The impending threat of losing power because of Hurricane Irene has got me wondering about what the hell I’m going to eat if the power goes out. Mind you, if the power goes for a few hours, everything in my fridge will be safe. I have plenty of dry goods and raw vegan recipes to keep me well fed for several days. But I’ve been in situations where the electricity hasn’t come back for days (ice storms, living in a rural part of NH, etc.) and on a scale of no fun to awesome…it’s cruel and unusual punishment. Yes, yes, I know I sound like a spoiled American.
Anyway, I went shopping today for raw veggies, fruit, nuts, seeds, crackers, and canned goods — all things that will keep if the power goes. It’s like vegans were made to survive the apocalypse! And hell, even if all we get is a “tropical storm” (how exotic) and the power doesn’t go, then I’ll just use these delicious goods to make myself something fancy while I enjoy staying in, hearing the rain pound on the ceiling while I sip on a glass of wine and curl up with a good book or movie and my lovable old pup.
Here’s a super simple, limited ingredient, delicious recipe that I love to make for lunch on a regular, full power day or for picnics, beach outings, and vegan barbecues. Its resourcefulness and use during power outages has made itself apparent many times! As well as how very filling it is! You can enjoy this many ways: in a wrap, on bread, inside a raw bell pepper or cabbage leaf, in salad, or just on its own in a bowl! Make sure your beans aren’t canned in animal products and be wary of those sneaky “natural flavor” claims!
Also, while I have your attention…if you’re in New England this weekend, please be safe, check on your elderly neighbors and bring your pets and any strays you find indoors!
(makes about 6 cups)
1 – 15 oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 – 15 oz can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 – 15 oz can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 – 15 oz can peas, drained and rinsed, or 1 and 1/2 cups thawed frozen peas
1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 small yellow onion, chopped
1 large carrot, grated (optional)
1 tsp smoked paprika (optional)
coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Combine all ingredients together in a large bowl and chill for at least 1 hour or serve un-chilled. You can serve this inside pita bread, in a wrap, inside hollowed out bell peppers or a leaf of cabbage.