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North Indian-Inspired Butter Chickpeas

November 18 2021 My New Roots 

North Indian-Inspired Butter Chickpeas Most lovers of North Indian cuisine widely available in North America are familiar with Butter Chicken – the iconic dish that has captured the hearts and bellies of people the world over. In fact butter chicken is likely the most popular and recognizable Indian dish in our neck of the woods, and without a doubt my own personal gateway to the unique flavours of Indian cuisine. This dish was the inspiration for these North Indian-Inspired Butter Chickpeas! When I was 13 or 14, my best friends mother, Annie (who Ive mentioned before in my sushi post – a woman who truly opened my eyes to the world of food beyond hot dogs and hamburgers!), took the three of us to The Host, a famous, Toronto institution that has been running successfully for 24 years. I can still remember the feeling of walking into the space, the air absolutely swollen with mouthwatering scents I had never experienced before. We sat down at the table, covered in a crisp white tablecloth, and a basket of seed-flecked, paper-thin crackers was dropped off along with the menus. Papadam Annie said. I took one bite and the entire thing shattered into my hands, which made us all laugh, and the taste was delicious, even if completely unfamiliar. I had just tried my first cumin seed! This primed my palette for what was to come, and Annie confidently ordered for the table. There were things I recognized, like rice, and flatbread (naan), but most of the dishes were alluringly mysterious, arriving in copper bowls, with colourful sauces and chutneys. Once she explained to put some rice on my plate as a bed for the curries, she handed me a bowl whose scent made my mouth water instantly. Butter chicken she told me. Well, I knew both of those ingredients very well, but not looking like this! Is it spicy? I asked. Not spicy hot, she replied. There are plenty of spices in there, but Id describe it flavourful. I had trusted this woman to guide me through Japanese, Korean, Ethiopian, Greek, Macedonian, and Moroccan restaurant experiences so far, so I took a heaping spoonful of the butter chicken and spread it over the rice.  It was love at first bite. The combinations of flavours, commingling in a sauce that was beguilingly rich and creamy, with huge chunks of perfectly tender chicken throughout was absolutely divine. It was tomato-y, but not overpoweringly so, and deeply aromatic with spices that I had certainly never tasted before. I savoured every bite of that butter chicken, along with chana masala, palak paneer, aloo gobi, and dal makhni. We ate naan, and samosa, and pakora and bhaji. It was a veritable feast that began my love affair with Indian food. Little did I know every corner of the continent, every family, every household brings a diversity and a uniqueness to what we generally label Indian food -- theres so much to explore!     Butter chicken was invented in the 1950s, by a man named Kundan Lal Gurjal, who operated a restaurant called Moti Mahal in Delhi, the capital territory of India. Kundan had settled here in this Northern region of the country and started his business after escaping from political upheaval in another region of India. Moti Mahal was a success, and it served several delicious tandoori dishes, that came from their tandoor oven – a circular clay oven central to Punjabi cuisine.  As the story goes, Kundan didnt want his leftover tandoori chicken to go to waste, but he also didnt want it to dry out, so he mixed leftover marinade juices with tomato and butter, added the chicken to it, and let it all stew – butter chicken was born! Although necessity was the mother of this invention, he likely had no idea that he had created an internationally-loved delicacy that would stand the test of time.  I started eating a vegetarian diet when I was 16, and butter chicken was one of the foods I missed the most. Ive cooked a lot of Indian-inspired food at home over the years, but Id never taken a crack at a plant-based butter chicken until my mom served me a version with chickpeas...brilliant! It was a serious why-didnt-I-think-of-that moment.  One of the things that makes butter chicken so good, is that the chicken is marinated in yogurt and spices before cooking. This step accomplishes two things: one, it tenderizes the meat, and second, it seasons it. Because I was aiming for a weeknight dinner, I decided to skip this step with the chickpeas and just make sure that they were properly cooked and well seasoned before adding to the sauce. I also smashed about half of the legumes. This helped to increase their surface area, break up their tough skins, and allow the flavourful sauce to penetrate to the inner, absorbent centers. I also appreciated having the texture variation in the dish, making it more similar to the OG version. Chickpea Party Tricks We all know that chickpeas are fiber all-stars, providing 50% of your RDI in just one cup, (whoa!) but they have another party trick up their sleeve that I bet you didnt know about. Two-thirds of the fiber in chickpeas is insoluble, meaning that it doesnt break down during digestion, but instead moves through our digestive tract unchanged until it hits the large intestine. The fun starts here, where friendly bacteria (think probiotics!) go to town on said insoluble fiber and actually break it down to create short-chain fatty acids, including acetic acid, propionic acid, and butyric acid. These short-chain fatty acids can then be absorbed by the cells that line the wall of our large intestine and used for energy! How rad is that?! Butyric acid is in fact the preferred source of energy for the cells lining our colon, and with this bonus fuel comes greater potential for optimally active and healthy cells. This translates into a reduced risk of colon problems including colon cancer. So friends, invite chickpeas to your next dinner party - theyll feed you and your colon cells. Can your pot roast do that? Now lets get cooking! For this dish I highly recommend cooking your own chickpeas from dried (I mean, have I ever NOT recommended that?! haha). For one, if you make the entire batch, youre looking at around 4 cans of chickpeas, which is a lot  of waste produced. Second, if you cook the legumes yourself, you can control the amount of salt that you use, as high sodium levels are a concern for some people. Third, they taste way better. Trust me. And fourth, it costs a lot less – I likely dont have to elaborate on that for you If youre not sure how to cook beans from scratch, the full instructions are in this post, and a full video tutorial is up on my membership site, My New Roots Grow. If youre especially interested in this dish, Id love to invite you to the live, online cooking demo on Saturday, December 18th. Part of the Winter Radiance Retreat alongside Mikkala Marilyn Kissi, this recorded, one-day virtual retreat has so many wonderful seasonal goodies planned for you. Check it out and sign up here!  The ingredient list for this recipe may look long, but half of them are spices, and the remaining ones are primarily pantry staples, making this the perfect thing to cook up when you dont have a ton of fresh produce around (Im looking at you, late fall, winter, and early spring!). Cilantro is optional, but such a delicious addition if it’s available to you. And I like to serve the dish with rice or naan, or both. A simple kachumber salad, made with chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and lemon juice is a great accompaniment to butter chickpeas when those ingredients are in season. Pro tip: measure out two or more portions in separate containers of the spice mix when youre making it the first time so the next time all you have to do is grab the blend instead of all your individual spice jars!   And what about the butter?! Well, there isnt any classic dairy butter here (although there is no shame in adding it!), instead I used cashew butter to achieve that crave-able creaminess. Some recipes for butter chicken call for whole cashews, which may in fact be easier for some of you to find than cashew butter. If that is the case, sub the cashew butter with whole, raw cashews that have been soaked for 4-8 hours, and add them to the pot with the tomatoes and coconut milk in step 3. If you’d like to know more about soaking and activating nuts, check out my article here. Get a load of that 2008 photography! Print North Indian-Inspired Butter Chickpeas  Author Sarah Britton Ingredients2 Tbsp. coconut oil preferably expeller-pressed or ghee 1 Tbsp. ground cumin 1 Tbsp. ground coriander 2 tsp. ground turmeric 2 tsp. ground ginger 1 Tbsp. garam masala 1 tsp. smoked paprika 1 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/­­2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper pinch cayenne to taste 1 large yellow onion diced 2 tsp. fine sea salt 5 cloves garlic minced 28 oz. /­­ 796ml whole or diced tomatoes 1 large can 3 Tbsp. tomato paste 1 cup /­­ 250ml full-fat coconut milk 1/­­4 cup /­­ 60ml cashew butter 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice 6 cups /­­ 900g cooked chickpeas from 2 cups dried /­­ approx. 4 cans cilantro for garnish if desired rice and /­­ or naan for serving if desired InstructionsIn a large stockpot over medium heat, melt the coconut oil. Add the cumin, coriander, turmeric, ginger, garam masala, smoked paprika, cinnamon, black pepper, and cayenne. Stir well to mix with the oil, and stir frequently so it doesnt scorch.   Add the onion and salt, stir well to coat, let cook for 5-10 minutes until the onions have softened slightly. Add the garlic, stir well,  and cook for 2-3 more minutes.  Add the canned tomatoes, tomato paste, and coconut milk, stirring well to incorporate. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 5 minutes.  While the sauce is simmering, take about half of the chickpeas and smash them flat with the bottom of a drinking glass. This step is optional, but it changes the shape and texture of the chickpeas (see headnote). Transfer the sauce to a blender, add the cashew butter and lemon juice, then blend on high until completely smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired (if youd like it spicier for example, add more cayenne).  Add all of the chickpeas to the sauce and fold to combine. Bring a very light simmer, and let cook for 5 minutes, up to an hour, making sure to stir every so often so the bottom doesnt scorch.  Serve the butter chickpeas over rice with lots of fresh cilantro, and naan if desired. Say thank you and enjoy! NotesServes 8-10 I hope you love this recipe as much as I do, and find the same satisfying coziness with each bite you enjoy. As we head into the darker, colder months of the year, I know Ill be turning to these butter chickpeas to keep me warm and grounded, while picturing us at our stoves, connected in spirit over steaming pots and nourishing bowls. All love from me to you, Sarah B  The post North Indian-Inspired Butter Chickpeas appeared first on My New Roots.

