.When all the separte ingredients are prepared well and you make a good chili sauce, it is killer. I got my family to love it, though my wife and daughter eat it with the gross traditional soft fried egg.
    These beans look great and it is my next try for this site. I tried a refried black bean recipe using beer and that was good. This looks amazing. One thought though, how do you get 2 tlbs of tomato paste without wasting the rest of the can? Anyone have a suggestion? The chilis I can throw into a burrito or beans but what do I do with the rest of the paste? Thanks.

    • janet @ the taste space said, on March 6, 2014 at 10:36 AM

      Bill, love your thoughts.
      For tomato paste, I always freeze the remainder in 1 tbsp scoops. Then it is already measured for me next time. Hope that helps!

  38. coconutandberries said, on March 7, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    It’s definitely an exciting time for us vegans with all these new cookbooks emerging! I’d really like to check out Thrive Energy as I haven’t heard all that much about it.
    I don’t really drink alcohol so only buy it when I want to cook with it! The beans look really good. I definitely agree that plantain chips would be the perfect side.

  39. Terri Cole said, on March 7, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    I’m vegan, so all my meals are meatless. Lately, I’ve been on a Hippie/Buddha bowl kick. Grains (farro is my fave), beans, kale, roasted veg (cauliflower & b-nut squash is nice) and tahini sauce over top.

    I think these beans would be spectacular in a bowl!

  40. Charmaine said, on March 7, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Caramelized thick coating and black beans? I think I can eat this all day:)
    My favourite meal at the moment is quinoa salad, can’t get enough of that nuttiness.

  41. Deborah Smikle-Davis said, on March 7, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    What a delectable recipe for black beans! Black beans are my favorite bean. In fact, I am known for my variations on black bean soup because I make it so often. I am so glad I hopped by from Healthy Vegan Fridays. You are also invited to share your plant-based, vegan and raw recipes, smoothies, juices, cookbooks and more at the “Plant-Based Potluck Party” Link Up @http://urbannaturale.com/join-the-food-fun-at-the-plant-based-potluck-party-link-up/
    All the best, Deborah

  42. Simona said, on March 8, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Another vegan here! I must say there aren’t many dishes since I went vegan that I haven’t liked. One of my fav ingredients is chickpeas and I love playing around with them, be it hummus, chickpea burgers or a no-tuna salad. But lately I’ve been amazed at tofu, marinated with garlic powder and soy sauce then pan fried it tasted like chicken!

  43. charj said, on March 8, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    I have so many favorites. Falafel sandwich and fries is at the top of the list.

  44. Kitty said, on March 8, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    I love stir fry rice noodles or veggie chili!

  45. aspiringimagesbyrachel said, on March 8, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    Honestly, my favorite go to meatless meal is very simple pasta arrabiata. It’s practically makes itself and is an excellent go to in nights when I am feeling tired and want something comforting.

  46. Sarah, Simply Cooked said, on March 9, 2014 at 7:54 AM

    You are right – the photography is beautiful. My favourite meatless meal is a massive salad with peppers, courgettes, walnuts, grapes and spinach.

  47. Bill said, on March 9, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    I made the recipe. For me, it was OK. In my rendition, the coconut milk was by far the most pronounced flavor. To me, it overwhelmed the other seasoning. It was not bad, but it was not what I thought it would be. Like a lot of bean dishes, it tasted better the next day as the flavors meld. I tried it out on my wife and kids and got “meh” responses. I liked it more than them but they thought it came out a little bland.
    I ate it for breakfast on corn pancakes my wife made and it was really good on those. It fit in with the more rich pancake.

    • janet @ the taste space said, on March 10, 2014 at 9:24 AM

      Hey Bill,
      Thank you for writing back with your thoughts. I am sorry it wasn’t as popular with your family but at least you found a great way to serve them. I never would have thought to pair them with a pancake. :)

  48. Nik said, on March 10, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    So intrigued by this book! My favorite meatless meal at the moment is one that makes both me (vegan) and my DH (meat-eater) happy: A big brown rice bowl topped with steamed Swiss chard and broccoli, tamari-roasted mushrooms, sliced avocado, sprouted sunflower seed, and a ginger-wasabi sauce. In fact we are having this for dinner tonight :)

  49. cinzia said, on April 2, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Thank you so much for your lovely recipe, never tried a combo like this but it sounds pretty good!
    Bookmarked ;-)
    Round-up is now on-line: http://cindystarblog.blogspot.it/2014/04/my-legume-love-affair-69-round-up.html


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