A fluffy, light cornmeal waffle, smothered with smoky black beans, caramelized onion, and spicy green chard. A fall happy meal!
Smoky Black Beans & Green Chard on a Vegan Corn Waffle
Corn waffles. Yum! Light, fluffy, savory pillows of deliciousness. Now, top that waffle with smoky black beans, spicy green chard, caramelized onions, and fresh tomato and avocado, and you have what I call perfection on a plate. This is NOT your breakfast waffle.
This is one of my favorite fall dinners. It’s easy to make, it’s hearty, and it’s so damn good. I can eat an entire waffle all by myself! Yes, it’s a lot of food. A lot of carbs. Whatever. That’s why I run, lift weights, and keep moving, so I can eat what I want. Besides, the waffle is balanced with protein from the beans, a pile of green veggie goodness, and onions, tomatoes, and avocado. It’s okay to stuff your face with this kind of food.
My waffles are made with a Belgian waffle maker, so they are BIG. Like the size of my head. But, they’re really light and fluffy. I swear that it’s the applesauce and baking powder egg replacer that I use that makes them that way, because before I became a vegan and used eggs, they were denser, and heavier.
I just changed up the brand of corn meal that I use. I now use Hodgson Mill stoneground corn meal because, one – it’s non GMO, and two – it’s non GMO. Stoneground is better than the finely ground kind because it gives the waffle an itsy, bitsy bit of crunch. Who doesn’t like crunch? That’s what makes these babies so amazing. They’re light and fluffy with a little bit of crispy crunchiness. Yay! You can order some of your own here if you can’t get buy it where you live. Hodgson Mill Organic Yellow Corn Meal, 2-Pounds (Pack of 6)
In case you didn’t know, I like to add a little spice to my life. Especially when it comes to my food. These black beans have a slight bite from the chili powder, but they also have a smooth, smoky flavor, thanks to the smoked paprika. It’s a beautiful thing. They’re so quick and easy to make. Just open a can of black beans and rinse them well. Then, cover them with water and add the spices. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to simmer. The water will evaporate and the beans will thicken and marry with the spices.
If you’re feeling like a simple sautéed onion is good enough for this dish, think again. You MUST caramelize the onions to get that sticky, sweet, caramel flavor. If you don’t do that, you’re cheating yourself out of something special. Don’t be intimidated. It’s an easy process. Heat the oil on medium high heat and add the onions when the oil is hot. Turn the heat down to a low medium and gently stir the onions every once in a while. In about ten minutes they will be brown, sticky, and perfectly caramelized, that’s when you add the green chard to the pan.
The water in the chard will deglaze the pan and that caramel flavor will fuse into the chard. Oh yeah! Sprinkle a little chili powder and regular paprika on the chard and onions, along with salt and pepper and cook until the chard is wilted. Now you get to build the tower of eatin!
The first layer is your light, fluffy, savory waffle. The next layer is the smoky, sticky beans. The third layer is the caramelized onions and chard, all spiced up and ready to go. Top with a sprinkle of fresh tomato and avocado. How amazing does this look?!
That first bite. It’s one of those moments when you can’t help but close your eyes and savor the moment, while unconsciously moaning out loud because it’s that good. It’s okay though, because everyone else will be doing the same.
Dress up the table and turn dinner into a party. You could make this for Halloween and put lots of little pumpkins and candles on the table before the little trick-or-treaters start ringing your bell. Think of it this way, Halloween is a good night to get a little extra cardio in as you walk quickly to the front door time, after time, after time; which means that you won’t need to feel any guilt at all about eating a whole waffle. Or, you could just cut it in half and send someone else to deal with the little monsters invading your front door.
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