Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Huevos Rancherfauxs


Low-carb refried beans, you ask?


Yep. Well, they're not exactly beans. Okay, they're not beans at all. But they will fool damn near anyone! These accommodate:
The secret? These are actually made of soaked sunflower seeds. It's sort of like a hummus. It was a bit thick, like bean dip, but you can always add extra water. They were perfect in my huevos rancheros.

MOCK REFRIED BEANS
Makes about 3 cups

INGREDIENTS
  • 2.5 cups raw hulled sunflower seeds, soaked in lots of cool water for 1-2 hours
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (or other oil...I think pumpkin seed oil would be ideal!)
  • 1/2 cup peeled, seeded, diced tomato (I used two medium-sized Romas)
  • 2 Tbs tahini (raw or roasted, I think roasted tastes better)
  • 1-2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 2-3 canned chipotle peppers (or chipotle powder to taste)
  • 1 Tbs sweet paprika
  • Juice of two limes
DIRECTIONS
  1. Drain the sunflower seeds. It's okay if some water still clings to them, just shake them dry in a strainer.
  2. Put all ingredients in the food processor or Vita-Mix. Process until smooth -- it will take a WHILE to get completely smooth. Scrape down the sides as necessary. 
  3. Taste and correct seasonings. Add more oil or a little water if too thick.
FOR HUEVOS RANCHEROS
Spread some of the mock refried beans on a microwave-safe plate. Nuke for 30-45 seconds. Meanwhile, fry 1 or 2 eggs. Set the egg in the heated beans and top with salsa, diced avocado, cilantro, hot sauce, and optionally diced chorizo (I happened to have some on hand). If desired, serve with low-carb tortillas, with cheese crisps, or in a zucchini taco bowl.

6 comments:

J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) said...

Hi, I don't follow a Paleo or low-carb diet, but I dig creative recipes and trying new foods! :)

I like the sound of these faux refried beans. I might try them sometime!

christina said...

Huevos rancheros is one of my favoriteeee things in the whole world!

Erica said...

@J3nn: Let me know if you try them! Sunflower seeds are so healthy regardless of what diet you follow -- lots of phytosterols :)

@christina: I KNOW, I'm soooo glad that I found a way of healthifying them, it's probably my favorite breakfast in the world.

Emily said...

Wow! All your food looks so good! How unique to use sunflower seeds in this recipe--must be delicious. Found your blog through April's :)

Erica said...

Emily: You'd never guess it was sunflower seeds! Glad you found my blog!

www.muebles-en-cordoba.com said...

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