Sweet potato, Red Lentil and Piquillo Pepper Soup

Soup again tonight! After 43 degrees over the weekend, it has really cooled down here, especially in the evening. So I thought I’d get my soup fix in before summer really arrives. This soup is thick, creamy and has a smoky spicy kick. Exactly what I needed to keep me and bub nice and warm.

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Ingredients:

3 medium sweet potato, cut in to cubes (about 6 cups)

olive oil

1 onion, diced

3 garlic cloves, diced

1 tablespoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 cup red lentils

5 cups vegetable stock (1/2 cup water)

8 roasted piquillo peppers, plus more to garnish (or 4 roasted capsicums)

1  teaspoon liquid smoke

cayenne pepper to taste

sea salt to taste

natural coconut yoghurt (or savoury soy yoghurt) to garnish

black pepper to taste

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees.

2. Place sweet potato on a tray, drizzle with some olive oil and roast for 30-40 minutes or until cooked.

3. In the meantime, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot and then add the onion and garlic. Saute for 4 minutes or until translucent.

4. Add the cumin, ginger, cinnamon to the pot. Sauté for 1 minute or until the the spices are fragrant.

5. Add the red lentils and 1 cup of vegetable stock. Bring to the boil and then put on a simmer. Cook for 15 minutes or until the lentils are cooked. Add 1/2 cup water if too dry.

6. Place the roasted sweet potato, red lentils, piquillo peppers and 1 cup of vegetable stock in a Vitamix or blender and blend till smooth. You may need to do in 2 batches. Alternatively you can place all the ingredients in the pot and use a bar mix to blend.

7. Return the ingredients from the Vitamix to the pot. Add 3 cups of vegetable stock, liquid smoke, cayenne pepper and sea salt and stir through. Bring to the pot to the boil, then place on a simmer, season with more sea salt if you need before serving.

8. Serve the soup topped with natural coconut yoghurt, ribbons of piquillo peppers, black pepper and drizzle some olive oil.

*Serves 4-6

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Creamy Sweet potato, Black bean, Chia seed Soup

Hi all, hope you having a great start to your week. I’m always most energetic on Mondays. I feel like I can achieve just about anything on my way home from work. I could prepare all our lunches for the week, do some pilates or even finally put together my new compost bin. Unfortunately I didn’t get to do everything I hoped for this afternoon. But I did get around to making a selection of jarred cold pressed juices, boil some black beans and make a delicious healthy soup. Lucky for Marco he’s at work tonight. So I even managed to clean  up the huge mess I made in the kitchen by my self.

I’ve never added chia seeds to a soup before and I didn’t really know what to expect. But I was pleasantly surprised. They weren’t crunchy or gluggy at all. They also didn’t change the texture to the soup. What they did do is add some extra protein, fibre, antioxidants, calcium, vitamin C, omega 3, potassium and iron to my soup!

How do you like to include chia seeds in your diet?

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Creamy Sweet potato, Black bean, Chia seed Soup (vegan, gluten free, soy free, nut free)

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 brown onion, diced

1 large garlic clove, diced

1/2 green or red capsicum, diced

1 large celery stick, diced

1 large sweet potato, chopped and cubed

1.5 tablespoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (or more to taste)

1 teaspoon dried oregano

4 cups vegetable stock (I used 4 cups filtered water with 4 tsp Marigold Swiss Vegetable Bouillon)

1/2 teaspoon garlic salt/ sea salt to taste

black pepper to taste

2 whole dried bay leaves

2 cups cooked black beans

juice from 1/2 small lemon

1/3 cup chia seeds

diced roasted peppers, pan fried corn kernels and sliced avocado to serve

Method:

1. Heat olive oil in a large pot. Then add onion, garlic, capsicum and celery. Saute for a few minutes.

2. Add sweet potato cubes, cumin, oregano and cayenne. Saute for another couple of minutes.

3. Add vegetable stock, garlic salt, black pepper and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, then leave to simmer for 20-25 minutes, or until the sweet potato has softened.

4. Add cooked black beans and lemon juice. Take off the heat and remove the bay leaves.

5. Place most of the soup with a high speed blender, leaving about a cup of the soup in the pot. Then combine again and stir through the chunky beans and sweet potato.

