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Curried Split Pea Soup

Posted by on Oct 26, 2012 in Skinny Recipes, Vegan $1 Menu | 0 comments

Curried Split Pea Soup

3 C spinach

4 C split peas
1 Tbs veg oil
1 C chopped onion
1 Tbs minced garlic

1 Tbs ginger
1 tsp cumin

1 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp cayenne

Saute onion and garlic in large pot.
Add spices and saute for 3 minutes
Add split peas and 8 cups of water
Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer until peas are soft
Add spinach – cook until wilted

Ackee no Saltfish

Posted by on Oct 23, 2012 in Skinny Recipes | 2 comments

Ackee no Saltfish

When I first became vegan I thought I would miss traditional dishes that my mother used to make.  At the top of my list was Ackee and Saltfish.  As it turns out, the best part of ackee and saltfish is the ackee.  When I took my first bite of this vegan version of one of my childhood favorites, I didn’t miss the fish at all.  

1 can ackee, drained 
1/2  red bell pepper, diced
1 medium tomato, diced 
1 C spinach
1/2 white onion 
1Tbs thyme
1 tsp rosemary 
1 Tbs coconut oil 
Salt
Pepper 

Boil a pot of water to briefly dip the drained ackee into before draining a second time
Saute onion in oil until translucent
Add bell pepper, tomato, and spices 
Saute for five minutes
Add drained ackee – heat thoroughly  
Salt and pepper to taste



Organic Wild Coconut Rice

Posted by on Oct 22, 2012 in Vegan $1 Menu | 0 comments

Organic Wild Coconut Rice

This is a totally hands off 5 minute prep recipe if you use a rice cooker.  If you don’t have a rice cooker you could use the microwave but you will have to watch it to avoid overcooking. 

2 C rice (I used an organic wild rice blend)
2 C water
2 C coconut milk
1/2 cup grated coconut (unsweetened)
1/2 tsp red chilli pepper
1/2 Tbs garam masala
1/2 tsp ginger

Combine all ingredients
Cook until water has evaporated and desired texture is obtained 

Remember that soaking your rice ahead of time increases the nutritional value of the rice and reduces cooking time.

White Bean Hummus

Posted by on Oct 18, 2012 in Skinny Recipes | 0 comments

White Bean Hummus

2 cans white beans
1 Tbs lemon juice
2 Tbs minced garlic
1/2 C tahnini
1/2 C olive oil
salt
pepper

Blend all ingredients in food processor
Pair with warm pita bread

Kale and Potato Soup

Posted by on Oct 17, 2012 in OAMC, Skinny Recipes, Vegan $1 Menu | 0 comments

Kale and Potato Soup

I’ve been missing soup weather.  I’m not quite sure we are there yet but this would also work well in a crockpot without generating too much heat. 

kale
  

10 oz bag kale
3 potatoes
1 chopped onion
1 Tbs olive oil
1 Tbs minced garlic
5 C veggie stock
salt
pepper

Saute onion and garlic in the olive oil until onion is clear and soft
Add 2 cups water and the potatoes
Simmer until potatoes start to soften
Steam kale seperately
When potatoes are well done, puree half with the remaining water
Combine all ingredients

No Shell Taco Salad

Posted by on Oct 17, 2012 in Skinny Recipes, Vegan $1 Menu | 2 comments

No Shell Taco Salad

I love refried beans.  I’m not so excited about lard or excess preservatives. I’ve found a great solution, blending black beans with taco seasoning.
1/2 avocado
1 cup black beans
1/2 packet of taco seasoning
3 cups shredded lettuce

Mash black beans with fork and blend with taco seasoning
Cut avocado into cubes
Mix with lettuce

 

Marinated Pan Fried Tofu and Raw Kale Salad

Posted by on Oct 13, 2012 in Raw, Skinny Recipes | 0 comments

Marinated Pan Fried Tofu and Raw Kale Salad

This was my first time using my new tofu press. I’m thoroughly impressed. Previously squeezing the excess moisture out of tofu involved stacking books on top of a block of tofu wrapped in paper towels bundled in a hand towel. It was far too involved.  The new tofu press shaved at least 15 minutes off the total prep time for this recipe.

1/4 C Sriracha
1/4 C apple cider vinegar
1/4 C Bragg’s Liquid Aminos  
1/2 C water
1/2 C peanut sauce 
1 block firm tofu 
10oz bag raw kale 
1 Tbs sesame oil 

Whisk liquid ingredients together
Pour half of mixture over kale and massage until leaves begin to soften (wear gloves to protect your hands from the sriracha – it’s that hot)

Use your preferred method for removing excess moisture from tofu (here is a popular choice How to Marinate Tofu)
Cut tofu into squares
Use the remaining liquid ingredient mixture to marinate tofu for one hour.  

Pan fry tofu in sesame oil until brown

Serve tofu and kale with side of rice 
Today I used an organic wild rice and quinoa blend.  I found the warmth of the rice and tofu  perfectly complemented the cool temperature of the kale and the spicy heat of the Sriracha. 

Southwestern Salad

Posted by on Oct 10, 2012 in Vegan $1 Menu | 2 comments

Southwestern Salad

1 packet Aldi Spicy Guacamole
2 shredded romaine hearts
1 C diced tomatoes
1 C chickpeas or black beans

This filling salad only costs less than a dollar per serving. 
Aldi carries some packaged organic items and is great for conventional produce.  Their main site has several recipes posted, some of which are vegetarian/veganizable.  I’ve  also found an entire blog dedicated to Vegan/Vegetarian Aldi recipes. 
 

Easy Vegan Trader Joe’s Lunch

Posted by on Oct 9, 2012 in Miscellaneous | 5 comments

Easy Vegan Trader Joe’s Lunch

 

If you don’t live within driving distance of a Trader Joe’s, you have my deepest condolences.  Trader Joe’s is incredibly vegan friendly and far more reasonably priced than Whole Foods.  Today’s lunch cost less than 2 bucks. 

Dandy Basil Strawberry Smoothie

Posted by on Oct 8, 2012 in Raw, Skinny Recipes, Vegan $1 Menu | 0 comments

Dandy Basil Strawberry Smoothie

1 C frozen strawberries
1 frozen banana
2 Tbs Dandy Blend ( or ground coffee)
10 basil leaves
1 C water
1 C almond milk

Combine ingredients in blender.
Blend until smooth.