Curry Lentil Risotto: Slow cooker recipe!!!

I love Italian risotto…but wanted some Indian heat. Enter Curry lentil risotto!

Lentil Risotto

Lentil Risotto

Ingredients:

2 cup lentils

1/2 cup jasmine rice

3 1/2 cups of vegetable broth

1/2 cup of marsala or red wine

2 tbsp of olive oil

1/2 cup diced onion

4 large garlic cloves minced

1 cup of frozen peas

2 tbsp of yellow curry powder

1 tbsp of red curry paste

1 tbsp of garam marsala

1 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

 

Directions:

1. In medium saute pan, over medium heat saute onions and garlic in 1 tbsp of olive oil until clear. Add the remaining oil and the lentils to the pan and saute these to slightly toast them.

****this is typically how you start a risotto but you should not try to toast the jasmine rice in this recipe. It is too thin and delicate of a grain, it will burn.

2. Add wine to the saute pan while hot and use this to “deglaze” the pan, ok this is the fancy pants term that really means to add fluid into the pan to scrap the goodies from the bottom of the pan, haha.

3. Add everything from saute pan, and all remaining ingredients (except the peas) into the crock pot. You have a few options to cook this and honestly it’s impossible to mess up a crock pot recipe. You can cook it on high for 2 hours, or low for 4-6 hours. Just make sure the lentils and the rice aren’t crunchy. The more you let those Indian spices cook, they better they are!

4. About 30 minutes before you want to serve the lentils, throw in the peas (trust me…don’t put them in early..they turn to brown mush).

I like to garnish this with fresh tomatoes, but I think I just put tomatoes on everything.

LENTIL LESSON:

So I used yellow lentils for this….but look at the whole rainbow of the variety of lentils…test them all!!!

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Vegan Thanksgiving! : Maple Glazed Spiced Sweet Potatoes

Maple Glazed Spicy Sweet potatoes

Ingredients:

6 large sweet potatoes cut into 1 inch cubes

1 cup of maple syrup

1/4 apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup of water

1 tablespoon of red pepper chili flake

A lot of family love

Directions:

1. Preheat over 425 degrees.

2. Mix water, maple syrup, and vinegar and red pepper flake in a 13 X 9 baking dish. Add potatoes and cover tightly with foil.

3. Bake 15 minutes covered, then 30 minutes uncovered (check on it if your oven is a spastic as mine!)

4. Season to taste with S/P, some people add crush nuts of their liking to the sticky maple coating.

 

African Sweet Potato and Peanut Soup

 

African Sweet Potato and Peanut Soup

This recipe was a failed attempt at making an amazing soup by a local restaurant in Gainesville, FL called Tempo Bistro to Go. Even though mine is no where near as good as their’s

soupIngredients:

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 large onion, chopped

3 cloves  garlic, minced

2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger root

1- 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin

1- 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 pinch ground cloves

3 medium tomatoes, chopped

1- 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped

1  carrot, peeled and chopped

4 1/2 cups water

1 teaspoon  salt

1/4 cup chopped, unsalted dry-roasted peanuts

1 pinch cayenne pepper

2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter

1 bunch chopped fresh cilantro

Directions:

1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Saute the onion 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Mix in the garlic, ginger, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, and cloves. Stir in the tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and carrot, and continue to cook and stir about 5 minutes.

2. Pour water into the saucepan, and season the mixture with salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes.

3. Remove the soup mixture from heat. In a food processor or blender, blend the soup and peanuts until almost smooth. Season with cayenne pepper. Return to the saucepan. Whisk in the peanut butter, and cook until heated through. Serve warm topped with fresh cilantro.

Vegan Cream of Mushroom Soup

Polar vortex? yep, it’s cold. Time to get warm and try to not fatten up in the meantime. I’m inside blogging right now, instead of outside running. It’s also 48 degrees out, so there is no way I would walk farther than my mailbox right ow 🙂 So lets throw around the kettle bell in the living room a bit, do some body weight exercises and then eat right. Enter into the shrooming zone! I love mushrooms, and used to hate them. I also love the wholesome feeling of a nice warm soup on a Sunday night. Enough talking…more recipe…

VEGAN CREAM OF MUSHROOM SOUP

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Ingredients
1 tsp coconut oil (or if you have to olive oil, but you should really get with the times and start using coconut oil, heheh!)
2 medium yellow onions, diced
2 pounds assorted mushrooms, cut into bite sized pieces. (my favs portabella and button mushrooms)
1 cup of a white wine
2 (15oz) can coconut milk
2 – 4 cups mushroom stock
5 sprigs fresh thyme (and extra for garnishing)
Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions
1. In a soup pot, melt coconut oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté 5-8 minutes or until translucent. Add assorted mushrooms and sauté for 8-15 minutes until browned and juices are mostly evaporated. Add wine and deglaze pot, scraping any browned bits off the bottom.
2. Reserve half of the mushrooms and onions and place into a blender.
3. Add 1 can coconut milk and blend until smooth. Add pureed mushrooms, remaining coconut milk and 2 cups stock into pot. Add more stock if soup is too thick for your liking.
4. Season soup with thyme leaves, salt and pepper. Simmer soup over medium-low heat for 10 minutes.

