All posts tagged: appetizers

Harissa Couscous Stuffed Endive

Happy Saturday everyone! Weekends make for the perfect time to experiment with new recipes and plan your meals for the week. Today, I have a new recipe that is so simple (honestly, barely any cooking involved) but will totally wow your guests at your next dinner party. Seriously, how elegant do these look?! One of my goals for my recipes this year is to experiment with unique flavor profiles. A couple of months ago while traveling in the spice souk (market) in Dubai, I discovered harissa—an Arabic spice made with hot red chilis, aromatic spices, and earthy herbs. I’ve always loved Middle Eastern cuisine because of how vegetarian/vegan-friendly, healthy, and flavorful it is. As a staple to North African and Middle Eastern cuisine, harissa pairs perfectly with couscous and truly makes this dish stand out! Harissa Couscous Stuffed Endive ▸ Vegan, Jain, Vegetarian, raw, refined sugar-free Makes: approx. 30-35 stuffed endive leaves Total Time: 15 min Fresh harissa seasoning: 1/2 cup dried chiles minced 2 tablespoons smoked paprika 2 tablespoons coriander seeds 2 tablespoons cumin seeds 1 tablespoon sea salt 1 tsp asafetida 1 teaspoon caraway seeds To make, first toast …

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 🙂 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 to serve with (optional) Spices: 1 tsp smoked paprika 1 sprig chopped fresh rosemary …

NOGO (No Onion-No Garlic) Pesto!

There are some commonly non-Jain items that I absolutely love like pesto, salsa, and guacamole… All of the following almost always contain onion and/or garlic. So, here is the Jain way to make them without root vegetables, while keeping them just as tasty, if not more! For this post, lets start with Jain Pesto and the many uses of this absolutely delicious dip-spread-sauce creation. Jain Pesto: I love pesto on anything: spread on sandwiches, as a dip, with pasta or even in quesadillas! There are so many ways to customize pesto sauces to enhance different flavors. Some of my favorite greens to make pesto with are: Basil Kale Cilantro Parsley Arugula Kale+ Parsley Kale+Basil+Cilantro Arugula+Basil Create your own mix! Some of my favorite nuts to toss in are: Walnuts Almonds Pine Nuts Macadamia Nuts Marcona Almonds You can literally experiment around with these nuts and greens to make a pesto of your choice. The rest follows this traditional recipe: Jain Pesto: Ingredients: 3 cups of your favorite greens, either one type or a mix of a few- chopped …