Vegetarian Tiki Masala

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Adapted from Two Peas & Their Pod

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 carrots,┬ásliced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 teaspoons tumeric
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 15oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 14oz can coconut milk
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • Rice, to serve

1. In a large pot, cook the carrot and onion in olive oil until soft, about 5 minutes.

2. Add the tomato paste, ginger, and spices. Stir until well combined.

3. Add the vegetable broth, tomatoes, and cauliflower. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes.

4. Add the chickpeas, coconut milk, and peas. Simmer for 5 minutes.

5. Serve with rice.

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Spaghetti Squash Primavera

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Don’t get me wrong, I am not ditching pasta. That will never, ever happen. But oh my goodness, this is good. There’s a little kick to it, thanks to the red chili pepper flakes. Aside from the time it takes to bake the spaghetti squash in the oven (which can be done ahead of time!), this is fast and easy to make.

Ingredients

Serves 4

  • 2 cups spaghetti squash (half of a large spaghetti squash)
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1/2 large onion
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1 small head of broccoli
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 1 yellow squash, chopped
  • 1 jar marinara sauce (2 1/2 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • grated parmesan, to serve (leave off for a vegan meal)

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 pot, toss the garlic, onion, carrot, and celery in the oil. Cook over medium heat 3-5 minutes, until slightly softened.
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  4. Add the peas, broccoli, zucchini, yellow squash, and spaghetti squash. Stir until well combined.
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  5. Add the marinara sauce and spices. Simmer, covered, for 10 minutes.
  6. Serve with grated parmesan.
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Broccoli Quinoa Bowl

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Ingredients

Makes four bowls

  • 2 cups uncooked quinoa
  • 1 small head of broccoli, cut into florets
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • black pepper
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 2 cups peas
  • 2 cups corn
  • 4 scoops hummus of your choice
  • goat cheese, to garnish (optional, leave off for vegan dish)

Directions

  1. Cook the quinoa according to the instructions on the package.
  2. While the quinoa is cooking, steam the broccoli using your favorite method. I bring 1-2″ of water to a boil in a pot, insert my steamer with the broccoli, and cook for about 5 minutes. Be careful not to let the broccoli cook for too long. It can go from a perfect soft crunch to wilty in no time.
  3. When the broccoli is finished, toss it in the lemon juice. Grind the black pepper on top, to taste.
  4. Combine all ingredients (except the cheese) in one large bowl, or assemble individual bowls. Be sure to stir them up well. The hummus makes this a very creamy bowl when it’s well combined.
  5. Scoop some goat cheese on top (makes it even creamier!), or feel free to omit for a vegan meal.

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