Tempeh, coconut milk stroganoff with red sweet potatoes

A simple, lovely dish with mushrooms, cabbage, and kale.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups vegetable stock
1/4t coarse sea salt
1/4t black pepper
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 ‘spring’ dried kombu (about 1″)
2T tomato passata (or puree)
2T white pickling vinegar
1T prepared brown mustard
2T coconut sugar
2T smoked paprika
1T fresh garlic, minced
1/4 cup scallions, minced (3″ – 4″ green reserved for garnish)
125g tempeh, cut into 1/2″ cubes
2 cups cremini mushrooms, stemmed, 1/4″ slices
2 cups red sweet potatoes, peeled, cut into about 1″ cubes
2 cups shredded green cabbage (I use coleslaw mix)
1T arrowroot powder dissolved in 1T water
1 cup green curly kale
2T nutritional yeast
Coarse sea salt and black pepper to taste

Optional: Replace the 125g tempeh with 250g tofu if you prefer, but in that case, reduce the coconut sugar to 1T (or leave it out entirely if you prefer). Flour and brown the tempeh cubes separately and then add them to the overall mix for something more traditional.

Method

Preheat the oven to 450F. Mix everything up to and including the scallions in a medium bowl. Let stand about 5 minutes. In a roasting pan or a baking sheet with sides, add the tempeh and potatoes, then the mushrooms, then the cabbage on top in even layers.

Pour the sauce mixture over the vegetables. Roast for about 1 hour to 1 hour, 15 minutes. Stir periodically to ensure even cooking. Ovens vary; use the colour and texture as a guide. The pan should be a rich, reddish brown, and the sweet potatoes should be tender. If the pan dries before the potatoes are tender, add a little water or stock as necessary.

When the potatoes are tender, remove the kombu. Drizzle the arrowroot mixture over the vegetables and stir to distribute. Roast for another 5 minutes or so until the arrowroot has thickened.

Remove from the oven. Stir in the kale and nutritional yeast. Let stand 5 minutes. Season to taste. Spoon out, garnish with scallion green sliced on an angle, and serve.

Slowcooked chickpea, potato and vegetable stew

A simple, flavourful, slowcooked stew that goes well with fresh tortilla chips (as shown here), bread, socca or other accompaniments. This makes enough for 4 medium bowls or 2 large ones.

Ingredients

1/2 cup dried chickpeas
2 cups water
1 ‘sprig’ dried kombu, about 2″
1 Italian eggplant (about 1 1/2 cups), ends trimmed, halved and sliced, 1/3″
1 medium zucchini (about 2 cups), ends trimmed, halved and sliced, 1/4″
1 large sweet onion (about 2 cups), trimmed, peeled, quartered and sliced, 1/3″
4 medium cremini mushrooms (about 1 cup), trimmed and sliced, 1/8″
1/2t coarse sea salt (or to taste)
2 cups vegetable stock
2 medium red potatoes (about 2 cups), 1/2″ dice
1 cup tomato passata (or puree)
2T fresh garlic, minced
1T smoked paprika
1/4t dried red chilis (or similar/to taste)
1T dried herbes de Provence (or similar), rubbed
2 cups flat-leaf parsley, minced (1/4 cup reserved for garnish)
1T tapioca flour dissolved in 1T cold water
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
Coarse sea salt and black pepper to taste

Optional: Other beans will work with this, but be mindful of differences in cooking time. Add some olives, nut butter or oil for additional richesse and flavour. You can replace the tapioca with arrowroot powder or cornstarch, but arrowroot is not as sturdy and cornstarch requires a higher temperature to thicken.

For a chunkier, brothier stew. slowcook the chickpeas until they’re soft, and add everything from the eggplant to the herbes de Provcence at the same time. The flavours won’t be as blended, but this will shorten the cooking time as a whole.

Method

Either add your chickpeas to your slowcooker and cook for about 2 hours on high to soften, or let them soak in cool water overnight in a covered bowl. Drain the water, but reserve the kombu.

