Sweet Potato Croquettes with Spicy Pineapple & Black beans Rice

You know how I was saying I was looking forward to using the leftovers. This is what inspired today’s lunch. I cooked the leftover the rice in a similar way to the Spicy Black bean and Rice stuffing, but I added some pineapple and a few more veggies. To go with it I made these croquettes. The polenta and corn crumbs really go well with the flavor of the sweet potato. Since I can’t use cheese, I used Tofutti instead to stuff it. This was nice and creamy inside. I also served it with last nights left over Coleslaw and a french stick that my mum turned up with, just in time for lunch. The dressing actually tasted better today and closer to the real thing.

I recently added a Recipe page, so you can all find the recipes easier. I also added a Eating out Vegan Page. These are some places that I have experienced. So far only places in Queensland, Australia and a couple in Milan. But I am hoping to add some more when I go to Melbourne next week. Now I’m off to do last minute Christmas shopping!

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Sweet Potato Croquettes (vegan, gluten free, nut free)

Ingredients:

2 small sweet potatoes

1/4 cup polenta

1 tablespoon water

1  tablespoon coriander leaves, minced

sea salt to taste

5 teaspoons Tofutti cream cheese

corn crumbles

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Method:

1. Peel the sweet potatoes and steam them till they are really soft.DSC01376

2. Place sweet potato into a mixing bowl and mash with a fork.DSC01377

3. Stir through the polenta, water, coriander leaves and season with salt.

4. Place 1 tablespoon of the sweet potato mixture in the palm of your hand and flatten it. Then add 1/2 tsp cream cheese in the centre and close it into a ball, so that the cream cheese is in the center.

5. Rub the balls in corn crumbs.

6. Heat canola oil in a pan. Then add the croquettes and turn them as they go golden brown.

7. Once they are completely golden brown on all sides, place them on a plate with a paper towel to drain the oil. Then serve.

*Makes 10 balls.

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Spicy Pineapple & Black beans Rice (vegan, gluten free, soy free, nut free)

Ingredients:

2.5 cup cooked basmati rice (cooked in vegetable liquid stock &  turmeric)

1-2 tablespoons olive oil

1 red onion, diced

2 garlic cloves, diced

2 large stalks of celery, diced

1 red chilli, diced

1/2 red capsicums, diced

2 tablespoons ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika

sea salt & black pepper to taste

1 small zucchini, chopped

1/2 cup cooked black beans

1/2 cup pineapple, diced

Method:

1. Take a pan and heat olive oil. Then add the onion, garlic, celery and chilli. Cook for 5 mins.DSC01378

2. Then add the zucchini, pineapple and all the spices (cumin, cayenne, cinnamon, paprika, salt, pepper). Cook for another 3 mins or until zucchini is tender.

3. Stir through the black beans and cooked rice. Cook until all is heated through, then serve.

*Serves 4

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Spicy Black bean and Rice Stuffed Capsicums, Spiced Roasted Vegetables and Southern Coleslaw

I had no idea what to cook tonight. All I knew was that I had vegetable stock in the fridge, but I didn’t want to have soup again. I decided to use it to flavor some rice and then the rest of the meal evolved from there.

The rice tasted so good with the spices and the black beans. I am already planning tomorrows lunch with the left overs. It did taste good in the capsicums,  but my capsicums were not as sweet as I would of liked. I think they must of been a more bitter variety. I decided to do the roasted vegetables and coleslaw since I thought they would fit the kind of southern theme, plus they are some of Marco’s favorite dishes. For the coleslaw,  I tried adapt from this recipe, Simple Creamy Southern Coleslaw with Mayonnaise. My dressing is a lot healthier and vegan friendly. I didn’t have any celery seeds, but I read that you can substitute them with celery leaves. Not sure if I got the correct flavor, but it tasted good.

Since I only cooked for two tonight I roughly doubled the measurements for the following recipes. Sorry about the photos, My kitchen is not well lit at night. Dam energy savers!

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Spicy Black bean and Rice Stuffed Capsicums (vegan, gluten free, soy free, nut free)

Ingredients:

3/4 cup basmati rice

1 cup vegetable liquid stock

1/2 teaspoon ground tumeric

4 red capsciums

1-2 tablespoons olive oil

1 red onion, diced

2 garlic cloves, diced

2 large stalks of celery, diced

1 red chili, diced

2 tablespoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

sea salt & black pepper to taste

1 cup cooked black beans

2 tablespoon coriander leaves, diced

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.DSC01340

1. First you need to prepare the rice. Wash and place in the rice cooker. Add liquid stock to cover and tumeric to color the rice when its cooks. Let it cook till its tender and then set to the side. (If you make a cup you should have plenty left over for another meal).DSC01342

2. Carve out the top stump of the capsicums. Clean out the center, so that all the seeds are removed. Place in a baking dish.

3. Take a pan and heat olive oil. Then add the onion, garlic, celery and chili. Cook for 5 mins.DSC01347

4. Then add the cumin, cayenne, cinnamon and salt. Cook for another 2 mins.

5. Take off the heat and stir through the black beans, coriander and 1 cup of cooked rice.

6. Stuff the capsicums with the rice and beans. Then place in the oven and cook for 30 mins or until the skin of the capsicum goes very soft.

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Spiced Roasted Vegetables (vegan, gluten free, soy free, nut free)

Ingredients:

8 chat potatoes

3 sweet potatoes

6-8 garlic cloves

2 tablespoons ground cumin

1 teaspoons ground cayenne pepper

sea salt to taste

olive oil

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.DSC01344

2. Peel the sweet potatoes, wash the potatoes and remove the skin from the garlic.

3. Place in a large bowl and toss with olive oil, cumin, cayenne, and sea salt.

4. Place in a baking tray and cook for 40 mins or until golden brown.

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Southern Coleslaw (vegan, gluten free, nut free)

Ingredients:

250g coleslaw mix

1/2 red onion

1/3 cup vegan mayonnaise

1 tablespoon agave

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon minced celery leaves or celery seeds

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Method:

1. Wash the coleslaw and place in a large bowl.

2. Slice the red onion and add to the bowl.

3. Take a small bowl and combine the mayonnaise, agave, apple cider vinegar, celery leaves, sea salt & pepper.

4. Stir through the coleslaw and serve.

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