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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 Pistachio Cookie Recipe

August 21 2021 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Pistachio Cookie RecipeAn easy vegan pistachio cookie recipe ideal for cookie swaps and the holidays. These pistachio cookies are made with almond flour and spiced with cardamom and saffron, then topped with slivered almonds! GF option Coming at you with a Vegan Pistachio Cookie recipe – because one can never have enough vegan cookie recipes and these are one of the best cookies you will ever try! Well, along with my Pistachio Apricot Thumbprints. Those are pretty amazing as well. These almond pistachio cookies are a sweet and simple little treat you can bake all year long but they are also great for the holidays because anything with pistachios in it is automatically festive and special.  A touch of cardamom and saffron takes these to the next level! Try them. Trust me, you will love this pistachio cookie recipe for its simplicity! I don’t even bother rolling out the dough and just scoop up 1 tbsp at a time and shape it into a flat disk. The cookies do not have to look perfectly round. They will spread in the oven as they bake and be just perfect. The cookie dough is really straightforward. We start by grinding the raw pistachio nuts, sugar and spices in a food processor or blended to make our own pistachio flour.  These are so amazingly good! Bake them 15 minutes for softer cookies and a couple of minutes longer for crunchier. The exact baking time always depends on the oven, size of the cookie etc. These cookies are a modified version of Nankhatai(Indian shortbread like cookies). They have vibrant flavors that work really well together , pistachios, cardamom and saffron. You can use just vanilla if you dont have cardamom or saffron. GF option More Cookie Recipes from the blog: - Tahini Ginger Cookies - PB J thumbprints - Coconut Oil Shortbread. - Almond Butter Snickerdoodles. - Oatmeal Walnut Chocolate Chunk Cookies - Almond Butter Oatmeal Cookies. GF oil-free - Ginger Molasses Crinkle cookies. GF. - Triple Ginger Molasses Soft Cookies - Tiramisu Cookies. GF Continue reading: Vegan Pistachio Cookie RecipeThe post Vegan Pistachio Cookie Recipe appeared first on Vegan Richa.

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.

Savory Rhubarb Balsamic Sauce

June 30 2021 Golubka Kitchen 

Savory Rhubarb Balsamic Sauce Catching the tail end of rhubarb season with this savory rhubarb balsamic sauce. I wasn’t in the mood to cook anything sweet with rhubarb this year, but it looked so beautiful piled up at our farmers market, that I bought some anyway. Enter this savory approach, where we stew rhubarb with red onion, ginger, balsamic, tamari, and maple syrup, until it turns saucy and glorious. The result is a punchy, tart, electric pink sauce that’s delicious on so many things. Here it’s pictured crowning grilled marinated tofu (highly recommend), but it would be equally as good served with tempeh, roasted vegetables, as a spread on sandwiches, and even stirred into pasta – anywhere, where a hit of acidity and tartness is welcome. Hope you’ll give it a try! Savory Rhubarb Balsamic Sauce   Print Serves: about 1½ cups Ingredients olive oil or avocado oil 1 small red onion - diced sea salt 1 lb rhubarb - trimmed, sliced into 1 pieces 1 piece ginger - finely grated 3 tablespoons maple syrup 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon tamari or coconut aminos 1 tablespoon vegan butter* Instructions Heat a medium pot over medium heat, add enough oil to lightly coat the bottom. Add the onion and a pinch of salt, saute for 7 minutes, until soft. Add the rhubarb, ginger, maple syrup, balsamic, and tamari. Bring to a gentle simmer and let stew for 10 minutes, or until the rhubarb is soft. Turn off the heat, add the butter, and stir it in. Taste for salt and adjust if needed. Serve the sauce warm or at room temperature. Notes *Our favorite vegan butter is Miyokos. 3.5.3226 The post Savory Rhubarb Balsamic Sauce appeared first on Golubka Kitchen.

Best Vegan Finds on Amazon

June 16 2021 Oh My Veggies 

Being vegan is growing increasingly popular, and every vegan saves roughly 200 animals per year. Whether youre someone who lives a vegan lifestyle or just enjoys vegan treats and items, this list of best vegan finds on Amazon is one for you. When purchasing items that claim to be vegan, do your research and assure...Read More

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.

