Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving is TOMORROW?!?!

Well here we are again. Thanksgiving is tomorrow and I haven't tried out a SINGLE new recipe. How do you people with babies manage to cook??? I'M SO TIRED!!!

All I've got is this Trader Joe's Turkey-less Roast in the fridge, some Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, potatoes for mashing, and some mushroom gravy. I also have the makings for the Maple Pecan Pie from Vegan Pie in the Sky, but man am I having a hard time getting motivated to make that today. Except for the pecan pie, I'm not working from any recipes this year. I'm just winging it and hoping that the vegan Thanksgiving gods will be smiling upon me. I apologize if I have let anyone down who came here looking for Thanksgiving inspiration. My inspiration has temporarily left me but I promise I will be working on some holiday/New Year's eats very soon.

A very happy Turkey-less Thanksgiving to all of you. May all your sweet potatoes be covered in vegan marshmallows and all your pumpkin pies topped with coconut whipped cream.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Keema "Beef" Curry & Winner of Sweet & Easy Vegan Giveaway!

Happy World Vegan Day everyone! Hurricane Sandy has passed, we were incredibly, unbelievably lucky to get through it with no power outages, flooding, or any other problems other than a few very minor inconveniences. The more we hear about it on the news, the more we are astonished at how, by pure luck, we were spared when so many were not. We are grateful and counting our blessings every day.

Before the storm, we stocked up on groceries and made some stews, a big pot of rice, and some other easy to heat items just in case our power went out. One of the things I made was this Keema Beef Curry recipe that I had come across some time ago and wanted to veganize. It's not too spicy (mild enough that I even gave some to Bodhi) but is perfectly warming and comforting. Just the kind of dish I crave especially in the fall. All I had to modify was to use vegan "beef" crumbles instead of ground meat, and vegetable broth instead of chicken, but I'll print the recipe here for you anyway. It's super easy and quick to make and you will definitely enjoy it.

Keema "Beef" Curry
serves 4-6

1 Tbsp. canola oil 
12 oz vegan "beef" crumbles, such as Lightlife
1 large onion, finely chopped 
2 Tbsp. minced fresh ginger 
2 large garlic cloves, minced 
1 1/2 Tbsp. Madras curry powder 
Salt and freshly ground pepper 
1 large Yukon Gold potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice 
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth 
14 oz can unsweetened coconut milk 
14 oz can diced tomatoes with their juices 
1 1/2 cups frozen baby peas 
Chopped cilantro and steamed rice, for serving

1. In a large, deep skillet, heat the oil. Add the vegan crumbles and cook over high heat a few minutes until brown. Add the onion, ginger, garlic and curry powder and season with salt and pepper. Cook over high heat, stirring frequently, until the onion is softened, about 3 minutes. Add the potato, broth, coconut milk and the tomatoes and their juices and bring to a boil. Cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the potato is tender, about 15 minutes.

2. Using the back of a spoon, lightly crush some of the potato. Add the peas and cook just until heated through. Serve in bowls with cilantro and rice.

And now... the winner of our Sweet & Easy Vegan giveaway is Noelle, our fellow blogger over at An Opera Singer in the Kitchen! Congratulations Noelle, I will contact you for your mailing address.

Stay tuned, because I will have another very exciting cookbook giveaway in the near future!