Swiss chard with potatoes and mushrooms, homemade refried black beans, and guacamole

The chard, potatoes, and mushrooms are cooked in a spicy tomato sauce. And this is why it doesn’t pay to wait to update the blog. I remember this was very tasty, but I don’t recall the seasonings.

That said, the key to the recipe not being a pile of mush is to cook the vegetables separately. First, pan sear the mushrooms until they release their juices, then set them aside. Cook the potatoes in the tomato sauce, then add the chard when the potatoes are very soft. Add the mushrooms back and cook about 5 minutes. Voila.

For the beans, cook the beans for a long time and season well with salt, pepper, and garlic.

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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.

A post about SUMAC

Sumac, the best spice ever invented. Sumac is pretty hard to find in our area, so the one place had it in large bags. I am so lucky that I had to buy so much.  Tonight, we made Turkish lentil soup and stuffed Swiss chard rolls.

We followed the lentil soup recipe as posted, except that we only had fresh mint (thanks, Anna!) This soup is the best. Try it.

This roll looks like a frog.

Stuffed with hummus (with sumac!), sauteed mushrooms, green onions, and chard stems. Place in a lightly oiled dish with about 1/2 cup water, sprinkle tops with paprika and extra drizzle of olive oil. Bake at 400 for 20-30 minutes until leaves are cooked through.

Vegan cabbage “lasagna”

This is the lazy person’s cabbage roll, or gluten-free lasanga. Stuffed with mushrooms and hummus, the cabbage provides a nice clean flavor and a sturdy infrastructure.

1 small cabbage, leaves pulled apart

1 can chickpeas, drain most of the liquid

1 jar pasta sauce (we had leftover sitting in the fridge, so it was nice to use that up)

1 lb mushrooms

1 green onion

3 garlic cloves

1 faux beef bouillon

3 TBL nutritional yeast

Paprika, cayenne, oregano to taste

Preheat oven to 375. Blend chickpeas with small amount of liquid, paprika, cayenne. Blend mushrooms with 1/4 cup water, bouillon, green onion, and garlic. In a 9 x 13 pan layer in this order:

1. pasta sauce, 1 TBL nutritional yeast, oregano

2. 1/3 of the cabbage leaves

3. Mushrooms sauce

4. pasta sauce, nutritional yeast, oregano

5. 1/3 cabbage

6. hummus

7. remaining cabbage

8. top with remaining sauce, nutritional yeast, and oregano

Add a little water to the pan if needed and bake covered with foil for 1 hour.

Mushrooms, beans, and kale served over rice and cauliflower

For the rice: 1 cup of rice and 1/4 head of caulifower, cooked with  3 green onions in the rice cooker with a dash of salt.

Saute 1 lb mushrooms in a dutch oven, DO NOT add oil. Cook until the mushrooms release some of their juices (about 1 TBL) and then remove mushrooms (leave liquid in the pan) and place them in a bowl. Cover mushrooms with balsamic vinegar and hot sauce (we use Cholula) and set aside. Mix together 1 cup water, 3 garlic cloves minced, 1 tsp black pepper, 1 TBL soy sauce, 1 tsp parsley, and 1/2 onion powder. Pour mixture in the dutch over and bring a boil. Drain most of the liquid from 2 cans of beans (we used white and pinto) and add to the dutch oven. Add 1 bunch of kale (dinosaur) and reduce heat to low, sprinkle with more black pepper. Cover pot and cook 10-15 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook 5-10 minutes uncovered. Serve over rice-cauliflower and top with more hot sauce.

Hot and spicy updates

We’re testing recipes, and it’s going really well. Sorry, we can’t share any recipes, but we’ve included a tasty photo.

Tonight we also made Thai Red Curry Soup via Show Me Vegan.

Thai Red Curry Soup
Adapted from Bon Appetit and Show Me Vegan

1/2 TBL olive oil

1 red bell pepper, chopped

2 portobella caps, chopped

2 heaping TBLvegan red curry paste

1.5 c. Yukon potatoes, diced

1 c.  green beans

1 can unsweetened light coconut milk

2.5 c. vegetable broth

1 Tablespoon tamari

1 TBL dried basil (fresh would be so good…)

1/2 tsp ginger

1/2 tsp garlic powder

Sriracha sauce

1 lime wedge

Heat oil in large pot over medium heat. Saute bell pepper for about 5 minutes. Add red curry paste. Stir to distribute curry paste, about 2 minutes. Add mushrooms, potatoes, and green beans and saute about 1 minute more. Add coconut milk, broth, tamari, ginger, and garlic. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Simmer for 20 minutes, covered. Stir in basil before serving. Garnish with Sriracha and lime juice.

Chili 2010 and baked potatoes with vegan broccoli cheese sauce

We haven’t made chili in over a year. I don’t know how that’s possible, but here we are on the snowiest day of the year. The snow reports vary, but from our walkabout today, I’d say we have about 5-6 inches, which for Chapel Hill is a lot. So far, we walked to Wholefoods to buy some ingredients for Taymer’s (Vegan in the Sun) recipes, then walked around in the cold, drove around town a little, then hit Harris-Teeter for fancy beers, and finally back home again. Unfortunately, Caribbean food didn’t seem as enticing after rosy cheeked snow hikes and icey driving, so we put away our pineapple and coconut milk, and took out ingredients for chili and baked potatoes with vegan broccoli cheese sauce. The chili is similar to one we made a year ago, but without the tofu and a few tweaks to the ingredients.

Chili 2010

2 onions, diced

1 red bell pepper, diced

8 garlic cloves, minced

2 cups mushrooms, sliced

2 jalapenos, diced

1 TBL chili powder

1 TBL cayenne

1 TBL oregano

salt and pepper to taste

1/2 tsp cumin

1 6 oz can tomato paste

12 oz water

1 28 oz can diced tomatoes, with liquid (or preferably whole canned tomatoes, crushed with your hand)

1 14 oz can kidney beans, drained

1 14 oz can pinto beans, drained

1 14 oz black beans, drained

2 TBL apple cider vinegar

In a large pot, sautee the tofu in 1 TBL olive oil over medium high heat for about 3 minutes. Add the onions, green pepper, garlic, mushrooms, chili powder, salt and pepper, cayenne and cumin. Cook until veggies are just barely tender, about 5 minutes. Deglaze the pot with a little water, if needed.

Add the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, and beans. Bring to a slow simmer. Edit: Stir in 2 TBL of cider vinegar. Cover and cook for 30-45 minutes. (Best if made the night before!)

Baked potatoes with vegan broccoli cheese sauce

Before

After

This sauce is so good that we ate the leftovers with a spoon like a soup.

1.5-2 c broccoli (we used frozen that we thawed in the microwave)

1/3 cup nutritional yeast

2 TBL Earth Balance

2 c. water

1/4 tsp dried mustard

1/2 tsp turmeric

1 tsp salt

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp garlic powder

1.5-2 TBL cornstarch (mixed with a little water)

In a pot, mix all ingredients except cornstarch and bring to a boil. Turn off heat and blend with an immersion blender. Return heat to medium and add cornstarch. Stir continuously until the sauce has thickened, about 5 minutes.