Red Lentil Coconut Curry

This dish is so yummy! Just the right amount to sweet and heat – the curry sauce adds a little tang!

For the curry:

  • 2 c rice, cooked and warm
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 inches ginger, peeped and minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 c red lentils
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz can full fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 c red curry paste
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 c baby spinach

Cilantro Chutney:

  • 1/4 c diced onion
  • 2 c cilantro
  • 1/4 c golden raisins
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt

In a large skillet sauté onions over medium heat for 5 min. Add garlic and ginger and sauté 1 min.

Add lentils, tomatoes, coconut milk, 2 c water, red curry paste, tomato paste and salt. Simmer 15 – 20 minutes until the lentils are tender. Stir in spinach and remove from heat.

For the chutney:

Place all ingredients in a blender and smooth.

Serve lentils over rice and top with sauce.

Serves 4.

Advertisements

Wonton Soup

This mushroom wontons are so yummy. I packed the soup with tons of veggies for a filling and hearty winter soup.

Wontons:

  • 4 oz shitake mushrooms
  • 1/2 c shredded carrots
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 green onion chopped
  • 3/4 c tofu, crumbled
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 pack wonton wrappers

Broth

  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 6 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 c shredded cabbage
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp vegan oyster sauce
  • 4 c veggie broth
  • 2 c water
  • 1 tsp salt

Toppings:

  • Cilantro
  • Green onions
  • Sliced dikons

To make wontons:

In a food processor combine mushrooms, carrot, garlic and green onions and pulse till minced fine. Add tofu, salt, paprika, sesame oil and vinegar to minced veggies. Stir to combine.

Fill a small bowl with water. Place 2 tsp mushroom mixture on wonton wrapper, dip finger in water and run on edge of wrapper, fold to seal. Place on a plate and cover with a damp cloth, repeat until all the filling is used.

In a large pot add sesame oil, onions, ginger and garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the vinegar and oyster sauce, cook for 2 minutes. Add broth, water and cabbage and cook for 10 minutes.

Bring a medium pot of water to boil, add wontons and cook 2 minutes.

Place wontons in bowl and cover with broth.

Freeze ahh extra wontons.

Serves 4.

Skillet Taco

This is a quick and easy one skillet meal! I used vegan meat, but use beef or turkey if that’s your jam. This one is inspired by What Gaby’s Cooking with some vegan modifications.

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 onion, sliced thin
  • 3 bell peppers, diced
  • 1 lb vegan or ground meat of choice
  • 1 packet Taco seasoning
  • 1 14oz can fire roasted tomatoes with chilies
  • 1 c frozen corn
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed
  • Vegan shredded cheese
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • Black olives, sliced

Combine onions, peppers and oil in a 12 inch skillet and cook over medium heat until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in “meat” and seasoning and cook until brown or heated through. Add tomatoes, corn and beans and cook over medium heat for 19 minutes, stirring a few times.

Scoop into bowls and top with cheese, avocado, green onions and olives.

Serves 4 – 6.

Cucumber Avocado Salad

This salad is so good – cucumber and avocado play so well together!

  • 3 tbsp olive or avocado oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 large avocado, chopped
  • 4 Persian cucumbers, sliced thin
  • 1 c arugula or spinach

Combine oil, vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper in a small jar.

Place remaining ingredients in a bowl, toss with dressing and serve.

Serves 4.

Vegan K-Town Bowl

I made my first meal using Soy Curls – they are amazing and take on whatever flavor your marinate them in. You cal always use thinly sliced beef if that is your jam.

For Soy Curls

  • 1 lb soy curls – reconstituted according to package or thinly sliced beef
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp peeled, grated ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp chili pepper flakes

Whisk all ingredients except soy curls in a bowl. Stir in soy curls and mix well. Set aside to marinade for 1 hour.

Quick pickles:

  • 3 Persian cucumbers, sliced thin
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1/4 onion, sliced thin
  • 1/2 c rice vinegar

Combine in a bowl and set aside.

Scallion Salad:

  • 8 scallions, sliced thin
  • 1 c cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 c mint, chopped
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame seeds
  • Salt

Combine in a bowl and toss to evenly mix.

For serving:

  • 2 c jasmine rice, cooked and warm
  • 1 – 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 c kimchi
  • 1/4 c peanuts

To cook the soy curls:

In a large skillet, heat 1 tbsp oil over medium heat, add soy curls abs marinade and cook for 5 minutes, tossing a few times.

To serve:

Toss rice with vinegar. Divide amount 4 plates, top with pickles, peanuts, salad and soy curls. Serve kimchi on the side.

Serves 4.

Butternut Squash Chili

It does not get easier than this Chili! It’s vegan too!

  • 14 oz diced tomatoes
  • 14 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 c veggie broth
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 – 2 chipotle chilies, chopped
  • 2 tbsp Adobo sauce
  • 1 tsp ancho chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Pepper
  • 4 c cubed butternut squash
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed
  • 12 – 16 oz frozen corn
  • 1 tbsp lime juice

Toppings:

  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1/ c chopped green onions
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Vegan Cashew Creme

Place all chili ingredients in a slow cooker, stir well and cook on low for 6 – 8 hours.

Serves with toppings.

Serves 6 – 8.

Indian Butter Chickpeas

Another winner from Skinny Taste! So easy – I cooked it in the pressure cooker – it can also be slow cooked for 6 – 8 hours.

  • 2 15 oz cans Chickpeas, drained
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp garam Masala
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1/2 c full fat coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp ghee or oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 c cilantro, minced
  • 2 c cooked rice

Put all the ingredients except rice and cilantro in a pressure cooker. Add 3 c water and stir to combine.

Seal and cook on high for 12 minutes. If sauce is thin, cook on reduce for 10 – 20 minutes.

Serve over rice with cilantro garnish.

Serves 6 – 8.