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This post has been due for quite sometime, I posted my pics for Cinco de Mayo feast on Cinco de Mayo day (1st of May). So better late than never, here are the recipes. I made these quesadillas with Trader Joes Corn-Chile Tomato-less Salsa and grated sharp & milk cheddar cheese. All I had to do is layer them on corn tortillas and they were just perfect, sweet & tangy from the salsa and oozing cheese. Yumm.


4 serving

Total time

65 minutes






  • 1 cup basmati rice (– rinsed and soaked for at least 15 minutes)
  • 1 cup black beans (– cooked)
  • 1 cup chickpeas (– cooked)
  • 2 zucchini (– medium, chopped)
  • 1 carrot (– medium, chopped)
  • 1 onion (– large, chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (– minced)
  • 1 cup tomato (puree (I used canned crushed tomatoes with basil))
  • 1 tbsp cumin (powder)
  • 2 tsps chili powder ((or to taste))
  • 2 tbsps lemon juice ((optional))
  • 2 onions (– for garnish)
  • 1 avocado (– small, pitted and flesh roughly chopped)
  • 1 tomato (– small, deseeded and roughly chopped)
  • 2 tbsps red onion (– finely chopped)
  • 1 jalapeno (– small, deseeded and finely chopped)
  • 1 clove garlic (– finely minced (use garlic press, if you have one))
  • 1 tbsp lime juice ((or to taste))
  • to taste Salt Pepper (&)


  1. Cook basmati rice and keep aside to cool.
  2. In a large skillet, heat 2tbsp oil on medium-low flame. Add onions and garlic and sauté until onions are translucent.
  3. Add zucchini & carrots; cover and cook till the veggies are ¾th cooked.
  4. Add the beans; cover and cook till the veggies and beans are completely cooked through. Add tomato puree, cumin powder, chili powder & salt. Simmer for 6-8 minutes.
  5. Add the cooked rice, mix well making sure that the rice does not get mushy. Add lemon juice (if using) and mix well. Garnish with green onions; serve with guacamole, salsa (or guaca-salsa) and sour cream.
  6. Mix all the ingredients in bowl and mash with the back of a spoon or a fork. Taste and adjust seasonings.
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