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sprouted lentil stew with carrots, zucchini, a…

sprouted lentil stew with carrots, zucchini, and sweet potatoes

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ingredients:

  • 1 cup dried lentils (I used brown but it doesn’t matter)
  • 2 carrots

  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 1 zucchini
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2 small yellow onions
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup broken vermicelli or other pasta (optional)
  • 2 litres vegetable stock or broth
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds or 4 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds or 4 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp fennel seeds or ¾ tsp ground fennel
  • ½ tsp anise seeds or ¾ tsp ground anise
  • ½ tsp caraway seeds or ¾ tsp ground caraway
  • ½ tsp mixed Italian herbs
  • 2 tsp whole black pepper or 1 tbsp ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp whole white pepper or ½ ground white pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp salt or to taste
  • lemon juice or cheese to serve (optional)

instructions:

1. sprout lentils: rinse them and soak them in a generous amount of water (they’ll roughly double in size) overnight. drain and rinse and leave them in a jar or other container for two to three days,

rinsing and draining them about once a day, until they’ve grown tails 2-3 centimeters in length.

2. prepare vegetables: peel carrots and sweet potatoes and cut into small cubes; slice and quarter zucchini; peel tomatoes (letting them sit in boiling water for about a minute will make this easy) and dice them; dice onions and mince garlic.

3. (optional, if not using store-bought) make broth by placing vegetable scraps and peels, along with bay leaves and a few teaspoons of whole spices, in a large pot with enough water to cover. cover and bring to a boil, then simmer for at least an hour. you can use almost anything for this but you’ll want to avoid using cruciferous vegetables or too many onion scraps lest the broth become bitter.

4. (if using whole spices) toast bay leaves, coriander, black pepper, white pepper, cumin, fennel, anise, and caraway seeds over medium heat in a dry pan for a few minutes until fragrant and a shade darker. you may want to toast the coriander and pepper separately as they may take a bit longer than the smaller seeds. allow to cool, grind using a mortar & pestle or spice/coffee grinder, and sieve. add herbs and salt.

5. heat olive oil in a large pot over medium high until sputtering. add onions and a few teaspoons of the spice mixture and cook for about 5 minutes until softened. add garlic and cook for about 30 seconds until fragrant. add sweet potatoes, carrots, and remaining spices and cook for another 3 minutes, stirring often.

6. add diced tomatoes and vegetable broth. raise heat to high and bring to a boil. taste and adjust spices. lower heat and cover. simmer for 20-30 minutes until potatoes and carrots are almost cooked.

7. add zucchini and cook for another 15 minutes.

add lentils and cook until warmed through. (optional) add pasta at the appropriate point for it to be cooked at the end of the cooking time.

8. taste and adjust spices. (optional) serve with lemon juice or grated cheese.

Moroccan cauliflower tajine with carrots, pota…

Moroccan cauliflower tajine with carrots, potato, and olives

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ingredients:

  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 small head of cauliflower
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 3 potatoes (to replace the meat that’s more common in a cauliflower tajine)
  • 2-3 large carrots
  • ½ cup bitter olives
  • pinch of saffron
  • 1 bouquet of parsley
  • 1 bouquet of cilantro
  • 1 tbsp salt, or to taste
  • 2 tsp ras el hanout (optional)
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 stick of cinnamon, or 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp cardamom
  • ½ tsp mace (or substitute nutmeg)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 cup water

instructions:

1. prepare the vegetables: quarter or slice the tomatoes; peel and cut the potatoes into (very) large cubes; peel carrots and cut in half lengthwise (from the greens end to the tip) and crosswise; break the cauliflower into large florets.

2. place chopped onion, garlic, and saffron in the bottom of a large clay cooking tajine (you can also use a Dutch oven, a slow cooker, or a thick pot with a diffuser).

3. arrange the vegetables that take the longest to cook on the bottom of the tajine and the ones that cook the fastest towards the top. in this case, the potatoes are added first, then the carrots, then the cauliflower, then the olives. I prefer to quarter the tomatoes and put them in the centre underneath the other vegetables, but you can also slice them and lay them on top.

4. add parsley and cilantro over top of the vegetables, then sprinkle the spices evenly over the tajine. drizzle ¼ cup of olive oil and 1 cup of water over the spices and vegetables.

