These tasty tostadas make a great meal any time of the day. Sweet potatoes contain a good amount of fibre and antioxidants that have been shown to contribute to a healthy gut. Lentils are a great source of polyphenols, which have strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Feel free to jazz up your tostada with a fried egg or some scrambled tofu for an extra boost of protein.
Preheat oven to 425 F (220 C). Line rimmed baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.
In medium bowl, toss together sweet potato pieces, 1 tsp (5 mL) grapeseed oil, 1 tsp (5 mL) cumin, and oregano. Spread mixture out in a single layer on prepared baking tray and roast, stirring once or twice during roasting time, until potatoes are fork tender and lightly caramelized, about 25 to 35 minutes.
Meanwhile, in small saucepan, warm remaining 1 Tbsp (15 mL) grapeseed oil over medium heat. Once hot, add onion and sauté until tender, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and continue to cook until both onions and garlic are starting to lightly caramelize. Stir in lentils, salt, paprika, remaining 1 tsp (5 mL) ground cumin, maple syrup, tomato paste, and water. Stirring, bring mixture to a simmer. Cover, reduce heat to low, and let mixture simmer gently, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. If mixture gets too dry, add a bit more water. Remove from heat, stir in lime juice and adjust seasoning, as desired, with additional spices or lime juice. Set aside.
Lay tortillas out in single layer on baking tray and toast in oven for 4 minutes. Flip and continue to toast until tortillas are crispy, about another 4 to 8 minutes.
Over each tortilla, evenly spread a layer of refried lentils and then top with roasted sweet potato, avocado, diced tomato, cheese or nutritional yeast, and a sprinkle of pumpkin seeds. Serve immediately.
This vegan take on classic shepherd’s pie is jam-packed with bold and rich flavours that will ensure no one will miss the meat. While a great source of fibre, lentils also contain the highest amount of folate out of all plant-based foods. Oven ready If you don’t have an ovenproof skillet, you’ll need to transfer cooked lentil filling to a baking dish before topping with mashed sweet potatoes and baking.
Cauliflower has been having a moment lately, and this salad proves exactly why. Tender caramelized cauliflower is crowned in a glorious sweet and savoury crumble that will ensure it a place on your table all month long. Of all tree nuts, pecans have the highest concentration of flavonoids, which offer beneficial anti-inflammatory effects, and they also protect your cells from oxidative damage. Crumble perfection This crumble topping is too good not to use it on other preparations. Sprinkle over a carrot ribbon salad to add some extra pizzazz, use as a glorious garnish on a soup or stew, or consider generously spooning over your next vegetable “steak” to add some delicious textural variation.
This gloriously comforting dish gets its creamy lusciousness from a can of white beans. Feel free to use whatever vegetables you have on hand instead of broccoli. Pass the pasta Instead of regular pasta, consider serving this sauce over zucchini noodles, carrot noodles, or cooked spaghetti squash.
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