Black Bean Fiesta Stuffed Cabbage Rolls with Avocado Cashew Cream -

Black Bean Fiesta Stuffed Cabbage Rolls with Avocado Cashew Cream -

On Urban Dictionary, one of the definitions (after several unnecessary x-rated definitions) for “Fiesta” is:

A small economy car that is popular in Europe and/or other poor or liberal hell holes.

“Billy drives a Fiesta and he is a communist.”

That is actually not the definition I was looking for.  I was thinking something along the lines of a party, as in “These Stuffed Cabbage Rolls are a fiesta in my mouth!”  And they are.  I’ve played with these recipes a few times (whenever our CSA sends us cabbage or collard greens), each time with different ratios of ingredients.  The primary ingredients are as follows: Black Beans, Quinoa, TVP, Tomato, and miscellaneous vegetables.  Just a like a real party, when you invite too many of one ingredient, it throws the whole party off.  Quinoa is like the super-hot intellectual girls who the guys lust after but are too intimidated to approach.  When you have too many, all the girls just sit in the corner, with their coffee, discussing foreign films until they leave at 11.  Although quinoa is awesome, when you have too much it’s a little boring and anti-climatic.  TVP are the younger kids, the freshmen if you will.  They will do anything for attention, take on any persona to impress the crowd.  They have great potential but just not enough of a developed personality of their own.  When you have too much TVP, it becomes a bland, sometimes obnoxious, one-flavor mixture, making you wonder “who invited them anyway?”  The black beans are the wild card- the handsome, fun, stand-out guy who has a little bit of a crazy side when he’s in a certain crowd.  When you have too many (any girl’s dream), you will have the night of your life but wake up with your house (your body) totally thrashed and will have you swearing off black beans for life.  The tomatoes and the selection of vegetables are your good, devoted friends and you just can’t go wrong with good friends.


  • 1 small avocado, or about ¾ of a large avocado
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • ¼ cup cashew water
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • juice from ½ a lime
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  • pepper to taste
Read the whole recipe on Keepin' It Kind