5. cover and cook on low for 2 to 3 hours, occasionally pouring liquid from the bottom of the tajine back over the top of the vegetables, until vegetables are tender and cooked all the way through.

vegan carrot cake

vegan carrot cake

recipe under the cut!

makes one two-layered 9″ cake, or one 9″ x 13″ loaf

INGREDIENTS:

for the cake:

  • 3 ¼ cups (390g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups (200g) shredded carrot
  • 2 cups (440g) light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • about 1 cup total chopped and toasted walnuts and/or pecans (optional)
  • 2/3 cup (160mL) vegetable oil
  • 2 cups (470mL) water
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp plus 1 tsp vanilla extract

for the cream cheese frosting (makes a generous amount):

  • 12oz vegan cream cheese (1 and a half standard tubs)
  • ½ cup (1 stick) vegan margarine, softened
  • ½ cup (115g) vegan sour cream
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3-4 cups (375-500g) vegan powdered sugar
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • toasted walnuts and pecans for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS:

for the cake:

1. combine flour, brown sugar, salt, baking soda, and spices in a large bowl (if measuring flour by volume, gently spoon it into a measuring cup until it’s heaping and then level it off. brown sugar should be packed tightly into the measuring cup).

2. grate, or shred using a food processor, peeled carrots or baby carrots and mix into the other dry ingredients. toast chopped walnuts and pecans on a dry skillet over medium heat for a few minutes until a shade darker and add half to most of them to the batter, if desired.

3. mix the wet ingredients–oil, water, vinegar, and vanilla–into a small bowl. add into wet ingredients and stir until well combined.

4. grease two 9″ cake pans, or one 9″ x 13″ loaf pan, then line the bottoms and sides with parchment paper (you made need to use two separate pieces–one for the bottoms and one for the sides). divide the batter evenly between the pans and bake at 350 F (175 C) for 35 – 45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out dry.

for the frosting:

1. combine cream cheese, margarine, and sour cream in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until creamy. stir in maple syrup and vanilla.

2. add sugar one cup at a time, continuing to beat, until the desired consistency is achieved (it should be thick enough to coat the sides of the cake). add nutmeg if desired.

to assemble:

1. allow cake to cool for ten minutes before removing from cake pans (the parchment paper should make this easy–if you didn’t use any and your cakes are stuck, just flip the pans upside down and wait) and allow to cool completely before frosting. top with the remaining toasted nuts.

Moroccan vegetable tajine

Moroccan vegetable tajine

recipe under the cut!

ingredients:

  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 3 potatoes
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 yellow squash
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ½ cup green olives
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp salt, or to taste
  • ½ tsp cardamom
  • ½ tsp mace
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 sticks of cinnamon
  • pinch of saffron
  • 1 bouquet of parsley
  • 1 bouquet of cilantro

this is a good baseline, but you can also substitute out or add other vegetables/fruits as you please (popular ones also include cauliflower, turnips, peas, dried plums, and green beans), or play with the spices.

instructions:

1. prepare the vegetables: quarter or slice the tomatoes; peel and cut the potatoes into (very) large cubes; peel carrots and cut in half lengthwise (from the greens end to the tip) and crosswise; cut the yellow squash in half lengthwise and crosswise; cut the zucchini in half or in quarters (depending on its size) lengthwise and in half crosswise.

2. place chopped onion, garlic, and saffron in the bottom of a large clay cooking tajine (you can also use a Dutch oven, a slow cooker, or a thick pot with a diffuser).

3. arrange the vegetables that take the longest to cook on the bottom of the tajine and the ones that cook the fastest towards the top. in this case, the potatoes are added first, then the carrots, then the squash and the olives. I prefer to quarter the tomatoes and put them in the centre, but you can also slice them and lay them on top.

4. add parsley and cilantro over top of the vegetables, then sprinkle the spices evenly over the tajine. drizzle ¼ cup of olive oil and 1 cup of water over the spices and vegetables.

5. cover and cook on low for about 2 hours, occasionally pouring liquid from the bottom of the tajine back over the top of the vegetables, until vegetables are cooked.

Chinese vegetable stir-fry with crispy noodles…

Chinese vegetable stir-fry with crispy noodles

recipe under the cut!

