I’m usually not a huge salad eater, preferring my vegetables cooked up and served warm. But after the first month of winter I start craving craving fresh uncooked greens like there’s no tomorrow. It happens every year around the same time, and this year is no different. It started a couple weeks ago when I ordered a salad at a restaurant. It was a vegan restaurant. There’s really no excuse for this. I mean the salad was good, just so far off my typical ordering M.O. Well one thing led to another, and I’ve found myself buying greens and making salads. And you’re welcome, because this easy salad was born.…
Every good cook needs an arsenal of sauce recipes to take their dishes to that next level in terms of flavor. Every culture has their own versions, from mole and salsa in Mexico, to Europe’s mustard and America’s ketchup. There’s Korean gochujang and Chinese hoisin. Greek tzatziki, Japanese ponzu, and seemingly endless versions of hot sauce from around the world. Chutneys hail from the cuisines of the Indian subcontinent, and there are seemingly endless variations of them. They are super flavorful sauces that accompany everything from flat breads to stuffed savory pastries, snacks and appetizers to main dishes. Today I’m sharing two recipes for two different chutneys inspired by the Afghan cuisine: coriander chutney and red pepper chutney….
Rhubarb is a favorite springtime plant of mine. The gorgeous red-hued stalks have such a mouthwatering lemony-tart flavor. In my experience, starting in early spring you can find them at the farmers markets, and by late spring they’re popping up in well stocked grocery stores. I typically bake pie with them, as I did a couple weeks ago with fresh rhubarb and early season strawberries from my local farmers market. But when I picked up another handful soon after finishing that pie I wanted to try something different. And so, this almond rhubarb bundt cake was born….
Mangoes and refreshing beverages, two of my favorite things on a hot summers day. They were practically made for each other, and it’s like mango lassis were invented just for me. Except everyone seems to really enjoy them too. It’s almost like drinking a milkshake, only way better for you. Filled with fruit and an unsweetened yogurt, I mean, you’re basically doing yourself a favor for having one. I see them on menus at Indian restaurants, and they taunt me, don’t they know I would so order one every time, if they just made them without the dairy??? Luckily for you, and me, they’re really very easy to make at home!…
I love tandoori curry, though it’s not something I grew up eating, as it’s typically served as a meat dish at restaurants and I was raised vegetarian. And I can’t order it out now, because it’s never vegan due to fact that it’s a yogurt-based sauce. Luckily, it’s a super easy and pantry friendly curry to make at home! With the simple swap to non-dairy yogurt, and this recipe for tandoori cauliflower and seitan is in your grasp….
This Indian curry is so good it’s going to make you want to buy extra kale every week. You would never guess while eating it, but the spiced kofta hides an entire huge bunch of curly kale in it! When kale is mixed with some mashed potato and chickpea flour, then fried (or baked, your call) to golden perfection, the resulting kofta tastes like a fully guilt-ridden indulgence, until wait! you remember, you’re basically just eating protein packed kale balls.
And possibly the best part is that you get to eat them with a tangy spiced yogurt sauce (kadhi). Yogurt is thickened to a creamy gravy with chickpea flour, and flavored simply with turmeric, fenugreek, chilis, and garlic. A squeeze of fresh lemon juice provides the extra tang that your vegan yogurt may be lacking. When finished off with a little drizzle of 5-minute chili oil, you’ll forget you’re at home cause things got so fancy.
This dish is naturally gluten free. It’s full of protein and low in added fat (especially if you bake the kofta). And because it’s filled with superfoods kale and turmeric, this dish is extra healthy. Plus, it’s easy and quick to make, and it fills your home with the most tantalizing curry aromas….