6. Add chia seeds and stir through.

7. Serve soup topped with diced roasted peppers, pan fried corn kernels and sliced avocado or whatever else you have on hand.

*Serves 4

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Sweet Potato Sage Risotto with Hazelnut ‘Parmesan’

Now that I know the secret to making a good risotto it is one of my favourite midweek meals to make. I have never made it with sweet potato or sage before and to be honest I was a bit worried how it was going to turn out. However this has to be one of the best risotto’s I’ve ever made. I was worried that the sweet potato would be  too sweet, but it rather completed the risotto rather then overpowering it. The sage also gave the risotto a really nice aromatic flavour. With the addition of hazelnut ‘parmesan’ it was a winning combination.

What’s your favourite ingredients to add to Risotto?

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Sweet Potato Sage Risotto with Hazelnut ‘Parmesan’ (vegan, gluten free, soy free)

Ingredients:

3 medium sweet potatoes (about 3 cups), peeled and roughly chopped

2 tablespoons hazelnuts

2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

sea salt to taste

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 cups risotto

1 large brown onion, diced

2 garlic cloves, diced

1/2 cup white wine

1 litre boiling vegetable stock (I used steamer water and Marigold Swiss Bouillon Powder)

20 sage leaves, roughly chopped

Method:

1. Steam the sweet potato. Once it is cooked set aside and mash.

2. In the meantime place the hazelnuts and nutritional yeast in a coffee grinder. Grind into a flour and add sea salt to taste.

2. Heat olive oil in a large pot, then add risotto. Toast the risotto for a minute, then add the onion and garlic. Saute for another minute.

3. Add the white wine and allow it to absorb into the rice. Stir continuously.

4. Ladle spoons of boiling vegetable stock into the pot, one at a time. Allowing the rice to absorb the stock and before adding another ladle. Stir continuously. After you add a couple of ladles of stock, add the sage leaves.

5. Once the rice is just about cooked, add the mashed sweet potato and stir through. Adjust the seasoning with sea salt to taste.

6. Serve the risotto topped with a generous couple of spoons of the Hazelnut ‘Parmesan’

*Serves 6

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To complement the risotto I made a great big salad with fresh organic lettuce, kale, pea sprouts, cherry tomatoes, cucumber and red onion. To dress it I used my homemade Sun-dried Tomato Basil and Almond Pesto.

Pesto is also my new weekly obsession. Every week when I go to the Farmers Market I get a big bunch of basil and just blend it with olive oil, nutritional yeast and what ever nuts I have on hand. It’s great to use as a spreads, salad dressings, to add to sauces, etc. Actually tonight I used the remaining pesto to give my homemade burgers an extra kick. I am too tired to post that recipe tonight, so it will be coming out soon.

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Roasted Potatoes two ways with Cashew Coriander Sauce

Now that Marco has his new BBQ he needs to BBQ every weekend and pretty much any other chance he gets. I’ve never liked BBQ, unlike most people in Australia.  I never liked the charcoal overcooked taste of meat. Last Sunday when it was BBQ o’clock again, I decided to prepare something special for myself, but it ended up being a fabulous side dish that everyone loved.

Marco has always hated coriander. But when it was blended into this delicious sauce it tasted more like a pesto with a twist. The fresh garlic also gave it some heat. I paired it with Roasted Sweet Potato Mash and a couple of days later with some spicy Roasted Kipfler Potatoes. Both ways tasted really good with this sauce. This sauce is also great as spread or dip.

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Cashew Coriander Sauce (vegan, raw, gluten free, soy free)

Ingredients:

1/2 cup cashews

4 garlic cloves

1 cup fresh coriander

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup water, sea salt to taste

Methods:

1. Just add all the ingredients into a Vitamix or high speed blender. Blend until smooth.

*Makes about 1 cup.

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Sweet Potato Smash with Cashew Coriander Sauce (vegan, gluten free, soy free)

Ingredients:

1 large sweet potato (or 2 medium)

1/2 cup Cashew Coriander Sauce (recipe above)

2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds

Methods:

1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.

2. Place whole sweet potatoes a tray with baking paper and puncture the skin with fork (about 4 times).

3. Roast the sweet potato until soft and mashy inside. Should take about 40-50 minutes, depending on the size of your sweet potato. If you using a larger sweet potato chop into pieces.

