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Sri Lankan-style Romano Bean Curry

This curry is moderately spicy (but can be easily adjusted) and very bright in flavour. It takes under 15 minutes to make and serves 2.

Romano beans are long, flat green beans, but you can substitute them for French green beans, sugar snap peas, mangetout, etc.

Ingredients

1/2 yellow onion, sliced
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp black onion seeds
6 curry leaves
400ml can coconut milk
1 tsp turmeric
1 tbsp garlic-ginger paste
Pinch ground cloves
Pinch red chilli flakes
2 tsp hot or medium curry powder
Pinch ground cardamom
1 tsp lemon juice
Pinch suitable-for-vegans sugar
400g Romano beans, topped, tailed, and sliced on the diagonal into 2cm lengths

Directions

  1. In a large, stainless steel pan over a medium-low heat, sauté the onions until starting to soften. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  2. Add the mustard seeds, black onion seeds, and curry powder. Cook until the seeds start to turn fragrant.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Bring to the boil, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook, covered for 8 minutes.
  4. Season with salt to taste. Serve with rice, if desired.

Simple Silky Greens Soup

Ideal for novice cooks, this serves 6, and takes under 20 minutes to make.

Ingredients
1 leek, roughly chopped
4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1 head broccoli, in florets
2 courgettes (zucchini), roughly chopped
200g frozen green beans (French beans)
200g frozen garden peas
150g spinach, roughly chopped
1.5 litres vegetable stock
2 tsp curry powder
1 tsp smoked paprika
Black pepper, to taste

Directions
1. Heat a large stock pot over a medium low heat, and sauté the leeks for about 3 minutes until starting to soften. Add the garlic and sauté for 30 seconds more.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients except for the pepper.
3. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes.
4. Blend in batches, return to the pot, and season with black pepper (and, if you like, some crispy fried onions and all-plant (e.g. soya, coconut, almond) plain yogurt).

Sweet potatoes with green beans and red pepper

A simple, but filling side dish that relies on the flavour and texture contrasts of its primary ingredients to produce a rich and visually vibrant dish. Shown here with balsamic battered tofu breaded, oven roasted and served with a light sesame and turmeric sauce.

Ingredients

3 cups sweet potatoes, 3/4″ dice
2 1/2 cups green beans
1 large red pepper (about 1 1/2 cups), 1/4″ slices
2T cooking oil
1/4t coarse sea salt
2T nutritional yeast
Coarse sea salt and black pepper to taste

Optional: Garlic, ginger, scallion, jalapeno pepper, chili powder, or curry spices will all add flavor to this dish. Add walnuts, sauteed mushrooms, black eyed peas, or lentils for a filing lunch. Toss with spinach or other baby greens for a richly flavoured salad.

Directions

Preheat the oven to 450F. Peel and dice the sweet potato. Trim the ends of the green beans. Core, seed and slice the red pepper length-wise.

Toss the vegetables in the oil and sea salt, then roast in a shallow roasting pan or baking sheet with sides until the sweet potatoes are fork tender and very lightly browned. Expect 30-45 minutes. Oven vary; use the texture and colour of the sweet potato as a guide.

When done, remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes to cool. Toss with the nutritional yeast, season to taste, and serve