Wild Rice and Butternut Blessings

October 5 2021 My New Roots 

Wild Rice and Butternut Blessings Hello friend. Its been a while. I sincerely hope that these words find you getting by as best you can in this strange world we find ourselves in. Staying centered and grounded these days is no small feat, and Im grateful to find myself here again, with the energy and space to share.  This post is actually two years in the making. The experience Im about to tell you about deserves thought, healing, and humility, and though I made a delicious recipe, I needed ample time to learn from, and honour the situation. Almost like with rich decadent food, your body and mind needs time to digest emotion and experience, and over the past 20 months of intense turmoil, discovering and uncovering, and worldly change, there is no better occasion or cultural climate than this moment to share one of my lifes most potent experiences. I hope youll join me on the entirety of this journey and take the time to read and digest it for yourself too. I welcome conscious comments and will receive your words gracefully and with humility in regards to my personal history and ask kindly that the inevitable missteps, mistakes, and /­­ or insensitivities in my story shared below are highlighted with respect and with the intention of learning, inspiring community and healing, and are supportive of a better and more just future.   The People Ill begin by introducing the people of the story that span many generations, many places of origin, and many cultures: The Anishinaabeg – an Indigenous community made up of the Ojibwa, Odawa, Potawatami, Chippewa, Mississauga, Algonquin, and Delaware peoples who stewarded the Great Lakes Basin before and through the late 1600s. A man named James Whetung of the Black Duck clan, Anishinaabe who has called this land home for his lifetime and the many generations before him. My European ancestors who arrived in this same area (Upper Canada then, and what is now known as Southern Ontario) in the early-to-mid 1800s. A young man named Mossom Boyd, my great-, great-, great-grandfather, who landed in 1833. He purchased 100 acres of land and cleared it himself in the hopes of building a prosperous life. After farming for a few years, he wasnt making the income hed hoped for, and sought work at a local sawmill, eventually taking it over, on the site which is now Bobcaygeon, Ontario.   As Boyd continued to work the land, benefitting from the abundant natural resources, he experienced great success with his lumbering enterprise. He later went on to cut forests in great swathes across Ontario, then moved out west to Vancouver Island with his son, Martin Mossom Boyd, who eventually took over the business. Needless to say, the familys enterprise had an indelible impact on the Canadian landscape and the Indigenous peoples. Me, a white, privileged woman who benefits from this history in seen and unseen ways with a mission to inspire health to the people of this world through conscious choices. Heres one of my many stories...  My Family I spent my summers in the Kawartha Lakes, just 12 kilometers upstream from the reserve where James lived and lives. My grandparents lived on the canal at the mouth of Pigeon lake, on the Trent-Severn Waterway. My grandfather owned a substantial portion of the land there (how we understand owned in our modern world), and a 1085-acre island just off the shoreline.  I was a very lucky kid to have so much wild land to explore, play with, and learn from. To say I feel connected to nature, to the earth and water, to the elements there, would be an understatement. That forest and lake are inside of me, just as much as I am inside of it – I knew every rock, nook, cranny, and crevice. I knew the plants, the poison ivy, the lichen, the cedar; the shallow soil, dry and bare rocks, the limestone; I can evoke the alchemical aroma of it all in an instant. My hideaways along the shoreline in giant rock fractures were coated in moss and gnarled cedar roots, and there I would live in worlds of my imagination, connected to natures creations and its magnetic energy. The sensation of being there, on every level, is burned into my being. It is cellular memory.    Mossom Boyd 1814-1883 /­­ My father and I canoeing on Pigeon Lake /­­ Fishing on Pigeon Lake, 1990 There is a museum in town, named after my great-great-great grandfather Mossom, honouring his vision and entrepreneurial genius (as our culture recognizes). This history was one to celebrate, an empire that spanned the country, a legacy to be proud of. We would visit the museum almost every summer when I was growing up, so that I could better understand where I came from. These truths coexisted within me — nature and empire. As I began to see the complexities of this place that is deeply a part of me, I sought out a way to understand the same land, water, air, forest through the eyes, hands, and hearts of the people with a completely different history to the shared nature and to the empire of my lineage.  The Whetungs James family has been living with the land known as the Michi Saagig Anishinaabeg territory for approximately 4,000 years, dated by wild rice fossils found by geologists. This being the same land, that Mossom Boyd purchased 3,780 years later.  When I drove up to Curve Lake First Nations to experience a wild rice (known as manoomin) harvest two years ago, I met James Whetung and his family. The man whose name I had heard before, but was admittedly afraid to come face to face with, as I had some idea of how my lineage had impacted his. At least I thought I knew. When the group of us had all arrived and settled, James introduced himself, and told his story – the side that I had never heard before. They cut all the trees, floated them down river using the highways of my people. They needed clearer waterways, so they dredged the lakes and removed the rice beds that had provided our food. The First Nations peoples were forcefully moved to reserves, and confined there, needing written permission to leave, and only in order to work for local farmers at slave wages. You had to be Christian to live on the reserve, and Natives were not allowed to practice their own spirituality or pass it on to subsequent generations. The people were starving. Listening to James, and hearing first-hand what his ancestors had gone through because of my ancestors, was heartbreaking, and it filled me with bitter shame and confusion. What was once a celebrated history of my family, became tainted and disgraceful. When he was finished, I raised my hand to speak, compelled to admit that I came from the family he was talking about. The lineage and industry that changed the landscape of his ancestors’ home. That I was deeply remorseful. He responded graciously by inviting me to canoe out with him to harvest manoomin. He said that those on the reserves eventually were able to take the remaining rice seeds and plant them. By 1920, the yields were up but only until the 1950s when destructive colonial farming practices began using chemicals (many of which still are in use today), which created chemical run-off causing imbalances in the lakes, soil, air, and water, further affecting the aquatic grasses; the nutritious, traditional food source.   Wild Rice on Pigeon Lake Canadian cottage culture took off in the area around this time as well, motor boat traffic increased destroying the rice beds, and leaked oil and gas into the water. Septic beds were added for sewage treatment, but none were regulated and leaching into lakes was a regular occurrence. In the years between 1950 and 1980, the Trent Severn Waterway underwent a weed eradication program using agent orange (a highly toxic herbicide) to make swimming more enjoyable for the cottagers. Shortly after, James started planting seeds to feed his family and community despite the many cultural and environmental concerns out of his control. Wild rice as a traditional food source is highly nutritious and is known to help prevent diabetes — a huge problem within Indigenous peoples due to a forced disconnection from their traditional practices and nourishment sources. James started sowing seeds on Pigeon lake, where his grandfather had seeded and harvested for many generations. He was healing his people, and as demand increased, he started to invent technologies to make his work easier and faster. The increased production meant that he could not only feed his community, but start selling his wild rice at local farmers markets.  Unfortunately, not everyone is as enthusiastic about the wild rice increase in Pigeon and surrounding lakes. Since 2007, a group of cottagers have been fighting against Whetungs seeding of wild rice, claiming that the shoreline is their property and that the rice beds impede recreational boating. Theyve gone so far as to form a protest group, called Save Pigeon Lake, which asks James to harvest without the use of a motorboat (he did this to increase efficiency) and to stop seeding the rice.  Canada and Curve Lake First Nation are both signatories to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This Declaration states that Indigenous peoples have the right to maintain and develop their political, economic and social systems or institutions, to be secure in the enjoyment of their own means of subsistence and development, and to engage freely in all their traditional and other economic activities (Article 20). And further, that Indigenous peoples have the right to maintain, control, protect and develop their cultural heritage, traditional knowledge, and traditional cultural expressions, as well as the manifestations of the sciences, technologies and cultures, including human and genetic resources, seeds, medicines, knowledge of the properties of fauna and flora... (Article 31). The rice beds run along the TSW in the tri-lakes area, which includes Buckhorn, Chemong and Pigeon lakes. Despite the concerns of waterfront property owners, Whetung says the land falls under Treaty 20 and is therefore not under the jurisdiction of the TSW, which is operated by Parks Canada.  About James Im going to keep doing what I am doing. Why would I stop? Our people have starved for thousands of years. This is food; this is a livelihood, says Whetung. And personally, as an advocate for healthy food access for all, for a thriving world, and supported communities, I whole-heartedly agree. For more about James and his community’s work, please visit the Black Duck Wild Rice website. I am deeply grateful for James time, energy, heart, perseverance, and spirit. This is a forever healing journey and one I intend to continue with the peoples intrinsically linked to my own familys history here in Canada. Wild Rice Harvesting and Preparation Let’s talk about this beautiful offering, manoomin, or wild rice. Having always been drawn to this remarkable plant, I knew that when I moved back to Ontario, Canada, I had to learn more about it firsthand, and perhaps even how to harvest and process it. That is what led me to James and Black Duck Wild Rice. Every year around the September full moon, the manoomin harvest takes place, and he and his community welcome those who want to join and learn. Harvesting James taught us the traditional way, in canoes, all by hand. With two people per boat, one navigates and steers, while the other uses two long, thin sticks (bawa’iganaakoog); one to bend the rice into the canoe and the other to beat the grasses until the rice seeds fall into the hull of the canoe. Once you get the hang of it, it’s rhythmic and meditative, but still a physical and time-consuming ritual that requires community. As with most traditional food cultivation practices its a closed loop cycle, for whatever rice that doesnt fall into the canoe to be processed falls into the water, planting next years crop at the same time! Curing Once on shore, the canoes are emptied by hand onto large sheets which are transferred to a cool dark place so the rice can cure. Two or three times a day for a week or so, the rice is turned and aerated, left to dry.  Toasting /­­ Parching The rice was traditionally toasted in a cast-iron cauldron over an open fire. James showed me how to use an old canoe paddle to turn the rice constantly so as not to scorch it — its texture and scent slowly transformed. This takes about an hour of constant stirring with a keen eye on the fire so it remains at the perfect temperature for toasting. If you stop for even a second, the rice will burn. James could tell from the smell, and how the rice felt between his fingers when it was ready the mark of a true artisan, energetically connected to his craft. Nowadays, James uses a machine that he designed and built himself, that stirs the rice automatically over open flames and gets the rice toasty faster and with less manual labour. Toasting the rice increases the flavour, and helps preserve it. If properly toasted and dry, wild rice can last in storage for five years or more (a necessity to help balance the yearly ebbs and flows of the harvest).  Dancing /­­ Jigging This was my favourite part of the process because it involved several people working together, and having the pleasure and honour of wearing beautiful, specially-designed moccasins just for this process. The toasted rice is put into another large cauldron (or sometimes a hole in the ground lined with leather cloth or a tarp) while three people sit around it, with our feet in the center. Once we had our soft shoes laced all the way up, we vigorously twisted and swooshed our feet around on the rice to loosen some of the chaff from the rice kernels — this was extremely hard work! We rotated through the group as people got tired, and eventually we were ready for the last step. Winnowing The danced rice is then turned out onto a large fabric sheet, with everyone holding the edge with both hands. Count to three and up the rice goes into the air, the breeze blowing the chaff away. This needs to be repeated countless times to separate the rice from the chaff completely. This is unbelievably time-consuming work and experiencing it first hand made me appreciate every grain so much more! At the end of a grounding day of traditional work, you are gifted a few cups of cleaned wild rice. The appreciation I felt to see the yield of the countless hours by many people, not to mention the effort and contribution of this Earth truly became overwhelming. The experience solidified how food has the unparalleled ability to bring people together — requiring many enthusiastic, hard-working hands (and feet!) to get the job done, start to finish. At the end of the journey, everyone is rewarded with delicious food, straight from the Earth, her waters, her people. It is so simple, and so powerful. Wildly Nutritious Wild rice is not related to true rice nor is a grain at all in fact, but the seed of aquatic grass that grows along the shores of freshwater lakes in Canada and the Northern US. Its a little more expensive than other varieties, as it is often harvested by hand.  Wild rice is also, of course, wildly nutritious and is no surprise that Indigenous peoples made a point to cultivate this true super food. Containing high levels of protein, fiber, iron, and calcium, wild rice is also gluten-free. It is extremely high in folic acid, an essential B-complex vitamin lacking in many peoples diets. Just half a cup of cooked wild rice yields 21.3 mcg of folic acid – necessary for cardiovascular support, red blood cell production, brain and nervous system health, and of particular importance during pregnancy – where brown rice by comparison offers only 3.9 mcg. The niacin content of wild rice is also notably high with l.06 mg for every 1/­­2 cup cooked rice. Potassium packs an 83 mg punch, and zinc, which is usually available in trace amounts, registers 1.1 mg. Wild rice is a wonderful alternative to any grain that you would use in either hot or cold dishes. My favourite is to enjoy it in veggie bowls, soups and stews, as well as hearty salads. Its rich, nutty flavour pairs well with other earthy-sweet foods like beets, sweet potato, pumpkins and squash, making it the perfect ingredient to add to your fall recipes, already full of abundance and gratitude. It lasts for about a week after cooking, so making a large batch at the beginning of the week will give you the honour to grace your meals with a serious boost of nutrition and spirit with every grain! Wild Rice & Butternut Blessings This recipe was born from the desire to combine the elements that James and I had a hand in growing: wild rice from his lake, and butternut squash from my garden, coming together for one beautiful meal. Stacking the squash rounds makes for a grand, dramatic, and eye-catching presentation where the simple ingredients are made into something very special. This would be the most stunning main dish for a harvest celebration meal, or even into the winter holidays. It has the perfect balance of flavours, textures, and nutrition, so youll feel satisfied on every level. Try to find a butternut squash with a long and hefty neck. Since we are after nice big rounds, the longer your neck, the more rounds youll have! And try to source your wild rice from a local reserve or farmers market, if possible. There are several components to this recipe, but Ive written it in a way that you can juggle all the elements with seamless management of your time.    Print Wild Rice and Butternut Blessings with Mushrooms, Toasted Walnut Garlic Sauce, and Sumac Author Sarah Britton Ingredients4 lb. /­­ 2kg butternut squash about 1 large, try to find one with a long neck! 1 cup /­­ 175g wild rice soaked for at least 12 hours 9 oz. /­­ 250g mixed wild mushrooms or any mushroom of your choice 3 cloves garlic minced a couple sprigs fresh thyme and rosemary 1/­­2 cup /­­ 13g chopped flat-leaf parsley 1 batch Toasted Walnut Sauce recipe follows 1 Tbsp. sumac divided freshly cracked black pepper handful of walnuts for garnish if desired Toasted Walnut Garlic Sauce1 cup /­­ 125g raw walnuts 1 garlic clove 2 Tbsp. cold-pressed olive oil 4 tsp. apple cider vinegar 2 tsp. pure maple syrup 2 generous pinches of fine sea salt plus more as needed InstructionsStart by cooking the wild rice: drain and rinse the soaked rice well, place in a pot. Add 3 cups /­­ 750ml of fresh water, a couple pinches of sea salt, then bring to a boil, and reduce to simmer. Cook until rice is chewy-tender - about 45 minutes. While the rice is cooking, preheat the oven to 350°F /­­ 180°C. Spread the walnuts in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Toast for 7 to 10 minutes, watching them carefully so they do not burn, until they are golden and fragrant. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly. Turn the oven heat up to 400°F /­­ 200°C. Give the butternut squash a good scrub, making sure to remove any dust or dirt. Leaving the skin on, slice the squash neck into rounds about 1 /­­ 2.5cm thick. Place on a baking sheet, sprinkle with a little salt, and roast in the oven for 20-30 minutes, flipping once halfway through cooking, until the squash is fork tender. Remove from the oven and drizzle with olive oil and a little more salt, if desired.  While the squash is roasting, make the Toasted Walnut Sauce. Place the toasted walnuts, garlic, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and maple syrup in a blender. Blend on high, adding up to 1 cup /­­ 250ml of water to thin the dressing as needed--you are looking for the consistency of melted ice cream. Season with salt. Store in an airtight glass container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Lastly, prepare the mushrooms. Clean and cut the mushrooms as desired (I used king oyster mushrooms, sliced in half lengthwise and scored diagonally). Add a knob of your favourite cooking fat to a large skillet, and once melted add the mushrooms and a couple pinches of salt. Cook the mushrooms without crowding them, and do not move them about in the pan too much. Youre looking for a nice sear and that comes after the mushrooms have been in constant, direct contact with high heat. Once golden on one side, flip, and continue cooking until golden on the other. In a large bowl, combine the wild rice and parsley. Drizzle a touch of the sauce and about 1/­­2 Tbsp. of the sumac, a few grinds of black pepper, and fold to incorporate. To assemble, drizzle or puddle some sauce on the bottom of your serving plate. Add a round of butternut squash, followed by the wild rice mixture, a couple mushrooms, then repeat the layers of squash, rice, mushrooms. Drizzle remaining sauce over top, sprinkle with additional sumac and black pepper, and a handful of walnuts. Say thank you and enjoy each bite, each grain. NotesServes 4 Makes approximately 1 cup /­­ 270ml of Sauce In Closing I would love to hear your thoughts about how we can better respect and heal our pasts culturally, together. I wanted to open up the conversation here, not try to offer some kind of solution. This is a complicated, complex, deeply layered issue that has deep roots, well beyond us here today. I feel really lucky to have had the opportunity to be in a canoe with James himself, to witness how to harvest with intention and gratitude. It felt deeply meaningful to be there with him, the place our two family lines have crossed in many ways for many years, finally converging in a peaceful, cooperative, and hopefully reciprocal way. This extends far beyond James and I, and takes many more hands and hearts. The first step of many, I am forever grateful to James for sharing the story of his family and community as it has been silenced for too long. Thank you for taking the time to read this today. Id also like to add for those who havent seen Canadian news over the past few months, that there has been uncovering of more extreme darkness in this country in relation to the Indigneous people of this land. The residential school system removed children from their Indigenous culture, communities, families, and ways of being. These Anglo-Saxon, Christian boarding schools are sites of mass unmarked graves where thousands of children’s bodies were found, taken from their families. There are many agencies working towards healing, remediation, and reconciliation in response to these unfathomable atrocities in our history. One of them is the Downie Wenjack Foundation, which aims to to aid our collective reconciliation journey through a combination of awareness, education, and action. This link will take you to their page about Reconcili-ACTION, and a list of ways to catalyze important conversations and meaningful change, recognizing that change starts with every one of us and each person can make an impact. The post Wild Rice and Butternut Blessings appeared first on My New Roots.

