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Recipes Tagged with “vegan”

Farro Salad with Green Apple, Toasted Spices & Pine Nuts

side dish apple farro vegan vegetarian


  • 6 cups water
  • 1 1/3 cups farro
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • ½ cup pine nuts
  • 1 ½ teaspoons coriander seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons vinegar, such as aged sherry or white wine
  • ½ cup chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 medium Granny Smith apple, cored and diced
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Bring water to a boil in a 2-quart saucepan. Add farro, cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook 20 minutes, add ½ teaspoon salt and cook an additional 15 to 20 minutes. Farro should be tender. Drain well through a colander, then spread onto a large plate lined with several layers of paper towels. Set aside about 10 minutes.

Spread pine nuts in a large skillet and place over medium heat. Set timer for 5 minutes and toast, shaking pan occasionally, until nuts are lightly browned. Transfer to a cutting surface and chop coarsely. Place pan back on heat. Add coriander and fennel seeds and toast until grant. Transfer to a mortar and crush lightly with a pestle. Or spread on a cutting board and crush with the side of a chef’s knife.

Pour 1 tablespoon olive oil into the skillet and heat over medium heat. Add onions and cook about 5 minutes or until translucent. Add ¼ teaspoon salt, increase heat slightly and cook uncovered until golden brown, about 5 minutes longer. Stir in vinegar and cook until reduced by half. Add remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and the reserved spices. Remove from heat.

Place farro in a bowl. Add nuts, onion mixture, parsley, apple and 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Toss to coat, seasoning with a little more lemon juice and fresh ground black pepper. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Seattle Times

Pan-Fried Chili Corn

side dish bellpepper corn vegan vegetarian


  • 1 1/2 c cooked corn kernels (you don’t need to cook frozen or canned corn in advance)
  • 1/2 c coarsely chopped red or green bell pepper
  • 1 to 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • sea salt


Saute all ingredients over medium-high heat until corn in lightly browned. Sprinkle with sea slat.

Sugar Snap Peas with Mint and Orange

side dish peas untested vegan vegetarian


  • 12 ounces sugar snap peas, trimmed (about 3 1/2 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated orange peel


Cook peas in large saucepan of boiling salted water for 2 minutes; drain. DO AHEAD: Can be made 2 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature. Melt butter in medium skillet over medium-high heat. Whisk in 1 tablespoon water. Stir in mint and orange peel; add sugar snap peas and sauté just until heated through, about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to bowl and serve.

Bon Appetit, June 2008

Mexican White Rice

side dish chile mexican rice vegan vegetarian


  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, halved
  • 3/4 c chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 c white rice
  • 3 c water
  • 2 sprigs parsley
  • 2 whole serrano chiles
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt


Saute the garlic until deep brown, then discard. Add the onion and saute until tender. Add rice and stir 5 min. Add hot water, parsley, serrano chilis, and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to med-low, cover and simmer until all almost all liquid is absorbed (15 min). Stir, cover, and simmer 5 more minutes until all liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat, let stand 10 min. Discard parsley and serranos.

Holy Crap Coleslaw

side dish apple bellpepper cabbage untested vegan vegetarian


  • 2 Granny Smith apples
  • 1/4 whole cabbage
  • 1 orange bell pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 lemons
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt


Juice lemons. Peel apples.

Julienne the cabbage, the apples, and the peppers.

Add lemon juice, oil, salt, and poppies.

Mix. Chill. Eat!

Richard Kent

Mediterranean Spinach Pies

main course side dish mediterranean untested vegan vegetarian


  • Mediterranean pie dough
  • 1 lb spinach
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbl olive oil
  • 1 c finely chopped onion
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 6 tbl pine nuts, toasted
  • 1/4 c fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tbl chopped fresh mint
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper


Prepare the dough according to directions.

Preheat the oven to 400 F. Lightly oil a baking sheet.

Stem the spinach, chop coarsely, and wash well to remove traces of sand. Drain well, place in a colander and sprinkle with 1 tsp of salt. Let stand 1 h. Squeeze all moisture out of the spinach and then chop coarsely.

In a large saute pan over medium heat warm the oil. Add the onion and saute until tender and translucent, 8-10 min. Add the allspice, stir well and cook for 1 min longer. Stir in the chopped spinach and cook, stirring occasionally, until the spinach wilts, a few minutes. Stir in the pine nuts, lemon juice, mint, pepper, and salt to taste. Remove from heat.

Divide dough into 12 equal portions and roll out each portion into a 6 in round. Spoon about 1/3 c of the spinach mixture into the center of each round. Bring up the three edges of the round to meet in the center and press together to seal. The pastries will be triangular.

