Category Archives: Vegan

Wasted Time

Twice Baked Potatoes – Samosa Style

This recipe is probably one of the first ones I ever wrote down as a MUST DO and I’m finally getting to it – four years later! The original recipe that I saw oh so long ago featured a standard russet potato, but I knew from the beginning that I wanted to try a sweet potato.  While regular potatoes are rather awesome, sweet potatoes are the definition of perfection in my opinion.  Previous curry experience gave me the confidence needed to start experimenting which is why this recipe went from a standard baked potato to a glorious twice-baked potato.  Twice baking gave all the ingredients time to get acquainted with each other, something I was worried wouldn’t happen in just making a topping and pouring it on top.

Wasted Time

Serves 2-3

Ingredients

  • 2 Sweet Potatoes
  • 1/2 tbsp curry powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp amchur powder (dried mango powder)
  • 1/4 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/2 cup cauliflower, very well diced

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425. Wrap the sweet potatoes in tin foil and bake in over for 30 minutes.
  2. Remove and slice potatoes in half length-wise. Gently scoop out the potato, leaving the skin in the tin foil, and remove to a small bowl.
  3. Add the curry, amchur, and cumin to the potato and mix well before folding in the cauliflower and peas.
  4. Spoon the potato mixture back in to the skins and bake, open side up, for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to sit for 5 minutes.
  5. Serve and enjoy!
http://www.dancingveggies.com/blog/2014/04/wasted-time.html

The real trick with this dish is cutting up the cauliflower as close to the same size as the peas as possible.   Not only does it insure everything fits inside the potato skin, it helps keep an even cooking time.  I’m also sending this potato-tastic dish over to /52weeksofcooking for their potato challenge – for while it’s a bit late it’s the perfect dish as it’s all about the potato!

Bring it all Back

Curry Cauliflower Soup

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Finally reaching the end of hot soup season – time to put away the stock pot and the dutch oven and get ready for fresh vegetables and cool dishes.  However Mother Nature seems to be wishy-washy right now, and a few of these rainy days have been downright cold!  So brought out my reliable pot and got to work creating a dish that would warm us up, while taking advantage of the early spring produce.  Early spring is the only time I ever get cauliflower, as much as I enjoy the stuff the price is more than a bit insane the rest of the year.  So for these few weeks I will enjoy this pale beauty and figure out how many different ways I can prepare it.

Bring it all Back

Serves 4-5

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp yellow curry powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp amchur powder
  • 4 scallions, cut 3/4 way up the greens and divided white vs. green
  • 3 cups cauliflower, florets only
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek Yogurt (I used So Delicious Coconut Style)

Instructions

  1. Heat the vegetable oil over medium heat in a large dutch oven. Add the curry powder, cumin, and amchur powder and cook for 2 minutes. Add the white part of the scallions and continue cooking for 3 minutes.
  2. Add the cauliflower and stir well to fully mix in the spices. Continue cooking for 5 minutes, then stir in the stock. Bring to a boil, then covern and turn heat to low. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup, folding in the yogurt. Cook for a final 5 minutes and then serve.
  4. Top with the scallion greens and enjoy!
http://www.dancingveggies.com/blog/2014/04/bring-it-all-back.html

For those of you that do “normal” dairy I still recommend using the coconut yogurt as it really adds something to the soup.  While the coconut yogurt isn’t as strong as standard coconut milk (or creme) it still adds enough of a hint to really make the curry POP.  I enjoyed this along with some crusty bread so as to insure that no soup was left behind.

Mysterious As

Roasted Vegetable Couscous

Roasted Vegetable Couscous

Welcome to Group A’s April installment of Secret Recipe Club!  Every month I wait with baited breath to see what amazing blog I get partnered with and this month I was thrilled to see a blog I was very (VERY) familiar with.  I have been following Evelyne’s Cheap Ethnic Eats since before there was a Dancing Veggies and it was after stumbling onto the International Incident Party link-ups that I decided to take my (now) hubby’s offer to build me a blog.  So a HUGE thanks to Evelyne (and the other blogs of IIP) for inspiring me to go forth and blog!   Needless to say picking one recipe from her blog was a rather difficult task but I was able to narrow things down to a top 10 by focusing on recipes that featured ingredients or cooking styles that are outside my normal range.  Which is why I was debating such things as Coconut Brownie Waffles, Greek Yogurt Cheesecake, and Multi-Vegetable Paella before settling on her Roasted Vegetable Couscous.  For the most part I stick with recipes that are either on the stove or in the oven as I’m normally restricted on cooking time thanks to the fur children.  However some rather intense weather freed up the time normally reserved for dog walking, so I decided to heat up the kitchen and get to work!

Mysterious As

Serves 3-4

Ingredients

  • 1 yellow squash, sliced and quartered (about 1 cup)
  • 1 zucchini, sliced and quartered (about 1 cup)
  • 1 cup baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 1/2 cups pre-soaked chickpeas, well rinsed
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup dry couscous

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Place the squash, zucchini, and mushrooms in a roasting pan and top with half of the olive oil. Roasted for 20 minutes, then remove pan and add the tomatoes. Roast for a final 10 minutes.
  3. Towards the end of the roasting time heat the remaining olive oil in a large pan, add the garlic and red onion and cook for 5 minutes. Add the seasonings and cook for an additional 2 minutes, stirring constantly to prevent burning.
  4. Remove the roasted vegetables from the oven and add to the pan with the onion/garlic.
  5. Add the stock, raisins, chickpeas tomato paste, salt and couscous. Bring mixture to a boil, then stir, cover, and turn heat down to low. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes, or until couscous has finished cooking.
  6. Serve and enjoy!
http://www.dancingveggies.com/blog/2014/04/mysterious-as.html

I switched up the vegetables from the original recipe, but that’s one of the awesome things about this recipe – anything will work!  I also cooked the couscous directly in the sauce in order to save a dish, which resulted in some ultra flavorful couscous, and added more chickpeas instead of serving it with the tofu since DH is on a no-soy diet.  In the future I might be tempted to just do all the veggies in a saute pan rather then roasting, but there is something to be said about a fresh roasted tomato.  All in all another awesome recipe thanks to Cheap Ethnic Eats and the Secret Recipe Club!

