Hearty Vegan Curry

HEARTY VEGAN CURRY

My kids and I have been giving ourselves a good giggle singing that old school song “Back to life, back to reality”!  Well, I think many of us might be feeling that way with the holidays over and the New Year upon us.  I honestly can not believe it is 2019 as the year flew by.  I think we all might agree that 2018 was a year of much learning, transitions and at times struggle.  There were many deep lessons learned and I know I’m personally stepping away and into 2019 with a tremendous amount of new found knowledge and strength.

That being said, as we all attempt to get back into the “reality” of it all, I know we all could use some delicious, quick meals.  Meals that really taste good, don’t require a lot of time and bring some ease into the home.  This hearty vegan curry is all of that and the best part is, it takes 30 minutes to make.  You can adjust the spinach to a different veggie if you are not a fan of spinach or even leave it out.  It is very versatile and below I give extra chef tips on additions that can be added for this dish before serving it.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we did and the extra time saved which hopefully will leave more room for gathering and connecting.  I know I finished off 2018 feeling immense gratitude for my family and the cherished blessings of time together.  Every time we can pause our busy lives to gather for a family dinner, I think we remember the importance of this sacred time.  No one ever looks back and says, “I wish I had less time.”  We all wish we had more and family dinner can be an easy way we can stretch the days.  Much love, oxoxo Chef Emery

 

EQUIPMENT

Wooden spoon

Measuring cups

Measuring spoons

Medium to large stock pot with lid

INGREDIENTS

1 tbs unrefined coconut oil 

1 tbs fresh ginger minced 

2 cloves garlic peeled and minced 

1 medium yellow onion peeled and minced 

2 tbs fresh cilantro washed and minced 

2 – 15oz cans of garbanzo beans drained and rinsed 

1 -7 oz jar of tomato paste 

1 -13.5oz can of coconut milk 

1/2 cup filtered water 

1 tsp chili powder 

1 tsp smoked paprika

Pinch of sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper 

1 tbs real maple syrup

5-6 cups fresh spinach washed 

METHOD 

Take a medium to large stock pot and add coconut oil, then place your heat on your stove top to medium.  Once hot, add the ginger, garlic, onion and fresh cilantro.  Sauté for 5-8 minutes till onion is translucent, then add garbanzo beans, tomato paste, coconut milk, filtered water, chili powder, smoked paprika, sea salt, black pepper and maple syrup.  Bring to a quick boil then reduce to low and cook for 5 minutes.  Now add the spinach and then place the lid on the pot.  Cook for another 20 minutes so that the spinach wilts and all the flavors can come together.

We are serving ours over a brown rice and basmati mix which is optional but really makes this dish so nice.  Extra additions that can be added to fancy it up would be flaked coconut, raisins and a cucumber raita just to name a few.  Enjoy from my kitchen to yours!

 

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Seasonal Holiday Cranberry Sauce

SEASONAL HOLIDAY CRANBERRY SAUCE

We are all getting into the spirit of holidays and I really love this time of year.  It always has this cozy feeling and I get really excited about all the traditional holiday recipes.  I have to say cranberry sauce is one of my favorite additions to the thanksgiving table and the color alone of these gorgeous vibrant seasonal cranberries get me every time!  It is not limited to Thanksgiving either, be sure to use this at Christmas or with any holiday roast!  There is a reason too that cranberries are in season this time of year as the are packed with powerful antioxidants and rich in vitamin C making them a powerful immunity booster.  We sure could use all the help we can get during flu season with all the holiday hustle and bustle and I’m always amazed how nature supports us.

I absolutely love this recipe because the tartness of the cranberries is paired with a touch of citrus.   I also like to cut the sugar in half as I really don’t think cranberry sauce needs all that sugar and it allows the true flavor of the cranberries to reveal themselves while still not becoming to tart.  This recipe is super easy, delicious and quick and in my opinion and so much better than the cranberry sauce that comes in a can.  I also like to double the recipe and then tie the glass containers with a bow to give out as gifts or to bring to a party.

EQUIPMENT:

Medium saucepan

Measuring cups

Measuring spoons

Microplane or zester for grating

INGREDIENTS:

Zest of one organic lemon

Zest one organic orange 

Pinch of sea salt

1 tsp cinnamon

Grated fresh nutmeg, the equivalent of 1 tsp (optional)

1 1/2 cup organic sugar

1 1/2 cup water

1 package organic cranberries 

METHOD:

Put all of the above ingredients in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil then let reduce for 30 minutes till the liquid reduces to about half and sauce is nice and thick.  Let cool and then store in glass containers and place in your refrigerator.  Can be kept in an airtight glass container for up to 7-10 days in your fridge.