Corn and Zucchini Bisque with Paprika Oil

August 31 2021 Golubka Kitchen 

Corn and Zucchini Bisque with Paprika Oil This delicate, silky bisque is all about the intersection of summer and fall. Corn and zucchini are summer epitomized, yet here we use them to help us ease into the chillier evenings and shorter days of September by making soup! The paprika oil makes for a lovely, piquant finish that balances the subtle and velvety nature of the soup. You can even adapt the technique for the paprika oil and make all kinds of other flavored oils. For example, use turmeric to make a sunny, yellow oil, or whole spices like cumin or fennel seeds, for a crunchy, toasty spiced oil. Use dried chilis or chili flakes to make a spicy oil, and so on and so forth. Hope you’re doing well and enjoying the glory of late summer! Corn and Zucchini Bisque with Paprika Oil   Print Serves: 4-6 Ingredients 1/­­4 cup olive oil, plus more for sautéing 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 1 teaspoon maple syrup 4 ears of corn, kernels removed, cobs reserved 1 large yellow onion, diced sea salt 4-6 garlic cloves, minced 1/­­2 teaspoon dried thyme freshly ground black pepper 1/­­2 cup white wine 1 1/­­4 lb/­­570 g (about 2-3 medium) zucchini or summer squash 1/­­2 cup cashews 3 bay leaves handful of basil, plus more for garnishing Instructions Combine 1/­­4 cup olive oil and the paprika in a small saucepan, bring to a slight shimmer over medium heat, whisking to combine. Once shimmering, turn off the heat and stir in the maple syrup. Let the oil sit and infuse while making the soup. The paprika will settle to the bottom, and you will be left with a beautiful, red oil. Reserve 1/­­4 cup of the raw corn kernels, set aside for now. Heat a large pot over medium heat, add enough olive oil to coat the bottom. Add the rest of the corn kernels, onion, and a pinch of salt. Saute until the onion is translucent and the corn is bright yellow, about 7 minutes. Add the garlic, thyme, and black pepper to taste, saute for 1 more minute, until fragrant. Add the wine, bring it up to a simmer and let reduce for 5 minutes. Add the reserved corn cobs (not kernels!), zucchini/­­summer squash, cashews, bay leaves, 6 cups of water, and more salt to taste. Increase the heat to high, cover the pot, and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. Remove and discard the corn cobs and bay leaves. Transfer the contents of the pot to an upright blender, along with the basil, blend on high until smooth. You will likely need to do this in batches. Taste for salt and adjust if needed. Return the blended soup back to the pot. Serve the soup warm, garnished with the reserved raw corn kernels and basil, and drizzled with the paprika oil. 3.5.3226 The post Corn and Zucchini Bisque with Paprika Oil appeared first on Golubka Kitchen.

Vegan Yellow Squash and Corn Casserole

July 25 2021 FatFree Vegan Kitchen  

Vegan Yellow Squash and Corn Casserole Golden slices of summer squash and kernels of corn are baked in a creamy sauce and topped with bread crumbs in this Southern-style vegan squash casserole. It’s the perfect summer side dish. Hi, my name is Susan, and I’m a vegan. It’s been so long since I updated this blog that I only half-humorously feel like I need to introduce myself again. For those of you who don’t know me, you can find my real introduction on my About page. For those who do know me and worried that I had fallen off the planet, I’m happy to report that I’m alive and well and now living in Louisiana.  My husband and I had been thinking of moving back to our home state to be closer to family, but when the pandemic hit, we put that idea on hold. So we hadn’t been actively looking for a house when, in January, we practically stumbled on the perfect house just a mile from my parents. Of course, there were complications–someone else had a contract on it–but when that contract fell through, we had to act fast to make sure it didn’t get away from us. Since we hadn’t really been expecting to move, we had a lot of packing up and cleaning out to get 21 years of accumulated junk out of our old house and a bunch of repairs, painting, and sprucing up the yard to get that house ready to sell. It all seems in retrospect to have happened so quickly–all except the unpacking. It took months of emptying boxes, but we’re finally settled into our house in the country. And we love it! The boxes have been recycled, the ancient stove and dishwasher have been replaced, and I’m starting to feel like my old self again, the self that likes cooking food and writing about it. The thing I love most about the move is that I get to spend more time with my parents. After living in other states for the past 30+ years, it’s a joy to be able to get to know them all over again. It was with that family connection in mind that I chose this squash and corn casserole as my first “coming back home” recipe. Its based on the squash casserole my mother often made when I was growing up. I’d always considered it her recipe, but she says she got it from my grandmother. I’m happy to put my own twist on it and hopefully pass it down to my daughter for further adaptation. In its original incarnation, it was made with canned creamed corn. In my updated vegan version, I created a cream using frozen organic corn, vegetable broth, and nutritional yeast and herbs for added flavor.  How to Make the Best Squash Casserole Squash casseroles are a great way to use up some of the abundance of summer squash. You can even make them with zucchini or patty pan squash instead of the traditional yellow squash. While it’s a fairly simple dish, there are a few things you need to know to be sure that it comes out perfect every time: - First, and most importantly, you need to pre-cook the squash before mixing it in with the other ingredients and baking it. If you don’t cook it first, the squash will exude all of its moisture into the dish and your casserole will be watery. You also would have to bake it longer, heating up your summer kitchen for longer than is necessary. I prefer to sauté the squash and onion first (without oil), which not only cooks them but also adds flavor. - The creamed corn you buy in cans doesn’t usually contain any cream and is often completely vegan. But I like to make my own with organic corn and add creaminess and flavor to it by including cashews or tofu. Use the cashews if you can, but if they are too high in fat for your diet, light silken tofu or even regular tofu makes an acceptable substitute. - If you’re using the cashews and don’t have a high-speed blender, soak them first in water for a couple of hours and drain them completely before blending. - Seasoned panko makes the best casserole topping; look for an oil-free brand (Whole Foods makes one) or use gluten-free panko or bread crumbs instead. But feel free to omit the topping if you want. Im happy to report that the vegan squash and corn casserole was a big hit with the family. I served it with cornbread and pink-eye peas for a southern meal befitting our new country home. Print Add to Collection Go to Collections Vegan Yellow Squash and Corn Casserole Golden slices of summer squash are baked in a creamy sauce and topped with crunchy panko bread crumbs. It's plant-based and oil-free, too! Course Side Dish, Vegetable Cuisine Southern Keyword oil-free, plant-based casserole, southern squash casserole, vegan squash casserole Allergen Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 40 minutes Total Time 55 minutes Servings 6 Calories 158 kcal Author Susan Voisin Ingredients1 medium onion chopped 4 medium yellow squash sliced into 1/­­4-inch rounds 2 cloves garlic minced 1 1/­­2 cups organic frozen corn divided 3/­­4 cup vegetable broth 1/­­4 cup raw cashews or 1/­­4 cup tofu 1/­­4 cup nutritional yeast 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves 1 teaspoon salt omit or reduce for lower sodium 1/­­4 teaspoon ground black pepper Optional Topping1 cup panko (or gluten-free bread crumbs) 1/­­2 teaspoon dried basil 1/­­2 teaspoon dried oregano InstructionsUsing a non-stick skillet on medium-high heat, sauté onion for 2-3 minutes, until it begins to soften and brown on a few edges. Add squash and garlic and cook, stirring, until squash is softening. Add 1 cup corn and remove from heat. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 1 1/­­2 to 2-quart baking dish with parchment paper or oil it lightly. Blend 1/­­2 cup corn, vegetable broth, cashews/­­tofu, salt, cornstarch, and seasonings (nutritional yeast, oregano, basil, black pepper) in a blender until smooth. TIP: If you don't think your blender will blend raw cashews, soften them first by soaking in water for 2 hours and then draining before use.) Place half the squash mixture in a single layer in the casserole dish; spoon half of the sauce over it. Repeat with remaining squash and sauce. Sprinkle the top with seasoned panko, if desired. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes. If the top isn't completely browned, heat it under the broiler for a minute or two but watch it carefully to make sure it doesn't burn. Serve hot. NotesFor gluten-free, use gluten-free bread crumbs or omit the topping. Nutritional Info below includes cashews and salt. When made with firm tofu instead of cashews, these are the correct values: 119 Calories 1.3g Total Fat .24g Saturated Fat WW points (Blue plan):  - With cashews and panko: 3 points - With cashews but no panko: 1 point - With tofu and panko: 2 points - With tofu and no panko: 0 points Points vary on other plans.   NutritionServing: 1 serving | Calories: 158 kcal | Carbohydrates: 24 g | Protein: 7 g | Fat: 4.35 g | Saturated Fat: 0.9 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 492 mg | Potassium: 396 mg | Fiber: 3 g | Sugar: 6 g Please pin and share!   The post Vegan Yellow Squash and Corn Casserole appeared first on FatFree Vegan Kitchen.