Kefir Could Be Key to Combating Bad Bacteria

May 14 2021 Vegetarian Times 

Kefir Could Be Key to Combating Bad Bacteria If youre looking to increase your guts good bacteria and minimize the bad, you may want to grab a glass of kefir. This fermented drink offers promising potential against dangerous bacteria strains. The post Kefir Could Be Key to Combating Bad Bacteria appeared first on Vegetarian Times.

What’s the Secret to a Longer Life? Think Blue

April 8 2021 Vegetarian Times 

What’s the Secret to a Longer Life? Think Blue Want to live the longest, healthiest life possible? Blue zones are places around the world where people live the longest. Heres a closer look at how those populations eat, and takeaway tips for how to adopt their longevity habits, no matter where you live. The post What’s the Secret to a Longer Life? Think Blue appeared first on Vegetarian Times.

Eat Your Way to a Stronger Immune System

March 18 2021 Vegetarian Times 

Eat Your Way to a Stronger Immune System The pandemic is on all our minds, causing many people to wonder how can we strengthen our immune systems by what we eat and how we live. Here is what experts say. The post Eat Your Way to a Stronger Immune System appeared first on Vegetarian Times.

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!

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.

Classic Carrot Cake

February 25 2021 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Classic Carrot Cake Makes 1 9×13 sheet cake or 9-inch round cake Photo By VK Rees It’s almost carrot cake season! Or, maybe if we make a bunch of carrot cake, spring will come early? This is a very classic recipe for the most beloved of desserts. Walnuts, raisins, plenty of spice and, of course, a generous amount of shredded carrot. Olive oil gives the cake a surprisingly buttery flavor that isnt too heavy. The frosting is thick and lemony and lets all of the flavors really shine. It makes a great layer cake, but its pretty awesome as sheet cake, too. Just pick your poison! This recipe is from The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook! What a great cookbook. Ingredients For the Cake: 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1/­­2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/­­2 teaspoon salt 1 1/­­2 cups granulated sugar 3/­­4 cups unsweetened vegan milk 1/­­2 cup olive oil 1/­­2 cup unsweetened applesauce 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 3 cups shredded carrots  1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts 1 cup raisins For the Crumb Topping: 3 cups powdered sugar 1/­­2 cup refined coconut oil 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons unsweetened vegan milk 1/­­2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract pinch salt 3 tablespoons refined coconut oil, melted For garnish: 3 tablespoons shredded coconut or additional chopped walnuts Directions Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease a 9×13 inch or two 9-inch round  baking pans. Sift flour, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, baking soda and baking powder and salt into a large mixing bowl.  Beat together milk and flax in a large mixing bowl until frothy. Blend in the olive oil, applesauce and vanilla until well combined.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until no large lumps remain. Fold in carrots, walnuts and raisins.  Pour batter into the prepared pan(s) and bake for 40 to 45 minutes in a sheet pan or 32 to 35 minutes in cake pans, or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.  Make the frosting: Melt coconut oil in a medium mixing bowl. Add powdered sugar, juice and salt and blend with a hand mixer on low speed until incorporated. Turn mixer to medium-high speed and continue to blend until smooth. Chill for 30 minutes.  Remove from refrigerator and whip on medium-high speed with mixer until light and fluffy.  For sheet cake: Using a spatula, or spoon, spread icing over cake. Sprinkle with coconut. Cut into squares and serve.  For layer cake: Using a spatula or spoon, frost top of one cake with half the icing. Add the second cake to the top and frost with the rest of the icing. Sprinkle with coconut. Cut into wedges and serve.

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.

My Air Fryer Is the Rare Kitchen Buy That Has Ever Lived Up to the Hype

July 20 2021 Vegetarian Times 

My Air Fryer Is the Rare Kitchen Buy That Has Ever Lived Up to the Hype Im so obsessed with the healthy-cooking appliance, Ive made space for an upgraded model even in my itty-bitty NYC kitchen The post My Air Fryer Is the Rare Kitchen Buy That Has Ever Lived Up to the Hype appeared first on Vegetarian Times.

