Veggie Dumplings

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These were a lot of work, so I don’t know how often we’ll be making them. But they are tasty. You can either steam them or fry them. (The fried ones are better though…trust me!)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup grated carrots
  • 1/2 head cabbage, diced
  • 1 cup mushrooms, diced*
  • 2 scallions, diced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced**
  • 1 handful cilantro, diced
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon siracha
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 12oz package wonton wraps***

To serve

  • Soy sauce (or other dipping sauce of your choice)
  • Scallions, diced

*I used baby bella mushrooms

**I used Ginger People’s minced ginger, which comes in a jar, to save time

***I used Nasoya brand, which they carry at our regular grocery store

Directions

1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the carrots, cabbage, mushrooms, scallions, ginger, cilantro, soy sauce, sesame oil, siracha, and egg. Stir to combine.

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2. To make the dumplings, put a spoonful of the filling in the center of each wrapper. Brush the edges of the wrapper lightly with water. Shape how you’d like (see below for an example) and repeat until wrappers and filling run out.

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These have a little too much filling. Add less than this to make folding and shaping easier!

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3. Now they’re ready to steam or fry!

For steaming, I brought 1/4″ of water to a simmer in a pot, put a steamer basket inside, and placed the dumplings in a single layer, not touching one another. Steam for ~10 minutes over medium heat.

For frying, I drizzled sesame oil in a pan and cooked until lightly brown.

4. Serve with soy sauce (or dipping sauce of your choice!) and more scallions.

Vegetable Green Curry

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Ingredients

  • 2 sweet potatoes, cut into small chunks*
  • 2 cups broccoli, sliced into florets
  • 1 large green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 15oz can baby corn, drained
  • 4 14oz cans coconut milk
  • 1 4oz jar of green curry paste**

To serve

  • Rice, cooked
  • Cilantro, chopped

*No need to peel them if you wash them well, but feel free to if you prefer. Also, if they are hard to cut, put them in the microwave for ~45 seconds. 

**I used Thai Kitchen brand, which can be found in the Asian section of many grocery stores, or you can order online.

Directions

1. Put the sweet potatoes, coconut milk, and curry paste in a large pot.  Stir until well combined. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 1o minutes.

2. Add broccoli, green pepper, and baby corn. Simmer for 5 minutes.

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3. Serve over rice. Add some cilantro on top!

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Roasted Veggie Bowl with Cilantro Tahini Dressing

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Ingredients

  • Head of broccoli, cut into florets
  • Head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 bell pepper, sliced
  • 2 sweet potatoes, chopped*
  • Olive oil

Tahini Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1 big bunch of cilantro
  • Juice of one lemon

To Serve:

  • Quinoa, cooked according to package
  • Avocado, sliced
  • Black beans, drained and rinsed

*It can be really hard to cut uncooked sweet potatoes. To make it a little easier, you can microwave them for 1-2 minutes to soften them before cutting.

Instructions

>>Preheat oven to 450°F

1. Put the veggies and potatoes on two baking sheets. Toss in olive oil. Roast for ~30 minutes.

2. While the veggies and potatoes are cooking, make the dressing. Put all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and mix until smooth.

3. Put the veggies and potatoes in a bowl, along with the quinoa, black beans, and avocado. Drizzle the dressing on top!

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Spaghetti Squash Taco Bowl

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I had half of a spaghetti squash leftover from making spaghetti squash primavera, and was craving something spicy, so I made a spaghetti squash taco bowl!

Ingredients

Serves 4

  • 1/2 large spaghetti squash
  • 1 yellow or white onion, chopped
  • 2 fresh jalapenos, minced
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 bell pepper (color of your choice), chopped
  • 1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 cup corn, drained
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin

Note: This is fairly spicy! If you need to tone down the heat, deseed the jalapenos. You can also add only half the curry powder, paprika, and cumin.

To serve

  • cilantro, diced
  • green onion, diced
  • greek yogurt (or sour cream)*
  • salsa
  • shredded sharp cheddar cheese*

You could also use: lime wedges, avocado, extra jalapenos… !

*Leave off to make vegan

Directions

Preheat oven to 375°F

  1. Place the squash, uncut, on a baking sheet. Bake for 50 minutes. Take out of the oven, let cool for half an hour.
  2. Cut the squash in half. For this recipe, you’ll only need half (or you can double the recipe). Remove the seeds with a spoon or your fingers. Using a fork, scrape the sides of the squash, scooping out the “spaghetti.”
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  3. In a large saucepan or pot, toss the jalapeno and onion in the olive oil. Cook over medium heat for about five minutes, until slightly softened.
  4. Add the bell pepper and continue to cook for another few minutes, until the bell pepper is slightly softened.
  5. Add the spaghetti squash, tomatoes, corn, beans, and spices. Stir until well combined.
  6. Cover the pot and simmer for ten minutes.
  7. Serve with lots of toppings. Make sure to stir your bowls up–the greek yogurt makes it nice and creamy!
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Breakfast Sandwich

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When I need a hearty, filling breakfast this is my go-to sandwich. It’s quick to make and leaves me feeling full into the afternoon. If I am in a rush and need to take it on-the-go, I leave off the salsa, push it down gently to flatten it a little bit, and wrap it up in tin foil.

