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Squash and Chickpea Vegan Curry

SQUASH AND CHICKPEA VEGAN CURRY

Recipe by Blythe Kingcroft. 

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This yellow-orange curry is slightly sweet in nature—because of the cinnamon, squash, and violet rice—and can be adjusted to accommodate your desired spice level. The acid in the tomatoes cuts the sweetness beautifully and the coconut milk (full fat for best results!) balances out any spice to create a rich, protein-packed vegan dinner.

INGREDIENTS

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  • 3 tbsp coconut oil

  • 3 cloves garlic, grated

  • 3 tbsp fresh ginger, grated

  • 2 tsp cumin

  • 1 tsp coriander

  • 1 tsp cardamom

  • 1/2 tsp turmeric

  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

  • 1 large pinch chili flakes (or two, if you like a lot of heat!)

  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

  • 3/4 tsp salt

  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped fine

  • 14 oz diced tomatoes, strained

  • 2 cups diced butternut squash (raw)

  • 19oz can chichpeas, drained

  • 14 oz. coconut milk (full fat!)

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Serve over a bowl of violet rice.

 

METHOD

1.     Following instructions on the package, begin cooking rice. Add a heaping ¼ tsp of salt to rice water. (Note: this rice is sticky and slightly sweet, which complements the curry’s natural sweetness well.)

2.     Grate ginger and garlic. Set aside.

3.     Measure cumin, coriander, cardamom, turmeric, cinnamon, chili flakes, salt and pepper into one bowl. Mix. Set aside. This is your curry!

4.     Cut up onion into one-inch pieces, or smaller if preferred.

5.     Add coconut oil to your pan, and heat it over medium-high heat (6-7 on my oven).

6.     Add onion, grated ginger and garlic. Stir. After a few minutes, add spices. Keep stirring until onions are a little translucent and showing signs of sticking. When this happens, add ½ c. water. Cover and let it boil down, about 5-7 minutes. Your onions should be nice and soft, and evenly coated in the colour of the spice.

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7.     Add butternut squash and enough water to cover onions and squash (approx. ¾ cup, maybe more). Cover, let boil down for 10 minutes at medium temp (approx 5 on my oven). Check halfway; you may need to add more water. After 10 minutes, check softness of squash with a fork. You should be able to pierce it easily by now.

8.     Rinse chickpeas. Add and stir gently. (At this point, your squash will be soft enough that vigorous stirring could turn it to mush.) Let sit 3-4 minutes.

9.     Strain diced tomatoes. Gently stir in tomatoes and coconut.

10.  Cover and let sit 5 minutes. Taste. Want it spicier? Add more chili and/or pepper. Taste bland? Add more salt to bring out flavour. Want it sweeter? Add a bit of cinnamon. Go easy when adding spices at this stage, as a little can go a long way.

11.  Cover again and let sit for 5-10 more minutes, depending on how thick you like your curries. This will produce a good bowl curry: something between a soup and a stew, with enough liquid that a plate won’t do.

12.  Add cooked rice to bowls. Spoon generous amounts of curry on top. Top with pinch of flake salt, pinch of chilis, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Enjoy!

(Thank you to our friend Blythe Kingcroft for the recipe & photos). 

 
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Baked Lemongrass Risotto

BAKED LEMONGRASS RISOTTO

Recipe by Lindsay Pleskot. 

See the original recipe on her blog here

I love a nice creamy risotto, but all that standing at the stove and stirring! Not gonna lie, it has redirected me to another dish more than once . . . But I was redently reminded of my love of risotto! And when I made this recipe, I was seriously that annoying person saying Mmmm. Mmmmm! At every bite.

INGREDIENTS

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  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil, divided

  • 1 shallot, minced

  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed or minced and divided

  • 1 1/2 cups Long Grain Rice

  • 4 cups Lemongrass Tea (brewed strong!) divided

  • 1 cup stock (chicken or vegetable)

  • 1 large bunch of Dino kale, stems removed and cut into bite-sized pieces

  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated

  • 1/2 cup dry white wine or stock

  • 1-2 Tbsp unsalted butter

  • 1 tsp coarse salt

  • Black Pepper, to taste

METHOD

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  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F with your oven rack in the middle position.

  2. Steep 4 cups of your strong tea and set aside.

  3. In a medium-sized Dutch oven (if you don’t have one you can do the stove top portion in a heavy-bottomed pan and then transfer to a lined baking dish for the cooking portion), heat 2 Tbsp of your coconut oil over medium high heat. Once heated, add shallot and cook until translucent, approx. 4-5 minutes. Add 2 cloves of your garlic. Cook another 2-3 minutes until the garlic becomes fragrant.

  4. Add the rice and allow it to brown a bit, building flavor. Cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly to ensure it doesn’t burn.

  5. Add 3 cups of your tea and 1 cup stock. Cover and bring to a boil. Once it’s boiling, remove from heat, and place in the oven with the lid on. Bake until tender, approx. 50 minutes.