4. While it is cooking you can prepare the Cashew Coriander Sauce.

5. Dry toast the pumpkin seeds in pan on a low heat. It should only take a couple minutes till they start to pop.

6. Serve mashed sweet potato flesh topped with the coriander sauce and toasted pumpkin seeds

*Serves 4 as a side

*Makes 1 cup of Cashew Coriander Sauce.

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Roasted Spiced Kipfler Potatoes with Cashew Coriander Sauce (vegan, gluten free, soy free)

Ingredients:

500g kipfler potatoes

1/2 tablespoon ground cumin

1 tablespoon cajun spice blend (or 1/2 tablespoon ground cayenne pepper)

sea salt to taste, olive oil

1/2 cup cashew coriander sauce (recipe above)

Methods:

1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.

2. Wash and brush the dirt from the potoatoes. Then slice into halves or quarters.

3. Toss potatoes with olive oil, spices and sea salt and place into a baking tray.

4. Roast pototoes for 40-50 minutes or until cooked and golden brown.

5. Serve roasted potatoes topped with Cashew Coriander Sauce.

*Serves 4 as a side

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with a Creamy Turmeric Dressing

Turmeric is so good for you. It’s anti-inflammatory and is packed full of manganese, iron, vitamin B6, fiber and potassium. Scientists believe that Turmeric wards of Alzheimer’s disease, prevents cancer, reduces risk of heart attacks and strokes, flights colds and flu, helps digestion and weight loss and can help people with diabetes. But unless you eat Indian food regularly, you probably don’t include this ingredient in many of your daily meals. This little salad dressing is creamy, raw and can be paired with almost anything. Hope you like it!

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Roasted Sweet potato, Purple Carrot, Red Cabbage, Kale and Spinach Salad with a Creamy Turmeric (vegan, gluten free, soy free, nut free)

Ingredients:

6 small sweet potatoes

olive oil

sea salt to taste

3-4 purple carrots

1/4 red cabbage

2 cups baby/other kale

2 cups baby spinach

1 cup Creamy Turmeric Dressing (below)

1-2 tablespoons roasted black sesame seeds.

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.

2. Chop sweet potatoes in round pieces and toss in a mixing bowl with olive oil and sea salt. Then bake for 30 mins or until cooked. Turn once while cooking.

3. Grate the purple carrots and cabbage. Massage the kale with sea salt and chop the baby spinach.

4. Combine all the salad ingredients in a mixing bowl.

5. Serve salad topped with roasted sweet potato, drizzle Creamy Turmeric Dressing and top with some black sesame seeds

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Creamy Turmeric Dressing (vegan, raw, gluten free, soy free, nut free)

Ingredients:

1/2 medium avocado

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon crushed ginger

2 tablespoons turmeric

couple pinches ground cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon agave (more to taste)

4-5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

4 tablespoons filtered water

sea salt to taste

Method:

1. Add in the ingredients in to a processor/mixer. Mix until you have a delicious creamy dressing.

2. Serve topped with black roasted sesame seeds and top on a fresh salad or roasted vegetables.

*About 1 cup

Sweet Potatoes and Kale: Two Ways

The last couple of nights meals have been quick easy meals using two of my favorite ingredients, sweet potato and kale. I also finally made use of the organic wild black rice that I bought from Fundies two months ago. I have a habit of collecting beans and grains and storing them for a rainy day. This was the first time I have tried wild black rice. I quite like it. Surprisingly Marco was a fan too, even though he hates brown rice. It is quite chewy, but it has a nice flavor. I combined the rice with sauteed onions, kale and spices and stuff it in a whole baked sweet potato. I topped it with the Lime Cashew Sour Cream that I made over the weekend and served it with some Baked Spicy Panko Crusted Tofu and Guacamole.

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Whole Sweet Potatoes with Wild Black Rice, Kale and Lime Cashew Sour Cream (vegan, gluten free, soy free)

Ingredients:

4 sweet potatoes

1/2 cup wild black rice

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 small onion, diced

2 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1.5 teaspoons garlic powder

1 bag baby kale, roughly chopped

sea salt to taste

Cashew Sour cream (recipe below)

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.

2. Wash and scrub any dirt of the skin of the sweet potatoes. Stab them a few times with a fork then bake for 40 mins or until the inside flesh is soft.

