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Coconut and Curried Lentil Dahl

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I modified this recipe VERY little from that of “The Happy Pear” recipe (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1G3J-nvAUI).  It is so easy to make, and very filling. You could use any number of greens in place of the bok choy (i.e., baby spinach, arugula, chard).  Also, if you wanted to speed up the cooking process, you could use yellow lentils as they cook much faster than green lentils.

I started off with a few tablespoons of EVOO in a stockpot, and added one whole chopped purple onion, two medium-sized chopped zucchinis, a grated carrot, and about 2 tsp. sea salt.  I stirred that over medium high heat for 3-5 minutes, while I chopped up the sweet potato.  It was organic, so I washed it well, but I did not peel it.  A lot of the nutrients from root vegetables are found in the skin (only use if organic, though).  Then, I added about 2 heaping tbsp. of a high-quality yellow curry, 1 heaping tbsp. each ground cumin, coriander, sweet paprika.  I continued to stir constantly over medium-high heat for another 5 minutes before adding the chopped sweet potato.  I stirred and mixed all ingredients very well so all vegetables were well coated with the spices.  At that point, I added one carton of Pomi strained tomatoes (26 oz.), and one 13 oz. Thai Kitchen unsweetened coconut milk.  Stirred all very well, then added one 16-oz package of dried green lentils that I had washed and drained thoroughly.  I mixed all this together, then added about 1.5 liters of water (enough to make it soup-like because the lentils and the sweet potato need a lot of water to absorb).  I also added a heaping tsp. of organic dried vegetable bouillon for extra flavor since I was going to add a very large bok choy later on after the vegetables and lentils had cooked for about 40 minutes.

After 40 to 45 minutes on simmer, stirring regularly and keeping an eye on the liquid level to be sure it was adequate, I added about a tbsp. of soy sauce, and one whole fresh-squeezed lime.  Then, I added the roughly chopped bok choy.  Stirred and simmer for another 10 minutes, or so before serving with some garnish of fresh cilantro.  On the side, I served couscous, but the dahl was plenty enough on its own.  It made a huge pot of dahl, so I’ll be freezing a lot of it today.

Thanks to “The Happy Pear” for their usual inspiration.  They’re on Instagram and other social media sites (I follow them on Instagram, and then watch their great YouTube videos.).

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Curried Cauliflower Soup

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The absolutely most savory and tasty soup ever! It was so simple to make, that I am just going to describe how I made it because I didn’t use a recipe, and it was a taste-as-you-go kind of effort.

I had a whole cauliflower that I washed and broke into small florets. Meanwhile, I sautéed over medium heat in a heavy soup pot about 3 tbsp. EVOO, one large yellow chopped onion, three chopped celery stalks, three finely chopped carrots, a fresh and finely chopped large tomato, about 5 finely chopped garlic cloves. After a few minutes, I added a generous amount of high quality yellow curry (about 3 tbsp), about 1 tbsp each of sea salt, freshly ground pepper, and ground cumin. Stirred, and then grated about 3 tbsp each of fresh turmeric and ginger, and added that to the mix, along with the cauliflower florets. I stirred all ingredients well, and let sauté for a few more minutes before adding about 6 cups of fresh filtered water. Brought it all to a boil, then simmered until the cauliflower was tender (about 25 minutes). Before serving, I added some baby bok choy, chopped, and some chopped cilantro. I garnished each dish with a little whole baby bok choy, and some fresh parsley and cilantro, as well as some freshly-squeezed lime and a little Tamari.

All of this can (and should) be modified to your own taste. The main thing is to use the different ingredients, all organic, and maybe modify the measurements according to what you really like. It’s all about experimentation. This one turned out very well, and I just loved it (and still have leftovers).

Curried Cauliflower with Garbanzo Beans

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I posted this recipe last week when I made it. It appears to be one of the favorite Instagram food photos on my new account, so it deserves some recognition here! I love cauliflower, and I’m always looking for new and creative ways of preparing it. This dish was hearty enough to stand on its own; I added garbanzo beans to it, and of course a host of other ingredients that made the flavor of the dish pop like a weasel. So, here it is!

INGREDIENTS

1 large head of cauliflower, washed and cut into bite-sized florets
1 16-oz can garbanzo beans, washed and drained well
1 medium-sized tomato, deseeded and finely chopped
1 handful of fresh cilantro, washed and finely chopped
1 large sweet onion, finely chopped
5 cloves of finely chopped garlic (or less, if you’re worried about your breath)
2 tbsp yellow curry
1 tsp Garam Masala (an Indian spice for those of you unfamiliar with it)
1/2 cup water (or vegetable broth)
Salt and pepper to taste
Juice of half a lime, plus a wedge for the plate

METHOD

Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large heavy skillet. Add the chopped onion and garlic, and turn the heat down to low. Cook for about 4-5 minutes, stirring constantly so the garlic doesn’t burn. Add the curry powder and Garam Masala, and mix well. Continue cooking over low heat to let all the flavors blend for another 3-5 minutes. Add the cauliflower florets and mix well so that they are coated with the curry mixture. Turn the heat up to medium-high and stir-fry for about a minute or two before adding the water (or vegetable broth). Add the garbanzo beans, stir well, and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to low, cover and let cook for about 10 minutes. Remove the lid to test the cauliflower for doneness. Depending on how well you like your cauliflower cooked, you can cook a few minutes longer with the lid on. Remove the lid, and if there is still liquid, let it evaporate by cooking a few minutes longer. When all liquid has evaporated, add the tomato and the cilantro, stir well and cover. Turn the heat off and let it sit for a few minutes. Test for salt and pepper. Plate into bowls, squeeze a little lime juice over each bowl, and garnish with a wedge of lime on the side.

