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Recipes Tagged with “Vegan”

Spicy Peanut Sesame Noodles

Main Course Chicken Thai Vegan Vegetarian


  • 1 c unsalted peanut butter
  • 1/4 c rice vinegar or white vinegar
  • 2 tbl light soy sauce [plus more if necessary–JP]
  • 1 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 to 3 serrano or other chili peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 1 1/2 tbl sugar or honey
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 c + 2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tbl chili oil [this makes it a bit spicy, reduce to ~2.5 tsp–JP]
  • 1/2 c freshly brewed black tea
  • 1 lb chinese egg noodles or spaghetti
  • 4 c shredded cooked chicken
  • thin strips of peeled seeded cucumber
  • cilantro leaves
  • chopped peanuts


Combine peanut butter, vinegar, both soy sauces, garlic, chili peppers, sugar or honey, salt, 1/4 c sesame oil, chili oil and black tea in a food processor or blender and blend throughly. The sauce can be covered and refrigerated for 1 to 2 days. Allow to return to room temperature and stir well before using.

Cook the egg noodles in boiling water, drain in a colander and rinse under cold water until cool. Toss with 2 tsp sesame oil. Add chicken and sauce and stir together. [Chicken can be omitted to make the dish vegan–JP] Garnish with cucumbers, cilantro, and peanuts.

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Vegetarian Cassoulet

Main Course Bean French Stew Vegan Vegetarian


For cassoulet:

  • 3 medium leeks (white and pale green parts only)
  • 4 medium carrots, halved lengthwise and cut into 1-inch-wide pieces
  • 3 celery ribs, cut into 1-inch-wide pieces
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 thyme sprigs
  • 2 parsley sprigs
  • 1 Turkish or 1/2 California bay leaf
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3 (19-ounce) cans cannellini or Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 quart water

For garlic crumbs:

  • 4 cups coarse fresh bread crumbs from a baguette
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley


Make cassoulet:

Halve leeks lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces, then wash well and pat dry.

[To add 8 oz. bacon, slice, then fry until fat has rendered. Then add veggies and proceed with the recipe, omitting the 1/4 c. olive oil.]

Cook leeks, carrots, celery, and garlic in oil with herb sprigs, bay leaf, cloves, and 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper in a large heavy pot over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until softened and golden, about 15 minutes. Stir in beans, then water, and simmer, partially covered, stirring occasionally, until carrots are tender but not falling apart, about 30 minutes.

Make garlic crumbs while cassoulet simmers:

Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle.

Toss bread crumbs with oil, garlic, and 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper in a bowl until well coated. Spread in a baking pan and toast in oven, stirring once halfway through, until crisp and golden, 12 to 15 minutes.

Cool crumbs in pan, then return to bowl and stir in parsley.

Finish cassoulet:

Discard herb sprigs and bay leaf. Mash some of beans in pot with a potato masher or back of a spoon to thicken broth. Season with salt and pepper. Just before serving, sprinkle with garlic crumbs.

Gourmet, March 2008

Red Lentil Dal

Main Course Side Dish Indian Lentil Vegan Vegetarian


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup dried red lentils
  • 3/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger [OR: substitute these spices for 1-2 tbsp. Indian curry, such as Rogan Josh]
  • 1 cup basmati rice, cooked according to package directions
  • 2 plum tomatoes, seeded, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 jalapeño chili, seeded, chopped (optional)


Heat oil in medium skillet over medium heat. Add 1 cup onion and 1 minced garlic clove and sauté until tender and golden brown, about 10 minutes. Set aside. Combine 3 cups water, lentils, remaining 1 cup onion, 2 minced garlic cloves, turmeric, cumin and ginger in heavy medium saucepan. Bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until lentils are tender, about 15 minutes. Mix in sautéed onion mixture. Simmer 5 minutes to blend flavors. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Spoon rice into bowls. Spoon dal over. Top with tomatoes, cilantro and chili.

Bon Appetit, March 1999

Brown Rice, Tomato and Basil Salad

Side Dish Rice Tomato Vegan Vegetarian


  • 2 1/4 cups water
  • 1 cup long-grain brown rice (such as Texmati)
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 2 tablespoons Champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup (packed) fresh basil leaves, finely chopped


Bring 2 1/4 cups water to boil in heavy medium saucepan. Mix in rice and salt. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer until rice is tender and water is absorbed, about 40 minutes. Transfer rice to large bowl; fluff with fork and cool.

Whisk vinegar and sugar in small bowl. Gradually whisk in oil. Pour over rice. Add tomatoes and basil and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper. (Can be made 6 hours ahead. Cover; chill. Bring to room temperature before serving.)

Bon Appetit, August 2000

Baba Ganoush

Side Dish Eggplant Mediterranean Vegan Vegetarian


  • 1 large eggplant
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup lemon juice (depending on taste)
  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil


  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil


Preheat oven to 375 degrees and bake eggplant for 30 minutes, or until outside is crisp and inside is soft.

Allow to cool for 20 minutes.

Cut open eggplant and scoop out the flesh into colander and allow to drain for 10 minutes. Removing the excess liquid helps to eliminate a bitter flavor.

Place eggplant flesh in a medium bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mash together. You can also use a food processor instead of by hand. Pulse for about 2 minutes.

Place in serving bowl and top with lemon juice and olive oil. Add other garnishments according to taste.

Serve with warm or toasted pita or flatbread. Enjoy!

Saad Fayed, About.com