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Some folks might wonder why vegans want to mimic meat if they hate it so much, but the truth is, not all vegans hate meat. Some like meat and give it up for health reasons or for reasons of sustaining the earth and being kinder to animals. Products like this, whilst not being a highly nutritious food, do the job in convincing more people to turn to kinder alternatives without feeling the sting of sacrifice. I don’t plan on making fake meats a part of my everyday lifestyle since absolutely no other food source is as healing nor as compelling as organic fruits and vegetables, but once in a while, I will experiment as any chef should. This is a delicious, elegant and satisfying recipe and should have a place on the dinner table once in a while. Feel free to substitute with tempeh or buy lentils instead.
Recipe: (serves 6)
3 large zucchini
3 russet potatoes
3 round or long eggplant
celery and carrot powder (if available, not essential)
Wash and slice the vegetables into 1.5cm 8cm x 8cm squares, or as close as possible. Rub with olive oil then season and pan-fry. You could also bake them but I find eggplant a huge pain in the ass to bake. Once cooked, set on kitchen towel and cover to keep warm.
1/2 large, white onion, fine dice
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 punnet of cherry tomatoes (will render a sweeter sauce
OR, 5 large beefsteak tomatoes (more savoury sauce)
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp organic cayenne (add 1/2 tsp more if you like it spicy)
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp freshly minced oregano (1 tbls dry)
2 tsp freshly minced parsley (1 tbls dry)
2 tbls dried basil/ 2 tsp fresh
3 tbls gluten-free soy sauce
1.5 cups cooked lentils
2 packs of OmniPork
1. OmniPork must be fully thawed out. Lightly pan-fry until brown. I guess this seals it like meat. Set aside.
2. In a pot, saute the onion until translucent, then add the minced garlic and cook.
3. Add fennel seeds and cook for about 1 minute.
4. Add tomatoes, soy sauce and all the spices. Cook on low heat until the tomatoes are soft and integrated.
5. Once cooked, turn off and spoon in the lentils and browned OmniPork. The steam will further differentiate the texture of the OmniPork and the seasoning will soak in.
Cashew Sour Cream
2 cups of cashew (soaked 8 hours)
1 cup of distilled water
3 tbls fresh lemon juice
1 – 2 tbls raw apple cider vinegar
1 tbls minced dill weed
Blend on high speed until smooth. Chill to thicken.
- Place a layer of eggplant on the plate. Next, layer of potato on top of the eggplant and finally a layer of zucchini on top of the potato. They don’t have to be perfectly aligned. That way you would get a bite of zucchini, then a bite of potato, etc…far more interesting than the same bite over and over.
- Next, add a few fresh slices of raw tomato, maybe throw down some fresh herbs, then spoon over some of your meat sauce.
- Add another layer of zucchini, potato and eggplant.
- Top with a few spoons of OmniPork meat sauce.
- Finally, spoon over a few luxurious spoons of cashew sour cream, some herbs and you are done.
This recipe was inspired by https://www.foodbymaria.com/2019/07/09/plant-based-summer-moussaka/. Don’t forget to Pin this recipe.
I haven’t felt ready or willing to teach this class until now. We need this class now. It’s dynamic in its nutrition and playful in its nature. We need both. I feel that now more than ever, we are reconnecting to food in investigative, appreciative ways. Food heals. There is no if, but or hows about that. Most diseases find their origin in lifestyle choices and most healing originates in changing those lifestyle choices.
We will be making three different dumplings wrappers using two ingredients, zucchini and tomato. The three colours are red, purple and green. The fillings for each one are as follows:
1.Red dumpling: fresh, abundant Italian herbs, cashew paste, fresh lemon, garlic, black pepper
2. Purple dumpling: walnut, garlic, liquid amino, chives, cabbage
3. Green dumpling: preserved lemon skin, marinated mushroom, spinach, cashew
This will be a long class and requires a lot of hands-on involvement. If you love food with an artistic flair and explosive nutritional content, this is the class for you. Complimentary gift of umami, handmade vegetable powders for you to continue your culinary adventures at home.
