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Vegan Pizza Bowl

yesterday 14:02 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Pizza BowlTry this fun easy meal prep recipe for Vegan Pizza Bowl with Quinoa, protein-packed Vegan Lentil Sausage Meat, fresh basil, roasted veggies, pizza sauce , cashew mozzarella sauce and healthy leafy greens. Gluten-free & soy-free option. These Pizza Bowls are the ideal meal prep lunch for pizza lovers. Savory lentil sausage mix, fluffy quinoa, pan-roasted bell peppers and mushrooms, greens, fresh basil , chopped fresh tomatoes,and big old dollops of pizza sauce and homemade cashew mozzarella sauce. This is the lunch bowl of my dreams and if you like all things tomato and cheese, you will be all over it. You can make all the components ahead and refrigerate. Then put them together as you like!l.  Make bowls, wraps, make a proper pizza, or add to pasta. You can mix and match! Use just the lentil sausage mix with pizza sauce for the pasta topped with some shredded vegan parm. Make quesadillas with the mushroom, peppers and cashew mozzarella and wraps with quinoa,basil, lentil mixture, any any of the roasted veggies. Dont forget to add some pizza sauce in the wrap! Or make a pizza using my vegan pizza dough. I am one of those people that loves pizza and could have it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And while I often resort to kneading a quick batch of my vegan pizza dough, I also try to curb those cravings in different ways. Because it’s all about balance and variety, right? I try to keep my pizza creations fun and interesting with recipes like pizza snack bites, pizza waffles, even pizza oatmeal! btw make those pizza waffles! Today I am adding some Vegan Pizza Bowls to my pizza lover collection and let me tell you, these are divine. All my favorite pizza toppings ( I like bell peppers and mushrooms) along with my favorite greens served over quinoa and lentil sausage meat! Why youll love this Vegan Pizza Bowl - Packed with protein – 16 gm per serving from various sources – quinoa, lentils, cashews, veggies. Sprinkle in some hemp seeds to boost that even more - who doesnt love pizza! - Many flavors and texture: I love the different textures going on here. Crisp, chewy, creamy, juicy. - Can be made ahead: make some components ahead so you can put together a quick meal when needed - Suitable for most diets- the bowl is Glutenfree. See recipe notes for soyfree Nutfree options - Everyday ingredients - Versatile components: use the various components to Make bowls, wraps, quesadilla, make a pizza, pasta. More vegan bowl recipes: - Chili Garlic Tofu Bowl - Peanut Butter Roasted Cauliflower Bowl - Quinoa Cauliflower Bowl with Almond Sriracha sauce - Sprouted Lentil Bowl with Cajun Spied Sweet Potatoes - Turmeric Cauliflower Rice Bowl with Moroccan Spice Chickpeas Continue reading: Vegan Pizza BowlThe post Vegan Pizza Bowl appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Peanut Lime Tempeh Wingz

January 23 2022 Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Peanut Lime Tempeh Wingz Makes 16 wings It’s wing season! Any vegan ingredient I look at becomes a wing in my mind. Tempeh wings are magical not just because theyre so yummy, but also because breading isnt necessary! They crisp up nicely when shallow fried all on their own, then just need to be smothered in sauce. If I were a wing sommelier, I would have a lot to say about the combination of tempeh and peanuts. Something like tempehs funky and nutty flavor is contrasted yet enhanced by this sweet, tangy, surprisingly savory peanut sauce. This recipe comes together quickly, in about 30 minutes; while the tempeh wings are cooking, the sauce comes together in the blender and then you’re at the finish line. Recipe notes: ~If I were to serve these in a restaurant, I would shallow fry in cast iron. However, on a weeknight, if I have no one to impress, tempeh is a prime candidate for air frying. You should still, coat them with a little coconut first to crisp the edges and and sprinkle with a little salt to enhance the flavor. About 15 minutes on medium should do it! Ingredients 16 oz tempeh (2 8-oz blocks) 3 tablespoons refined coconut oil, and more as needed 1 teaspoon salt For the peanut sauce: 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil  3 cloves garlic, minced 1/­­2 cup warm water, plus more to thin 1/­­2 cup natural peanut butter 1/­­4 cup fresh lime juice 2 tablespoons tamari 2 tablespoons sriracha 3 tablespoons agave 1/­­2 teaspoon salt  To serve: Extra sriracha for drizzling to taste (optional) 1 cup thin sliced radishes 1/­­2 cup roasted salted peanuts, chopped Fresh cilantro sprigs Lime wedges Directions  Cut each tempeh block into 8 triangles. The best way to do this is cut it in half widthwise, then cut those halves in half widthwise. Now youll have 4 stout rectangles. Cut each rectangle corner to corner to form the triangles.  Preheat a cast iron pan over medium high heat. Sprinkle 1/­­4 teaspoon salt into the pan, followed by about 3 tablespoons of coconut oil, or enough to form a thin layer.  Place tempeh triangles in the oil. Let fry for about 5 minutes, until nicely crisped. Place a little coconut oil, about a teaspoon, on the top side of each tempeh wing. Sprinkle with the remaining salt, flip and cook for 5 more minutes Make the sauce by blending all sauce ingredients in a small blender until completely smooth.  Transfer peanut sauce to a large mixing bowl.  While the wings are still hot, place them in the sauce and use tongs to toss until fully coated.  Place radishes artfully on a serving tray. Transfer wings to the tray. Drizzle on any remaining sauce from the bowl. Drizzle with sriracha, sprinkle on peanuts, and top with cilantro sprigs. Serve with lime wedges for squeezing. 

Moong Dal Halwa (vegan)

January 21 2022 Manjula's kitchen 

Moong Dal Halwa (vegan) (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Print Moong Dal Halwa (vegan) #wprm-recipe-user-rating-0 .wprm-rating-star.wprm-rating-star-full svg * { fill: #343434; }#wprm-recipe-user-rating-0 .wprm-rating-star.wprm-rating-star-33 svg * { fill: url(#wprm-recipe-user-rating-0-33); }#wprm-recipe-user-rating-0 .wprm-rating-star.wprm-rating-star-50 svg * { fill: url(#wprm-recipe-user-rating-0-50); }#wprm-recipe-user-rating-0 .wprm-rating-star.wprm-rating-star-66 svg * { fill: url(#wprm-recipe-user-rating-0-66); }linearGradient#wprm-recipe-user-rating-0-33 stop { stop-color: #343434; }linearGradient#wprm-recipe-user-rating-0-50 stop { stop-color: #343434; }linearGradient#wprm-recipe-user-rating-0-66 stop { stop-color: #343434; } Moong Dal Halwa is a delicious and festive sweet from North India. It is a rich, creamy pudding-like dessert. I like Moong Dal Halwa, but it is a long process and for me stirring the halwa was becoming difficult. While trying to make the process easy I also decided to make it vegan. I was happily surprised by the result. This is a must to try the recipe. This recipe will serve 4. Course Dessert Cuisine Indian Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 15 minutes Total Time 20 minutes Servings 4 people Ingredients 1/­­2 cup split yellow Moong dal washed 1/­­4 cup grapeseed oil is my preferred oil 1/­­2 cup sugar 1/­­8 tsp cardamom powder few strands saffron optional 2 1/­­2 cups water For Garnishing2 tsp sliced almonds InstructionsClean the moong dal rubbing with a moist towel. Boil water and sugar in a pan over medium heat, for about 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Add cardamom powder and saffron set aside. In a heavy bottom frying pan, roast moong dal over medium-low heat. Keep stir-frying till it’s light brown in color and becomes aromatic. Make sure to cook on low heat otherwise dal will not be toasted inside. This will take about 8 minutes. Remove from heat and let it cool to room temperature. Once dal comes to room temperature, grind it to a powder lightly grainy. In a heavy bottom frying pan, add oil and roasted moong dal powder, mix it well, and again roast over medium low heat for about 3 minutes. Dal will become dark in brown. Notes: After adding the syrup color will become a little lighter. Add syrup to the dal, a little at a time. The syrup will splatter as you are adding syrup, keep stirring and mix it well, cook for 2-3 minutes. Halwa should be the texture of soft sticky dough. Serve the halwa warm. NotesIf you are not vegan and want to use clarified butter (ghee), replace the oil with 1/­­3 cup of ghee rest of the recipe remains the same. I have tried many different oils and vegan butter, but I prefer grape seed oil. It has become a preferred oil to make any vegan dessert. For making the halwa, traditional way is a long process and requires lots of work from the hands. For me, stirring the halwa was becoming difficult. You must soak dal for a few hours and grind it to a smooth paste. Then, cook over low heat with ghee, stirring continuously for about 40 minutes. The whole process not including soaking dal takes about one hour. If you enjoy Indian sweets and you are on the dairy-free diet you should also try: - Vegan Rice Kheer (Payasam) - Vegan Jello (Gelatin Free Jello) - Apple Coconut Barfi - Vegan Chocolate Pudding The post Moong Dal Halwa (vegan) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

