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Spicy African Peanut Soup

Source: Peas and Thank You

An incredible tasty and easy soup to make. I loved using the coconut milk.


1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 sweet potato, cubed (about 1 c. total)
1 1/2 t. curry powder
1/2-3/4 t. garam masala (depending on how spicy you like it)
1 t. cumin
1 T. minced ginger
2 t. minced garlic
stevia to taste (I used a pinch of sugar)
dash of cinnamon
1 14 oz. can fire roasted tomatoes, in juice
1 can light coconut milk
2 c. vegetable stock
2 T. natural peanut butter
1/2 c. red lentils, drained and rinsed (can substitute quinoa, if desired)

Optional garnishes: cilantro, chopped peanuts, sour cream or plain yogurt (vegan, if desired)


Combine all ingredients in a crock pot and turn to high for about an hour. This gets your crock pot good and going, then switch it to low for the next several hours.

Serve and enjoy!


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Quinoa Patties

Source: Super Natural Every Day by Heidi Swanson

Every single recipe I have made from this book has been outstanding. Each one is full of flavour and so good for you!

These patties can be used as either a snack, or main meal if paired with a salad. I paired it with Heidi’s Kale Salad.

2 1/2 cups cooked quinoa*, at room temperature
4 large eggs, beaten
1/2 tsp fine-grain sea salt
1/3 cup finely chopped fresh chives (used green onions)
1 yellow or white onion, finely chopped
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan or Gruyere cheese
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 cup whole grain bread crumbs, plus more if needed
Water, if needed
1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil or clarified butter
2 Tbsp Feta Cheese (my addition)

* To cook quinoa: Combine 2 cups of well-rinsed uncooked quinoa with 3 cups water and 1/2 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, cover, decrease the heat, and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes, until the quinoa is tender and you can see the little quinoa curlicues.

Combine the quinoa, eggs, and salt in a medium bowl. Stir in the chives, onion, cheese (+ Feta if using), and garlic. Add the bread crumbs, stir, and let sit for a few minutes so the crumbs can absorb some of the moisture.

At this point, you should have a mixture you can easily form into twelve 1-inch thick patties. I err on the very moist side because it makes for a not-overly-dry patty, but you can add more bread crumbs, a bit at a time, to firm up the mixture, if need be. Conversely, a bit more beaten egg or water can be used to moisten the mixture.

Heat the oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-low heat, add 6 patties, if they’ll fit with some room between each, cover, and cook for 7 to 10 minutes, until the bottoms are deeply browned. Turn up the heat if there is no browning after 10 minutes and continue to cook until the patties are browned. Carefully flip the patties with a spatula and cook the second sides for 7 minutes, or until golden. Remove from the skillet and cool on a wire rack while you cook the remaining patties. Alternatively, the quinoa mixture keeps nicely in the refrigerator for a few days; you can cook patties to order, if you prefer.

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Risotto Primavera

Source: You Can Cook by Annabel Karmel

An awesome meal. As Annabel says

This Italian classic is a super-tasty, meat-free, meal-in-bowl. It’s made with melting soft rice, summer vegetables, and Parmesan cheese.

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time: ~30 mins
Serves: 2 -4

1 small carrot
1 small leek
1 small onion
1 small garlic clove
1 sweet potato, diced (my addition)
1 yellow squash, diced (my addition)
½ zucchini
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp olive oil
1 1/4 cups risotto rice
5 cups hot vegetable broth
3/4 cup frozen peas
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra to serve
Freshly ground black pepper

Dice the carrot, then thinly slice the leek and the onion, crush the garlic, and dice the zucchini.

Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the oil, then sauté the onion for 4 to 5 minutes, until it’s soft and translucent. Add the leek, carrot, and garlic, and sauté for another 2 to 3 minutes until the leek has softened.

Stir in the rice and cook for 1 minute, then stir in a ladleful of broth and cook slowly until the liquid is absorbed, stirring all the time.

Add the rest of the broth a ladleful at a time — wait until it is absorbed before adding more. Stir the rice regularly during cooking. After about 18 minutes it will be almost cooked through.

Add the diced zucchini and peas, plus more broth if necessary. Cook for another 4 minutes, or until the vegetables are cooked through. Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese. Season with pepper, then serve.

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Black Pepper Tempeh

Source: Super Natural Every Day by Heidi Swanson

I had promised myself, no more cookbooks (for a while) and then I found this one, and then I bought it. 🙂

I’m always looking for some vegetarian meals, and I want ones that aren’t pasta. I’ve just started using tempeh and love it. It can be found in the refrigerated section of the grocery store.

Yield 4 servings

3 tablespoons extra-virgin coconut oil
3 shallots, thinly sliced (I used a red onion)
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (I used 1/2)
15 small cloves garlic, smashed
1 tablespoon peeled and grated fresh ginger
3 tablespoons shoyu, tamari, or soy sauce (I used soy)
1/4 cup natural cane sugar (I used 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup)
2 tablespoons water, plus more if needed
8 ounces tempeh, sliced pencil-thin
12 ounces cauliflower, very finely chopped
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more if needed

**Next time I think I will add some mushrooms and zuccini, chopped.

In large skillet over low heat, combine the coconut oil, shallots, red pepper flakes, garlic, and ginger. Cook slowly, taking care not to brown the ingredients and stirring occasionally, until the garlic cloves are soft throughout, about 15 minutes.

While the garlic is cooking, whisk together the shoyu, maple syrup, and water in a small bowl.

Increase the temperature under the skillet to medium-high and add the mushrooms and tempeh. Gently stir to get them coated. Add the shoyu mixture and stir again to coat. Cook for a minute or two, then add the cauliflower. Stir and cover. Cook for about 3 minutes.