WOWOW!!! I just realized I didn’t use garlic in this recipe 🙂

Kale and White Bean Soup

This is a very simple and basic recipe that is tasty and holds well. It’s actually better the second day!! I love kale especially from the farmers market this time of year. And kale love me…it told me to make it into a soup today.

kale1INGREDIENTS:

6 cups of de-veined and stemmed kale

4 cloves of garlic minced

1 large yellow onion choppedkale20

2 cups of vegetable stock

2 cups of water

1 tbsp of olive oil

1 cans of northern white beans (or any other bean…honestly you can use of them and it will still be tasty

Salt/pepper/red pepper flake to taste

Directions:

1. Saute onion and garlic in olive oil until onions are clear and soft, in a large pot.kale21

2. Add all other ingredients to the pot and simmer on low for about 20 minutes or until kale is soft.

3. EAT!!! I like to add some garlic salt and red pepper flake at the end. Some even liked some nutritional yeast on it. kale22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vegan Biscuits and Gravy…Just like The Top’s!!!

Recipe recreate: from The Top in Gainesville, FL

Recipe recreate: from The Top in Gainesville, FL

Hi everyone!!!

Thank you all so much for continuing to read my blog and grow my following!! Big things are happening and it’s such an exciting time. As my last blog post mentioned I have moved from my native Florida to the mountains of North Carolina. I am loving the “no-ac-needed” type of weather. I love putting the top down on my car and driving through the blooming mountains, and I really love making new friends! But even with all these awesome things happening for me, I was still a little homesick last weekend. Sunday’s in Gainesville, FL are known for brunches! So many restaurants serve an amazingly vegan friendly brunch in Gainesville, and here in the mountains….well you can go to the pancake breakfast at the church, but it’s not very vegan 🙂 Anyone that knows me, knows that I don’t give up without a fight though, so I decided I would try to recreate the famous Top’s Vegan Biscuits and Gravy. I expected to have to test the recipe out many, many….MANY times, but actually I rocked it on the first try. So without any more rambling, here is the super easy, super yummy, not for everyday, recipe!!!

Biscuits:

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 Tbsp of Baking Powder

1 Tsp of Sea Salt

1 cup of original almond milk (or soy milk…just not flavored)

4 Tbsp Earth Balance (or non-dairy margarine)

Directions for Biscuits:

1. Preheat over to 425

2. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl.

3. Using a fork, press margarine into the flour until there are little flour coated pebbles in the bowl

4.  At milk and combine till dough is slightly uniform. It will be lumpy…don’t over work the dough.

5. Spoon balls of dough onto an ungreased baking pan. Place them so that they touch (biscuits like to be close to one another and will rise together.

biscuits raw

6. I dropped a small droplet of olive oil on the top of each dough ball and then salted the tops.

7. Bake for 12 minutes

GRAVY TIME:

2 cups of tempeh chopped

1 cup of unflavored almond milk

2 Tbsp of olive oil

1 Tbsp of corn starch

salt/pepper

*added seasoning could be a Cajun hint to the sauce…I used Old Bay seasoning because it reminds me of southern foods

sausage startDirections for Gravy:

1. Saute tempeh chunks in 1 tbsp of olive oil to brown. Use medium heat.

2. After tempeh is browned, do not remove from pan, but push to one side of pan. Add the additional 1 tbsp of olive oil and cornstarch. Lower temp to medium-low heat and whisk the oil and cornstarch. You just slightly want to cook this combination, probably won’t take longer than a minute.

3. Add almond milk and whisk together. Simmer for a few minutes as it thickens. This should happen quickly.

 

When the biscuits are done, split one open and spoon that gravy over it! Yummy!!!

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biscuits cooked

 

Vegan Veggie Stir Fry

It’s Sunday Asian night!!! Ran a half marathon this morning that shattered my last PR, so I’m stoked to have some rice tonight! hahah

VEGAN VEGGIE STIR FRY

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For the Sauce:

1/3 cup tamari

¼ – 1/3 cup water

3 – 3 1/2 tbsp pure maple syrup or agave nectar

1 – 1½ tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil

5-6 medium-large cloves garlic, minced

2 – 2½ tsp freshly grated ginger

1 tbsp arrowroot powder

Stir-Fry Mix

½ – 1 tbsp oil or splash of water for oil-free

4 ½ -5 cups broccoli, cut into flowerets and stalks peeled, trimmed, and sliced in rounds (just over ½ lb of broccoli)

couple pinches of sea salt

couple teaspoons of water

1½ cups red, yellow, or orange bell pepper, sliced (about 1 medium-large)

½ – ¾ cup raw cashews

1/2 cup sliced green onions

Directions

1. Add the broccoli and a pinch or two of sea salt and a teaspoon or two of water (the water will help to steam and soften the broccoli once covered) into a skillet over medium-high heat.  Toss the broccoli through, cover and let cook for just 2-3 minutes.

2.  As it is starting to turn to a brighter green color, remove the cover to your skillet, add the bell peppers, and saute through for another minute.

3.  Add the teriyaki sauce, and increase heat to high.  Toss the sauce through the vegetables, and let the sauce come up to a slow boil.  Once the sauce is at a slow boil and has thickened, cashews, and green onions, toss through the sauce and remove your pan from the heat.

4. Serve immediately over rice noodles, soba noodles, or a whole grain of choice such as brown rice or quinoa.

stir fry