3. In the meantime cook the wild black rice in the rice cooker and leave on warm till ready to use.

4. Heat coconut oil in a pan, then add onion, cumin, cayenne and garlic powder. Cook for a few minutes or until onion has softened.

5. Add wild black rice and kale and saute until kale wilts. Season with sea salt.

6. Slice a slit across on side of the sweet potato, then stuff with the wild rice and kale. Serve with Lime Cashew Sour Cream.

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Lime Cashew Sour Cream (vegan, gluten free, soy free)

Ingredients:

1 cup raw cashews (soaked/raw)

1 cup water

2-3 tablespoons lime

1 teaspoon garlic powder

sea salt to taste

Method:

1. If you haven’t pre-soaked the cashews, then boil for 10 mins.

2. Place in a blender and grind until cashews break down.

3. Add water (little bit at a time), lime, garlic powder and sea salt. Process until smooth.

*Makes about one cup

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Tonight’s recipe was inspired by the last whole baked sweet potato that didn’t get eaten last night. I considered making sweet potato gnocchi, sweet potato pasta, sweet potato burger or even sweet potato pancakes. I was pretty tired so I just decided on Sweet Potato Hummus with kale and vegetables. Since I already had my Vitamix out I made a dressing using the hummus and peanut butter. That was the best part! I ended up drizzling a lot more then what you see below. Now I am so full and looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow for Ekka public holiday.

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Sweet Potato Hummus Salad Bowl with Peanut Sweet Potato Dressing (vegan, gluten free, soy free)

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Sweet Potato Hummus (recipe below)

2 handfuls baby kale

chopped salad and vegetables (cherry tomato, broccolini, avocado, capsicum)

sea salt to taste

2 tablespoons Peanut Sweet Potato Dressing (recipe below)

Method:

1.  Steam broccolini or other vegetables. Rinse with cold water to cool down.

2. Massage the baby kale with sea salt, until it breaks down.

3. Place baby kale on the bottom of a large bowl and top with chopped salad & vegetables, hummus and drizzle with the dressing.

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Sweet Potato Hummus  (vegan, gluten free, nut free, soy free)

Ingredients:

1 can chickpeas

1 whole roasted sweet potato (about 1 cup)

2 large garlic cloves

1 tablespoon tahini

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup lemon juice

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

sea salt to taste

Method:

1. Peel the Sweet potato, then place all the ingredients in the processor. Whiz until combined.

*Makes 2 cups

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Peanut Sweet Potato Hummus Dressing  (vegan, gluten free, soy free)

Ingredients:

4 tablespoons Sweet Potato Hummus (recipe above)

1/2 cup water

2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter

1 tablespoon maple syrup

1 teaspoon apple cinder vinegar

sea salt to taste

Method:

1. Place all the ingredients in a high speed blender and whiz till combined.

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Roasted Capscium & Vegetable Lasagna

Yesterday I went food shopping and found out that my local Fruit and Vegetable shop at Mt Ommaney (Brisbane) is now selling Notzarella! I don’t buy it often since I don’t live near the only vegan grocery store that sells it. So more melty ‘cheese’ will be on the menu from now on. To celebrated I made lasagna. This is the first time I have made my own Roasted Capsicum in the oven. It is so easy and doesn’t take too long either.

For some strange reason my oven didn’t cook the lasagna on both sides, so the sweet potato on one entire side was uncooked. That was the side we ate last night. I added the extra step in the recipe to steam them first to be on the safe side.

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Roasted Capsicum & Vegetable Lasagna (vegan, gluten free option, nut free)

Ingredients:

4 red capsicum (or mixed with green)

500g sweet potato

2 large zucchini

2 cups baby spinach

1 handful basil

1 tablespoon vegan butter (I used Nutlex)

2 cups whole soy milk (thick)

1 tablespoon arrowroot flour (or unbleached plain flour)

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 bay leaf

sea salt & black pepper to taste

2 cups grated vegan mozzarella (I used Notzarella)

250g  packet lasagna sheets (use gluten free lasagna sheets if you prefer)

2 x jars 500g pasta sauce

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1. Preheat oven to  200 degrees.

2. Remove stem and seeds from capsicums. Then bake for 20-30 mins or until skin starts to blister.DSC04575

3. In the mean time thinly slice the sweet potatoes and zucchini. Steam sweet potatoes until you can put a fork through them. Roughly chop the spinach and basil.