Open Door

Belgian Endive Pear Boats

Endive Pear Boats

So far so good with the weather – Mother Nature is cooperating with the plan to end winter and signs of spring are everywhere.  A few of the Farmer’s Markets will be opening this weekend, with the BIG one for the area following next weekend!  I have a rather long list of vegetables that I want to try this year, including radishes (poor JT) and about five different types of greens.  Thanks for the /52weeksofcooking challenge I’ve already knocked one “green” of the list with this modified Belgian Salad.  When I tried to find a cuisine for the Belgian challenge I wasn’t that shocked to see all the not-so-vegetarian friendly food.  While Belgian Waffles were rather tempting (with Trader Joe’s cookie butter!!!), I’ve done waffles before and while I know that you don’t have to use a deep waffle iron for Belgian Waffles it just feels wrong to think about using a standard waffle iron – let alone using one!  So I decided to tackle the vegetable that kept popping up in so many dishes: endives.  I think I might have had an endive salad many moons ago at a wedding on the Cape but outside of a vague memory I couldn’t recall the taste.  However Pinterest was more than able to serve up a number of endive recipes, and I couldn’t resist the temptation to do one of the many cute boat designs that I saw.

Endive Pear Boats

Serves: Yields 8 Boats

Serves 4-8, as an appetizer or side

Ingredients

  • 2 small heads Belgian Endive, well washed
  • 2 Anjou Pears, cubed
  • 1 leek, chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • salt and pepper - to taste
  • 1/4 cup Blue Cheese, crumbled (optional)

Instructions

  1. Remove the four largest outer leaves from the endives and place on a large plate, open side up. Set Aside
  2. Shred the remaining endive and place in a large bowl along with the pear and leek.
  3. In a small bowl (or dressing mixer) combine the olive oil, vinegar, and garlic. Beat (or shake) until fully mixed, then pour over the shredded endive mixture. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Carefully stuff around 2 tbsp of the endive mixture into the prepare endive boats. Top with Blue Cheese Crumbles (optional) and Serve!
http://www.dancingveggies.com/blog/2014/04/open-door.html

In order to not kill my husband I dropped the nuts from the recipes I saw but those could easily be added back in for an extra crunch.  The tart endive was a great contrast to the sweetness of the pears, with the balsamic vinaigrette bringing it all together.   This would make a fantastic appetizer, especially since they act as their own plate!  I plan on trying this again in late summer, using some apples in place of the pears…or maybe in addition to.

Perfect Storm

Vegetable Quesadilla

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Ignoring the random snow we had yesterday (none of which stuck), I think it might be safe to say that spring is finally here!  I am ready for the ground to thaw so that I can start clearing out all the old beds and start figuring out my plan for this year.  As far as gardening goes this year is going to be a pot garden, since there is no established garden at our new place and I have no idea what areas of the yard will get the right amount sun – with the exception of the patio.  The few flower beds in the front of the house are home to a few types of ivy, both poisonous and non, so odds are nothing new will get planted there until I know the nasty stuff is gone.  However the first step is going at least a week without frozen precipitation.  Today’s recipe is wishful thinking in that it features all the vegetables that I’m hoping to grow in my garden.   From tomatoes to spinach to red onion – this cheesy treat is packing with the good stuff!

Spring Vegetable Quesadilla

Serves: Yields 2 10inch quesadillas

Serves 2-3

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese (for non-dairy be sure to use a "meltable" variety)
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 10 inch tortillas
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 cup pre-soaked black beans, well rinsed
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced and deseeded (optional)
  • 1 cup spinach, shredded (make sure it's super dry)
  • 1 cup kale, shredded (make sure it's super dry)

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl mix the shredded cheese/"cheese" with the cayenne powder, ground cumin, chili powder, and minced garlic. Set aside
  2. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Place a tortilla on the skillet and cook for 2 minutes before flipping. Place 2 tbsp of cheese on the tortilla, then layer with half of the tomatoes, spinach, kale, onions, and black beans. Place another 2 tbsp of cheese then top with another tortilla. Use a panini press or smaller skillet to weigh down the top of the quesadilla.
  3. Cook for 5-7 minutes, until lightly brown, and then gently (carefully!) flip to the other side. Repress the quesadilla and cook for a final 5-7 minutes.
  4. Remove to a plate and allow to cool for 2 minutes before cutting up with a pizza slicer. Serve as is or with sour cream, salsa, and/or quacamole.

Notes

Avoid place two quasadillas in the same skillet as uneven cooking can result. For those of you with multi-tasking skills use two front burners to prepare two at a time!

http://www.dancingveggies.com/blog/2014/04/perfect-storm.html

I’ll always be a fan of dishes that allow for easy seasonal switches.  Garden overflowing with zucchini?  Toss them in!  Growing three types of tomatoes?  Add them all!  I decided to stick with the spring greens but look forward to trying a summer variety in the coming months.  With that in mind I’m sending this over to the amazing Ren and her  Simple and in Season April blog challenge, which is being hosted by Michelle who blogs over at Utterly Scrumptious  I can’t wait to see all the early Spring treats everyone will be sending in!!!