Place on the prepared baking sheet. Brush pastries with oil. Bake until golden, 15-20 min. Remove from the oven and brush the tops with olive oil. Serve warm.

Pinto Bean Mole Chili

main course chile stew vegan vegetarian


  • 2 medium dried ancho chiles, wiped clean
  • 1 dried chipotle chile, wiped clean
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled
  • Rounded 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3 medium zucchini and/or yellow squash, quartered lengthwise and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3/4 pound kale, stems and center ribs discarded and leaves coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/8 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped (3 tablespoons)
  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can whole tomatoes in juice, drained, reserving juice, and chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 3 (15-ounce) cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • Accompaniments: rice; chopped cilantro; chopped scallions; sour cream


Slit chiles lengthwise, then stem and seed. Heat a dry heavy medium skillet over medium heat until hot, then toast chiles, opened flat, turning and pressing with tongs, until pliable and slightly changed in color, about 30 seconds. Tear into small pieces.

Pulse cumin seeds and chiles in grinder until finely ground. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in oregano, cinnamon, and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt.

Cook onions in oil in a large heavy pot over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until softened. Add garlic and cook, stirring, 1 minute, then add chile mixture and cook, stirring, 30 seconds. Stir in zucchini and kale and cook, covered, 5 minutes. Add zest, sugar, chocolate, tomatoes with their juice, and water and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes.

Stir in beans and simmer 5 minutes. Season with salt.

Gourmet, November 2007

June Hill Robert’s Red Beans and Sausage

main course bean cajun pence sausage vegan vegetarian


  • 1 lb. kidney beans
  • 1 lg. onion
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 lb. hot cured sausage
  • salt and pepper
  • 28 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • rice, for serving


“Fast-soak” kidney beans. Chop onion, bell pepper, garlic.

Drain beans, and refill pot with hot water to cover beans by 2". Bring to a low boil.

Add 1/3 each of onion, bell pepper and garlic. Also add bay leaves and thyme. Simmer until beans are almost soft, about an hour.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, cook sausage. Cool and slice.

When beans are tender, add salt (it will take a lot - I add it until the broth tastes slightly too salty, and then often have to add more later), about 1/2 of the a can of tomatoes (with juice), ground pepper, and the remaining veggies.

Simmer until thick, adjusting seasonings and adding more tomato, if desired.

When nearly done, add sausage and cook about 10 minutes.

Serve over rice.

You could make this without adding the sausage (and serve it as a garnish for those who might want to add it) and it would be vegan.

Pecan Pasta

main course pasta vegan vegetarian


  • 4 TBSP olive oil
  • 2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3 to 4 New Mexico red or red jalapeno chiles, seeded and julienned
  • 1 cup pecans, very roughly crushed (may substitute other nuts)
  • handful flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 lb. whole wheat spaghetti
  • salt & pepper
  • 20 fresh basil leaves, cut in strips


Bring water for pasta to a boil. Meanwhile, heat half the oil over low heat in a small sauce pan and add garlic, chiles, and nuts. Stir-fry 3 minutes. And parsley and stir-fry 2 more minutes. Remove from heat and stir in remaining oil. Cook pasta, reserve about 1/2 cup pasta water, drain and return to pot. Add nuts & pasta water as needed to keep it from sticking together. Season with salt & pepper and stir in basil. Drizzle oil over individual servings. Serves 4 as main course.

My Favorite Falafel

main course mediterranean vegan vegetarian


  • 1 cup dried chickpeas [canned chickpeas work better–JP]
  • 1/2 large onion, roughly chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon dried hot red pepper
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4-6 tablespoons flour
  • Soybean or vegetable oil for frying
  • Chopped tomato for garnish
  • Diced onion for garnish
  • Diced green bell pepper for garnish
  • Tahina sauce
  • Pita bread


1. Put the chickpeas in a large bowl and add enough cold water to cover them by at least 2 inches. Let soak overnight, then drain. Or use canned chickpeas, drained.

2. Place the drained, uncooked chickpeas and the onions in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Add the parsley, cilantro, salt, hot pepper, garlic, and cumin. Process until blended but not pureed.

3. Sprinkle in the baking powder and 4 tablespoons of the flour, and pulse. You want to add enough bulgur or flour so that the dough forms a small ball and no longer sticks to your hands. Turn into a bowl and refrigerate, covered, for several hours.

4. Form the chickpea mixture into balls about the size of walnuts, or use a falafel scoop, available in Middle-Eastern markets.

5. Heat 3 inches of oil to 375 degrees in a deep pot or wok and fry 1 ball to test. If it falls apart, add a little flour. Then fry about 6 balls at once for a few minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Stuff half a pita with falafel balls, chopped tomatoes, onion, green pepper, and pickled turnips. Drizzle with tahina thinned with water.

Source: Joan Nathan