Curried Millet Salad with Baked Sockeye Salmon

Protein-rich millet is not as popular in the U.S. as quinoa, but it ought to be. The millet plant is drought-tolerant, and nutritionally it competes with quinoa. It is gluten-free and non-allergenic, with lots of fiber and other beneficial qualities. To learn more about millet, see: “12 Health Benefits of Millet” at http://www.care2.com/greenliving/12-health-benefits-of-millet.html.

I cooked the millet per package directions, then set it aside to cool. Meanwhile, I sautéed some garlic and onion in some EVOO. I added the millet and stirred it well as I sprinkled a generous amount of both turmeric and curry powder to the mixture. I served it with some fresh parsley and basil alongside my baked sockeye salmon. Not one of my vegan dishes, but high in protein and very nutritious. I had leftover millet the next day. It is the perfect main dish for a vegan meal, served with some fresh veggies or fruit on the side (which is what I did with the leftovers).

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Protein-packed Vegan patty with Salad and Dijon Dressing

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I adapted this recipe from Dana McIntyre’s “Veggie-packed Veggie Burger” (found in the Vegan category on her web site at http://thecrushingcancerkitchen.com).  She has a beautiful web site with awesomely healthy recipes; it’s well worth a visit.  I modified this recipe because I did not have all the ingredients she’d listed, and there were some others I wanted to add to mine.  One of the ingredients in this patty is turmeric (she used raw, but you can use dried).  For an overview of the health benefits attributed to turmeric, check out: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-662-turmeric.aspx?activeingredientid=662&activeingredientname=turmeric.  I didn’t have nuts, but I did have sunflower, chia, and hemp seeds.  Her recipe calls for 2 cups of nuts and/or seeds; I used 2.5 cups (1 cup each chia and hemp, and .5 cup ground sunflower seeds).  I did not have fresh beets, dulse (a red seaweed that grows on the northern coasts of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans) or flax, either.  I have had dulse many times before; I think it’s more commonly used in Canada.  Whole Foods provides a little overview of it, and some other sea vegetables on their web site: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/food-guides/sea-veggies?__federated=1.

So, some modifications to Dana McIntyre’s original recipe are what you see here.  I think the omission of dulse and beets definitely made a difference in the color, taste and texture of my rendition.  Nonetheless, it really was delicious.  Next time, I will make it using all the ingredients in her original recipe, and then make a more informed comparison.

INGREDIENTS:

1 c rolled oats

3/4 c rolled oats, ground roughly into flour-like consistency (I used my Vitamix)

1 c Chia seeds

1 c Hemp seeds

1/2 c sunflower seeds (ground in Vitamix)

1 tbsp cumin

1/2 yellow onion, diced

2 grated carrots

1 bunch of green onions, finely sliced

Large handful of cilantro, finely chopped

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 c peas, roughly pureed (I pureed half of them in Vitamix, and left the other half whole)

1 lemon, juice and zest

3 tbsp fresh dried turmeric

1 1/2 tsp sea salt

3/4 – 2 c water (depending on the consistency of the mixture at the end; add the water gradually, mix, and add more if necessary)

METHOD:

Preheat the oven to 325F.  Mix all the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.  When the consistency allows them to be formed into patties, use a plastic 1/2 cup-size dry measuring cup to pack in the mixture.  Turn it over and drop onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, lightly coated with either olive oil or coconut oil.  When all the mixture has been formed and dropped onto the sheet, moisten the bottom of the cup with a little water, and press down on each one to flatten them evenly all over.  The patties should all be the same size and thickness for best results.

Bake for 20-30 minutes, turning half way through the baking process.

(For the dressing, I just mixed equal parts fresh-squeezed lemon juice and olive oil.  Then I added Dijon mustard to taste.  If it’s too acidic after adding the mustard, add a little more olive oil.) 

“Chop Salad” Vegetable Stir Fry with Rice

The family really liked the Vegan Pulao I’d made the day before, but I wanted to make a lower simple carb version, using a bunch of really finely chopped vegetables, and just a little bit of rice mixed in after the vegetables were done. I also grilled some super firm tofu, seasoned with Flavor God “Everything Seasoning,” and a light spray of olive oil (not pictured here, but I posted a photo of that on my donnalynnfox Instagram account). This stir fry includes a mouthwatering mix of vegetables that blend together well, and create an awesome, flavorful and colorful dish.

INGREDIENTS

1 c cooked and cooled rice
1/2 large cauliflower, finely chopped
2 c very finely chopped green beans
1 c finely chopped green onions
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 carrots, scraped and very finely chopped
4 stalks celery, very finely chopped
1/2 c finely chopped cilantro
2 tbsp EVOO
Flavor God Everything Seasoning (flavorgod.com) **
Fresh-cut chives for garnish

METHOD

Heat oil in non-stick wok or frying pan over high heat. Add the beans, carrots, and celery first. Mix and stir for a few minutes until they begin to soften. Add the garlic, cauliflower, green onion and cook for about another minute while continuing to stir. Turn heat down to medium and add cilantro and season to taste. Turn heat off and cover for five minutes. Turn heat back on to medium, and add rice, stirring gently into the mixture. Remove from heat once everything is heated through, and spoon into a large family-style serving bowl. Garnish with chives.

** Flavor God seasonings are the best I’ve used. Flavor God chef and owner, Chris Wallace, grinds his herbs and spices fresh every day for orders going out that day. His business has grown exponentially over the past few months because his product is so excellent. Check out his site at flavorgod.com. I ordered his eBook and the four-seasoning combo pack. I’ll definitely be ordering more once I run out (which will likely be soon)!