The Salad Sandwich

June 3 2021 Golubka Kitchen 

The Salad Sandwich Beach sandwich season is finally here, and doesn’t everything taste better on the beach? Today’s recipe is a tribute to a sandwich you might find at a health food store or co-op that’s been around forever, has an impressive bulk section, an overwhelming assortment of natural bar soap, a tiny juice bar, and a soup/­­salad/­­sandwich takeout operation. This kind of sandwich usually comes on sprouted grain bread, slathered with hummus as the sauce of choice, most definitely has lots of alfalfa sprouts packed inside, and somehow always perfectly hits the spot. This is my version of that – basically a salad, deconstructed and served as a sandwich. It’s super flavorful, filled with all kinds of textures, and makes for such a refreshing, summer meal! The Salad Sandwich   Print Serves: 2 sandwiches Ingredients ½ garlic clove juice from ½ small lemon 1 small-medium carrot, grated 1 small-medium beet, grated ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar ½ teaspoon sugar sea salt 1 large avocado, pitted and peeled ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard freshly ground black pepper hummus 4 slices of sourdough or sprouted grain bread, toasted if needed 4-6 lettuce leaves sauerkraut or kimchi 1 small cucumber, sliced handful alfalfa sprouts or other sprouts/­­microgreens of choice Instructions Grate the garlic into a medium bowl using a microplane or a fine grater. Pour the lemon juice over the garlic and let sit while preparing the rest of the ingredients, for the garlic to mellow. Put the carrots and beets in another medium bowl, drizzle with the vinegar, sprinkle with sugar and salt to taste, mix to coat. Add the avocado to the bowl with the garlic and lemon juice, mash with a fork. Add the mustard, salt, and pepper to taste, mix to combine. Start assembling the sandwiches. Generously spread the hummus on all 4 bread slices. Distribute the mashed avocado between the two sandwiches, followed by the lettuce, sauerkraut/­­kimchi to taste, cucumber, carrots and beets, and sprouts. Close the sandwiches and enjoy right away, or wrap them up and keep in a cooler. This sandwich is best enjoyed within the first few hours of making it. 3.5.3226 The post The Salad Sandwich appeared first on Golubka Kitchen.

Healthy Chickpea And Tofu Salad

May 22 2021 Manjula's kitchen 

Healthy Chickpea And Tofu Salad (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Print Healthy Chickpea And Tofu Salad .wprm-recipe-rating .wprm-rating-star.wprm-rating-star-full svg * { fill: #343434; } Chickpea and tofu salad is a new favorite in our family. It is both heart healthy and delicious. It's packed with plant protein and fiber and is also a great option for those who are vegan and gluten free. These days everyone in my family is eating clean and will usually ask me to make a salad bowl. This colorful and delicious salad has become part of my salad recipes. Theres nothing like a fresh salad. Salads are of course healthy and contrary to popular belief they can be quite filling and satisfying! This particular salad is a combination of greens, cucumber, tomatoes, and some fruit which gives it a fresh taste. Add in some chickpeas and tofu with my special homemade dressing and you have a great meal! Its unbelievably tasty and nutritious too! I love eating leftovers all week long. This super delicious salad is full of flavor and textures and is really easy to prepare. This recipe will serve 4. Prep time 20 minutes. Assembly time is 5 minutes. Course Salad Cuisine Fusion Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time 5 minutes EquipmentBlendtec Classic Blender butane stove All-Clad Fry Pan IngredientsFor salad dressing 1/­­4 cup fresh lemon juice 1/­­4 cup roasted sesame seeds 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast 1/­­4 cup olive oil 1/­­4 tsp salt 1/­­4 tsp black pepper 2 tsp sugar 1 Tbsp ginger finely shredded 2 Tbsp fresh orange juice Tofu6 oz firm tofu 1/­­4 tsp salt 1/­­4 tsp black pepper 1 Tbsp ginger finely shredded 2 tsp lemon juice Chickpeas15 oz can of chickpea 1 Tbsp oil 1/­­4 tsp salt 1/­­4 tsp black pepper 1 tsp lemon juice 1 tsp ginger juice Other Salad Ingredients1 cup romaine lettuce roughly chopped 1/­­2 cup spinach leaves roughly chopped 1/­­4 cup cucumber cut into bite size, I am using Asian cucumber 1/­­4 cup pear cut into bite size pieces 1/­­2 orange peeled and cut into bite size pieces 8 cherry tomato cut into half 1 Asian cucumber thinly sliced long ways InstructionsFor Dressing:blend all the salad dressing ingredients together, lemon juice, roasted sesame seeds, nutritional yeast, olive oil, salt, black pepper, sugar, ginger, orange juice. Dressing should be pourable consistency. Keep aside. Tofu: drained the water and pat dry the tofu, cut the tofu in about 1/­­2 inch cubes. Grill the tofu over medium heat. lightly oil the pan and spread the tofu pieces, grill the tofu from both sides until they are light brown. It will take about 3 minutes. Drizzle, lemon juice over tofu, salt and black pepper turn them lightly. Turn of the heat and take them out in a bowl. Prepare chickpeas:drain the water and wash the chickpea. Sauté the chickpeas over medium heat, add oil, oil should be moderately hot add chickpeas, drizzle salt, black pepper, lemon juice and ginger. Stir them together for about 2 minutes. Chickpeas will have a nice flavor. Assembling the salad:use the bowl you will serve the salad, spread lettuce, spinach leaves (remove the stems from spinach), add cucumber, pair cut, orange and tomatoes. Next drizzle about 2 tablespoons of dressing and toss them together. Add about 1/­­3 cup of chickpeas and 1/­­3 cup of grilled tofu on one side I am also putting few slices of cucumber, to dress it up. Now again drizzle about 2 tablespoons of dressing. salad is ready to serve. For this recipe use the chickpea, tofu, vegetables, and fruits quantity of your choice. Notesyou can make plenty of salad dressing in advance and refrigerate it in a jar, you can save this dressing for up to a week. You can use this dressing in any salad, it tastes grate. Prepare the tofu and chickpeas also in advance and refrigerate, they will be good for 3-4 days. Add the greens and fruits of your choice. You will also enjoy: Millet Soup, Mango Salsa, Potato soup, Masala idli The post Healthy Chickpea And Tofu Salad appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Radish Salad with Cashew Sour Cream Dressing

April 22 2021 Golubka Kitchen 

Radish Salad with Cashew Sour Cream Dressing Hi friends! Popping in today with this springy radish salad with a cashew sour cream dressing. When I was growing up in Russia, my grandma would make a salad like this all the time during radish season in the spring and early summer. It was super simple – just radishes, cucumbers, and tons of sliced green onion, dressed with sour cream – but it was my absolute favorite. The way that the fatty sour cream counteracts the fresh and sharp flavors of the radishes and green onions is something out of this world. For this vegan variation, I came up with a cashew sour cream dressing, and the resulting salad tasted exactly like the salads of my childhood. I don’t think I would ever be able to tell the difference, if not for the fact that I’m not eating it in my grandma’s cozy kitchen. Hope you’ll give this salad a try, it’s the perfect embodiment of spring! Radish Salad with Cashew Sour Cream Dressing   Print Serves: 4-6 Ingredients ½ cup cashews ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons water 2 tablespoons lemon juice (from about a half of a large lemon) ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar ¼ teaspoon onion powder ¼ teaspoon garlic powder sea salt freshly ground black pepper about 20 radishes (from around 2 batches), trimmed and sliced into half-moons 2 Persian (baby) cucumbers, sliced into half-moons 3 scallions, white and green parts, sliced Instructions Make the cashew sour cream dressing. If not using a high-speed blender, soak the cashews in hot water for 15 minutes, then drain (no need to soak if you have a high-powered blender). In an upright blender, combine the cashews, water, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste. Blend on high until very smooth. Taste for salt and pepper, and adjust if needed. Transfer the dressing to a jar and chill in the refrigerator while slicing the vegetables. In a large bowl, combine the radishes, cucumbers, and scallions. Add enough of the sour cream dressing to dress the salad to your liking (you might have some leftover dressing). Taste for salt and adjust if needed. Serve the salad right away. 3.5.3226 The post Radish Salad with Cashew Sour Cream Dressing appeared first on Golubka Kitchen.

Truffled Almond Alfredo With Really Garlicky Broccoli

March 14 2021 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Truffled Almond Alfredo With Really Garlicky Broccoli Serves 4-ish (or two really hungries) Photo By VK Rees This alfredo is deceptively simple, but totally creamy with a hint of nuttiness. The almonds act a little bit different than cashews when blended, because they retain some of their texture reminiscent of hard cheese. Which is, of course, a must for Alfredo. Combined with a lil lemon and nooch, it gets the job done! I love to serve it with really really REALLY garlicky broccoli. The secret to getting it good and garlicky is adding the garlic at the end. That way the garlic doesnt burn but you can take your time getting the broccoli cooked just right. This recipe is originally from Isa Does It. Recipe Notes ~Slivered almonds are great here because the skin is removed, and it makes the sauce a bit smoother, and keeps the sauce looking creamy and pristine. ~Truffle oil gives this pasta an allure that screams Fancy day! Even if its just you on the couch watching Bridgerton for the third time. Or is it the fourth? Its a fun ingredient to have around, and, although its a little pricey, it aint nothing compared to the cost of an actual truffle. ~It will take about 1 1/­­2 pounds of broccoli to make 6 cups. That means it should weigh 1 1/­­2 pounds when you pick it up from the store and once youve butchered it and discarded the rough ends, it will equal about 6 cups. Ingredients For the Alfredo: 1/­­2 lb linguine 1 cup slivered almonds 1 1/­­4 cups vegetable broth 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1/­­2 teaspoon salt 1/­­4 cup nutritional yeast 2 tablespoons black truffle oil Fresh black pepper to taste 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley For the Broccoli: 6 cups broccoli florets and thinly sliced stems 1 tablespoon plus one teasoon olive oil, divided Big pinch salt 6 cloves garlic, minced Directions Boil a pot of salted water for your pasta. Prepare the pasta according to package directions. In the meantime, place all sauce ingredients in a blender. Blend until relatively smooth. I usually blend for about 5 minutes, giving the blender a break every minute or so so that the motor doesnt overheat. If you have a high speed blender it will be faster. Make the broccoli: Preheat a large heavy bottomed pan over medium heat. Saute the broccoli in one tablespoon of olive oil and a pinch of salt for about 5 to 7 minutes, tossing often, until it is a bright green. Add a few splashes of water if it seems dry.  Now push the broccoli to one side of the pan, and add the garlic. Immediately drizzle the one teaspoon of olive oil over the garlic and toss to coat, then integrate the garlic with the broccoli and cook for another minute.  Assemble: Drain the pasta and add it immediately back to the pot you boiled it in. Add the sauce and parsley and toss to coat. Taste for salt and seasoning. Serve with broccoli!