Return the chickpeas to the slowcooker, add the ingredients up to and including the stock. Cook for 4 hours on low heat or until the chickpeas are soft (remove the kombu at this point).

Add the potatoes and everything else up to and including the herbes de Provence. Slow cook another 2 hours or so until the potatoes are fork tender. Increase the heat to high if necessary for your slowcooker (you know it better than I do).

When the potatoes are tender, add the parsley. Add the tapioca mixture and stir to distribute evenly. Increase heat to high and cook until the stew thickens, stirring periodically.

Once the tapioca thickens, turn off the heat. Add the nutritional yeast, and stir to combine. Let stand 5 minutes or so to cool. Season to taste. Ladle out, garnish with reserved parsley and serve.

Roasted red pepper, tomato soup with sesame and parsley

A simple soup with a lot of bright colour. Served here with socca, but fresh bread, crackers or potatoes all make good accompaniments.

Ingredients

1 cup vegetable stock
1/4t coarse sea salt
1 red pepper, roasted, cored, seeded and peeled
1 cup tomato passata (or puree)
1/2T fresh garlic, minced (reserve a little for the garnish)
1t herbes de Provence (or similar)
1/2 cup flat leaf parsley, minced (1 – 2T reserved for garnish)
Coarse sea salt and black pepper to taste

For the garnish
1/2T sesame seed butter
1T white pickling vinegar
1T unsweetened soy milk
1/2t fresh garlic, minced (as noted above)
1/4t coarse sea salt (or to taste)
1 – 2T parsley (as noted above)

Optional: A tablespoon or so of nutritional yeast will add flavour and nutrition.

Method
Preheat the oven to 450F and roast the pepper until the skin is charred (or use the stove top method if you have a gas stove). Remove from heat and set aside to cool. Peel, seed and core the pepper. Chop roughly.

Bring a medium pan with a lid to heat on medium high. Add the pepper, garlic and herbs and stir fry for 2 minutes. Add the stock and passata. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer about 10 minutes (or until reduced by about 1/4).

While the soup reduces, whisk together the sesame seed butter, vinegar, soy milk and sea salt until thick. Set aside while the soup finishes. It will continue to thicken and the taste will soften.

When the soup is ready, remove from heat. Add about half of parsley to the soup and stir to combine. Let stand 2 minutes to cool. Season to taste. Ladle out. Season the garnish to taste. Drip the garnish gently onto the soup and then style how you like. Sprinkle with remaining
parsley and serve.

Creamy chickpea, sea vegetable soup with arugula and teff fries

This is a simple, creamy soup with a lot of rich flavors. Whole grain teff has a similar texture to polenta, and served here as fries, it add a fun crispy texture, nutrition and taste. This makes a light starter for 4 or a light but filling lunch for two.

Ingredients

For the soup
2T water
2T scallion, minced
1T fresh garlic, minced
1/4t dried red chilis (or to taste)
1/2T lemon juice
1 cup cooked chickpeas
3 cups vegetable stock
1 ‘sprig’ dried kombu (about 1″)
1/2 cup unsweetened plant milk (I use soy)
1T sesame seed butter
1T dried wakame, crumbled
1 1/2T tapioca flour dissolved in 2T water
Coarse sea salt and black pepper to taste
1t purple dulse flakes
1t nori flakes
2 cups loose baby arugula

For the fries
1/2 cup whole grain teff
2 cups water
1/4t coarse sea salt
2T unsweetened plant milk (I use soy)
2T nutritional yeast
1T fresh garlic, minced
1T tamari
Coarse sea salt and black pepper to taste

Optional: The soup doesn’t have to be spicy, but the chilis add flavor and to the mouth feel. Cornstarch and arrowroot powder will both work in place of the tapioca here. The fries are made without oil here assume the soup — brush the cut teff with a little oil and bake on a lightly oiled baking sheet for something more like a traditional fry.

