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Steamed Dinner and Sauerkraut Refried Beans

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Thank you for all the love whether on Facebook, instagram or pinterest regarding the Super Quinoa Burrito Bowl from Thursday! I drool a little bit just thinking of those thinly sliced avocado garnishes. 😉

Today I wanted to share another experimentation with our Hamilton Beach Steamer. If you don’t have a steamer, no fear as this could easily be oven roasted too! I used vegetables I had on hand (of course) like carrots, sweet potatoes, mini peppers, broccoli, cabbage, and an apple. I also made a little sauerkraut refried beans to serve on the side or in the mini peppers.

Start by loading the bottom tray with carrot sticks, sweet potatoes, and a cored apple. That’s right an apple! I threw it in there, just because and it turned out like an apple pie.

Add the top tray and fill with sections of sliced cabbage, broccoli florets, and a few mini peppers. Sprinkle some favorite seasonings (garlic powder, onion powder, and dried dill on the vegetables. Cover with the lid and set the timer for 30 minutes. I went for 40 on mine but I think things were done cooking at 30 minutes. The apple exploded at 40 minutes but tasted amazing! No loss either way.

While the steamer is going, add a 15 oz can of beans to a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. I used kidney beans but any bean should be tasty.

Add a few of your favorite seasonings to taste. Today I used cumin, chili powder, onion powder, and garlic powder. Continue simmering and cook long enough so that they’re warm.

Remove from heat and add the beans and about 1/2 cup or more of raw fermented sauerkraut to a small food processor. Pulse this until everything is pureed and resembles refried beans. Add any additional seasonings to taste. This had a delicious pickle-y twang of the sauerkraut along with the traditional flavors of cumin, onion, and garlic. I was very happy with the flavor and inspiration to use sauerkraut in yet another way.

When your vegetables are done in the steamer, remove the mini peppers and slice along one side to fill them with the sauerkraut refried beans.

Here’s the magnificent exploded apple. Steamed to perfection and sprinkled with nutmeg and cinnamon. Swoon.

A nice filling meal with a mixture of colorful vegetables and spices.

What would you add to this plate? xoxo


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