Basil Pesto Sauce

March 9 2021 Manjula's kitchen 

Basil Pesto Sauce (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Print Basil Pesto Sauce .wprm-recipe-rating .wprm-rating-star.wprm-rating-star-full svg * { fill: #343434; } Lately pesto has become one of my favorite condiments to keep. Basil Pesto is an Italian delicacy. It is super easy to make, and you can use it in so many ways, making variations of dishes. My grandkids enjoy pesto pasta, my son's favorite is making pesto sandwiches, and I like salad and roasted vegetables with pesto. Pesto has a vibrant color and brightens up any dish you make. Basil is a very aromatic herb. I have basil plants in my backyard. Because basil is the main ingredient for this recipe, I am always prepared. This is also vegan and gluten free recipe. This recipe will make about 8 oz of Pesto. Course Chutney Cuisine Italian Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 0 minutes Total Time 10 minutes Servings 8 oz Ingredients 1/­­2 cup toasted pine nuts 2 cup fresh basil leaves 1/­­2 cup spinach 1 tsp lemon juice 1/­­2 tsp salt 1/­­4 tsp fresh black pepper 1/­­4 cup olive oil InstructionsIn a food processor, pulse the basil, spinach, pine nuts, black pepper, lemon juice, and salt. Blend until the mixture is well blended but still has some texture, pausing to scrape down the sides, as necessary. Now add the olive oil in the food processor and pulse for a few seconds, scrape the sides, and pulse it again. I like to use a rubber spatula to scrape the sides. Pesto is now ready. Adjust the ingredients to your taste. NotesNotes: I usually will make pesto in a larger quantity for later use. Freeze the pesto in an ice cube tray and make sure a few hours later to transfer the frozen cubes of pesto out and place in freezer zip lock baggies. Serving Suggestions: Toss with pasta as a sauce, over baked potatoes or grilled vegetables, toss it with salad, or spread it onto crackers or toasted slices of bread. You will also enjoy these related recipes, Grilled Caprese Sandwich, Vegan Macaroni and Cheese, Zucchini Pasta, Creamy Butternut squash, Creamy Spinach Pasta The post Basil Pesto Sauce appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Fennel and Lentil Soup with Gremolata

February 17 2021 Golubka Kitchen 

Fennel and Lentil Soup with Gremolata I love fennel, always, but especially during this time of year, when cravings for spring start coming on strong. Fennel’s one-of-a-kind anise flavor, brightness, and crunch really hit the spot, while I dream of verdant spring produce. It’s also citrus season, and simple mandolined fennel and blood orange salads are a favorite (something like this salad, plus segmented or sliced orange, and often without the beans). Fennel is delicious cooked, too – caramelized sauteed fennel, fennel gratin, etc. We also love it in soups, and this week’s recipe is a super simple lentil soup, centered around fennel. We use fennel seeds and bulbs in the soup, and even include the greens from the fennel tops in gremolata, for topping the soup. When it comes to very simple dishes like this one, it’s all about the accompaniments, which is where the gremolata comes in. It’s a condiment kind of similar to Italian salsa verde but without oil, made with just chopped parsley, garlic, and lemon zest. It’s delicious spooned over pretty much any savory fare. That, plus maybe some good, crusty bread, and you’re in for a very cozy meal with this soup. Hope you’ll give it a try! P.S. We just revived our Youtube Channel! Come and stay for simple, seasonal, plant-based cooking and other fun kitchen activities. Our very first video back happens to show you exactly how to make an orange and fennel salad, in case you’re as obsessed with fennel as we are. Fennel and Lentil Soup with Gremolata   Print Serves: 4-6 Ingredients 1 tablespoon fennel seeds 1 large or 2 medium fennel bulbs olive oil sea salt 1 yellow onion, diced small 1 medium carrot, diced small 1 celery stalk, diced small 6 garlic cloves, minced, divided freshly ground black pepper 1 cup brown or French lentils, rinsed 2 bay leaves zest and juice from 1 lemon leaves from 1 small bunch parsley, finely chopped Instructions Toast the fennel seeds in a dry skillet on medium high heat until fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Watch closely so as not to burn. Let cool slightly and grind the seeds in a mortar and pestle, spice grinder, or a dedicated coffee grinder. Cut the stalks off the fennel, pick off the tender fronds and set them aside for later. Discard the stalks or save to use for vegetable broth or even for juicing. Cut the fennel into wedges. Heat a soup pot over medium heat and add enough oil to generously coat the bottom. Add the fennel wedges and sprinkle them with salt. Let the fennel caramelize and brown for 3-4 minutes, until the undersides are golden, then flip and repeat on the other side. Transfer the fennel to a plate or bowl for now. Add the onion, carrot, and celery to the pot, along with a pinch of salt. Saute over medium low heat, until the vegetables are soft but not browned, about 10-15 minutes. Add about 5 garlic cloves worth of minced garlic (saving 1 minced clove for the gremolata), ground fennel seeds, and black pepper to taste, stir around until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the fennel wedges, lentils, bay leaves, 6 cups of water, and more salt to taste. Bring to a simmer and simmer, covered, until the lentils and fennel are tender. Brown lentils usually cook in 15-20 minutes, while French lentils take a bit longer, 20-25 minutes. No matter which lentils youre using, start tasting them at 15 minutes to keep them from getting mushy. Once the soup is done, turn off the heat and add the lemon juice. Discard the bay leaves. Taste for salt and pepper, and adjust if needed. While the soup is cooking, make the gremolata. Finely chop the tender fronds reserved from the fennel. In a small bowl, combine the fennel fronds, lemon zest, parsley, and the remaining minced garlic (1 clove). Mix to combine. Serve the soup warm, garnished with the gremolata. 3.5.3226 The post Fennel and Lentil Soup with Gremolata appeared first on Golubka Kitchen.

Roasted Cauliflower Pasta with Raisins, Capers, and Chard

February 3 2021 Golubka Kitchen 

Roasted Cauliflower Pasta with Raisins, Capers, and Chard Chard is one of our favorite greens. It’s stunningly beautiful and abundant at our farmers market even in the winter. It’s also delicious and edible in its entirety, both stems and greens, which is always a treat. We have simple, garlic sautéed chard as a side dish pretty often, and lately we’ve been adding raisins and capers to it, for bigger flavor. One night recently, without a real plan in mind, I roasted a head of cauliflower and added it to pasta, along with the raisin and caper chard. We loved the interaction of the caramelized cauliflower with the sweetness of the raisins and saltiness of the capers, as well as the slightly bitter, garlicky chard. My favorite dishes often come out of off the cuff cooking like that, this pasta being no exception. Hope you’ll give it a go! Roasted Cauliflower Pasta with Raisins, Capers, and Chard   Print Serves: 4 Ingredients 1 large head cauliflower, cut into bite-sized florets olive oil sea salt freshly ground black pepper 1 large bunch chard, stemmed, stems thinly sliced, leaves torn 4 garlic cloves, sliced ⅓ cup raisins (golden or regular) 2 tablespoons capers, roughly chopped 10-12 oz pasta of choice Instructions Preheat the oven to 400° F (200° C). Prepare a large, parchment-lined baking sheet. Put the cauliflower on the baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste, and stir to coat. Roast the cauliflower for 40 minutes, stirring halfway, until very soft and caramelized in parts. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add enough olive oil to generously coat the bottom. Add the chard stems to the skillet, along with a pinch of salt, saute for 5 minutes, until the stems are just beginning to soften. Add the garlic, raisins, and capers, saute for another 5 minutes, or until the chard stems and garlic are soft and the raisins are plump. Add the chard leaves to the pan, along with another pinch of salt, and cook until wilted and soft, another 3-5 minutes. Add the roasted cauliflower to the pan, mix well with the rest of the ingredients. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in very well salted water until al dente, following the package instructions. Reserve about 1 cup of the starchy pasta water. Add the cooked pasta to the pan with the cauliflower and chard, along with a splash of the pasta water. Gently mix to coat, letting the pasta take on the flavors in the pan for about 1 more minute. Add another splash of the pasta water if needed. Serve the pasta right away, drizzled with more olive oil. Notes Though regular raisins are pictured here, golden raisins would be delicious in this pasta. 3.5.3226 The post Roasted Cauliflower Pasta with Raisins, Capers, and Chard appeared first on Golubka Kitchen.

Big Hugs Chickn & Rice Soup

January 25 2021 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Big Hugs Chickn & Rice Soup Serves 4-6 Call me an iconoclast but, but I prefer Chickn & Rice Soup to Chickn Noodle! Especially buttery jasmine rice. This soup has all the huggy ingredients: celery, dill, poultry seasoning with sage and thyme and, of course, garlic and onion. As it cooks your kitchen will fill up with the most nurturing aromas, like someone you love is cooking for you. And that someone, dear reader, is you. I used homemade Chickn Seitan, but you can use whatever vegan chicken you like. Or even thinly slice tofu or yuba. Just make sure to brown it nicely first. I also use some vegan butter here, for body and richness, but use all olive oil if you prefer. Its gonna be good! Recipe notes: ~ If the pot youre cooking in is wide enough, like a dutch oven, you should be able to brown the chickn in there before preparing the rest of the soup. Save yourself a dish, plus create little crispy bits that get swept up into the soup when you saute everything else. If youre using a stainless steel pot that is more tall than wide, its probably wiser to saute the chickn in a skillet and prepare the soup separately. Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 cups chickn seitan, pulled into 1 to 2 inch pieces (8 oz) 2 tablespoons vegan butter (I used Miyokos) 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced 2 cups carrots, in 1/­­2 inch chunks 2 ribs celery, thinly sliced 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning 1 teaspoon salt Fresh black pepper 1/­­2 cup white jasmine rice, rinsed 8 cups broth 1/­­4 cup fresh dill, chopped, plus extra for garnish Directions Preheat a 4 quart pot over medium heat. Saute chickn in olive oil with a pinch of salt until nicely browned. Remove from pot and set aside.  Saute onion in butter with a pinch of salt for about 5 minutes, until translucent. Add carrots and celery and cook for about 5 minutes. Add garlic and saute until fragrant, about a minute, using a little extra butter if you like. Add poultry seasoning, salt and pepper and saute a minute more. Add rice and broth. Cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, bring down to a simmer, and let cook for about 15 more minutes, until rice is cooked and carrot is tender. Stir in the chickn and dill and taste for salt and pepper. This definitely tastes better the longer you let it sit, but it can be enjoyed right away, too. Garnish with extra dill and serve!

Tempeh Meatballs & Spaghetti

January 7 2021 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Tempeh Meatballs & Spaghetti Serves 2 to 4 Photo By VK Rees So many of my best memories revolve around a big juicy meatball, and lots of slurpy, garlicky marinara. My grandmas dinner table with a big platter of her meatballs right in the center of it, always featuring a few burnt ones that everyone in the family tried to grab before anyone else could. My best friends mom, a beautiful Italian woman with jet black hair and catlike blue eyes, feeding me almost every night of the week. And later, when I went vegetarian, cooking tofu balls and spaghetti with my mom and sis. Even decades later, when I lived in a loft with no heat, every Sunday night my roommates and I would watch Sopranos and eat spaghetti and meatballs, made from some storebought soy sausage stuff.  Well, this recipe is none of those exactly, but its a mishmash of all those experiences. I love the texture of tempeh in meatballs, its succulent and satisfying. A few condiments and pantry spices give me the childhood flavors that I crave. Definitely double this recipe if you feel like it, and dont forget to burn a few…those are always the best loved.  The method of simmering tempeh here is one that is so useful when you want a more neutral flavor! Learn it, live it. This recipe is from Isa Does It. Ingredients For the meatballs: 16 ounces tempeh 1 cup water 1 tablespoon tamari or soy sauce 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 tablespoons ketchup 1 tablespoon dijon mustard 1/­­2 teaspoon dried oregano 1/­­2 teaspoon dried thyme 1/­­2 teaspoon salt Several dashes fresh black pepper 1/­­2 cup very finely chopped yellow onion 1 cup panko breadcrumbs Olive oil for pan frying For the rest: 8 oz spaghetti 4 cups marinara, storebought or homemade Red pepper flakes Fresh black pepper Directions Boil a pot of salted water for spaghetti.  Meanwhile, crumble tempeh in small pieces into a 2 quart pot. Submerge in a cup of water, a tablespoon soy sauce and one tablespoon olive oil. Cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower heat and simmer, with the lid slightly ajar so that steam can escape, for 15 minutes. Most of the water should be absorbed. If there is excess water, drain and place tempeh in a mixing bowl and place in the freezer to cool It should take 10 minutes or so, give it a stir after 5 minutes to make it cool evenly. In the meantime, prepare your onions. Once cool, add garlic, ketchup, mustard, oregano, thyme, salt and pepper then mix well. Mix in the onions. Now add the breadcrumbs and use your hands to mix until it holds together very well. If it seems loose, add extra breadcrumbs by the tablespoon until you can form very tight, compact balls. Scoop up about golfball sized amounts and roll between your hands to form the balls. Your water should be boiling at this point, so cook the spaghetti now. When its ready, drain and toss with marinara in the pot you boiled it in. Keep covered and hot until ready to eat. Preheat a large non-stick pan (preferably cast iron) over medium heat. Coat the pan with a thin layer of olive oil. Add meatballs one by one, rolling them in the pan to coat in oil. If your pan is not big enough to fit all of the balls comfortably, then do them in two batches. Pan fry for about 10 minutes, rolling them frequently, to cook evenly.  Serve spaghetti in big bowls, with three or four meatballs each. Top with extra red pepper flakes or fresh black pepper and slurp it up!