Method

Start the fries first, and then make the soup.

In a medium pan with a lid, toast the teff for 2 – 3
minutes. Add the water and sea salt. Bring the pan to a light boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for about 20 minutes until the water has been absorbed and the teff is thick (it should be pulling away from the sides).

When the teff is ready, add the remaining ingredients, stir to combine, and season to taste. Pour/spoon the mixture into a 3″x9″ baking dish and refrigerate for 30 minutes or so to setup (it should be firm).

Preheat the oven to 450F (or the highest temperature for which your baking paper is rated). Slice the cooled teff into 12 – 16 pieces width-wise. On a baking sheet or roasting pan lined with baking paper, bake for 20-30 minutes on the middle rack until the fries are lightly crisp,
turning every several minutes. Remove from oven, plate with the soup when ready.

With the teff in the oven, start the soup. Warm a medium sized pan with a lid to heat on medium heat. Add the scallions and 2T water to the pan and water saute for 2 minutes. Add the chilis and garlic. Saute for 1 minute. Add the lemon juice and deglaze the pan if necessary. Add the chickpeas, stock, and kombu.

Bring the pan to a light simmer and simmer on medium low for about 10 minutes. Remove the kombu. Add plant milk and sesame seed butter and stir to dissolve. Simmer 5 minutes. Puree smooth. Add the wakame and simmer another 10 minutes.

Stirring continuously, slowly add the tapioca mixture until the soup thickens (should be immediate). Let cool for a minute. Ladle out, sprinkle with the dulse and nori, add the arugula and serve with the fries on the side.

Beluga lentil, masa dumpling stew with roasted poblano peppers

With kale, cabbage, dumplings, and a number of spices, this is a flavourful and filling stew. This makes 1 large bowl or 2 small ones. Garnished here with a little nutritional yeast and sour cashew cream.

Ingredients

For the stew
1 poblano pepper, cored and seeded
3 cups water, divided
1/4 cup lentils
1/2T smoked paprika
1t dried ground cumin
1/2t dried ground coriander
1/4t dried red chilis (I use 1/2t)
1/4t black pepper, freshly ground
1/2t dried oregano, rubbed
1 cup green cabbage, shredded (I use coleslaw mix)
1/2T fresh garlic, minced
1T fresh scallion, minced
1/2 cup tomato passata (or puree)
1 cup green curly kale, roughly chopped
2T masa harina mixed with 1/4 cup warm water
Coarse sea salt and black pepper to taste

For the dumplings
1/2 cup masa harina
1T tapioca flour
1/2T milled flax seed
A good pinch coarse sea salt
1/3 – 1/2 cup hot water

Optional: You can use vegetable stock with this for a little extra flavour, but you may find it superfluous. Garnish with capers, flat leaf parsley, black or white sesame seeds, nutritional yeast, black olives, or cilantro for a little extra flavour. While the stew uses masa harina as the
thickening agent, cornstarch, tapioca flour, and arrowroot flour will also work.

Method

Start with the stew, and then the dumplings.

Preheat the oven to 450F. Core and seed the poblano. Cut into quarters length-wise and roast until lightly blistered. Expect about 20 – 30 minutes, but ovens vary. Use the colour and skin texture of the pepper as your guide. Remove from heat. Set aside to cool. Coarsely chop and
add to the stew when the lentils are ready.

In a medium pan with a lid, bring 1/2 cup water to a simmer. Add the lentils and kombu. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer 15 minutes. Drain the lentils (reserving the kombu).

Either dry the pan, or use another to toast the dry spices for 2 -3 minutes or until they’re nice and aromatic. Add the lentils, kombu, remaining water. Return to a light simmer. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer another 5 – 10 minutes until the lentils are still lightly firm but done.

When the lentils are soft, add the poblano, cabbage, garlic, and scallions. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer another 10 minutes or so until the cabbage is lightly wilted but still a little crisp.