Best Vegan Butter

June 20 2021 Oh My Veggies 

Eating a plant-based diet is beneficial for many reasons--regardless of whether its one night a week (like meatless Mondays) or an entire lifestyle. But it can be hard to find the best vegan butter substitute. Vegan butter is usually made with a mixture of oil and water along with other ingredients. Olive, avocado, and coconut...Read More

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.

Just a Trend? What Research Tells Us About Kombuchas Health Benefits

May 14 2021 Vegetarian Times 

Just a Trend? What Research Tells Us About Kombuchas Health Benefits The fizzy drink has gone mainstream. But does it live up the health promises that many marketers promise? The post Just a Trend? What Research Tells Us About Kombuchas Health Benefits appeared first on Vegetarian Times.

Vegan Tofu Eggs in Purgatory

April 18 2021 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Tofu Eggs in PurgatoryChange up your morning routine with this vegan eggs in purgatory recipe. Quick homemade tofu eggs simmered up in a fiery, garlicky, chunky tomato sauce! Serve with crusty bread for an amazing savory brunch or breakfast. Eggs in purgatory – the epitome of effortless meet delicious. Just like the non-vegan version, this Vegan Eggs in purgatory is indeed exquisitely easy to make. Homemade tofu eggs cooked in a rich garlicky tomato sauce – breakfast does not get better than this! And dont forget to grab some nice crusty slice of bread to dunk into it. Why is this dish called eggs in purgatory? The history of this recipe is rather unknown. The name apparently originates from catholicism, with the baked eggs representing souls and the tomato sauce surrounding them representing Purgatory. Alrighty. Whatever the history, it has become a brunch staple and this egg-less version made with tofu eggs might just be your new favorite savory breakfast. Is Shakshuka the same as eggs in purgatory? Not quite. Shakshuka is North African and Arab while eggs in Purgatory are the Italian cousin. Both recipes feature a flavorful slow-cooked  tomato sauce and softly cooked eggs (or in this case, tofu eggs) but the seasonings are different. Shakshuka uses turmeric, cumin and coriander to scent the tomato stew. The Italian version is all about that good olive oil and that garlic, along with a little basil and red-pepper flakes. Just like shakshuka, these vegan eggs in purgatory can be served for breakfast, or a savory brunch or a light lunch or dinner!  Really, whenever you are in a hurry to get a satisfying, full-flavored dish on the table quickly. MORE SAVORY BREAKFAST OPTIONS - Tofu Scramble Wrap. - Savory Oats Hash - Chickpea Chilaquiles - Tofu- Bhurji (Indian Scramble) - Sweet Potato Hash  - Lentil Frittata - Sprouted Lentil Avocado Toast Continue reading: Vegan Tofu Eggs in PurgatoryThe post Vegan Tofu Eggs in Purgatory appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Paneer Petha Ka Ladoo