Apple Banana Pakora, Bhajia, Fritters

December 30 2020 Manjula's kitchen 

Apple Banana Pakora, Bhajia, Fritters (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Print Apple Banana Pakora Apple and Banana Pakoras! Pakoras are an all-time favorite snack amongst everyone. Pakoras are made in so many ways using a variety of vegetables and lentils. Apple and Banana Pakoras were suggested by my friend Rajni from India. It sounds different because I never tried these pakoras. I decided to give it a try. I know she enjoys sweet and spicy combinations of flavors. These pakoras are crispy from the outside and soft from the inside. These Pakoras are also vegan and gluten-free. Give it a try and share your experience. Hope you will enjoy it. This recipe will serve 4. Course Appetizer Cuisine Indian Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 15 minutes Total Time 20 minutes Servings 4 people Ingredients6 Apple slices cut into rounds 1/­­4 inch thick 6 banana slices, cut into the long way banana should not be very ripe 1/­­2 cup gram flour besan 2 Tbsp rice flour 1 Tbsp corn starch also can use arrow root powder 1/­­2 tsp salt adjust to taste 1/­­2 tsp cumin seeds jeera 1/­­4 tsp black pepper 1/­­2 tsp mango powder amchoor 1 Tbsp sugar 2 Tbsp cilantro finely chopped, hara dhania 1 Tbsp green chili finely chopped InstructionsI am using firm apples. I have sliced the apples in rounds about 1/­­4 inch thick. Use firm bananas that are slightly less ripe. Do not use fully ripe bananas. I am using 1banana. I sliced the banana in 6 pieces the long way To make the batter, add all the dry ingredients together besan, rice flour, cornstarch, salt, cumin seeds, black pepper, mango powder, and sugar. Mix all the ingredients well. Add the water slowly to make a smooth batter. Consistency of pancake mix. I used about 1/­­2 cup of water. Now add the green chilies and cilantro, mix it well. Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium-high heat. The frying pan should have about 1 inch of oil. To check if the oil is ready, put one drop of batter in the oil. The batter should come up but not change color right away. Dip the apples and bananas slices into the batter one at a time, making sure it is covered by the batter completely. Then, slowly drop in the slices into the frying pan. Fry the pakoras in small batches, not overlapping. The pakoras will take about 3-4 minutes to cook. Turn them occasionally. Fry the pakoras until both sides are golden brown. If the oil is too hot, the pakoras will brown too fast and not get crispy. The crispy, delicious pakoras are now ready to serve. NotesThey taste delicious with tamarind sweet and sour chutney. I already have this chutney recipe on my blog. You would also like to see the recipes for Apple Jalebi, Apple Bread Rolls, Aloo Puri, Tomato soup. The post Apple Banana Pakora, Bhajia, Fritters appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Spicy Sweet Potato Chickpea Salad Bowl with Tahini Dressing

June 6 2021 Vegan Richa 

Spicy Sweet Potato Chickpea Salad Bowl with Tahini DressingIf you need a healthy salad bowl recipe that feels like comfort food, make this spicy sweet potato chickpea salad bowl with creamy tahini dressing! Great as a lunch salad or for meal prep. Smoky bbq spiced baked veggies, leafy greens, nuts, seeds and a creamy vegan dressing! Coming at you with a ridiculously delicious salad bowl recipe loaded with three kinds of bbq spiced roasted vegetables and a creamy tahini dressing you will want to put on everything! Sweet Potato Chickpea Salad Bowls are here to make your lunches exciting again! Savory and sweet, subtly spiced, warming, comforting, wonderfully satisfying, and seriously flavorful while being super healthy!  What’s not to love? The spice mix for the roasted chickpeas and sweet potatoes is a fragrant blend of garlic powder, onion powder,  coriander, paprika, cumin, black pepper, cardamom, cayenne (optional) and ground mustard! I love this blend so much as it is the perfect mix of warming, smokey, spicy, and cozy! The chickpeas bake into crispy perfection and the sweet potatoes are crisp on the outside and pillowy on the inside. Bell peppers baked until soft and almost caramelized deliver the perfect sweetness! We add them to the chickpeas and potatoes later as they need less cooking time. While the veggies bake away, we whisk together a creamy dreamy tahini dressing! It’s so good that I recommend you make a double batch! MORE VEGAN BOWL RECIPES FROM THE BLOG: - Chili garlic Tofu Bowl with noodles and chard - Peanut Butter Roasted Cauliflower Bowl. GF - Quinoa Cauliflower Bowl with almond Sriracha sauce GF - Sprouted Lentil Bowl with Cajun Spied Sweet Potatoes GF - Turmeric Cauliflower Rice Bowl with Moroccan spice chickpeas.  GF Continue reading: Spicy Sweet Potato Chickpea Salad Bowl with Tahini DressingThe post Spicy Sweet Potato Chickpea Salad Bowl with Tahini Dressing appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Mac And Cheese Taco Bake – Mac Taco Casserole

May 27 2021 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Mac And Cheese Taco Bake – Mac Taco CasseroleVegan Mac and Cheese Taco Bake with Walnut Taco Meat and Vegan Cashew Queso combines two family favorites into one epic vegan casserole that comes together quickly! Make it tonight. Vegan Taco Mac and Cheese Bake! Yes, we’re combining two family favorites, pasta and tacos, into one epic weeknight dinner casserole!  This easy vegan taco mac and cheese bake is sure to please any picky eater. Made with seasoned walnut taco meat, tomatoes and vegan queso made from cashews all tossed with elbow pasta. Taco Mac Casserole is a very popular box recipe that you might have loved before going vegan. Trust me when I say it’s way better homemade and plant-based! So much more flavorful than anything that comes from a box! I love serving this sprinkled with some crushed tortilla chips, some pickled jalape?os and tomatoes. This is an amazing vegan casserole dish for Taco Tuesday, Cinco de Mayo, or for whenever you are feeding a crowd. Easy to make with simple ingredients and the flavors are out of this world. What’s not to love about two of your favorite classic dinners – Tacos and Macaroni and Cheese – mixed together to make a satisfying, hearty meal! MORE PASTA MEALS FROM THE BLOG - Garlic Pasta with Cajun Cauliflower - Cauliflower Parmesan Pasta Bake  - Pumpkin Sage Pasta with pumpkin cream sauce and crisp Sage  - Black pepper Mac and Cheese  - Creamy Cajun Pasta with crispy tofu - Lemon asparagus  fettuccine - Creamy mushroom Spinach Pasta  - Easy Vegan Alfredo Continue reading: Vegan Mac And Cheese Taco Bake – Mac Taco CasseroleThe post Vegan Mac And Cheese Taco Bake – Mac Taco Casserole appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Sweet Potato Chaat (Shakarkandi)

April 23 2021 Manjula's kitchen 

Sweet Potato Chaat (Shakarkandi) (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Print Sweet Potato Chaat, Shakarkandi .wprm-recipe-rating .wprm-rating-star.wprm-rating-star-full svg * { fill: #343434; } I have been wanting to make a sweet potato chaat (Shakarkandi Chaat) for some time now. It's a savory and flavorful chaat, which also happens to be a very popular Delhi street food. I have tried to make this recipe many times but never quite perfected it! Last weekend I had the honor of being a guest judge for a cooking contest which was conducted virtually over Zoom! The contest was for the best air fryer recipe. The winner of this contest, Rashmi Sabjur, happened to make an eggplant chaat. While she was discussing her creative recipe, I got the idea of making a sweet potato chaat in the air fryer. Many people ask me how I am inspired to come up with new recipes…well the answer is people like Rashmi, and of course you all, my viewers! Traditionally, sweet potatoes are cooked over coal, cut into small pieces, and drizzled with lemon juice and spices to make it delicious and flavorful. This spicy chaat is also had a nice crunch. Try this recipe out soon! A special thank you to Rashmi for inspiring me to perfect sweet potato chaat! This recipe is also vegan. This recipe will serve 6. Course Appetizer Cuisine Indian Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 25 minutes Total Time 35 minutes Servings 6 people EquipmentCuisinart TOA-60 Convection Toaster Oven Airfryer Reynolds Kitchens Pop-Up Parchment Paper Sheets Ingredients1 large sweet potato sliced in thick rounds For Batter1 1/­­2 Tbsp all purpose flour plain flour, maida 1 1/­­2 Tbsp corn starch corn flour or arrowroot powder 1/­­2 tsp salt 1/­­4 tsp black pepper 1/­­3 cup water approx Oil spray For Breadcrumbs 1/­­2 cup bread crumb plain unflavored 1/­­2 salt 1/­­4 black pepper For Garnishing 1/­­4 cup whipped yogurt 2 Tbsp hari cilantro chutney 1/­­4 cup tamarind chutney For Garnishing (optional)lemon juice sprinkle over chaat chaat masala powder green chili finely chopped ginger finely chopped InstructionsUse a large, sweet potato. Wash and peel and slice them in rounds of about 1/­­4 inch thick. Keep aside. In a bowl take breadcrumbs, add 1/­­2 tsp salt and 1/­­4 tsp black pepper, and mix it all well. In another bowl mix all-purpose flour, corn starch, 1/­­2 tsp salt, and 1/­­4 tsp black pepper. Add the water slowly and make it into a thick batter. I used about 1/­­3 cup of water. I am using parchment paper over air fryer baking tray oil the parchment paper. Coat both sides of a sweet potato slice in the flour batter and then in the breadcrumb mixture. Shake off any excess breading and transfer the sweet potato slices to an airfryer baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining sweet potato slices. Spray the slices with oil. Bake in air fryer for 10 minutes (on 325-degree Fahrenheit). Then turn the sweet potato slices and bake it again for 10 minutes. Maybe you will have to adjust the time and temperature according to your air fryer. The sweet potatoes will have a nice crunch. You may serve them hot or at room temperature with your favorite garnishing. I prefer with yogurt and chutney. NotesServing Suggestions Sweet potatoes have nice crunch, my favorite way to serve this chaat, is to drizzle with yogurt, little cilantro chutney and top it with tamarind chutney if you like hot and spicy sprinkle with finely chopped green chilies and ginger. I have done cilantro chutney and tamarind chutney recipes earlier; you can find these recipes on my website. You will also enjoy some of these vegan and gluten free recipes: Zucchini Lentil Pakoras, Vegan Rice Kheer (Payasam), Apple Banana Pakora, Bhajia, Fritters, Methi Bajra Paratha (Millet Bread) The post Sweet Potato Chaat (Shakarkandi) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Vegan Carrot Ginger Soup

April 2 2021 Oh My Veggies 

Looking for a creamy and delicious vegan carrot soup? This Vegan Carrot Ginger Soup recipe is one we make over and over again. Carrots, ginger, garlic, onions, herbs, and spices all come together in this dish to create the perfect soup.  Serve up this carrot ginger soup for lunch, for dinner, or as an appetizer for a dinner party.  This Vegan Carrot Ginger Soup is… Creamy  Vegan  Vegetarian  Naturally gluten-free  Made with simple ingredients  Easily stored How to Make Vegan Carrot Ginger Soup  Prep your carrots by cutting them into chunks. Then boil them in a pot of water until the carrots are tender.  In a pan, cook onions and garlic until they are soft and translucent.  Once your carrots are done, remove and place them in a blender or food processor. Add the rest of the ingredients to the blender as well.  Blend all the ingredients together until creamy, then add black pepper and herbs.  Tips and Tricks Cut Carrots the Same Size I recommend cutting up all your carrots the same size--or, at least, similarly sized. The reason you want to do this is so all the carrots will get cooked the same. You don’t want some carrots […]

