Whole Roasted Cauliflower Adobo

Whole Roasted Cauliflower Adobo | veganblondes.com
Whole Roasted Cauliflower Adobo | veganblondes.com

Whole roasted cauliflowers are on everybody’s lips… and table! I came up with this recipe because I had some leftover peppers in Adobo sauce from a can. I also had a nice big head of cauliflower wanting some attention. In order to get the cauliflower to cook throughout, you need to use a Dutch oven with a heavy and tight lid. The steam created inside will cook the vegetable nicely. You can get the crispy texture by removing the lid during the last few minutes of cooking. Time to get this baby started!

  • 1 large head cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 2 tablespoons sauce from a can of chipotle peppers in Adobo sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • Fresh cilantro, as a garnish

Preheat your oven to 400°.

Remove the leaves from the cauliflower, then trim the stem flush with the bottom of the head so the cauliflower sits flat in the Dutch oven and the lid can be closed tight. Place the cauliflower in the Dutch oven.

In a small bowl, mix together the 1/2 cup olive oil, Adobo sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, salt, and pepper. Spread the mixture over the cauliflower and rub, with your hands, until the sauce is in all nooks and crannies. Drizzle the perimeter of the cauliflower with a little bit of olive oil to prevent sticking. Place the lid, pop in the oven for 40-45 minutes, until cooked but still with a bite, making sure to remove the lid for the last 5 minutes of cooking. Remove from the oven, pour the lime juice over the cauliflower and garnish with fresh cilantro, and you’re set! Bon appétit!

Karine

 

Cashew Quinoa Crunch

Cashew Quinoa Crunch | veganblondes.com
Cashew Quinoa Crunch | veganblondes.com

This is a seriously simple quinoa recipe that is not only plant-based, but also gluten free. I whipped this up one morning for my daughter’s school lunch. I didn’t have much time, but I had leftover quinoa from the day before. I added aromatics and sautéed some veggies that I had, and done! The great thing here is that you can play with the dish. You can use whatever color quinoa you want, if you don’t have red onion, yellow is just fine. If you don’t have spinach, but your fridge is overloaded with kale, let yourself go! I tested the dish again and made the recipe amount to four large servings, or six side dish servings. Enjoy the simplicity!

  • 1 cup quinoa (whichever color is fine)
  • 1 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil (olive oil works too), plus more for drizzle
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 cup red onion, diced
  • 1 cup crimini mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 large branch of celery, sliced 1/2″ thick
  • 3 tablespoons tamari (or soy sauce)
  • 2 large handful of spinach
  • 1/4 fresh cilantro, minced
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste

Rinse the quinoa under cold running water, rubbing it with your hands, for a good minute. Drain. Drizzle a small amount of coconut oil in the bottom of a medium saucepan and heat over medium-high heat. Add the quinoa and toss until the water is absorbed and the quinoa starts to toast, about 1 minute. Add the water and the salt, and bring to a boil. Lower the heat, cover, and let cook over very low heat until all the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Take off the heat and keep covered for another 10 minutes.

While the quinoa rests, heat 3 tablespoons of coconut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the cashews and sauté until golden 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, red onion, mushrooms, and celery, and sauté until the onion is translucent and the mushrooms are cooked, about 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and add one tablespoon of the tamari. Mix well. Add the spinach and the cooked quinoa. Mix and cook slowly until the spinach starts to wilt, about 2 minutes. Add the last two tablespoons of tamari and the cilantro. Mix well. Serve garnished with more cilantro. Additional garnishes could be scallions, fresh lime, and coconut cream. Bon appétit!

Karine

Escovitch Spicy Caramelized Potatoes

Escovitch Spicy Caramelized Potatoes | veganblondes.com

In Jamaica, escovitch fish is a fish that is fried, then doused liberally with a pickling sauce made from vinegar, pimento, onions, pepper, (and sometimes carrots). It was really one of my favorite things to eat. As I was looking to recreate this at home, without the fish, I was thinking of food that would have a crunch and that could take the vinegar nicely. Potatoes were the winner. In this recipe, I mixed sweet and yellow potatoes, but feel free to use any root vegetable you like!

Marinade

  • 3 tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 8-10 allspice pods
  • 2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, cut in juliennes
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, cut in juliennes
  • 1 carrot, cut in matchsticks
  • 1/2 large onion, sliced thin
  • 1 cup green cabbage, grated or sliced paper thin
  • 1 Scotch bonnet pepper, seeded, minced

Pour oil, vinegar, allspice, and salt in a small pot and bring to a boil. Add the carrots, let them cook for a minute. Add the green peppers, cook for a minute. Add the red peppers, cook for another minute. Add the onion, cabbage, and Scotch bonnet. Cook until the onions are soft, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat, let cool a little, transfer to a bowl, and place in the fridge.

Potatoes

  • 2 1/2 lbs potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

Preheat the oven to 425°. Place a piece of parchment on a large, rimmed baking sheet.

In a large bowl, mix together the oil, maple syrup, lime juice, garlic, ginger, and spices. Add the potatoes and toss to coat completely.

Place the potatoes on the baking sheet into a single layer. Place in the oven and roast for 40-45 minutes, until the potatoes are tender and caramelized, stirring occasionally.

