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.

Peanut sauce with vegetables and pickled cabbage

For the sauce: blend together 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1/4 cup warm water, 1 garlic clove, 2 TBL reduced-sodium tamari or soy sauce, 1 TBL rice vinegar, 1/4 tsp cayenne, 1.5 TBL fresh ginger.

Saute or lightly steam 1 large head of broccoli (save the stems), 1 red pepper chopped, 1 cup sliced mushrooms, 1 diced shallot, 1 cup edamame.

In the food processor: pulse together the broccoli stems and 2-3 carrots until you get a rice-like texture.

In a large bowl: mix together vegetables, sauce and 2 cups of the broccoli-carrot mixture.

Serve over pickled cabbage and top with extra broccoli-carrots.

Vegan tempeh reuben pitas

You can’t see all the goodies inside, so let me explain the mechanics of this sandwich. Slice open your pitas and add a generous dose of German or dijon mustard. Then fill with some pickled cabbage (or sauerkraut if you planned ahead) and homemade vegan thousand island dressing (ketchup, chohula hot sauce, vegan mayo, dill pickle, soy sauce, minced onions, lemon juice, black pepper). Add a layer of sauteed onions and mushrooms (do not add salt), and finally a layer of soy marinated tempeh (sauteed with some balsamic vinegar until it’s a good chewy texture). Bake sandwiches in a 400 degree oven about 10 minutes.

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.