Its been a while since our last recipe and today we thought we would share a favorite supper recipe of ours, Red Bean Patties. Similar to a black bean cake or bean burger with a little Caribbean flare, they are healthy as well as simple to make. These tasty little cakes can be eaten alone, burger style in a bun or accompanied with Coconut or Tomato Sauce and a side of rice or veggies. Personally, we like to serve them with a tasty tomato sauce and a side salad.

Red Bean Cakes

Cook Time: About 30 minutes  Serves: 4

2 Tbls Olive Oil
1 Small Chopped Red Onion
1 Small Chopped and Seeded Green Bell Pepper
1/2 Cup Chopped Celery
1 Minced Garlic Clove
1/2 tsp Sweet Paprika
1/2 tsp Thyme
1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
Salt and Pepper to Taste
15-Ounce Can of Kidney or other Red Beans
1/2 Cup Cold Brown Rice

In a frying pan on medium heat up 1 Tbls of olive oil, onion, bell pepper, celery, garlic, paprika, thyme, and cayenne. Cover and cook until soft, stir occasionally. This should take about 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste and let cool. Next, in a food processor or blender combine the red beans, rice, the onions and peppers you cooked earlier and a dash of salt and pepper. Blend but not liquify, be sure there is still texture to the mixture. Now heat up the sauce pan with the remainder of the olive oil and form small patties by hand. Fry the patties until brown on both sides. Serve immediately with your choice of side dish and again we recommend pouring a bit of tomato sauce to top it off! Or make it into a burger with all the usual fixings! Dig in!

New York, New York: It’s the Big Apple, the city of dreams, America’s most populated city and was recently voted this years Favorite Veg Friendly City by the readers of Veg News. New York offers a plethora of great vegan eats ranging from around the world. It’s quite easy to eat vegetarian and even vegan within the city limits, but this week we at AP wanted to share one of our favorite veggie restaurants: Red Bamboo!

With two locations, one in Manhattan and one in Brooklyn, Red Bamboo is a mecca for all vegan residents and visitors alike. Their menu is based on vegetarian soul and carribean food with heavy influences of great American cooking. They have seriously mastered the mock meat market with the variety they offer! Although not their entire menu is vegan, they mark which items are not acceptable and the menu is easy to read.
Coconut Shrimp

We have had the luxury of eating at both locations, although very similar they have minor differences on their menus. The Brooklyn location is also a bit larger and offers brunch on weekends. The brunch is decent, however the lunch and dinner is what you really want to try. The service is always excellent with helpful and friendly staff. Our last experience here was on a blistering 95 degree day in the streets of NY, where we found solace inside the air conditioned Manhattan location and our waitress was on point with the constant flow of water and ice tea!
Bourbon Chicken Dinner

A few sample items from their menu include: Buffalo Barbecue Wings, Coconut Shrimp, Creole Soul Chicken Sandwich or Appetizer, B B Q Steak Hero, and Codfish Cakes with Mango Salsa! With a variety such as that you can’t go wrong! Check out their full menus for the Manhattan and Brooklyn locations.
Soul Chicken Appetizer(Comes in Sandwich too!)

They also have a few vegan desserts on their menu such as cakes and ice cream, although we haven’t tried them yet and can’t vouch for them. However, based on how delicious their appetizers, sandwiches, and entrees are we don’t doubt they are delicious.

So if you are NY native or are visiting anytime soon, be sure to stop by either location and indulge in some seriously delicious soul vegan food!

Red Bamboo is located at:

140 W 4th St, Manhattan, NY (212) 260-7049

271 Adelphi St, Brooklyn, NY (718)643-4806

Feel free to let us know what you think about Red Bamboo and share your experiences or favorite dishes with us!

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