Potato, Dill, and Broccoli Cakes with Spicy Cashew Sauce

March 11 2021 Golubka Kitchen 

Potato, Dill, and Broccoli Cakes with Spicy Cashew Sauce These potato cakes + a big salad = my dream dinner right now. Something totally magical happens when mashed potatoes are roasted and get nice and crispy on the outside, while staying soft and fluffy inside. I wanted to fill out these cakes with some greens/­­green vegetables. I went with broccoli, since I love potatoes and broccoli together, plus dill, since it’s just meant to be with potatoes. They turned out so good! There’s a spicy cashew sauce, too, which has some sour cream vibes and goes so well with everything else. Hope you’ll give these a try. P.S. We now post cooking videos on our YouTube channel every Wednesday and Sunday. Would love it if you checked them out. Potato, Dill, and Broccoli Cakes with Spicy Cashew Sauce   Print Serves: about 12 cakes Ingredients for the potato cakes 1½ lbs Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled sea salt florets from 1 small head of broccoli, finely chopped 1 tablespoon olive oil or avocado oil, plus more for brushing ¼ cup rice flour ½ teaspoon garlic powder 2-3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill freshly ground black pepper for the spicy cashew sauce 1 cup cashews 3 teaspoons Sriracha or other hot sauce of choice ½ teaspoon garlic powder sea salt juice from 1 lime ¾ cup water Instructions to make the potato cakes Boil the potatoes in well-salted water until tender, about 15-20 minutes. Add the chopped broccoli to the pot with the potatoes during the last 2 minutes of boiling, to quickly blanch it. Drain and transfer the potatoes and broccoli to a large bowl. Mash with a potato masher, simultaneously mixing in the broccoli. Once the potatoes are mashed, add 1 tablespoon of the oil, flour, garlic powder, dill, salt, and pepper to taste. Mix well. Preheat the oven to 425° F (220° C). Prepare a large, parchment-lined baking sheet. Use a ¼ cup measure to portion out the cakes on the baking sheet. Flatten them out with the back of a spoon. Brush with oil and bake for 15 minutes. Flip the cakes, brush the other side with oil, and bake for 15-20 more minutes, until crispy on the outside and golden. Serve warm, topped with the spicy cashew sauce. to make the spicy cashew sauce Soak the cashews in hot water for 15 minutes (if you have a high-powered blender, no need to soak them). Combine the cashews, Sriracha, garlic powder, salt to taste, lime juice, and water in an upright blender. Blend until smooth. Taste for salt and spice, and adjust if needed. Store refrigerated in an air-tight container. 3.5.3226 The post Potato, Dill, and Broccoli Cakes with Spicy Cashew Sauce appeared first on Golubka Kitchen.

The Best Vegan Mashed Potatoes EVER

February 19 2021 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

The Best Vegan Mashed Potatoes EVER Photo By VK Rees Rich, creamy, BUTTERY mashed potatoes are a necessity in life and these are the creamiest going. I shudder at the thought of you spending the rest of winter without the perfect mashed potato recipe and so here it is. I love that they use simple ingredients that are probably in your pantry, I love that they don’t use store-bought vegan butter or milk. But most importantly they taste like they are loaded with butter and cream. And in typical “me” fashion, we achieve that with cashew cream and refined coconut oil. The method is simple: mash then whip with a hand blender. And, you know, even if you don’t whip them, they’re still pretty great. But whip for maximum fluff. I am also offering you three variations because one mashed potato recipe would be underachieving. Use these modifications to create a new mashed potato every night of the week! Or three nights of the week, anyway. For roasted red pepper mash: Add 3 roasted red peppers (from a jar or homemade) to the cashew mixture and blend. For pesto mash: Add 1/­­2 cup pesto after youve whipped the original mashed potatoes and stir in. Drizzle with a little extra to serve. For garlic mash: On low heat, preheat a small pan and sauté 1/­­4 cup minced garlic in 1/­­4 cup olive oil for about 2 minutes. Add to original whipped mashed potatoes and stir in. Drizzle a little extra on top. This recipe is from I Can Cook Vegan. Recipe Notes ~I love russet potatoes in mashed potatoes and I don’t HATE the skin on but I do prefer them peeled. You don’t have to do a great job, a little peel left over is nice and rustic. If you use Yukon gold instead, peeling isn’t necessary because they are so thin skinned, and that sounds like a win. However, I still think that russets are fluffiest and best! ~I know boiling potatoes sounds easy, but there’s a right way to get the best flavor and texture. Submerge in cold slightly salted water and then bring the water up to a low boil, and immediately down to a simmer. This ensures even cooking and prevents water logging the potato, which can make it too loose. No one wants loose mashed potatoes. I mean, I’d eat them, but I wouldn’t be that happy about it. Fine, I’d still be happy, but not THAT happy. Ingredients 2 1/­­2 lbs russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 1/­­2 inch chunks 1/­­3 cup whole unroasted cashews (see page XX if you dont have a high-speed blender) 1/­­2 cup vegetable broth, at room temperature 1/­­3 cup refined coconut oil, at room temperature 3/­­4 teaspoon salt Lots of fresh black pepper Directions Place potatoes in a pot and submerge in cold water by about an inch. Sprinkle in two teaspoons of salt. Cover and bring to a low boil. Place cashews in a high-speed blender with vegetable broth and blend until completely smooth, scraping the sides of the food processor with a spatula occasionally to get everything.  When potatoes are boiling, lower heat to a simmer, uncover and cook for about 12 minutes, until fork tender. Drain potatoes, and place back in the pot.  Mash with a potato masher, to break the potatoes up a bit. Add half of cashew mixture, coconut oil, salt and pepper and mash with a potato masher until relatively smooth and no big chunks are left.  Add the remaining cashew mixture, mix it in, and use a hand blender on high speed to whip them. They should become very smooth, fluffy and creamy. Taste for salt and pepper along the way, transfer to a serving bowl, and serve!

Beet Shepherd’s Pie with Balsamic, Lentils, and Mushrooms

February 10 2021 Golubka Kitchen 

Beet Shepherd’s Pie with Balsamic, Lentils, and Mushrooms This cozy vegan shepherd’s pie has some serious borscht vibes, thanks to the combination of beets, potatoes, and other deep, wintery flavors. A shepherd’s pie is a great thing to make on the weekend, since it’s a bit of a project, which will set you up for several hearty meals throughout the week. This version is packed with vegetables, lentils, mushrooms, and has a nice kick from the addition of balsamic vinegar. Hope you’ll give it a try sometime during this final stretch of winter! Beet Shepherds Pie with Balsamic, Lentils, and Mushrooms   Print Serves: 4-6 Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for oiling the pan/­­baking dish 1 yellow onion, diced 1 medium carrot, sliced 1 celery rib, sliced sea salt 5 garlic cloves, minced 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary 1 tablespoon tomato paste 8 oz cremini mushrooms, sliced freshly ground black pepper 1 cup brown lentils, rinsed 1 lb beets, peeled and finely cubed 2 bay leaves (optional) 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 2 lbs Russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces ⅓ cup unsweetened dairy-free milk green onions or other fresh herbs, for garnishing (optional) Instructions Heat a large pot over medium heat and add enough oil to generously coat the bottom. Add the onion, carrot, and celery to the pot, along with a pinch of salt. Saute until soft, about 8-10 minutes. Add the garlic, rosemary, and tomato paste, stir to incorporate. Add the mushrooms, along with another pinch of salt and pepper to taste, saute for 8-10 minutes, until the mushrooms are browned. Add the lentils, beets, bay leaves if using, 4 cups of water, and more salt to taste. Bring to a simmer and simmer, covered, for 35-40 minutes, or until the beets and lentils are tender and most of the liquid is absorbed. If the mixture appears too soupy, leave the lid askew and simmer for a few more minutes, to help the liquid evaporate. Discard the bay leaves, taste for salt and adjust if needed. Turn off the heat and mix in the balsamic vinegar. Meanwhile, boil the potatoes in well salted water until tender, 15-20 minutes. Drain the potatoes and return them to the pot. Add 2 tablespoons of oil, milk, and more salt and pepper to taste. Mash the potatoes with a potato masher until smooth. Preheat the oven to 400° F (200° C). Prepare a 2 quart baking dish by oiling it with the olive oil. Add the beet and lentil mixture to the baking dish. Top with dollops of the mashed potatoes and gently spread the potatoes over the beet mixture with the back of a spoon. Make a few swooshes in the potatoes with the spoon and drizzle with more olive oil. Put the baking dish on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, until everything is warmed through, and the potatoes are slightly golden on top. Let the shepherds pie sit for about 20 minutes before serving. Garnish with fresh herbs, if using, and serve warm. 3.5.3226 The post Beet Shepherd’s Pie with Balsamic, Lentils, and Mushrooms appeared first on Golubka Kitchen.

Earl Gray Chai Pancakes

January 27 2021 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Earl Gray Chai Pancakes Makes 6 big pancakes These pancakes have it all! Masala chai spices like ginger, cardamom and black pepper. And although Ive made chai spiced pancakes before, this time I thought of adding actual tea. Like wow, how brilliant, since “tea” is what chai is. You can use any black tea you like. I used Earl Gray, which came through with its citrus-y notes. Tea is a difficult flavor to infuse so I made a really super concentrated cuppa. Then I tossed a couple of star anise pods into the steeping tea as well, because that is one of those flavors that can be harder to incorporate into chai spiced recipes, what with those big old pods. So the steeping comes in real handy in multiple ways. It also helps to add the turmeric into the infusion to bloom bright and golden. The final results is a nicely spiced pancake and you can actually taste the tea, too. So add these to your pancake repertoire next time you are craving everything. Recipe notes: ~ I have a lot of pancake tips all over the site, but Im not sure Ive ever written this one: If your pancakes arent cooking through, try covering them while cooking. ~ I love cooking pancakes in refined coconut oil! So buttery and yum. But you can cook in oil or vegan butter as well. I recommend Miyoko’s Butter for topping them, too. Ingredients Boiling water 3 earl gray tea bags 2 star anise pods 1/­­2 teaspoon ground turmeric 1 1/­­2 cups all purpose flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 3/­­4 teaspoon ground ginger 1/­­2 teaspoon ground cardamom 1/­­4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/­­8 teaspoon ground black pepper 2 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon salt 3/­­4 cup unsweetened soy milk (or vegan milk of choice) 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar 3 tablespoons safflower oil (or any neutral tasting oil) 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract Refined coconut oil for cooking Directions Place 3 black tea bags in a large mug along with star anise pods. Pour water over tea and let steep for 20 minutes or so. It should be cool enough to use by then. Measure out one cup of liquid.  In a large mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper, sugar and salt. Make a well in the center. Measure the milk into a measuring cup. Add the vinegar to the milk and let curdle a minute. Add the milk mixture, 1 cup of tea mixture, safflower oil and vanilla to the well. Stir just until incorporated and no large clumps of flour are left.  Preheat a non-stick pan over medium-low heat and let the batter rest for 10 minutes. Lightly coat the pan in coconut oil. Add 1/­­3 cup of batter for each pancake, and cook for about 4 minutes, until puffy, bubbly and matte. Flip the pancakes, adding a new coat of oil to the pan, and cook for another 2 or 3 minutes or so.  Transfer pancakes to a large plate covered with tin foil until ready to serve. To reheat, place pancakes on a baking sheet covered with tin foil in a 300 F degree oven for 5 minutes or so.

