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Magical Avocado, Black Bean Dip, and Super H Mart

Magical Avocado. All I can say is YUM! Thanks to Bazu for cluing us all into this delicious snack. I had to change it slightly based on my ingredients on hand…I used gomashio, tore off pieces of nori from a nori sheet, and dotted the avocado with prepared wasabi. Rob loved this as well and told me to make a magical avocado anytime. Thanks again Bazu!!! πŸ˜€

Magical Avocado

We also tried the Smokey Black Bean Dip from Sara’s blog – I Like to Cook. I ended up picking out a really, REALLY strong red onion at the store so that kind of threw off the taste a bit. Other than that it was delicious. I am definitely going to make this again…hopefully I’ll get a less intense red onion next time πŸ™‚ The recipe was also a cinch to prepare and makes for a great snack.

Black Bean Dip

We finally made it over to Super H Mart in Niles, IL. It was relatively easy to find coming from the NW suburbs. The store was huge! We had a great time exploring the store and I found a few different brands of tofu to try. They had some excellent prices on fresh herbs too. A friendly shopper told us to take our receipt to this table they had set up past the checkout lanes. They give you free stuff based on how much you spent. We got a bowl of microwavable rice (Rob said he’s going to try it out at work as we don’t own a microwave, never have) and a “beef flavored” noodle bowl that is actually vegan and made with TVP. Yay! Free Stuff! Super H Mart rocks!!!

Rice/Noodle Bowl

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  • bazu February 21, 2007, 9:41 am

    Woo- you made magic avocado! I’m so glad you guys liked it, it is definitely a favorite around here. And that dip looks so good-I’m always looking for different ways to make bean dips/spreads. Oh, and what’s not to love about Super H mart? Every time I go to visit my mom down in VA, I beg her to take me there. I mean, an entire aisle, just for noodles? I’m in heaven. =)

  • Kati February 21, 2007, 2:12 pm

    Free stuff – cool! We don’t own a microwave, either (well, technically there is one in our apartment that is built-in, but we don’t use it). Ours broke a couple years ago and we thought “how can we ever live without one??” and now we don’t miss it at all. I don’t really feel comfortable using something to prepare food that has the nickname of “nuke.”

    mmm bean dip!

  • pinknest February 21, 2007, 3:32 pm

    what an interesting way to eat avocado! thanks for the tip.

  • Sara February 21, 2007, 4:25 pm

    Love the avocado idea and I can’t wait to try it! I’m sorry to read about the dip, dang that onion! Hope you try again.

  • missvee February 21, 2007, 5:07 pm

    wow that avocado looks amazing! i must try it. and that black bean dip looks good too, it would fool a meat eater into eating it i think!!

  • Kleo February 21, 2007, 9:54 pm

    Oh wow, trip me out, Emmy!! I spent a lot of my youth in Niles, Illinois… I grew up in Skokie, y’know…

    Mmmmmmmmmm… black bean dip. YUMMERZ! Too much red onion? Is there really such a thing as too much onion? *debating in head*

    *sigh* There are times like this when i wish i liked avocados, i would try that magical one you did up so beautifully … i’m the weird veg that doesn’t like it. It’s the texture more than anything… Never have been able to get into it. But it sure looks pretty!!

    Let’s hear it for free stuff. You and Rob and i think way alike…

  • vicki February 21, 2007, 10:12 pm

    FREE Stuff?! Super H sounds like a great market! How did the vegan bowl taste?

  • veganruthie February 22, 2007, 8:44 am

    Aweome, Emmy! πŸ™‚ That black bean dip with the cornchips is beautiful presentation. πŸ™‚

  • Twisted Cinderella February 22, 2007, 8:53 am

    Free stuff is always cool! I love black bean dipo. That looks wonderful and yummy!

  • midwestvegan February 22, 2007, 9:21 am

    Everything looks so good, as usual. I’m going to try that bean dip. I love free things too — how cool that they offer that to their customers.

  • Melissa West February 22, 2007, 8:37 pm

    Love the avacado idea. Sounds like some real finds at the supermarket.

  • vegandiva February 23, 2007, 12:34 pm

    Sara, yes, we’re definitely going to make the bean dip again. The green onions I also bought at the same time were really strong too. Hopefully I’ll get better onions at the store this weekend. *fingers crossed*

    Kleo, I thought of you while we were in Niles πŸ™‚ I remember you telling me you grew up in Skokie and knew it wasn’t too far from where we were.

    Vicki, Rob said he’s going to try it this weekend and I’ll post how it was. He tried the rice yesterday and said it was surprisingly pretty good.

    Thanks Ruthie πŸ™‚