- Date: 26 April, 2020
- Time: 14:00 – 17:00
- Location: available after registration
- Investment: NT 2500
- Sign Up: email@example.com
Even though the weather is cooling down in the southern hemisphere and warming up in the northern hemisphere, this wrap is perfect for all seasons because it has some warming ingredients like chili, miso, walnuts and lentils and cooling, raw vegetables. Have it for lunch or serve it as an appetizer. It’s a delicious, nutrient-packed dish. Lentils are the perfect protein boost, a complex carbohydrate, high in fibre and low in fat. And, we all love quinoa because quinoa is blah blah blah blah blah…
- quinoa 200g
- lentils 80g
- pumpkin 200g
- sprouts 120g
- walnuts 40g
- cherry tomatoes 16 pc
- bok choy 40g
- vietnamese rice paper wrap
- get a freaking kitchen scale
The only cooked ingredients are the quinoa and lentils. Cook each separately until um, cooked. Salt them, too. Nothing worse than unseasoned lentils. If you are feeling particularly affectionate towards clove, throw some in with the lentils as they cook. I find it morally questionable to cook beans and lentils without clove. They are God’s little heat missiles, warming up the extremities and adding general joy to the oral cavity. Good luck fishing them out, though. Or, if you are serving them to anyone you don’t feel a horrible affection towards, leave them in.
After the quinoa and lentils are cooked, drained and cooled, combine with with the rest of the ingredients. You want to grate the raw pumpkin (yes, yes, you can eat pumpkin raw and you really should), quartered cherry tomatoes, roughly torn bok choy leaves, roughly chopped sprouts (have you ever been able to bite into a long-ass sprout without completely unraveling your wrap or your dignity? No? I didn’t think so. Rough chop). Finally, rough chop the walnuts and throw them in, too.
If you are not deft with handling gooey, sticky, temperamental rice paper wraps that simply collapse into a sticky heap in under 1 minute, then stop here and simply eat the salad out of the bowl, after adding this insanely delicious miso sauce. If you can handle rice wraps then lay one out on your board, using your palms, lightly rub them down with wet hands. Lay them back down again and spoon a few spoonfuls into the middle of the wrap, then say a prayer to the rice paper gods and start wrapping. Here’s a helpful video using the soaking method:
Sawse Recipe: (see how I made it rhyme with “bawse”? Cos this sawse truly is bawse.
- cashew 200g
- miso 40g
- liquid amino 12g
- lemon juice 8g
- maple syrup 18g
- thai chili 4g
Soak the cashew for 8 hours. This removes the thick starch, phytic acid (which inhibits digestion) and dodgy black dust from transportation. After soaking, rinse well a few times. Next, add the cashew to a blender and process with the rest of your ingredients unto smooth and silky. Liquid amino is a soy sauce substitute that is also gluten free and way more delicious than soy sauce. Easily discoverable at any organic store or the treasure troves of online supermarkets.
This is a large amount of sauce. Portion and freeze. It will last three months in the freezer, 5 days in the fridge and 1 second on your lips. Hopefully, it will last 32 seconds in your oral cavity before it plummets into the digestive chamber because you know, chewing food properly is the second phase of digestion, the first being smelling the food. Prevent bloat and gas by chewing your food. Also, don’t talk with your mouth full because that is quite unpleasant to look at. Finally, be a good human and just make this goddamn recipe.
PS: plating suggestion in picture.
You can have your chocolate sauce and eat it. Here’s a recipe for a magnesium and iron rich chocolate sauce with only three ingredients:
2 cups of toasted walnuts
1/4 cup of plantbased protein powder
1/4 cup of cacao powder
Walnuts toast fast so please watch the oven carefully. I used Sun Warrior protein powder and it has about 11 different ingredients in it like kelp, spirulina, stevia, tremella mushroom, bamboo silica etc. I must admit the stevia taste takes getting used to. If you have a sugar-free powder, use that and add your own sugar.
Invest in a good quality cacao powder. The difference between something like the Navitas brand and Hershey’s is like the difference between an aged, refined wine and Costco boxed wine.
Blend all three ingredients together for about 2-3 minutes in high speed. Leave it to thicken for a few hours in the fridge. Overnight best.
Enjoy with fresh fruit, pancakes, ice-cream or cake. It will make a great filler between cakes.