Dominican Republic Style Vegan Chili

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves of garlic finely chopped
2 celery stalks, diced
1 onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 teaspoons Jamaican jerk seasoning or chili sauce
1 cup coconut milk
3 tablespoons tomato purée
1 cup canned red or kidney beans, drained
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 mango, diced
1/2 cup chopped cilantro (coriander)
cooked basmati rice, to serve

Method

  1. Heat the olive oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic, celery, onion, and bell pepper and sauté for 5–6 minutes, until the onion is translucent.
  2. Add the jerk seasoning or chili sauce and cook for 2–3 minutes.
  3. Stir in the coconut milk, tomato purée, beans, and fresh lime juice and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper, if needed.
  4. Cover the saucepan with a lid, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Stir in half of the mango and half of the cilantro, then cover the saucepan and simmer for another 10 minutes.
  6. Serve the chili over rice, garnished with the remaining mango and cilantro.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Vegan: The Cookbook

Barley Risotto with Pancetta-wrapped Salmon and Mushroom

Ingredients

4 X 4 oz salmon fillets
freshly ground sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
8-12 slices pancetta
3 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
heaped 1 cup pearl barley, washed and drained
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1-3/4 cups chicken or vegetable stock or water
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
2/3 cup red wine
8 oz chanterelles (or other mushrooms, such as ceps, porcini, field mushrooms or large flat mushrooms)
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 tablespoon each chopped fresh tarragon and parsley

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C/425°F.
  2. Season the salmon fillets with salt and pepper and then wrap each in 2-3 slices of the pancetta. Cover and set aside.
  3. Heat a large frying pan until hot. Pour in the olive oil, then add the barley and stir until it starts to turn golden – about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the onion and garlic and continue frying for 5-10 minutes, until the barley starts to brown. Don’t let it burn.
  5. Add the stock, soy sauce, red wine and seasoning. Bring to the boil and simmer gently until nearly all the liquid is gone – this should take at least 30 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, brush or scrape the mushrooms clean (slicing any bigger ones to size) and heat another frying pan until it’s hot. Add 2 tablespoons of the butter and the mushrooms. Stir-fry until lightly colored – about 4-5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Add the stir-fried mushrooms to the barley and mix together. Remove from the heat and cover with tin foil pierced with holes to allow the barley to swell and absorb all the liquid. Leave it in a warm place for 15 minutes. (At this stage, you could let the risotto cool, reheating it for serving up to 24 hours later.)
  8. Whilst waiting for the risotto to rest, place the pancetta-wrapped salmon on a baking tray, drizzle with olive oil and bake for approximately 10 minutes until the pancetta is golden.
  9. Pop the risotto pan back on the heat, add the tarragon and parsley, and the remaining butter. Stir well until hot, taste for seasoning and divide between four plates. Carve each fillet into three slices, place on top of the risotto and serve.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Nick Nairn’s Top 100 Salmon Recipes

Soup with Chicken, Vegetables, Quina and Flaxseed Oil

Ingredients

6 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
1 bone-in, skinless organic chicken breast
6 radishes, halved
2 carrots, cut into thin rounds
1 leek, well washed and thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, smashed
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
1 cup sugar snap peas, halved
1 Tbsp chopped fresh dill, plus more for garnish
1 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp flaxseed oil

Method

  1. Add all ingredients except peas, dill, lemon juice, and oil to large pot. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook for 20 minutes, until chicken and quinoa are cooked through.
  2. Remove chicken from pot and shred. Discard bone and divide meat among 4 serving bowls.
  3. Stir remaining ingredients into pot and cook for about 3 minutes.
  4. Ladle broth, vegetables, and quinoa over chicken. Top with additional dill, if desired. Serve warm.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Alive magazine

Korean-style Roasted Pork Belly Wrap

Ingredients

3.3 pounds pork belly, skin on, boneless
cooked rice and lettuce leaves for serving

Poaching Liquid

8 cloves garlic, crushed
7 spring onions or scallions, roughly chopped, roots on
4 1/2-by-1-1/2-inch piece ginger, skin on, roughly sliced
1 onion, peeled and cut into eighths
2 tablespoons dwengjang paste

Pickled Daikon (Moo Sang Che)

6 ounces daikon, julienned into long strips
4-1/2 teaspoons Korean apple vinegar or rice wine vinegar
1-1/2 tablespoons white granulated sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons Korean chili flakes (gochugaru), or to taste
1 small clove garlic, grated
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste

Rub

2 tablespoons Korean soy bean paste (dwengjang)
2 tablespoons honey
1-1/2 tablespoons grated ginger
1 teaspoon Korean chili paste (gochujang)

Bossam Sauce

2 tablespoons Korean soybean paste (dwengjang)
2 teaspoons grated onion
2 teaspoons roasted sesame oil
2 teaspoons roasted sesame seeds
1 teaspoon grated ginger

Method

  1. In a heavy pot, place the pork belly in and all of the ingredients for the poaching liquid and add water to cover. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer until the pork is fully cooked through and very soft, 2 hours.
  2. Remove the pork belly and place on a baking tray lined with foil to let cool. Discard the poaching liquid. Once cooled enough to handle, carefully cut off the skin of the pork and discard.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350ºF/180ºC.
  4. In a medium sized bowl, mix all of the pickling ingredients together and stir to coat the daikon well. Cover and chill for 1 hour before serving.
  5. Mix all of the rub ingredients together into a smooth paste and smear generously all over the top of the skin-side of belly. Place the pork in the oven, rub-side up, and roast the pork until the top is nicely caramelized, about 30 minutes. Additionally you can place the pork under the broiler briefly for a little more char.
  6. Make the bossam sauce by mixing all of the ingredients together well in a small bowl. Set aside.
  7. Once the pork belly is nicely caramelized on top, let rest for 15 minutes in a warm place.
  8. Transfer the pork to a cutting board and thinly slice into two-bite pieces. Serve the pork with the rice, lettuce leaves, bossam sauce and pickled radish. Try eating the pork in this way: Place a lettuce leaf in your hand. Scoop in a spoonful of rice, top with smear of sauce, piece of pork and finish with some pickled radish. Wrap it all up together and take a bite. You’ll love it.

Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Source: Judy Joo

A Vegetarian Side-dish with Brussels Sprouts and Avocado

Ingredients

1-1/2 lb Brussels sprouts
1 tbsp oil
1 onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed (optional)
3 tbsp pine nuts or split blanched almonds
1 tsp dried oregano
3 tbsp raisins
salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 ripe avocados
juice of 1/2 lemon
2 tbsp chopped mint or parsley

Method

  1. Halve the sprouts unless they are very small. Add them to a small amount of boiling water, bring back to a boil and cook for 2-3 minutes, then drain and set aside.
  2. Heat the oil. Add the onion, garlic, if used, pine nuts, oregano, and raisins with a good dash of seasoning. Cook over moderate heat, stirring often, for about 15 minutes, or until the onion is softened.
  3. Meanwhile, halve the avocados and remove their pits, then quarter the flesh and remove the peel. Cut into chunks and toss in the lemon juice.
  4. Add the sprouts to the onion mixture and cook, stirring, for about 2 minutes, until they are really hot. Stir in the avocados and parsley, or mint, then cook, stirring, for about 3 minutes, or until the avocado is hot and slightly creamy. Serve at once.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Healthy Vegetarian Cooking