All posts filed under: Appetizer

Save a turkey, stuff a pepper!

Thanksgiving! What an amazing time of year. The people are amazing, the food is incredible, and – everyone knows- no Thanksgiving dinner is complete without a delicious, home cooked, bountiful, well-stuffed…pepper. As many of you are preparing for family get-togethers and dinner parties, here is a simple vegan–but super fancy lookin’ recipe to woo your guests’ taste buds ­čÖé This recipe is POPPING with holiday colors and flavors from creamy lentils, chewy wild rice, tangy pomegranate arils, juicy raisins, and hearty squash. For the stuffing: 8-10 mini or 4-6 regular sized bell peppers of various colors 2 cups cooked wild rice 1/2 cup green lentils, cooked 1/2 cup black lentils, cooked 1 cup chickpeas 1 cup roasted spaghetti squash 1/2 cup brussel sprouts, chopped 1/2 medium zucchini, chopped 1/2 cup broccoli pomegranate arils of 1 pomegranate handful of pine nuts handful of golden raisins (optional, but I think it adds a nice kick!) juice of half lemon olive oil green chili chutney┬áto serve with (optional) Spices: 1 tsp smoked paprika 1 sprig chopped fresh rosemary …

Diwali Week Recipe #2: Burrito Bowl Bhel + Mango-Peach Haba├▒ero Salsa!

Whether you are wandering down a busy Mexico city street or catching a rickshaw to Bombay’s Chowpatti beach, there is nothing better than getting a taste of local “secret-recipe” street food! Here is a fun fusion of two of my favorite cuisines and street foods! Makes 2-3 servings Ingredients: 1 cup Bhel mix 1 handful tortilla chips, crushed 1/2 cup chopped bell pepper (I used the mini ones) Handful of lettuce, shredded 1/2 cup roasted corn 1/2 cup cooked beans (black, pinto, or kidney) 1 avocado, diced 1/3 cup chopped cilantro 1 tsp ground cumin lemon juice to taste Jain Salsa┬á(to turn it into mango-peach haba├▒ero salsa: skip the corn and peppers, +add 1/2 peach diced + add 1/2 mango diced & sub jalape├▒o for 1/2 haba├▒ero pepper for a real kick!) Directions: Just mix it all together! Top with mango-peach haba├▒ero salsa. Serve immediately.

It’s Diwali Week! Tamarind Curried Cauliflower + Cucumber Raita

Hello beautiful friends! In honor of Diwali this Thursday, October 19th, I will be posting a new Indian recipe throughout the week! Today’s recipe is… Tamarind Curried Cauliflower + Cucumber Raita This recipe makes a PERFECT side dish or appetizer for any upcoming Diwali dinner, a quick, filling lunch, or even as a filling in a wrap (throw in some more salad veggies and avocado)! So, a little bit about Diwali: Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, is an Indian holiday celebrated by many faiths including Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, and Jains. While each religion has their own perspective behind the occassion, they all share the common commemoration of victory of good over evil, and start of a new year. On this day, we decorate our homes with many┬ádeevos (lamps), create beautiful designs with┬árangoli (basically, next level chalk art), dress up in traditional Indian attire, spend time with family, and eat a lot delicious food including┬ámithai (Indian sweets–here is a healthy version┬ámithai hack)! In Jainism, Diwali signifies the anniversary of Lord Mahavir’s (the 24th …

Asian Lettuce Wraps with Chili Peanut Sauce

Cool and crisp–lettuce wraps are a fantastic way to get your daily serving of veggies and more! These healthy wraps are high in protein and totally vegan. They are so simple to make and are perfect as a lunch or appetizer item. Ingredients you’ll need: Dice the following ingredients for the filling: 3/4 cup purple cabbage 1 medium red bell pepper 1 medium orange bell pepper 1/2 cup water chestnuts 1/2 cup bamboo shoots (optional) 1 bulb of fennel (sliced like in the picture above) 3/4 cup of baby corn 2-3 stems of celery handful of cilantro handful of pea sprouts or bean sprouts 1 block organic extra-firm tofu organic coconut oil Sambal Oelek Chili Paste low sodium soy sauce sesame oil rice vinegar juice of 1/2 lemon salt and pepper to taste chopped roasted peanuts (optional) For the Chili Peanut Sauce: 2 tablespoons Sambal Oelek Chili Paste (NOT the Garlic Chili Paste–make sure you read this correctly!) 2-3 tablespoons of creamy peanut butter 4 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce lemon juice to taste To …

Avocado Corn Salsa

Did you know avocados are a berry, not a vegetable? Here are some quick stats on the lovely fruit: Avocados are high in┬áhealthy┬ámonounsaturated fatty acids, unlike most fruits which are high in carbohydrates. They are low in saturated fats (unhealthy fat). They contain more potassium than a banana! Potassium is essential for blood pressure regulation. The┬áare abundant in┬áVitamin K, Folate, Vitamin C, Potassium, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin E A quick trick to know if your avocados are ripe: Gently peel off the stem and look for a bright green color like below. Then your avocado is ready to go! Ingredients: 2-3 ripe avocados, diced 2 diced medium roma tomatoes or 1 cup cherry tomatoes 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper 1/2 cup corn kernels fresh green chilli, diced (for spicier version) 1/2 cup black beans (optional, but adds a good source of protein!) handful of cilantro 1 tsp cumin juice of 1/2 lemon (or to taste) salt to taste 1-2 tsp paprika How to make: Simply toss all prepped ingredients into a bowl …

Roasted Baby Heirloom Bruschetta

Roasted Baby Heirloom Bruschetta A sweet symphony of baby heirloom tomatoes paired with a creamy avocado spread and a dash cayenne, this appetizer tastes as good as it sounds! What you will need: Yeast-free Sourdough bread, sliced (or other bruschetta bread) Olive oil Black pepper Cayenne pepper 1 tbsp raw tahini Hand-full of Baby heirloom tomatoes, halved or quartered Jain guacamole Drizzle olive oil on the bread slices and toast the sliced sourdough bread in a toaster oven (or regular oven) until lightly browned. Line a baking dish with foil and spray with olive oil. Place baby heirlooms in the dish, spritz with olive oil and top with ground black pepper. Roast tomatoes for 15 minutes at 400 F, until the skin begins to crinkle. Meanwhile, prepare the avocado spread by following the Jain Guacamole recipe, but make sure to add 1 tbsp of raw tahini and mix well so that the spread is smoother than regular guacamole. Spread the avocado over the toasted bread slices. Use a fork to place the roasted tomatoes on …

Sunflower Soba with Chili Baked Tofu

Sunflower Soba┬áwith Chili┬áBaked Tofu Gluten-free? Trying to cut out starchy-processed pasta noodles? Or are you just tired of the same old stir fry? Try using raw “sunflower soba” to replaces regular noodles in stir fry dishes. This dish is a quick fix, totally unique, and nutrient packed! This recipe makes 2-3 servings. 2 cups raw sunflower sprouts 1, 14-oz block extra-firm organic tofu 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil or coconut oil 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce 1 tbsp rice or apple cider vinegar 4 tbsp water 1/2 tsp dried ginger 1/2 tsp Sambal Oelek ground fresh chili paste lemon juice black pepper sesame seeds (black or white) cilantro (optional) jain stir-fry veggies (optional) Drain and rinse the tofu, wrap in in a couple paper towels, and press the tofu by placing a plate and a large can on top of the block so that the extra liquid drains out (20-30 minutes). Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cut the tofu into 1-inch cubes. In a separate bowl, whisk together soy sauce, oil, vinegar, ginger, …