While the stew simmers, make the dumplings. Mix the masa, tapioca, salt, and flax. Whisking with a fork, add the hot water. Mix and knead until a solid but elastic dough forms. If you need to add additional hot water, do so. Roll into balls, about 1T in size. Let them dry on the cutting board will the soup finishes.

When the cabbage is the right texture, uncover and bring the pan to a simmer on medium high. Remove the kombu. Add the dumplings and simmer for another 5 minutes.

Add the passata and stir to combine. Stirring
continuously, add the masa solution. Simmer another 2-3 minutes uncovered, stirring regularly until the masa has thickened. Remove from heat. Add the kale. Stir to combine. Let stand 2 minutes for the kale to wilt and the stew to cool.

Season to taste. Ladle out. Garnish with nutritional yeast, sour sesame or cashew cream, white or black sesame seeds, minced black olives, capers, parsley, cilantro or whatever you enjoy.

Sweet, spicy tempeh stuffed agnolotti pasta with kale, kalamata olives, garlic and avocado oil

A relatively straightforward, sturdy and richly flavoured stuffed pasta dish. This is an ‘al plin’ variation for agnolotti. The recipe makes an appetizer portion for 4 or a filling bowl or 2.

Ingredients

For the pasta dough
1 cup semolina flour
1t tapioca starch
A pinch baking powder
1/3 cup heaping warm (but not hot) water

For the filling
1/4 cup water
1T sun-dried tomatoes, minced (dehydrated, not jarred)
1t dried herbs de Provence, rubbed
1/2T fresh garlic, minced
1 scallion, minced
125g tempeh (use pasteurized)
1/4 cup soft, dried dates, pitted and minced (I use medjool)
1t sriracha (or similar and/or to taste)
1t balsamic vinegar
2T bread crumbs
2T nutritional yeast
Coarse sea salt and black pepper to taste

For the sauce
2T avocado oil
1/4t coarse sea salt
2 cups green curly kale, coarsely chopped
1T kalamata olives
1/2T fresh garlic, minced
Coarse sea salt and black pepper to taste

Optional: Replace the water for the filling with vegetable stock if you prefer. If you prefer, saute the kale without the oil, but in that case, I would recommend 2 tablespoons of olives for a little extra flavour. Add a tablespoon avocado oil to the filling for a richer taste and mouth feel. Garnish with some sun-dried tomatoes, scallions, or capers for additional flavour and nutrition, but keep it simple. Agnolotti are a fairly sturdy pasta — so, heavier sauces will also work but traditionally, the flavour goes into the filling.

Method

Start the filling, then the pasta, then the sauce.

In a large frying pan with a lid, bring the water to a light boil. Add all of the ingredients up to and including the sriracha. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes or until most of the water has been absorbed, stirring periodically.

While the filling simmers, mix the dry ingredients for the pasta dough. Add the water. Mix, then knead until a solid dough forms, and then another minute or so. Let rest about 10 minutes covered in the bowl with a warm, wet tea towl.

At the 15 minute mark, uncover, increase heat to medium and saute for another 5 – 10 minutes until the pan is starting to brown. Add vinegar and deglaze the pan. Add the bread crumbs and nutritional yeast. Stir to combine and set aside to cool while you roll out the pasta.

Break the pasta into 2 – 3 pieces. Keep the dough you’re not using moist with the tea towel. Roll the dough out to about 3″ x 14″ strips, about 1/8″ thick. Fill the sheet width-wise in a solid line, about 1″ in diameter, about 1 1/2″ down from the top. Leave 1 1/2″ from the left side and 1 1/2″ on the right unfilled.

Carefully fold the top of the pasta toward you just over the filling, leaving about 1/2″ or so of dough at the bottom. Press the top of the dough into bottom of the dough with the flat of your index fingers to form a consistent seal. Pinch the unfilled left and right sides.

