Friday, September 3, 2010

All the good stuff - Vegan Treats!

I've stumbled upon one of the best blogs I have ever seen. I found 101 Cookbooks via Sarah Wilsons blog, so I can't take the credit for snooping this one out, but it has some wonderful Vegan (and otherwise) recipes on there. Certainly stuff for the whole family. Im going to share a few with you that we tried out last night. I've taken these directly from her 101 Cookbooks blog.

I have two words. Absolutely Delicious. You need not ever feel like your missing out with mouth watering dishes like these!

Sautéed Zucchini
I hate to say this, but if you want to do a larger amount, double the recipe, but divide and cook the zucchini in two pans. If you crowd the squash too much, it steams rather than browns, and loses too much structure, which isn't what you're after.

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
5 medium garlic cloves, thinly sliced
3 medium shallots or new red onions, thinly sliced
fine grain sea salt
2 medium zucchini, sliced into 1/4-inch thick coins
a good handful of dill, chopped
1/4 cup Marcona almonds or toasted almond slices

In your largest skillet heat the oil over medium-high heat. Stir in the garlic and cook until it starts to take on a hint of color. Stir in the shallots and a big pinch of salt, and cook until they start to soften, a couple minutes. Add the zucchini, stir to get it coated with a bit of oil, and arrange the coins in as much of a single layer as your pan permits. Dial the heat up a bit if needed, add another pinch of salt and cook, stirring occasionally until the zucchini browns - ten minutes or so. Remove from heat and fold in the dill and almonds before serving. Taste, and adjust the seasoning if necessary.

Baked Sweet Potato Falafel Recipe

2 medium sweet potatoes (orange inside), around 700g or 1 1/2 pounds in total
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 small cloves of garlic, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 big handfuls of fresh cilantro/coriander, chopped
Juice of half a lemon
a scant cup (120g) gram /chickpea flour
a splash of olive oil
a sprinkling of sesame seeds
salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 425F degrees (220C) and roast the sweet potatoes whole until just tender - 45 minutes to 1 hour. Turn off the oven, leave the potatoes to cool, then peel.

Put the sweet potatoes, cumin, garlic, ground and fresh coriander, lemon juice and gram/chickpea flour into a large bowl. Season well, and mash until smooth with no large chunks. Stick in the fridge to firm up for an hour, or the freezer for 20-30 minutes. When you take it out, your mix should be sticky rather than really wet. You can add a tablespoon or so more of chickpea flour if necessary (the water content of sweet potatoes varies enormously).

Reheat the oven to 400F/200C. Using a couple of soup spoons (put a well-heaped spoonful of mix in one spoon and use the concave side of the other to shape the sides) or a falafel scoop if you have one, make the mixture into falafelly looking things and put them on an oiled tray. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top and bake in the oven for around 15 minutes, until the bases are golden brown.

Makes about 18 falafel, enough for 4 - 6.

We have people for dinner tomorrow night. With so many great recipes I will be able to make something we can all lick our lips over. I will send the men out to the BBQ, they can have meat and I will have veggie burgers held together with chick pea or spelt flour. I will whip up Grilled Salt and Vinegar Potatoes - of course, because I can eat that! Throw together a toss salad and we will all be happy.

Oh and whilst on the topic of 101 cookbooks. When I finish cleansing I plan on making this, and also this oh and also this not necessarily in that order! If you can't tell, I have spend countless hours drooling over all things this blog has!

I feel like I now need to slap us all across the face to bring us back to alkaline mode. Today is your 4th Day. Your over halfway - well done. Some of you have had a few slip ups, but keep going, Tuesday will be here before you know it!


  1. these sound yummy!

    Is there any chance of getting the recipe of that Thai Pumpkin & Chicken Curry, mentioned in the comments box of an earlier post? I can't seem to find it...

  2. oops... I meant to say please! :)

  3. Its in the group of recipes I sent via email. Do you have it? Otherwise I can blog it. x

  4. are we allowed chocolate cookies? LOL, I am sure not, but they look yummy. Need to be prepared and make the falafels, yum.


  5. I found it! sorry Nat, was an extra busy week for me that one!!

  6. i am going to make the falafels, but can't find any chickpea flour at woolies or at the Harbord Growers Market. And i was also looking for soy flour to go in the potato and pumpkin patties. i was going to try an asian supermarket tomorrow for both of these, but can you recommend a substitute in case i can't find them? i am making the sauteed zucchini and falafels for our fathers day dinner as they sound really nice!

  7. You can even use spelt or millet flour - you can get it at the supermarket in the health food section. Were having zucchini now - Im about to eat it! The falafel we had last night. So delish!

  8. Thanks Nat, I will look for those flours too. I made the Baked potatoes and coleslaw tonight, and wow, they were so tasty. I really thought they'd be so bland, cause there's not really much to them, but the apple in the coleslaw made it so yummy...and the cabbage so good too. The simple coleslaw and simple spuds just really worked!

  9. Great Sophie! We are most likely having that for dinner tonight! Yummo!

  10. just stumbled across your blog - absolutely love it!

    ps: also thought you might be interested in the jane iredale mineral makeup giveaway i'm running. stop by and take a peek!


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