25 Best Vegan Iron Rich Recipes

January 18 2022 Vegan Richa 

25 Best Vegan Iron Rich RecipesLearn all about iron-rich vegan foods and how to incorporate them into a real-world, everyday meals for optimal absorption in this round-up of delicious iron-rich recipes.  Iron deficiency is quite a common nutrient deficiency in the world and affects vegans and omnivores alike. The good news is that you can get all the iron your body needs from Plants. When we think about iron, our minds wander to red meat etc. But there are lots of plant-based foods containing good amounts of this essential mineral as well. Iron Absorption Now, one thing is choosing iron-rich foods. The other thing is making sure your body can absorb that iron.  You can enhance your body’s absorption of iron by drinking citrus juice or eating or adding other foods rich in vitamin C at the same time that you eat high-iron foods. Another little trick: Use a cast-iron skillet. Cooking in a cast iron skillet can add significant amounts of iron to your food and into your body. It’s often really surprising foods that contain a lot of iron. Like Blackstrap molasses 1 tablespoon of blackstrap molasses has 3.6 mg. You can add molasses to vegan baked beans, any baked oatmeal recipe, or add some to salad dressings. Mix and match lentils and beans or beans and spinach to make an iron packed meal. If your readings are consistently low even after eating thoughtfully, consult your doctor about it. People can have absorption issues and will need supplementation even with an iron-rich diet. For high protein options, check this collection! Without further ado, here are some hearty vegan meals to try that combine iron-rich foods with ingredients that help to absorb it well. Best Vegan Recipes using Iron rich foods Lentils 1 cup of lentils has 6.6 mg iron. Paired with other iron sources such as spinach, tomatoes and that bit of lemon for the vitamin c that helps iron absorption and you are all set. Lentils are so easy to incorporate into your everyday like. Try them in lentil soups, tacos, pasta sauce, and even brownies Vegan Stuffed Butternut Squash with Lentil Apple Filling Vegan Stuffed Butternut Squash with Lentil & Apple filling is a hearty and satisfying plant-based main course for any winter dinner and makes for a showstopping holiday meal! Easy to make ahead of time! TRY THIS RECIPE Vegan Red Lentil Sweet Potato Curry This creamy Thai inspired Vegan Red Lentil Sweet Potato Curry features healthy coconut milk and plenty of veggies. It's all made in just one pot, gluten-free and perfect as a quick weeknight dinner! TRY THIS RECIPE Instant Pot Vegan Lentil Sloppy Joes Instant Pot Vegan Lentil Sloppy Joes! 1 Pot, 30 min, freezer friendly tangy flavorful sloppy lentils. Serve in sandwiches with slaw or over tater tots or baked potato. Vegan Glutenfree Soyfree Nutfree Recipe TRY THIS RECIPE Lentil Curry Casserole Make this easy Vegan Curry Lentil Casserole whenever that craving for restaurant-style creamy Indian lentil dishes hits. Brown lentils simmered in a fragrant coconut curry broth, served over rice! So easy, so delicious. Gluten-free, too.  TRY THIS RECIPE Lentil Bolognese With Spaghetti This Lentil Bolognese Sauce is hearty with Red lentils and Mushrooms, flavors with herbs, sauce and great with Spaghetti or other pasta.  22 Gm of Protein. Vegan Soyfree Nutfree Recipe. Can be gluten-free with glutenfree pasta TRY THIS RECIPE Vegan Lentil Quinoa Loaf This Lentil Quinoa Loaf with a Spicy Ketchup glaze is nut-free, vegan and can be made gluten-free. Perfect addition to a holiday meal. Makes 1 loaf, serves 3 to 4 TRY THIS RECIPE Turmeric Lentil Fritters Tomato Bowl with Tahini Dill Sauce Turmeric Lentil Fritters Tomato Greens Bowl with Tahini Dill Sauce. Baked Seedy Golden Lentil fritters with greens, tomatoes and a tahini sauce make an easy Lunch bowl. Vegan Nut-free Soy-free Recipe. Easily Glutenfree. Makes 16 to 18 fritters TRY THIS RECIPE Vegan Enchiladas Recipe with Lentils and Black Beans Vegan Enchiladas Recipe. Easy Enchilada Recipe with Blender Enchilada Sauce, soft tortillas filled with black beans, spinach and lentils. Vegan Soy-free Recipe. Can be Gluten-free. Ready within 1 Hour. Makes 1 rectangular pan (8 by 12). (Pictured in 9 by 9 pan. You might have some leftover filling and sauce depending on how many tortillas you fit in). . TRY THIS RECIPE     Tofu High in protein and iron – 4 oz has 6.4 mg. Tofu paired with greens or beans makes for a satisfying and nutritious meal Sheet Pan Veggie Dinner with Broccoli, Sweet Potato, Tofu, Chickpeas & Miso Maple Dressing Sheet Pan Veggie Dinner with Broccoli, Sweet Potato, Tofu, Chickpeas, Sunflower seeds dressed with Miso Maple Dressing. Vegan Glutenfree Nutfree Recipe. Can be soyfree with chickpea miso. 23 gm of Protein! TRY THIS RECIPE Malai Tofu ( Vegan Malai Paneer) Malai Tofu - a simple Indian weeknight curry with tofu in a thick spiced tomato coconut milk sauce. Serve with naan and/­­or rice for a delicious plant-based dinner. Soy-free option included. TRY THIS RECIPE Vegan Creamy Cajun Pasta with Breaded tofu. Vegan Creamy Cajun Pasta with Crisp