4. Once capsicums are cooked, turn the oven down to 180 degrees and remove the skin from the capsicums and roughly chop.???????????????????????????????

5. To make bechamel, heat butter in a pot, add soy milk,  flour,  garlic powder, nutmeg, bay leaf. Whisk until combined. Then heat until it thickens, season with sea salt and black pepper.

6. Take a baking tray and add pasta sauce on the bottom. Then add pasta sheets. On top add sweet potato and then zucchini, spinach, capsicum and basil. Then top with bechemel sauce and mozzarella. Next top with pasta sheets and pasta sauce then continue to layer  the vegetables. Once you have done a couple more layers,  lastly top pasta sheets with pasta sauce and mozzarella.

7. Bake for 40-45 mins then serve.

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Friendly Fish and Chips with Sweet Chimi Mayo (vegan)

As I have mentioned before, giving up seafood has been probably the hardest thing about going vegan for me. I often end up eating fish or seafood when we go out with friends, because I have no other option on the menu. I haven’t been eating it that much lately, with all the recent controversy surrounding our quality and health of the seafood we get in Australia. However, every so often when I don’t feel like cooking, Marco and I have been buying takeaway fish and chips. It always sounds like a good idea at the time, but I end up feeling really full and sickly after. Our local one doesn’t have the best quality chips and the oil that they promote that they fry the food in vegetable oil. If I wouldn’t use vegetable oil at home because its so unhealthy, why am I buying it from there?

We don’t eat fried food often, but when we do I prefer to make it at home. Occasionally Marco twists my arm, to have fried chips. In fact its one of the only things he can or will make is fried chips. I don’t even have to do anything, which is very convenient for him. So last night when he offered to go get fish and chips, we decided instead we would make our own.

Do you remember on Valentines Day I posted about Kuan Yin Tea House? I ordered Veggie Snow Fish Rice. I was blown away by how great the ‘fish’ was. The texture, the flavor was very fish like. Silly me thought this was something they made in store. I never seen or heard of veggie fish before. However, last week when I was buying up at Green Edge, I was looking in their freezer section and saw Lamyong Vegetarian Chunky Fish. It looked very similar to what I had at restaurant. So I got some to try and yes it was the same thing.

I decided to make my usually go-to battered fish recipe. I used to dip the fish in flour, then into beaten eggs with herbs, then finished off in corn crumbs. I really prefer corn crumbs, as I find bread crumbs are a bit plain in flavor. Instead of using eggs I used whole organic soy (from Aldi) and it works just as well as eggs. The Lamyong Veggie Fish cooked  just as well as my usually fried fish, so it makes a really great substitute. Marco also really liked it and was happy to have this instead of regular fish. The pieces were quite thick and it was very filling, so you don’t need to have too many pieces to be satisfied.

On the side we had the chips, which we have learned from our mothers, that you must soak the potatoes before frying. I never knew why I could never make fries. Now we have no problems and they are cooked all the way through and unbroken. I also made this quick dipping sauce with the left over Chimichurri. Obviously I won’t eat this kind of vegan product often, but it is a nice vegan treat that can be prepared at home.

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Friendly Fish and Chips with Sweet Chimi Mayo (vegan, nut free)

Ingredients for Vegan Fish & Chips:

Potato and/or Sweet Potato (enough for 2 serves)

Canola or Sunflower oil to fry

6 pieces Lamyong Vegetarian Chunky Fish/other vegan fish (defrosted)

unbleached plain flour

whole soy milk (thick)

fresh minced herb of choice (optional)

corn crumbs or other bread crumbs

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Ingredients for Sweet Chimi Mayo:

2 tablespoons vegan mayo

2 teaspoons Chimichurri

agave to taste

Method:

1. Wash and chop the potatoes and sweet potatoes into batons. Then place them in cold water for 10-20 mins. If you haven’t defrosted the vegan fish, place it in water and set aside.DSC04258

2. In the mean time make the Sweet Chimi Mayo, by combining all the ingredients in a small bowl. Add more of each for taste.

3. If you fish is ready (completely defrosted on inside) then you can batter it now. Just dip it in flour (pat off excess), then dip in thick whole soy milk with herbs mixed through (optional), then dip in corn crumbs.

