Yumm bowls are basically anything you want to put in a bowl - think beans, rice, veggies, and any kind of meat you have. Or make it vegetarian since it is full of protein if you have it with Cuban Black Beans. The only necessary ingredient to Yumm bowls is Yumm Sauce from Cafe Yumm. (If you don't live in or around Portland, you can go to their website to order the sauce from their distributor. It's good - and versatile! You can use it for Yumm Bowls, obviously, but also as a spread for sandwiches.)
Cuban Black Beans
- 2 (10 ounce) cans black beans
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar (optional)
So the things that were in my cupboards/fridge that ended up in the meal:
(Serves as many as you like, depending on what you add)
- Cuban black beans (see above)
- 2 cups cooked brown rice
- Green onion, chopped
- Roma tomato, chopped
- Chicken, grilled and diced
- Tortilla chips for dipping
- Red or green peppers
- Anything you can think of
There are several pluses to the Yumm Bowls:
- Once you have the sauce, you can make just about anything into a Yumm Bowl.
- Yumm Bowls are a great way to use leftovers - any meat or veggies hanging out in your fridge and careening towards their expiration date.
- It's easy to keep the dry or canned ingredients (rice and black beans) in your pantry for rainy days.
- Kids like this - especially if they like dipping. And the sauce can disguise those veggies.
- This meal is insanely cheap. Especially if you're awesome like my friend Amy and make the Cuban black beans from dry beans instead of canned.
- It is easy to make this a crowd pleaser. Provide lots of veggie options and everyone can pick whatever they want to put in their bowl.