This hempy vegan version of Parmesan is definitely not cheese, but it tops these amped-up stuffed potatoes with all the nutty, savoury flavour your taste buds yearn for. For a booze-free sauce, you can replace the wine with vegetable broth. Extras of the Hemp Parm can be sprinkled over steamed broccoli, pasta dishes, and tomato soup. Or blend it into vegan pesto.
Better together When sautéing onions, be sure to also toss salt into the pan; it draws out moisture, resulting in faster softening and better browning.
Preheat oven to 375 F (190 C). Prick each sweet potato several times with fork, place on baking sheet, and bake for 40 minutes, or until centres of potatoes are easily pierced with the tip of a knife.
As potatoes cook, in medium saucepan, heat oil over medium. Add onion, carrot, and 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt; heat until beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Add celery and garlic; heat for 3 minutes. Stir in Italian seasoning, cumin, chili flakes, and black pepper; heat for 30 seconds. Place wine in pan and simmer for 3 minutes, scraping up any brown bits from bottom of pan. Stir in marinara sauce and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in lentils and balsamic vinegar; simmer for 5 minutes.
In small bowl, stir together hempseeds, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, onion powder, and remaining 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt.
Slice open potatoes along their length and top with Lentil Bolognese. Sprinkle on Hemp Parm mixture and garnish with parsley.
Inspired by its creamy Italian cousin, this vegetarian take on panna cotta swaps out the cream and gelatin for coconut milk and agar agar. Odourless and tasteless, agar-agar is a plant-based thickener derived from seaweed. It’s also a wonderful source of iron, fibre, and magnesium. If you plan on transporting these desserts, pour panna cotta into small jam jars. Once set, screw lids on top and place garnish in separate container. Once you reach your destination, simply garnish and serve.
This happy jumble of vegetables is not only beautiful to look at but also scrumptious. Try to use a rainbow of different colours for the most striking salad presentation. Feel free to replace the dried apricots in the dressing with another dried fruit you may have on hand. Dried cranberries, dried cherries, or golden raisins are all delicious alternatives.
In ancient China, black rice was called “forbidden rice” because only nobles were allowed to eat it. Luckily, today we mere mortals can harness its salad-perfect, slightly sweet, and nutty taste. Bright and fresh, this salad isn’t only flavourful with a winning mix of textures; it’s packed with nutrients, too. Mango tango If possible, use Ataulfo mango for this salad. Its honeylike flavour and custardy texture can’t be beaten. You’re looking for a bit of softness when pressed to indicate ripeness.
Your #mealprepgoals just got easier to nail. Quinoa, black beans, and tempeh provide a triple threat of plant-based protein in this large taco-style salad that holds up remarkably well. The quinoa will absorb the vibrant, flavourful dressing and still be perfectly tender by the time your next meal rolls around. You can toss on some cubed avocado, queso fresco, and/or broken baked tortilla chips for crunch just before serving. Raise a toast To add a deeper flavour to quinoa, consider toasting the grains before boiling in water. Simply heat a couple teaspoons of oil in heavy-bottomed saucepan, add dry quinoa, and heat, stirring often, until the grains are a couple shades darker and emit a nutty, toasted smell; then add your water. Plant-based redo For a plant-based option, you can top salad with slices of grilled tempeh or navy beans instead of chicken. To infuse dressing with savoury, cheesy flavour, minus the dairy, you could use nutritional yeast.