Friday, September 15, 2017

Chickpea Stew

Yield: 4-6 servings

2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
2 carrots, diced
1 red pepper, diced
2 roma tomatoes, diced
3 tbsp tomato paste
2 cups vegetable stock
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
2 bay leaves
salt and pepper
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped

1. In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and sauce for 3 to 5 minutes.
2. Add garlic and carrots and continue to cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
3. Add red pepper, tomatoes, tomato paste, vegetable stock, and spices. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then cover, and reduce heat to low or until just simmering. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes.
4. Add the chickpeas. Stir to combine. Continue to simmer for another 10 to 15 minutes.
5. Just before serving, garnish with parsley.

Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Yield: 4 servings

1/2 cup quinoa
1 cup water
1 1/2 cup sweet potato (or butternut squash), diced
1 cup red pepper, diced
1 cup red cabbage, chopped
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
salt and pepper
1/2 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
zest of 1 lime

2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
juice of 1 lime
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
salt and pepper
4 large portobello mushrooms, stems and gills removed

1. Preheat oven to 375F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Place sweet potato on prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Roast for 20 minutes, or until tender. Set aside.
3. In the meantime, add quinoa and water to a medium pot. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes, or until all the water is absorbed. Remove from heat and set aside.
4. In a shallow dish, combine all mushroom ingredients. Stir to coat mushrooms and set aside to marinate.
5. Heat a large pan over medium-high heat. Add a splash of olive oil. Add red pepper and cabbage, as well as cumin, chill powder, and salt and pepper. Saute for 5 minutes, or until softened. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and set aside.
6. In the same pan, add another splash of olive oil. Add the mushrooms and saute for 2 minutes on each side. When flipping the mushrooms, add 2 to 3 tablespoons of the marinade to the pan to let the mushrooms steam. Remove from heat and place on a plate or tray, face up.
7. To the mixing bowl with the red pepper and cabbage, add the cooked quinoa, roasted sweet potato, black beans, and lime zest. Stir to combine.
8. Divide the filling between the mushrooms. Serve with chimmichurri or fire-roasted tomato salsa.

Fire-Roasted Tomato Salsa

Yield: 1 cup

1 can fire-roasted tomatoes
1 serrano or jalapeno pepper, deseeded and chopped
1/2 cup onion, chopped (white, red, or green, or a combination)
1 clove garlic, sliced
1 cup cilantro
juice of 1 lime
1 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp cumin
salt and pepper

1. Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender and pulse to mix. The salsa should be well-blended but still slightly chunky.
2. Store leftovers in a well-sealed containers in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Nicoise Salad (Vegan)

Yield: 2-3 servings

4-5 small red or yellow potatoes
1 cup green beans, trimmed
1 head lettuce, butter or romaine
1/2 cup Nicoise, green, or kalamata olives, pitted
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 small red beet, grated

1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 tsp dijon mustard
1 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp dill
salt and pepper
1 tbsp sunflower seeds

1 shallot, finely diced
1 tsp dijon mustard
1/2 tsp thyme
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
salt and pepper

tuna or salmon
hardboiled eggs

1. Add potatoes to a small pot filled with cold water until just covered. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium until the water is just simmering. Cook uncovered for 12 to 20 minutes, or until a knife slides easily through. Drain and cool. Cut into quarters.
2. Meanwhile, fill a medium pot with water and bring to a boil. Add green beans and boil for 2 to 4 minutes and just slightly tender. Drain and immediately immerse/rinse in cold water to stop cooking process. Drain and set aside.
3. Add chickpeas, mustard, maple syrup, dill, salt and pepper, and sunflower seeds to a small mixing bowl. Stir to combine. Mash a few chickpeas to create texture. Set aside.
4. Prepare the dressing by adding all dressing ingredients to a mason jar and shaking vigorously to combine, or whisk together in a small mixing bowl. Set aside.
5. To serve, add lettuce to a bowl. Top with potatoes, green beans, chickpeas, olives, tomatoes, beets, fish (optional), and eggs (optional). Serve with dressing.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Vermicelli Noodle Bowl with Portobello Mushrooms and Pickled Vegetables

Yield: 4 servings

Pickled Vegetables:
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 tsp salt
1 carrot, julienned
1/2 cucumber, julienned
1/3 daikon radish, julienned

Noodle Bowl:
1 package thin vermicelli noodles
4 portobello mushrooms, cleaned
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp tamari
1 tbsp sriracha
3 cloves of garlic, minced
salt and pepper
2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup thai basil, chopped
1/4 cup mint, chopped
1 chili, thinly sliced

1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, and salt. Place the julienned vegetables into the bowl and submerge them in the vinegar mixture. Cover and set aside in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Drain when ready to use.
2. Cook the vermicelli noodles according to package directions. Drain and set aside. 
3. Cut the portobello mushroom into quarters and set aside.
4. In a large shallow bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, tamari, sriracha, garlic, and salt and pepper. Place the portobellos into the marinade, toss to coat, and let sit for 15 minutes.
5. Heat the olive oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Sear the portobellos on one side, and then flip them over to sear the other side.
6. Pour half of the marinade into the pan and simmer until reduced by at least half, stirring the mushrooms. Once the mushrooms are cooked through, remove from heat.
7. To serve, place the vermicelli noodles into a bowl, cover with pickled vegetables and cooked mushrooms. Garnish with cilantro, basil, mint, and sliced chili. Serve with vietnamese dipping sauce.

Dill Tofu Dressing

Yield: 1 1/2 cups

1 cup silken firm tofu
3 tbsp dill
3 tbsp maple syrup or honey
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp spicy mustard 
water to thin

1. Add all ingredients except water to a blender and blend until well combined. Scrape down sides as needed. If having trouble blending, add water one tablespoon at a time until it has enough liquid to churn properly.
2. Serve with pasta salad.

Italian Pasta Salad

Yield: 4 servings

1 lb pasta (fusilli, macaroni)
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup celery, finely chopped
1/4 cup carrot, grated
1/2 cup roasted red peppers, julienned
1/2 cup artichoke hearts, chopped
1/4 cup sundried tomatoes, chopped
1/4 cup sliced black olives
1 shallot, finely diced
1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
1 tbsp basil leaves, finely chopped

1/3 cup olive oil
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp dried parsley
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

1. Cook noodles according to package instructions. Drain, and set aside.
2. Chop the vegetables and herbs and place in a large bowl. 
3. Add noodles to the vegetables and herbs.
4. Prepare dressing by adding all ingredients to a blender and blending on high until emulsified, or adding all ingredients to a mixing bowl and whisking vigorously until emulsified.
5. Just before serving, ddd dressing to the salad and toss to coat.