4. To fry the fish and chips just heat the oil in a wok/pan and cook the fish and chips until fish is golden brown and chips are cooked. Then place them on paper towels to drain any excess water, top with sea salt and serve.

*Serves 2

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Black bean & Corn Chili with Whole Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Broad bean Guacamole

I finally set up my veggie patch today. Its been empty for nearly a year since I went overseas. At Aldi they had a whole lot of starter plants in stock. So mum picked me up ???????????????????????????????some kale, lettuce, broccolini, cauliflower, cabbage, rainbow spinach and a whole lot of herbs. I also emptied out my compost, which I have been filling, but haven’t emptied for nearly two years. It was really smelly, but really healthy for my garden.

I had to Albie proof my veggie patch with some chicken wire and some steaks I found. Not sure its going to last a Queensland??????????????????????????????? storm, but anything to keep Mr Albie out. He likes to use my garden as a place to sleep or to attack possums on the fence. Bella also likes to use it as a toilet. So fingers crossed this will keep them out till I think of something else.

I have been really slack lately with preparing legumes. I was really craving black beans, so remembered to soak some today. I decided to make this Mexican inspired chili. I was really proud that I managed to make this entire dish with out any canned products. The beans, corn and tomatoes are all fresh.

For the Broad bean Guacamole I adapted the recipe from Daily unadventures in cooking. The taste was a lot different with the broad beans, so I added more avocado. It did have a nice fresh taste though with the lime juice.

I made a similar dish  last month, Whole Baked Sweet Potato with Mixed Bean Chili, Guacamole and Quinoa Salad. Tonight’s dish was just as delicious, but the flavors were a lot different.

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Black bean & Corn Chilli with Whole Roasted Sweet Potatoes (vegan, gluten free, soy free, nut free)

 

Black bean & Corn Chilli

Ingredients:

1.5 cups dried black beans (pre soaked for 8 hours/overnight)

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 large onion, diced

2-4 garlic cloves, diced

1 large green chilli, diced

1 small green capsicum, diced

1 small red capsicum, diced

1 carrot, diced

2 tablespoons cumin

1/2 tablespoons chilli powder or cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon ground smoked paprika

3 roma tomatoes,  chopped (or 1 can diced tomatoes)

corn kernels from 2 cobs of corn

2 cups of vegetable liquid stock

1.5 tablespoons hot chipotle sauce

2 tablespoons corn flour (or arrowroot or plain flour)

sea salt to taste

lime juice to serve (optional)

Method:

1. Bring a large pot with water and black beans to a boil, then cook for 40 mins or until tender.  Strain black beans then put to the side.

2. In the same pot heat oil then add onion, garlic and chili. Cook for 2-3 mins.???????????????????????????????

3. Add carrot, green & red capsicum and cook for 5 mins. Stir often.

4. Add cumin, chili powder, paprika and cook for 2 mins or until fragrant. Add some water or oil if the pot is too dry.???????????????????????????????

5. Add chopped tomatoes and 1/4 cup of water. If using can tomatoes then you don’t need the water. Cook for 5 mins.

6. Add black beans, corn kernels, liquid stock, hot chipotle sauce, flour and sea salt. Bring to the boil, then let it simmer for 40 mins to an hour.

* Serve on top of the whole sweet potatoes and/or basmati rice and with a squeeze of lime.

*Serves 8

Whole Roasted Sweet Potato  

Ingredients:

8 sweet potatoes

canola oil (optional)

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Clean and scrub sweet potatoes.

2. Coat in oil and place in a baking tray. Piece a few times with a fork along the sweet potato, then bake for 45 mins.

* Serve with Chili

* Serves 8

Broad Bean Guacamole 

Ingredients:

1 cup broad beans

1 avocado

juice 1/2 lime

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

hot chipotle sauce to taste (optional)

sea salt & black pepper to taste

Method:

1. Bring a pot of water to the boil. Then cook the broad beans for 2-3 mins.

2. Strain the broad beans, rinse in cold water, then remove the outer skin of the beans.

3. Combine broad beans and avocado in a bowl. Mash with a fork.

4. Add lime, evo, hot chipotle sauce, sea salt & black pepper.

* Serves about 1 cup

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Pumpkin, Sweet Potato & Red Lentil Curry and Spinach Koftas with Yogurt Sauce

Tonight I wanted to make use of the Kingland Plain Soy Yogurt that I bought over the weekend. I wanted to use it to make something that I usually can’t have. So I found a recipe for these Spinach Koftas with Yogurt Sauce, from the recipe book The Food of India. This was quite easy recipe to make and was a crowd please. I had to guess how much of everything I had to use, as I didn’t have the correct amount of spinach and yogurt. My batter was very wet and I was unable to roll them, so I used an icecream scope and dropped them into the oil. So they didn’t turn out like balls, but still taste great.