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Vegan Cannellini and Garbanzo Bean Meatballs with a Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

It is world vegan day today and it go me thinking about delicious vegan recipe ideas!  Even if your not a vegan, these are so yummy and even my kids surprisingly loved these wholesome bowls.  I really believe we all could benefit from eating at least 2-3 plant based meals during the week and dishes like this are a fun way to do it.  They are super versatile as you can add whatever sauté veggies or roasted veggies you love.  I made vegan rice bowls and piled it high with sautéed purple cabbage, mushrooms and kale along with some sliced avocado but there are endless options.  You could serve these meatballs over pasta or with sweet potatoes, squash, regular roasted potatoes or make falafel sandwiches or pita sandwiches and then pile high with these meatballs.  This fantastic red pepper sauce can also be used in a variety of ways.  It is lovely as a dressing for just about any veggie, salad or even over tofu.

Vegan Cannellini and Garbanzo Bean Meatballs with a Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Tools:

Measuring Spoons

Measuring Cups

Food Processor

Parchment Paper

Cookie Sheet

Large Sauté Pan

Ingredients:

For Meatballs:

2 tbs olive oil

1 1/2 onions peeled and sliced

4 cloves garlic peeled and minced

Pinch of sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper 

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp dried oregano 

2 tbs fresh cilantro washed and minced 

1 can cannellini beans drained and rinsed

1 can garbanzo beans drained and rinsed 

Reserve 1/4 cup of the onion, garlic mixture once cooked for red pepper sauce 

For Red Pepper Sauce:

Juice of one lemon

Pinch of sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper 

2 tbs Fresh cilantro washed 

1/4 cup of the remaining sautéed onions and garlic 

2/3 cup avocado mayonnaise 

2 large roasted red peppers 

2 tbs tahini 

1 small ripe avocado with pit removed and flesh scooped out 

Method:

Preheat oven to 375

Take a large sauté pan and add olive oil then place heat on your stove top to medium.  Then add onions, garlic, sea salt, black pepper, cumin, chili powder, oregano, and fresh cilantro.  Sauté approximately 10 minutes till onions are translucent and all of the flavors come together.  Set aside briefly.  Empty the cannellini beans and garbanzo beans into your food processor.  Now add the onion and garlic mixture into the food processor along with the beans.  Pulse continually till it forms a thick paste.  Line your cookie sheet with parchment paper then use an ice cream scoop or large spoon and form individual meatballs.  This recipe will make approximately one dozen.   Chef’s note:  the c0nsistency of the meatballs will be sticky.  Bake in the oven at 375 for 30-35 minutes till the meatballs are golden brown.  Turn the oven off and let meatballs rest the oven to stay warm while you make the red pepper sauce.

Using your food processor, add lemon juice, sea salt, black pepper, fresh cilantro, remaining sautéed onions and garlic, avocado mayo, roasted red peppers, tahini and avocado.  Pulse until the sauce runs smooth and all of the ingredients come together.  I like to leave it in the food processor and pulse it one last time before I serve it over my vegan bowls.

Assemble the bowls whatever way you like over cooked rice, roasted potatoes, etc. and along with whatever your favorite veggies are then drizzle with this fabulous red pepper sauce.  Super delicious and makes fabulous leftovers and meal preparation for the week!

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Deconstructed Spring Roll Salad

Deconstructed Spring Roll Salad 

It has been so hot out there that the idea of even heating an oven seemed not only like a bad idea but not possible.  Up here in Maine we aren’t used to these warms temps but hey thank god for recipes like this!  Today was a typical crazy busy day between work, managing my children’s busy summer schedules, add the idea of cooking in this heat and I needed something quick, easy and delicious.  This magical deconstructed spring roll salad was born and viola, life was manageable again lol!

This was super easy to assemble, required zero effort from my oven (so all those who store their sweaters in their oven can put them back in there..you know who you are) and was so refreshing and delicious.  My kids really loved it to and I loved that there were leftovers that I could store in my favorite mason jar for my next days lunch.  Yes!  This would also make fabulous meal prep for your week as you could make multiple mason jars that you could grab on the go for lunches.  I also thought it looked so beautiful that it would be a fantastic show stopper for entertaining or for taking to your next BBQ or potluck.  Either way it is sure to please and I hope you enjoy it!