 

When the potatoes are ready, place on a serving platter and pour the cold marinade on top.

Bon appétit!

Karine

Toor Dal with Spinach

Toor Dal
Toor Dal with Spinach – veganblondes.com

My Mother-in-Law made this soup while at my mom’s house in Montréal, over the summer. I did the measuring of everything as she was going, and noted the steps. I cooked it again this morning and it delivered! Dishes like this Toor Dal offer such warmth and provide the palate with a rich balance of flavors. You get the heat from the peppers, the bitterness from the lime. It makes for something calming, yet vibrant. Check it out for yourself!

  • 1 cup toor dal (split pigeon peas), rinsed well
  • 5 cups water (plus more, if needed)
  • 1 large onion, diced finely
  • 2 cups tomatoes, diced finely
  • 1-2 serrano peppers, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 large handfuls of spinach (hard stems removed)
  • Lime juice, to taste (I usually use a whole juicy lime)

For the tempering:

  • 2 teaspoons grapeseed oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 3-4 curry leaves (optional, but nice)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon black mustard seeds (optional, but nice)

In a large pot, bring the toor dal and 3 cups water to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-high and simmer until the peas have lost their crunch, but still needing additional cooking, about 20-30 minutes. Then add the onion, tomatoes, serrano peppers, turmeric, salt, and 2 more cups of water. Cook for an additional 20-25 minutes, until the onion is cooked through, and the peas are soft. Add the spinach and heat through over low heat for 5 minutes. While the spinach is cooking, make the tempering.

Heat the grapeseed oil up to almost the smoke point. Add the garlic and spices, making sure they sizzle on contact with the oil. Some will pop. This can take 1-3 minutes depending on your pan and oil used. Don’t burn the garlic, just a golden touch. Add the tempering to the dal. It will make a sound! Stir well, while heating gently for a few minutes. Add the lime juice, taste and adjust. Let us know how yours turn out!

Note: you can switch out the spinach for pretty much any other vegetable you want. Vegetables such as chayote, squash, chard, even cucumbers are sublime in here! Just add them earlier, shortly after the onion, tomatoes and peppers. Cook until you like their consistency.

Bon appétit!

Karine

Grilled Fennel, Kale, and Orange Salad

Kale Salad
Grilled Fennel, Kale, and Orange Salad | veganblondes.com

This fennel salad is one that could easily be made without grilling the fennel. You could slice it very thin and toss your salad just the same. But by grilling the fennel, you open the door to a burst of different flavors and textures that will make you grill the fennel next time around as well!

The key here is to have deep char marks on your fennel before turning it over. You want it to be almost caramelized. And it takes some time. It’s very hands off, but you have to be there to turn!

  • 2 large fennel bulbs, trimmed and cut in halves (you can keep some of the fennel fronds to decorate the plate)
  • 2 large oranges, one zested then juiced, the other cut in supremes
  • 1 bunch lacinato kale, cut in a chiffonade
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1 teaspoon old style Dijon mustard (the grainy one)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil, plus more to oil the fennel halves
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup (or to taste)
  • Sea salt and pepper

Start a grill over medium-high heat, or alternatively, build a two-zone fire in your charcoal grill.

Rub the fennel halves with some olive oil and season liberally with sea salt and pepper. Place the fennel cut-side down on the hot grill and cook, covered, until deep char marks appear on the flat side of the fennel halves. Turn and repeat the process on the other side. You can turn again and cook some more if your grill isn’t too hot. If the grill is too hot, transfer the fennel halves to the non heated zone of your grill (or on the little warming shelf many grills have). Cover and let cook some more until you obtain a very cooked, sweet tasting, and aromatic fennel.

While the fennel is cooking, make the vinaigrette by combining the orange juice, the orange zest, the shallot, Dijon, olive oil, maple syrup, and salt and pepper. Whisk until smooth, taste and adjust seasonings.

Toss the kale in a large bowl with a little bit of the vinaigrette and massage with your hands for one minute. Plate and set aside.

Once the fennel is cooked, transfer to a cutting board and slice thin, discarding the cores. Transfer to the plate on top of the kale. Top with the orange supremes, some vinaigrette, and the fennel fronds. Bon appétit!

Karine

Rustic White Bean and Sun-Sweetened Tomato Spread

Bean Spread
Rustic White Bean and Sun-Sweetened Tomato Spread | veganblondes.com

This spread is slightly reminiscent of the confits I used to eat as an omnivore. It has a “fatty” consistency and a robust taste. This spread is perfect as a snack or as an amuse-gueule at a dinner party. I also brought it for a potluck lunch, everybody loves it and it’s über simple to make. I used Fruit Bliss® Turkish Tomato Halves, because I think they are the best and juiciest out there, but any sun-dried tomato could do.

  • 1 can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced rosemary, packed
  • Olive oil, to taste
  • 1/3 cup Fruit Bliss® Tomato Halves, minced
  • Juice from ½ lemon, or to taste
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste

In a large mortar and pestle, purée the garlic with a little bit of salt. Add the beans and the rosemary and continue puréeing until you get the desired consistency. We like some beans to be whole, so we purée for about 30 seconds. Add the rest of the ingredients. Give the mixture a nice stir and serve with toasted crusty bread and/or greens. Bon appétit!

Karine