Breaded tofu. Nut-free Creamy Cajun Spice Sauce with Farfalle and Breaded Tofu. Vegan Nut-free Recipe. Soy-free option. Easily oil-free TRY THIS RECIPE Vegan Gluten free Zucchini Lasagna with Tofu Ricotta Vegan Gluten free Zucchini Lasagna with creamy Tofu Herb Ricotta and Red Lentils! Grain-free, can be nut-free. 15 G of Protein. Can be made ahead. Makes a 9 by 9 inch baking dish. TRY THIS RECIPE Vegan Tofu Katsu Curry Curb your Japanese take-out cravings with this easy homemade vegan tofu katsu curry recipe! Crispy panko breaded tofu in a creamy mildly spiced curry sauce. Nutfree, GF option soyfree option TRY THIS RECIPE     Spinach Spinach is another excellent source of iron. 1 cup has 6.4 mg. Spinach in combination with chickpeas, lentils or tofu makes for an iron rich meal. Spicy Tofu Spinach Stir fry (15 Minute 1 Pan) An easy Spicy Spinach Tofu Stir-fry that can be made in 1 pot within 15 minutes. This recipe is a lifesaver come dinnertime. weeknight Indian spiced Tofu Spinach curry with almost no chopping! Gluten-free, Nut-free, soy-free option.  TRY THIS RECIPE 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 Chickpea Spinach Pie with Berbere Spice Chickpea Spinach Pie with Berbere Spice. Easy Chickpea Spinach Pastry for holidays and company with vegan puff pastry. Use spices or blends of choice. Use lentils for variation. Vegan Soy-free Nut-free Recipe.  TRY THIS RECIPE Chickpea Lentil Quinoa Spinach Stew This chickpea Lentil Quinoa Spinach Stew is easy, filing, full of protein and delicious. Free of dairy, egg, corn, soy, gluten TRY THIS RECIPE     Chickpeas and Kidney Beans Great sources of iron and you can easily combine them. 1 cup of chickpeas has 3.6 mg 1 cup kidney beans has 5.2 mg Instant Pot Vegan Chili - Oil-free Kidney Bean Red Lentil Chili Instant Pot Vegan Chili - Oil-free Kidney Bean Red Lentil Chili. Easy Flavorful Pressure Cooker Vegetarian Chili. Vegan Glutenfree Nutfree Soyfree Recipe. Saucepan Option TRY THIS RECIPE Vegan Coconut & Peanut Stew with Kidney Beans This deliciously creamy and rich coconut-based Vegan Peanut Stew makes for a warm and comforting easy weeknight meal thats super quick and simple to make using just one pot. Packed with healthy vegetables and plant-based protein from kidney beans and peanut butter! Gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free and plant-based!  Serve over rice  TRY THIS RECIPE Baked Chickpea Sweet Potato Curry Vegan Baked Chickpea Sweet Potato Curry - a one-pot wonder made in one casserole dish. So easy to make, so perfect for a quick weeknight dinner. No standing around and sautéing needed. Glutenfree, soy-free, nut-free option. TRY THIS RECIPE Buffalo Chickpea Salad Sandwich This Buffalo Chickpea Salad Sandwich is the ultimate vegan lunch sandwich with a spicy chickpea salad that has all the flavors of buffalo wings! 100% plant-based perfect for a summer picnic or as an office lunch! TRY THIS RECIPE Jalapeno Popper Chickpea Salad Sandwich This Jalapeno Popper Chickpea Salad Sandwich recipe combines two favorites into a new exciting lunch sandwich! Protein-rich chickpeas and veggies tossed with a creamy tofu based jalape?o popper dip, with a bit of a kick thanks to both pickled and fresh jalapenos!  Soyfree option Glutenfree option TRY THIS RECIPE Chickpea Veggie Loaf - Vegan Meatloaf Recipe Chickpea Veggie Loaf with spices and a spicy bbq glaze. Chickpea Cannellini bean Veggie meat loaf for Thanksgiving and the holidays. Easy and delicious. Vegan Recipe. Makes 1 loaf. I use 9 by 5 inch pan, Nut-free, Soy-free, Can be gluten-free TRY THIS RECIPE Ethiopian Berbere Chickpea Pizza Recipe with Tahini Garlic Dressing Ethiopian Berbere Chickpea Pizza with Tahini Garlic Dressing. Amazingly flavorful pizza. Dress with tahini dressing, vegan ranch or other creamy dressing. Vegan Soyfree Nut-free Recipe. Gluten-free Crust option.. Makes 1 large pizza TRY THIS RECIPE   Beans and soycurls Most beans are good sources of iron. Combination of beans with other beans or lentils, or soycurls adds a boost of iron to the meal. Soycurls with cashews which are also a good source of iron adds up! Skillet Enchiladas with Soy Curls Everyone will love these unconventional vegan skillet enchiladas made in one skillet with soy curls, black beans, sauteed veggies, queso, and crunchy tortilla chips. Garnish with your favorite Mexican toppings like cilantro, vegan shredded cheese, and avocado. A great recipe for 5 de Mayo TRY THIS RECIPE Dragon Chicken Soycurls (Indo-Chinese Recipe) Dragon Chicken Soycurls  - a vegan twist on Indo-Chinese restaurant classic. Soycurls are Marinated and baked then tossed in a fiery spicy sweet cashew pepper sauce. Glutenfree. TRY THIS RECIPE Hemp Seeds and Chia Seeds Add some iron to your favorite bowls and breakfast treats. 3 tablespoons have 2.5 mg Seedy Chocolate No Bake Granola Bars Seedy Chocolate No Bake Granola Bars with candied ginger and gingerbread spices. These bars filled will nuts and seeds make a tasty snack. substitute nuts with more seeds to make them nut-free. Vegan Gluten-free Recipe. Easily made into protein bars. Makes 10 to 12 bars TRY THIS RECIPE