Cabbage and Lemon Risotto

January 20 2021 Golubka Kitchen 

Cabbage and Lemon Risotto I find risotto to be incredibly fun to cook. I like to have something nice to sip by my side, some good music on, and all the ingredients measured out in advance. It’s a preparation process that really gets you in the zone, an almost meditative state of tending to the rice, and watching it magically transform from dry to beautifully creamy. Risotto has a reputation of being fussy, and although it requires constant attention, the ingredients it calls for couldn’t be more modest: alliums like onions and garlic, rice, wine, hot broth, and whatever other items you’d like to add to make it your own. In this recipe, it’s cabbage and lemon, both abundant in the depths of winter. Once you get the hang of it, the preparation becomes second nature as well. We gently stew the cabbage in lemon juice until incredibly tender, so much so that it completely melts and disappears into the risotto. It’s a great way to eat a whole head of cabbage almost without noticing. The bright and assertive flavors from the lemon juice and zest complement the starchiness and richness of the rice really nicely. A small warning: this risotto is quite lemony, so if you’re sensitive to sour flavors, I recommend reducing the amount of lemon (this is detailed in the recipe as well). Also, the lemon mellows out as it sits and in the leftovers. Since this is a vegan recipe, there’s no cheese, but we throw together a quick, ‘cheesy’ cashew dust, a cashew Parm of sorts, and stir it through the risotto. The result is so incredibly cozy and comforting, we hope you’ll give it a try one day this winter! Cabbage and Lemon Risotto   Print Serves: 4-6 Ingredients ¼ cup raw cashews 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast sea salt freshly ground black pepper olive oil 1 medium head white cabbage, thinly sliced with a knife or mandoline zest and juice from 2 small lemons (see note) 1 yellow onion, diced 4 garlic cloves, minced 1½ cups Arborio rice ¼ cup dry white wine 6 cups hot vegetable broth, plus more if needed parsley or other herbs for garnishing (optional) Instructions Pound the cashews in a mortar and pestle or process in a mini food processor, until finely ground. Add the nutritional yeast, a generous pinch of salt, and plenty of black pepper. Mix to combine. Set aside for now. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add enough oil to generously coat the bottom. Add the cabbage and a pinch of salt, and cook for 10 minutes, until the cabbage is just wilted. Add the juice of 1 lemon and stir it in. Turn the heat down to low, and cover the skillet. Cook the cabbage, covered, for 45 minutes, stirring periodically, until very soft. Transfer the cabbage to a bowl and wipe the skillet if needed. Heat the same skillet over medium heat and add more oil to coat the bottom well. Add the onion and a pinch of salt, saute for 7 minutes, until translucent. Add the garlic and stir it around until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the rice and mix well to coat it with the oil. Cook, stirring constantly, until the rice grains are translucent, about 3-5 minutes. Add the juice of 1 remaining lemon and the wine, bring it up to a simmer and cook, stirring often, until the liquid is completely absorbed, about 2 minutes. Start adding the hot broth, one ladleful at a time. Bring the broth to a simmer and let it absorb into the rice, stirring often, about 2-4 minutes. Once absorbed, add another ladleful of broth and keep repeating this process of letting the broth absorb, then adding more. Stir the rice frequently and vigorously - this will help develop the starches/­­make the rice creamy. Add about half of the cabbage during the 4th addition of broth. Add the rest of the cabbage at the next addition of broth, and continue cooking, until the rice is creamy and al dente, and until the cabbage has collapsed completely into the risotto. The whole cooking process should take 25-30 minutes total from the first addition of broth. Turn off the heat, mix in the lemon zest and most of the cashew mixture, saving some for garnishing. Taste for salt and adjust if needed. Serve the risotto right away, garnished with more of the cashew dust and herbs, if using. Notes This dish is quite lemony, so if you are sensitive to sour flavors, use 1 lemon, divided between the cabbage and the rice, instead of the 2 lemons that the recipe calls for. 3.5.3226 The post Cabbage and Lemon Risotto appeared first on Golubka Kitchen.

Cast Iron Seitan Steak & Onions

December 30 2020 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Cast Iron Seitan Steak & Onions Serves 2 to 4 If youre from Brooklyn — and youre probably not even though you say you are — then you celebrate with steak. Everyone knows this from every movie. Cavernous steakhouses that date back to the last, last century lurking all over the city, tucked under bridges or beside a forgotten waterway, with their historical plaques, creaky wood floors, and signed Frank Sinatra portraits on the wall.  Well, 2020 is over and its time to celebrate Brooklyn style. Whether its a night of somber reflection or one of dancing and drinking (in your own home with only your household members and/­­or just your cat) this recipe works. Its a visceral activity unto itself, injected with whatever meaning you need it to have.  Basically, youll work a pliable ball of gluten until its goth red and gristle-y. Then you roll and pound it. Throw it into a hissing cast iron pan to sear. Smoke. Fire. Sizzles. Who needs fireworks? I was striving for something that could come together in one pot. I like baking seitan, but it does tend to dry things out and I wanted this to be juicy (pronounced JUSAY). Enter sear/­­braise. The steaks are cooked, removed from the pan then you create a rich au jus with onions, garlic and red wine. Some miso for that savory je ne sais quoi. And the seared steaks are placed back in to cook through. The end result is some of the best seitan I have ever had! Seared and smoky, firm but tender. And totally juicy (pronounced JUSAY). Plus it comes with its own sauce, perfect for slathering. Serve with mashed potatoes or crinkle cut fries. Or anything starchy and awesome. Happy New Year.  Recipes Notes ~ I tested this recipe using tamari, but something was missing. The Braggs Liquid Aminos really upped the flavor game here, adding nuance and just kind of this steak sauce flavor that really popped. I recommend it! Not only because you get a bottle with Patricia Braggs floral hat printed on it, but its a nice ingredient to have around for when youre like This rice needs to taste more hippy. ~ Beet powder is another fabulous ingredient. It honestly doesnt have much flavor in small quantities but adds so much color! You can try to use whole beets or whatever you are going to do but I didnt try that and any adjustments to liquid and dry ingredients in this recipe will change the texture dramatically. Ive found it in stores but Amazon is evil and the most reliable place to get it.  ~ If you dont have a cast iron pan, then….wait, why dont you? Get one. You need that hot sizzle when it hits the pan and nothing else will give you that.  ~ The broth you use will affect the outcome. Make sure it isnt too salty because the sauce reduces a lot. If youre using a concentrated bullion mixed with water, that is fine, but go light with it and taste as you go to see if it needs more. ~ I used Bobs Vital Wheat Gluten. If you use a different one, results may vary. Why? Protein content, probably. Not all VWG has the same amount. They should standardize this for our vegan future. ~ I really cant see one person eating a full steak like this, so I dont know, prove me wrong. Aesthetically I wanted it to be this big, but realistically, it serves four. Ingredients For the Steaks 1 1/­­4 cups vital wheat gluten 2 tablespoon nutritional yeast 2 tablespoons beet powder 2 teaspoons lemon pepper (salt free) 1 teaspoon onion powder 1/­­2 teaspoon mild mustard powder 2/­­3 cup water at room temp 3 tablespoons Braggs liquid aminos 2 tablespoons tomato paste 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar Everything else: Olive oil for cooking 1 medium onion, sliced 4 cloves garlic, minced 1/­­2 cup dry red wine 2 tablespoons red miso 3 bay leaves Fresh black pepper 1/­­4 teaspoon dried thyme 4 cups veggie broth Fresh parsley for garnish To serve: Mashed potatoes or crinkle cut fries. Instagram seems to go gaga over crinkle cut fries. Or any potatoes, really. A baked potato would be just fine! Also a green veggie. Nothing with too much flavor because this has a lot! Directions In a large mixing bowl, combine wheat gluten flour, nutritional yeast, lemon pepper, onion powder and mustard powder. Make a well in the center. In a small bowl, mix together water, aminos, tomato paste, olive oil and vinegar until the tomato paste is incorporated.  Add wet ingredients to the well and mix until a lumpy ball forms. It will appear a bit dry. Now, use your hands (with gloves if you have them) to knead the mixture until all ingredients are incorporated and there are no dry spots. If its very cold in the kitchen, you may have a harder time kneading. Moisten your hands with warm water and keep going, it should take about 3 minutes and appear very stretchy.  Divide the ball in half with a knife. Again, if its cold, the seitan might spring back more so this process will take a big longer. On a large cutting board, flatten the dough into a kidney shape that is roughly 3/­­4 inch thick and 8 inches in length. Use a rolling pin to roll, flatten and form. Let the first one rest while you do the second one.  Let both doughs rest about 10 minutes, for the gluten to relax a bit, then repeat the rolling process. Again, its more resistant if your kitchen is very cold so you might need to let it rest one more time.  As the steaks rest the surfaces will get a little smoother, which if what you want for the sear and appearance.  Preheat the cast iron grill over medium high. It should be very hot and water should immediately evaporate. This is important because you want the steak to hiss immediately so that is sears and does not stick.  Pour in a thin layer of olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Add the steaks and sear until dark brown, but not burnt, about a minute and a half per side. Use a thin metal spatula to flip steaks. Once they are seared, lower the heat to medium and let them cook until somewhat firm, about 10 more minutes, flipping and pressing down on them with the spatula.  Now we are going to remove the steaks and cook the sauce in that same pan. Place steaks on a plate.  Turn heat up to medium high. Drizzle about 2 tablespoons of olive oil into the pan. Add onions and a small pinch of salt and sear the onions for about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and a little more oil if needed and cook for about 2 more minutes, stirring often.   Add the wine and stir to deglaze and reduce, about 3 minutes. Mix in the miso to dissolve. Add bay leaves, a healthy dose of fresh black pepper (1/­­2 teaspoon or so), thyme and veggie broth. Let the broth warm, reduce heat to medium. Once warm, return the steaks to the brothy pan and submerge, spooning broth and onions over. Cover the pan and let cook for about 30 minutes. The broth should be simmering this whole time, but not boiling too rapidly.  OK were almost done! Remove the cover and flip the steaks. Turn the heat up and let sauce reduce for about 15 minutes uncovered. The broth will get really boily and active. Spoon sauce over the steaks while they cook. The steaks should no longer appear submerged and the sauce should be thickened a bit and really flavorful. Taste for salt.  Let sit for 10 minutes or so before serving. Remove bay leaves and garnish with parsley.

Slow Cooker Lasagna

December 22 2020 Robin Robertson's Global Vegan Kitchen 

Slow Cooker Lasagna The slow cooker is my go-to cooking method for lasagna.  Because it’s made with dried lasagna noodles (no need to pre-boil), assembly is a cinch. Plus, you can assemble it well in advance and refrigerate until needed.  Then, just set it and forget it! I’m posting this easy version just in time for the holidays.  It’s a great idea for Christmas dinner because you can relax and enjoy the day while it cooks, without worrying about it burning or spilling over in the oven. For another version, with more vegetables, try the Lasagna Primavera recipe in The Plant-Based Slow Cooker.  But if you want a more basic lasagna, this one’s for you.  You can leave out the spinach if you prefer, but I like the added greens.  (Plus red and green is so Christmas-y!)You can use your own homemade tomato sauce or storebought marinara sauce in a jar (you may need to use a jar and a half to make it sauce enough). Lasagna in a Slow Cooker For best results, use a large oval slow cooker. You may need to break the noodles to conform them to the shape of the slow cooker. To make gluten-free, use gluten-free lasagna noodles. I use regular dry lasagna noodles - no need to pre-boil. The added water is absorbed by the dry noodles and softens them as it cooks. SERVES 6 SLOW COOKER SIZE: 5- TO 6-QUART COOK TIME: 4 TO 5 HOURS GLUTEN-FREE OPTION   12 ounces soft tofu, drained 1 pound firm tofu, drained 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry 1?3 cup nutritional yeast 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon dried basil 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon sea salt 1/­­2 teaspoon ground black pepper 4 to 5 cups of your favorite tomato sauce for pasta (or a large jar of marinara sauce) 1/­­2 cup water 1/­­3 cup dry red wine (optional) 1 package vegan mozzarella shreds (such as Violife or Daiya) 8 ounces uncooked lasagna noodles (about 9 noodles)   - Crumble all of the tofu into a large bowl. Add the spinach, nutritional yeast, onion powder, garlic powder, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Mix well, then taste to make sure the mixture has enough salt and pepper. - Spread a layer of marinara sauce into the bottom of the slow cooker. Stir in the water and wine (if using). (The extra liquid will be absorbed by the dried noodles as they cook). Arrange a layer of the noodles over the sauce, breaking pieces to fit, as needed. - Top the noodles with about one-third of the tofu mixture, followed by a sprinkling of the mozzarella, and another layer of noodles. Spread a layer of marinara sauce over the noodles. Repeat the layering two more times, ending with a layer of marinara sauce topped with the remaining mozzarella. Put the lid on the slow cooker and cook on High for 4 hours or until the noodles are tender. - Remove the lid, turn off the cooker, and let the lasagna stand for about 15 minutes before serving.   The post Slow Cooker Lasagna appeared first on Robin Robertson.


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