March 22 2021 Manjula's kitchen 

Paneer Petha Ka Ladoo (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Print Paneer Pethe Ke Ladoo & Petha Sandesh Dessert .wprm-recipe-rating .wprm-rating-star.wprm-rating-star-full svg * { fill: #343434; } Many sweets are made using paneer, which is freshly made homemade Indian cheese. Paneer Pethe Ka Ladoo is delicious and easy to make. This recipe was suggested by my friend Usha, who lives in Jaipur. I must say I really enjoy paneer-based sweets, which include Rasgullas, Ras Malai, Sandesh and many more! I decided I would give a paneer-based dessert a try, Paneer Petha Ladoo. Paneer desserts are considered very classy and for a sophisticated palate. They also are typically very refreshing, delicious, and easy to make. Another reason I like to make paneer sweets is because it is very difficult to mess up the recipe! You can start with one recipe for a paneer dessert and then if it doesn't turn out right, it is very easy to fix and come up with a new recipe! Another favorite dessert of mine is Petha, which is a famous sweet from Agra (India). Petha is made from white pumpkin and sugar. These ingredients together are simply delicious. Enjoy! Recipe will make about 12 Ladoo. Course Dessert Cuisine Indian Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time 5 minutes Total Time 25 minutes Servings 12 ladoos Ingredients1 cup Paneer homemade 1 cup Petha shredded, sweet 1/­­4 tsp Green Cardamom powder 1 Tbsp Pistachios sliced, for garnishing InstructionsDrin the whey from paneer well and knead the paneer until the paneer is almost rolls into smooth soft dough. In a flat frying pan add paneer, petha and cardamom mix it. Turn the heat to low and cook the paneer mixture stirring and pressing continuously until paneer starts coming together as soft dough. This should take about 4-5 minutes. Turn off the heat and keep mixing the paneer like you are making dough. This is most important step to this dish; you are just cooking paneer enough to take out the rawness. If you over cook the paneer it will become crumbly. Turn off the heat and transfer the mixture to the plate, let the mix sit for about 5 minutes, then divide into 12 equal parts or make the size of ladoo you prefer. Roll them between you palm and shape them in round balls. Garnish with pistachios. NotesI am using homemade paneer, you can refer to my video how to make the paneer which I have done earlier. I am also using dry petha sweet which is available in Indian grocery store, you can also use canned Petha sweet. If you are using canned petha, drain the syrup, and lightly pat dry. The post Paneer Petha Ka Ladoo appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Sheet Pan Ratatouille with Polenta

March 17 2021 Vegan Richa 

Sheet Pan Ratatouille with PolentaThis bright and colorful Baked Sheet Pan Ratatouille is a modern twist on the classic French chunky summer vegetable stew, rich with olive oil and fragrant with plenty of herbs. Serve over creamy polenta for the perfect summer dinner. Ratatouille – I LOVE this classic French stew made from eggplant, zucchini, peppers and tomatoes and summer is the prime time to make this easy vegan dinner with local produce. This sheet pan Ratatouille is indeed the perfect recipe to serve all those beautiful farmers’ market veggies that are popping up during the warm months! As we know, roasting veggies really boosts their flavor and brings out their natural sweetness so an oven baked ratatouille is seriously the best way to showcase summer vegetables! Its so easy, its healthy and it’s versatile. You can make a big batch of Baked Ratatouille on a Sunday, then serve it up in different ways during the workweek! I love serving my baked veggies over creamy polenta, but I also really like this served with pasta, mashed potatoes, and even over toast! Whether made on a sheet pan or a casserole dish, baked Ratatouille is so simple yet flavorful with those dried herbs – trust me, you wont tire of it. This simple casserole version takes only 15 minutes of prep work before the pan goes into the oven to roast. The only hands-on part of this recipe is chopping the eggplant, summer squash, zucchini, bell pepper, tomatoes, and onion. Then it gets all tossed with olive oil,  herbs, salt, and pepper and then roasted in the oven for about 45 minutes during which your house will start to smell incredible. Once done, you can either dig in right away or store your ratatouille in the fridge for the workweek. Or freeze it! MORE VEGGIE GOODNESS FROM THE BLOG, - Peanut Butter Roasted Cauliflower Bowl. GF - Spanish Rice, Taco Spice Roasted Cauliflower Bowl. GF - Shawarma Chickpeas, Sweet Potato Buddha Bowl  GF - Quinoa Cauliflower Bowl with almond Sriracha sauce GF - Chili Garlic Tofu Bowl with Vermicelli. GF Continue reading: Sheet Pan Ratatouille with PolentaThe post Sheet Pan Ratatouille with Polenta appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Spring Dinner Recipes