Ingredients

Makes one sandwich

  • 1 egg
  • onion slices
  • tomato slices
  • avocado slices
  • cilantro
  • scoop of salsa
  • cheese (I like sharp cheddar or pepper jack)
  • bagel/english muffin/bread

Directions

  1. Place the cheese on half of the bagel and put it in the toaster oven*, face up. Toast until cheese is melty and gooey.
  2. While the bagel is toasting, cook your egg. I like mine over easy (fried on both sides, with a runny yolk).
  3. Assemble, then cut in half for easy eating.

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Coconut Soup

I based this off of four or five different recipes, plus what ingredients we had in the kitchen. It’s not a hearty, filling soup, but very flavorful! It’s also really quick and easy to make.

>>Serves three. Double (or triple!) for larger crowds, or if you’d like leftovers.

Ingredients

  • 1 onion, cut into bite size slices
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 14oz package of firm or extra firm tofu, cut into small cubes
  • 2 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1 14oz can of coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon chili sauce (more if you like it spicy! you could put in red pepper flakes or Thai red curry paste, to taste, instead)
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons of lime juice, plus extra to serve
  • cilantro to garnish
  • also consider adding: ginger, garlic, basil, lemongrass, beansprouts… !

Directions

1) In a medium size pot heat the oil. Add the red pepper and onion, stirring until they are coated. If needed, add another tablespoon of oil. Cook until the veggies are soft, around 3-5 minutes.

2) Add the remaining ingredients except for the cilantro and lime juice (tofu, veggie broth, coconut milk, chili sauce, brown sugar, and peanut butter).

3) Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat. Stir until the peanut butter has dissolved. Simmer for eight minutes.

4) Add the lime juice and simmer for two more minutes.

5) Serve with cilantro, a slice of lime, and extra chili sauce, if desired.

Vegetarian Tortilla Soup

Adapted from AllRecipes.

>>Serves 6-8

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil
  • 2 red bell peppers, sliced
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cumin
  • approximately 14 ounces chopped green chili peppers (I bought two 7oz cans; three 4oz cans would be okay too)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth (28-32 ounces works great); you can add more broth if you like your soup thinner
  • 1 28oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 15oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15oz can of corn, drained
  • black pepper, to taste

Serve with:

  • lime slices
  • cilantro
  • avocado slices
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • tortilla chips

Directions

1) Combine the oil, red pepper, onion, garlic, and cumin in a large pot over medium heat. Stir for approximately five minutes, or until the vegetables are softened.

2) Add the remaining soup ingredients to the pot, except for the corn (green chili peppers, broth, tomatoes, beans, and black pepper). Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook for approximately 20-25 minutes.

3) Add the corn and simmer for five more minutes.

4) Serve with cilantro, avocado, cheese, and tortilla chips. Squeeze a small wedge of lime over each bowl.

curried cauliflower & sweet potato soup

Adapted from Kitchen to Table.

>>Serves 6-8

Ingredients

  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/2 head of cauliflower, cut into bite size pieces (keep this separate from the other head)
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into small pieces
  • 2 cloves of garlic, diced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 tablespoons of curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • sea salt (to taste)
  • pepper (to taste)
  • cilantro (optional)
  • sour cream or plain yogurt (optional)

Directions

1) In a large pot, heat the olive oil. Add the garlic and onion. Stir until the onion is soft, around 3-5 minutes.

2) Add the curry powder, cinnamon, salt and pepper. Stir until the onion and garlic are well-coated.

3) Add the vegetable stock and the one head of cauliflower pieces (reserve the 1/2 head of cauliflower pieces for later).

4) Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook for 25-30 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are soft.

5) Put the soup into a food processor (you may have to do this in two batches) or use an immersion blender. Puree the soup. If you think that the soup is took thick, you can add more broth or water 1/2 cup at a time, until it’s the desired consistency.

6) Pour the now pureed soup back into the pot.

7) Add the 1/2 head of cauliflower pieces to the pureed soup. Return to medium heat and cook until the cauliflower pieces are tender, around 10-15 minutes.

8) Serve with cilantro and sour cream or plain yogurt.