Serves 2-4

Equipment

Tea kettle for boiling water

One large bowl

One medium bowl

One small bowl

Fork or Whisk

Ingredients:

For Dressing:

1/2 cup rice vinegar

1/4 cup sesame oil

3 tbs fish sauce

Juice of one lime

2 tbs real maple syrup

Pinch of sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

For Salad:

2 packages of bean thread noodles soaked in hot water for 5-6 minutes till tender

1/2 large napa cabbage washed and chopped

1 red pepper washed, cored and diced

1 1/2 cucumbers washed, peeled and sliced

1 avocado washed, pit and skin removed then sliced

1 bunch fresh cilantro washed, stems removed

3 carrots washed, peeled and sliced into matchsticks

1/2 cup cashews or peanuts crushed ( I personally love @grandyoats nuts) https://www.grandyoats.com

 

The Method

Take a small bowl and add rice vinegar, sesame oil, fish sauce, lime juice, maple syrup, sea salt and black pepper.  Whisk well and set aside briefly so flavors can come together.

Take your kettle and place your stove top to high heat till the water is hot but not boiling.  Take a medium size bowl and add bean thread noodles then pour the hot water over the noodles till just covered.  Let rest in the hot water for 5-8 minutes till the noodles become tender then strain immediately and set aside briefly.

Take your large bowl and add chopped Napa cabbage, then add red pepper, cucumbers, sliced avocado, fresh cilantro and carrots.  I like to lay the vegetables in bunches around the edge of the salad.  Then place the tender bean thread noodles in the center.  Now add crushed peanuts or cashews on top of the noodles.  Whisk the dressing one more time then pour over the whole salad.  Toss well.  Ideally let the salad marinate for 30 minutes so all the flavors can come together.  Serve immediately or store in individual mason jars which can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Enjoy!

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Vegan Dark Chocolate “Almond Joys”

 

 

VEGAN DARK CHOCOLATE ALMOND JOYS

I absolutely love this time of year.  It really inspires me to think of creative ways to make treats that are absolutely delicious but good for you too!  I grew up loving this traditional candy bar as a child but as Rose-Marie Swift recently said, “We live in a world where chemicals are gods and naturals are ridiculed.” It got me thinking about how I could make a delicious version of the traditional “Almond Joy” favorite without all the extra ingredients that we don’t need.  I love how this recipe turned out because they are not too sweet and are the perfect combination of crunchy almonds, coconut flakes, sea salt and chocolate.

There are a little tricky to make because of the cocoa butter but if you have the patience,  they are well worth it and I think your up for the challenge.  I’ve been really enjoying one of these babies with a hot cup of tea in the afternoon and it really hits the spot!  I can’t wait for you to try them too.

EQUIPMENT

Parchment paper

A double boiler or two pots of equal size

8 by 8 by 2” baking pan

Measuring cups

Measuring spoons

Rubber Spatula

Sharp knife

INGREDIENTS 

2 cups organic cocoa butter

Pinch of sea salt

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups unsweetened shredded organic coconut flakes

3 tbs organic real maple syrup

5 to 6 of your favorite dark chocolate bars for melting

16 organic almonds

METHOD

Take a double boiler or two pots of the same size.  Place water in the pot that will be on the bottom, then place the other pot on top.  Add the cocoa butter and place heat on medium.  The cocoa butter will begin to melt slowly.  As it is melting, add a pinch of sea salt and the vanilla extract.  Once the cocoa butter is completely melted, add the coconut flakes, maple syrup and stir with a spoon till all the ingredients are fully combined.  Take a 8 by 8 by 2″ pan and line it with parchment paper.  Take the coconut, cocoa butter mixture and press it into the bottom of the pan evenly so that fills the whole pan.  Place it in the freezer for 30 minutes till the mixture becomes nice and firm.

While the mixture is getting firm, clean your double boiler or two pots and now once again place water in the pot on the bottom.  Place the other pot on top and add the chocolate, then place the heat on medium.  Let the chocolate completely melt. Then set aside.

Once the coconut, cocoa butter mixture is hard, remove it from the refrigerator.  Lift it carefully out of the pan keeping the parchment paper on the back.  Use a sharp knife and cut them into rectangular bars.  This recipe made 8 bars.  Place 2 almonds on top of each bar.