Best Easy Vegan Recipes of 2021

December 31 2021 Vegan Richa 

Best Easy Vegan Recipes of 2021The best easy vegan recipes of 2021 from breakfast to dinner. These reader favorites are so good you’ll be making them in 2022 and beyond. It’s a wrap – the best recipes of 2021 are in.  From tofu wings to teriyaki fried rice down to hot & sour ramen soup, these are the best recipes I have shared this year. Trust me, these recipes are so good you’ll be making them in 2022 and beyond. This recipe roundup includes many modern vegan takes on classic dishes, like my skillet lasagna or my apple pie baked oatmeal. Delish recipes that everyone will love, whether you are in your 20s or 50s. Now is the time to mix up your old routine and add a variety of new foods and recipes and maybe even incorporate some different cooking techniques. Cooking at home is healthier but also more affordable than ordering take-out and you may even discover a new favorite dish. Youve got this in 2022! Pick an unknown recipe from this collection of vegan favorites and start preparing a delicious plant-based meal! What were your favorites from the blog ! Best Easy Vegan Recipes of 2021 Restaurant Style Aloo Gobi An easy healthy spin on restaurant-style aloo gobi that has all the flavor of the authentic Indian potato and cauliflower curry we love ordering at our favorite takeaway but is way lower in fat.  TRY THIS RECIPE Lentil Curry Casserole Make this easy Vegan Curry Lentil Casserole whenever that craving for restaurant-style creamy Indian lentil dishes hits. Brown lentils simmered in a fragrant coconut curry broth, served over rice! So easy, so delicious. Gluten-free, too.  TRY THIS RECIPE French Onion Skillet Lasagna Vegan French Onion Skillet Lasagna - thats sweet and savory caramelized onion, spinach, and vegan bechamel cooked on the stove alongside lasagna sheet pasta! No baking required! An easy one-skillet dinner your family will love! TRY THIS RECIPE Pakora Waffles - Savory Chickpea Flour Waffles Pakora Chickpea Flour Waffles are a fun savory vegan breakfast treat or snack! Veggie Pakora fritters are a staple at most Indian restaurants and now you can have them for breakfast - unfried! Gluten-free too! Soyfree Nutfree. Makes 8-9 mini waffles or 4-5 regular size TRY THIS RECIPE Vegan Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal This easy Vegan Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal features a layer of baked oatmeal with crunchy nuts, chia seeds, and warming spices topped with delicious homemade apple pie filling.  Plenty of cinnamon, and some maple syrup for sweetness - this baked oatmeal is perfect for a cozy morning TRY THIS RECIPE Vegan Firecracker Tofu Wings Sweet and Spicy Crispy Baked Firecracker Tofu Wings - an addictive vegan appetizer that will leave you wanting more. This is a super easy and delicious Asian-inspired tofu recipe that's perfect for Game Day, parties, movie night, or any occasion that calls for crowd-pleasing snacks. TRY THIS RECIPE Baked Onion Pakora/­­ bhajji These Baked Pakora are every bit as crispy and delicious as restaurant-style Onion bhajis just baked instead of fried! Make them as an appetizer for an Indian dinner or as a party or TV snack. TRY THIS RECIPE Vegan Instant Pot Teriyaki Fried Rice This Vegan Instant Pot Teriyaki Fried rice is packed with colorful veggies, sesame seeds and a sweet and salty teriyaki sauce. It makes a delicious Asian one-pot dinner! An easy Japanese restaurant-style fried rice that is ready in 20 minutes making it family-friendly for busy weeknight dinners. TRY THIS RECIPE Vegan Caramelized Onion Butternut Squash Lasagna This Vegan Butternut Squash Lasagna with Caramelized Onions and Spinach features a creamy tofu cashew bechamel sauce and lots of melted vegan cheese. A vegan lasagna recipe perfect for feeding a crowd during the fall holidays. Soyfree option Nutfree option TRY THIS RECIPE Vegan Spinach Alfredo Skillet Lasagna Vegan Spinach Alfredo Skillet lasagna makes the perfect weeknight dinner ! An easy vegan pasta recipe that is family-friendly, uses just 1 skillet, and is ready to eat in about 45 minutes! TRY THIS RECIPE Vegan Stuffed Butternut Squash with Lentil Apple Filling Vegan Stuffed Butternut Squash with Lentil & Apple filling is a hearty and satisfying plant-based main course for any winter dinner and makes for a showstopping holiday meal! Easy to make ahead of time! TRY THIS RECIPE Vegetable Balti This easy Vegetable Balti is a really delicious way to get the family to eat healthy veggies like bell pepper and cauliflower, as the Balti Spices add a fantastic Indian flavor to them. 1 Pan, Baked Balti Casserole. A wonderfully rich and hearty Indian Balti sauce that is packed with veggie vitamins . Glutenfree Soyfree and Nutfree. TRY THIS RECIPE Mushroom Stroganoff This Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff recipe is packed with earthy flavor and umami from mushrooms and so creamy you wont believe its dairy-free. Made in just 1 skillet! Paired with pasta or mashed potatoes, its the ultimate vegan comfort food. TRY THIS RECIPE Baked Vegan General Tso Cauliflower You will love this Baked Vegan General Tso Cauliflower  - it is so quick and easy to prepare even on a weeknight and the flavor is better than anything from a Chinese restaurant or take-out joint!  TRY THIS RECIPE Vegan Almond Burfi Keep this vegan almond burfi recipe at hand for whenever you need an easy yet special treat for the holidays! This 4 ingredient Indian Almond Fudge is totally fool-proof to make within minites and makes for a great gift too. Gluten-free, soy-free.  TRY THIS RECIPE Vegan Eggs Benedict Casserole This Vegan Egg Breakfast Casserole is loaded with veggie goodness baked in one pan along with an easy vegan "egg" sauce made from tofu. Mushrooms add a touch of earthy flavor and savoriness to this vegan breakfast casserole. TRY THIS RECIPE Easy Vegan Almond Flour Crust This easy Vegan Almond Flour Pie Crust is naturally gluten-free, grain-free, refined sugar-free and dairy-free, and made with just a few simple ingredients. No chilling needed! No shortening. The perfect healthy pie crust for practically any pie or tart! Allergen Information: Free of Dairy, egg, corn, soy, gluten, grain. TRY THIS RECIPE Vegan Butter Chicken Lasagna Bake Vegan Butter Chicken Lasagna Bake - an easy Indian Italian Fusion recipe the whole family will love! This easy vegan lasagna bake is made in one pan with simple pantry ingredients. Can be made in the skillet, too. TRY THIS RECIPE Baked Veggie Curry Casserole Up your weeknight dinner casserole with this easy vegan vegetable curry casserole loaded with Indian spices and creamy tomato gravy! All in 1 dish! TRY THIS RECIPE Vegan Hot and Sour Soup with Ramen For a hearty Indo-Chinese meal full of veggies and tofu try my Vegan Hot and Sour Soup with Ramen! The perfect Asian-inspired comfort food thats ready in under 30 minutes! 1 Pot No added Oil! TRY THIS RECIPE   For more recipe round-ups, check out my Vegan Spring Dinner Recipes or my for65 Beginner recipes for veganuary! The post Best Easy Vegan Recipes of 2021 appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Date Nut Cookie Mix in a Jar

December 13 2021 Vegan Richa 

Date Nut Cookie Mix in a JarIf youre short on time but want to give handmade gifts for the holidays, this date nut cookie mix in a jar is a snap to make. Can also be turned into a cake mix. This homemade date nut cookie mix in a mason jar makes a great holiday gift, hostess gift or party gift for New Year’s Eve. It takes less than 5 minutes to throw together and costs less than $5! Everyone loves a good homemade cookie, and this date nut cookie mix with pistachios is more interesting than a simple chocolate chip cookie. Oh, and you can easily make this mix into a date nut cake! Who doesn’t like a homemade multipurpose gift from the kitchen and this one is definitely gonna be a hit as this jar mix makes it so easy to get freshly baked holiday cookies ASAP! Canning jars are a very cute option here, but you dont need to go out and buy new jars to make cookie mix. As youre not actually sealing the ingredients in the jar, this is a great opportunity to repurpose random glass jars you have in your pantry. As long as they have a volume of one quart, these cookies in a jar will fit.   The recipe is pretty adaptable. Use any nuts you like. If you’re not huge on dates, add in some cranberries or raisins.   MORE COOKIE RECIPES: - Chocolate Tahini Cookies GF - Cinnamon Roll Cookies - Best Palm oil free Chocolate chip cookies - Pistachio Cookies - Lemon Chia Cookies - GF molasses cookies  - Ginger Tahini Cookies  Continue reading: Date Nut Cookie Mix in a JarThe post Date Nut Cookie Mix in a Jar appeared first on Vegan Richa.

