Zesty Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

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 I’ve recently discovered that the celebrity chef Jamie Oliver offers many vegan recipes on his website. This one caught my attention straight away and I wasn’t disappointed.

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It is a hearty vegetable, lentil and chickpea stew topped with a thick layer of mashed sweet potatoes. The whole thing is then covered with breadcrumbs and… lemon zest! I definitely was sceptical about adding lemon zest to a shepherd’s pie recipe, but it turned to be brilliantly. The lemon zest adds just the right je ne sais quoi that make this shepherd’s pie really unique.

Link to the recipe: http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/vegetables-recipes/vegan-shepherd-s-pie/

As always… bon appétit

A

Ethiopian Feast: Atakilt Wat and Kik Alicha on Injera

First of all, let’s translate the title shall we…

Atakilt Wat is a cabbage, carrot and potato stew and this one is out of this world! I am literally in love with this dish. It is sooooo flavourful. The veggies are perfectly seasoned and melt in your mouth. And on top of it all it is such a simple and easy meal to make. Full marks on this one VeganRicha, wonderfull! I strongly recommend vegan butter (earth balance) over olive oil for this recipe. It enhances the comforting and heartiness of the dish.

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Kik Alicha is a split pea stew. Very simple, very reliable and very tasty. Shane loves split peas so this meal hit the spot with him too. It takes a  bit longer to cook than the vegetables so start it first if you are planning on making these recipes together.

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Finally the Injera. Injera is a flat bread made from fermented teff flour. Injera is a must when it comes to ethiopian cuisine, but teff flour can be hard to find and quite pricy, so you can always replace the injera with a nice flat bread or some rice. I have to admit baking the injera wasn’t easy. I was trying to use as little oil as possible and it would just keep on sticking to the pan (I’m definitely in need of a new nonstick pan). It is the same technique as cooking french crêpes, so if you can handle crêpes, injera is within your reach.

So three recipes in one this week! here are the links:

I hope you will enjoy this meal as much as I did.

Bon appétit

A

 

 

 

Wild Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash

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This is a staple recipe in our household. It’s easy, quick, delicious and packed with health. It contains whole grains, legumes, greens, mushrooms and roasted squash. You can actually use any bean you’ve got on hand and simply omit the oil for an oil-free version.

And to prove to you that it is the most simple recipe to make, my husband can make it from start to finish without supervision (he actually made the one on the picture!).

Try it out, I can’t believe I haven’t posted it already.

Link to the recipe: http://thesimpleveganista.blogspot.ca/2012/10/stuffed-acorn-squash-with-wild-rice_28.html

Bon appétit

A

Sage maple chickpeas creamy pumpkin quinoa millet

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I definitely don’t like the idea of winter coming, but I do love autumn cooking. To me, autumn is all about comfort food. I can’t wait to take out all my favourite leek, root vegetables and pumpkin recipes. This one is a new one on the list. Simply lovely! Nicely caramelized chickpeas with a flavourful pumpkin quinoa and millet blend and crunchy pumpkin seeds.

Try it out, link is here:

http://www.produceonparade.com/produce-on-parade/sage-maple-chickpeas-creamy-pumpkin-quinoa-millet

Bon appétit

A

Broad Beans and Vegetables Tajine

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We do our grocery shopping at a Lebanese grocery store and whenever there are fresh broad beans, there is always a huge crowd of people buying them by the (rather large) bag-full. So I followed the movement and bought some too (I’m such a sheep). The thing is, I had no idea what to do with them… so I came up with this tajine recipe and it turned out great.

The secret when cooking a tajine is to not be in a rush. Let it cook on low heat for a while and don’t turn the heat up, even though the amazing smell that will fill your house will make you want to speed up the process to devourer it faster. It is worth the wait.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tblsp of olive oil
  • 1 big or 2 small onions
  • 2 tomatoes diced
  • 2 carrots cut in fingers
  • 2 potatoes cut in wedges
  • about a 1/3 of a butternut squash cut in wedges
  • 10 to 12 fresh broad beans, cut open to use only the inside beans
  • 2 pinches of saffron
  • 1and1/2 tsp of ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp of ground dry ginger
  • 1 tsp of ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp of paprika
  • 1 pinch of ground cloves
  • 1/4 cup of fresh coriander (cilantro)
  • 3 branches of fresh thyme
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup of vegetable broth
  • some fresh parsley or coriander for garnish

Put the bottom plate of the tajine on low heat and add the oil. Cook the onions in the oil, stirring now and then until they are soft but not brown. Add the tomatoes to the onions and cook for another 10 to 15 minutes. While the onions and tomatoes are cooking, add all the spices to the broth and stir.

When the onions and tomatoes are both soft, place the vegetables in a circle creating a kind of a tipi shape (or tajine shape!). Add the broad beans, fresh coriander and thyme on top of your vegetable sculpture and poor the broth over everything. Cover and cook until the vegetables and beans are well tender, which can take anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes. Every 10 minutes, using a baster, pour some of the broth at the bottom of the tajine onto the vegetables. If the tajine overflows (happens to me a lot!), remove some broth and if the bottom gets dry (has never happened to me yet), add more broth.

Voilà

Bon appétit

xxx

A

Falafel Avocado Slider

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This is simply the perfect summer meal. A warm and crispy falafel topped with creamy avocado hummus and runny tahini sauce, who could resist!

The recipe calls for chickpea flour, just use regular wheat flour instead, it holds better, either white or wholewheat works fine.

You just can’t go wrong with serving this recipe to friends and family…

Link to the recipe here.

Bon appétit

xxx

A