You’ll now have a long tube of filled dough. Using your index fingers and your thumbs, pinch the agnolotti in (6) 1″ pieces vertically, creating about 1 1/2″ inch of dough in between each agnolloti. Pinch firmly. The pinch, the small amount of filling and the dough, along with the cut is what seals the pasta.

Trim the three sides of folded dough with a pasta cutter. Separate each agnolotti with the pastry cutter with a cut through the pressed dough in between each. With your thumbs and index fingers carefully press the pinched pieces of dough down at the sides (completing the fold).

Let the agnolotti dry a few minutes while you bring the water to a boil. I use the saute pan to boil my agnolotti so that the pasta picks up some of the flavour from the filling, but use a fresh pan if you prefer.

When the water has reached a light boil, add the pasta, swirl the pan, and simmer gently for about 3 – 5 minutes. The agnolotti will float when done. Don’t overcook.

Drain carefully, reserving 2T pasta water in the frying pan. Return the frying pan to heat on medium high. Add the kale and remaining ingredients. Stir fry for 2 – 3 minutes or until the kale is lightly wilted and a vibrant green. Rinse the agnolotti with warm water and add to the pan, stirring gently to pick up the sauce.

Remove from heat, bowl out, garnish and serve.

Slowcooked French onion soup with white miso mornay and roasted spinach

Served here with freshly baked crusty, gluten free bread, roasted spinach and a white miso mornay. This makes 4 small bowls, 2 large ones.

Ingredients

For the soup
2 large sweet onions (about 6 cups loose), thinly sliced
1T herbes de Provence, rubbed
1 ‘spring’ dried kombu (about 2″)
2 cups vegetable stock
2 cups mushroom stock
1/4t black pepper, freshly cracked
2T coconut oil
1/4 cup tamari
1T fresh garlic, minced
1t smoked paprika
2T arrowroot powder dissolved in 2T cold water
Coarse sea salt and black pepper to taste

For the garnish
1 – 2 slices stale bread (baguette or similar), per serving
2 cups baby spinach

For the mornay
1/2 cup unsweetened plant milk (I use soy)
1/2T white pickling vinegar
1T unpastuerized sauerkraut
1/2T fresh garlic, minced
1/4t coarse sea salt
1/2 – 1T white miso (start with half, add more to taste)
1T arrowroot flour dissolved in 1T cold water
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
Coarse sea salt to taste

Optional: For something more traditional, saute the onion, herbs and spices and dust with 2T whole wheat flour and/or add 1/2 cup good red wine. If you have oven proof soup bowls, broil the assembled soup a little for a more traditional presentation. I add 1t smoked paprika for colour and flavour. Add some cashew butter to the mornay for a richer mouth feel.

The bread here is a yeasted combination of chickpea and other gluten free flours. But use baguette, ciabatta or other thinly sliced, plant-only bread. What matters is the weight.

Method

Add the onions to the slowcooker. Cook on high for 6 hours or until the onions are reduced to about 2 cups and caramelized. Add the remaining ingredients up to but not including the arrowroot. Cover and simmer another 2 hours. Adjust times to suit your slowcooker. When ready, remove the kombu. Stirring continuously, add the arrowroot mixture slowly. Stir to mix thoroughly, and then periodically until the soup thickens.

While the soup thickens, roast the spinach and prepare the mornay. Preheat the oven to 300F. Add the spinach in a thin even layer to a shallow roasting pan. Bake for 10 minutes or until the spinach is lightly wilted. It should be airy and dry.

With the spinach started, make the mornay. In a small sauce pan on medium heat Bring everything up to but not including the arrowroot mixture to a light simmer. Simmer for about 5 minutes. Puree smooth. Return the pan to a simmer. Remove from heat.