  6. Meanwhile, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium-sized bowl, toss kale with remaining oil (melt for a few seconds in the microwave so it coats the leaves evenly) add garlic and a pinch of salt and pepper. Toss to coat evenly and lay out on the baking sheet.

  7. During the last 20 minutes of cooking, add the kale to the oven.

  8. Once rice is cooked and kale is tender with a bit of brown crispy edges, remove both from the oven.

  9. Pour the remaining cup of tea, parmesan, wine or stock, butter, salt, and a generous amount of pepper into the risotto mixture. Stir to combine well and let some of the liquids soak up, leaving you with a nice creamy mixture.

  10. Top with kale and enjoy as a side dish or serve with fish, chicken or poached eggs to complete the meal!

Enjoy!

(Thank you again to Lindsay Pleskot for the lovely recipe & photos - see the original on her blog here). 

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Tempeh Taco Bowls

TEMPEH TACO BOWLS

Recipe by Lindsay Pleskot. 

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Tem-what?! Whether this is a completely new word to you, you’ve heard of it but have no idea what the heck it is, or it’s already in your regular rotation, tempeh definitely deserves a minute of our attention.

Tempeh is a fermented soy product originating from Indonesia. Every time I write or say fermented in the same sentence as food, it just seems wrong. But it couldn’t be more right! The process of fermentation creates probiotics- beneficial bacteria that support healthy digestion, improve nutrient absorption, and support a strong immune system among many other health benefits. 

For meat eaters or plant-loving vegans alike, tempeh is a great protein option to throw into the mix to keep things interesting.

INGREDIENTS

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  • 3/4 cup Long-Grain Rice

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 large clove of garlic

  • 1/2 cup black beans

  • 1 tbsp chili powder

  • 1 tsp paprika

  • Optional: 1 tsp cumin

  • 227g tempeh, crumbled

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 1 orange bell pepper, sliced

  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced

  • 4 cups romaine lettuce, chopped

  • Optional toppings: fresh cilantro, diced avocado, sliced jalapeño, squeeze of fresh lime juice, crumbled tortilla chips

METHOD

  1. Cook rice according to package directions.

  2. Meanwhile prep your vegetables and garnish.

  3. Next, heat oil in a large cast iron pan over medium-high heat, once hot (1-2 minutes) add garlic. Cook until fragrant, stirring to make sure it doesn’t burn (1-2 minutes).

  4. Next add your tempeh, black beans, chili powder, paprika and cumin and let them brown for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  5. Once rice is done cooking, divide between bowls. Top as desired with tempeh and black bean mixture, veggies and desired garnishes.

  6. I went all out and finished off with about ¼ of an avocado, sliced jalapeño, fresh cilantro, a squeeze of lime and a small handful of crumbled tortilla chips and it was perfection!

 

Enjoy!

(Thank you again to Lindsay Pleskot for the lovely recipe & photos - see the original on her blog here). 

Tempeh Taco Bowl Recipe
Tempeh Taco Bowl Recipe

Long-Grain Rice and Curried Lentils

LONG-GRAIN RICE AND CURRIED LENTILS

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup Long-Grain Rice

  • 4 cups water

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 1 t salt

  • 1 t cumin

  • 1/2 T dry mustard

  • 1 glove garlic, minced

  • 1 cup French green lentils

  • 14 oz canned, diced tomatoes

  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped

  • 1 T curry powder

  • pinch of cayenne

  • 2 T coconut oil

METHOD

Cook long-grain rice as directed on package. Set aside.

Mix lentils, water, tomatoes, onions, carrots, salt curry powder, cumin and cayenne together in a large pot. Heat to boiling, stir and reduce heat to simmer. Cover and cook about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally and adding more water as needed.

Add the mustard, coconut oil and minced garlic. Simmer about 10-15 minutes more. The lentils should be soft.

Serve with rice.

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Curried Pilaf

CURRIED PILAF

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  • 1 cup Long-Grain Rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 4 large green onions, finely sliced
  • 5 cloves garlic, finely sliced
  • 1 T fresh ginger, grated/rasped
  • 1/3 cup dried Mango, torn
  • 1/3 cup dried Banana
  • 1/3 cup coconut ribbons 
  • 1 t Za'toun zaatar
  • 1 1/2 T curry powder
  • 1/2 cup almonds, crushed
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Oil, melted
  • organic pink Himalayan salt, to taste
  • Black Pepper, freshly ground, to taste

METHOD

Cook the rice in a pot over medium heat. Reduce the heat when the rice begins to boil. Once all the water has been absorbed place the lid on the pot and let rest off the heat.

Place the next eight ingredients into a stainless steel bowl, add the rice and stir with a spoon. Add the melted coconut oil and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Serve warm or let cool to room temperature, whatever your preference.

Enjoy!

Note: Za’atar is a Middle Eastern condiment comprising oregano, thyme, savory, sumac, sesame seeds, salt and other spices. It may be found at many ethnic grocers or food stores

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Fair Trade Curried Pilaf Recipe