35 Vegan Christmas Breakfast and Brunch Ideas

December 9 2021 Vegan Richa 

35 Vegan Christmas Breakfast and Brunch IdeasHoliday Breakfasts can be elaborate and can also be fun to do with the entire family. Here are some options for you whether you want simple breakfasts like pancakes and scrambles, large batch breakfasts like sheet pan pancakes, coffee cake and cinnamon rolls, savory brunches like frittatas and quiches and on the go options like muffins and bars to pack up while doing outdoor activities with fam! Check out many allergy friendly options for vegan Christmas breakfast and brunches below. Vegan Christmas Breakfast and Brunch Ideas Pancakes and Waffles Fresh warm fluffy pancakes and crisp waffles are everyones faves. Whether you like classic pancakes or cinnamon roll pancakes, simple chocolate oat waffles or savory Pizza waffles! Vegan Sheet Pan Pancakes These Vegan Sheet Pan Pancakes are baked instead of pan-fried making this pancake recipe perfect for feeding a crowd. TRY THIS RECIPE Vegan Banana Oat Pancakes (Gluten-free) These Vegan Banana Oat Pancakes need just 7 ingredients and a blender. Gluten-free, satisfying and delicious Banana Oatmeal Pancakes! Vegan Breakfast Soy-free Recipe. TRY THIS RECIPE Vegan Carrot Cake Pancakes These Carrot Cake pancakes are almost a Carrot Cake with roasted carrots, walnuts and loads of spices. Layered with a vegan yogurt frosting. Free of Dairy, egg, corn, soy. can be made gluten-free TRY THIS RECIPE Cinnamon Roll Pancakes These Vegan Cinnamon Roll Pancakes use my multi-grain pancake mix. Delicious breakfast with With swirls of cinnamon sugar. gluten-free option TRY THIS RECIPE Vegan Chickpea flour Pancakes - Besan Chilla This is my Moms chilla recipe. It is also known as pudla. The classic Indian pancake made with chickpea flour is a popular breakfast in North India. These chillas in the simplest form are easy and perfect for breakfast, a snack, or a side flatbread. For a veggie omelet version, add less water for a thicker batter and add leavening such as baking powder and some kala namak for eggy taste. Add finely chopped vegetables such as zucchini. (Recipe from Vegan Richas Indian KitchenCopyright (C) 2015 by Richa Hingle. Used by permission Vegan Heritage Press, LLC.) TRY THIS RECIPE Pakora Waffles - Savory Chickpea Flour Waffles Pakora Chickpea Flour Waffles are a fun savory vegan breakfast treat or snack! Veggie Pakora fritters are a staple at most Indian restaurants and now you can have them for breakfast - unfried! Gluten-free too! Soyfree Nutfree. Makes 8-9 mini waffles or 4-5 regular size TRY THIS RECIPE Vegan Pizza Waffles Vegan Pizza Waffles stuffed with bell peppers, mushrooms and mozzarella are a must-try for all pizza lovers and everyone craving pizza for breakfast! Perfectly cheesy yet light and crispy and with pizza sauce and favorite pizza toppings. No nuts! Makes 10-11 mini waffles and 4-5 regular size waffles TRY THIS RECIPE Indian Spiced Vegan Potato Quinoa Waffles These easy Indian Spiced Vegan Potato Quinoa Waffles are inspired by my favorite Indian potato snack, Aloo Tikki! The quinoa adds nutrition and texture making them a savory brunch treat that is wonderfully filling! Makes 8-10 mini waffles TRY THIS RECIPE Oatmeal chocolate chip waffles or oatmeal raisin waffles Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Waffles are a great homemade sweet breakfast or brunch recipe you will love. You can even make them ahead for busy mornings and enjoy by just popping them in the toaster! TRY THIS RECIPE Glutenfree Lemon Blueberry Waffles These easy vegan gluten-free Lemon Blueberry Waffles are crispy on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside and perfect for brunch or breakfast! Super simple to make in one bowl. Makes 6 mini or 3 regular waffles TRY THIS RECIPE Easy Vegan Waffles (1 Bowl) Easy Vegan Waffles! Crispy, Delicious, waffles for Everyday Breakfast. 1 Bowl. Serve with fruits and favorite toppings. Vegan Waffle Recipe. Soy-free Nut-free option. Freezer friendly. Makes 3-4 regular size and 6-7 mini waffles TRY THIS RECIPE   Savory brunches I love savory breakfast meals and these quiches, egg casseroles and chilaqulies are frequent repeats Vegan Quiche Recipe This easy Vegan Quiche Recipe features an almond flour pastry and cheesy, savory tofu filling with sauteed mushrooms, leeks, sun-dried tomatoes and spinach! Perfect for brunch! Gluten-free option. Oil-free option TRY THIS RECIPE Chickpea Flour Frittata - Vegan Frittata Recipe Chickpea Flour Frittata - Eggless Vegan Frittata Recipe. This Chickpea flour Vegetable frittata is filling, easy and delicious. Use the batter to make pancakes, crepes, crustless quiche. Vegan Glutenfree Soyfree Recipe Nutfree option TRY THIS RECIPE Vegan Mexican Egg Casserole with Tofu Eggs This Vegan Mexican Egg casserole gets a delicious Mexican flair with layers of roasted potatoes, onion and bell peppers, spinach, tomatoes, cheese, and fluffy tofu eggs seasoned with taco spice.  You while family will gobble this easy brunch recipe up! Nut-free + gluten-free option. TRY THIS RECIPE Vegan Tofu Eggs in Purgatory Change up your morning routine with this vegan eggs in purgatory recipe. Quick homemade tofu eggs simmered up in the fiery, garlicky, chunky Italian tomato sauce! Serve with crusty bread for an amazing savory brunch or breakfast. TRY THIS RECIPE Vegan Eggs Benedict Casserole This Vegan Egg Breakfast Casserole is loaded with veggie goodness baked in one pan along with an easy vegan "egg" sauce made from tofu. Mushrooms add a touch of earthy flavor and savoriness to this vegan breakfast casserole. TRY THIS RECIPE Vegan Chilaquiles with Chickpeas Recipe Vegan Chilaquiles with spiced Chickpeas. Spiced Chickpeas and crisped tortilla with easy red sauce. Easy Chilaquiles Recipe. Nut-free, soy-free. can be gluten-free with gluten0free chips or tortillas. TRY THIS RECIPE Vegan Omelet with Mung Bean Egg Substitute Vegan Omelet with Delicious Breakfast Potatoes. Mung Bean egg mixture makes a great soy-free egg substitute. Easy Moong Dal Batter for omelets or savory pancakes. No Chickpea flour! Vegan Gluten-free Grain-free soy-free Recipe Nut-free option. TRY THIS RECIPE Easy Scramble Seasoning Mix and the Best Ever Tofu Scramble Easy and versatile Tofu scramble seasoning Recipea and The best vegan tofu scramble that is fluffy yet creamy and tastes just like eggs thanks to my secret scramble seasoning. Gluten-free.    TRY THIS RECIPE     Classics and large batch A large batch of Cinnamon rolls or a lemon blueberry loaf or a marbled banana bread or Some freshly baked scones! always popular 1 Hour Cinnamon Rolls with Aquafaba Easy Homemade 1 hour Cinnamon Rolls. 1 Bowl Aquafaba Cinnamon Rolls! Vegan Cinnamon Rolls with Cashew cream frosting. Ready in 60 minutes. How to make cinnamon rolls. Vegan Soy-free Palm Oil free Breakfast Recipe. Makes 1 8 by 8 inch brownie pan or 9 inch pie pan. serves 6 to 9 TRY THIS RECIPE No Yeast Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls Vegan These easy no yeast vegan cinnamon rolls feature sweet potato puree which makes them the most flavorful and soft homemade vegan cinnamon buns youll ever make.  No dough-punching & no long wait for the dough to rise to make these Vegan sweet potato cinnamon rolls! TRY THIS RECIPE Vegan Apple Cinnamon Scones (No Oil, Low Fat) Vegan Apple Cinnamon Scones! Crisp Apple Scones with No added refined oil and No Coconut milk! Lower fat delicious Apple Pie Scones. Vegan Soy-free Oil-free Recipe. Can be nut-free TRY THIS RECIPE Vegan Coffee Cake Recipe Cinnamon Streusel Cake Easy Vegan Coffee Cake Recipe. Simple soft Vanilla Cake topped with a delicious Streusel. Classic Cinnamon Streusel Coffee cake. Vegan soyfree nutfree Recipe. Glutenfree option.Makes One 8 by 8 inch pan or use 9 by 9 inch brownie pan TRY THIS RECIPE Vegan Pear Upside Down Cake Pear Upside Down Cake. This amazing Vegan Upside Down Cake needs just 1 Bowl and 40 mins. Use other fruits for variation. Vegan Nutfree Soyfree Recipe. GF option Makes 8 or 9 inch cake pan TRY THIS RECIPE Vegan Churro Scones No Oil (Vegan Cinnamon Scones) These Vegan Churro Scones need just 1 Bowl, 8 Ingredients and have No Added Oil! Crisp Vegan Cinnamon Scones for breakfast or Dessert. Vegan Soyfree Recipe Nutfree option Glutenfree option TRY THIS RECIPE Date Nut Cake This easy vegan date nut cake is moist, fluffy, and packed with chewy dates and crunchy pecans and walnuts! So simple to make and the perfect sweet treat to bring to a potluck or bake sale. Gluten-free option.  TRY THIS RECIPE Vegan Blueberry Muffins with Streusel Easy Vegan Blueberry Muffins with Streusel. These Blueberry Streusel Muffins are soft , tall, and berrylicious. The batter needs just 1 Bowl. Vegan Soyfree Recipe. Can be made without nuts, Gluten-free option. TRY THIS RECIPE Lemon Coconut Chia Muffins Lemon Coconut Chia Muffins. Zesty Muffins with Lemon, chia seeds, coconut and Turmeric. 1 bowl 30 minute muffins. Vegan Soy-free Nut-free Oil-free Recipe. Makes 10 to 12 muffins TRY THIS RECIPE

