I am not a Halloween person at all.  Mostly I fake it for my kid (total Halloween Grinch).  When thinking of what ghostly treat to make for the blog I couldn’t think of anything that was sugar riddled because that’s just not me, so I made you some beans.  You’re welcome!!

Have you had a zuni before?  Quite frankly I am not sure how I lived my life without them.  They are my new fav bean ever invented, and they just happen to be dressed like giraffes for Halloween.  It’s true.

zuni

(see, like giraffes, don’t argue)

Zuni’s are an heirloom bean that have a pretty little speckle to them and a nutty flavour when cooked making the most delicious mashed bean spread for sandwiches, as you can see from my picture.   I would also highly recommend sprouting zuni beans to add to salads for a crunchy, beanie salad (axe murderer) bedfellow.

Also, make chilli with these gorgeous critters.

Okay, you convinced me, I will make chilli for you Monday for halloweenie and post the recipe.  Twist my (bloody) rubber (chilli) arm.

Regardless of what you do with them, get them in you.  1/2 cup of dried, then soaked and cooked zuni’s have over 26 grams of protein.  Thats a pretty good plant-based protein hit (to the zombie brain).

Zuni Bean Salad Sammiches 

2 cups soaked in water, dried zuni beans (cover them in water to soak)

4 cups water (in which to drown)

1 bay leaf

2 finger pinch pink salt

1/4 cup real mayonnaise or vegan mayonnaise, your call (made from the cries of children)

1 tsp smoked paprika

1/2 tsp turmeric powder (to hide the blood stains)

1 tbsp dijon mustard

Juice and zest of one lemon (in the eye)

Coarsely ground black pepper (more coarse than sand paper to an open wound)

Directions:

Soak beans in water for a min of 1 hour.

In a large soup pot cover the beans in the water and bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for aprox. 25- 35 minutes with the lid on.  beans should be quite soft when cooked.  Drain the beans and rise with cold water for 1 full minute to cool them.  Drain well and slightly dry beans with a paper towel.

In a separate bowl add mayo and spices, mustard then lemon juice.  Mash the beans slightly with a fork so you create a mix with some texture not too whipped like a dip.   Taste and season with salt if needed.

You can use your sammich mix for open face sandwiches on sprouted rye, or fill pita with it, top on a salad if you so desire.   Be sure to BUMP it up with pumpkin seeds for iron, turmeric for some anti-inflammatory  curcuminoids and perhaps a hit of spirulina gomasio for some added horrific effects.

Happy Halloweekend, friends. (whatever)

Think of me not doing Halloween things but instead eating beans dressed like long necked animals, or simply eating long necked animals. The horror is real.

Love, G