Broccoli Olive and Corn Salsa Recipe

I'm just mixing up cultures as I see fit. All cuisines, from all over the world, have the human palate in common. They can blend in some amazing ways. 
This has a really fresh and clean flavor. It's light, but filling. Ideal for the end of summer. It just needs a little bread or rice to go with it. 

Make sure when you serve it to coat the bread or rice with some of that scrumptious sauce!
Salsa Recipe Ingredients
2 broccoli crowns, chopped small
1 can small black olives, halved
2/3 cup frozen corn
1/2 cup frozen peas
2 shallots, diced
1 jalapeno, minced
1 poblano, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tlbs olive oil
1 tbl hot sauce
2 tsps spicy mustard
2 tsps salt
1 tsp black pepper
2 tsps dry thyme

Add all the ingredients to a large mixing bowl and stir to combine. Let rest overnight. 

The broccoli cooks in the acid and the frozen ingredients thaw without losing their color or flavor.


Hummus and Bean Sandwich (Vegan)

Beans make some of the best sandwiches. I have proof. The other day I made the most delicious sandwich. Totally vegan too. And very healthy and nutritionally diverse.

My special ingredient was hummus. Lost of people eat hummus. It's nothing new. But I doubt most folks know what a great sandwich it can help to make.

I built my sandwich on a kaiser roll. Slathering each side with some roasted garlic hummus. Then added pinto beans. The hummus is great because it helps keep the beans in place. Then added some nutritional yeast and topped with dill pickle slices.

I would've never believed it had I not eaten it myself. But the combo of pickle, yeast and hummus really made a superb sandwich. When I think about all the sandwiches I've augmented with cheese I wish I tried using hummus sooner. It has about the same amount of fat as a slice of cheese but so much more flavor. The pickle juice and hummus run together and create this delicious, drippy, gooey ooze. The yeast add the perfect finishing zip.

As I ate my sandwich I was thinking to myself, this is far better than cheese. This is how I can stop eating cheese.

Since then I've made several bean and hummus sandwiches and have loved them all. While the nutritional yeast is a great addition, the combo of hummus and pickles is what really does it for me. I can see hummus and fresh onion being just as great. Hummus is just so packed with flavor. It's great all by itself on plain bread. But when you add the meaty texture of the beans it's satisfying beyond compare.

Not only does hummus handily replace cheese, but it also dispatches with mayonnaise just as easily. It's like getting two for the price of one.

If you haven't done so already, you have to try a hummus and bean sandwich. It's one of the best sandwiches I've ever had.