 

Now lets get to the tricky part because you need to work quickly because the melted chocolate will start to melt the cocoa butter in the bars!  Place a clean piece of parchment paper down next to your melted chocolate, then also have a spoon ready for your melted chocolate.  Use a spatula and place one of the rectangular bars at a time onto the spatula then very gently place it into the melted chocolate using a spoon to pour the chocolate over the top of the bar so that it is fully covered with chocolate. Then let is rest on the parchment paper and repeat till you’ve done this with all the bars.    I like to sprinkle additional sea salt on each bar but this is a preference.  Now quickly slide the parchment paper onto a firm flat surface like a cookie sheet and then place into your refrigerator and let chill for 30 minutes till hard.

Once hard, remove from refrigerator and use a sharp knife to cut around each one so that they are in nicely shaped rectangular bars.  Now use a firm spatula and remove each bar from parchment paper and store in an airtight glass container with a top in your refrigerator or at room temperature.  These will last in the refrigerator for at least 9-10 days and at room temperature for 5-7 days.

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Curried Vegan Red Dal

 

As the New Year approaches, I always spend time reflecting about my year with gratitude. What I’ve learned, how I grew, what I’m ready to let go of and what I’m ready to bring more of into the New Year. I hope that we can all agree that bringing more peace might be at the forefront of our own lives and the planet’s. I know personally that it is something that has been on my mind.

Specifically, I have been thinking a lot about how are our choices impact and effect our carbon footprint. We have more power than one might think. If we each individually made a commitment to using less plastic along with reusable water bottles, grocery bags, recycling, supporting local farms and food that has traveled less, we can make a difference. We vote with our dollars and we impact change one by one. One of my New Year commitments will be buying reusable fruit and vegetable bags so that I’m not putting my produce in plastic bags when grocery shopping. It’s just a small adjustment but can you imagine the effects if we all made an adjustment like this? I always recycle my current plastic bags but recycling is not enough because even with recycling, it takes a long time for plastic to break down. The solution really is using less plastic and purchasing less things that are adding to our carbon footprint.

Sustainable, organic local food has always been at the foundation of my work as an organic female chef. I truly believe this is one of the ways that we can build a foundation of health for ourselves and the planet. This paired with mindfulness for nature. The theory that what we take, we give back and are mindful when doing so. I love the French term “doucement” which means slowly or just a little. This is how I view my relationship with food and how I come to building my relationship with food as a chef. Personally, we’ve always eaten lots of fruits and vegetables and the majority of our diet is plant based. When we do supplement with meat, there is tremendous gratitude and understanding behind it. We eat it sparingly and only source meat from local farms where the animal was cared for and butchered in a mindful way. Food is meant to be nourishing and when we cook it with well sourced ingredients it just tastes different than that item that sat on the grocery shelves for weeks.

I wanted to share this recipe that we eat fairly regularly in our home. It’s fair to say its a staple. I want people to experience vegetarian and vegan recipes that are flavorful, delicious, easy to prepare and dishes that the whole family will enjoy. My kids absolutely love this curry dish and so do we! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Curried Vegan Red Dal

1 medium head of organic cauliflower washed and cut into bite size pieces

1 medium organic onion peeled and diced

1 tbs fresh organic ginger minced

2 cloves of fresh organic garlic peeled andminced

2 tbs mild curry powder (spicy curry powder may be used if that is your preference)

1/4 cup fresh cilantro washed and minced

1 1/2 cup organic red lentils

32 fl oz. organic vegetable stock or homemade stock

2 tbs sweet mango chutney (optional)

1/4 cup organic raisins

1 tbs organic coconut oil

Pinch of sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Take a medium stock pot with a lid and add coconut oil then place the heat on medium. Once the coconut oil melts, add minced onion, sea salt and black pepper. Sauté approx. 8 minutes till the onions are translucent then add minced fresh ginger, garlic, fresh cilantro and 1 tbs of the curry powder. Cook approx. 2-3 minutes then quickly add the red lentils and cauliflower. Stir quickly then immediately add the stock, the other 1 tbs of curry powder and the mango chutney. Bring the heat up to high till the curry just begins to start to simmer then immediately reduce to low. Add the raisins then place the top on the pot and let cook for approx. 10 to 15 minutes. Chef’s note ** the liquid will reduce.

I generally serve this with steamed basmati rice and you can make this fancy if serving to guests by offering optional toppings to add to their bowls of curry such as additional raisins, coconut flakes, mango chutney, fresh cilantro and even a spoonful of plain coconut yogurt to finish it off.

Enjoy!! – Chef Emery oxoxoxo

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