one-pot meal

Curry Laksa Veg Feast! (V+GF)

Curry Laksa! This truly is a feast! For the tummy and eyes. 🙂 I studied abroad in Malaysia and loved all the blending of flavors in Malaysian food. Curry Laksa is a Malaysian noodle soup, usually served with rice noodles. I added some soba noodles  (buckwheat flour noodles) instead to make it a healthier version and topped it off with some baked tofu. I love all the colors and textures of different vegetables simmered in a gingery spiced coconut broth. I just threw in a bunch of vegetables that I had on hand, like spinach, broccoli, green onion, red pepper and mushroom. To prepare my tofu, I usually coat with some type of flour (usually gram flour) and bake in the oven at 350 until golden. Usually 30 minutes turned  over half way.

I served this to my family with a non-vegan option of boiled egg on the side. It was light, yet filling and healthy! I hope you love it!

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Creamy Red Lentil Dal with Coconut Milk and Spinach (V +GF)

Those who know me know that dal is one of my favorite dishes. I can barely go a week without making it. It is filling, packed with protein and fiber, and quite honestly is any Indian’s comfort food. But sometimes it is nice to make a different take on the traditional dal. I  was inspired by some of the ingredients I had at home to make a nutritious one-pot version using a can of tomato sauce (tomato puree), coconut milk and a bunch of fresh spinach. This turned out so great! Warm, hearty, filling. The best part is that I froze half of the recipe and when I reheated it 2 weeks later it tasted just as good!I served it up with some brown rice and simple roasted cauliflower that I stuck in the oven at 375 for 15 minutes seasoned  with some salt, garlic powder and pepper. I hope you love it!

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Lobia (Black Eyed Peas) Masala

I always say this, beans truly are a vegetarian’s best friend! Packed with fiber, protein, and a ton of other nutrients, beans are always my go-to. What I love about bean dishes is that they really help me out on busy days because I can make a batch and it stores really well in the refrigerator or freezer. Lobia masala is a traditional northern indian dish made with black-eyed peas. I love that each bean dish has it’s own flavor and texture. Black eyed peas tend to thicken quicker than other beans and has a softer texture. This recipe uses tomatoes, onions, garlic, ginger and indian spices such as cumin, coriander and cinnamon. The best part is that it’s a one pot dish. Hope you enjoy!

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You will need:

  • A pressure cooker. If you don’t have a pressure cooker, the beans will take a really long time to cook. (Canned beans are an acceptable alternative in this instance, but lacks the flavor of dried beans.)
  • 1 cup dried black eyed peas
  • 2 large  tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp ginger-garlic paste, or 1/2 inch numb ginger, grated, and 1-2 garlic cloves, grated
  • cumin powder
  • coriander powder
  • red chili powder (or cayenne)
  • turmeric
  • 1/2 a cinnamon stick
  • Optional  pinch of garam masala
  • Cilantro and fresh red pepper (capcicum) to garnish

 

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To Prepare:

  1. Rinse and soak black-eyed peas for at least 4 hours, overnight preferred
  2. In the pressure cooker itself, heat  2 tbsp of oil.
  3. Add 1 tsp cumin seeds and wait until they sputter.
  4. Add onions, stir
  5. Then add ginger-garlic paste and sauté til translucent.
  6. Add spices: 1 tsp cumin powder, 1 tsp coriander powder, 1/2 tsp red chili powder (or more if desired), 1/2 tsp turmeric , and 1/2 cinnamon stick.
  7. Then add tomatoes, sauté until the tomatoes reduce a bit.
  8. Add the black eyed peas, add water and 1-2 tsp of salt
  9. Fill enough water to cover beans by 1 inch, but not too much or the pressure cooker will spew out spicy water.
  10. Close the pressure cooker and set to high. When you hear the first whistle, reduce to Medium.
  11. Allow to cook for 10 more minutes.
  12. Run pressure cooker under water or allow to cool completely before you open. Stir and simmer for an additional 10-15 minutes to thicken.
  13. At this stage you can add a pinch of garam masala and garnish with cilantro if desired. I also garnished with red pepper for a fresh bite.
  14. Serve with chapatis or rice!

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This will serve a family of 4 and yield plenty for leftovers.

Prep time: 15 minutes (excluding soaking)

Cook time: 30 minutes

Bon Appétit!

One-Skillet Quinoa with Sweet Potato

I love cooking, but I hate the cleanup! The cleanup often prevents me from cooking as much as I’d like to. This one-skillet quinoa helps! It’s everything you need in a meal in one pot! It has veggies, healthy carbs (quinoa and sweet potato), and protein (beans). It’s super simple and delicious and saves great if you want to have it for lunch the next day. All of these veggies are optional. Feel free to add in any veggie that you enjoy.

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You will need:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • half a jalapeno pepper.
  • 1 small sweet potato (chopped into small pieces)
  • 1 small can sweet corn, rinsed
  • a handful of cooked black beans
  • Scallions
  • cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp cumin powder
  • Cilantro
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, rinsed.
  • 1 can low sodium vegetable broth

To prepare:

  1. In a skillet, heat up a little bit of olive oil and throw in 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  2. When they start to sputter, add onions, garlic and jalapeño
  3. Add sweet potato and saute for a few minutes
  4. Add the can of tomatoes and 1 tbsp cumin powder and stir
  5. Add the quinoa (rinsed) and saute for just a minute
  6. Add 1 cup vegetable broth, 1 cup water,  black beans and corn and reduce heat to medium
  7. Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes
  8. Stir in some chopped cilantro and scallion, season with salt and pepper and serve!
  9. Optional: garnish with Avocado slices and lime

Enjoy!

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