INGREDIENTS:

for the stir fry:

  • 2 tbsp neutral frying oil (sesame, vegetable, canola)
  • 1 8oz bag of chow mein noodles
  • 4 large shiitake mushrooms, slivered (about 1 cup)
  • 1 cup snow peas
  • 1 yellow pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2-4 carrots, sliced or julienned (about 1 cup)
  • 1 cup baby corn
  • 1 ½ cup broccoli florets
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, crushed and minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated

for the sauce:

  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tsp white pepper
  • 1 tbsp sweet chili sauce
  • 2 tsp Chinese five-spice

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. mix the ingredients for the sauce and set aside.

(all ingredients should be kept at room temperature or colder: heat will cause the cornstarch to clump.)

2. coat noodles with 2 tbsp of oil in a large bowl.

3. heat a large pan, or a wok on a wok ring if you have a gas stove (otherwise the wok won’t get hot enough), over high heat. fry the noodles, stirring constantly, until light brown and crispy. set aside.

4. heat ¼ cup oil over high heat in your wok or pan. add garlic, ginger, and onion and fry, stirring constantly, for a few minutes until the onion begins to soften.

5. add broccoli and baby corn and continue frying for another minute.

6. add the carrots, mushrooms, snow peas, and yellow pepper and fry until the pepper begins to soften.

7. pour in the sauce and continue frying until the sauce thickens. add in bean sprouts and continue to cook for about a minute, until the sprouts are wilted.

8. pour vegetable and sauce mixture over the noodles and serve.

Moroccan vegetable couscous (without a couscoussier!)recipe…

Moroccan vegetable couscous (without a couscoussier!)

recipe under the cut

serves about 10

INGREDIENTS:

for the vegetables:

  • 1 onion
  • 2 potatoes or sweet potatoes
  • 2 turnips
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 zucchini
  • 3 medium tomatoes
  • ½ of a small cabbage
  • 1 cup of dried chickpeas, soaked overnight, or 1 can of chickpeas
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 4-5 tbsp ras el hanout spice blend
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon or 1 whole cinnamon stick
  • 1 large pinch saffron
  • salt to taste (about 1 tbsp)
  • ¼ cup parsley
  • ¼ cup cilantro
  • 1-2 red chili peppers

this is a good baseline but feel free to add in or substitute whatever vegetables you like or have on hand! other vegetables you can try include pumpkin and eggplant.

for the couscous:

  • 3 cups dry Moroccan couscous
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp smen (Moroccan clarified butter), butter, or vegan margarine (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

for the vegetables:

1. prepare the vegetables: chop the onion, peel the potatoes and turnips and cut them into large cubes; peel the carrots and cut them into large chunks (horizontally in pieces of about 3 inches and then in half lengthwise); wash the zucchini and cut it in the same way; peel the tomatoes (placing them in a covered bowl for about a minute with some boiling water should make this easy) and cut them into forths, keeping the seeds; cut the cabbage into very large pieces; and dice the parsley and cilantro.

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2. heat olive oil in a large pot on medium-high until it starts to shimmer. add chopped onion and ras el hanout, cumin, paprika, ginger, cinnamon, and salt and saute until the onion begins to turn transluent (about 8 minutes).

3. lower the heat to medium / medium-low. add potatoes, turnips, carrots, tomatoes, cabbage, chickpeas (if using dried), saffron, parsley, and cilantro to the pot along with 2 cups of water. cover and cook for about an hour.

4. add the zucchini, red chilis, chickpeas (if using canned) and another cup of water. taste and adjust spices. cover and continue to cook until the zucchini is slightly soft, about 15 minutes. remove from heat.

for the couscous:

1. add 3 cups of couscous to a large bowl. add olive oil and work the couscous with your fingers until the grains are coated in the oil.

2. add salt and boiling water, then cover the bowl. allow couscous to steam for about 10 minutes.

3. add butter if desired and fluff up the couscous with a fork–it should be cooked through and much larger in volume.

to serve:

1. in a large dish, pile the couscous in a dome-like shape.

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2. pour some of the sauce from the pot over the couscous, then top the dome with the vegetables as desired. (make sure to fish out the cinnamon stick if you used one!)

couscous dishes are always eaten with khobz and are especially popular during Ramadhan.