In celebration of Vegan MoFo, I’m doing a month of themed dinner party ideas! The theme of the first week is… The Wizard of Oz!
When you’re stuck on a pole for months on end, you get a lot of time with your thoughts. After all, how do you think Santa gets all of those good ideas for snickering Elmo’s and blinking Furby’s? (Wrong kind of pole? Oops. Beg pardon.) Well, the Scarecrow was no different. He’d look out over the vast fields of corn and imagine all of the ways he could cook with it. He’d make corn on the cob, creamy polenta, cornmeal crust pizzas, and corn chowder.
Why, with one pull of the nail that was so uncomfortably wedged at his spine… (singing) He could while away the hours, cooking with corn flours, right on the yellow lane. He could stir and be merry (while, of course, avoiding dairy) if he only had that grain.
Oh, yes, and then there was also the matter of straw stuffed under his cap where a brain should be… If only he could get to Oz. Oz always had loads of ideas on brain and body wellness. On his way the Scarecrow would grab some corn. He’d meet up with the soothsayer himself, get his wish granted, and he’d dedicate his life to eating more brain food. (Might as well make the most of what he’s got.)
So when Dorothy came by with a big plan on how to meet Oz himself, well, of course, he was only too eager to stumble along. He was surprised when they went in the direction away from the Big Apple and towards the Emerald City, but what did he know of directions? He was still using Mapquest for goodness sake.
When they got there, you can only imagine his disappointment when the Oz of his imaginations, the one with connections to Oprah (not Ozma), was nowhere to be found. Instead, he was handed a paper diploma and sent on his way. But the Scarecrow pushed on. After waving goodbye to Dorothy, he returned to his field, shucked a few ears of corn (with its zeaxanthin), added black beans (a brain food full of anthocyanin that boosts memory and brain function), squeezed on lime, and added a handful of cilantro. Sure, he was bummed he never got to see the Great and Powerful Dr. Oz himself, but he’s not writing off Oprah spinoffs altogether. Next, he’s set his sights on Gayle. He’s always had luck with that name.
- 1/2 medium-sized red bell pepper, chopped small
- 1 cup corn, frozen or fresh
- 1 1/2 cups (or 1 15 oz. can) black or adzuki beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/2 lime, juiced (about 1 Tablespoon)
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin
- 1-2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro, minced plus extra for garnish
- Salt & pepper, to taste
Combine all ingredients in a bowl, garnish with cilantro, and serve.
Congratulations to the winner of the EZ Tofu Press giveaway, Sarah K.! Look for another EZ Tofu Press giveaway later in the month!