How the time flies! Since my arrival in Argentina, I’ve found it quite difficult to maintain TheFreshBeet. Bouncing from hostel to hostel, taking 12+ hour long bus rides to new cities and exploring the beauty of which Patagonia has to offer has taken up all my time. My only complaint is that I can’t always cook!

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Most of the markets here have limited produce and foods in general. No more quinoa, soy milk, broccoli and tofu. I’m really missing Earth Fare and Trader Joe’s!

I”ve decided that for the remainder of this trip, I’ll dedicate my recipe postings under the topic of Cheap & Complete: quick meals for the traveler on the go that are (you guessed it) cheap and nutritionally complete. Here goes…

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Curry Cauliflower and Sesame Cilantro Rice

2 cups rice, cooked with 2 TBS paprika, hearty dash salt (brown rice is the healthier choice here, but isn’t always available in South America)

1 medium onion, chopped

1/2 head cauliflower, chopped

1 large green bell pepper, chopped

1 large carrot, chopped

Large bunch of fresh cilantro, chopped (about 2 cups)

2 TBS olive or sunflower oil

1/4 cup sesame seeds

2 TBS curry powder

1/2 TBS crushed red pepper

2 TBS pimenton or paprika

salt and pepper to taste

-Add 1.5 cups freshly chopped cilantro and the sesame seeds to cooked rice and set aside; keep warm.

-Heat oil in large saute pan over medium high heat and add onion, bell pepper and carrot. Cook until soft, about 5 minutes.

-Add cauliflower and season with salt and pepper; cook for about 7-10 minutes or until desired texture. Add a little water to the saute if you find that the veg is sticking to the pan.

-Pile it on a plate and top it off with fresh cilantro.

(Serves 2 with a bit of leftovers)

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Stay tuned for some more cheap and complete travel meals!

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