I also used my yogurt to make Potato and Pea Curry with Yogurt, Cumin, and Ginger, from Serious Eats. I didn’t have cumin seeds, so I used ground cumin. I am not sure what I did wrong, but it didn’t turn out very ‘Indian’. It was nice but the of the cumin was not strong. I also ran out of cumin by this point so there was no saving it.

My favorite dish of the night was the the curry, which I adapted from North Indian chickpea, lentil and squash curry recipe, from Woman&Home. I really liked the combination of the spices. I had to tweak the ingredients, due to lack of some and not enough of others, but it came together really nicely. I forgot to add mint or coriander to the finished dish. I was just trying to get everything ready in a rush and then I got grated ginger in my eye, which didn’t feel so good. Luckily I got everything together before My Kitchen Rules and even got in a short walk before. I served these dishes with steamed basmati rice and wholemeal chapati (frozen).

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Pumpkin, Sweet Potato and Red Lentil Curry (vegan, gluten free, soy free, nut free)

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 onion, diced

1 tablespoon grated ginger

1 teaspoon ground tumeric

1 teaspoon chili flakes

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1 teaspoon fennel seeds

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon garam masala

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon black pepper

470-500g pumpkin & sweet potato, cubed

3/4 cup red lentils

juice 1 lemon

700ml filtered water

2 teaspoon vegan chicken dry stock (optional)

sea salt to taste

Method:

1. Heat coconut oil in a large pot, then add onion. Cook for couple of minutes until it has softened.???????????????????????????????

2. Add the ginger, all the spices and sea salt. Cook for a few minutes till fragrant.???????????????????????????????

3. Add lentils, pumpkin, sweet potato, water and dry stock. Bring to the boil. Then leave on a simmer for 20 mins or until lentils are mushy. (I cooked mine for nearly an our for more flavor).

4. Add lemon juice and adjust seasoning. Add coriander or mint leaves to serve (optional)

*Serves 6

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Spinach Koftas with Yogurt Sauce (vegan, gluten free, nut free)

Ingredients for Sauce:

1 cup soy yogurt

3 tablespoons chickpea flour

1 tablespoon coconut/canola oil

2 teaspoons black mustard seeds

1 teaspoons fenugreek seeds

6 curry leaves

1 small onion

1.5 garlic cloves

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

1/4 teaspoon chili powder

Ingredients for Koftas:

120 g baby spinach

1/2 cup + reserve 1.5 cups chickpea flour

1/2 small red onion, diced

1/2 cup tinned diced tomato or 1 tomato, diced

2 garlic clove, diced

1 tablespoon coriander leaves, diced

Method:

1. To make sauce, take a pot and whisk yogurt, chickpea flour and water (don’t cook).???????????????????????????????

2. In a wok heat oil and add mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds and curry leave. Cover and cook for 1 minute.

3. Add onion, garlic, turmeric and chili powder. Saute uncovered for 5 mins.

4. Place the ingredient of the wok and place in the pot with the yoguart. Bring this pot to the boil then leave to simmer for 10 mins.???????????????????????????????

5. In the meantime, place spinach in boiling water, so that it wilts, then rinse with cold water and cut. ???????????????????????????????

6. Place the rest of the ingredients for the koftas in a mixing bowl (1/2 cup chickpea flour), then add the spinach. Add more chickpea flour if the mixture is too wet.

7. Heat the wok with oil to fry, then drop balls of the mixture into the hot oil and cook until golden. (I had to use an ice cream spoon to drop them in, as my mixture was too wet, but it still worked well). Place the koftas on a paper towel, to absorb the oil.

*Serve koftas with the yogurt sauce.

* I made about 22 koftas.

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There was heaps left so lucky Marco gets to take some for work tomorrow.

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