Vegan Glutenfree Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

December 2 2021 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Glutenfree Chocolate Thumbprint CookiesVegan Gluten free Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies are the perfect addition to your holiday cookie platter. Made with almond flour, sweetened with maple syrup, and filled with smooth chocolate, these cookies arent too sweet and have an addictive texture. Grain-free option included. Thumbprint cookies are super popular around the holidays, but really, they make a delicious snack all year round. While most thumbprint cookies are made with jam, these feature a smooth Fudgy chocolate center and are especially good with coffee. What else is special about these? They are gluten-free, made with a blend of almond flour, oat flour and tapioca starch. I have a few vegan thumbprint cookie recipes on the blog (did you see my pb&j thumbprint cookies),  but these have the potential to be my new favorite ones.  What I love about these is that they arent too sweet and have the perfect ratio between cookie and filling, and they are crisp crumbly and soft right after baking and a bit chewy after cooking.  I love them warm while my husband loves the chewy cookiesz Their texture is amazing! This cookie dough comes together in minutes and once made, you just have you chill the dough for 15 minutes and youre ready to portion it out and bake your cookies. More cookie recipes: - Chocolate Tahini Cookies GF - Cinnamon Roll Cookies - Best Palm oil free Chocolate chip cookies - Pistachio Cookies - Lemon Chia Cookies - GF molasses cookies  - Ginger Tahini Cookies  Continue reading: Vegan Glutenfree Chocolate Thumbprint CookiesThe post Vegan Glutenfree Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Best Vegan Slow Cooker Recipes

November 27 2021 VegKitchen 

Im always amazed by how many things you can make in a slow cooker. Enchiladas, applesauce, oatmeal, soup, potatoes... This list of best vegan slow cooker recipes really does have something for everyone! The post Best Vegan Slow Cooker Recipes appeared first on VegKitchen.

Gluten free Focaccia (vegan gum-free)

November 22 2021 Vegan Richa 

Gluten free Focaccia (vegan gum-free)Skip the dinner rolls and. make this easy Gluten free Focaccia made with almond flour, oat flour, and potato starch. Topped with herbs, garlic, and olive oil, it makes for the perfect side for soups and salads. Gum-free & vegan. Try this easy recipe for Gluten Free Focaccia Try this easy recipe for gluten free focaccia topped with olive oil, garlic and rosemary. An easy Italian bread that is the perfect side along with a salad or a bowl of soup. Gum-free, dairy-free, eggless and vegan. Traditional Italian Focaccia is both chewy and crispy in texture. The top and bottom of the bread are crispy thanks to a layer of olive oil we apply to the top, and the inside of the bread should have a squishy and airy texture. To achieve this with a gluten-free flour blend, I use a blend of oat flour, almond flour, and potato starch and not only add yeast but also some baking powder and club soda for creation. More Gluten free bread recipes from the blog - Gf Dinner rolls  - GF burger buns - Yeast Free GF Lentil Sandwich Bread - Sweet potato flatbread - GF Pizza crust. For regular with gluten rolls, see these 100% Whole Grain Rolls., or these white Dinner Rolls.Continue reading: Gluten free Focaccia (vegan gum-free)The post Gluten free Focaccia (vegan gum-free) appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Mini Gluten Free Vegan Pumpkin Pie – Date Sweetened

November 8 2021 Vegan Richa 

Mini Gluten Free Vegan Pumpkin Pie – Date SweetenedSurprise your Thanksgiving dinner guests with a mini gluten free vegan pumpkin pie for each! An individual dessert that is naturally sweetened with dates, easy to make and perfect for fall-themed dinner parties or the holidays. GF refined sugar free Oilfree. Serve your Thanksgiving crowd individual-sized vegan pumpkin pies for dessert Individual Glutenfree Vegan Pumpkin Pies – how cute would these be on your Thanksgiving table this year? The pumpkin pie filling is silky-smooth thanks to soaked blended cashews and packed with flavor thanks to the winning combination of pumpkin and warming pumpkin spices. I am sure these individual vegan gluten-free pumpkin pies will become a new, welcome addition to your holiday table. The pumpkin pie filling is naturally sweetened with dates! This is a less sweet pumpkin dessert so make sure to use pure unsweetened pumpkin puree, not sugar-laden pumpkin pie mix. While traditional pumpkin pie recipes rely on cream, sweetened condensed or evaporated milk, our vegan pumpkin filling gets its thick creamy texture from raw soaked cashews blended with some plant-based milk. These mini pies are SO GOOD. Honestly, it’s probably for the best to make these individual tarts or you would probably eat the whole pie all by yourself! More vegan pumpkin desserts: - Pumpkin Bars GF - Pumpkin Mousse Layer Cake - Pumpkin Carrot Bread  - Gluten-free Pumpkin Bread  - Pumpkin Cinnamon rolls - 1 Bowl Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins - Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal  - Pumpkin Chocolate Marble Cake Continue reading: Mini Gluten Free Vegan Pumpkin Pie – Date SweetenedThe post Mini Gluten Free Vegan Pumpkin Pie – Date Sweetened appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Snickers Peanut Butter Cups

October 29 2021 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Snickers Peanut Butter CupsHomemade vegan snickers peanut butter cups made with homemade peanut nougat, peanuts, dates and chocolate  – a simple gluten-free treat that you will love. Perfect for the holidays! Peanut-free option included. Looking for a sweet vegan treat that is great for gifting during the holidays or for putting on your Halloween treats table? Vegan Snickers Cups is where it’s at! I don’t think I need to explain the concept of Snickers at great length. Let’s just say that if you love chocolate, caramel, and peanut butter then these Vegan Snickers Peanut Butter Cups are the way to go! Homemade snickers cups are made with an easy peanut nougat, peanuts, dates which act as caramel layer, and chocolate  – a vegan, gluten-free, and grain-free homemade treat that you will love. Traditional nougat for chocolate bars like mars or snickers bars is made with egg whites, sugar and vanilla. To make these Snickers Cups extra flavorful, I opted to make vegan peanut butter nougat using peanut butter as a base and adding maple syrup for sweetness and oat flour as a thickener. It works like a charm and only takes minutes. Instead of caramel, we add halved, pitted dates, nature’s caramel! Obviously, these are an amazing food gift but are also ideal for anyone who like Snickers and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups but find them a tad too sweet these days. More vegan treats and candy: - Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Bark - Pumpkin ginger snaps  - Chocolate dipped sugar Cookies. GF - Ginger tahini cookies - Gingerbread Biscotti  - Vegan Snickers Bars Continue reading: Vegan Snickers Peanut Butter CupsThe post Vegan Snickers Peanut Butter Cups appeared first on Vegan Richa.

granola bar recipe | homemade granola snack bars | no bake healthy oat bars

October 14 2021 hebbar's kitchen 

granola bar recipe | homemade granola snack bars | no bake healthy oat barsgranola bar recipe | homemade granola snack bars | no bake healthy oat bars with step by step photo and video recipe. energy bars or mixed dry fruit-based snack bars are one of the recent healthy meal adaptations from oats and dry fruits. it is not only quick and easy to prepare but also produce a lot of energy and protein in a small amount of bar. one such easy and simple healthy bars recipe prepared with oats are the chewy granola snack bar known for its taste. The post granola bar recipe | homemade granola snack bars | no bake healthy oat bars appeared first on Hebbar's Kitchen.

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.