Uncover, turn the heat up even more, and cook until the cauliflower and tempeh starts to brown. If you need to add more water to prevent sticking, add 1 tablespoon at a time. Remove from heat and stir in the black pepper. Taste, add more pepper if you like, and serve immediately.

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Tortellini with Artichoke Sauce

Source: Food Network Magazine, March 2011

I changed this recipe around and like what I came out with. The original called for Agnolotti and I used Tortellini. It also called for frozen artichokes, but I find those have zero taste so I used ones packed in oil and drained them. I also substituted 1C milk with 2 Tbsp flour and 2 tsp parmesan mixed in for the half-and-half.

Total Time: 25 min
Prep: 15 min
Cook: 10 min

Yield: 4 servings

1 9-oz package frozen artichoke hearts, thawed and coarsely chopped (I used ones packed in oil and drained them)
1 C half-and-half (I used 1C milk w/ 2 Tbsp flour and 2 tsp parmesan stirred in)
1 clove garlic, smashed
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Kosher salt
1 cup frozen peas (do not thaw)
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 pound refrigerated cheese agnolotti (moon-shaped stuffed pasta) or ravioli (I used tortellini)
1/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup torn fresh basil leaves (I used 2 Tbsp dry basil)

Combine the artichokes, half-and-half, garlic, red pepper flakes and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large skillet and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cover and cook until the artichokes are tender, about 5 minutes. Add the peas and continue to cook, covered, until tender, about 5 more minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon zest and juice. Discard the garlic clove.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the agnolotti and cook as the label directs. Reserve 1/2 cup cooking water, then drain the pasta and transfer to the skillet with the sauce.

Add the parmesan to the skillet and gently stir until the pasta is coated. Thin the sauce with some of the reserved cooking water. Stir in the basil.

Per serving: Calories 514; Fat 22 g (Saturated 10 g); Cholesterol 88 mg; Sodium 995 mg; Carbohydrate 56 g; Fiber 9 g; Protein 22 g

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Spinach and Ricotta Dumplings

Source: Food Network, May 2011

I really enjoyed these, but would definitely cook them longer than suggested. The ones I did for 5 minutes weren’t as good as the ones I left in for 10.

I served them over noodles and loved the meatball alternative.

Total Time: 35-45 minutes
Serves: 4

Kosher salt
1 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 1/2 cups whole-milk ricotta cheese
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
6 Tbsp all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
2 large eggs
Freshly ground pepper
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
2 cups prepared marinara sauce
2 Tbsp unsalted butter, cut into pieces (I skipped this, what is the point of it?)
Crusty bread, for serving (I served over noodles)

Bring a large, wide pot of salted water to a simmer. Put the spinach in a large bowl and separate it with your hands. Add the ricotta, 3/4 cup parmesan, the flour, eggs, 3/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and the nutmeg. Mix with a fork to form a slightly sticky dough.

Spread some flour on a plate. Scoop out heaping tablespoonfuls of the spinach-ricotta mixture and roll into about 24 loose balls using floured hands. Gently roll the balls in the flour.

Bring the marinara sauce to a simmer in a large skillet over medium heat. Whisk in the butter.

Meanwhile, gently lower the dumplings into the simmering water and cook until they rise to the surface and are firm, about 5 minutes.(I gave it more time, about 10 minutes) Remove the dumplings with a slotted spoon, letting the water drain off, and add to the sauce. Gently toss to coat, then transfer to plates and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup parmesan. Serve with bread.

Per serving: Calories 503; Fat 32 g (Saturated 18 g); Cholesterol 210 mg; Sodium 1,251 mg; Carbohydrate 23 g; Fiber 4 g; Protein 27 g

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Eggplant Gnocchi w/ Brown Butter and Pine Nut Sauce

Source: The Vegetarian Collection by Allison Kent

I never made the Pine Nut Sauce that is suggested (and listed below) with this recipe, but instead used a Sage-Walnut Butter and a Balsamic Syrup.

Makes 2 servings (I got 3.5)

2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp pine nuts
2 Tbsp minced fresh parsley
1 Tbsp lemon juice
Eggplant Gnocchi:
1 large eggplant, (about 1 lb/500 g)
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
1 cup all-purpose flour

Eggplant Gnocchi: Peel eggplant and cut into 2-inch (5 cm) cubes. Place on parchment paper–lined baking sheet; toss with salt. Roast in 350°F (180°C) oven, stirring occasionally, until eggplant is very soft, about 40 minutes.

Transfer eggplant to food processor; purée until fairly smooth with some chunks. Add egg; pulse, scraping down side of bowl occasionally, until smooth. Transfer to bowl; stir in 3/4 cup (175 mL) of the flour, adding just enough of the remaining flour to create soft dough.

Turn dough out onto floured work surface; knead a few times, adding more flour if necessary to prevent sticking, just until dough holds together. Shape into log; divide into quarters. Shape each quarter into 3/4-inch (2 cm) diameter rope.

With sharp knife, cut each rope diagonally into 1-inch (2.5 cm) pieces. (Make-ahead: Freeze on baking sheet for 2 hours or until firm; scrape into resealable freezer bags and freeze for up to 2 weeks.)

In large skillet, melt butter over medium heat; fry pine nuts until lightly toasted and butter just begins to brown, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat; set aside.

Meanwhile, in large pot of boiling salted water, cook gnocchi, stirring gently, until they float; boil for 5 minutes.

Return skillet to medium heat; using slotted spoon, scoop gnocchi into hot pan. Add parsley, lemon juice and 1/4 cup (50 mL) of the cooking water; toss to coat.

Nutritional Info (with Brown Butter and Pine Nut Sauce)
Per serving: about –
cal 488
pro 12 g
total fat 21 g
sat. fat 9 g
carb 65 g
fibre 7 g
chol 123 mg
sodium 968 mg

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