March 14 2021 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Spring Dinner RecipesAdd a healthy punch to your plate with these veggie-centric vegan spring dinner recipes! A recipe collection chock-full of lovely spring produce like leeks, spinach, asparagus or carrots! Make the most of spring’s abundance with these Vegan Spring Dinner Recipe Ideas! Let’s bring on spring produce! After a long winter, I simply cant wait to hit the farmer’s market and come home with a big wicker basket filled with spring’s best produce. Crisp green stalks of asparagus and bunches of fresh spinach, young potatoes, leeks, carrots – more than I can probably handle on my own, but I’m up for the challenge and I know my friends will love to try some of these spring dinner recipes, I already have on my to-make list! Want to join in? Let’s get our hands on those spring greens and get cooking! Here are some of my favorite veggie-tastic spring dinner recipes that are colorful, wholesome, and simply feel and taste like spring. Most of these are very easy to make and you will find both light spring cuisine as well as comforting recipes for those colder days. Artichokes Vegan Spinach Artichoke Pasta Bake You will love this delicious vegan spinach and artichoke pasta bake recipe. It's like having spinach and artichoke dip, but for dinner! TRY THIS RECIPE Artichoke Spinach Cauliflower Bean Burgers. Grill-able Vegan Veggie Burger Recipe. These Grill-able Aritchoke Spinach burgers are easy and great for summer. Use any favorite dressings or toppings. TRY THIS RECIPE Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe Easy 1 Pot Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe. Ready in 30 Minutes. This Creamy Cheesy artichoke dip is perfect for parties, picnics, game day. No Cream cheese or vegan cheese subs. Can be glutenfree, nutfree. Use a 9 inch skillet or stoneware dish to bake TRY THIS RECIPE   Asparagus Vegan Lemon Asparagus Pasta Vegan Lemon Asparagus Pasta - 30 mins! Creamy Lemon Alfredo style sauce with tofu with fettuccine and pan roasted garlic asparagus and more lemon. Vegan Nutfree Recipe. Can be Glutenfree. 17 gm of protein TRY THIS RECIPE Fettuccine with Tomato Cream Sauce and Asparagus Fettuccine with Tomato Cream Sauce and Asparagus. Easy tomato Cream sauce with pasta and garlic roasted Asparagus. Use other veggies of choice. Add some chickpea chorizo or smoked coconut for variation. Vegan Soyfree Recipe. Can be gluten-free with gf pasta. TRY THIS RECIPE Roasted Asparagus Basil Soup. Vegan Glutenfree Recipe This Roasted Asparagus Basil Soup is a simple soup with fresh asparagus, basil, dill, onions and cashews. Creamy, Vegan and Gluten-free Recipe TRY THIS RECIPE Chickpea Tofu Asparagus Curry Easy Asparagus Curry with Chickpea Tofu, Spinach, Indian Spices and tomato curry. Indian Vegan Gluten-free Soy-free Recipe. Serve with Rice or flat-bread. Asparagus Ki Geeli subzi TRY THIS RECIPE Bulgogi Roasted Spring Veggie Bowl Bulgogi Roasted Spring Veggie Bowl. Spicy, sweet Korean Gochugaru blend roasted Cauliflower Mushroom Asparagus Bowl. Vegan Gluten-free Nut-free Recipe TRY THIS RECIPE   Carrots Carrot Zucchini Chickpea Fritters Vegan Recipe Carrot Zucchini Chickpea Fritters Vegan Recipe. Eggless, nut-free, yeast-free. Can be made gluten-free. Cooked Chickpeas, shredded veggies and turkish spices. Makes 7 to 8 patties TRY THIS RECIPE Vegetable Carrot Fried Rice - Carrot Pilaf Vegetable Carrot Fried Rice with Indian spices. Carrot Veggie Brown Rice Pilaf. Colorful flavorful side for Easter or Holidays. Vegan Glutenfree Soyfree Recipe. Add more Peas or chickpeas to make this a full meal. TRY THIS RECIPE Peanut Butter Roasted Cauliflower and Carrot Salad Bowl Peanut Butter Cauliflower Bowl with Roasted Carrots. Cauliflower tossed in peanut butter sauce and roasted, carrots tossed in hot sauce and roasted. Vegan Recipe, Gluten-free option.   