8 Best Vegan Yogurt Brands in the US!

January 15 2022 Happy Cow veggie blog 

Yogurt has always been a part of diets across various cultures and cuisines, but only in the last few years have companies started to recognise the need and demand for vegan yogurt alternatives! In the US, the number of vegan yogurt brands has steadily been on the rise. There are multiple yogurt and dairy alternatives made with a variety of plants ranging from coconuts to oats, cashews, almonds, soy, peanuts, and even chickpeas! The best ones include live active cultures, which are probiotics – or beneficial gut bacteria – that support healthy digestion. Here are some of the top brands that we recommend. 1. Silk Yogurt Alternative Made With Soy Silk is an established brand, known for their range of plant-based milks. This soy-based yogurt is a great addition to their product line! High in protein and super yum! Use this store locator to find it. 2. Forager ProjectOrganic Unsweetened Cashew Yogurt Rich in probiotic goodness, this cashew-based vegan yogurt is one of the most indulgent of the lot! It has a mild and neutral flavour, making it highly versatile. Find a store near you that sells it. 3. OatlyGreek Yogurt Alternative Oatly is a highly successful Swedish company whose  […] The post 8 Best Vegan Yogurt Brands in the US! appeared first on HappyCow.

Savory Pizza Oatmeal Bake Vegan

December 29 2021 Vegan Richa 

Savory Pizza Oatmeal Bake VeganThis savory Pizza Oatmeal Bake combines filling oatmeal with classic savory Italian flavors to create a crowd-pleasing breakfast bake that is packed with nutritious ingredients like rolled oats, chia seeds, and vegetables. A great brunch or even lunch option for the whole family! Gluten-free, nut-free option. Craving something savory for breakfast but you’re a creature of habits and don’t want to say no to oats? Savory Baked Pizza oatmeal is your solution! That’s right baked oatmeal holds so much more potential beyond just being a blank canvas for fruit or maple syrup. Hear me out. This pizza oatmeal is like a savory quiche or breakfast bake but with oats. Its packed with all our favorite pizza flavors and comes with a cheesy vegan Parmesan or mozzarella topping. An easy crowd-pleasing breakfast bake that is easy to make and tastes delicious. The oatmeal base uses chia egg to hold all ingredients together. Honestly, this baked oatmeal has been my to-go meal for weeks now because I have been craving savory for breakfast, so I came up with this genius idea: combining two of my favorite foods into a single recipe: Vegan Pizza Savory Baked oatmeal! Endlessly adaptable! This is an easy no-fuss recipe that you can play around with as you’d like. Feel free to make it spicy by adding some crushed red pepper. I call for garlic powder, fresh basil, and dried thyme here to keep it classically “pizza,” but any other dried Italian herb mix will do. This one really gives you the same satisfaction as a naughty slice of pizza for breakfast but other than pizza, it is so filling! No sugar in this baked oatmeal, should you want to cut down on that after the holidays. I know it sounds odd but youve gotta try this recipe. And feel free to mix things up by adding whatever spices you have. I’m thinking cajun spice or your leftover stuffing spice might be delicious as well. You do you ! If you liked this recipe, I have good news for you: I have more savory baked oatmeal recipes coming up! Woot! More oatmeal breakfast recipes - Peanut butter and jelly Baked oatmeal  - Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal - Samoa Cookie Overnight Oats with date caramel - Pumpkin baked oatmeal - Golden Steel cut Oats - Savory Spiced Oats Hash Continue reading: Savory Pizza Oatmeal Bake VeganThe post Savory Pizza Oatmeal Bake Vegan appeared first on Vegan Richa.

oats omelette recipe | how to make eggless oats veg omelette

December 10 2021 hebbar's kitchen 

oats omelette recipe | how to make eggless oats veg omeletteoats omelette recipe | how to make eggless oats veg omelette with step by step photo and video recipe. egg based recipes are always a popular and a healthy meal recipes for most of us. yet not everyone can have it or consumes it for various reasons including the religious diet or for the allergies.  considering these complications there are  certain mock recipes and eggless oats omelette is one such easy and simple healthy morning breakfast recipe. The post oats omelette recipe | how to make eggless oats veg omelette appeared first on Hebbar's Kitchen.

Gluten Free Apple Pear Crisp Vegan

December 7 2021 Vegan Richa 

Gluten Free Apple Pear Crisp VeganThis Vegan Gluten free Apple Pear Crisp combines tart apples, sweet pears, and a hint of ginger for a delightful take on classic old-fashioned apple crisp! Topped with oatmeal cookie like crumb! Naturally sweetened + Nut-free option. This Vegan Gluten free Apple Pear Crisp is all I have been craving lately.  We all know apple crisp, but let me tell you, adding pears changes the game! I love the textural difference between the 2 fruits. During baking, the pears get super soft and supple, while the apples stay a little more firm. If you want, you can cut the apples a little thinner and keep the pears as full slices. Youll mix the sliced fruit with only a few other simple ingredients, just like we do with regular apple crisp. Oftentimes I find fruit crisps a tad sweet. This one is naturally sweetened and generally not too sweet as we only use small amounts of maple syrup and coconut sugar.  Cinnamon finds its way into both filling and crisp topping and well also add a touch of nutmeg for extra warm spice flavor. The topping? Oh my goodness the crumble topping is so delicious. It’s a simple mix of almond butter, almond flour, nuts and oats – so gluten-free. Its a crumbly oatmeal cookie on top! More gluten-free vegan recipes with oats: - Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal  - Peanut butter and Jelly Baked Oatmeal - Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal - Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal  - Samoa Cookie Overnight Oats with date caramel  - Golden Steel cut Oats  - Savory Spiced Oats Hash  Continue reading: Gluten Free Apple Pear Crisp VeganThe post Gluten Free Apple Pear Crisp Vegan appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Tofu Scramble and Scramble Seasoning

November 29 2021 Vegan Richa 

Tofu Scramble and Scramble SeasoningMake this versatile tofu scramble seasoning and then The best vegan tofu scramble that is fluffy yet creamy and tastes just like eggs thanks to my secret tofu scramble seasoning. Gluten-free. Come breakfast time,  this tofu scramble really hits the spot for me, and Im sure it will for you as well. It has the perfect texture- fluffy and creamy thanks to a perfected ratio of blended and crumbled up tofu. But there’s more! With the recipe for the scramble, I give away the secret of my favorite tofu scramble seasoning. What is tofu scramble seasoning you ask? Well, why regular eggs might only need salt and pepper, with vegan tofu scramble, we need to reach a bit deeper into the spice drawer to get to flavor town.  The scramble seasoning is what will make the tofu taste like eggs. There are a couple of secret ingredients at play here. The key players are nutritional yeast and Indian sulfur salt (kala namak) as well as garlic and onion powder.  The Indian Sulfur salt is what adds the egg-y taste and nutritional yeast adds umami. To make it not only taste but also look like eggs, we add a small amount of turmeric. Paprika and pepper add some spice and smoky notes. This tofu scramble seasoning lasts for months in a spice jar. It makes for a great gift as well! The tofu scramble made with the seasoning is best served fresh! More Vegan Breakfast Options: - Vegan quiche - Vegan Chickpea Flour Scramble - Vegan eggs Benedict casserole  - Vegan Frittata - Broccolini White Bean Chickpea flour Frittata - Vegan Bhurji- indian egg scramblee - Mung Bean Omelettes - Chickpea flour pancakes - Savory Oats Veggie Turmeric Hash  Continue reading: Tofu Scramble and Scramble SeasoningThe post Tofu Scramble and Scramble Seasoning appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Sheet Pan Pancakes

November 27 2021 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Sheet Pan PancakesThese Vegan Sheet Pan Pancakes are baked instead of pan-fried making this pancake recipe perfect for feeding a crowd. Gluten-free option. Whenever I need to feed a crowd for breakfast I usually resort to some sort of breakfast casserole but let’s face it – especially if there are kids at the table, pancakes would be the most popular option! Enter sheet pan pancakes! YES, everyone loves a pancake breakfast but making pancakes for more than two people can get too time-consuming! Sheet pan pancakes are the “No sweat” approach to making pancakes. No messy flipping, no burnt bottoms, no uneven batches, and most importantly, a relaxed host that has time to mingle and chat. These Vegan Sheet Pan Pancakes are a real life-saver when it comes to feeding many hungry mouths during the holidays. You can top them with whatever you want. Think, half strawberries and chocolate chips, half nuts, and banana. I like doing half of the sheet pan with berries, and adding a cinnamon swirl the second half! MORE PANCAKE AND WAFFLE RECIPES TO TRY: - Banana Oat Pancakes - Tiramisu Pancakes.  - Cinnamon streusel Pancakes - Gluten free Lemon blueberry waffles - Samoa Cookie Pancakes - Banana French Toast with caramelized bananas - Easy vegan waffles - Savory Chickpea flour waffles or pancakes  - Pizza waffles ! Continue reading: Vegan Sheet Pan PancakesThe post Vegan Sheet Pan Pancakes appeared first on Vegan Richa.