Working quickly, add the miso and nutritional yeast. Stir until dissolved. Stirring continuously, add the arrowroot mixture and stir until it thickens. Add the nutritional yeast and stir to combine. Don’t reheat the pan unless the arrowroot doesn’t thicken, and then keep the temperature as low as you can (arrowroot thickens before boiling). Season to taste. Set aside to cool while the spinach finishes up.

To plate, season the soup to taste and ladle out. Add the spinach in a thin even layer to the top of the soup. Add the bread in a thin even layer. To add the mornay, scrape small amounts from a spoon onto the top of the soup (it will be quite thick — thicker that you would normally expect for mornay). Be careful not to add too much in any particular area to avoid drowning the bread. Sprinkle with additional nutritional yeast if you like and serve.

Black lentil, mushroom and vegetable stew with potatoes and sauerkraut

With carrots, kale, spinach and sweet onion, this is a rich and flavourful stew that doesn’t require a lot of preparation. This makes 4 small bowls or 2 large ones.

Ingredients

1/4 cup beluga (black) lentils
1/2 cup water
1 ‘sprig’ dried kombu (about 2″)
2 cups vegetable stock
1/2t coarse sea salt (or to taste)
1 1/2 cup carrots, 1/2″ dice (I use purple)
1 large portobello mushroom, 1/2″ dice (about 1 1/2 cup)
1 large red pepper, cored, seeded, 1/2″ dice (about 1 – 1 1/4 cup)
1 large floury potato, 1/2″ half-moon slices (about 2 cups, I use organic russet)
1 small sweet onion (about 1 1/2 cup), 1/4″ slices
1T fresh garlic, minced
2t smoked paprika
1/2t dried marjoram, rubbed
1t prepared brown mustard
1/4t black pepper (I use 1/2t)
1/4t red pepper flakes (or to taste)
1 cup tomato passata (or puree)
2T arrowroot flour dissolved in 2T cold water
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 cup green curly kale, coarsely chopped
1 cup baby spinach
Coarse sea salt and black pepper to taste
1/2 cup white sauerkraut (I use unpasteurized)

Optional: Add a good pinch of crushed caraway seeds for a little extra flavour. Add a medley of mushrooms if you prefer. Maitake, cremini, porcini, even a little morel, will all go well in this. Replace the greens added at the end with 1 cup sauerkraut and 1 cup shredded green cabbage added with the other vegetables if you prefer. Add a little wine, cashew butter, and/or oil for a richer stew. Slowcook if you prefer; prepare the lentils as directed, but add everything up to and including the passata, cook on low for several hours and then finish as directed.

Method

In a large frying pan with a lid, bring 1/2 cup water to a boil. Add the lentils and kombu. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for about 20 minutes. Drain the lentils but reserve the kombu. Return the lentils to the pan.

Add everything up to and including the red pepper flakes to the pan, potatoes first, onions last. Return the pan to a light simmer. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 hour.

After an hour, the potatoes should be fork tender and the lentils completely cooked. Uncover, increase heat to medium low and add the passata. Simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.

At the 30 minute mark, remove the kombu. Add the arrowroot mixture slowly, stirring continuously until it thickens. Remove from heat. Add the nutritional yeast. Add the spinach and kale. Stir to combine.

Let stand 3 – 5 minutes to wilt the greens. Season to taste. Ladle/spoon out, garnish with sauerkraut and serve.

Tofu, mushroom, and sea vegetable stew with potatoes and poblano pepper

This is a simple, comforting and nutritious stew with a number of rich flavours. The poblano pepper gives is just a little heat This makes a medium bowl for 4 and a large bowl for 2.

