Spicy Ginger Vegetable Stew and Papusas

When worlds collide, sometimes you get a meal like this: Ethiopian-inspired vegetable stew and Viva Vegan’s papusas. Who cares if they go together, they taste good.

Stew:
1/2 cabbage, chopped into wedges
6 small potatoes, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
1/2 pound green beans, cut into bite-sized pieces
3 TBL ginger, sliced
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves
2 jalapenos
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp hot paprika
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp nutmeg
3 cardamom pods (remember to remove these before eating)
2 cups veggie bullion
salt to taste
oil

Blend together, onions, jalapenos, garlic, and ginger. Heat oil in a large pot and cook onion mixture 2-3 minutes. Add spices and cook until garlic is fragrant. Add vegetables and bullion and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium, and cook about 20 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Uncover and simmer 15 minutes or until liquid has reduced. Remove cardamom pods!

These papusas are great, buy Terri’s book. We were lazy and just made a filling from Trader Joe’s refried black beans and Daiya, but next time we’ll go all out.

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Mini stuffed cabbage rolls

I wanted to accomplish two three things this weekend: watch the Mad Men finale, make stuffed cabbage, and use up odds and ends in the fridge. Today, I’m three for three!

Smitten Kitchen’s recipe for Alex’s mom’s stuffed cabbage looked easy enough, and simple to veganize. The trick was to also use up some wayward mushrooms, leftover sweet potato burgers,and  some very old wine. And, half a head of cabbage. Now, behold, the stuffed cabbage casserole.

½ head cabbage
2 sweet potato burgers, crumbled
4-5 mushrooms chopped
1 small to medium onion, chopped small
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 carrots, diced
2 celery stalks, thinly sliced
1 cup frozen lima beans
1/2 cup uncooked rice
1 TBL low sugar ketchup
Tomato sauce: 2 cups diced tomatoes, blended with 1 garlic clove, 1 cup old red wine, and a lot of basil and oregano

Cut the core out of the cabbage but leave it whole. Boil water in a small pot, then remove from heat and let the cabbage sit in the pot for 10 minutes or so.

Heat the oil in a saute pan. Cook the onions, carrot, and celery until they are also soft. Season the mixture with salt and pepper, add sweet potato burger, limas, and mushrooms. Cook until mushrooms release juices. Add rice and ketchup, then remove from heat.

Preheat oven to 375.

Drain the head of cabbage. Pull off large leaves, cut out the large vein — if the leaf is very large, you can make two rolls from each, if it is smaller, you can cut the vein out partially and pull the sides to overlap before you roll it into one roll. Pat the leaves dry with towels. Roll about some filling in each leaf (depending on the size of your leaf) and arrange in a 9 x 13 baking dish. If you run out of leaves, just add the extra filling to the baking dish.

Cover the rolls in sauce. Bake about 45 minutes, or under cabbage is tender.

Sesame coleslaw

We adapted this quick and easy recipe from Kalyn’s Kitchen.

4 cups green cabbage, sliced in strips (about 1/2 large head of cabbage)
2 TBL black sesame seeds, toasted
1 cup sliced radishes

Dressing:
4 TBL rice vinegar
1 TBL sesame oil
1 tsp Siracha
1 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp salt

Toast the sesame seeds in a dry pan. Slice up cabbage and radishes. Toss all ingredients together. Refrigerate for a few hours.

Spiced red lentils with cabbage and spinach AND potato-cado salad

For the cabbage and spinach: Heat Earth Balance in a dutch oven and add 1/2 tsp mustard seeds, allow the seeds to pop. Then add 1 diced onion with 2 garlic cloves and saute 1-2 minutes. Add ginger, cumin, and turmeric. Add 2 cups cabbage and 2 cups spinach. Cover and cook on medium-low for 1 hour until soft. Do not add water.

For the lentils: Saute 1 diced onion with 3-4 garlic cloves and 1 inch of chopped fresh ginger. Add 1 TBL paprika, 1 TBL cayenne, and 1/2 tsp turmeric. Add 2 cups red lentils, 6 cups water, and 1 faux chicken bullion. Bring to a boil, the cook covered on medium until lentils are soft. Uncover slightly and allow lentils to thicken about 30 minutes. Add salt to taste.