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.

Malai Tofu Curry – Vegan Malai Paneer

November 3 2021 Vegan Richa 

Malai Tofu Curry – Vegan Malai PaneerMalai Tofu – a simple Indian weeknight curry with tofu paneer in a thick spiced tomato coconut milk sauce. Serve with naan and/­­or rice for a delicious plant-based dinner. Soy-free option included. This quick vegan malai Tofu curry is my spin on a regular restaurant-style creamy Paneer malai.  Another one to add to the options for Diwali! The word malai means cream and while traditionally, heavy cream is used for the cream component of the dish, I use coconut milk in this recipe. The sauce usually has some texture from soaked nuts and I use almond flour for the added texture which reduces all the steps for soaking and then blending the nuts. Another difference from the restaurant favorite would be that this recipe uses pan-fried tofu instead of paneer cheese to make this dairy-free. Crisped extra firm tofu is a great stand in in the delicious sauce! Indian cooking isnt hard once you get to set yourself up with all the required spices and this recipe is especially simple.  Tofu is so forgiving and there are no delicate veggies added so no need to be careful about overcooking anything. This meal is also great for making ahead of time. I like to use extra-firm tofu for this malai tofu recipe and press it for an half an hour before cooking. If you want, you can even press overnight. Simply wrap the tofu in a towel and place a heavy object on top to press. Once your tofu is pressed and cut into cubes, coat it with a mix of cornstarch, garam masala, garlic powder, and a pinch of salt and then pan fry to crisp. More Restaurant Style dishes from the blog - Gobi Do Pyaaza - Indian Butter Tofu. GF - Bombay Potato and Peas - Tofu Pasanda - Tofu in Spinach Curry - Saag Tofu - Vegetable Jalfrezi - Veggies in smoky tangy curry - Gobi Broccoli Makhani - Tempeh Tikka Masala Continue reading: Malai Tofu Curry – Vegan Malai PaneerThe post Malai Tofu Curry – Vegan Malai Paneer appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Vegan Quiche with Mushrooms, Spinach & Leeks

October 23 2021 Vegan Richa 

Vegan Quiche with Mushrooms, Spinach & LeeksThis easy Vegan Quiche Recipe features an almond flour pastry and cheesy, savory tofu filling with sauteed mushrooms, leeks, sun-dried tomatoes and spinach! Perfect for brunch! Gluten-free option. Oil-free option For a winning breakfast or brunch, try my Easy Vegan Quiche recipe! Just the thing to serve to a hungry crowd. The filling is savory and cheesy and packed with flavor from sautéed mushrooms, leeks, and spinach. I like adding some sun-dried tomatoes in the end but fresh tomatoes work just as well, especially when they are in season. While many vegan quiche recipes call for pre-made pie crust, I opted to make my pie crust from scratch and I recommend you try it too! The pastry comes together in a food processor within minutes and is just perfect. Rich yet tender, and it holds up well, too. More savory vegan brunch options - Scrambled Eggs Pinwheels - Breakfast Burritos - Chickpea Flour Frittata GF Soy-free - Vegan Omelet with Mung bean GF Soy-free - Savory Oats Hash GF Soy-free - Indian Tofu Scramble - Bhurji GF - Chickpea Chilaquiles Gf Soy-free - Sweet Potato Hash GF Soy-free - Lentil Frittata GF Soy-free - Sprouted Lentil Avocado Toast Soy-free Continue reading: Vegan Quiche with Mushrooms, Spinach & LeeksThe post Vegan Quiche with Mushrooms, Spinach & Leeks appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Baked Gobi Manchurian – Cauliflower Manchurian

October 8 2021 Vegan Richa 

Baked Gobi Manchurian – Cauliflower ManchurianIn this lightened-up take on the Indian-Chinese restaurant-favorite Gobi Manchurian, cauliflower florets are baked up until crispy, then drenched in a sweet and spicy delicious manchurian sauce! Serve it as an appetizer or main dish. Gluten-free option.  I’m always excited when I can present you with an easy spin on a restaurant favorite and today I have a good one for you! One of those special-occasion restaurant menu items that we all love to order when eating out but never considered making at home. Cauliflower Manchurian! This makes a great addition to the festival menu! What is Cauliflower Manchurian? Gobi Manchurian, or Cauliflower Manchurian, is a super popular take-out and restaurant menu item. This  Indo-Chinese dish is typically fried but I prefer to bake the florets in the oven. Baking gives cauliflower an amazing texture; you won’t miss the greasy, fried coating. The crispy oven-baked florets are then tossed with a delicious sweet, spicy, and tangy Manchurian sauce! This easy vegan dish makes for the most delicious appetizer but it can also be served as a main  when paired with rice. The ingredient list for making cauliflower manchurian is on the longer side but don’t be intimidated by that. Most ingredients are pantry staples and the preparation is so easy so it’s so worth it! Manchurian sauce is a very versatile sauce. You can add some Crisped tofu,  veggie meatballs or vegan chicken to the sauce or add in some noodles. MORE CAULIFLOWER RECIPES - Taco Spice roasted Cauliflower - Spicy Pepper Cauliflower Bites - Mango Sriracha Cauliflower - Aloo Gobi - Baked - Nashville Cauliflower Bites - Kung Pao Cauliflower More Indo Chinese dishes - Tofu 65 – tofu with curry leaf infused sweet and sour sauce  - Hakka Noodles - Noodles with cabbage, carrot, veggies and an easy sauce Gf option - Tofu Paneer Chilli - Sweet and spicy sauce with crisp tofu GF Continue reading: Baked Gobi Manchurian – Cauliflower ManchurianThe post Baked Gobi Manchurian – Cauliflower Manchurian appeared first on Vegan Richa.

Blackened Tofu Tacos with Caramelized BBQ Onion

October 3 2021 Vegan Richa 

Blackened Tofu Tacos with Caramelized BBQ OnionBlackened Tofu Tacos with Caramelized BBQ Onions are packed with delicious flavor and exciting textures! Gluten-free. Nutfree  Taco Tuesday just got a lot better! These Blackened Tofu Tacos are the BOMB! Thanks to a generous coating of spices like paprika or cumin, the tofu gets a nice golden crust thats packed with smoky flavor. Pair that with some crunchy veg, vegan sour cream and sweet and spicy caramelized bbq onions and youve got a real good taco on your hands. Im telling you, if youve never tried blackened tofu, forget everything you thought you know about tofu and give these blackened tofu tacos a try! Feel free to play with the spices to suit your personal preferences, such as adding some cayenne pepper if you want some heat! You can serve these as burritos or too a seasonal salad with the blackened tofu and bbq onions. So much texture and flavor and works well in any format More Vegan Taco Recipes: - Carrot Walnut Taco Meat - Mango BBQ Soycurls - Barbacoa mushroom Tacos - Berbere Spiced Jackfruit Tacos -  Chipotle Shredded Butternut Tacos Continue reading: Blackened Tofu Tacos with Caramelized BBQ OnionThe post Blackened Tofu Tacos with Caramelized BBQ Onion appeared first on Vegan Richa.


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