Ingredients

2T water
3 scallions, minced, 3″ – 4″ green reserved for garnish
1/4t coarse sea salt
1 poblano pepper, cored, seeded, 1/4″ dice
4 large cremini mushrooms, stemmed, thickly sliced (about 1/2″)
225g extra firm, high quality tofu, 1/2″ cubes
2 cups green cabbage, shredded (I use coleslaw mix)
1 floury potato (about 2 cups, I use organic russet), 1/3″ dice
1T lemon juice
1 cup water
1 ‘sprig’ kombu (about 3″)
2 cups unsweetened plant milk (I use soy)
1/2T white vinegar
1T dried wakame, crumbled
1T tapioca flour dissolved in 1T cold water
1 cup green curly kale, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
Coarse sea salt, black pepper and vinegar to taste
1/2t purple dulse flakes
1/2t nori flakes

Optional: A tablespoon of garlic and/or replacing the water with vegetable stock will add flavour. A little white miso and/or cashew butter added at the end would go nicely. A little dusting of smoked paprika with the dulse and nori will add flavour and colour. Slowcook for a few hours if you prefer. Press your tofu ahead of time if necessary.

Method

Warm a large frying pan with a lid on medium high heat. Add the 2T water, sea salt, and scallions. Water saute for 1 minute. Add the pepper and mushrooms. Saute for 2 – 3 minutes. Add the cabbage and stir fry for 2 minutes. Add the potatoes and stir fry another 2-3 minutes.

When the pan has browned a little, add the lemon and deglaze. Add the 1 cup water and kombu. Return the pan to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender.

Uncover and remove the kombu. Add the plant milk and wakame. Increase heat to medium-low. Simmer uncovered for 15 minutes, stirring frequently, aiming to reduce the plant milk by about 1/3.

Stirring continuously, add the tapioca mixture slowly and stir until it thickens. Remove from heat. Add the kale and nutritional yeast and stir to combine. Season to taste. Ladle/spoon out. Garnish with scallion green sliced on an angle, dulse and nori flakes.

Brown lentil, teff stew with sun-dried tomatoes and lemon cashew cream

A rich but simple stew with nutrient dense teff, kale, and sauerkraut. This makes 4 smaller bowls, 2 larger ones.

Ingredients

1/4 cup brown lentils
2 1/2 cups water, divided
1 ‘sprig’ kombu (about 1″)
1/4 whole grain teff
1/4 cup scallions, minced, 3″ – 4″ green reserved for garnish
1T fresh garlic, minced
1/4t coarse sea salt
1/2T herbes de Provence (or similar)
1/4t black pepper, freshly cracked
1/4t dried red chilis (or to taste)
1 cup vegetable stock
2T sun-dried tomatoes, finely chopped (dehydrated, not jarred)
1 cup tomato passata (or puree)
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
2 cups green curly kale, coarsely chopped
Coarse sea salt and black pepper to taste

For the garnish
2t cashew butter
2t lemon juice
2T plant milk (I use soy)
1/4t coarse sea salt (or to taste)
3″ – 4″ scallion green sliced on an angle
2T sauerkraut per bowl (I use unpasteurized)

Optional: Sesame seed butter will also work for the garnish. Use green, black and dupuy lentils in place of brown. Slowcook if you prefer.

Method

In a small saucepan with a lid, bring 1/2 cup water to a light simmer. Add the lentils and kombu. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer 15 minutes. Drain the lentils reserving the kombu.

Dry the pan and add the teff. Toast for 2 – 3 minutes on medium heat. Add the scallions, garlic, pepper, chili, sea salt, and herbs to the pan. Stir fry for 2 minutes. Add the lentils and the remaining 2 cups water to the pan. Return the pan to a simmer, reduce heat to low, cover and
simmer 25 – 30 minutes.

Uncover and remove the kombu. Add the stock and sun-dried tomatoes. Increase heat to medium low. Simmer for 5 minutes. Add the passata and simmer another 5 minutes or so. Add the kale and nutritional yeast and stir
to combine. Let stand 2 – 3 minutes for the kale to wilt and soften.

Mix the cashew butter and lemon juice. Add the plant milk and sea salt. Mix thoroughly until dissolved. Season the stew and the cashew mixture to taste.

To plate, ladle/spoon out the stew. Add the cashew mixture and design if you like. Add the sauerkraut and serve.