SERVES 8 / READY IN 45 MINUTES
The jackfruit filling can be made ahead and stored in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 1 month. Simply reheat before assembling the quesadillas, adding a little more barbecue sauce if the mixture appears dry
Make the jackfruit filling: In medium skillet, heat oil. Add onion and sauté over medium heat until soft, about 3 minutes. Stir in garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Be careful not to burn. Add splash of water if necessary. Rinse and drain jackfruit. Blot dry. Chop off cores and finely dice them. Using fingers, roughly tear jackfruit into pieces. Add diced cores and torn jackfruit to skillet containing onion and garlic. Add barbecue sauce, cumin, paprika, and another splash of water. Heat over medium until bubbling, stirring often. Reduce to low, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes for flavors to blend and until jackfruit is soft. Add another splash of water if mixture begins to stick to pan. Then, using two forks, shred jackfruit to achieve “pulled pork” texture. Adjust flavors as needed, adding a little more smoked paprika for heat, if you wish, and a little apple cider vinegar, if desired.
Make the creamy chipotle sauce: In high-speed mini blender, combine vegan yogurt, lime zest, and minced chipotle. Whirl until smooth and creamy. Add a little salt to taste, if desired. Transfer to a squeeze tube and refrigerate for up to 2 days.
Make the quesadillas: Grease barbecue grill and preheat to medium. Brush one side of each tortilla with oil and place oiled side down on grill. Spoon equal amounts of warmed jackfruit mixture over 1/2 of each tortilla to within 1/2 inch of the edge. Sprinkle with equal parts vegan cheese. Fold other half of tortilla over cheese. Gently press down. Grill until bottom half of tortilla is browned to your liking, about 3 or 4 minutes. Rotate a couple of times to prevent it from burning. With broad spatula, flip quesadilla and grill on other side until golden and crispy. Transfer to cutting board. Cut each quesadilla into 4 wedges. Drizzle with creamy chipotle sauce and garnish with some cilantro sprigs. Serve with a scoop of guacamole, salsa, and vegan sour cream, if you wish.
In this enchilada riff, we stuff everything into a roasted poblano pepper shell, rather than tortillas, to pack an extra veggie serving into your meal and trim the starchy calories. If you can’t find poblanos, which are mild, dark green Mexican peppers, you can substitute green bell peppers. Flour power Made from nixtamalized corn (corn soaked in limewater), masa harina flour adds a touch of corny flavour to enchilada stuffing or a pot of chili.
These crab-stuffed portobello mushrooms can do double duty as a fancy starter for a casual dinner party or a light main course on any given night. Meaty and umami-rich portobellos serve as a holder for a light-tasting seafood salad. Gills begone Even though the gills of mushrooms are edible, they will darken and discolour everything they touch. Besides, after you scrape out the gills, you’ll have more room for stuffing. And don’t discard the stems; they can be saved and used when making veggie stock.
Serving saucy lentils in squash halves is a sure-fire way to elevate your plant-based menu. And, yes, the whole bowl is edible, skin and all. If desired, you can add dollops of Greek yogurt or sour cream. Spice of life Garam masala, a blend of spices traditionally used in Indian cooking, usually includes cardamom, black pepper, cloves, nutmeg, fennel, cumin, and coriander. It’s great on roasted meats and vegetables.
“Germans do potatoes in general very well,” says Canadian expat Chris Gilles, who now lives in Munich and has celebrated many an Oktoberfest there. “Knödel seem kind of rubbery. You don’t really think it’s potato when you first see it, but it’s tasty.” But he might be surprised to find that this alive -inspired version of Bavarian potato dumplings is made with a combination of potato and cauliflower, because as anyone who’s eaten cauliflower gnocchi knows, the low-carb vegetable is a great way to lighten up starch-heavy foods (and Biergarten menus). Happy Knödelfest! The original version of these snacks are so popular that it even gets its own food fest: Knödelfest, which happens in September in Austria, about a 1 1/2-hour drive from Munich. If alive threw a Knödelfest, these dumplings would definitely be on the menu, served simply as snacks with sliced radishes and fresh parsley or dill, or topped with butter, beer gravy, or mushroom sauce. The dumpling test You can test one dumpling by shaping it and then boiling it before shaping the rest. If the water is lower than a boil and it still falls apart, add more starch to the batter before shaping another ball and testing again.