TRY THIS RECIPE   Radishes Fusilli with Broccoli and Basil pesto and Red radish Fusilli with Broccoli and Basil pesto is an easy and quick meat free meal, a great recipe after a long day at work TRY THIS RECIPE Roasted Cauliflower and Radish with Mustard, Nigella, and Fennel Seeds This recipe is super-easy and addictive. Fennel and nigella seeds give the vegetables an Indian pickle flavor profile. Roasted cauliflower is always a hit, and here you can try roasted radish as well. I like to use baby red radishes because they make the dish look so colorful. Serve this with Northeastern dals such as odia dal or cholar dal, and with spicy curries that use fennel seeds. (Recipe from http:/­­/­­www.amazon.com/­­gp/­­product/­­1941252095/­­vegric-20 Copyright (C) 2015 by Richa Hingle. TRY THIS RECIPE   Spring Cabbage Instant Pot Indian Cabbage and Peas (Patta Gobi Subzi) Instant Pot Indian Cabbage and Peas! Patta Gobi Ki Subzi This Cabbage Curry is made in a pressure cooker. Vegan Gluten-free Soy-free Nut-free Braised Cabbage Recipe. Stove top option in notes TRY THIS RECIPE Vegan Okonomiyaki - Cabbage Carrot Pancakes Vegan Okonomiyaki - Cabbage Carrot Pancakes. Japanese Okonomiyaki made vegan. Served with home made tonkatsu sauce.Makes 5 to 6 pancakes TRY THIS RECIPE   Avocado Avocado Pasta with Smoky Pecans Avocado Pasta with Smoky Pecans. This 20 Minute Creamy Avocado Basil Sauce is great over spaghetti or zoodles. Serve with smoky spicy pecans for amazing flavor.  Vegan Soyfree Recipe. Can be nutfree.  TRY THIS RECIPE Mediterranean Quinoa Salad with Arugula, Avocado Mediterranean Quinoa Salad with Arugula, Avocado and Lemon Oregano Olive oil dressing. The Mediterranean Lemon Garlic Dressing brightens up this Summery Quinoa Salad. Perfect to make ahead and serve at Picnics. Vegan Gluten-free, Nut-free Soy-free Recipe. TRY THIS RECIPE Spicy Avocado Chickpea Salad Sandwich Easy Smashed Avocado Chickpea Salad sandwich spiced with cumin and cayenne. Serve over soft fresh bread layered with greens and juicy tomatoes. TRY THIS RECIPE   Spinach Vegan Palak Tofu Paneer - Tofu in Spinach Sauce This Vegan Palak Tofu Paneer is the easiest and the tastiest dairy-free, gluten-free Saag Tofu. Tofu in Spinach Sauce. Can be made soy-free with chickpea tofu. Ready in 20 Minutes! TRY THIS RECIPE Cauliflower Chickpeas and Spinach in Mustard seed Curry Leaf Sauce This easy cauliflower chickpea and spinach saute features a fragrant Mustard Seed & Curry Leaf Sauce - an easy vegan meal that is ready in 30 minutes. Packed with healthy cauliflower, creamy chickpeas, and super food spinach in every bite TRY THIS RECIPE Garlic Potato Spinach Stir fry ( Lasooni Aloo Palak) Garlic Potato Spinach Stir fry - Lasooni Aloo Palak. Potato Spinach curry with garlic and Indian spices. Vegan Gluten-free Nut-free Soy-free Recipe TRY THIS RECIPE   Potatoes Gujarati Potatoes with Sesame Seeds - Bateta Nu Shaak Gujarati Potatoes with Sesame Seeds. Indian Spiced Potatoes with sesame seed and peanuts. Vegan Gluten-free Soy-free Indian Gujarati Recipe. Bateta Nu Shaak. TRY THIS RECIPE Potato Pesto Pizza - Vegan Pesto Pizza Easy Potato Pesto Pizza with Thin Crust. Basil Spinach Pesto makes for a refreshing Pizza base topping with thin potato slices, onion and garlic. Bake or make on the grill. Vegan Soyfree Recipe. TRY THIS RECIPE   I hope you found your favorite amongst my vegan spring dinner recipes! If you want to keep on browsing, here are more spring recipe round-ups that also include sweet treats: - Spring Recipes  - Vegan Easter Dinners - Mother’s Day Brunch Ideas    The post Vegan Spring Dinner Recipes appeared first on Vegan Richa.

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.

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.


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