Serve with potato-cado salad.

This picture sucks, which is the main reason I didn’t give this dish its own post. Sorry about that.

Chop 4 yukon gold potatoes and boil 10-15 minutes until tender. Drain and rinse in cold water.

While the potatoes cook, chop 4 TBL fresh cilantro, 1/2 cup white onion, and 1 ripe avocado. Pour 2 TBL lemon juice and 2 TBL white vinegar into a small bowl and season generously with salt and pepper. Add onion and cilantro and mix well.

When the potatoes are done, mix them together with the avocado and salad dressing. Refrigerate at least 4 hours.

Mashed potatoes and Mexican red lentils

Saute onion and garlic, add cumin, oregano, chili powder, cayenne, lemon juice, and nutritional yeast, and 1 TBL tomato paste. Season with salt and pepper. Add 1 cup of red lentils and 3 cups of water. Cook until lentils are soft and the water is absorbed.

The mashed potatoes are just delicious vegan mashed potatoes with some parsley, topped with pico de gallo and Daiya mozzerella.

Also, with vegan coleslaw.

Vegan moo shu vegetables and chickpea scallion pancakes

Edit 3/8/2012: Did you know this is the most popular post on the entire blog? Leave a comment and tell us why you like it! And check out our moo shu rolls and fried rice. Happy cooking!

We didn’t get enough of the chickpea crepes last night, thus we schemed to make chickpea SCALLION crepes today. What goes with scallion pancakes? No necessarily moo shu, but in our case yes, definitely moo shu. This recipe is much lighter in oil and sugar than what you may have eaten in restaurants before. Also, no eggs, which is great for vegans and people who just don’t like eggs. Voila.

For the moo shu:

We used this tasty recipe from Eating Well, but we added enough other items that I’ll repost it here (with our changes). This also includes a link to a very tasty homemade hoisin sauce. It takes five minutes to make, and it’s worlds better than the store bought sugary stuff.

2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil, divided
2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups mushrooms,quartered
2 cups finely chopped cabbage
2 cups broccoli
2 carrots, sliced into matchsticks
2 cups mung bean sprouts
1/2 bunch scallions, sliced, divided
1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
5 tablespoons homemade hoisin sauce

Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms cook 2-3 minutes until mushrooms release their juices and are slightly seared. Set mushrooms aside.

Heat remaining oil over medium heat. Add ginger and garlic and cook, stirring, until softened and fragrant, 1 minute. Add shredded vegetables, bean sprouts, half the sliced scallions, soy sauce and vinegar. Stir to combine. Cover and cook, stirring once or twice, until the vegetables are just tender, about 3 minutes. Add the hoisin sauce and mushrooms; cook, uncovered, stirring, until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the remaining scallions and remove from the heat.

For the scallion pancakes:

Mix together 1 cup of chickpea flour with 1.25 cups water until the batter is smooth. This will probably require you to use your hands to get out the lumps. Stef valiantly does this!

Then add 5 finely diced scallions, 1/4 tsp salt, 1.5 tsp cayenne, 1.5 tsp red pepper flakes, mix well.

Heat 1/2 tsp sesame oil in a small frying pan until the oil streams quickly. Whisk the batter, then pour 1/4 cup of the batter into the pan so that it covers the bottom completely. Allow to cook about 1.5 minutes, or until the top has stopped bubbling. Flip over and cook another 1.5-2 minutes, or until done.

Add a little sesame oil before each new pancake, and give the batter a quick stir before measuring out the next batch.

Vegan eight-layer dip

It’s better than seven.

From bottom to top: cabbage, chard, shallots, tahini dressing**, jalapenos, refried black beans, avocado, tomatoes.

**To make the dressing, mix together 2 TBL tahini with 1/2 TBL water until it forms a smooth, thick paste. Add the juice of one lime, 2 TBL cilantro, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, and 1 TBL white vinegar. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add more vinegar if you need more zing.