Two of Mexico’s greatest culinary exports, mole and tacos, come together in a festival of flavour and texture. Tempeh provides a plant-based meaty taco filling. Beer is an unconventional mole ingredient, but along with chocolate, it makes a nice bittersweet companion for the chilies. If Mexican-style cheeses are not available, you can use crumbled feta or dollops of sour cream.
A common ingredient in Mexican and Southwestern US cuisine, ancho chili peppers are the dried version of ripe poblano peppers. They lend dishes a sweet, mild heat. You can find these wrinkled peppers at most grocers.
In heavy-duty dry skillet, toast chili peppers over medium-high heat until darkened, flipping once, about 1 minute per side. Place chilies in bowl, cover with warm water, and soak for 30 minutes. Take chilies out of bowl and slice off stems.
In blender container, place drained chili peppers, 1/4 cup (60 mL) soaking water, tomatoes, beer, garlic, almonds, sesame seeds, raisins, oregano, salt, cinnamon, and allspice and blend until smooth.
Place sauce in saucepan and bring to a gentle simmer. Stir in chocolate until melted. Add tempeh and heat over low for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
To assemble tacos, place tempeh mole on tortillas and top with avocado, onion, cheese, and cilantro. Squirt on lime juice.
This recipe is part of the Dark Delights collection.
Oven-roasted delicata squash makes a crispy treat atop this green salad. As its name suggests, this squash has a thin, delicate skin that’s tasty when cooked. Pomegranate molasses, an ingredient common in Lebanese and Middle-Eastern cuisine, brings a sweet and sour flavour to the dressing. No pine nuts? Use squash seeds! Simply collect about 1/4 cup (60 mL) seeds from cleaned squash, rinse, and mix with 1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) of the spice mix used to roast the squash and 1/2 tsp (2 mL) olive oil. Roast at 425 F (220 C) on parchment-lined baking sheet for 20 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
Look for whole grain farro, which leaves the germ and bran intact, for this satisfying porridge that’s sure to kickstart your day. While the cooking time is longer than for pearled or semi-pearled varieties, you’ll get more nutrition. Take the time to enjoy the delicate scent of cardamom and ginger wafting through your kitchen as you prepare this. Ancient grain Farro (also referred to as emmer or einkorn) is a variety of wheat known as an ancient grain, which means that it hasn’t changed over time through breeding as is the case with many varieties of modern wheat.
Spanish-inspired flavours of almond and orange and a good punch of protein make this pudding a delicious and nutritious breakfast, snack, or dessert. The tiniest amount of large-flake sea salt and a drizzle of olive oil help bring all the flavours together. Amp up the orange For some additional orange flavour, when cooking chickpeas from dry, add a few strips of orange zest to the cooking water. Tastier toast Take your toast to the next level by using this pudding as a satisfying spread.
Breaking with tradition, think of this as a guise of tabbouleh salad with staying power, thanks to the addition of hearty sorghum and fibre-rich navy beans. It also ages fairly well, so it serves as a make-ahead meal that can keep for up to 3 days. A perfect plant-based option for weekday lunches.