Mimi is a cook on a forum I belong to. She comes up with wonderful and often cheap recipes.
This was wonderful, quick, yummy, cheap and healthy. Mimi put smoky paprika but I prefer sweet.
2 cups dried red kidney beans
1 cup red lentils
3/4 cup olive oil
6 cups water
1 onion diced
6 cloves of garlic, sprinkled with a touch of oil and roasted for 15 minutes in a moderate oven (more or less according to your love of garlic! I make extra to use in other dishes, eg salsa.)
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon chilli powder
1 Bay Leaf
1. Squeeze the roasted garlic out of it’s papery shell.
2. Combine everything in the crock pot, and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. You can also simmer this on the stove top for 2-3 hours.
3. Remove the Bay Leaf.
4. Empty into a food processor and blend until smooth.
How to serve?
1. Soft tacos
I made guacamole – mashed an avocado with a fork, squeeze of lemon, spoonful of Greek yoghurt (I make my own yoghurt with Easiyo).
And I made salsa – chopped cherry tomatoes, chopped coriander, couple of roasted garlic, half a cooked onion.
Warm tortillas, put small spread of refried beans, some lettuce, salsa, guacamole, sweet chilli sauce. Wrap and eat!
Serve as a dip layered with salsa and guacamole with corn chips.
Heat a heaped tablespoon of refried beans and a stalk of broccolini in microwave for a minute. Place two pieces of Mountain Bread on board. Spread beans thinly down middle of slice, put on broccolini and grated cheese. Roll bread and put in sandwich press until cheese slightly melts.
Of course you could use it for nachos, hard tacos etc but these were the three ways I served it. Yum!