So there's a series of videos on YouTube the titles of which I feel I should not mention because, well, this is a family-friendly blog. Anyway, one of them depicts things people say to vegans and captures public perception of vegans and vegetarians perfectly.
What do you eat? No seriously, what do you eat?
What about protein?
So, like, if you were on a deserted island and there was only meat to eat...
Well, you still eat eggs at least, right?
This is one of several posts in response to the question of what vegans eat.
2 cups brown rice
2 15-ounce cans kidney beans
pinch of each, cumin, smoked paprika, coriander
6 ripe tomatoes, diced and seeded
1/2 cup cilantro, minced
1 large sprig mint, leaves only, minced
2 shallots, minced
1 green chile, minced
2 limes, juiced
1 avocado, pitted and diced
Bring a pot of 4 1/2 cups water with a generous pinch of salt to a boil. Rinse the brown rice, add to the boiling water, cover and simmer until al dente.
Rinse and drain the kidney beans and place in a small saucepan over low heat with the spices until heated through. Squeeze the juice of half of a lime over the beans to finish.
Make the pico de gallo by combining the tomatoes, herbs, shallots and chile. Squeeze in the remaining lime juice and season to taste with salt and a pinch of sugar.
To serve, place a generous scoop of brown rice into a bowl. Top with beans, pico de gallo and avocado.