Friday, June 18, 2010

Flan, White Bean Chili, apricot/coconut logs

We are so close to officially being in summer.  Everywhere there is fruit galore!  All kinds of berries, peaches, apricots, cherries, etc.  Yum! This year the berry vines in our yard are producing so many berries.  Every couple of days I'm picking more ripe ones. The only problem is I pick a big bowl full
wash them and set them on the counter and next thing you know, the bowl will be empty.  Hey I know what you are thinking....but it's Keaton eating them all, I just eat them off the vine as I pick!  hee hee. 
When I lived in Colorado the grocery store we shopped at had these yummy apricot coconut logs that I used to enhale!  I love apricots so I've tried to replicate over the years and recently I've just made some more. 
Apricot/coconut logs.  These are so easy to make.  In a food processor add in some unsulphered apricots and add about half the amount of shredded coconut.  Process until blended.  Next roll into logs and then roll in coconut.  I keep these in the refridgerator just because it's been warm here. 

  I've recently received a copy of Viva Vegan and flipping through it the first thing I saw that I could make rather quickly and easily was the Vanilla Coconut Flan.  Everything is going to have to wait until I have more time and there are many recipes, tamales, samosas, erapas, the list goes on.  Anyhoo, Keaton loves flan and Dave likes it as well so I couldn't wait to try this recipe out.   I've never been a big fan, but I tell you...this stuff absolutely, amazingly, rocks!!!  I can't wait to make this for company.  No one would know this doesn't have dairy in it. 
White bean chili is the perfect meal for a cool spring/summer evening  topped off with chunks of buttery avocados.  This is one of my favorites chilli's.  This is one of those meals that I do use Yves Meatless Turkey.  I don't like to use those types of products very often.  You could use extra beans or another product in here if you choose to.  I usually cook up my own beans but if you want you can use canned beans instead.  The Chili's I used were a mixture of anaheim and poblano, Keaton can't take alot of heat or I would've kicked up the heat more.  You can control your heat with the amount of Jalepeno's you use as well.  Also, jalepeno's are not created equal so you will find some that are really hot and others real mild. You can also use canned chili's as well.

White Bean Chili

1 1/2 C. yellow onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 C. cooked cannelini or other white bean
5 C. No-chicken broth(Imagine Foods) or veggie broth
1 1/2 C. anaheim chillies, poblano mixture, diced
1 jalepeno or less, pick your heat, finely diced (optional)
1 pkg. Yves Meatless Turkey
1 T. dried Oregano
2 Tsp. ground Cumin
1 tsp. ground black pepper
salt to taste
1/2 C. cilantro(optional)

In a large stockpot heat 2 T. of oil and add onion, garlic and chilies. Saute until onions and chilli's are soft.  Next add in the Yves Meatless Turkey, oregano and cumin.  Stir for a couple of minutes until the mixture is warmed through.  Next add the broth and pepper.  Bring to a boil, cover partly with lid, lower heat to a simmer for 1-1/2 hrs.  Stir every once in a while.  Once this is done you can stir in cilantro and add salt to taste.  Top of with avocado or non-dairy sour cream.
If you are making this for company have some hot sauce out and people can add some to their bowls if they like it hot!  You can also have a side of extra jalepeno's as well. 

Now I'm off to get the last bit of errand's and packing done for our houseboat family reunion trip.  If you have never been on a houseboat before, you should at least try it once.  It's the most relaxing vacations you'll ever take.  Just make sure you pick the right famly, friends to join you because you'll be together for a whole week with them! 
Have a great weekend and I'll be back next week!


  1. I'm loving the abundance of fruit right now! Yay Summer! I've never had flan!!!! And that chili sounds great, I love white beans!

  2. you guys are going to have so much fun on the houseboat for the family reunion! that's so cool! take lots of pictures to share, JoLynn!
    i wish peaches were out already here, but we've got strawberries, raspeberries, blueberries, and blackberries galore so i'm a happyfaced lady, fo 'sho. hooray for flan. i was never a big fan either, but that kicks booty that Terry's flan = the yum! i so need to get Viva Vegan, and i can't wait to see what other yummies you make from it. white bean chili topped with creamy avocado sounds gloriosly good. thanks for the recipe - dan and i will surely have to give it a whirl! those and your apricot-coconut bars. deeeelicious!

  3. HORRRRRAY!!!!!

    I love flan and the only time I have ever tasted flan was the Spanish style my culture taught me to make it, with real eggs and real milk. After I became a vegan that was one dessert I had to give up, but now I can buy this book and make it with a coconut flavor...thank you so much...I appreciate it.

  4. What an awesome post! I'd like to try a bit of everything. Your white bean chili sounds really delicious. I love me some white beans but have never thought of making chili with them.

  5. Apricot has to be my favorite fruit..I must try your recipe. As for the flan, that was also the first thing I made when I bought the book. I don't know if you did, but if you ever make the caramel topping in the microwave, make sure to keep your eye on it. I turned around for one second and the whole thing got burnt. Made my microwave and kitchen smell really bad for a day or two. But other than that, I loved the flan too! : ]

  6. I am loving reading about summer overseas as it is so cold here right now! Fresh picked berries are fantastic, I am very envious!

    I haven't tried that flan but it looks amazing, I will have to try it for dessert one day.

    And I'm impressed but the apricot/cocnut logs, we have similar things here but they are all too sugary and overprocessed, you're so clever to make your own version!

  7. I love summer fruit! It's the best part of the warmer weather. Those apricot coconut logs look awesome. I don't think I've ever had flan before but now I'm curious to try it. :-)

  8. you had me at flan! coconut logs look sooooo good....

  9. Jacklyn- regarding the flan...I made my carmamel on the stove and burned mine the 1st go around as well. So for all of you making it keep your eye on it the whole time.

  10. I am SO excited to try your white bean chili recipe - it looks incredibly delicious! And you can't do better than topping it with fresh avocado hunks, they are my favorite thing in the world. And that flan...send me some? ;-)